Ring in the New Year Sunday night at the Bell Tower
New Year’s Eve at the Bell Tower — 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Downtown Salisbury, corner of West Innes Street and Jackson Street. Free. 704-637-7814.
Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park, 4061 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons — 6-11 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. Monday-Thursday rates: family $9, commercial vans $16, buses $80; Friday-Sunday: family $13, commercial $21, buses $80. 336-778-6300.
Tavern Festivities for the New Year, Old Salem, 900 Old Salem Rd., Winston-Salem — 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29-30. Tours begin at J. Blum Printer and Merchant, Main Street. Live period music, games, food. 888-653-7253. www.oldsalem.org.
Old Christmas celebration at Old Stone House — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 30, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 31. Located on Old Stone House Road, off U.S. 52 in Granite Quarry. $4 adults, $2 students. 704-633-5946.
Fifth annual Hogmanay Celebration — 7 p.m. Jan. 6. Green’s Supper Club, 4735 U.S. 29, Greensboro. Hosted by Triad Highland Games. Dinner, celtic music, dancing. $35. Coat and tie or Scottish Highland attire required. 336-545-1292. www.triadhighlandgames.org.
“Shear Madness” — 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31. Booth Playhouse, Charlotte. Cabaret seating and food available. $25. The audience votes to decide the killer, so different ending nightly. 704-372-1000. Group sales (discounted): 704-379-1380. www.BlumenthalCenter.org.
“Movin’ Out” — Jan. 2-7. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Based on songs of Billy Joel. $30-$85. 919-834-4000. www.ticketmaster.com.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Piedmont Players — Jan. 25-Feb. 3. Meroney Theater. 704-633-5471. www.piedmontplayers.com.
“Rent” — Jan 26-28. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. $27-$60. www.ticketmaster.com.
Music and more
The Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. N, Charlotte — Dec. 30 and 31: RAQ; Jan. 23: Buckwheat Zydeco. 800-594-TIXX. www.visulite.com.
Bluegrass Pickin’ — 7 p. m. first and third Saturdays. Experienced players and beginners welcome. Family environment. Salisbury School of Music, second floor of Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-8188.
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert — 8 p.m. Friday, Blumenthal Center, Charlotte. $35-$75. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthal center.org.
Katt Williams and Friends — 8 p.m. Dec. 30. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. $45.50-$35.50. www. ticketmaster.com. 704-522-6500. www.ovensauditorium.com.
Cherryholmes Family Band — 8 p.m. Jan. 6, 3 p.m. Jan. 7. Oakboro Music Hall, N.C. 205. $20. 704-985-6987.
Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Concert and Jam — 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Featuring Red Rocking Chair: Michael Reno Harrell, Jack Lawrence and Tom Kuhn. Free, donations appreciated. Bryant Recital Hall, Sloan-Morgan Bldg., 1220 Elizabeth Ave., main CPCC Campus. 704-563-7080.
Sara Evans — 8 p.m. Jan. 12. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. www.ticketmaster.com. 704-522-6500. www.ovensauditorium.com.
George Strait, Ronnie Milsap, Taylor Swift — 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Greensboro Coliseum. $49.50-$59.50. 888-397-3100. www. tickets.com.
The Fray — 8 p.m. Jan. 22. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. $33.50. www.ticketmaster.com. 704-522-6500. www.ovensauditorium.com.
The Songwriters Tour, featuring Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett — 8 p.m. Jan. 25. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. $60-$29. www.ticketmaster.com. 704-522-6500. www.ovensauditorium. com.
“Night at the Museum: The IMAX Experience” — Through Jan. 23 at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. Charlotte. Rated PG. $11 ages 14-59, $9 ages 2-13 and 60+, free for children under age 2. For showtimes, call 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplace.org.
Charlotte Comedy Theater, 1308 D. The Plaza — 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Professional resident cast. $10. Rated R; 8 p.m. Thursdays-student shows, $5; 7 p.m. Sundays-open mic, $3. 866-467-7681. www.charlottecomedy. com.
Art classes at Depot Fine Arts Gallery, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville — Adult beginners art course 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, six weeks, beginning Jan. 8. Supplies furnished first week, supply list available then, $60 members, $90 nonmembers. Ongoing classes in acrylics, watercolor, pastels. $10 members, $15 non-members. 704-663-6661. www.moores villeartistguild.com.
Original Art, 21 Union St. S, Concord — Basic drawing: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays. Bring 12×16 drawing pad, ebony pencil, eraser. $10 per class. Private art lessons, $30 per hour. 704-784-1549. dianeloves firstname.lastname@example.org. www.DianeOvercash. com.
This & That
Cruise-In, Main Street, Downtown Salisbury — 6-10 p.m., fourth Saturday every month. 704-202-8554. 704-637-9130.
