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Arts Top 10

November 3, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 03--The Holiday season is now in full swing, and with it comes plenty of events to choose from for arts lovers. Here are some of our top picks for November and December:

Quilts and Crafts of the Lakota

When: Delta Arts Center opening 3 to 5 p.m. today; Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology opening 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Delta Arts Center, 2611 New Walkertown Road; Museum of Anthropology, Wingate Road on the Reynolda campus of Wake Forest University.

Why go: The Delta Arts Center and the Museum of Anthropology are co-presenting two independent but related art exhibits looking at quilt work and other arts and crafts of the Lakota American Indian tribe of South Dakota. The combined exhibit will have 20 quilts and 32 items of apparel and dance regalia made in the traditional style by Lakota artisans, with each venue displaying about half of the quilts and crafts. The Tuesday opening at the Museum of Anthropology will include an illustrated lecture on the efforts to preserve the Lakota cultural heritage.

Information: Free admission. For more information, go to deltaartscenter.org.

Vermeer & Music: The Art of Love and Leisure

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce St.

Why go: This film is from the Exhibition series "Great Art on Screen." It displays an exhibition from the National Gallery in London that looks at the works of Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), who is perhaps best known for the painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring."

The film examines both the exhibition and the story of Vermeer's life, showing many of his greatest works in detail, with a special emphasis on Vermeer's relationship with music.

Information: Admission charged. For more information, go to www.hanesbrandstheatre.org or call (336) 747-1414.

Street Scene

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: Catawba Theatre, Performance Place at UNC School of the Arts

Why go: Students from UNCSA's Schools of Drama and Design & Production have collaborated for this production of Elmer Rice's Pulitzer-prize winning 1929 play, a gritty drama about the residents of a New York tenement building. Matt Bulluck, a UNCSA drama faculty member, directs members of the school's Studio 3 in the performance.

Information: Admission charged. For more information, call (336) 721-1945.

Verdi's Requiem

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St.

Why go: The UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra is joining forces with other performers -- the UNCSA Cantata Singers, soloists from the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the school and the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale -- for this rendition of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem. The concert is part of the worldwide Verdi bicentennial celebration, honoring his birth in 1813.

In all, more than 200 performers -- including orchestra, chorus members and soloists -- will take part in the production.

Information: Admission charged. For more information or reservations, call the UNCSA box office at (336) 721-1945 or go to www.uncsa.edu/performances.

Monty Python's Spamalot

When: Friday, Saturday, Nov. 10, 14-17 and 21-24. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

Where: Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive

Why go: The Twin City Stage is taking on the hit comedy musical "Spamalot," a Broadway smash based on the classic British comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The musical was written by Eric Idle, one of the members of the Monty Python troupe, and uses the group's brand of anarchistic humor to parody the stage musical genre as well as the legend of King Arthur. The production is bawdy at times, with adult humor and language, some cartoonish violence and gratuitous fish-slapping. For more, see the story on page XX.

Information: Admission charged. Call (336) 725-4001 for tickets or more information.

Savion Glover's STePz

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 15

Where: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Appalachian State University Campus, Boone

Why go: Savion Glover, a Tony Award-winning tap dancer/choreographer/producer, and his ensemble of dancers will perform his dance production STePz, which mixes his dance style with traditional music selections. Glover is known for such Broadway productions as "The Tap Dance Kid," "Jelly's Last Jam" and "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk."

Information: Admission charged. For more information or to see videos, go to pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/283

Holidays on Broadway

When: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 5-8

Where: Broadway's Best Theatre Company, near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Farmington Road at Exit 174 in Davie County.

Why Go: This musical revue celebrates holidays around the calendar in addition to Christmas, with such songs as "My Funny Valentine" for Valentine's Day, "Grand Old Flag" for the Fourth of July, "9 to 5" for Labor Day and more, all culminating in a selection of Broadway Christmas tunes.

Information: Admission charged. For more information and a schedule, go to www.broadwaysbest.biz or call (336) 575-4446.

Carolina Christmas Spectacular

When: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road

Why go: As part of its "Plugged-in Pops" and "Discovery Concert for Kids" series, the Winston-Salem Symphony is presenting a series of concerts of holiday music. The concerts will include a selection of popular secular and religious music from the symphony, directed by Robert Moody, the music director, as well as guest artists Cirque de la Symphonie, aerialists who will perform dramatic feats above the orchestra, and the Burke Singers, a female a cappella vocal ensemble from Winston-Salem State University.

Information: Admission charged. Go to WSsymphony.org or call the symphony box office at (336) 464-0145.

Triad Stage's A Christmas Carol

When: Previews Dec. 10-12; performances Dec. 13-22 at various times.

Where: Hanesbrands Theatre

Why go: Charles Dickens' classic tale of a (spoiler alert) miser's redemption is a classic holiday tale, and Triad Stage's production of it promises interesting stage design, clever special effects and strong performances.

Information: Admission charged. For more information and a schedule, go to triadstage.org.

UNCSA's The Nutcracker

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21; 2 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22.

Where: The Stevens Center

Why go: UNCSA's production of Tchaikovsky's ballet features a live orchestra, which this year is under the direction of Charles Barker, the principal conductor of the American Ballet Theatre. The production is directed by Ethan Stiefel, a former dean at UNCSA and now the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

For two of the performances, Dec. 13 and Dec. 19, guest artists Gillian Murphy, an American Ballet Theatre principal dancer and UNCSA alumna, and Gonzalo Garcia, a principal with the New York City Ballet, will be in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier Prince.

Information: Admission charged. For more information including schedules and special events, go to www.uncsa.edu/nutcracker.

tclodfelter@wsjournal.com

(336) 727-7371

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