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by Keith Barber

‘Tis the season for a magnificent abundance of Christmas celebrations, including December First Friday, a Festival of Lights, which will be held Dec. 4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kress Building on South Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. After checking out the Festival of Lights, swing by Triad Stage at the Pyrle Theatre for Opening Night of Beautiful Star. This year’s production represents the final staging of the seasonal celebration directed by Preston Lane with music composed by Laurelyn Dossett. Beautiful Star tells the story of Reverend Ledbetter and the Open Heart Community Fellowship as they gather once again for their rendition of the Christmas story. There’s a very good reason Beautiful Star has become the biggest hit in Triad Stage’s history. Come see for yourself!

Also on Dec. 4, the UNCG Dance Department presents six works by faculty and students in the university’s final dance concert of the year. The concert will feature dances choreographed by adjunct faculty member Madeleine Reber; graduate students Amanda Diorio, Loren Groenendaal and Christine Bowen Stevens; and undergraduate students Erin Casanega, Kay Stewart and Lauren Drake. Performances in the UNCG Dance Theater begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Tickets are $12 general admission, $9 for children and seniors, and $6 for students. For tickets and information, please call 336.334.4849.

And to help keep you in the holiday spirit, North Carolina A&T State University presents Black Nativity by Langston Hughes at Harrison Auditorium Dec. 3-6. This gospel musical tells the story of the birth of Christ, using “vibrant songs and dance of praise and worship.” Storytellers guide the audience through the greatest story ever told. Show times are 8 p.m. on Dec. 3-4 with 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows on Dec. 5-6. General admission tickets are $15 with $10 tickets for seniors and $5 tickets for children. A&T students are admitted free. For