Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 22, 2009


“A Flea in Her Ear” Piedmont Players ó 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22-24, 28-31; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. $15 adults, $12 students and seniors $10 Wednesday performance. Group rates available. 704-633-5471.

“RENT” with Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp ó Jan. 27-Feb. 1. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. Tickets start at $25.50. 704-372-1000.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” Little Theatre of Winston-Salem ó Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Feb. 5-8. Arts Council Theater.

Music and more

Rascal Flatts, with guest Jessica Simpson ó 7:30 p.m., Jan. 23. LJVM Coliseum, Winston-Salem. 336-722-6400.

“The Barber of Seville” Opera Carolina ó 8 p.m. Jan. 24; 2 p.m. Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29, 8 p.m. Jan. 31. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Charlotte. 704-332-7177.

High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association featuring Sweetwater ó Jan. 24. 6 p.m.-jamming and CD swap; 7-8 p.m.-concert: Sweetwater; 8-10 p.m.-jamming. Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro.

“And They’re Off,” a cabaret of classics ó 8 p.m., Jan. 24, Proscenium Thrust Theatre, Performance Place, UNC School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Seven seniors from the School of Drama present stage favorites. Fundraiser to send the graduating seniors in drama to Los Angeles, to give a presentation to industry agents, casting directors, producers, etc. The project is titled “ArtsBound.” suggested donation: $20.

Tosco Music Party ó 7-11 p.m., Jan. 31. Halton Theater, Central Piedmont Community College, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. The Polka Dots from Salisbury are among the performers. $15 adults, $12 seniors, $8 age 15 and younger. 704-330-6534.

Dublin Philharmonic ó 8 p.m., Feb. 2. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000.

Jazz for Justice and Peace ó 6 p.m., Feb. 5. Looking Glass Artist Collective Black Box Theater, 405 N. Lee St. $12 advance, $15 at door. Proceeds benefit Sudan Rowan and Rowan Blues and Jazz Society. Presentation by Lost Boys of Sudan. Music by Joe Robinson Jazz Band. Cash bar. Tickets available at Literary Bookpost, 119 S. Main St. or by calling 704-636-2811.

DRUMLine Live ó 7 p.m., Feb. 8. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Charlotte. Tickets start at $25. 704.372.1000.

Slipknot ó 7 p.m., Feb. 10. Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte. 704-335-3100.

Elton John and Billy Joel “Face 2 Face” ó 7:30 p.m., March 7. Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte. 704-522-6500.


18th annual Chinese New Year Festival ó 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 24. Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. Free. 336-373-2044.


First Monday Film Series: “Coffee Culture USA” ó 7 p.m., Feb. 2, free admission. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. Sponsored by Coffee News. Includes footage shot in Salisbury. 704-232-0923.


Norm Macdonald ó 7:30 p.m., Feb. 3. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. Rated R. 704-372-1000.

Jon Reep ó 7:30 and 10 p.m., Feb. 7. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000.

Robin Williams ó 8 p.m., Feb. 28. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. $56-$96. 704-522-6500.


Piedmont Players winter workshops ó 9-10:30 a.m. for 3rd-5th grade beginners; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for 6th-8th grade beginners, Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and 14. Third floor of Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Uses theater games and exercises to explore character, improvisation, concentration, voice, and movement. Participants attend all three sessions. $40 per student. 704.633.5471.

Free voice clinic ó 3 p.m., Jan. 23. Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, Catawba College.

“Designs for that Wintery Look: Interior Accents with Lifelike Greenery” ó Free design class 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 31. Open until 2 p.m. Piedmont Floral Galleries, 280 Furniture Drive. 704-636-7739.

Art classes with instructor Cathy Matthews, 1008 Amber Court, China Grove ó Four-class sessions. Hand-building clay birdhouse: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 3-24; 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Feb. 7-28. Beginning Watercolor: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 4-25 and March 4-25. Hand-building Leafman: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3-24; 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, March 7-28. Class size limited. For more information, call 704-855-7952 or visit

Art classes, Excel Art School of Concord ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, February 7-28. Drawing and painting. Four-week session $225. Diane Overcash Paintings, 21 Union St. S. 704-784-1549.

Pottery class, Cabarrus County Senior Center, 331 Corban Ave, SE, Concord ó 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 3-26. $35 includes materials. Firing fee is additional. 704-920-3484.

All About Digital Photography ó 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10. Waterworks Visual Arts Center. R. Wayne Wrights will cover the basics, plus composition, photo editing, and, weather permitting, an outdoor photo shoot. Bring your camera manual. All skill levels, ages 16 and up. $75 member/$90 nonmember. 704-636-1882.

Clay Compositions: Hand-Built ó 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays February 5 to March 5. Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Five-week pottery workshop with Mimi Howard (MFA), this class will include both lecture and hands-on activities. Teachers register on SEA. Others register with Waterworks. All clay fees included. Ages 18 and up. 704-636-1882.

