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WEDNESDAY

16 RDGLDGRN

WHAT: RDGLDGRN (pronounced red gold green) have already distinguished themselves in the DC music scene. Their highly stylized sound (that Go Go drum beat- a distinct DC rhythm) takes hip-hop infused punk and indie rock to create something refreshingly unique, is getting attention from fans stretching far beyond the DC niche scene. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Greene Street Club. 113 N. Greene Street, Greensboro. MORE: $12 tickets.

WEDNESDAY

16 THE NUTCRACKER

WHAT: Celebrating its 50th season, UNC School of the Arts beloved production of The Nutcracker will be performed at the Stevens Center for nine performances December 12-20. Ethan Stiefel, former dean of the School of Dance who reimaged The Nutcracker in 2009, is returning to add some fresh choreography. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Stevens Center of the UNCSA. 405 W Fourth Street, Winston-Salem. MORE: $24-$83 admission. For tickets  call 336-721-1945, stop by the Stevens Center box office, or visit uncsaevents.com

THURSDAY

17 PAPER CHARACTERS

WHAT: Hands-on studio explorations are designed to stir the imagination. After examining the many ways artists in the exhibition use paper in their work, use paper and drawing materials to design your own Paper Characters (dolls, superheroes, action figures…) WHEN: 1 p.m. WHERE: ArtQuest at Greenhill. 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro. MORE: $6 admission.

THURSDAY

17 SECOND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY

WHAT: Lights come on at dusk, bringing to life a host of Christmas characters. Visitors simply drive through the pathways which are painted in thousands of colored Christmas lights, and they can see reindeer, elves, lighted Christmas trees, and characters from the Land of Misfit Toys.WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: McLaurin Farms. 5601 N. Church St., Greensboro. MORE: $5 admission.

FRIDAY

18 YES, VIRGINIA

WHAT: Back by popular demand! When an older classmate brings up the age-old question, Is there a Santa Claus?, eightyear-old Virginia O’Hanlon ventures into the city to find out for herself. Based on a true story, Virginia’s quest for a satisfactory answer will ultimately become the most famous newspaper editorial of all time. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Twin City Stage. 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem. MORE: $14.05 admission.

FRIDAY

18 THE SECRET GARDEN

WHAT: Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive Uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children to discover healing and renewal in a place where magic, hope, and love grow. WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: The Carolina Theatre in The Crown. 310 South Greene St., Greensboro. MORE: $20-$24 admission.

SATURDAY

19 MELVA HOUSTON

WHAT: Melva Houston has made numerous recordings with stars such as Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and other Stax artists. In the eighties, she accompanied The Platters on their European tour and from 1988 to 1996, toured Spain as a soloist, achieving overwhelming success. In North Carolina, Melva is a permanently sought-after performer at renowned jazz festivals. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: O.Henry Hotel. 624 Green Valley Road, Greensboro. MORE: Free event.

SATURDAY

19 AMY GRANT & MICHAEL W. SMITH

WHAT: Michael W. Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 32 No. 1 songs, earned three GRAMMY Awards, one American Music Award and more than 40 Dove Awards. WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Greensboro Coliseum Complex. 1921 West Gate City Blvd., Greensboro. MORE: $39.50-$150 tickets.

SUNDAY

20 WINTER SNOW EXHIBITION

WHAT: Winter Show is Greenhill’s annual survey of fine art and craft by over 100 artists who live or have creative ties to NC. With over 500 works, the show represents a mix of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramic, jewelry, woodwork, fabric and fiber works, all within a harmonious installation. WHEN: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. WHERE: Greenhill. 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. MORE: Free event.

SUNDAY

20 TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

WHAT: Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights continues to be one of the largest and most spectacular light shows in the southeast. From storybook scenes to Holiday themes, over one hundred displays and over a million lights fill Tanglewood Park with the splendor and joy of the holiday season. WHEN: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. WHERE: 4061 Clemmons Road. Clemmons, NC. MORE: Family cars, vans, and trucks: $15.

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