Brazilian-born Eumir Deodato deftly infuses R&B, combo jazz, Latin, funk, and symphonic musings into a zesty swirl of Grammy-winning harmony. Deodato boasts production and arrangement credits for a diverse net of performers including Aretha Franklin, Björk, Kool & The Gang, and more. High Point Theatre cradles its melody seekers in the spacious yet inviting confines of its nearly 1,000-seat auditorium, ensuring all ears are filled to the brim during Deodato's palpable performance.
The Greensboro Symphony’s mighty oak has grown from the most acornic of beginnings—its story started in the 1920s with a group of musicians at Woman's College. Over the years, the symphony has grown into a cultural cornerstone of the community, with community-outreach programs, youth-involvement events, a secret volcano headquarters, and an endowment fund.
Boasting one of the largest venues in the Triad, and blessed by the muses since 1934, Twin City Stage gives the Winston-Salem community a place to both experience live theater and perform in it. Mitch Albom’s comedy, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, follows a couple of cockamamie duck hunters who believe they’ve shot an angel and are relentlessly pursued by a cynical tabloid journalist and his reluctant photographer—but everything changes when they stumble upon a pair of wings and a tiara. Like most Thanksgiving dinners, the production wittily intertwines a love story, garish media, cultural stereotypes, and a character that is half alligator and half man.
In its earliest days, putting on a show at The Barn Dinner Theatre was a labor of love. Cast members, who were assembled in New York and traveled among the country's Barn locations, lived above the theatre during their engagements and served in the dining room as waiters before rushing off to get into costume. Today, though they sometimes still stay in the onsite living quarters, the performers only have to concentrate on presenting an entertaining spectacle to audiences at what is billed as "America’s longest-running dinner theater."
That task is made a lot easier by a buffet that satisfies guests with fresh-greens salad, a selection of southern sides, and choice slices of Angus roast beef and honey-glazed ham at the carving station. A sight sweetened by a decadent dessert such as housemade cobbler, the descent of the stage from the ceiling signals that the evening’s magic is on its way. Onlookers sit back for entertainment with no shortage of laughs, music, and emotion, ranging from popular productions such as Legally Blonde to country and bluegrass concerts to holiday-themed extravaganzas.
Standing before a brick wall emblazoned with The Comedy Zone’s starry logo, nationally touring comics present their finely honed routines to audiences looking to laugh. During Friday and Saturday evening shows, The Comedy Zone keeps punch lines rolling with its stuffed calendar of established and up-and-coming jokesters. Little Tony’s Cafe supplies the venue with a menu of pizzas, subs, and Italian specialties, supplemented by an array of laugh-loosening beverages.
• For $60, you get two seats in the back upper level of sections 217–225 (a $99 value before fees, or up to a $123 value online including all ticketing fees). • For $82, you get two seats in the upper level sides of sections 209–216 or 226–233 (a $139 value before fees, or up to a $166.20 value online, including all ticketing fees).
Los Cabos Mexican Grill treats its guests to a spread of sizzling chicken and steak fajitas, overstuffed burritos, and tacos filled with generous portions of meat, beans, and veggies. A wall-sized mural of rocky oceanside coves and leaping dolphins makes for an ideal backdrop for feasts of whole fried tilapia or icy beverages, such as beer-infused margaritas. Black-clad mariachi troupes travel from table to table, blasting horns and plucking strings as guests hoist steins of beer and dine on chorizo and chicken.