Faithful Friends event set for Saturday: Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A silent auction for Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary will be held Saturday from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty St.
There will be complimentary food and drinks. Music is provided by DJ Big Bad Ben. Dress is casual.
Over 200 items will be presented for bidding, including stays at a Figure Eight Island beach house and oceanfront condos, a party hosted by The Shaggin’ Wagon, pet portraits by artists, professional photography package, handmade quilts, original artwork, backyard BBQ for 20 by Outback Steakhouse, Panthers tickets, Catawba College football and Kannapolis Intimidator tickets, meals at local restaurants, professional pet sitting, ACC autographed basketballs, NC Zoo family memberships, and more.
Tickets are $20 minimum donation and available in Salisbury at Antiquarius, Critters, Farmhouse Restaurant, A Step in Time, Stitchin’ Post, and Pleasant Papers.
For more information, visit www.faithfulfriendsnc.org, or call 704-223-4911.
Pfeiffer exhibit
MISENHEIMER ó The “Personal Spaces” exhibit featuring eight artists’ works on paper will be on display at Pfeiffer University throughout the month of March. The exhibit aims to show the variety of ways personal notions of space affect how images are produced.
A reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. today in the Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery on the Misenheimer Campus, free and open to the public.
The series of art includes abstract graphite and Sumi ink drawings along with relief prints of imagined landscapes, geometric abstractions and cellular structures. Also included are mezzotints that portray the beauty of forms and landscape subjects.
The gallery’s general hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except during special events. For more information, contact Joshua Cross, art gallery director, at 704-463-3160 or joshua.cross@pfeiffer.edu.
Night at Museum
SPENCER ó Visitors touring the N.C. Transportation Museum “after hours” Friday, March 6 will see and hear exhibits come alive, as those who worked and lived around the machines of the past tell their tales.
Volunteers and interpretive historians in period dress will tell the history the museum preserves. These tours, taking place at 5, 6 and 7 p.m., are being offered as the first ever “Night at the N.C. Transportation Museum” event.
Tours begin in the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center, and move throughout the museum’s exhibits.
No reservations are necessary for the March 6 event.. but visitors are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before each tour begins. This event is free.
For more information, call 704-636-2889, or visit www.nctrans.org.
Art at Roller Mill
CHINA GROVE ó There will be an open house with an exhibit of art by Cathy Matthews at the Roller Mill in China Grove this Sunday, 2-4 p.m.
Matthews works in several mediums, including clay, watercolor, acrylics and oil. She works and teaches in her studio on Amber Court in China Grove.
She is also a member of Looking Glass Artist Collective, where she is “Artist of the Month” for March. Her work is on display and for sale in the LGAC shop, 405 N. Lee St.
For more information about Matthews and to view examples of her art, visit www.catsfreestyleart.com.
For information about lessons, call 704-855-7952.
Theatre auditions
CONCORD ó Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street SW, in Concord announces auditions for “Run For Your Wife” on March 9 and 10 at 7 p.m.
The British farce, written by Ray Cooney, will be performed April 30, May 1-3, 7-10.
Contact the theatre at 704-788-2405 with questions.
Ensler play auditions
Auditions for Eve Ensler’s “Any One of Us” will be held 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the law office of Nancy Gaines, 121 W. Council St, Suite 102.
The play will be a benefit performance for the Rowan Family Crisis Council.
The cast calls for five to nine women of all ages and ethnicities, who will read monologues based on true stories of women in prison and how violence against them affected their lives.
Auditions will be cold readings from the script.
For more information, contact nancy@nancygaineslaw.com.
Call for scripts
Lee Street Theatre is calling for scripts for their first annual Ten-Minute-Play Contestó “Six and the City.”
It is open to residents of North Carolina and neighboring states: South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee. Submission deadline is March 15.
Guidelines: 1. The play must take place in a city and must be easy to stage; 2. Two stapled copies of each script, in proper format, must arrive on or before the deadline to Jennifer Hubbard, 2301 East 5th St., Charlotte, NC 28204. No email entries; 3. Limit your entry to four scripts; 4. The script(s) must not have been previously staged by anyone in any way; 5. Enclose one cover sheet per playwright with contact information and the title(s) of the submitted script(s), along with a one-sentence synopsis. To ensure unbiased judging, the playwright’s name must not appear anywhere on the script(s), which will not be returned.
Only the winning playwrights will be notified (by email) on April 1, after which time open auditions will be held.
Directed by Missy Barnes, assistant professor of theatre arts at Catawba College, “Six and the City” will be performed June 3-6, 2009.
For more information, contact Jennifer Hubbard at leestreettheatre@live.com.
Piedmont DanceTwenty-nine students from Kannapolis-based Piedmont Dance Conservatory (PDC) performed an original work at the Winter Dance Festival in Winston-Salem on Feb. 22.
The Winter Dance Festival is held at The University North Carolina School of the Arts over a weekend in February each year. Approximately 450 students from dance schools and companies across North Carolina participate in dance classes. Students attending the festival receive instruction from the School of Dance faculty which includes the new dean, Ethan Stiefel, best known for his role as Cooper Neilson in the movie “Center Stage.”
The weekend concluded with a performance in the Stevens Center of adjudicated works by North Carolina dance schools and companies.
The PDC students, ranging in age from 12 to 18, performed “Canvas #4,” a contemporary ballet, in the festival’s concluding program.
The young PDC dancers receive up to 15 hours of dance instruction weekly, focusing primarily on classical ballet technique. Having completed community performances of The Nutcracker in December, the students had only seven days to learn the new four minute contemporary ballet before adjudication.
Daniel Wiley, PDC’s co-artistic director, choreographed the dance, envisioning an athletic and current work for his students. He set it to a musical composition by Phillip Glass, written for the motion picture “Mishima.” It’s a complex piece with syncopation and odd pauses, perfect for a challenging and interpretive dance.
More information about Piedmont Dance Conservatory can be found at www.music-dance.org.

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