Arts & Entertainment briefs August 15-21

  • Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, August 16, 2013 9:09 a.m.
Tonight: The Craig Woolard Band plays live on Union Street in downtown Concord.
Tonight: The Craig Woolard Band plays live on Union Street in downtown Concord.

The Mark Schimick & Billy Constable Show will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday at The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St.

There is no cover charge.

Mark Schimick, nationally mandolin player for Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, teams up with multi-instrumentalist Billy Constable for an evening of traditional bluegrass and Django inspired swing.

View video of some past performances online at

For more information, call 704-797-0093 or visit

The Carolina Artists Expo 2013

The Carolina Artists Expo, which features the work of local artists, will take place at the Civic Center Aug. 21 through 23.

Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public.

Show hours begin next Wednesday Aug. 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Judging and open show is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. That day there are instructional Art to Go workshops, with a $2 registration fee for each. To register for the workshops, contact the Civic Center from noon to 6 p.m. at 704-638-5275.

The workshops schedule includes:

Watercolor Styles — 2 to 3 p.m.;

Acrylics Amore — 3:10 to 4:10 p.m.;

Collage Effect — 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

The reception and awards presentation takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Hours on Friday, Aug. 23 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the open show.

Art may be picked up from 4 to 5 p.m.. The show closes at 5 p.m.

For additional information, visit the artists’ website at

Wildlife Expo

MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan Farm Home & Garden in conjunction with the NC Wildlife Department, will host an event highlighting hunter and gun safety education Saturday.

Local hunting-related businesses will participate and there will be opportunities to donate dry food goods for Rowan Helping Ministries.

The event will also include door prizes, freebies, hunting eduction, live bluegrass music, games, food and fun for the whole family.

The event schedule includes:

10 a.m. — Freebies for the first 300 people

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Food drive to benefit Rowan Helping Ministries, located at welcome tent

11 a.m. — Plant Now & Feed for the Big Hunt seminar

Noon — Lunch

Noon to 2 p.m. — Bluegrass music

2 p.m. — Concealed handgun permit, one on one

3 p.m. — Feeding your Hunt session

West Rowan Farm Home & Garden is located at 11575 NC Hwy 801.

For more information, call 704-278-2800.

Tonight: Craig Woolard Band

CONCORD — Union Street Live presents The Craig Woolard Band from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

The free outdoor summer concert will be held on Concord’s Historic Courthouse lawn.

The final summer installment will be on Thursday, Sept. 19, with the Atlantic Groove Band.

For details, visit concorddowntown or call 704-784-4208.

Gold Hill cruise in

GOLD HILL — The annul Hot Summer Nights Cruise-In in the historic village of Gold Hill will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The event usually draws 80 to 100 cars for display and offers games and activities for the whole family to celebrate a last Summer fling before the start of the school year.

Food vendors will be on hand and Deejay Gary Walters will provide music for a Shag competition and dancing.

For more information, call 704-279-5674 or check out the events page at

Family Laser shows

The fall season of family laser shows at the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium begins Saturday.

There will be two shows of “Laser Country” at 5 and 7 p.m.

Country music fans will enjoy legends from the early days of country music such as Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline blended with songs from contemporary artists such as Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band.

Audiences are encouraged to wear cowboy or cowgirl attire.

Viewer discretion is advised; some images and lyrics may not be appropriate for young viewers.

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each show time. Admission is $3 for adults.

The planetarium is located at 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter in the back of the building accessible from Lilly Avenue.

For more details, call Horizons Unlimited at 704-639-3004.

Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series winds down

KANNAPOLIS — Movies In The Park presents ‘E.T. The Extraterrestrial’ Friday evening at approximately 8:45 p.m. at Village Park, 700 West C St.

It will be the final movie of the summer.

Stories Under The Stars has two more summer presentations. Saturday is “Dancing Stories,” traditional African dances and stories performed by April Turner.

“Poetry Alive,” will be held Saturday, Sept. 21.

Stories Under The Stars are held at 7 p.m. at Kannapolis Branch Library, 850 Mountain St.

Lee street auditions

Lee Street theatre announces open auditions for the musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Performers are needed of every shape, size and background. That includes males and females 18 years and older who are singers and actors.

The show could be cast with as little as four or as many as eight performers, depending on turnout.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect” reveals the difficulties and joys of connecting with another person at nearly every stage of life.

Actors play over 40 roles in a collection of scenes and songs scaling the dizzying spectrum of male/female relationships.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20 at Looking Glass Artist Center’s black box theater, 405 N. Lee St.

Come with 14 bars of a song prepared. Auditions will also consist of cold readings from the script.

Rehearsals begin Aug. 26. Performances will be Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 3-5.

For information or questions, email or call 704-310-5507.

Cinema Under the Stars starts tomorrow

WINSTON-SALEM — Four cinema classics will be shown on the Reynolda lawn this summer for Reynolda House Museum of American Art’s Cinema Under the Stars series on Friday nights at the museum starting Aug. 16.

Gates open at 8 p.m. and the films will be screened at 9 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring a picnic; wine and beer will be available for purchase only. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.

Rain location is Babcock Auditorium. Admission is $5 per person, cash only.

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

The schedule includes:

“Annie Hall” (1977) —


“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) — Aug. 23;

“Back to the Future” (1985) — Aug. 30;

“Airplane!” (1980) — Sept. 6.

Cinema Under the Stars is co-presented by Reynolda House and the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Grassroots Grants deadline tomorrow

Friday, Aug. 16 is the deadline for 2013-2014 Grassroots Grants applications to be received by the Rowan Arts Council.

These grants are for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Rowan County. Projects must occur between July 1, 2013 and May 15, 2014.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available at and must be received no later than Aug. 16, 2013 at 5 p.m.

For questions or more information, contact Rowan Arts Council at 704-638-3029 or email

Get your tickets now

Saving Grace Farm will host a fundraiser for programs for people with special needs Saturday, Sept. 14.

Tickets for The Silver Buckle Charity Ball are now available by calling Janna Griggs at 704-638-2339 or emailing her at

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