Be there

by David McGee


Aquarius Music Hall 400 English Road, High Point 8 p.m. $20

We’ve all heard the whispers about the new music hall in High Point, the one that claims of capturing the spirit of Ziggy’s — and one of the floorboards. Well tonight is the night, my friends: Aquarius Music Hall, which actually opened with some local action Friday night, hosts Donna the Buffalo for a big-time show in the Furniture City. Donna the Buffalo, featuring Greensboro boy Dave McCracken on keys, consistently wows the festival and jam-band circuit, and bringing these folks indoors is as appropriate a way as any to christen the Triad’s newest big room.

Wed., Nov 25 PAINTING WITH COFFEE’ Coffee Connect; 1405- E Highway 66 S., Kernersville; 336.497.4701; www.coffeeconnectcoffeeshop. com; 5 p.m.; FREE Stop and grab a cup of joe on your way home from work and see a painting made with actual coffee. It will be a stimulating experience that wakes up some new ideas. While you’re choosing which kind of java to imbibe, listen to Wickwire and enjoy the show. Once the caffeine is flowing strong, go on and surf the free wi-fi for hours and get ready for the poultry extravaganza in the morning. Thurs., Nov 26 OPEN MIC WITH ANDY MABE & FRIENDS Celtic Café; 924 S. Marshall St., Winston Salem; 336.682.1796 Openmic.html 8 p.m. FREE Once everyone at the table finishes stuffing their faces with turkey, stuffing and yams, come witness a showcase of talents in a jamout with professional bassist Andy “Freakin’” Mabe and other talented musicians. The festivities will continue on through the evening and what better way to show express how thankful you are for friends and family than playing some songs and laughs together. Fri., Nov 27 CRAFTSMEN’S CHRISTMAS CLASSIC ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Greensboro Coliseum Complex; 336.282.5550;; 9 a.m.; $7 adults, $1 children Get a jump on the holiday shopping season by tackling the gifts for the hardest to shop for first. That’s what my mom always told me anyways. With original works from more than 450 artists and craftspeople from across the nation it is no wonder that this event has been drawing crowds for 36 years. Get in the Black Friday spirit and go peruse the exhibits that have works from the traditional to contemporary and everything between. Check out the website for a $1-off entry coupon. Sun., Nov. 29 MEDITATION CLASS New Garden Yoga; 515 College Road Suite 3, Greensboro; 336.294.8619; www.newgardenyoga. com; 4 p.m.; $5 Clear your mind and find some inner peace before the rat race begins anew tomorrow. Using meditative techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life, the class will provide a systematic approach to slowing down your thoughts and reducing stress. You won’t have to sit on the floor but remember to wear something comfortable. Mon., Nov. 30 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS’ Tanglewood Park; 4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons; 336.778.6300; TANGLEWOOD/FOL_info. aspx; $10 family vehicle, $20 commercial van; 6 p.m.; What began in 1992 as 1.5-mile route with 25 displays has grown into four miles of more than 180 displays and 1 million lights. With 70 displays animated and a new 110-foot LED Christmas tree that changes colors with a variety of pulsating patterns, the new addition signals the seasonal newcomer has come to the big leagues. So grab some refreshments, pile in the station wagon and experience the holiday cheer. Tues., Dec. 1LIGHTING OF THE QUAD Reynolda Patio; 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston- Salem; 336.758.4549; 7 p.m.; FREE Join the community at the annual inter faith celebration of the holiday season as Wake Forest lights the tree. There will be performances by student music groups and speakers reflecting on their own holiday traditions. Decorative greenery will go up and spirits will go with them while the complimentary refreshments will go down, so relax and enjoy yourself as the last month of the year begins. Wed., Dec. 2 WILD CARD WEDNESDAY FEAT. MONKEY HOOPER’ Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem; 390 S. Liberty St., Winston-Salem; 336.723.9111; www.childrensmuseumofws. org; 11 a.m.; $7, members, under 1 and educators free For those with young children, this is the breath of fresh air your week has needed. You will find plenty of entertainment for the wee ones here. On Wild Wednesdays there is story time, music and movement, finger plays, parachute play and a simple craft that will have them mesmerized and interacting. As if that isn’t a sweet enough deal, at the end there’s a drawing for an annual membership so make sure to stick around.