The Word Is Out Open Mic Poetry will be 5:45-7:45 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Central Library Auditorium, 660 W. Fifth St.
Peggy Baxter-Barnhardt will be the featured poet. Baxter-Barnhardt is the chair of Rowan County Writers and has a column in the Salisbury Post. The optional theme is “Off the Beaten Path.”
Now in its 22nd year, The Word Is Out allows writers and lovers of poetry and spoken word to share three minutes of their own or someone else’s work, or simply listen.
Light refreshments will be served. There may be adult themes.
Clemmons to host annual
Christmas tree lighting
The Village of Clemmons will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 on the front lawn of Village Hall, 3715 Clemmons Road. The rain date will be Nov. 29.
There will be music, snow, cookies and a visit from Santa. Clemmons Mayor Nick Nelson will welcome Alex Whaley and his family to light the 2018 tree. Alex, a junior at West Forsyth High School, was born with cystic fibrosis. Attendees may donate to Alex’s Make-a-Wish Shopping Spree with gift cards or cash.
Chick-fil-A sandwiches and bottled water will be for sale for $5 at 5:15 p.m. Proceeds from the first 50 meal sales will go to Make-a-Wish Foundation Central and Western NC.
Admission is free. For information, call 336-766-7511.
Caroling coming to Reynolda
House for the holidays
Reynolda House Museum of American Art has started Caroling at Reynolda at 2:45 p.m. on Fridays through Dec. 21, 2250 Reynolda Road.
Each Friday, a guest singer will invite visitors into the Reception Hall to sing around the Aeolian organ. No prior caroling experience is required. Music lasts about 20 minutes, and guests are invited to enjoy the museum before and after the songs.
Caroling is free with admission to the museum, $18. “Dorothea Lange’s American,” a photography exhibition, is currently on display. For more information, visit www.reynoldahouse.org/holidays.
RiverRun to show movies
at RED in Greensboro
The RiverRun International Film Festival is presenting RiverRun UNCSA Shorts through Nov. 29 at RED Cinemas, 1305 Battleground Ave., Greensboro.
All of the shorts were created by UNC School of the Arts School of Filmmaking students and have screened at RiverRun festivals.
Running time is 62 minutes and includes “Another Everest” (2016), Aleksandre Kosinski; “Death and the Robot” (2014), Austin Taylor; “Miner Difficulties” (2018), Scott Smoot; “Supernova” (2018), Gavin Lankford and Kosinski; “Tethered” (2018), Elizabeth Fletcher; and “The Collection” (2015), Ian Michael Gullet.
Tickets are at the RED Cinemas box office or www.redcinemas.com.
WSSU groups to perform in concert this week
The Winston-Salem State University Department of Music will present two student concerts this week. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted.
- 7 p.m. Nov. 27: The WSSU Chamber Orchestra will perform its at the Fall Chamber Orchestra Concert, including
- works by Mozart (Overture to Bastien und Bastienne), Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars,
- Adele and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s “Hamilton”), in Dillard Auditorium, Anderson Center. Christina Placilli will conduct. For information, call 336-750-2531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 7 p.m. Nov. 29: WSSU Wind & Brass Ensemble Holiday Concert. The Wind & Brass Ensemble and the Symphonic Band, under the direction of Michael Magruder, will present holiday favorites in K.R. Williams Auditorium. The ensemble is the WSSU band program’s premier performing ensemble. For more information, call 336-750-2520.
- 4 p.m. Dec. 2: The Singing Rams — the Grammy-nominated WSSU Choir, the Burke Singers and the Singing Madonnas — will perform holiday favorites in “Mary’s Song: A Spiritual Time.” D’Walla Simmons-Burke directs; Myron Brown is the accompanist; Ronald Patterson, bassist; and guest percussionists. Guest artists are “The Little Singing Divas” of First Baptist Church (East Winston-Salem). For information, call 336-750-2525 or email email@example.com.
- 6 p.m. Dec. 3: WSSU Jazz Ensemble II, directed by James Armstrong, will present the annual Fall Jazz Band II Concert in Dillard Auditorium, Anderson Center. WSSU musicians will perform contemporary and modern jazz and blues. For information, call 336-750-2523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southside Library to have
semi-annual book sale
The Southside Library Friends semi-annual book sale will be Nov. 29-Dec. 4, except Sundays, at 3185 Buchanan St. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All other days are 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Several hundred books will be on sale for $1-$2 including a large selection of children’s books for 50 cents each. The non-profit Friends raise funds to support Southside Library and its community programs. Admission is free.
