It’s a weekend for Christmas parties, eleventh-hour shopping, traveling… zoom zoom. Hate to be the hair in the eggnog, so to speak, what with all the Christmas cheer being hurled around these parts, but sometimes all the pressure makes me want to Grinch out.
Or maybe I just need to get out of the house.
On with the Weekender…. (sign up for the e-blast here)
- Triad Stage has holiday entertainment on three stage in two cities through the weekend. At the Pyrle Theatre in Greensboro, it’s The Snow Queen, a frozen Appalachian fantasy. Upstairs at Upstage Cabaret, Paper Lantern‘s The Santaland Diaries gives the confessions of the world’s worst elf. Over at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem, A Christmas Carol rattles those familiar chains. (GSO/W-S)
- A/perture‘s got The Grinch Who Stole Christmas — not the cartoon one, the other one — playing throughout the holiday season. (W-S)
- Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance finishes its run of White Christmas, the stage musical adapted from the classic film. It runs through Dec. 21. (W-S)
- UNCSA wraps up its annual student-run production of The Nutcracker at the Stevens Center with shows through the weekend. (W-S)
- The Crown, atop the Carolina Theatre, has Ebenezer’s Trailer Park Christmas Spectacular, a play with a name in need of a hyphen but that is otherwise fairly self-explanatory. (GSO)
- Primovanhalen presents Trans-Siberian Dorkestra, a Christmas pageant and retelling of the Greatest Story Ever Told with a cast of “local favorites,” at Krankies. Showtime is 8 p.m. (W-S)
- A minor legend as a founding member of the New York garage-psychedelic-pop band the Cheepskates, Tony Low calls Greensboro home now, hence this gig at Tate Street Coffee. Christmas music is a risky venture for pop musicians, but Low’s “Merry Christmas (You’re the One I Love)” could plausibly have provided a track for Phil Spector’s classic 1963 Christmas LP A Christmas Gift for You. It’s that time of the season. (GSO)
- With alumni from the Raymond Brake, Decoration Ghost and Oedipus & the Motherf***ers, the Kneads is a Greensboro band with a provenance going back to the mid-1990s, and with an album slated for release in January, they’ve got some momentum. Tonight at New York Pizza, they’ll do their thing — the kind of noisy, earnest punk minted by Kudzu Wish might be a good reference point for many youngsters. Raleigh’s Alpha Cop takes a similar approach, but with an intriguing detour into chamber music with classical violin. A third band, Basement Life, is also on the bill, but I couldn’t find any information about them on the interwebs. (GSO)
- Piedmont Songbag features six stalwart Triad music-scene veterans, who will trade songs and stories on the Blind Tiger stage for this early one. It kicks off at 6 p.m. (GSO)
- Tonight at the Garage, Jared Draughon, who performs under the name Must Be the Holy Ghost, pairs his sonic spree of drum machine, guitar loops and careening, melodic vocals with the psychedelic light-show product Weapons of Mass Projection, a Durham emcee who has crossed paths with Draughon before, also graces the stage, as does Ships in the Night. But the real revelation may be SOON, the new project of Love Language founder Stuart McLamb. Show starts at 9 p.m. (W-S)
- Small Potatoes Mobile Kitchen brings the tureens to the Savory Spice Shop on Saturday with samples of their signature soups and the Soupscription program. (GSO)