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Arts and entertainment briefs

Beginning tonight, Lee Street Theatre presents “1 + 2 = 3;” one staged performance, plus two reader’s theater comedies equal three plays.
Performances will be 7:30 p.m., tonight through Saturday, in the black box theatre at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.
In “Rothko Room” by Stuart Spencer, Brian Romans and Claudia Galup return for an encore of the first performance ever staged by LST last fall, at the grand opening of the Looking Glass facility.
A man and woman meet in the room of a museum devoted to the works of Mark Rothko. They are either complete strangers or they know each other better than anyone else in the world. Which is it? Is the secret in the mysterious Rothko paintings themselves.
The Reader’s Theatre presentation of “Chocolate Cake” by Mary Gallagher features Carrie Poole and Anne Cave.
This story involves two secret gorgers who meet in a hotel room while attending a women’s conference. Inevitably their conversation gets around to their favorite topic, food, but the funnier their exchanges become the more we are made aware of the deprivation and disappointments which have led them to compensate with compulsive overeating.
“I Can’t Remember Anything” by Arthur Miller features actors Gary Thornburg and Mary Ann McCubbin. This is a poignant, yet humorous, study of two old friends who often take their meals together. Both lament the passing of better days, the lack of contact with loved ones, and the loss of memory which clouds the meaningfulness of the time left to them.
Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors.
For more information, contact leestreettheatre@live.com.
Danceworks
The Catawba College Theatre Department presents “Danceworks 2009: This Time It’s Personal” this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium. Admission is free.
This primarily student choreographed presentation includes a wide variety of dance styles including tap, modern, hip-hop, and jazz.
This year’s student choreographers are seniors Nicole Durant, Justin M. Duncan, Nicole Bowles, Sheldon Rogers and Jared Kenish, and four sophomres, Amber McCleery, Zach Lynch, Mara Stewart and Mary Alisce Nichols.
The program is directed, with additional choreography, by Missy Barnes, assistant professor of Theatre Arts.
For more information, call 704-637-4430 or contact mbarnes@catawba.edu.
Impulse 2009
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites the public to see the artistic works of its students, faculty and staff at the Impulse 2009 art show and reception on April 26.
The public viewing and reception will run from 2 to 4 p.m., in Building 200, Room 251, at RCCC’s North Campus in Salisbury.
A diverse collection of artistic works will be on display, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, drawings and renderings, mixed media, photography and digital photography, and sculpture. Many of the artists will be present to discuss and answer questions about their work.
More than 40 RCCC artists will display their work. Some of the pieces will be available for purchase.
For more information, contact art instructors Jonathan Church at 704-216-3819 or Jenn Selby at 704-216-3820.
‘Tacky and Irrelevant’
MISENHEIMER ó The Department of Fine Arts at Pfeiffer University is hosting its first senior art exhibition “Tacky and Irrelevant”now through May 7 in the Grace and Cameron West Gallery on the Misenheimer campus. The display is free and open to the public.
The exhibition comprises a number of creative pieces by four graduating seniors. Works by David Barrett of Kannapolis; Petra Ljubicic of Asheboro, Najja Moon of Durham, and Heidi Ramseur of Albemarle will be featured in the show.
Each student artist featured in the exhibit has a unique perspective and style which contributes to the show’s diversity. The works on display will include three-dimensional mixed media, paintings, fashion design and photography.
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.
Hoofing it
SPENCER ó The N.C. Transportation Museum, in association with the North Carolina Humanities Council, will host “Hoofing It By Mule Across North Carolina,” featuring Bernie Harberts. He will appear with Woody The Mule, the beast of burden that carried him across North Carolina, and Maggie The Pony, who joined the pair on their later trip across the nation, at 1 p.m. this Saturday in the Julian Roundhouse.
In these days of high speed interstate travel, back seat DVD players and directions at the touch of a GPS, Bernie Harberts decided to cross the Tarheel State on the back of a mule. The unusual decision was made to celebrate the state’s vanishing rural culture. It also was a way for Harberts to reconnect with people after spending five years sailing around the world alone.
Harberts and Woody began their journey March 15, 2004, in Oriental and traveled 600 miles, meeting and learning about the state’s rural families.
Then Harberts and Woody extended their journey, reaching San Diego and the Pacific Ocean 13 months later.
Harberts’ book, “Too Proud To Ride A Cow” documents his 3,500 mile journey. A children’s book, “Woody and Maggie … Walk Across America,” also tells the story.
Harberts’ Web site is www.riverearth.com.
High school art entries
Representative Mel Watt has announced that the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina will be participating in the 2009 Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery.
The competition is open to all high school students who reside, attend school or are enrolled in an art program in the 12th Congressional District.
The winning entry from each Congressional District will be displayed for one year in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The winning students and a guest will be invited to attend a Congressional reception to honor this year’s student winners on June 24, 2009, in Washington, DC and will also be eligible to receive a scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.
Artwork will be accepted May 11-15 at the 2009 host site: the Delta Arts Center, located at 2611 N. Walkertown Road in Winston-Salem. The Rowan Arts Council can assist if a student is unable to deliver his or her work.
Guidelines and entry form to be completed by the students who submit entries can be obtained from the Rowan Arts Council by calling 704-638-9887 or emailing rac@rowanarts.org or by going to Representative Watt’s Web site: www.watt. house.gov/artcompetition.asp

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