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by Gus Lubin

be there! every day, something cool

Wednesday, Dec. 10

It’s a Wonderful Life

Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.333.2605;; 7:30 p.m.; $5 The Christmas classic to end all Christmas classics is coming back to the big screen in Greensboro. Based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s story “The Greatest Gift,” Frank Capra’s 1946 film may lay on the syrupy sweetness a little thick, but Jimmy Stewart gives one of the great performances in movie history as a suicidal businessman who rediscovers the joy of living. No irony, no subtlety; just plain old Christmas magic — exactly the right way to start the season. Even if you’ve seen it a hundred times, it’s worth the trip to catch it on the big screen, the way it was meant to be watched. This screening is part of the Carolina Classic Film series.

Thursday, Dec. 11

Handel’s Messiah

Greensboro Coliseum War Memorial Auditorium; 336.373.7400;; 7 p.m.; FREE Seeing George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece performed live without paying a cent? Hallelujah indeed. Handel’s oratorio, composed in 1741, is a musical exploration of the life of Christ in three parts. Everyone knows the “Hallelujah Chorus,” but it’s a rare treat to hear the piece played in its entirety. Show up early, because seating is first come, first serve. This one-time event is presented by the Greensboro Oratorio Society.

Friday, Dec. 12

The Urban Sophisticates: dressed to kill

Greene Street Club; 113 N. Greene Street., Greensboro; 336.273.4111.; 10 p.m.; $TBA YES! Weekly and Zeto Wine present one of our favorite bands, the Urban Sophisticates, at the Triad’s awardwinning music venue. The event features special host Phamalea from 102 JAMZ and the Triad B-boy crew. There will be prizes for the best dressed. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.

Richmond Renegades vs. Twin City Cyclones

Coliseum Annex; 300 Deacon Blvd., Winston-Salem; www.; 336.721.1700; 7:30 p.m.; $7.50-$13.50 Cheer on the last-place Twin City Cyclones as they take on the Richmond Renegades. The Cyclones need your love in their first season in the Triad. Previously the team played in Pee Dee, SC. Winston-Salem was once the home of the Carolina Thunderbirds and two incarnations of the Winston- Salem Polar Twins, all of which folded. Even if you’re not a hockey mom you’ll enjoy this simple sport of goals, gliding and violence.

Saturday, Dec. 13


Club Rain; 219 W. Lewis St., Greensboro; deepcovermovement; 10 p.m.; $15 The hottest drum-and-bass DJ in America is coming to Greensboro tonight. Dieselboy, neé Damian Higgins, was the first American voted into the UK Drum & Bass Arena Top 10 DJs 2004. It’s also rare to hear the UK raver genre in the Triad. The event is hosted by Deep Cover Movement and Pressure Box Productions, which brings an underground DJ or electronic act each month to Club Rain. Seize the chance to dance all night long!

Toy Run

Harley-Davidson of Greensboro; 538 Farragut St., Greensboro; 336.273.1743;; noon (ride at 1:20 p.m.); toys and donations accepted Who says bikers are outlaws? For the last 11 years, Harley- Davidson of Greensboro has been sponsoring the Brenner Children’s Hospital Toy Run to help sick kids and their families celebrate the holidays. Sheriff’s offices from both Guilford and Forsyth counties, along with the Greensboro Police Department, will provide police escorts, and the afterparty goes down at Plum Krazy’s in Greensboro.

Sunday, Dec. 14

Black Nativity

Arts Council Theatre; 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem; 336.723.2266;; 3 p.m.; $22 A black nativity is about as historically accurate as most white nativities. Best of all, this all-black show offers gospel variations to the staid Christmas carol classics. That and colorful costumes, African drums and dynamic dancing. The NC Black Repertory Company is presenting Black Nativity for their eighth year. The Langston Hughes musical is directed and choreographed by Mabel Robinson with music directed by Tony Gillion. There are also showings on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 15

Melissa Reaves concert and CD release party

The Garage; 110 W 7 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.777.1127;; 8 p.m.; $7 If gospel carols aren’t enough for you, check out experimental-rock versions at the Garage. Eclectic rock and roots singer Melissa Reaves promises blues, soul and reggae takes on Christmas songs in her new Hollydaze CD. The blond Boone native tours nationally and internationally with her all-female band, Melissa Reaves & the Willys. Her new CD is produced by Robert Kirk of WFDD’s “Friday Night Jazz” program.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Prostitution, Politics, and Public Decency: John Sloan’s Women

Reynolda House; 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem;; 336.758.5150; 5:30 p.m.; $5 Assistant curator Allison Slaby’s talk will be one of the last to feature Reynolda House’s wonderful show on Ashcan School painter John Sloan. Their Sloan collection includes many dreamy scenes of early 20 th -century New York City, of streetwalkers under the elevated train or traffic by the Flatiron building. If you’ve never been to Reynolda House, then stick around and check out the antique shooting gallery, indoor swimming pool and other marvels of the mansion.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Taking Back Sunday

Millennium Center; 101 W. 5 th St., Winston-Salem;; 6 p.m.; $25 on From its indy origins, Long Island screamo band Taking Back Sunday has steadily increased its fanbase. Now they present a very big show for Winston-Salem. The band’s past two albums, Where You Want to Be and Louder Now, reached No. 3 and No. 2 respectively on the Billboard 200, and they will soon release a fourth studio album, New Again. Also check out local punk-pop bands Jonas Sees In Color and Mercy Mercedes and Long Island alternative rock band Envy On The Coast.