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by Amy Kingsley

By the time this week’s paper hits the streets, the Thanksgiving holiday will have officially begun for college students across the Triad. Without the students to people our stages and make our sculptures, I’m afraid this week is a bit of a quiet one.

Didn’t get enough gravy on Thanksgiving? How about Elvis? The Barn Dinner Theatre is showing Christmas With Elvis this week. Tickets start at $25; call the box office for more information.

With the exception of the Barn Dinner and Triad Stage (see story on this page), most of the events in this column open at the beginning of next week. The students at Guilford College are staging a live version of It’s a Wonderful Life at Sternberger Auditorium beginning Monday. Tickets are only $5.

On Tuesday at Greensboro College, historian Karl Schleunes will present a lecture titled “Deciding the Holocaust.” Schleunes is a Holocaust expert and a faculty member at UNCG. The event starts at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Greensboro College is leading the charge this week providing non-holiday themed entertainments. In addition to Schleunes, the college is presenting the North Carolina premiere of Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig. The show opens Tuesday and runs through next Sunday.

And if you’re jonesing for carols, they’ll take care of that too. Greensboro College presents its annual Christmas Concert this Tuesday at 7: 30 p.m. The concert, which will be held in the Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, is free and open to the public.

Because you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the holiday classics, you should attend a concert of works by Joan Tower, Toru Takemit and Benjamin Britten at School of the Arts. It’s on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Finally, a couple of announcements: Organizers of the Greensboro Bicentennial Celebration are still seeking performers for the Heritage Celebration next spring. Applications will accepted until Dec. 15 and should be mailed to Lynn Donovan, PO Box 29212. Greensboro, NC 27429.

David Roderick, a native of Plymouth, Mass., and a professor of creative writing at UNCG, won an Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship that will pay the poet to live in Dublin and Florence next year. Roderick has received critical praise for his first poetry collection, Blue Colonial. It deals with the complexities of the relationship between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, so it makes for timely reading.

To have your your event included email Amy Kingsley at amy@yesweekly.com

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