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Roundabout: What’s happening in Rowan County and beyond

Classes
Figure Drawing with Lou Murphy, session III, at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. ó 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 16, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28. For adults, age 18 and over. Cost for all six sessions: $100 members/$120 non-members. All skill levels. Call 704-636-1882 for details and to register.

“Down to Earth” art, Waterworks Visual Arts Center ó In celebration of Earth Day, students will design 3D landscapes from natural materials, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 18. Instructor: MT Sidoli. For grades 1-5. $35 per child. Parents or grandparents of first and second graders welcome to participate for no extra cost. 704-636-1882.
“Hands-on Shakespeare” NC Shakespeare Festival teacher workshops ó For middle and secondary English and Drama teachers. Workshops scheduled for April 25, July 25 and Oct. 24 at Spirit Center in High Point. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to each workshop. 336-841-2273. www.ncshakes.org.

Music and more

Death Cab for Cutie with Cold War Kids and Ra Ra Riot ó 8 p.m., April 9. John Belk Arena, Baker Sports Complex. $30. 704-894-2135. uniontix@davidson.edu.

The New Familiars with Boulder Acoustic Society ó 9 p.m., April 10. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th Street Charlotte. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 704-358-9298.

Andrew McNight in concert ó April 11: 6 p.m. potluck, 7:30 p.m. concert, $15. Bonfire after concert. Sacred Grove Retreat/Bed and Bike Inn. 704-463-0768. info@bedandbikeinn.com.

Mid Atlantic Steel Guitar Association Kannapolis jam and show ó 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 11. Featuring Tommy Dodd and Herby Wallace. Kannapolis Moose Lodge, 990 Old Beatty Ford Road. 704-857-6822.

Earl Scruggs with family and friends ó 8 p.m., April 11. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. $27-$52.50. 704-522-6500. www.ticketmaster.com.

The Corduroy Road, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Never, Lost in the Trees ó 9 p.m., April 11. Studio B, 520 S. Elm St., Greensboro. 336-373-0811, ext. 124.

Puccini’s “Turandot”-Opera Carolina ó 7:30 p.m. April 16; 8 p.m. April 18; 2 p.m. April 19. 704-372-1000.

Jazz and Poetry Slam ó April 17. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Featuring Joe Robinson Jazz Band. Presented by Rowan Blues and Jazz Society at LGAC Black Box Theater, 407 N. Lee St. $5 donation. 704-636-2811. www.rowanbluesandjazz.org.

Organ recital, featuring Kristin Farmer ó 3 p.m., April 19. St. John’s Lutheran Church. 704-636-3431.

Robin Thicke and Jennifer Hudson ó 8 p.m., April 19. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. $48.50-$58.50. 704-522-6500.

Victor Borge, a Centenial Celebration ó 8 p.m., April 18. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. $20. Program presented by Borge’s daughter, Janet Borge Crowle. $20. 704-372-1000. www.carolinatix.org.

Dave Matthews Band with The Avett Brothers ó 7 p.m., April 24. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte. $38-$68. 704-549-5555. http://tickets.livenation.com.

Fall Out Boy, Cobra Starship, All Time Low and Hey Monday ó 7:30 p.m., April 24. Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte. $31. www.ticketmaster.com. 800-745-3000.

Fleetwood Mac ó 8 p.m., April 26. Greensboro Coliseum. www.livenation.com. 800-745-3000.

Kings of Leon ó 7:30 p.m., April 30. Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte. www.livenation.com. 800-745-3000.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band ó 7:30 p.m., May 2. Greensboro Coliseum. $65-$95. www.ticketmaster.com. 1-800-745-3000.

George Strait ó May 15, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte. www.livenation.com.

Theater

Sartre’s “No Exit” Carolina Actors Studio Theatre ó 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through April 25. 1118 Clement Ave., Charlotte. $22 adult, $18 student and senior. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

“Dangerous” Queen City Theatre Company ó 8 p.m., through April 18. Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. For mature audiences. www.queencitytheatre.com. 704-372-1000.

“The Jungle Book” ó 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. April 17; 11 a.m. April 18. The Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem. 336-725-4531. www.childrenstheatrews.org.
“Legally Blonde-The Musical” ó April 21-26, Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. 704–372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Eve Ensler’s “Any One of Us: Words from Prison” ó 7:30 p.m., April 28, LGAC Black Box Theatre, 405 N. Lee St. $20. Proceeds benefit Family Crisis Council of Rowan County. Tickets available at Law Office of Nancy Gaines, 121 W. Council St., 704-633-1723; or Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.; or online by contacting Nancy@nancygaineslaw.com.

“Shear Madness” ó 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. through June 7. Stage Door Theater, North College Street at 5th Street, Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Festivals

Hickory Hops beer festival ó April 18, Union Square, downtown Hickory. www.hickoryhops.com.

