» Music Night at Spencer-Penn: Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer will be the featured performers during Music Night tonight at the Spencer-Penn Centre. The doors will open at 5, and the music begins with an open-mic session at 5:30. Concessions include hot dogs, barbecue, homemade chicken salad sandwiches, pinto beans and cornbread, homemade desserts, popcorn and chips.
» Drizzle + Drink: Alisha Bennett will teach how to create art by pouring through a variety of “holey” items, in art with this “Drizzle + Drink: Strainer Things” class at 6 p.m. today at Piedmont Arts. Wearing a smock or old clothes is encouraged. $40 is the fee. Register at 276-632-3221 or PiedmontArts.org.
» “Frozen Jr.:” The Patriot Players’ first all-kids production, “Frozen Jr.,” will run at 7 tonight and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in the Walker Fine Arts Theatre at Patrick Henry Community College. The show is sold out.
» Veterans Day concert: The Magna Vista High School Concert Band will perform a Veterans Day concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the high school. Under the direction of Kevin Lewis, the band will perform a variety of pieces dedicated to those who have served in the military, including “Inchon” by Robert W. Smith, “Liberty Fanfare” by John Williams, a medley of popular songs from World War II and the service songs for each branch of service. There is no admission charge.
» “Hidden Rivers” film premiere: The Virginia Museum of Natural History, in conjunction with the Dan River Basin Association, will serve as a host for the premiere presentation of the film “Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. This 1-hour film explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America’s most biologically rich waters. The film follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region, revealing both the beauty and vulnerability of aquatic life and how many people are finding ways to protect these ecosystems. The screening is free; RSVP to Charlotte Harter at email@example.com or 276-634-4162 by 5 p.m. Monday.
» Artspiration with Karen Despot: At 1:30 p.m. Thursday and on Dec. 12, artist Karen Despot will lead studio time at Piedmont Arts. Acrylic and oil paints and colored pencils will be provided, and Despot will give guidance. $35 each session.
» TheatreWorks’ “A Tuna Christmas”: TheatreWorks Community Players get into the holiday mood with the comedy “A Tuna Christmas” in the Black Box Theatre. The show will run at 7 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and 22-23 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 24. The show tells the story of the holiday season in the third smallest town in Texas – and is the sequel to “Greater Tuna,” the first show put on in the Black Box Theatre.
» Bassett Jamboree: The HJDB Event Center (old Bassett High School) will host a Bassett Jamboree next Friday. Local musicians are invited to come jam from 6-7 p.m., followed by music from bluegrass band Wound Tight at 7-9. Dancers are welcome, and concessions will be available. Admission is $5 at the door.
» Artspiration: Leaves and Pumpkins: In this family-friendly class, Michele Minich will lead in the creation of oil paintings, from 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 16, at Piedmont Arts. Cost is $25. Register at piedmontarts.org or 276-632-3221.
» Artspiration: Barn Quilt Painting. On Nov. 19 at 1-3 p.m. at Piedmont Arts, Lisa Martin will teach how to make a barn quilt using one of six design options; all supplies will be provided. Cost is $40.
» “A. A. Burleigh: Civil War Soldier:” Hasan Davis of Kentucky (no connection to Martinsville’s Hasan Davis) will bring to life a Civil War veteran during his performance “A. A. Burleigh: Civil War Soldier,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Patrick County High School auditorium in Stuart. Admission is free. Burleigh was the son of an English sea captain and a woman of color. When he was 2, his father died, and he and his mother were sold into slavery. At age 16 he escaped and fought in the Civil War in the new U.S. Colored Troops. In 1889 he was appointed chaplain of the General Assembly of Illinois by the governor.
» Faerie Kingdom Escape Room: An escape room is a series of puzzles players must solve, with the help of clues. “Faerie Kingdom Escape Room” at Piedmont Arts last 30 minutes, with times offered between 2 p.m and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Register through piedmontarts.org.
» Rives on the Road: Big Something, sponsored by Rooster Walk, will perform at 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Heritage Conference & Event Center (formerly Bassett Country Club). Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and season passes are accepted. This is the first “Rives on the Road” concert.
» Oil-painting class: Ed Gowen will direct students step by step in creating a particular oil painting from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5, at Piedmont Arts. The cost is $85, which includes supplies, for each session. Register by calling 276-632-3221 or visiting PiedmontArts.org.
» Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Spectacular: There’s something new with the Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops concert: It will be performed at a matinee, instead of the previous evening show, at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Martinsville High School auditorium. Admission will be $5-25, and Altrusa will collect donations of non-perishable foods for Grace Network.
» Smith River Singers: The Smith River Singers will perform their annual Christmas concert, “Carols & Cheer,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Galilean House of Worship. This season’s concert will feature a symphony orchestra led by Bassett High School band director Trey Harris. The orchestra is comprised of professional and local musicians as well as students from the Bassett High School band. The Smith River Singers and orchestra will be joined by internationally-acclaimed soloists Jill Gardner, soprano, and Jake Gardner, bass-baritone, for a performance of Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols.”
» Music Night at Spencer-Penn: Two Young Two Old and The Country Boys will be the featured performers during Music Night at Spencer-Penn on Dec. 13 at the Spencer-Penn Centre. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the music begins with an open-mic session at 5:30. Concessions include hot dogs, barbecue, homemade chicken salad sandwiches, pinto beans and cornbread, homemade desserts, popcorn and chips.
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