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Arts and entertainment briefs

There will be a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today for an exhibit of art created by children of the Arc of Rowan 2008 Summer Day Program. It will be held on the second floor of the Waterworks Visual Art Gallery, 123 E. Liberty St. The exhibit will remain until Sept. 20.
For directions or questions, call Jane Jackman at 704-637- 1521 or 704-798-7788.
Catawba theatre
First-year theatre arts students will present “War (In Peaces),” a production of seven improvisational pieces featuring unique short scenes, poems, songs, dance and surprises during the upcoming Catawba College Family Weekend, Sept. 19-21.
The production’s artistic director is Jared Kenish. There are eight upper-class directors for the production, which features first-year student actors and an all-student crew.
Performances will be in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The box office opens an hour before the show and admission is free, but tickets are required to reserve a space. Call 704-637-4481 or contact catawbaboxoffice@gmail.com.
Planetarium shows
The Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited presents: “Hubble’s Last Tour” at 5 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children (12 and under).
For nearly 20 years the Hubble Space Telescope has sent images of the universe. In October, the Space Shuttle will fly to Hubble to perform a final servicing mission that will extend its life a few more years. This show takes a look at this astronomy tool and shows some of the images sent by Hubble.
The Planetarium also presents “Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon” at 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. No advance tickets will be available. Seating is first come-first served.
Horizons Unlimited is at 1636 Parkview Circle. Guests should park and enter in the back of the building accessible from Lilly Avenue.
For information, call 704-639-3004 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Founders Day
GOLD HILL ó Gold Hill’s annual Founders Day returns for its 19th year Sept. 27 at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park.
The day begins with a parade at 9 a.m., and the Civil War Living History Encampment, hosted by re-enactors from the 63rd North Carolina Troops and Rowan Rifles Troops will be returning. The troops will re-enact a skirmish between the blue and gray during the festival this year.
The Heritage Area will expand this year with the addition of a chuckwagon, shingle mill and antique block press. The Assay Office Museum will be open, and visitors can have their photo taken in 1800s period costume at the Gold Hill Jail.
The park will be filled with arts and crafts, entertainment and food. The evening will end with the Founders Day Dance at the amphitheater from 7-10 p.m. Dance music will be provided by Silverado. All events are free.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park is located 14 miles south of Salisbury, just off US Hwy 52 at Gold Hill. For more information, visit www.HistoricGoldHill.com or call 704-279-7897.
Carolina Baroque
Dale Higbee, Carolina Baroque music director, will be featured on “Carolina Live,” a weekly broadcast of live concert performances in the Carolinas, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, on WDAV (FM 89.9).
Selections will be heard from the concert on March 18, 2007, in Greensboro, “18th Century Masters: Bach, Handel and Mozart” and the Salisbury concert in the Chapel of St. John’s Lutheran Church on April 13, 2007, “Handel and Italy.”
More information about Carolina Baroque may be found at www.carolinabaroque.org.
Mountain Heritage
CULLOWHEE ó Western Carolina University’s upcoming Mountain Heritage Weekend 2008 will feature Mountain Heritage Day, WCU’s daylong festival of mountain culture, on Sept. 27.
Set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the festival will offer three stages of mountain music and dance, a 140-booth arts and crafts midway, and traditional mountain food. Admission and parking are free.
Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to set up at the stages. No pets.
For more information call 828-227-3193 or visit mountainheritageday.com.
Saxophone Sunday
MISENHEIMER ó Pfeiffer University presents “Saxophone Sunday,” featuring Stephen Pollock, Sept. 28.
At 3 p.m., a masterclass will be facilitated by Pollock, held in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. Following that, at 5 p.m., the Lenoir Sax and Rhythm, which will feature Pfeiffer music faculty Ben Rhodes, percussion, and David Kirby, alto saxophone, along with the Pfeiffer University Saxophone Quartet will be featured.
Everyone will have a chance to play in a saxophone choir reading session during this event. Participants may have dinner, accompanied by the Pfeiffer University Jazz Combo, in the Stokes Student Center Cafeteria.
At 7 p.m., the Music and Fine Arts Department will present tenor saxophonist and Pfeiffer alumnus Pollock in a recital, accompanied by Pfeiffer music faculty, Dr. David Palmer, piano, and Dr. David Kirby, alto saxophone.
This event will take place in the Pfeiffer Chapel.
Pollock is a founding member of the New Century Saxophone Quartet. He studied at Pfeiffer and the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. As a solo recitalist, Pollock has performed throughout the U.S. and has appeared with entertainers such as Steve Allen, Helen Reddy, Marvin Hamlisch, Boots Randolph and Natalie Cole.
For more information, contact david.kirby@pfeiffer.edu.
Youth music workshop
The Homemade Jamz Blues Band will be featured in a Youth Music Workshop being presented by The Rowan Blues and Jazz Society 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Stanback Room of Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St.
Middle and high school music students are invited to bring their instruments and get hands-on tips.
The Homemade Jamz consists of the Perry siblings: Ryan (15) on guitar and lead vocals, Kyle (14) on bass and drummer Taya (10). The Mississippi group has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning,” NBC’s “Today Show” and “All Things Considered” on NPR. They play “homemade” guitars designed and constructed by their father. The band is working on its second CD and touring regularly.
Workshop participants will get special seating at the Blues and Jazz Festival. The workshop is free, but you must call 704-636-2811 to register.

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