Piedmont Amateur Astronomers telescope clinic — 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, Iredell County Rescue Squad building, Hwy 115 North, Statesville. Free. 704-872-6854. www. piedmont amateurastronomers. com.
Charlotte Antique and Collectibles Show — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 4; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 5 and 6; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 7. Metrolina Expo Center, 7100 Statesville Rd., Charlotte. 4-day pass $10, 1-day $5, seniors $4, Sunday Pack-out special $3, Children under 12 free. 800-824-3770. www.charlotte antiqueshow.com.
East Coast World Finals Rodeo — Jan. 12-13. Cricket Arena, Charlotte. www.cricketarenacharlotte.com.
Longhorn World Championship Rodeo — 8 p.m. Jan. 19 ($12 in advance, $14 DOS); 2 p.m. Jan. 20 ($15, $20, $25, children and seniors half price); 8 p.m. Jan. 20 ($15, $20, $25). Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem. www.ljvm.com. 336-722-6400.
Contra Dance Carolina — 7:30 p.m. class, 8 p.m. dance. Roving Friday’s high energy contra dance, live traditional music from Moon Fire with Dean Snipes calling. Vintage gym with suspended wood floor behind IB Middle School, 251 South St., Davidson. Substance free, no partner or experience necessary. Wear soft, non-marking soled shoes, bring water. $7, $5 with student ID. 704-560-7338. www. contradancecarolina.org.
Oyster Roast, benefit for Waterworks Visual Arts Center — Jan. 27. $50 per person. www. waterworks.org. 704-636-1882.
Cruzin’ Round Spencer — 4-9 p.m. second Saturday of each month. Classic vehicles, entertainment, food. 704-633-7178. email@example.com.
Alli’s All American Grille & Ale, 1504 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. — Karaoke 7-11 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 p.m.-midnight Saturdays. 704-637-7160.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 8:30-11:30 Friday: The Near Misses, $3 cover; 8:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Don Berg; After-Christmas sale ends today. www.thebluevine. com. 704-797-0093.
Club Zidis, 127 S. Main St. — Tuesdays: no cover, 7 p.m. No Limit Texas Hold ’em Leagues, 8 p.m. dart leagues, karaoke, dancing. Wednesdays: no cover, pool leagues and tournaments, karaoke, dancing. Thursdays: college night (discount with ID). Fridays: 8 p.m. No limit Texas Hold ’em leagues. Fridays and Saturdays: parties, deejays, live acts. 704-633-3306.
Cripple Creek Roadhouse Grill, 17665 Stokes Ferry Rd., New London — Line dancing 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; karaoke Thursday and Friday; shag lessons 6 p.m. Thursdays; D.J. Kommotion Fridays. Every Friday bike night. Lower admission to concerts for patrons who dine in restaurant. 704-279-4250.
E.H. Montgomery General Store and Pickin’ Parlor, Gold Hill — Bluegrass jams 7 p.m. every Friday night, band performances 7 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays. Admission by donation. Concessions available. 704-279-5674 or 704-267-9439.
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 2675 Providence Church Rd.– Home of Salisbury Shag Club. Dinner 6-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Club open until 2 a.m. Dec. 29: deejay Steve Carter; Dec. 30: deejay Curtis Treece; Dec. 31: New Years Eve Party with deejay “Fast Freddie.” Karaoke with Lee on Thursdays. Shagging every Friday. 704-633-0251.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — 7p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Free coffee and popcorn. INNFINITY featuring Bob Trice plays contemporary Christian music. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.
Las Palmas Southwestern Restaurant, 122 E. Fisher St. — New Years Eve: Kevin Hemphill and the Night Birds. Open mike every Tuesday night, host Tripp Edwards. No cover. Thursdays-acoustic spotlight. Live bands Fridays and Saturdays. 704-636-9475.www. myspace.com/vivalaspalmas.
Rascals Lounge and Bar, Holiday Inn Conference Center, 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. S. — Tuesday and Wednesday: karaoke 9 p.m. until; Thursday: Poker Night begins 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: deejay playing country, rock, top 40, beach music and requests. Pool nightly-75 cents per game. 704-637-3100. www.holiday-inn.com/ salisburync.
Shananagan’s Irish Pub, 612 S. Main St. — Monday: College night, 18+; Tuesday: deejay; Wednesday: open mic; Thursday: free pool; Friday: live acoustic music; Saturday: live deejay, no cover. 21+ age requirement, except Monday. 704-639-1313.
Three Fifteen, 315 E. Council St. — Dec. 30: Perfo, $5 cover, ages 18 up; Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Bash with pig-pickin’ plates, champagne toast at midnight, door prizes, live music by Reaganomics performing rock hits of the ’80s, $7 cover, ages 18 up. 704-633-1315. www.threefifteen.com.