Patriot Palooza spring festival ó 11 a.m.-3 p.m., April 25, Southeast Middle School, Peeler Road. Auto show, food, games, bingo, hayride, dunking booth, kiddie area, inflatables, Waterworks Art Van, “Goggles and Golfcart” drunk driving program, gang education awareness. 704-239-2465.

Relay for Life event at Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer ó 5 p.m. – 5 a.m., April 24-25. 704-463-3401.

Merlefest ó April 23-26, Wilkesboro. Early bird price through April 3. www.merlefest.org.

Dance

Dances of India ó 4 p.m., April 18. Choreographer and performer, Dr. Maha Gingrich, and 40+ performers. CPCC Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. $5-$10. 704-372-1000.

This & That

Yoga retreat weekend with Vicky Geros-Holmes ó Begins 1 p.m. April 11, ends 1 p.m. April 12. $89 includes overnight stay. Optional Saturday evening concert-additional $15. Sacred Grove Retreat/Bed and Bike Inn. 704-463-0768.

“Wild” Easter Egg Hunt at Tiger World ó 1 p.m., April 11. Free with park admission. Games, prizes, give-aways. Bring basket or bag for eggs. Boo the tiger will make guest appearance. www.tigerworld.us.

Open Mic Poetry Night ó 7-8 p.m., April 16. Stanly County Public Library, Albemarle. Participants may read original poem or a favorite published poem. Register to read by calling Melanie Holles at 704-986-3761.

Auto show entrants soughtó Auto show is part of “Patriot Palooza” spring festival at Southeast Middle School 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25. Proceeds go to PTA. 704-239-2465.

Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games ó April 17-19, Rural Hill, Huntersville. www.ruralhill.net.
War for the Empire 1759 ó April 18-19, Fort Dobbs, Staesville. Free. www.fortdobbs.org.

Kickflip contest ó 6-7 p.m. April 17, at SkateCity Skate Shop during Downtown Night Out. The winner is skateboarder who can perform the most kickflips in three, one-minute rounds. Pre-registration required. Forms at SkateCity, 211 S. Main St. $5 entry fee. 704-637-5877. www.skatecitync.com.

Margaret C. Woodson Planetariumat Horizons Unlimited ó 5 p.m., April 18. Show about the constellations. A star map for the current night sky will be provided. $3 adults, $2 students 12 and under. 1636 Parkview Circle. Guests should park and enter in the back of the building accessible from Lilly Ave. 704-639-3004.

“Turnin’ & Grinnin’ Demo Day” Southern Piedmont Woodturners ó 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25. South Rowan Regional Library, China Grove. www.rowanpubliclibrary.org.

Scrabble Scramble 6 ó 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28. Holiday Inn , Salisbury. Buffet dinner, three rounds of team Scrabble. $25 per person, $250 table of 10. Sponsored by Rowan County Literacy Council. Deadline to register: April 23. 704-216-8266.

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 Friday: Tripp Edwards, no cover; 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday: Greg Lilley, no cover. 704-797-0093. www.thebluevine.com.

Brick Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. ó 8 p.m. April 17: Mulligans Banned; 7:30 p.m. April 18: Mother Blues. 704-637-6047.

Dirty Water Saloon, 14910 Stokes Ferry Road, Gold Hill ó 704-279-4286. www.myspace.com/dirtywatersaloon.

E.H. Montgomery General Store ó 7 p.m. Fridays: Community Night with bluegrass jam, Historic Village of Gold Hill. www.HistoricGoldHill.com. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439.

Escape the Daily Grind, 316 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer ó 8-10 p.m., first and second Fridays: Jazz with Rebecca Stinson and Joe Ponds. 704-636-0160.

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 ó 8 p.m. Saturday, the band 4Giving Souls. 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. www.inntheloop.blogspot.com.

Looking Glass Artist Collective Black Box Theater, 407 N. Lee St. ó April 16: Boulder Acoustic Society, and You Tonight; April 17: jazz and poetry slam. 704-960-6594.

Three Fifteen, 315 E. Council St. ó 9 p.m. Saturday: Brink, with From the Day, $5 members, $10 guests. 704-633-1315. www.threefifteen.com.

The Garage, 110 W. 7th St. Winston-Salem ó 8 p.m., April 19: Charlie Musselwhite and band, $20 in advance, $25 day of show. www.thegarage.ws/boxoffice. 336-777-1127.

Singles

Piedmont Singles ó No meeting this Friday (Good Friday). 704-637-3241.
Piedmont Triad Singles Dance ó 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, April 17, Spring Fling dance/party. George Ks, 2108 Cedar Fork Drive (corner Holden and High Point Road) Greensboro. Deejay playing 70’s/80’s, beach music, top 40. Cash bar, door prizes. Dress to impress. Ladies choice dances, $12. www.piedmonttriadsingles.com. peggy15311@bellsouth.net.

