Arts and Entertainment Briefs, March 28-April 3
The opening reception for the exhibit “The Stations of the Cross,” a series of paintings by Dr. Walter Hood starts at 6 p.m. today at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
These paintings, on display through April, follow the final days of Christ, from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion and Resurrection, and may be viewed during office hours and by appointment by calling 704-642-0731.
St. John’s Art Gallery is adjacent to the chapel, 200 W. Innes St.
CD release party tonight at The Inn
Tonight is Christian metal night at the Inn and CD release party for the group Fall of Goliath.
The Helper, Heavenly Armored and Chris Bernstorf will also be playing.
Saturday is open mic night. The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150, offers free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Groups are invited to jam or schedule their group to perform.
‘Love Letters’ opens next Thursday
Spoken Space Theatre presents A.R. Gurney’s’ “Love Letters” April 4-6.
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards.
Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years — where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of “good schools.”
While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney and gets involved in politics.
Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children.
Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them.
However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa’s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years — physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.
Each night will have a different cast of actors:
Thursday: Jim Burke and Lisa Fulton Burke
Friday: Robert Jones and Erin Fanelly
Saturday: Nick Bishop and Monika Bigsby
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Looking Glass black box theater, 405 N. Lee St.
Admission is $10 at the door. There will be a short intermission.
WILKESBORO — Tickets are on sale now for MerleFest, the four day music event held annually in Wilkesboro.
This year’s festival will be held April 25-28.
Guitar master Doc Watson created the four-day event in memory of his music partner and son, Merle, who died in 1985.
Headliners include North Carolina natives Charlie Daniels and the Avett Brothers plus the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who worked with Watson on the landmark “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
In what’s likely to be the festival’s most heart-felt moments, an all-star lineup assembled by mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush will pay tribute to Watson, who died in 2012.
For more information, call 1-800-343-7857 or visit www.merlefest.org
Artist lecture with Peg Gignoux
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., will host a special artist lecture with award-winning textile artist Peg Gignoux from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10.
Gignoux is a visiting artist at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Literary & Fine Arts Festival and one of the North Carolina Arts Council’s featured artists.
Her work as a fiber artist is based in collage, a technique which allows her the freedom to work loosely with a variety of materials.
Gignoux composition’s are layered, full of stories, complex textures, and color. She consistently links literacy with visual images. Her work uses an assortment of fabrics and papers, often hand dyed and handmade.
Her award-winning work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. For more information, call 704-636-1882 or visit www.waterworks.org.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Earth Day Jam April 19
Celebrate Mother Nature during Earth Day weekend during a daylong arts and music festival.
Natty Greene’s Earth Day Jam to benefit The LandTrust for Central North Carolina and Saving Grace Farm will be held from noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, April 20,
The event will kick off Friday, April 19 with several bands performing during Downtown Salisbury’s Earth Night Out.
Headlining the 16-band lineup Saturday are Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, a Virginia-based alternative bluegrass ensemble that’s performed at Merlefest, Bonnaroo, Suwannee and many other festivals.
Keel is described as one of the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating flat-pickin’ guitarists performing today. The band has recorded 14 albums and has been featured on 10 more.
Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, the main sponsor of the event, is a Greensboro-based craft brewing company and the brainchild of two UNC-Greensboro graduates. The company’s beers will be available during the festival.
Eddie Snuggs Hammer Truck Sales, Wallace & Graham, Salisbury-Rowan Tourism Development Authority, Wallace Realty and Team Chevrolet are also major sponsors.
Wild Turkey Farms will be donating pork from its organic pork and poultry farm and Fresh House is providing fresh fruits and vegetables.
A special kid’s section will include wildlife from Dan Nicholas Park, inflatable bounce houses and slides, games, arts activities by Salisbury Art Station and more.
Educational booths include Rowan County Recycling and Bread Riot, Energy Conservation Solutions will be there with solar panels to promote green energy.
Local artists will showcase artwork, handcrafted jewelry and other goods for sale.
Earth Day Jam is still looking for sponsors, artists, food vendors, educational and business participants. Those interested should apply online at http://landtrustcnc.org/2013/earthdayjam/.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/earthdayjam, or, http://landtrustcnc.org/2013/earthdayjam/.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. They are available online at http://earthdayjam.eventbrite.com/.
