Arts and Entertainment Briefs, April 4-10
SALISBURY — The Pulitzer Prize nominated play “Love Letters,” by A.R. Gurney, opens its three-night run tonight at the Looking Glass Artists Center’s black box theater, 405 N. Lee St.
It is a tale of simple, rich emotion, presented by Spoken Space Theatre. 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.
Show begins at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the door. There is a short intermission.
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Megan Doss at Cauble Creek
SALISBURY — Megan Doss will be performing at Cauble Creek Vineyard on from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Megan is a singer/songwriter from Providence who now lives in Burlington. She has been traveling around Virginia and North Carolina performing for the last two years.
In August, she released her first single on iTunes. She is currently working on her first album. Though performing country is her favorite genre, she also tries to add a different variety of music to her shows.
There will be a $10 cover charge for the concert. To make reservations, call 704-633-1137 or email Sales@CaubleCreekVineyard.com
Cauble Creek Vineyard is located at 700 Cauble Farm Road. The winery tasting room and retail center is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.CaubleCreekVineyard.com
Lamanno photography workshop
SALISBURY — David Lamanno presents “A Workshop for the Moderately Confused Photographer.”
David asks, Does your manual raise more questions than answers? Are your photographs often blurry? Are your sunset images lackluster? Would you like composition tips?
Answers to these questions and more will be available at the workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the Looking Glass Artists Center, 405 N. Lee St.
The cost is $30. Email email@example.com for reservations
Mother-son luau tickets
SALISBURY — Moms, it’s time to purchase your tickets for the Mother-Son Luau sponsored by Salisbury Parks and Recreation. Share a magical night making memories with your little man with great entertainment, dancing, snacks, games and door prizes. Tickets are on sale now at the Salisbury Civic Center.
The seventh annual Mother-Son Luau will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
The cost is $6 for sons (ages 4-13), and $8 for moms.
No tickets will be sold at the door. All must be purchased in advance.
For more information, call the Civic Center at 704-638-5275.
The Inn celebrates 8 years
SALISBURY — It’s been eight years since The Inn, the local Christian music and fellowship venue, opened its doors. The celebration this weekend will feature two nights of free music.
Hear the bands Six Hour Ransom and 7th Vessel on Friday.
The anniversary show is Saturday with WBFJ Radio broadcasting live from 6 to 8 p.m.
The lineup of bands to take the stage include Broken Yesterday, LifeGiver, Evolve, Relentless Flood and Heavens Thunder. Comedian Scott Meade, aka The Coolemee Clown, will be the emcee for the night.
This is the only fundraiser of the year at The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150, 704-213-1467. Burgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase.
‘How Andy Met Opie’s Mother’
SALISBURY — Join historian Dr. Gary Freeze next Thursday evening for the presentation “How Andy Met Opie’s Mother,” hosted by The Friends of Rowan Public Library.
Dr. Freeze will be describing the fateful and fanciful day in 1952 when everything converged to make Andy Taylor “thrice a hero.” Using snippets of real anecdotes from the well-known Andy Griffith Show, Gary will take us on a stormy and romantic jaunt into Kelsey’s Woods, help us find out how Andy met the Apricot Queen, wooed her in the midst of Ernest T. Bass induced chaos, and before the day was over, saved Mayberry from calamity.
In the process you will learn about Barney’s great desire to be “left to the Beavers,” find out what Cheerwine had to do with it all and most of all, finally understand how Opie got that red hair. It’s all part of a forthcoming book, “Why Andy Didn’t Carry A Gun: The Hidden History of Mayberry.”
This special presentation is free and open to all, and will take place at Rowan Public Library next at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Enter the Stanback Auditorium at the Fisher Street entrance near the Henderson Law Office.
Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St., 704-216-8229, www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
Going on a frog hunt
SALISBURY — Celebrate “Reptiles and Amphibians: Up Close and Personal!” on Saturday, April 13 at the Catawba Center for the Environment. Drop in any time between 2 and 5 p.m. and hunt for salamanders and frogs, trap turtles, hold lizards, and learn about the habitats our cold blooded neighbors depend on. See the snakes at their best with Mir Youngquist-Thurow, director of Agapé Center for Environmental Education, as she teaches about the importance of these remarkable animals.
Dr. Amanda Chunco will speak on Hybridization in Amphibians as a Conservation Issue at 5:30 p.m.. She is a wildlife ecologist and new assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Elon University.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at CenterfortheEnvironment.org or call 704-637-4727. Bring the whole family and dress for a day of fun in the woods, rain or shine.
All activities will occur at the Center for the Environment’s facility and the Fred Stanback, Jr. Ecological Preserve on the Catawba College Campus, 2300 W. Innes St.
Civil War Reenactment
HUNTERSVILLE — CHARLOTTE — Historic Latta Plantation hosts reenactments, family events, day camps, and workshops next weekend, April 13-14. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, visitors can watch the North and South battle it out across plantation grounds. They can also tour the circa 1800 Latta home, outbuildings, and animals, visit the soldier camps, shop with period sutlers, and see demonstrations throughout the weekend.
The main battle will be at 2 p.m. each day. Admission is $7 per person; ages 5 and under and members are free.
Latta Plantation is located south of Salisbury at 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704-875-2312. Visit www.lattaplantation.org for details.
‘Romeo. Juliet’ deconstructs classic love story
CHARLOTTE — The UNC-C Department of Theatre will present “Romeo. Juliet,” a contemporary portrayal of the classic love story, from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 21, in the Belk Theater of the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts.
To a generation reared in the age of electronic communication – what does “falling in love” mean? In “Romeo. Juliet,” Elizabethan verse encounters the world of texts, tweets and Tumblr to provide a 21st-century approach to Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, and Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20. Matinees are at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14 and 21.
Robinson Hall box office, 704-687-1TIX (1849), firstname.lastname@example.org, general public seats are $14.