Entertainment calendar (Jan. 10-16, 2013)
“MAGIC’S ROYAL DUKE, Sammy Cortino” is the title of a show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. For the family show, Cortino creates classic illusions incorporated into drama, music, dance and comedy. $15, $10, 887-3001, www.highpointtheatre.com
WATOTO Children’s Choir performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Temple Memorial Baptist Church, 1458 Cedrow Drive. The choir from Africa acts as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution designed to serve the needs of Africans. Each child in the choir has lost one or both parents, and they live in Watoto Children’s Villages. Their performance includes original African music, dance and stories. Free
A WINTER CONTEMPORARY dance concert will be performed by students at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Burford Auditorium at the school, 825 Washington St. $5
N.C. DANCE Theatre performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University, 933 Montlieu Ave. The group will perform four ballets by choreographers Sasha Janes, Mark Diamond and Dwight Rhoden, whose works were featured on the TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” A limited number of free tickets is available by calling 841-9209 or sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HYPNOTIST GARY CONRAD and comedian Artie Fletcher perform at 9 p.m. Friday and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday at Joke Factory Comedy Club, High Point Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 135 S. Main St. Conrad has been on the show, “The View,” and Fletcher has been on “Law and Order.” $10, 889-8888, www.jokefactorycomedyclub.com
“THE WAR OF 1812 in North Carolina” is the subject of a program 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday in Morgan Community Room at High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. It is by Larry Cates, who also will give guidance on researching soldiers in the War of 1812. Free
DISNEY historian, writer and pod-caster George Taylor talks about the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Moring Fine Arts Center, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. His lecture, titled “The Art of the Amusement Park,” looks at the public experiences at the park and behind-the-scenes elements. He is assistant director of Randolph County Public Library. Free
TRIO SOLISTI performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Christ United Methodist Church, 410 Holden Road, Greensboro. The trio is composed of violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. $18, $15 for students and seniors, 333-2605, www.carolinatheatre.com, www.musicforagreatspace.org
MOZART’S birthday (Jan. 27, 1758) is the focus of concerts by the Winston-Salem Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stevens Center, 405 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem. Guest artist Saxton Rose is featured in “Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in B-flat Major.” The symphony also will perform Stravinsky’s “Symphony in C.” $15-$62, 464-0145, www.wssymphony.org
“THE VIOLA IN MY LIFE” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Watson Hall at UNC School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. The program is composed of music from Turkey, Belgium, Germany, Hungary and the United States performed by Czech pianist David Kalhous and violist Sheila Browne. $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, 721-1945
“LES TROYENS” will be shown at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem, as part of the series, “The Met: Live in HD.” The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Berloiz’s epic portraying characters from the Trojan War features Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham and Marcello Giordani. $22, $15 for students, 747-1414, www.hanesbrandstheatre.org
GEEKSBORO’S “Criterion Tuesdays” series of classic foreign and independent film features “Closely Watched Trains,” directed by Jiri Menzel at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema, 2134 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro. The Czech new wave film follows a young dispatcher’s apprentice on his quest to be liberated from virginity. $6, $5 with student identification, includes beer, soda or coffee, www.geeksboro.com, 355-7180
BLUE MAN GROUP performs at 7:30 tonight at War Memorial Auditorium at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. The group’s new show features favorites in addition to a new sound, set and video design centering on a proscenium-sized LED curtain and high resolution screen. $70.50-$75.65, Ticketmaster
‘ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD” will be presented in a staged reading format at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Theatre Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem. The play, set in 1916, explores the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee that results in the lynching of an elephant. It contains adult language and suggestions of violence. Suggested donation of $10 to benefit Forsyth Humane Society.
MONSTER JAM will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. Featured trucks are Grave Digger, Superman, Raminator, Rammumition, Hotsy, Rap Attack, Instigator and Nitemare. Party in the Pits, held each day 4:40-6:30 p.m., gives fans the chance to view trucks up close and meet drivers. Free pit passes are available at participating Advance Auto Parts locations, while supplies last. They also will be available at the Coliseum box office or through Ticketmaster for an additional fee. Tickets to the show range from $9.40 to $40.20 and are available through Ticketmaster.
SOAP MAKING will be demonstrated 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the Historical Park at the High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave. Free
A CONTRA dance sponsored by Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers will be held 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Clemmons Civic Club, 2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons. Lessons for newcomers are at 7:30 p.m. No partner is necessary. Lonesome Prairie Dogs will provide live music, and Warren Doyle will call dances. $7, $5 for full-time students, 272-3245
WINTERFEST continues through Jan. 27 at 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. It features an expanded ice skating rink, a 100-foot ice slide, a lighted bridge. The grand opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday features appearances by the Carolina Hurricanes mascot Stormy and the Storm Squad, skaters from “Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy” and dancers from Greensboro Ballet performing selections from “The Nutcracker.” While school is in session, the rink operates 4-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and noon-7 p.m. Sundays. During school holidays, hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Admission, including ice skates, is $9 for two hours of skating and unlimited trips down the ice slide during the two hours. Mid-week $7 discount nights will be posted on the website www.piedmontwinterfest.com. Admission includes plastic rental saucer sleds, or participants may bring their own.
THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS performs at 10 tonight at The Blind Tiger, 1819 Spring Garden St., Greensboro. $15 advance, $18 at the door, www.theblindtiger.com, 272-9888
THE GARAGE, 110 W. 7th St., Winston-Salem, features the following:
• Long Miles, Bill Stevens Quartet – 9 tonight, $5;
• Bosnian Pyramids – 9 p.m. Saturday, $7;
• Thomas Wynn & the Believers – 9 p.m. Monday, free;
• Aaron Burdett – 8 p.m. Tuesday, $5;
• Alex Vans & the Hide Away, Stop Motion, Adrian Krygowski – 9 p.m. Wednesday, $7.
JERRY BLEDSOE’S personal collection of art is the focus of an exhibit, “Orphaned Art,” that continues through Jan. 29 at Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. Bledsoe, a New York Times best-selling author and journalist, has collected art using the guidelines: Always try to buy originals and always spend less than $40. Some pieces he collected have interesting stories, such as an untitled work by Mario Berrino, who has a connection to Ernest Hemingway. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. .Saturdays. 629-0399, www.randolphartsguild.com
“THE ART OF MISS VICTORIA CHRISTIE” continues through Jan. 27 at Yalik’s Modern Art, 710 Washington St. Victoria is a fifth-grader at Oak View Elementary School, and this is her first gallery exhibit. She moved to High Point two years ago and previously lived in Louisiana and Iowa. She began creating drawings, paintings and other art at a young age and is particularly interested in use of patterns, geometrical designs and vibrant colors to convey emotions. www.yaliksmodernart.com
THE ARMORY Show: One Hundred Years Later” continues through June 23 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. The exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the original “The Armory Show” in 1913 in New York. The ground-breaking exhibit showcased progressive American artists (George Bellows, Robert Henri, John Sloan) and works by European artists (Cezanne, Duchamp, Picasso, Gauguin) that shocked Americans. The Reynolda exhibit includes works from the museum’s collection and private collections. www.reynoldahouse.org, 758-5150
WATERWORKS Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., Salisbury, sponsors the following exhibits through Feb. 9: “Art of Faiths - Religions of the World: Diversity and Tolerance” by Syed Ahmad of Salisbury; “Works in Cloth,” fiber art by Alice Levinson of Hillsborough; “An Endless Quest,” photography by Robert Radin of California; a group show by Shireen Alborno of Charlotte, G. Carol Bomer of Asheville, Robert Crum of Salisbury and Betti Pettinati-Longinotti of Winston-Salem; sculpture by Glenn Zweygardt of New York. www.waterworks.org
“THE CONE SISTERS Collect” continues through Feb. 17 at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Spring Garden and Tate streets, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The exhibit displays pieces donated to the museum in 19499, when Etta Cone bequeathed part of her and her sister Claribel’s collection to the museum. The 242 works included pieces by Matisse, Picasso and Jacques Villon. A list of related programs is online at www.weatherspoon.uncg.edu.
“CERAMIC ART of NC University and College Faculty” continues through Jan. 19 at the North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Ave., Seagrove. It shows ceramic art created by faculty who teach ceramics at stage universities and colleges. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org
“KAOLIN TO CLAYMOUNT: Demystifying James River Valley Stoneware” continues through March 31 at Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 924 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. The exhibit is composed of boldly decorated stoneware and recovered archeological fragments from the area of the James River near Richmond and Petersburg, Va., where potteries thrived in the early 19th century. Free, www.mesda.org
“SCHOOL OF ART and Design Faculty: Past, Present and Future Exhibition” continues through Feb. 28 in Sechrest Art Gallery, Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University , 833 Montlieu Ave. It is designed to highlight the lineage of HPU’s faculty through works from past decades to the present. Works include paintings, mixed media pieces, furniture designs, photography and prints. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; the gallery is closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 803-1815
“ART ON PAPER 2012” continues through Sunday at Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina, 500 Tate St., Greensboro. Sixty-five artists of regional and international significance were selected to show unique works made on, or primarily composed of, paper. Artists were selected through submissions and by invitation. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays; 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 334-5770
“ROMARE BEARDEN’S “Odysseus Series” continues through Sunday at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. Bearden (1922-1988) created a cycle of collages and watercolors based on Homer’s epic poem, “The Odyssey.” Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, the series is noted for creating an artistic bridge between classic mythology and African-American culture. Works in the series were exhibited for only two months in New York before being scattered to private collections and public museums. A new exhibit was organized by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services, and it features 55 Bearden works, including collages, watercolors and line drawings. Related events are online at www.reynoldahouse.org, 758-5580
“REAL TO REEL: The Making of ‘Gone With the Wind’ ” continues through April 14 at the N. C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The exhibit is designed to tell the story of how the book by Margaret Mitchell became a record-breaking, historic film. It includes authentic memorabilia: costumes, scripts, screen tests, scene props and Vivien Leigh’s Academy Award. Admission is free. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org, (919) 807-7900