Tis the season for holiday theatre productions and no one tells a Christmas story with more biting wit than David Sedaris. Triad Stage presents Santaland Diaries, Sedaris’ wickedly funny take on the holiday season, which premieres Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at 232 S. Elm St. in Greensboro. The show runs until Dec. 20 with performances Wednesday through Saturday starting at 7 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, there will be an encore 10 p.m. performance as well. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a bar serving beer and wine in the caberet.
Tickets are $18. Patrons who arrive early will be treated to a 20-minute pre-show set of music by Jessica Mashburn, AKA “Miss Peppermint.”
On Friday, Dec. 5, Blue Diamond Gallery at 604 S. Elm St. will host an artist reception featuring the some of the most collected artists in the Carolinas, including Jonas Gerard, Nathan Durfee, Stan Harmon, Steve Coniglio, Betty Brown and Katherine Blackwell, during Greensboro’s First Friday Gallery Crawl and Festival of Lights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ExhibitC, a bimonthly arts magazine based out of Wilmington, will the exhibit and the magazine’s publisher, Gabriel Lovejoy, will be on hand to meet with visitors with the featured artists. The event will feature performances by Josephus III to benefit the Reasons 2 Rhyme 2009 Poetic Event Series and a book signing by High Point author Kristen Eckstein. Admission is free. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who penned the groundbreaking theatrical opus, Angels in America, will visit the UNCG campus on Dec. 3. Kushner will take part in a question-and-answer session beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Theatre. The Q&A session is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For ticket information, call 336.334.4392.
On Monday, John F. Rash, a photographer based in Greensboro, was named first-place winner in the China Experience Photo Contest held by NC State’s Confucius Institute. His photo, entitled “Hao Hai Zi” and taken in May 2008, proved to be the winner. Merit awards were bestowed upon Rash for two other photos taken during his visits to China. All three photographs will be on display at the NC State DH Hill Library in November to help celebrate International Education Week. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art is currently showing three works by one of the most respected and compelling video artists of the last decade — Jeremy Blake. The three videos, entitled The Winchester Trilogy, is composed of “Winchester” (2002), “1906” (2003) and “Century 21” (2004). The trilogy combines the imagery of a widow being tormented by the paranormal. The colors in his work are vibrant, hypnotic and lush, and the story is wrapped up in an American tale of guns, ghosts and myth. Although his life and career ended prematurely, Blake is widely acclaimed as a pioneer in merging the traditions of painting with the possibilities of digital media, bending the expectations of each medium. Blake’s trilogy is part of a larger SECCA exhibition entitled, Psychedelic, which runs through Jan. 4.