We’re heading into the home stretch of the holiday season, and in my experience that means it’s more likely you’re bottled up in some suburban parking lot than reading this column. But if you happen to be looking for something to do, here goes.
Beautiful Star runs through Sunday at Triad Stage, but the rest of the performances are sold out. Sorry. The production broke attendance records that had stood since 2002’s A Lesson Before Dying. They might bring it back next year, but no one’s making any promises. So buy the CD. You’ll thank yourself.
As I mentioned in this space last week, a brand new, seasonal production titled Awake the White and Wintry Queen is going down at the Sanctuary in Greensboro this weekend. It’s got a couple things on Beautiful Star. First of all, more skin. Second, available tickets.
You know what we don’t do enough of around the holidays? Spell. Thankfully Cedric, Patrick and the rest of the Hypepipe crüe will be at the Flatiron this weekend working to remedy that. The fourth Spelling Bea (Arthur) is happening this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Flatiron and will feature a special performance by Greensboro’s own SexySexyMuscularBlackGuys. I don’t know what the cover is, but it’s probably a steal.
If you enjoy watching other people work, set your TiVo to record UNC-TV’s “The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill” this Saturday at 4 p.m. The episode will feature the woodworking styles of the first German settlers.
Galleries around the Triad will be keeping regular hours until the beginning of next week. In Greensboro, an exhibition at the Weatherspoon will be closing this Friday, ushering out Jane Antoni, the latest of UNCG’s Falk visiting artists. Eve after her exhibition closes, the museum will have works from the collection hanging in its smaller galleries.
If you’re looking for a gift for the geography buff on your list, you might want to know that UNCG professors D. Gordon Bennett and Jeffrey C. Patton just finished editing a book on the geography of North and South Carolina. The book also includes information about the 900 festivals held annually in the Carolinas.
Michael Frierson, a film professor at UNCG, is debuting a documentary this Saturday about a photographer who captured images of New Orleans. The film, Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist with a Camera, will be showing in the Big Easy.
Furniture manufacturer Bob Timberlake donated a study desk to the High Point Museum last week. It’ll become part of their North Carolina Furniture Heritage Project.