Arts and Entertainment briefs, July 11-17
Construction crews have been working hard the last few months on the new Lee Street Theatre facility, finishing up the framing, drywall, electrical work and more, but there is still much work to be done.
In order to help save some money on the project, and to make it fun for all, volunteers are invited help paint the new theater. Everything from walls to steel beams to duct work needs it.
The group will be working from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. All materials will be provided; just wear paint clothes and you’re ready to help.
Those who can’t make it this weekend are welcome to help in the future. There will be workdays every Saturday this month.
For more information or questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-310-5507.
‘Please play my song’ seminar
“Please Play My Song on the Radio” is the name of a seminar exclusively designed for independent artists, singers, producers, independent record labels and all music aficionados who desire to get their songs on major radio stations across the country.
Learn how to properly submit music to major radio stations and satellite stations around the world for airplay, important dos and don’ts, and so much more.
Register online for $35 at www.lightfootquit.com.
The seminar will be held on from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Looking Glass Artists Center’s black box theater, 405 N. Lee St. Deadline for registration is July 19.
‘Circle Mirror Transformation’
St. Thomas Players’ production of “Circle Mirror Transformation” will open next week at the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on the campus of Catawba College.
The performances will be the regional premiere of the comedy by one of today’s hottest New York playwrights, Annie Baker.
Come see what happens when five very different people in a small Vermont town sign up for a community acting class.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 18-20 and July 24-27 as well as 2:30 p.m. July 21.
Tickets are $15 every day except July 24 when they are $7.50. They are available online at stthomasplayers.org.
For more information, call the Center for Faith & the Arts at 704-647-0999.
Homemade ice cream and tall tales contests
KANNAPOLIS — Local Toastmasters will be hosting the Goldmine Invitational, the annual tall tales and homemade ice cream contests July 13.
The public is invited to hear the stories and partake of free ice cream during the event from 9 a.m. to noon at Baker’s Creek Park, 1275 West A St.
Toastmaster participants will each give a 5 to 7 minute talk, exaggerating as much of the truth as possible. Judging will be in accordance with normal Toastmaster contest rules.
The rules for the ice cream contest (the Toastmasters supply the ice cream) are 1. Try to beat last year’s champion, and 2. Ice cream must be homemade (or fool the judges).
Special doll class next week
SPENCER — Doll artist Rachel Bonney will be teaching a class on how to dress a dollhouse doll like Little Red Riding Hood at 9 a.m. July 20 at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum.
The cost is $65, which includes the all-porcelain jointed and wigged doll, her outfit, accessories and stand.
RSVP by July 17 by calling 704-762-9359. For more information, visit spencerdollandtoymuseum.com
The museum is located at 108 4th St., just steps from the NC Transportation Museum.
Old Talk sings at Cauble Creek
Old Talk will be performing at Cauble Creek Vineyard, 700 Cauble Farm Road, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The band is comprised of three guys — Brendon Harris, Andrew Beck, and Luke Saul — that met in the jazz band at Carson High School. There they found a common love of good, rock’n’roll music. Their band director would get requests for the jazz band to play in the public, but with the crazy schedules of high school students, it became difficult to send the entire band.
These three guys saw a chance to go perform and would often be seen throughout the community doing concerts. A couple of years later they got together again and became Old Talk.
There will be a $10 cover charge for the concert. Call 704-633-1137 or email Sales@CaubleCreekVineyard.com to make reservations.
The winery tasting room and retail center is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit CaubleCreekVineyard.com
Hear Broadway’s best songs
MOCKSVILLE — Broadway’s Best Theatre Company, Mocksville’s new theater group, will present “Broadway’s Best for Kidz, Tweens and Teens” July 19 through 21.
The show will feature songs from some of Broadway’s favorite musicals for kids and families, including numbers such as “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Never Never Land” from “Peter Pan,” “My Blanket and Me” from “You’re Good Man Charlie Brown,” “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile” from “Annie” as well as music from “Big River,” “The Lion King,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Big,” “Wicked” and more.
See “Broadway’s Best for Kidsz, Tween and Teens” at the theater, located at 103 Beechtree Place in Davie County, at the in intersection of I-40 and Farmington Road.
Show times are 7 p.m. July 19; 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 20; and 2 p.m. July 21.
Tickets prices for adults are $15. They are $10 for kids, students and seniors.
To make reservations or for more information, call 336-575-4446 or visit www.broadwaysbest.biz
Lexington’s Summer Stroll
LEXINGTON — Uptown Lexington’s Summer Stroll will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Headlining the evening’s activities is “Big Daddy Mojo” who will be performing in the Conrad & Hinkle Square.
Big Daddy Mojo is a blues band that was voted Best Cover Band in the Triad by Yes! Weekly three years in a row.
There a children’s sidewalk chalk art area and a chance to meet Miss Charlotte, Uptown Lexington’s mascot, in the square.
Social media fashion show
Grace Gbunblee will show off her latest designs during a social media fashion show at the Looking Glass Artist Center’s black box theater.
The show at 7 p.m. July 20 will serve as the launch for Navick Clothing Co. and Gossip T-Shirt.
A variety of designers will be featured during the show so that guests can enjoy a night of young, upbeat fashion paired with entertainment and culinary treats.
Street fair featuring vendors selling jewelry, clothing and food will be on hand starting at 3 p.m. that day. There will also be music.
Tickets for the show range from $10 to $20 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling ELLE Management at 704-232-6155.
New classes for kids at Pottery 101
Students can create an art piece based on various themes from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St.
The classes for children ages 6 to 14 years old cost $35. All materials are included.
Make a summer berry bowl July 20, a handmade Chia pet July 27; and a name plaque Aug. 10.
Call or come in to reserve a spot.
For more information, call 704-209-1632 or visit pottery-101.com
OCT presents ‘The Great Gatsby’ reading
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre’s Living Room Reading Series presents “The Great Gatsby” at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy and produced and directed by Jonathan Ewart, this regional premier reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story will be presented in the Old Courthouse Theatre’s main theater.
There is no admission charge. This reading is rated PG-13.
For more information, call 980-621-3365 or visit oldcourthousetheatre.org
Behind-the-scenes tour at Reynolda
WINSTON-SALEM — Ever wondered how people survived the summer heat before air-conditioning as we know it? Visit Reynolda House Museum of American Art and learn about the “air-washing system” of the early 1920s and the later system that used 100-pound blocks of ice to cool the vast interior of the 64-room home in the 1930s.
The museum’s “Beat the Heat Tour” will reveal those secrets and more. The tour will be offered at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $17 for non-members. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early on the day of the tour to purchase tickets.
During this popular behind-the-scenes tour, visitors will see areas of the historic house normally closed to the general public and hear the history of the 1917 Reynolds home.
Visitors will explore the kitchens, laundry and mechanical rooms, the squash court and work areas below the swimming pool.
For more information, call 336-758-5150 or visit reynoldahouse.org.
Get your face on a billboard
CHARLOTTE — The Discovery Place ‘farting cow’ invites the public to be #BlownAwayByScience: Holy cow.
The newest addition to Discovery Place’s main entrance at North Tryon Street is not only bovine, but also gassy. Stop by to meet and have your picture taken with the cow, then share your hilarious photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BlownAwayByScience and you could be featured on a billboard in the Charlotte metro area.
Email submissions to email@example.com, including the hashtag #BlownAwayByScience.
Museum admission is not required to take photo or participate. Winners will be notified prior to billboard posting.
For more information, call 704.372.6261 or visit discoveryplace.org.