Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Rose Society’s annual Rose Show will be held at the Salisbury Civic Center from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
The show will feature hundreds of rose blooms, including new varieties, fragrant old-fashioned roses and miniature roses.
In addition to displays of individual roses, a section will be devoted to flower arrangements in different styles emphasizing the use of roses. Society members will be available to answer questions about rose culture.
All area rose growers are welcome to enter roses between 7 and 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.
At the close of the Show on Sunday, show roses will be sold with proceeds to benefit the American Rose Society.
For more information, call Clyde Harriss, 704-633-7024.
Men’s chorus
The St. John’s Lutheran Church Men’s Chorus will present its annual spring concert, “How Can We Keep From Singing!” Sunday at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Salisbury.
Special guest performers will be Sonya Ferguson, flute, and the St. John’s Handbell Choir.
The concert will feature settings of well-known and beloved hymns, and also will include an original song by North Carolina’s own Loonis McGlohon, arranged for men’s voices. The program will close with several favorites such as “Soon and Very Soon,” “Good News” and “Joshua!”
The St. John’s Men’s Chorus began in 1992 as a fellowship and outreach ministry of the church. Today it boasts a membership of nearly 40 men, with members from St. John’s and many of the Rowan/Salisbury area churches.
Soloists for this performance include David Agner, Ralph Hair, Stan Jordan, Darrell Norris, Dick Reitz, Dennis Rogers, Gordon Senter, Mitch Siegel, Norman Sloop, Bob Tannehill, Julius Waggoner, Pastor Rhodes Woolly and Donny Yost.
The Men’s Chorus is directed by Rosemary C. Kinard, associate parish musician. Robert Durocher, director of music ministries, is accompanist for the ensemble, and also directs the St. John’s Handbell Ensemble.
This benefit performance is free and open to the public. A special offering will be received on behalf of Rowan Helping Ministries. Additional funding will be provided at $1 for every $3 donated from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans through its Care Abounds in Communities program.
Basket maker
CHINA GROVE ó This Sunday, the China Grove Roller Mill Museum will be hosting Pamela Deal, a local basket maker, who was recently featured at the Simple Living Festival at Dan Nicholas Park.
Open House will be held from 2-4 p.m. Deal will be demonstrating the art of basket making while the museum will be open for tours. Refreshments will also be provided.
Youth orchestra
The Salisbury Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Ryan Peller, will present a Spring Concert Sunday at 4 p.m. Sunday in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the campus of Catawba College.
The program will include The Impresario Overture by Mozart, Symphony No. 2 Finale by Tchaikovsky and Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin.
The Youth Orchestra is comprised of area musicians from local middle and high schools and home school students. The concert is free, and the public is invited.
The Youth Orchestra rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. in the Hoke Building on the campus of Catawba College. All musicians, ages 10 to 18, are cordially invited to join the Youth Orchestra. Auditions for the fall semester will be held in September 2009.
The Salisbury Youth Orchestra is an education program of the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society and is made possible by a grant from the Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation Inc.
For information about auditions and membership, contact Susan Trivette at 704-637-4730 or
Sculpting workshops
CHINA GROVE ó “Sculpting for Fun” workshops are being offered with visiting Australian artist Frances Taylor as she tutors with local artist Cathy Matthews at her China Grove studio.
Taylor’s work may be viewed at
Students are invited to learn to design and sculpt with prepared composite stone. Taylor will teach you in one day how to make a stone, prepare it for sculpting, then actually do a sculpture that you can take home. These highly interactive workshops are suitable for beginners.
Workshops are offered 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., May 16, 23,24, 30 and 31 and June 13, 14, 20, 27 and 28.
The $95 fee includes all materials and morning and afternoon tea and lunch.
The studio is located 1008 Amber Court, off Stirewalt Road, Forest Pines Development. For information or to register, call 704-855-7952 or contact
Pigs unveiled
LEXINGTON ó The arrival of the newest pigs in Uptown Lexington’s popular public art project, Pigs in the City, begins with the premiere and after party on Monday, May 18 at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center in uptown Lexington. This group of pigs marks the fifth year new pigs have been placed around the uptown area since the project began in 2003.
Those who attend the event will they be the first to see all 20 pigs in one location, they will be the first to see the logo for Pigs in the City 5 and the slogan for this round of pigs will also be announced.
And, to complement the slogan, local musician Ken Davis has written an original song that he will perform at the event.
Local media personality Willie Edwards of Hometown TV Today will read the biography of each pig as it is introduced. Also announced will be the first four inductees into the Pigs in the City Hall of Fame. Ballot boxes all around uptown have been filling up with votes cast by fans of the nominated pigs.
Premiere and after party tickets are $17.50 each or 2 for $30. This includes a center front section reserved seat, admission to the After Party with food and drinks, and 10 percent off the Pigs in the City merchandise.
General admission tickets for just the premiere are $2 each. Attendees are also asked to bring non-perishable items for Pastor’s Pantry and Crisis Ministry.
Tickets can be purchased at Uptown Lexington’s office (220 N. Main St.), All About Education, Gallery Hall, The Candy Factory, Lanier’s, and the EC Smith Civic Center. General Admission tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Carolina Baroque
Carolina Baroque’s most recent concert, presented May 8 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, is reviewed by Laura McDowell on the Classical Voice of North Carolina Web site. To read it, go to
Robert Crum
MOORESVILLE ó Salisbury artist Robert Crum won Best in Show for his piece “Crucified” in the Mooresville Artist Guild’s 2009 Spring Artfest show held this past weekend at the Depot Fine Art Gallery.
The exhibit remains on view through May 31. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The Depot is located at the corner of Center and Main Streets.
Art winners’ display
The winners of the Student Art Expo will have their artwork on display through May 29 at Wachovia Bank.
Also on display is a 16-foot-long banner painted by art students from Carson, East Rowan, North Rowan, Salisbury and South Rowan high schools.
This banner will eventually travel to Iraq.
The annual art expo is sponsored by Carolina Artists.