Terracotta Sculpture ó6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 3 through March 10. Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Taught by Robert Toth. All skill levels, ages 18 and up. All clay fees are included.$100 member/$120 nonmember. 704-636-1882.

Speakers and forums

“The Missing Links to the Law of Attraction” ó 7-9:30 p.m. Jan. 23, presentation by Diannia Baty at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. No reservations, cost is $20, includes book “remarkable Women of Faith.” 704-209-6430.

“The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate” ó Author and researcher Kevin P. Duffus contends that many accepted facts about the pirate are wrong. He will speak and sign books 1 p.m., Jan. 24 in the Bob Julian Roundhouse of the N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer. Free. Space limited. Make reservation by calling 704-636-2889, ext. 232.


“All That Jazz” Weekend ó Jan. 30-31. Featuring Al Jarreau. Grove Park Inn and Resort, Asheville. 800-438-5800.

This & That

Big Band Dances ó 7-10 p.m. first Saturday of each month. Hurley YMCA. Music by The Hi-Liters. Bring a snack to share. $5. 704-636-0111.

5th Greater Charlotte Home and Landscape Show ó 2-7 p.m. Jan. 23; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 24; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 25. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 Highway 49, Concord. $7, 16 and under free. 877-663-6186.

Wedding Extravaganza ó 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 24. Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Free. Florists, bridal wear, photography, party rentals, wedding cakes, travel, deejays, formal wear, caterers and more. 704-638-5275.

Oyster Roast and Pirates Chest Raffle presented by Waterworks Visual Arts Center ó 6:30-11:30 p.m. Jan. 24. F&M trolley Barn. Casual dress. Adults only. $65 per person in advance, $75 at door. 704-636-1882.

Wine tasting ó 5:30 p.m., Jan. 27. Carillon Assisted Living, 1915 Mooresville Road. Featuring local wineries and musicians. RSVPs suggested. 704-633-4666.

Greater Charlotte Antique and Collectibles Show ó 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 1. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 Highway 49, Concord. Appraisals by “Collecting Diva” Judith Katz Schwartz 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 800-824-3770.

Astronomical Society of Rowan County meeting ó 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 1920 Deal Road, Mooresville. Bring telescopes and binoculars. 704-855-1591 or 704-857-2788.

Oakboro cruise-ins ó 5 p.m., Jan. 23. Burnout at 9:30 p.m. 704-467-4992. Cruzin’ Round Spencer ó 4-9 p.m. second Saturday of each month. Classic vehicles, entertainment, food. 704-633-7178.

Night life

The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. ó 9 p.m.-midnight Jan. 23: Christabel and the Jons, $5 cover; 9 p.m.-midnight Jan. 24: E.W. Harris, no cover. 704-797-0093.

Dirty Water Saloon, 14910 Stokes Ferry Road, Gold Hill ó Karaoke contest, one winner per week, finals Jan. 30. Each week’s winner competes for $50 cash prize. Jan. 24: Pure Country Night, put on your cowboy hat and get in free. Mondays-free pool, Tuesday-drink special; Wednesday-APA; Thursdays karaoke with Dard and Angie. 10 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, deejay Jody, $3 cover, Pool Tournament at 11 p.m. 704-279-4286.

Escape the Daily Grind, 316 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer ó 8-10 p.m. Jan. 24: Katie Bragg. First and second Fridays: Jazz with PCS Trio. 704-636-0160.

Grove Inn, 1560 Hwy 29 South, China Grove óMonday: Monday Nite Football, open pool tournament; Tuesday: 7 p.m. Texas Hold ‘Em; Wednesday: Ladies Nite Out- karaoke/deejay dance; Thursday: open pool tournament; Friday: karaoke/deejay; Saturday: deejay dance /hilarious game contests or live band; Sunday: football/NASCAR party. 704-855-9901.

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 ó Jan. 24: Jeremy Hopkins Band. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.

Jokers Bar and Grill, 2168 Statesville Blvd. ó Monday: Monday Night Football, free pool, 35-cent wings; Thursday: pool tournament. 704-636-2583.

Tabu Bar and Lounge, 329 S. Church St. ó Tuesdays-movie night; 10 p.m. Wednesdays: open mic; 10 p.m. Thursdays-play “Rock Band” with projector and P.A. 704-267-6246.

Three Fifteen, 315 E. Council St. ó 704-633-1315.


Piedmont Singles ó 7:15 p.m. Fridays, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Jan. 23: Charles Huffman and the Country gentlemen will play and sing for a dance. Covered dish. No joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.

Highlighters Dance Club ó First and third Fridays. Doors open 7 p.m., free line dance class 7:15 p.m. Open to singles 40 and over. Dress code. Heavy hors d’oeuvres served 8 p.m. BYOB. $10 members; $12 guests. Join for $20 and get in free the first night of joining. Non-smoking, dressy casual. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-548-9212.

