Arts & entertainment briefs, January 9-15
Piedmont Players Theatre will host another master dance class at 7 p.m. today.
Choreographer Tod Kubo will leads this intensive class that will include the dance styles featured in the upcoming spring musical “Chicago.”
The class is great for those who are planning to audition for the musical or for those who just love to dance.
The class is $15. Sign up by calling 704-633 5471.
The class will be held at the Norvell Theater dance studio, 135 E. Fisher St. Visit PiedmontPlayers.com for more information.
Broadway’s Best’s Meet and Greet
MOCKSVILLE — The Guild of Broadway’s Best will host a meet and greet reception today for people interested in becoming volunteers for Broadway’s Best Theatre Company in Davie County.
It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the theater at 103 Beechtree Place.
The Guild will provide snacks and information on the company to potential Guild members.
Kay Johnson-Ware, president of Johnson-West Associates, will offer a presentation called “Secrets of a Great Guild” at 6 p.m.
The Guild of Broadway’s Best supports the nonprofit theatre company by volunteering for performances, offering fundraising and promotional events including the opening night reception for each of the company’s shows.
The company’s “Bare Bones II” season will begin in February with a new, original revue, “On Broadway and In Love.”
For tickets and more information, visit broadwaysbest.biz
Tap your toes at Rowan Public Library
Most people think of just books when they think of a library, but Rowan Public Library has been hosting a concert series dedicated to highlighting roots music and bringing the community together.
Richard Smith, an accomplished guitarist born in Kent, England, is the next scheduled performer.
At the age of five, Smith, who is left-handed, picked up his father’s right-handed guitar and learned to master the chords and melody to Down South Blues in less than 24 hours.
Playing by ear became his specialty, and young Smith continued to digest everything he heard. By the age of 11, Smith was invited to play on stage with his hero, Chet Atkins, who later referred to Smith as his hero.
Smith has toured around the world surprising audiences with his range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop, rock and classical guitar.
Apart from his guitar virtuosity, he is also an accomplished banjo and violin player.
Smith will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Stanback Auditorium of the Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free. Enter at the Fisher Street entrance near the historic Henderson Law Office.
Visit richardsmithmusic.com to sample his music. For more information about the show, visit rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-8240.
This series has been made possible through funding from Cheerwine and Friends of Rowan Public Library.
‘Superman: An American Icon at 75’
If you regard Superman merely as a fictional superhero, you’re missing the big picture.
Created by two teenage boys during the Great Depression to empower the downtrodden, Superman ultimately became, for different generations, a patriotic paragon, schoolyard idol, media superstar and unwitting icon of corporate greed.
Author and historian Michael Eury will present “Superman: An American Icon at 75,” exploring the Man of Steel’s 75-year history at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The event is sponsored by the Rowan History Club.
Eury, a Concord native, is an internationally known historian of comics and pop culture, authoring books on topics including The Krypton Companion, The Batcave Companion and The Supervillain Book.
He is the editor of Back Issue, a comics-history magazine.
Eury has worked as a writer or editor for DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Nike, Toys R Us, The Microsoft Network, Marvel Comics and Warner Bros.
Regionally, Eury is known as an historian of Concord and Cabarrus County lore. He has recently published his second book on his hometown’s history, “Legendary Locals of Concord.”
The meeting will be held in the Messinger Room, accessible by elevator, at 202 N. Main St. Guests should enter through the rear entrance. The roundtable format program is followed by a question and answer period.
For more information, call the Rowan Museum at 704-633-5946 or email@example.com
New exhibits at Fine Frame Gallery
Fine Frame Gallery is showcasing a new collection of evocative encaustic paintings by Karen Frazer.
Encaustics are developed through layering pigment and beeswax.
Frazer draws inspiration from myth, her subject with material creates ethereal works that speak quietly.
Also on exhibit through Feb. 7 is the work of Robert Toth, whose Robert Burns sculpture has captured the majesty of Scotland’s favorite son, to honor Burn’s birthday.
Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St., shows works by other area artists as well.
The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Saturday as well as 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
David Wilcox at Lee Street
David Wilcox, a Cleveland-born guitarist, will perform at Lee Street Theater and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.
His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.
