Arts & Entertainment Briefs Feb. 14-20

  • Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.
The 10th annual Lilly Colloquium will feature Catawba professor, author and actor Dr. Kurt Corriher.
The 10th annual Lilly Colloquium will feature Catawba professor, author and actor Dr. Kurt Corriher.

The inaugural Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival will kick off April 27 in downtown Kannapolis.

It will be a cultural arts festival that brings together designers, artists, painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, street performers or any other form of cultural arts format.

This is a free festival to visitors and performers, who may set up a booth for free on the streets of Kannapolis.

Plans are for the festival to take place on the last Saturday of each month.

Kaleidoscope invites local talents to demonstrate/display their art free of charge at the first Downtown Kannapolis Art Walk, to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. the last Saturday of each month starting April 27.

Vendors should bring their own table and be set up 30 minutes prior to the festival. Food and beverage vendors are welcome as well.

Organized with the help of the Modern Film Fest staff, the City of Kannapolis and the North Carolina Research Campus, this event is designed to showcase art form and culture.

The event is free, but those signing up are requested to e-mail Michael Knox at in order to coordinate the event.

This is a family friendly even, so we do ask that artists planning to set up to please e-mail images of their work for approval in advance.

For more information, contact Michael Knox at 828-231-5037, or Ryan Dayvault at 704-273-0590,

Short plays being performed at Lookng Glass next week

Spoken Space Theatre will present an “Evening of Short Plays by Sam Post” at the Looking Glass Artists Center’s black box theater, 405 N. Lee St.

A total of eight 10-minute plays will be performed in about 90 minutes with a short intermission.

Characters include a mechanic, a drunk theatre manager, a possum, a would-be singer and a stoner.

Post, a Salisbury native, has been writing short plays since about 1997.

Shows will start at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 22 and 23.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

‘The Jack Tales’ coming to Norvell Theater

Piedmont Players Theatre and Fibrant will present the youth production of ‘The Jack Tales” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Feb. 23 and March 1 and March 2.

Matinee performances will be held at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2.

Jack, the teen-age protagonist of most of the tales, is the universal underdog who outwits “upper-dogs” like robbers, giants, witches, devils, and big brothers.

The tales include Jack Fear-No-Man, Jack and the Witch’s Tale, Foolish Jack, Jack and the Robbers and Jack and Ol’ Greasy Beard.

Performances will be at the Norvell Theater, 135 East Fisher St.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased in person at the box office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 704-633-5471.

Updaway holds auditions

Updaway (pronounced Up The Way) Productions is currently auditioning actors and actresses for the stage production of “The Verdict: The Beginning or End?”

Auditions will be held from 5 to 8:45 p.m. Monday at the Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. in the Stanback Auditorium.

Positions are also available for stage crew, make up artist, prop manager and wardrobe manager.

For more information, go to the website or contact Leroy F. Bennett at 704-245-3614, e-mail at .

Photo contest deadline approaches

The Carolina Artists’ second annual photography exhibition and contest, Photo Expo 2013, is March 6 through 8 at the Salisbury Civic Center, for professional and amateur photographers.

Deadline for entry is Wednesday. Additional details available from chairpersons Bill and Celeste Ward, 704-633-7919,

Second annual game and card fundraiser

The Salisbury Rowan Newcomers Club will host its second annual game and card party at the Salisbury Civic Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday,

There will be various games available to play, including, Mexican Train or Chicken Foot, Scrabble, Yahtzee and Bridge or other card games. Those wanting to play Bridge should make up their foursome and bring cards.

All money from the sale of tickets and raffle items will benefit Food for Thought, a Rowan County organization that fills backpacks with food for needy children on weekends and holidays.

Finger foods and beverages will be provided and there will be door prizes and raffle items. Tickets for the benefit are $10 and must be purchased before the event. For more information, call Peggy Lutz at 704-209-6280.

Student exhibit opens Saturday

The “Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists” exhibit will open Saturday in the Young People’s Gallery at Waterworks Visual Arts Cetner.

Now in its 30th year, this rotating display features the artwork of nearly 800 students representing Rowan County’s public, independent and home-schooled students.

These exhibitions celebrate both the outstanding efforts of the art specialists who teach the creative process and the extraordinary talents of our county’s youth.

A reception to honor the students and their families, the art specialists and school administrators is held during each exhibition rotation.

The first exhibition runs Saturday through March 6, featuring the art of Rowan County’s independent and home schools. The reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

Subsequent exhibits and reception dates listed in Roundabout under Art on page 8D.

Spencer Doll and Toy Museum event

SPENCER — Call today to reserve a space in Saturday’s handmade card making class from 1 to 3 p.m.

Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided.

Cost of $16 per person is payable upon arrival and includes a museum tour. Museum members $12.

Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by today.

For more information, contact the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum at 704-762-9359 or

10th annual Lilly Colloquium

The 10th annual Lilly Colloquium will feature Catawba professor, author and actor Dr. Kurt Corriher, who will emphasize the importance of examining the artistic dimension of our lives.

The colloquium keynote is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel and is free and open to the public.

Corriher will also make an evening presentation that day at Catawba’s Community Forum at 7:30 p.m. in the Tom Smith Auditorium of Ketner Hall.

Corriher will continue a tradition of previous colloquium speakers — that of helping students and other members of the community discern their vocational direction and calling in order to pursue work that will be found to be meaningful and fulfilling. He will approach this discernment with a special emphasis on the way that artistic expression through writing, acting, music and visual arts provides opportunities for this fulfillment and the realization of one’s goals, simultaneous with ‘making a living.’

During his more than 20 years of service to Catawba, Corriher has served in a number of capacities including director of the Ketner Center for International Studies, theater arts professor, German professor, and project director of the Lilly Center. A Fulbright Fellow, he currently serves Catawba as a professor of theatre arts. An accomplished actor, he often is featured in productions of the St. Thomas and Piedmont Players, and also directs plays for the St. Thomas Players and Catawba College. He is the author of a number of books and plays including his most recent novel, “Salvation: A Story of Survival.”

The Lilly Colloquium at Catawba was established through the funding provided by the Lilly Endowment and Catawba’s Lilly Center for Vocation and Values.

Carolina’s Got Art! program

CHARLOTTE — The 2013 Carolina’s Got Art! (CGA!) exhibition and sale will be hosted by the Elder Gallery in May and June of this year. Due to a new partnership with Belk, CGA! has significantly increased opportunities for participating artists, including an expanded purse, a noted juror, and an additional month of exhibition space in Elder Gallery. $15,000 in prize money is available.

The entry fee is $35 and all entries must be completed by March 15, 2103. To register, artists can visit Artists may enter up to three pieces and all work must be original, for sale and created within the past two years. For artists whose work is selected, CGA! has partnered with guilds, museums and galleries in creating eight additional intake locations across North and South Carolina for artists to deliver their work — Asheville, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, Washington NC, Charleston, Columbia and Spartanburg.

Armory Show gallery talk

WINSTON-SALEM — “The Armory Show: One Hundred Years Later,” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the original groundbreaking New York City show. The work of American artists like George Bellows, Robert Henri and John Sloan was considered progressive, but the work of European artists like Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin truly shocked exhibition visitors. Managing Curator Allison Slaby will present a gallery talk on the date of the Armory Show’s 100th anniversary, this Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 p.m. The talk is free with museum admission. Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, 336-758-5150, 

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