Proceeds of Earth Day Jam will go to The LandTrust for Central North Carolina and Saving Grace Farm.
The LandTrust for Central North Carolina currently protects 22,000 acres across its 10-county region, with more than 7,000 acres here in Rowan County.
Saving Grace Farm provides therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-related activities to people in the community with special needs.
‘The Edge’ at The Galleries
CONCORD — The Edge, an art exhibition that includes cutting edge pieces and modern approaches, will be on display March 25 through May 16 at The Galleries.
The exhibition includes paintings, pottery, glass, wood and mixed media by 14 artists including: Graham Auman, Raleigh, abstract oil paintings; Thor and Jennifer Bueno, Penland, totems of hand-blown glass stones; Betty Clark, Asheville, abstract oil paintings; Virginia Derryberry, Asheville, large-scale narrative paintings; Michael Hamlin-Smith, Charlotte, mid-century modern-influenced ceramic vessels; Kenn Kotara, Asheville, shaped canvas abstract paintings; Matthew Micca, Greensboro, minimalist ballpoint pen drawings; Daniel Nevins, Asheville, science-based free form painting; Jeff Pender, Charlotte, sculptural and functional ceramics; Wanda Steppe, Rock Hill, SC, oil paintings combining symbols and personal mythology; David Stuempfle, Seagrove, over-sized coil pottery; Bob Trotman, Casar, philosophical wood sculptures; Anatoly Tsiris, Charlotte, huge wood vessels; and Anthony Ulinski, Raleigh, oil and wax abstract paintings.
Trotman and Pender will talk to visitors about their work and demonstrate some of their techniques, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the downtown Concord Art Walk on Friday, April 12.
There is no admission charge to any of the activities at The Galleries. Volunteer docents are available to give you a tour and answer questions or you may enjoy the exhibition on your own. If you have children with you (or just want to have some fun with the art yourself), make sure to ask for the “I Spy” artwork scavenger hunt.
The Galleries located in the Historic Cabarrus courthouse at 65 Union Street S, Concord. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The gallary will be closed from March 29 through April 6. For more information, call 704-920-ARTS or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org
Henderson guitar competition
GRAYSON HIGHLANDS STATE PARK — Registration is open in April for guitarists who want to perform at the 19th annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition at Grayson Highlands State Park. The finalist will win a handmade Henderson guitar.
Applications must be received between April 1 and May 1. To register, send a completed application form and a $20 application fee by personal check or money order payable to the Wayne C. Henderson Guitar Competition. The form can be obtained from www.waynehenderson.org and mailed to: Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition, c/o Herb Key, 1423 Dragway Road, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. Anyone who cannot obtain an application online can request one by mail.
A maximum of 20 contestant applications and 10 alternate contestant applications will be selected. The first 20 applications will be drawn at random and approved as contestants by the contestant selection committee. The next 10 applications will be drawn at random and approved as alternates. Other prizes are second place, $200; third, $150, fourth, $100; and fifth, $50. (These winners also will be eligible for the 2014 contest by simply sending in an application and fee.) All guitarists receive free passes to the festival.
The family-friendly festival will be Saturday, June 15, rain or shine, at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Performing will be Roseanne Cash and John Leventhal, the Quebe Sisters Band, the Harris Brothers, Wayne Henderson and Friends and more. Children’s events and music are on the schedule, too. Admission is $15, and children 12 and younger get in free. Parking is $3.
Since the festival began in 1995, more than $79,000 has been awarded to aid young, local, traditional musicians in continuing their music exploration and education. Find event details at www.waynehenderson.org. Park information is at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/gra.shtml
Statewide star party
Jupiter and its Galilean moons, the Orion Nebula, the Beehive Cluster and distant galaxies will all be visible during North Carolina’s first statewide star party, happening at various locations on Friday, April 5. Gazing skyward from mountaintops, beaches, a wildlife refuge, historic sites and other scenic spots, partygoers can do more than enjoy the view — they can also contribute to the GLOBE at Night worldwide citizen science project. The event is part of the 2013 North Carolina Science Festival. See www.ncsciencefestival.org for locations and details.