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Arts and entertainment briefs

SPENCER ó North Rowan High School will be presenting a “Night of the Arts” on June 5, promoting the visual and performing arts in the North schools.
Scheduled to appear are North Rowan Middle School Chorus, North Rowan Middle School AllńCounty Chorus, North Rowan High School Chorus, North Rowan Middle School 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands, North Rowan Middle School Jazz Band, North Rowan High School Percussion Ensemble, North Rowan High Wind Ensemble, and the Catawba College Student Brass Ensemble.
Closing out the night will be the Salisbury Swing Band under the direction of Dr. Steve Etters. They will be playing at 9-11 p.m. An outdoor concert is planned, weather permitting.
There will also be visual art displays from middle and high school art classes.
The events begin at 5:30 p.m., with ensembles performing at various areas of the school. There will also be a silent auction for gift baskets that have been put together by each of the programs.
Spaghetti will be served, by pre-sale only. The deadline is May 29.
The Food and Nutrition students will be providing the desserts for this dinner.
The meal will be served 5:30-8:30 p.m. The cost for the meal is $6 for adults and $4 for a child, with age 3 and under free. To make a meal reservation, stop by the office at either North Rowan High School or North Rowan Middle School.
Strawberry Festival
GOLD HILL ó The Historic Village of Gold Hill will host the first annual Strawberry Festival and arts and crafts show this Saturday.
Exhibitors and artisans will be set up in and around the shops in the village, offering authentic handmade items including wood carvings, wire wrap jewelry and other unique items. The shops in the village will offer special items with a strawberry theme.
Visitors may purchase fresh strawberries at the village produce stand, already picked, or pick-your-own.
The E.H. Montgomery General Store will have free strawberry ice cream for the kids.
Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Gold Miner’s Cafe will be open for lunch and dinner.
For more information call Vivian Hopkins, 704-279-5674 or visit www.HistoricGoldHill.com.
‘Play it Again, Sam’
Piedmont Players Theatre announces open auditions for “Play it Again, Sam,” by Woody Allen.
A mild-mannered film critic is dumped by his wife and his ego is crushed. His hero persona is the tough guy played by Humphrey Bogart in his many movies, and Bogey himself materializes at strategic moments to counsel him on romance.
Auditions will be held on June 2 and 3 at 7 p.m on the third floor of the Meroney Theater. There will be a cold reading from the script. Newcomers are welcome.
Rehearsals typically run Monday through Friday from 7-10 p.m. Show dates are July 16-18 and 22-25 at 7:30 p.m., and July 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Set construction will be June 13 and 20 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and June 14 from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Meroney Theater is located at 213 S. Main St. in Salisbury.
For more information call 704-633-5471 or visit www.piedmontplayers.com.
Call for blues and jazz
The Rowan Blues and Jazz Society is seeking musical artists for the RBJS Blues and Jazz Showcase to be held during “The Party After … Art on Easy Street” beginning 7:30 p.m., June 20, at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.
For more information, call 704-636-2811.
Photography show
ROCKWELL ó The winners of the youth photography contest held as part of the Rockwell Museum Photography Show are as follows:
– First place: Kelsey Hedspeth, 10th grade, East Rowan High School;
– Second place: Ashyln Heidt, 7th grade, homeschool.
Also featured:
– William McKinzie, 10th grade, homeschool;
– Meredith Stanley, 7th grade, homeschool.
Exhibition dates are Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. in May, June and July.
Photographs are for sale for $50 each, with 20 percent of the proceeds to be donated to the Historic Rockwell Foundation.
The exhibit also includes antique photographic equipment, prints and movies.
Sponsors are Historic Rockwell Foundation, Rockwell Community Association and Town of Rockwell.
More ‘Shear Madness’
CHARLOTTE ó Due to popular demand, the show “Shear Madness,” currently playing at Charlotte’s Stage Door Theater, has extended its run.
Following an exclusive one-month engagement in Blowing Rock June 10-28, it will re-open at the Stage Door Theater on July 9, and play through September.
Tickets start at $29.50.
For tickets or more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit www.blumenthalcenter.org.
Salisbury Symphony
The Salisbury Symphony will begin its 43rd season with a North Carolina premiere on Oct. 24.
Other concerts in the 2009-2010 season include a performance in January 2010 by the North Carolina Symphony; a Family Concert in February, showcasing the Piedmont Dance Theatre in a performance of “Peter and the Wolf;” a March concert of music by Brahms, Beethoven, and Barber; and a Pops Concert in May with a “mysterious” theme.
The season will be rounded out with another production of the greatly popular “Nutcracker” in December 2009 and “Pops at the Post,” the free outdoor concert in June of 2010. Season tickets will go on sale beginning next week.
Maestro David Hagy has titled the first concert after the N.C. premiere piece “Chasing Light” by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Joseph Schwantner, part of Ford Made in America, a partnership program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet The Composer.
Ford Made in America is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, and also the National Endowment for the Arts, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and The Amphion Foundation.
Cloninger Ford will be the Concert Sponsor.
New season members may request reserved seating at this year’s Pops at the Post on Saturday, June 6. Because of the lateness of the mailing of the brochure, members are asked to visit the symphony’s tent at Pops at the Post to pick up their seating voucher.
For more information or to order a season brochure, call 704-637-4314, or visit www.salisburysymphony.org.

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