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Arts and entertainment briefs: SHS Senior Showcase is this Thursday evening

The Salisbury High School Fine Arts Department is hosting a Senior Showcase tonight at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is by donation, and proceeds will be given to the school’s DOVE program for their trip in the fall.
The performance will feature all the chorus classes as well as senior and honors students from band, dance, drama, and chorus. The will also be art exhibited in the lobby.
For more information, contact Michelle McCaffrey, choral director at 704-363-1221 ext. 469.
J.C. Price celebration
This is the 90th anniversary of the J.C. Price annual Memorial Day celebration taking place May 25-31.
There will be a memorial service Monday at 10 a.m. at the Statesville Blvd Cemetery by the VA Medical Center.
Gospel singing will take place on Monday and Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. with groups from Salisbury, Cleveland, Kannapolis and Lexington.
Throughout the festival there will be rides, entertainment and concessions.
For more information 704-640-1893 to reserve a booth or 704-638-0160.
Vocalist selected
Emil Foster has been accepted into the Studio Division of La Musica Lirica. This six week vocal program starting June 20 is an international music program for young vocal artists in Novafeltria, Italy (Rimini).
Foster will be assigned opera roles for opera workshop performances and will be performing for the Studio Division concerts while in Italy. He will also participate in the chorus of the main stage operas.
During the first four weeks he will receive intensive Italian classes, voice lessons, coachings, opera workshop and diction classes in addition to his performances. These classes prepare students for their concert performances in Rome and Rimini, Italy.
He will be under the direction of the opera coach, Carroll Freeman, a former opera coach for Teresa Moore-Mitchell.
Foster began singing in church at the age of 5. He graduated from Livingstone College this spring with a major in music and a minor in theater arts. Moore-Mitchell became his voice instructor after the death of his teacher, Dr. Frank Perry.
Foster was a section leader in Livingstone’s marching band for four years and president of the Concert Choir for two years. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity, a former Blue Bear Ambassador, Blue Bear Buddy and tour guide for the institution.
He is currently performing a supporting role in the Piedmont Player’s production of “Crowns” at the Meroney Theater in Downtown Salisbury.
Foster is required to raise funds to attend the Italian vocal arts program. His goal is to raise $7750 to cover tuition, housing, purchase of music and airfare.
There will be a fundraising concert on Sunday, June 7, at 5 p.m. at Soldier’s Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N. Church St. In addition to Foster, soloists will include Dr. Grant Harrison, Joanne Harrison, Rebecca Stinson and Teresa Moore-Mitchell.
Donations may be sent to: Emil Foster, c/o Soldier’s Memorial AME Zion Church, P.O. Box 4232, Salisbury, NC 28145.
For more information, contact Moore-Mitchell at teresaamoore@hotmail.com or call 704-798-7085.
Art on Easy Street
The Rowan Arts Council has extended the application deadline for artists applying to the Art on Easy Street Summer Art Festival. The new deadline is May 29.
The council will be closing a larger portion of Lee Street, allowing more space for artists’ booths than in previous years. The percentage of spaces for jewelers has already been reached so the Arts Council will not be accepting any additional applications for jewelry work. Entertainment and food vendor spaces have also been filled.
The Art on Easy Street Summer Art Festival is in its 6th year and is part of Salisbury’s “Day of the Arts” celebration. The festival will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 20 in the Easy Street parking lot, the 100 block of East Liberty Street and the 200-400 blocks of North Lee Street in downtown Salisbury. The event is free and open to the public.
Other events include Waterworks Family Fun Day in the Trolley Barn, Rail Walk Arts District special functions, the Salisbury Symphony Musical Petting Zoo and an evening play by the St. Thomas Players.
Interested artists should contact the Rowan Arts Council at 704-638-9887, email rac@rowanarts.org or visit www.rowanarts.org.
Call for art
Visual artists in the Salisbury area are invited to submit works in any medium for the next exhibit at the Looking Glass Artist Collective gallery.
The theme is “In the City,” and will consist of works that depict city life or cityscapes. This exhibit is coordinated with the Lee Street Theatre’s performance of “Six in the City,” which are six 10-minute plays about city life. These were chosen in a recent playwriting competition.
“Six in the City” will be performed at LGAC, on the corner of North Lee and East Kerr Streets the evening of June 3-6. The art will remain on display and for sale throughout the month of June.
There is no fee to exhibit. Any artist whose work is accepted for the exhibit is required to fill out an exhibition agreement. Intake will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 30, or by appointment.
Online auction
CHARLOTTE ó The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center announces the upcoming launch of its second online auction, June 12 through 27.
The auction will feature everything from arts memorabilia to luxury travel packages; business services to health and beauty treatments; and show tickets to weekend getaways. All of the proceeds support the Center’s education programs that serve thousands of students and families throughout the region.
For more information, contact Lindsay Maynard at 704-348-5838 or lmaynard@ncbpac.org or visit the auction website at www.BlumenthalCenter.cmarket.com.
Mountain vacation
SYLVA ó The 2009 edition of the NC Mountains Vacation Guide is available free of charge from the Jackson County Travel and Tourism Authority.
To receive a copy, call 800-962-1911 or visit www.MountainLovers.com.

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