Entertainment calendar, High Points This Week (Feb. 7-13, 2013)
“LIVE AT BIRDLAND,” featuring the Birdland Big Band directed by drummer Tommy Igoe, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. Named after famed alto saxophone player Charlie “Bird” Parker, the Birdland club got its start in New York City in 1949. The list of regulars at Birdland includes Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Lester Young. “Live at Birdland” features The Birdland Big Band in a setting designed to recreate a night at the historic club. $30 for seats in the orchestra, $25 balcony, www.highpointtheatre.com, 887-3001.
DARRYL LITTLETON will discuss his book, “Black Comedians on Black Comedy: How African-Americans Taught Us To Laugh,” at 7 p.m. Friday at the High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. He will sign copies of his books 6-6:45 p.m. and after the program. Littleton, also known as “D’Militant,” is a comedian and author who has researched the history and significance of black comedians in the history of the United States. He will discuss how the black community has influenced and is influenced by comedy by black comedians and the social implications across all races that these comedians provide. His books include “The Rise and Fall of Katt Williams” and “Commedienes: Laugh to be a Lady.” His program is sponsored by the theater and High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library. $5, 887-3001, www.highpointtheatre.com
WILL FERRELL, a High Point dentist, signs copies of his book, “The Secrets of Sterling Shearin, The Noblest Cause,” 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday at his office, 700 N. Elm St. The historical novel is set in North Carolina after the Revolutionary War. It tells a story of romance and mystery among North Carolina founding fathers, including Nathaniel Macon, William R. Davie, David Caldwell and James Iredell. Refreshments will be served, and music will be performed.
“DINNER, DANCING and the Arts” will be held 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Archdale Recreation Center, 214 Park Drive. Events include dinner, music by Eric Chilton and the Chill Tones, a silent auction and art displays. It is sponsored by Northwestern Randolph County Arts Council. $30, $25 for members, $200 for a table for eight, 802-1957
TRACI KANAAN and Paul Smith perform at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Joke Factory Comedy Club, High Point Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 135 S. Main St. Kanaan, from Cleveland, Ohio, is called “The Princess of Parodies.” Smith is from Tampa, Fla. $10, 889-8888, www.jokefactorycomedyclub.com