Arts & Entertainment briefs, April 25-May 1

  • Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Tex-A-Lina Cookers will host a fundraiser for Mobile Farm Fresh on Saturday.
Tex-A-Lina Cookers will host a fundraiser for Mobile Farm Fresh on Saturday.

Piedmont Choral Society

KANNAPOLIS/CONCORD — Piedmont Choral Society will present its spring concert of spirituals, with orchestra at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St., Kannapolis.

A second performance will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. N, Concord.

The concerts, which are directed by Dr. Jeffrey Price, are free and the public is invited.

A reception will be held after the Sunday concert.

For more information, contact 704-699-6053 or

Piedmont Prime Time Community Band

KANNAPOLIS — The community is invited to the Piedmont Prime Time Community Band’s 11th annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Blackwelder Park Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2204 Summit Ave.

The band is asking for donations of canned food items or peanut butter to be donated to the Blackwelder Park Baptist Church Food Panty.

The band will play music from Broadway musical favorites “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “The Music Man,” “Anni,”,“Oliver” and more.

The band is a non-profit, volunteer, community organization.

For more information, call Jon Hutchinson at 704-425-3508 or go to

The Concert Choir

The Concert Choir will present their spring concert in conjunction with East Rowan, North Rowan, South Rowan and West Rowan high school choirs at 7:30 p.m. May 4 in Catawba College’s Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.

Famous choruses from Opera to Broadway will be performed with full orchestral accompaniment and a voice choir.

Hear music from “Carousel, A Little Night Music,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “West Side Story,” as well as arias from Il Travatore, Carmen and Lohengrin. 

Favorite composers include Verdi, Sondheim, Bizet, Bernstein, Wagner, and Rodgers.

Dean Orbison is director of The Concert Choir.

Matt Newton, director of The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society will share the baton with Orbison .

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

For more information, contact Karen Franks, president of The Concert Choir at 704-433-8015 or

Hagy celebrates 25 years with symphony

SALISBURY — Music director David Hagy is celebrating his 25th year with the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony this year.

The Symphony Society is preparing a “Roast ‘n Toast” of Hagy on Thursday, May 2.

During dinner and dessert, fans are encouraged to either roast or toast him for a fee of $25. All monies collected will be used to help pay musicians’ fees.

Hagy might well be called a “musician’s conductor,” as he goes the extra mile to make the rehearsals and concerts as meaningful for them as it is for the audience.

He plays most of the instruments of an orchestra, but his principal ones are violin and piano.

Hagy did not grow up in a “musical” family and gives credit to the Indianapolis public school system for opening those doors

He received his bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Indiana University before attending Yale University, where he studied under Otto-Werner Mueller, eventually earning his doctorate degree.

During his tenure in Salisbury, Hagy has served as the assistant conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras and guest conductor for several orchestras.

He currently teaches and serves as the Orchestra Director at Wake Forest University.

For more information about the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and Hagy, visit or call 704-637-4314.

Fresh produce fundraiser

Tex-A-Lina Cookers will host a fundraiser for Mobile Farm Fresh at Farm Fresh MarketPlace on Saturday, 3402 S. Main St., Salisbury.

Mobile Farm Fresh is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to address the needs of our communities with hunger, food insecurity, and the lack of access to healthy, affordable fruits, vegetables and other wholesome food staples.

Tex-A-Lina Cookers will be offering smoked pork shoulders, smoked brisket and smoked bratwurst plates for sale. They will be cooking at Farm Fresh MarketPlace.

Tex-A-Lina Cookers are a competition barbecue cook-off and catering team.

Train trip getaway to Charleston

SPENCER — The N.C. Transportation Museum offers a chance for passengers to take a train trip to one of the south’s loveliest and most historic cities.

This three day, two night excursion to Charleston, S.C., the “Lowcountry Limited” happens May 17 through 19.

Passengers for the Lowcountry Limited will depart the NC Transportation Museum at 9:15 a.m. via motorcoach, bound for Wilson, where guests will board the Clinchfield and Powhatan Arrow, two vintage private rail cars, for the train trip to Charleston.

Saturday attractions include a guided motorcoach tour of historic Charleston as well as other opportunities.

For an additional fee, passengers may also enjoy a 90-minute harbor cruise or ferry over and tour Fort Sumter, dinner downtown and an optional walking ghost tour.

Prices for the trip are $525 per person for a double, triple or quad occupancy room and $625 per person for a single room.

Tickets are available by calling 704-636-2889, ext. 237 or by visiting online at

Waterworks reception next Thursday

WaterWorks Visual Arts Center is “Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists” in the Young People’s Gallery.

Currently on exhibit is the work from Rowan-Salisbury high school students, through May 11.

The artist reception is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

Now in its 30th year, this rotating display of artwork features the works of nearly 800 students representing Salisbury-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.

Community day inspired by 1920s Hollywood

WINSTON-SALEM — Reynolda House Museum of American Art will host “Kings and Queens of the Silver Queen,” a free Community Day celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The afternoon will feature music, performances and art activities inspired by the Hollywood glamour of the 1920s and ’30s.

The day will also include a sidewalk-chalk walk of fame, a gallery scavenger hunt and collage and origami art activities for children of all ages.

The event is free.

For more information, call 336-758-5150 or visit

We Will Raq You

CONCORD — The third annual We Will Raq You show, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, will feature 80s music

The event combines music with tribal, cabaret, gothic and fusion belly dance.

