Just one look at the full slate of arts events on tap in the Piedmont Triad area in the coming weeks should inspire a sense of gratitude among those of us who appreciate human expression in all its amazing forms. Nothing inspires young people quite like the arts, and on Monday, Nov. 24, the Open Dream Ensemble, a multi-disciplinary performing arts group sponsored by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will do just that. The ensemble, which integrates theatre, dance and music in its performances, will present a free community performance of two original shows at UNCSA’s Performance Place Thrust Theatre. No tickets are required, and parents are encouraged to bring their children. Showtime begins at 5 p.m. with The Amazing Adventure of Anna Marie, followed by a 6:30 p.m. performance of The Red Planet. For further information, call 336.722.0030. Tickets are now on sale for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Performances will be held Nov. 30 – Dec. 21 at the High Point Theatre located at 220 E. Commerce Ave. in downtown High Point. Ticket prices range from $9.95-$31. For further information, call 336.887.3001. The award-winning documentary film, Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, will be screened on Wednesday at UNCG’s Ferguson Building at 6:30 p.m. The film, directed by Adam Zucker portrays the Greensboro Massacre of 1979 and the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, that spent several years looking into the tragedy and its aftermath, and that issued a comprehensive report in 2006. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Adam Zucker, Mark Sills, professor Muktha Jost, UNCG professor Spoma Jovanovic, and the Rev. Joseph Frierson. Admission is free. On Friday the Celebration of Seagrove Potters will open during a gala preview party. Attendees will get an opportunity to meet the artists and preview a select collection of unique collaborative pieces. Artwork will be auctioned at 8 p.m. on Friday evening. Tickets should be purchased in advance at: www. celebrationofseagrovepotters.com. There’s nothing like a great storyteller, and Old Salem is hosting one of the nation’s best on Nov. 21. Donald Davis, considered among the most popular figures on today’s storytelling circuit, will visit Old Salem Museums & Gardens to offer two free public performances Nov. 21- 22 at St. Phillips Church. Davis, born in Southern Appalachia, grew up hearing gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales and, most importantly, nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin. St. Phillips Church is located at 911 South Church St. in Old Salem. There is limited seating, and, while there is no admission fee, reservations are required for both performances. For more information or reservations, call the Visitors Center at 336.721.7350.