Considered a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’, his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others.
In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched.
Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15. They are available online at leestreet.org or at the door the night of the show.
Laugh Tracks premiere at Spoken Space
Spoken Space Theatre, 405 N. Lee St., will host its first Laugh Tracks comedy shows next week.
The shows, which will be modeled after “Saturday Night Live” will take place at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18.
Each show will feature a guest host and musical performer with sketches in between.
Salisbury actor Bob Paolino will be the first guest host.
The sketch comedy shows will be staged every other weekend at the former location of the Looking Glass Artists Center’s black box theater.
Cost is $10 at the door.
For more information, visit spokenspace.com
Basic pottery wheel class
“Let’s Get Messy,” a one evening pottery class, offers the opportunity to try the potter’s wheel without committing to a full session of classes. Be instructed on the basics of wheel throwing and also make and decorate a pot on the potter’s wheel.
The class, for those age 14 and older, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. most Wednesdays.
Available dates are Jan. 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23.
The cost is $35. Space is limited to eight participants. Groups and individual participants are welcome. Advance registration is required.
Pottery made during the class will be ready for pickup two weeks from the class date.
For details or information, call 704-209-1632, visit pottery-101.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pottery 101 is located at 101 S. Main St.
Call for artists
SPENCER — The Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., is hosting a miniature show titled “The Magnified Heart, a Valentine’s Day Miniature Show” to run Feb. 8 through March 9.
All mediums, 5x7 or smaller will be accepted.
Artists are asked to provide two framed pieces, along with a fee of $5 per piece, by Jan. 31 or February 1.
Pieces will be offered for sale at a 60 percent commission in favor of the artist.
An opening reception will be held at the gallery from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
For more information, call Jenni at the gallery at 704-431-4527 or email email@example.com
Oyster Roast tickets going fast
Tickets are selling fast for the oyster roast at Waterworks Visual Arts Center set for 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.
Purchase tickets at waterworks.org or call 704-636-1882.
You must be at least 21 years old to attend.
Tickets are $85 per person, or $80 for members, and includes all you can eat steamed oysters, shrimp, and sides from Big Daddy’s of Lake Norman, pork barbecue sliders from College Barbecue and a debut Brunswick stew.
Cost includes unlimited beer, wine and Cheerwine.
Enjoy an ice cream bar from Curt & Geri’s and a coffee bar from Koco Java.
Attendees can receive unlimited pours of a signature event Whiskey Sour with the $10 purchase of a take-home rocks glass.
All proceeds support Waterworks’ educational and outreach programs.
For more information, visit waterworks.org
“70s Soul Train” comes to W-S
WINSTON SALEM — The 70s will come to RJ Reynolds Memorial Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
The Stylistics, “Duke of Earl” Gene Chandler and The Chi Lites — with original member Marshall Thompson — will appear with 70s R&B star Carl Carlton.
Tickets for the concert are available at rjreynoldsauditorium.com
The Stylistics were the leading Philly soul group during the early ‘70s.
The band had 12 straight Top Ten hits, including “You Are Everything,” “Betcha by Golly, Wow,” “I’m Stone in Love With You,” “Break Up to Make Up,” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New.”
Of all their peers,The Stylistics were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era which helped make them one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the ‘70s.The Stylistics were steady guests on the original Soul Train TV Show.
Gene Chandler will always be known for his classic novelty and doo wop-tinged soul ballad “Duke of Earl”.
The unforgettable opening chant of the title leading the way, the song was a number one hit in 1962. “Duke of Earl” sold a million copies in just over a month.
Chandler is esteemed by soul fans as one of the leading exponents of the ‘60s Chicago soul scene, along with Curtis Mayfield and the “Iceman” Jerry Butler.
The Chi Lites
The Chi Lites are one of the most popular smooth soul groups of the early ‘70s that didn’t hail from Philadelphia or Memphis, the two cities known for sweet, string-laden soul.
Led by vocalist Eugene Record, had a lush, creamy sound distinguished by their four-part harmonies and layered productions. During the early ‘70s, they racked up 11 Top Ten R&B singles, ranging from the romantic ballads “Have You Seen Her” and “Oh Girl” to protest songs like “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People” and “There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table).”