Zodiac Club ó Meets second and fourth Fridays. www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com.

Call for artists

Craft festival ó 5-9 p.m. May 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9, Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405-407 N. Lee St. Exhibitor fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers. To exhibit call Jacqui: 704-633-5107. For membership information, call 704-960-6594.

Third annual Spring Fling at Second Glance Shop ó 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., May 9. Shop is at 2080 Shue Road, China Grove. Call Betty Corriher, 704-213-0980 to register or for more information.
Spring Festival at Rocky River Vineyards, Midland ó Artist vendors sought for festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., April 25. Booth fee $75 for single artists, $100 for two in one booth. Details: www.rockyrivervineyards.com. 704-781-5035.
Multicultural Festival, Lexington ó Artisans and demonstrators sought for festival taking place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2 in Finch Park. 336-248-3960 ext. 3237. tammy@lexingtonnc.net.

Honey Bee Arts & Crafts Festival, downtown Marion ó May 16. Sponsored by McDowell Arts Council. Artist and vendor applications accepted through April 5. www.mcdowellarts.org. 828-652-8610.

6th annual Art on Easy Street ó Rowan Arts Council is accepting applications from artists, 10×10 space $60 ($50 for RAC members). Festival is June 20. Application and rules online at www.rowanarts.org. 704-638-9887, rac@rowanarts.org.

Rockwell Museum photography show ó For Rowan County middle and high schoolers. Photos must be taken in Rockwell or surrounding area, people must not be recognizable. Two entries allowed per student: one 8×10 print of each image, film or digitial. Photographs need to be matted for 10×13 framing and available for sale for $50 each (20% to museum, 80% to artist). Deadline for entry: May 8. Announcement of winners and reception: 2 p.m. May 17. Exhibition runs Sundays, May-July. 704-279-9664. Entry forms available at Rockwell Town Hall and Rowan Public Libraries.

Rowan Blues and Jazz seeks poets for jazz and poetry slam night ó Event is April 17 at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. Poetry competition by invitation only, screening required. Deadline to apply: April 10. Entry fee $10. Must be 16 or older. All poetry must be original. Competitors have three minutes. Winner receives cash prize. 704-636-2811. www.rowanbluesandjazz.org.

Auditions
North Carolina Shakespeare Festival auditions ó Mainstage productions of Macbeth and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Equity actors: April 24; non-Equity: April 25. For details, go to www.ncshakes.org, click on ‘About NCSF’ then ‘News’.

Seeking vendors
Multicultural Festival, Lexington ó Vendors sought for festival taking place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2 in Finch Park. 336-248-3960 ext. 3237. tammy@lexingtonnc.net.

Newton MayFEST ó May 16Information and applications: www.newtonmayfest.blogspot.com. 828-466-3410.

6th annual Art on Easy Street ó Rowan Arts Council is accepting applications from artists, 10×10 space $60 ($50 for RAC members). Festival is June 20. Application and rules online at www.rowanarts.org. 704-638-9887, rac@rowanarts.org.

Art

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. ó 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. www.waterworks.org.

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

Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. ó Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and whenever the “Gallery Open” flag is out. 704-431-8964. www.railwalkgallery.com.

Looking Glass Artist Collective Gallery, 407 N. Lee St. ó 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. www.salisburyartists.org.

Creator’s Gallery at John Calvin presbyterian Church, 1620 Brenner Ave. ó Exhibit of art by Tommie and Buddy Troxler. Gallery open by appointment. 704-633-4333.

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

Parks

Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. ó 704-216-7800. www.dannicholas.net.
Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road ó 704-216-7783.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill ó Information about tours: 704-267-9439; rentals: 704-279-5777. www.HistoricGoldHill.com.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Rd. ó www.co.rowan.nc.us/parks.

Museums

N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer ó April 18: Studebaker show and and volunteer open house. Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Train rides Thursday and Friday 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m.; Sunday 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 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. www.nctrans.org.

Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. ó Exhibit: “Early Rowan African-American Churches.” 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 Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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.
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry ó Open 1- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 704-633-5946.
Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. ó Open Sundays 2-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information call Ann Teague: 704-279-5783.
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. www.hist-society-srowan.com.
Historic Gold Hill,NC/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park ó 19th Century Living History Interpretations and educational tours weekends April-October and weekdays by appointment. Interpretative displays reflect life in the 1800’s gold mining boom town. Villagemerchants and interpretors dressed in period costume weekends. Free admission. www.HistoricGoldHill.com. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439.

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville ó “War for Empire” living history re-enactment, April 18-19. 704-873-5882. www.fortdobbs.org.
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville ó “Civil War Soldier for a Day” for ages 8-12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 18. $40 per camper, preregistration required. 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. www.lattaplantation.org. 704-875-2312.
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó Civil War hospital reenactment April 11, begins10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. 704-335-0325. www.historicrosedale.org.
 
 
 
 
 

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