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m. Fridays, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd. Bring snacks or covered dish. No joining fee, donations accepted. Fun and fellowship in a positive environment. This Friday, Charlie Rivers will DJ New Year’s dance. Kathy Francis, 704-932-7801 or Jim Holshouser, 704-636-8143.
Highlighters Dance Club — Dec. 31: New Years Eve Dance, dressy attire. 8:30-11:30 p.m., first and third Fridays. Open to singles 30 and over. Dress code. Free set ups, light hors d’oeuvres. BYOB. $8 members; $10 guests. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Rd., Charlotte. 704-548-9212.
Charlotte Zodiac Club — 7:30-11:30 p.m, second and fourth Fridays. 7:45 p.m.-line dance lessons with Chuck and Joy. Dec. 31: New Years Eve Dance, Dressy, Iron City performs, tickets $25 members, $30 guests, $35 at door. Open to single, divorced, widowed or separated, 30 and over. Hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks provided. $10 members, $12 guests. Dress code. American Legion Post 380, 4235 West Tyvola Rd. 704-661-2437. www.charlottezodiacdance club.com.
Call for music
E.H. Montgomery General Store and Pickin’ Parlor, Historic Village of Gold Hill — Seeking bluegrass bands to perform on second and fourth Saturdays. Call Vivian, 704-267-9439. www.FifthStringandCo. com.
Chris Austin songwriting contest — Entries must be received by March 7. Finals take place at Merlefest on April 27 in Wilkesboro. $25 entry fee per song. 800-799-3838. www.merlefest.org/songwritingcontest.htm.
Call for artists
Full Circle Arts, Hickory, “Art About Women,” juried exhibition — Open to all visual artists over 16. T receive prospectus contact firstname.lastname@example.org or send self-addressed stamped envelope to Full Circle Arts, P.O. Box 3905, Hickory, NC 28603. Registration fee $35. Intake will be Jan. 25-27. 828-322-7545. www.fullcirclearts.org.
Call for photographers
Smithsonian Magazine fourth annual photo contest — Deadline 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Jan. 4. All photographs must be submitted online. For details, visit www.photocontest.smithsonian mag.com/index.html.
“Capture the Spirit of Davidson County” — Deadline Jan. 7. Photos to be used on tourism website and brochures. Cash awards for best photos.www.visitdavidson county.com/entryform.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — Annual Artists Invitational exhibit and sale. Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Groups may arrange guided tour. 704-636-1882. www. waterworks.org.
Creator’s Gallery at John Calvin Church, 1620 Brenner Ave. — Open by appointment. 704-633-4333.
Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 704-647-0999. www.faithart.org.
Robert Crum Fine Art, 116 East Council St. — Original oil paintings and mosaics by Robert A. Crum. 704-797-0364. www.robertcrumfine art.com.
Rowan Arts Council, 506 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Invitational art exhibit, through Jan. 9. Open Thursdays and Fridays, noon-4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. except for holiday weekends. 704-638-9887.
Grand Central Emporium, Spencer — 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-633-5599.
Original Art, 21 Union St. S., Concord — Gallery open 2-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 704-784-1549.
Depot Visual Arts Center, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville — 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5: reception for featured January artists Tim Tobey and George Thompson. Closed for holidays through Jan. 1. Closed for repairs Jan. 8-13. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 704-663-6661. www.mooresvilleartistguild. com.
Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer — 704-463-1360, ext. 2667. email@example.com.
Moring Arts Center, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro — “Cannon Firings:” pottery by Steve Cannon, ceramic boxes by Judy Cannon. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 336-629-0399. www.randolph artsguild.com.
Center of the Earth Gallery, 3204 N. Davidson St., Charlotte — “Tiny Treasures,” a group exhibition of small works on 12″x 12″ canvas, through Dec. 29. www.centerofthe earth.com.
The Light Factory, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte — “Intrinsic Artifice (A Tale of Two Abstractions).” “Whitewash,” video work examining civil rights by Brad McCallum and Jacqueline Terry. www.lightfactory.org. 704-333-9755.
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — “Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art” through Dec. 31. Gallery open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults, $5 seniors/students, $3 children 6-17, free for members and children 5 and under. Admission ticket is valid for both museums on same day. (See uptown Mint below) 704-337-2000.
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 220 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — “Woven Worlds: Basketry from the Clark Field Collection” through Dec. 31. $6 adults, $5 seniors/students, $3 children 6-17, free for members and children 5 and under. Admission ticket is valid for both museums on same day. (See Mint above.) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-337-2000.
McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — “The Figure: a British Tradition.” Lawn art by Doug McAbee, through December. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.
Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — “Modern Fun! Prints from the 70’s and 80’s,” through Feb. 25. “Self/Image: Portraiture from Copley to Close.” “American Watercolors, 1880-1965” through Jan. 1. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $9 seniors, students with ID and children free. 336-725-5150 or www.reynolda house.org.
North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh — “Monet in Normandy” through Jan. 14. $15/$12. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 919-839-6262 or www.ncartmuseum.org.
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC-Greensboro — “Henry Ossawa Tanner: Painter of the Spirit,” through Feb. 25. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. 336-334-5770. www.weatherspoon.uncg.edu.
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. — Rowan Wildlife Adventures, home of black bears, bobcats, deer and other animals. Reptile center features 4,000 gallon Cheerwine Aquarium. Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, Miner Moose Gem Mine, playground, camping year-round, Hurley Splash Pad. 704-216-7800. www.dannicholas.net.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Rd. — Hiking trails, picnic shelters, volleyball courts, softball diamond, playground, Kerr Mill-1823 grist mill that houses a museum of early Americana, Alice Stanback Monument Forest. Open year round from 9 a.m. until dark. www.co.rowan. nc.us/parks/sloan
N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer — Train rides 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sundays, other times for scheduled tours. $6 adults, $5 children ages 3-12 and seniors ages 60 and up. Roundhouse Turntable rides at $1. Group rates available with advance notice. Museum’s winter hours: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. 57-acre site of what was once Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair facility now with three restored buildings including Robert Julian Roundhouse, exhibits with 25 restored locomotives and rail cars, a working turntable, antique automobiles and examples of early non-motorized transportation. 704-636-2889 or 877-NCTMFUN. www.nctrans.org.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Museum is 1854 courthouse that survived Stoneman’s raid. Displays and interpretive exhibits reflect life and history of Rowan County. 1-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, free museum members. 704-633-5946.
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — 1819 Federal townhouse built by Jacob Stirewalt, which reflects lifestyle of affluent citizens of early 1800s; features period rooms with Hepplewhite and Chippendale furniture and some from Rowan County craftsmen. Open for group tours by appointment during winter months. 704-633-5946.
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — 1820 house museum features furniture and decoratives from Hall family and others. Costumed docents provide tours. $3 adults, $1.50 students, free to members of Historic Salisbury Foundation. For group tours, call HSF office, 704-636-0103.
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry — Stately home built by German immigrant Michael Braun in 1766. Furnished with period pieces including local, North Carolina and Pennsylvania furnishings. 704-633-5946.
Historic Rockwell Museum — 2-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, or call for tour, 704-279-4979 or 704-279-5783.
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of each month. For special tours call 704-433-3912.
Stanly County Museum, 245 E. Main St., Albemarle — Museum includes Snuggs House, 112 N. Third St. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 704-986-3777.
Eastern Cabarrus Historical Museum, Mount Pleasant — An 1855 Lutheran Boys’ school of 30 rooms depicting history of Cabarrus County and surrounding area. Free. 2-5 p.m. first and third Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays. 704-436-6612.
Mill Village Museum, Old No. 14 Church St., Cooleemee — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Large groups by appointment. Operated by Cooleemee Historical Association. 336-284-6040.
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville — Museum hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $5 adults, $4 seniors and students, free for children under 5. www.lattaplantation.org. 704-875-2312.
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — National Register Federal house built circa 1815, excellent example of backcountry NC federal period architecture. Originally part of a 911-acre plantation. $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Groups of 10 or more $4 per. Guided tours 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. 704-335-0325. www.historicrosedale.org.
Discovery Place, Charlotte — 9 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. 704-372-6261 or www.discoveryplace.org.
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr. — Exhibit-“Personal Legacies: Surviving the Great Depression.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free on Sundays, 1-5 p.m. 704-568-1774. www. charlottemuseum.org.
The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia — Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday -Saturday , 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $4 adults, $2 students, seniors 704-866-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Salem, Winston-Salem — The most authentic and comprehensive history attraction in the country. Its four museums-The Village of Salem, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), Toy Museum and Children’s Museum-allow visitors to experience 18th and 19th century life in the Moravian community called Salem (established 1766). 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300 or www.oldsalem. org.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh — “SPACE: A Journey to Our Future” through Feb. 11. Space exhibit is $6 for adults, $4 seniors and students, $3 children. Museum admission is free. 919-733-7450. www.naturalsciences.org.
N.C. Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham — Museum is science-technology center of lifelong learning for people of all ages. $8.50 adult, $6 children age 3-12; $7.50 seniors 65 plus or active/retired military; free for children age two and younger. Closed Mondays through Jan. 1. 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org.
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. — Exhibits: Build It!, Doughnut Factory, Enchanted Forest, Animal Alphabet. Hands-on activities, art work, snack shop, gift shop, Junior League shop. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults and children. 336-723-9111 or childrensmuseumofws.org.