The lineup of performers includes more than 50 of the best local and regional dancers performing an 80s extravaganza of everything from Aerosmith to Adam Ant. Musical selections will include Michael Jackson, Motorhead, Devo and Depeche Mode.

Be part of the show by wearing your finest 80s attire. There just might be a prize for the most rad outfit.

The show will be held at the Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, Concord.

Tickets are available at

The event has sold out for two years running, so don’t wait to get tickets.

For more information, find We Will Raq You (80s edition) on Facebook.

Carolina Rebellion 2013

CHARLOTTE — Tickets are on sale now for Carolina Rebellion 2013, featuring Alice in Chains, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Sound Garden, Rise Against, Bush, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Bullet for My Valentine, Three Doors Down, Buckcherry and more.

The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, at Rock city Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Tickets are $99.

For details, visit

Daniel Boone Festival

MOCKSVILLE — Mark your calendars for the annual Daniel Boone Family Festival in downtown Mocksville, to be held on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The daytime events, runnning until 5 p.m., are free, and include historical tours, crafts, Fort Dobbs re-enactors, and kid’s area.

The entertainment schedule at Junker’s Outdoor Theater is:

• Noon -2 p.m., Caleb’s Bridge. Christian Rock.

• 2:30-4:30 p.m., Tony Bailey. Country Rock and Johnny Cash hits.

• 4:30-5:30 p.m., Frozen t-shirt and hula hoop contests.

• For the evening performance only, 6-9 p.m., there will be a $5 charge for wristbands for alcohol purchase (no coolers please). HearThe Sleeping Booty Band, playing rock of the 70s, 80s, funkadelic, and beach music. Bring your chair.

For more information call 336-909-2263 or visit

Faith Fourth events coming up

Faith 4th of July parade entries

Entries are now being accepted for the Faith 4th of July Parade to be held Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

Deadline for entries is Friday June 21. Call 704-279-2256 for more info.

Faith Idol competition

Registrations for the annual Faith Idol Competition are now being accepted. The competition is held during the Faith 4th of July celebration. Registration fee is $ 10. Deadline for entry is Friday, June 21.

Age categories are • 12 & under • 13-18 yrs old • 19 and up. Call 704-279-2256 to enter.

Lee Street Theatre announces 2013-2014 season

Lee Street theatre’s Season 6 looks to be a groundbreaking event series! Along with staples like the Cafe/Cabarets and 10-Minute Original Play Festival, LST is excited to offer its first full musical production and two new world premiere plays. Also coming this year is the first ever winter concert series, which will feature regional and national award-wining musicians. On top of all of this add in the opening of our their home, the Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, slated to open late fall/early winter 2013.

All shows start at 7:30 p.m. • Doors open at 7 • General admission seating.

• Now Are The Foxes – ‘This is Why we Aren’t Famous’

Aug. 16-17, 2013: Lee Street theatre’s very own improv comedy troupe, Now Are The Foxes, are ready to give you two nights of belly aching laughter and fun! You never know what will happen or what they will say! The show is different every night, with rotating performers and skits.

• I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Auditions: Aug. 19-20, 2013; performances Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 3-5, 2013: An off-Broadway musical comedy that takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship.”

• Meet Me in Memphis

Oct. 17-19, 2013: Your favorite country music stars are back: Matthew Weaver, Carol Harris, Graham Carlton, Mary Gillespie, and Tripp Edwards bring great foot stomping’ country music. This year they will focus on the Memphis style of country and blues.

• All The Great Books (Abridged)

Nov. 7-9 and 14-16, 2013: From the same creators of last year’s hit show, The Complete History of America (Abridged), comes All The Great Books (Abridged), a ninety-eight minute roller-coaster ride through the compact compendium of the world’s great books — zip through everything you didn’t get around to reading in school.


Dec. 6-8, 2013: In a small Southern town, women vie to win a Christmas-tree-decorating contest. A world premiere staged reading of a comedy by local Salisbury author and playwright, Jenny Hubbard.

• Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour

Weekends Nov. 29 – Dec. 21, 2013: A new Salisbury holiday tradition — join Ebenezer Scrooge on his Christmas journey while exploring historic landmarks in and around downtown. Note: Not included in season ticket packages.

• The British Are Coming

Jan. 23-25 and Jan. 30-Feb.1, 2014: “The British Are Coming!!” This year’s cabaret production features a British theme. Favorite performers and a few new ones perform at the Lee Street Cafe’.

• Now Are The Foxes – ’80s vs ’90s

Feb. 21-22, 2014: Did you miss the improv comedy of the Foxes the first time? Here’s another chance to catch them in action. Remember, the shows are different each time.

• Good Looking People

April 3-5 and 10-12, 2014: A world premiere modern comedy written specifically for Lee Street Theatre by Denise Laughlin Stewart, the playwright who brought us the internationally successful Dirty Barbie & Other Girlhood Tales. This first commissioned piece builds and expands the Lee Street theatre vision of encouraging and developing new work.

• Office Hours

May 8-10 and 15-17, 2014: The 6th Annual 10-Minute Original Play Festival, one of the only of its kind in North Carolina. This year’s theme is Office Hours. The play must be no more than 10 minutes, have a maximum of 3 characters, and be easy to stage. Submissions due Dec. 1, 2013

And...Lee Street theatre presents The St. Thomas Players Summer Season

• Driving Miss Daisy

June 19-22 and 26-28, 2014: Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and and an Academy Award-winning film. A warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man.

• Next Fall

July 17-20 and 24-26, 2014: Geoffrey Nauffts’ play takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love, focusing on the relationship between Adam and Luke.


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