F o u n d OBJECTS

by Keith Barber

F o u n d OBJECTS Following on the heels of its stellar production of The Santaland Diaries, Triad Stage presents Beautiful Star, a Christmas celebration written and directed by Preston Lane with original music by Laurelyn Dossett. Audiences are encouraged to check out Beautiful Star’s Rev. Roy Ledbetter and the Open Heart Community Fellowship congregation’s telling of a Christmas story perfect for the whole family. The show runs through Dec. 21 at Triad Stage, located at 232 S. Elm St. in Greensboro. Straight from the Emerald Isle come Three Irish Tenors with their Christmas from Dublin show at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25.50 to $27.50. There are a few holiday events Triad residents should never miss. Near the top of that Christmas to-do list is Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights. Through Jan. 1, Tanglewood Park’s rolling countryside is transformed into a winter wonderland of giant snowflakes and whimsical scenes. Currently in its 17th season, the Festival of Lights features more than a million lights and continues to be one of the largest and most spectacular Christmas spectacles in the Southeast. DADA presents the Holiday Gallery Hop on Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Downtown Arts District near the intersection of 6th and Trade streets. At Friday’s special holiday edition of gallery hop, visitors will enjoy raku pottery firing, glassblowing demonstrations and artist receptions at the myriad galleries and studios in the district. Another Forsyth County holiday tradition is the annual Christmas Lovefeast at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest. The 44th annual Lovefeast will be held Sunday at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Diggs Gallery will celebrate the close of its Herbert Gentry exhibit with live jazz music and hot cider on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit features generous loans from the estate of Herbert Gentry, the personal collections of Gentry’s widow Mary Anne Rose and George N’Namdi, and three works from the George and Carmen N’Namdi Collection at Winston-Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery. Diggs Gallery is located on the lower level of the O’Kelly Library. For more information, call 336.750.2458. Reynolda House continues its exhibit of John Sloan’s work throughout the holiday season. By including paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs, the exhibition presents a nuanced view of the artist’s years in the city and the city’s effect on his art. Seeing the City is the first major traveling exhibition to focus on Sloan’s images of New York and the first since the 1970s to present significant new scholarship on the artist. Admission is $5 and free for members and students. Finally, the city of Winston-Salem will holds annual tree-lighting ceremony at Corpening Plaza, at the intersection of 1st and Liberty streets, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The fun will begin immediately following the Jaycees Holiday Parade, with music, dancing, costumed mascots and treats for the children. This year’s celebration will include dancers from the Academy of Dance Arts and Positive Image Performing Arts, a performance from UNC School of the Arts’ production of The Nutcracker, gospel singers from Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church and the Reynolds High School Jazz Band and Acapella Ensemble.