Entertainment calendar, High Points This Week (April 18-24, 2013)

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

After work

“THIRD THURSDAYS” series of after-work parties begins 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Station, 121 S. Centennial St. Live music is by April Talbott & Friends, a new group that has been performing locally. The group plays jazz, blues, swing and other styles of music. Talbott is the vocalist, and band members are Burt Whicker (piano), Pete Campbell (bass) and Michael Gerber (saxophone). Admission is $10; a cash bar will be open, and food from Danny’s Famous Ribs will be available for purchase.

Science

SCIENCE EXPO begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Science Hall, Guilford Technical Community College, 601 High Point Road, Jamestown. Hosted by GTCC‘s Chemistry Club, the expo features chemistry demonstrations and tours of the facilities led by biotechnology faculty. To schedule a free tour, contact Jameson McCann, jamccann@gtcc.edu today. Cline Observatory will be open for viewing beginning at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. The expo is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. Free 

Clubs

BACKGAMMON Club meets 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday in the cafe area, first floor, High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. It is led by Balsam Collestan, who will offer instruction and advice. Free, 883-3646

A CULINARY monthly program for teens on growing, buying and preparing food, will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the third floor Book Lover’s Room at High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. It is led by N’gai Dickerson a professional chef who will demonstrate how to prepare healthy snacks and meals for the entire family. Free

In concert

A SPRING CHORAL concert will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University, 833 Montlieu Ave. It features the University Singers, Chapel Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Choir performing African-American spirituals. Guest soloists are Louise Toppin, chairwoman of the vocal division at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and James Martin, voice professor at Millsaps College in Mississippi. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available; call 841-9209 or send email to reservations@highpoint.edu.

BRIAN FREE and Assurance perform Southern gospel music at 6 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Baptist Church, 1010 Lexington Ave., Thomasville. Free recently received a Dove Award for “Long As I Got King Jesus.” An offering will be taken.

“HOLD THE CANNONS! Tchaikovsky from ‘The Nutcracker’ to ‘The 1812 Overture’ ” will be performed 3 p.m. Sunday at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem. The performance is part of the symphony’s Concerts for Kids series. Guest performers include dancers from Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, the sister organization of High Point Ballet, and the Reagan High School Marching Band. Doors open at 2 p.m. for activities for kids, including an instrument petting zoo. $14 for adults, $5 for age 3-12, free for age 2 and younger, www.wssymphony.org

PETAL POINTS, a women’s a cappella group at High Point University, gives a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hayworth Fine Arts Center on the campus, 833 Montlieu Ave. The group releases its second album, “Evolution,” that evening, and copies will be available to purchase. The album is composed of 13 tracks that include songs by Michael Jackson and from the musical “Spring Awakening.” It also is available at the HPU Bookkstore, on ITunes and through Spotify. Admission is free. www.thepetalpoints.com

JEFF LITTLE Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Entertainment Technology Building Indoor Studio, Guilford Technical Community College, 901 S. Main St. Little, chairman of the entertainment technology program, is a pianist and recording artist who performs regularly at MerleFest and was a frequent collaborator with Doc Watson. Other members of the trio are Steve Lewis, an award-winning guitarist and two-time national five-string banjo champion, and Josh Scott, who plays upright bass. Admission is $15, $10 for GTCC faculty and staff, $5 for students. It benefits the Creative and Performing Arts Foundation at GTCC. 

Poetry

POETRY ALIVE! a poetry performance group, gives a family program for National Poetry Month at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Storyroom of High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. The group was formed in 1984. Its performances feature poetry for all ages and the opportunity for audience participation. Free

Books

SISTERS CONNECTED Book Club meets at 1 p.m. Saturday in Morgan Community Room at High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. Patrice J. Carter signs copies of her book and leads a discussion. A motivational speaker and Christian life coach, she is the author of “Superb Woman: From Bad Girl to God’s Girl.” Refreshments will be served. Free

DALE CROTTS, a mystery writer from Randolph County, signs copies of his new book, “The Ruby Earring,” 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Archdale Public Library, 10433 S. Main St.