High Points This Week (Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2012)

Nov. 28, 2012 @ 11:41 AM

Holidays

DOWNTOWN SOUNDS, a female a cappella ensemble, will perform “A Triad Christmas, Sounds of the Season” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Covenant Church United Methodist, 1526 Skeet Club Road. The church’s Chancel and Children’s choirs also will perform. Canned food and cash donations will be accepted for local food banks. 

NEWSONG performs its “Very Merry Christmas Tour” at 7 p.m. Monday at First Wesleyan Church, 1701 Westchester Drive. The concert also features Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Francesca Battistelli, Building 429 and singer/songwriter Jonny Diaz. Newsong, a top-selling Christian music group, will perform selections from its best-selling albums “The Christmas Shoes” and “The Christmas Hope.” Tickets are $35 and $20 for reserved prime seats, $15 for reserved riser seats. They are available at the church and online at www.itickets.com.

“UPTOWNE High Point Holiday Stroll - A Dickens Christmas” will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the Uptowne area of N. Main Street from Ray to State avenues. Costumed characters from the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s production of “A Christmas Carol” will stroll through the area along with carolers. Music, choral and dance performances will be given. Merchants, historical houses and churches will hold holiday open houses. Special activities for children will be available, and Santa will visit. Free

HIGH POINT MUSEUM, 1859 E. Lexington Ave., holds its holiday open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Events include re-enactments, music, demonstrations, refreshments and activities for children. The entertainment schedule is: Paddle Ball King Steve Langley, 1-3 p.m.; High Point Area Arts Council’s Youth Jazz Orchestra, 1:30-2 p.m.; Roy B. Culler Jr. Senior Center’s Happy Tones, 2:15-2:45 p.m.; arts council’s Youth Choral, 3-3:30 p.m. Free

HOLIDAY CHORAL concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University, 833 Montlieu Ave. The schools choirs, which are composed of 115 students, will be joined by choirs from Glenn High School in Kernersville, for a total of 200 singers. The program includes Rutter’s “Magnificat,” with a full orchestra composed of HPU students, faculty and guests musicians. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 841-9209 or sending email to reservations@highpoint.edu.
Other holiday performances at Hayworth Fine Arts Center are:
• Instrumental ensembles winter concert, featuring University Band, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Orchestera, Jazz Ensemble – 7:30 p.m. Monday; free;
• North Carolina Symphony holiday pops concert – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; limited number of tickets available to the public by calling 841-9209 or sending email to reservations@highpoint.edu;
• Festival of Lessons and Carols, based on the traditional service held at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England – 6 p.m. Wednesday; free.

“KEEPING CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS,’ a reading and wreath-making workshop, will be held 1-3 p.m. today at Jamestown Public Library, 200 W. Main St. It will be led by Julia Taylor Ebel, author of “Mama’s Wreaths.” Participants may bring wreath-making supplies. Free, 454-4815

RALEIGH RINGERS performs at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University, 833 Montlieu Ave., as part of the High Point Community Concert Association season. The concert is sold out.

Comedy

IMPROVISATIONAL comedy will be performed by Nekkid Feet of Winston-Salem 7:30-9 p.m. Friday at North Carolina Shakespeare Festival facilities, 807 W. Ward Ave. The group takes suggestions from the audience. Attendance is for those age 18 and older. Beer, wine and refreshments are for sale. $10 at the door

Author

MICHAEL MALONE will speak during the annual meeting of Friends of the Lexington Library at 7 tonight at First Baptist Church fellowship hall, 201 W. Third Ave., Lexington. Malone is professor of theater studies and English at Duke University and the author of 11 novels. He will speak about writing and publishing. Free

Class

A BACKGAMMON class will be held 3-4 p.m. Saturday at High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. It will be given by Balsam Collestan, who will give a brief history of the board game and demonstrate fundamentals. Free

In concert

LAURELYN DOSSETT and Doug and Telisha Williams perform at 9 tonight at High Rock Outfitters, 13 S. Main St., Lexington, as part of the Songcraft Live songwriters series. Dossett is co-founder of Polecat Creek, and she writes and performs contemporary and traditional songs of the region. The Williamses write songs about everyday people, and they are touring in support of their new album, “Ghost of the Knoxville Girl.” $10, $25 for VIP admission, www.songcraftlive.com