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by Keith Barber

This week’s edition of Found Objects leads off with two First Friday arts celebrations in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. First Friday in downtown Greensboro on Dec. 4 features a self-guided tour of local art galleries and studios, museums, retail shops, restaurants and alternative arts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Downtown Art District Association will be holding the First Friday Holiday Hop along Trade, Liberty and 6th streets in downtown Winston-Salem from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, the Childrens Theatre of Winston- Salem presents The Shoemaker and the Christmas Elves Saturday Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. A heartwarming, holiday musical, The Shoemaker is a spin on the classic Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale.

No Christmas would be complete without the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Stevens Center. This season’s first two performances will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5-6. This year’s show features new choreography, a brand new 26-foot-tall Christmas tree and a flurry of surprises. For further info, call 336.721.1945.

The Sawtooth School for Visual Art will hold its annual Deck the Halls event Dec. 2-6 in Commerce Plaza at the corner of 4th and Spruce streets in downtown Winston-Salem. Deck the Halls is a sale of fine arts and crafts by regional artists, faculty and students all affiliated with Sawtooth School.

Triad Stage at the Pyrle Theater continues its run of Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity with shows Thursday through Sunday. Tickets range from $10-$42 depending on performance date and seat location. The show runs through Dec. 23. For further info, call 336.272.0160. And for those in the mood for holiday satire, head upstairs to Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret and check out David Sedaris’ SantaLand Diaries. The show runs through Dec. 19 with 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows.

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