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by David McGee

2009 GREEN HILL WINTER SHOW DEC

Greensboro Cultural Center; 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro; www.greenhillcenter.org; 336.333.7460; 2 p.m.; FREE

TheGreen Hill Center for NC Art is opening its 30 th Winter Show thatfeatures 150 artists from across the state. This is the largest annualjuried sale of NC arts and crafts in the state so these artists aremaking some great deals. With such a diversity of artisans involved anda long track record for being a great place to find gifts, this is theplace to start looking if you have an established collector or new artenthusiast. After the exhibition, take a chance to work on some holidaycrafts that will look splendid on the mantle or hung on the tree.

Wed., Dec 2

DECK THE HALLS

Commerce Plaza; 411 W. 4 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.723.7395; www.sawtooth.org; 6 p.m.; $25 For a chance to get your hands wrapped around fine arts and crafts, come by Commerce Plaza where regional artists, students and faculty of the Sawtooth School will have pottery, jewelry, baskets, paintings, ornaments, photography, sculptures, wreaths, glass, quilts, pillows and soaps on sale for your enjoyment. To sweeten up your shopping experience, food and drink are being served in accompaniment to live music with a silent auction and raffle tickets for fine art and trips.

Thurs., Dec 3

AN EVENING W/ THE SANTALAND DIARIES

Triad Stage; 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro; www.triadstage.org; 336.272.0160; 7 p.m.; $15; not suitable for children This isn’t your grandparent’s Christmas story. And Crumpet isn’t the friendly, magical elf either. He’s stuck working at Macy’s during the holiday rush and has to get through to thousands of shoppers while wrangling their screaming sugar-blasted kids. This play by David Sedaris brings a sharp wit and satirical humor to the season from ruminations on his own experiences working in the trenches during the craziest retail time of the year.

Fri., Dec 4

CHROME & STONE

Gateway Gallery; 1006 S. Marshall St., Winston- Salem; www.enrichmentarc.org; 336.777.0076 x238; 6 p.m.; FREE This exhibition featuring works by Walker Lewis, Jr. and James C. Williams is bringing new perspective to photography by contrasting the use of infrared film photography, a disappearing medium and digital photography, a blossoming new field.

Lewis has used enhanced digital photos of hotrods and muscle cars to stand out against the infrared film photos of England, Cornwall and South Wales taken by Williams. This exhibition is running through the 16 th of January, but to hear the percussion ensemble perform make sure you’re at the reception.

Sat., Dec. 5

CITY TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION

Corpening Plaza; 1001 S. Marshall St., Winston- Salem; www.wsparade. org; 336.776.0690; 5 p.m.; FREE Join the community as the city lights their tree and parades through downtown with merriment and fun. Presented by the Winston- Salem Jaycees and the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, the parade will begin at the corners of Poplar and 4 th streets, with the tree lighting in Corpening Plaza. Oh, and word on the street is to be on the lookout for a jolly man in a red suit.

Mon., Dec 7

GRAND OPENING

The Summit Station; 125 Summit Ave., Greensboro; www.thesummitstation. com; 336.373.1123; 11 a.m.; FREE Tired of eating at the same places all the time? Then your prayers have been answered with tasty manna from heaven falling into your belly via this new eatery. Open for lunch and dinner all week, they’re serving up steaks, sandwiches, housemade soups, desserts and more. Keeping you comfortable and in touch while munching down on your grindage, the Station has wi-fi, a sofa lounge and full bar with TVs so you don’t miss a thing.

Tues., Dec. 8

PRETTY THINGS PEEPSHOW

The Garage; 110 W. 7 th St., Winston-Salem; www.the garage.ws; 336.777.1127; 8 p.m.; $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Do you like fashionable women doing vintage burlesque with a modern twist?

How about sword swallowers? Then this travelling sideshow is right up your alley and coming to the Garage near you! With swallowers, dancers, pinup queens and Suicide Girls like Bettina May, Go-Go Amy and Miss Heather Holiday risking life and limb to make you happy, the least you can do is stop by and say hi.

Wed., Dec. 9

THE NUTCRACKER

The Stevens Center; 405 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem; www.uncsa.edu/stevenscenter; 336.721.1945; 7:30 p.m.; $20-$66 Go back to when you were a child. Remember the enchantment that seeing and hearing this performance brought you? This will bring those warm memories back to life while you share them anew with someone special. With the American Ballet Theatre performing new choreography and magical surprises in store, this experience will bring your inner child out to play and delight the younger ones just as much.

Go to yesweekly.com for a full listing of happenings around the triad.

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