Zodiac Club ó Jan. 23: Iron City. Meets second and fourth Fridays. Doors open 7 p.m., food served 8 p.m. Open to mature singles over 40. $10 members, $12 guests. Dress code-upscale casual. Smoke-free. American Legion Post 380, 4235 West Tyvola Rd. Call 704-661-2437 or contact Visit

Call for artists

Waterworks Visual Arts Center is currently seeking exhibition proposals for a year-long outdoor sculpture exhibition ó Deadline for submissions: Jan. 30, 2009. No entry fee. Sculptures for the Center’s Stanback and Cook Sensory Gardens. There is room altogether for three ńfive sculptures; all artworks should be able to withstand outdoor conditions. For submission guidelines contact Sarah Leonard, exhibitions assistant,, 704-636-1882.


Piedmont Prime Time Community Band ó Accepting new members through Feb. 12. Rehearses 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 15, Trinity United Methodist Church,Kannapolis. Call director Jon Hutchinson: 704-933-0660.

Circle in the Square Theatre School ó Audtions March 2-6, May 5-8 and June 1-5 for professional two year workshops and seven-week summer workshops (both acting and musical). 1633 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10019-6795. 212-307-0388.


Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. ó Current exhibits by Don Moore, Tyrone Geter, Natalie Bork and Maja Godlewska. Fifth annual Artists’ Invitational Exhibition and Sale. Admission free. Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Groups may arrange guided tour. 704-636-1882.

EastSquare Artworks, 122 E. Innes St. óCurrent work by artists Syed Ahmad, Whitney Peckman, Connie Baker, Michael Baker. 704-798-0047.

Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. ó “A Family Affair” art of siblings Jimmy Alston and Katie Spivey. Jazz music, poetry reading and art sale every third Thursday, 5-7 p.m. Gallery open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 704-431-8964.

Looking Glass Artist Collective Gallery, 407 N. Lee St. ó Current exhibit: “Transformation and Metamorphoses: an artist response to change” through Jan. 31. Shop featuring art and crafts for sale by members is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and during special events. 704-245-2302.

Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer ó 704-639-0606.

Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 65 Union Street, Concord ó Gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 704-920-ARTS.

Original Art, 21 Union St. S., Concord ó Gallery open 2-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 704-784-1549.

Depot Visual Arts Center, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville ó Gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 704-663-6661.

Court Street Gallery, 134 Court St., Statesville ó Max Tharpe photography. Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. United Gallery, 220 S. Main St., Lexington ó Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

Davidson County Community College, Mendenhall Building, Lexington ó “Inspirations” art exhibit. Eight artists, 96 pieces, includes oil, watercolor, mixed media collage, sculpture, conte crayon, pastel, photography, bookmaking, encaustics. Open during regular college operating hours. 336-249-8186.

Moring Arts Center, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro ó Exhibit of art by Robert Crutchfield and Sam Rankin, Jan 5-30. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 336-629-0399.

The Light Factory, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte ó 704-333-9755.

Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte ó “Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends” through Feb. 15; Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $3 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. Admission also valid for Museum of Craft and Design on the same day. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 220 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó Admission $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $3 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. 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 ó 704-332-5535.

Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem ó “Chuck Close: the Keith Series” through May 31. Open 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


N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer óMuseum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Train rides Saturday only, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $6 adults, $5 children ages 3-12 and seniors ages 60 and up. Roundhouse Turntable rides at $1. Group rates available with advance notice. 704-636-2889 or 877-NCTMFUN.

Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. ó Museum is 1854 courthouse that survived Stoneman’s raid. Displays and interpretive exhibits reflect life and history of Rowan County. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, free museum members. 704-633-5946.

Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. ó Closed for season. 704-633-5946.

Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. ó 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.

China Grove Roller Mill Museum ó Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of each month. Museum is operated by Historical Society of South Rowan. For special tours call 704-433-3912.

Mill Village Museum, Old No. 14 Church St., Cooleemee ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Large groups by appointment. Operated by Cooleemee Historical Association. 336-284-6040.

Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte ó Family-friendly activities 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular admission is$6 adults, $5 students and seniors, $3 children 6-12, 5 and under free. Free admission Sundays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-568-1774.

Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville ó Museum hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, free for children under 5. 704-875-2312.

Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó 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.

Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road ó Focus on activities for ages 8 and younger. $5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-337-2671.

Discovery Place, Charlotte ó “Circus!” consisting of more than 20 interactive stations. Museum open 9 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. 704-372-6261 or

Old Salem, Winston-Salem ó 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300 or

The North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh ó 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 31: African-American Cultural Celebration. Free. 919-807-7943.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh ó Museum admission is free. 919-733-7450.

N.C. Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham ó Museum is science-technology center of lifelong learning for people of all ages. $10.85 adult; $8.85 seniors 65 plus and military personnel with ID; $7.85 children age 3-12; free for children age two and younger. 919-220-5429,

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