Be There!

by Gus Lubin

Wednesday , Nov. 19

NCSA Fall Dance Agnes de Mille Theatre; 1533 S. Main St., Winston- Salem; 336.734.2872;; 8 p.m.; $12 ($10 students and seniors) Watch students move their bodies in inhuman ways, on bizarre sets, to unusual music. Contemporary dance is strangely cool, especially because it’s happening in way-off-Broadway Winston-Salem. The show includes a world premiere by guest artist Janis Brenner, as well works by School of the Arts faculty. Performances continue at 8 p.m. through Nov. 21, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Senior Social Winston-Salem Urban League; 201 W. 5th Street, Winston-Salem; 336.725.5614;; 6 p.m.; FREE The Winston-Salem Urban League is celebrating 60 years of social service and civil rights. The highlight of their anniversary week may be the Senior Social, which features the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Senior Urban League. There will also be oldies music, dancing and refreshments. If you missed, or miss, high school prom, come see another opportunity to be crowned.

Friday, Nov. 21

The Santaland Diaries The UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage; 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.272.0160;; preshow reception at 6 p.m., shows at 7 and 10 p.m.; $18 David Sedaris is funny as hell. Imagine him as a frustrated and unknown 33-year-old working as an elf in Macy’s Christmas Santaland. This is the true story behind Sedaris’s play The Santaland Diaries and its hero, Crumpet the Elf. Come early for YES! Weekly’s pre-show reception with food and a cash bar. The show runs until Dec. 20.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Bond, James Bond Greensboro Symphony Orchestra at Westover Church; 505 Muirs Chapel Road, Greensboro; 336.335.5456;; 8 p.m.; approx. $35 on Ticketmaster. Remember the James Bond Theme? Are you sure that’s not “Mission Impossible”? Luckily, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra will perform several spy-themed hits, including “The Pink Panther,” along with the classic songs of Bond movies. This cool music has been featured in dozens of jazzy renditions, video games and parodies. Go see it in its full orchestral pop glory.

Sunday, Nov. 23

The Revenger’s Tragedy Taylor Theatre, UNCG; 450 Tate St., Greensboro; 336.334.4849;; 2 p.m.; $12 ($10 students, seniors) UNCG warns kids not to attend this play, as it contains “gunshots, extreme stage violence and blood, strong/ adult language and themes.” That’s reason alone for those over 17 to buy tickets. Originally a bloody Jacobean court drama, The Revenger’s Tragedy has been updated for modern times with the addition of lesbians, hate crime, more blood, and of course guns.

Monday, Nov. 24

WFU v. WSSU Basketball LJVM Coliseum; 2825 University Pkwy., Winston- Salem; 336.725.5635; tickets available online Although the game won’t be close, the inter-city rivalry might bring some energy to this basketball game. Wake Forest is ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in a few years, with star freshmen Al-Farouq Aminu, Tony Woods and Ty Walker. Also, Wake has won 44 straight home games against non-conference in-state opponents. Looks like the Rams need some Christmas magic.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

The Nutcracker Andy Griffith Playhouse; 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy; 800.286.6193;; 7 p.m.; $10 Although families flock to holiday productions of The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s great ballet can seem slow to small children. The visiting New York Ballet for Young Audiences directs their version to children, however. The ballet also features young local dancers from the Surry Arts Council. If you have a short attention span, or can’t wait till the December production, head to Mount Airy.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

The Hall Monitors The Blind Tiger; 2115 Walker Ave., Greensboro; 336.272.9888;; 10 p.m.; $5 This is kind of a slow night in the Triad, a perfect time to check in on the Hall Monitors during their standing gig at the Blind Tiger. Yeah, we know you’ve seen the Walrus a milllion times, but when was the last time you really looked at him? The band trucks in quirky covers, fine musicianship and hilarious antics, and it is the opinion of several of the Tiger’s barflies that Sam Frazer is the best guitarist in North Carolina. Come judge for yourself.