Wake Forest to host
two concerts this week
Wake Forest University’s Department of Music will present two concerts this week in Scales Fine Arts Center, Brendle Recital Hall, on campus. Admission is free. For information, call 336-758-2056.
- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27: Student Chamber Concert II
- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29: Gamelan and Chinese Ensembles; Elizabeth Clendinning and Jennifer Chang, directors.
Groups to be in concert
in Barn at Reynolda Village
Reynolda Village will present a “More Barn” concert Nov. 29 in building No. 106, 2201 Reynolda Road. Hank, Pattie and the Current, with Chatham Rabbits will perform.
In Hank, Pattie, and the Current, veteran bluegrass musicians join with some versatile Triangle musicians to create modern, acoustic music displaying their talents as composers and arrangers. The band makes use of traditional bluegrass instrumentation in a nontraditional way to present original music that breaks new ground.
Hank Smith plays banjo, Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw plays fiddle and sings; Ben Parker, guitar and vocals; Robert Thornhill, mandolin and vocals, and Billie Feather, bass.
Chatham Rabbits — Sarah Osborne McCombie (vocals, banjo) and Austin McCombie (vocals, guitar, fiddle) — hail from Bynum. They got their name from the Chatham Rabbits Stringband, an early 20th-century group.
Tickets are $20, $100 for a reserved table of four at www.reynoldavillage.com/morebarn.
‘Showtune — Holiday Edition’
coming to Milton Rhodes
Forty-Plus Stage Company will present “Showtune — Holiday Edition,” Nov. 30-Dec. 9 in the Mountcastle Black Box Theatre at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.
This family-friendly musical revue includes more than 25 holiday and seasonal numbers from Broadway shows and movies, including “Silver Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and five songs from “White Christmas.” The show will introduce some songs from more recent shows, including “Counting Down to Christmas” from “A Christmas Story” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” from “Elf.”
The cast includes Kevin Mundy, who also directs; Glad Douse, Dwan Hayes and Heidi Schafer. Robert Rocco is the pianist.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 6-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9. Tickets are at the Arts Council box office, 336-747-1414, and at www.rhodesartcenter.org.
Youth Chorus to present
annual Winter Choral Concert
The Winston-Salem Youth Chorus will present its Winter Choral Concert 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Salem Fine Arts Center, 500 E. Salem Ave.
Songs will include “The Angel Carol,” by John Rutter; “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” an American Gospel hymn; “Sleigh Ride”; and songs from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Tickets are $15-$20 at 336-725-7101 or www.wsyouthchorus.org. Proceeds help fund scholarships and administrative costs to run the program.
Carolina Music Ways
to celebrate N.C. music
Carolina Music Ways will presents “Carolina Live! — Our Musical History” at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Ramkat, 170 W. Ninth St.
Carolina Music Ways brings history to life, celebrating North Carolina’s multicultural musical heritage. This show features sing-a-longs, jazz, bluegrass, blues, gospel, old-time string band, rhythm and blues, and Moravian brass, performed by some of the best musicians in the area including Matt Kendrick, Debbie Gitlin, Wiley Porter, Joe Robinson, Karon Click, Diana Tuffin and Larry Carmen.
This is a rare public concert for the group, which usually performs in schools. Tickets are $5 for children, free for adults, at www.theramkat.com or at the door. Adult- and kid-friendly beverages will be for sale.
Scavenger hunt will
Clare Fader of FaderRE will present “Downtown Is Your Playground,” a scavenger hunt at noon on Dec. 1, starting and ending at Incendiary Brewing Co., 486 N. Patterson Ave.
The scavenger hunt will show participants some free or nearly free places to play downtown and raise money for @Hope_WS, which provides weekend meals to “food insecure” children in Forsyth County.
Tickets are $20 or $10 plus two volunteer hours with HOPE.
Stokes historical society to hold
Christmas open house Dec. 2
The Stokes County Historical Society will hold an Old-Fashioned Christmas Open House 2-5 p.m. Dec. 2 at 403 N. Main St., Danbury.
The Stokes County Museum of Regional History (Wilson Fulton House) will be decorated with live greenery, historically accurate for the 1854 Wilson Fulton House.
Steve and Olivia Shelton will perform Christmas music on Stokes County heritage instruments dating from the 1800s, the melodeon and cornets.
Mozart Club to present
Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Dec. 2
The Mozart Club will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road.
The Mozart Club has presented the “Messiah” in Winston-Salem for more than 85 years.
James Allbritten, artistic director and general director of Piedmont Opera, will conduct.
Admission is free, and donations will be accepted.