Roundabout: What’s happening

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 6, 2009


“Proof” St. Thomas Players ó 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6-8 and 12-15; 2 p.m. Aug. 9. Aug. 12 is “bring a friend for free” night. Florence Busby Corriher Theater, Catawba College. $10. 704-647-0999.
“Julius Caesar” Collaborative Arts Theatre ó Aug. 6-15, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. Free. 704-625-1288 or
National Black Theatre festival ó Aug. 3-8. Winston-Salem. 336-723-7907.
“Oklahoma!” ó 7 p.m., Aug. 7-8. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. presented by NoDa School of the Arts. 704-372-1000.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical ó 8 p.m. Aug. 14, 15, 19-22; 4 p.m. Aug. 15 and 22; 2 p.m. Aug. 16, 23. Theatre Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem. $14-$16. For mature audiences. 704-372-1000.
“Death Under Cover” Charlotte Dinner Detectives ó Friday and Saturday nights, includes sit-down dinner at grand Central in Charlotte.

Music and more

Una Voce presents “SoundWaves: a Vocal Jazz Experience” ó 7:30 p.m., Aug. 7. Cocktail hour and silent auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. Chamber group of Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society. Free admission.
The Avett Brothers ó 7:30 p.m., Aug. 8. Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte. $30 and $25 in advance. 800-745-3000.

“FUTURISM” music and art event ó 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Looking Glass Artist Collective. Artists will be creating works on site. Featuring artists Charles Crawford, Jason McLellan, Justin Russell, Jermaine Bracey. Music features artpunk and noise rock by Battle Beast, Sirens and Stronghold Crvsaders.
Jonas Brothers ó Aug. 21. Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte.


80s Night Out in Downtown Salisbury ó 5-9 p.m., Aug. 7. Stores open late, live music, kids’ activities, trolley rides, classic cars.

Woodleaf Tomato Festival ó Aug. 15. Unity Presbyterian Church, 885 Woodleaf-Barber Road. 8 a.m.-Fun Run/Tomato Trot begins. Festival activities begin 9 a.m. Silent auction, antique tractors, bake sale, attic sale, pageants, crafts, pedal tractor pull, recipe cook-off, inflatable play area, live music.

John Heffron ó 7:30 p.m., Aug. 26. McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte. Adult content and language. 704-372-1000.

Ralphie May ó 7:30 p.m., Aug. 27. McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte. Adult content and language. 704-372-1000.

Free belly dance classes ó 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and Aug. 18. Introduction to tribal style belly dance. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.

Social dance lessons ó 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 3-Oct. 8. Six-week swing session, beginners start at 6:30 p.m., more experiences at 7 p.m. City Park Center, 316 Lake Drive. $30 singles, $50 couples. Instructor: Diana Moghrabi. 704-638-5295.

This & That
Big Band Dances ó 7-10 p.m. first Saturday of each month. Hurley YMCA. Music by The Hi-Liters. Bring a snack to share. $5. 704-636-0111.

Charlotte Poetry Slam ó 8 p.m. Aug. 21. McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte. $10. Contains adult content. 704-372-1000.

Night life
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. ó 9 p.m. Friday: Mel Jones and His Bag O’ Bones, no cover. Saturday, 9-11 p.m. Susan Buslett-Wetmore, acoustic folk, no cover.704-797-0093.
Dirty Water Saloon, 14910 Stokes Ferry Road, Gold Hill ó Deejay every Friday, no cover. 704-279-4286.
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.

High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane ó Open 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Deejay every Friday and deejay or band every Saturday. 704-633-0251.

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 ó Saturday: Solo Artist Night with Teesha Cole, Jordan Connell and Marie Waller. 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.

Tastebuds Coffee and Tea, 106 N. Main St. ó 6 p.m. Friday: Sam Havens, flamenco guitar. 704-245-4134.


Piedmont Singles ó Meets 7:15 p.m. Fridays, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Aug. 7: covered dish. No joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.

Highlighters Dance Club ó First and third Fridays. Doors open 7 p.m., free line dance class 7:15 p.m. Open to singles 40 and over. Dress code. Heavy hors d’oeuvres served 8 p.m. BYOB. $10 members; $12 guests. Join for $20 and get in free the first night of joining. Non-smoking, dressy casual. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-548-9212.

Piedmont Triad Singles Dance ó 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Aug. 14: Luau Dance Party-wear Hawaiin attire. George Ks, 2108 Cedar Fork Drive (corner Holden and High Point Road) Greensboro. Deejay playing 70’s/80’s, beach music, top 40, swing music. Cash bar, door prizes. Dress to impress. Ladies choice dances, $12.

Zodiac Club ó Meets second and fourth Fridays. Doors open 7 p.m., food served 8 p.m., live band starts 8:30 p.m.Open to mature singles over 40. $10 members, $12 guests. Dress code-upscale casual. Smoke-free. American Legion Post 380, 4235 West Tyvola Rd. Call 704-752-8824 or contact Visit

Call for artists

2009 Carolina Artists Expo ó Entry form deadline: Aug. 7; delivery 10 a.m.-noon or 3-6 p.m. Aug. 17; show: Aug. 19-22. Salisbury Civic Center. Reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 20. Work accepted in most media, including three-dimensional. Entry fee for up to five entries: members $25, nonmembers $35. Additional entries may be considered for $10 for up to three. Cash awards. More information: 704-797-0585.
Emerging Songwriter’s contest and showcase at Flat Rock Music Festival ó Submission deadline: Aug. 14.
Poets are needed for Jazzy Art and Poetry Nights, 5-7 p.m., second Thursdays, at Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 413 N. Lee St. Call the Rowan Arts Council, 704-638-9887.
N.C. Turkey Festival, Raeford ó Arts and crafts vendors welcome to apply for festival being held Sept. 19. Homemade items only. 910-904-2424.


Oktoberfest, Hickory, seeking musicians between ages 13-20 ó Festival is Oct. 9-11. Teen bands will be selected to play on stages Friday and Saturday nights. Send CD, bio and photograph to HDDA, PO Box 9086, Hickory, NC 28603. 828-322-1121.

Seeking vendors

Woodleaf Tomato Festival ó Aug. 15, Unity Presbyterian Church. Craft booth spaces $25. 704-278-3451 or 704-278-4248.

Asbury Church bazaar, Huntersville ó Seeking craft vendors for Oct. 23-24. Vendors may set up Oct. 21 and 22. One day table rental $25, two days $35. Asbury Untited Methodist Church, 11724 Asbury Chapel Road. 704-293-3307.
N.C. Turkey Festival, Raeford ó Food and commercial vendors welcome to apply for festival being held Sept. 19. 910-904-2424.

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. ó “Shared Delusions” by Doug McAbee and Barbara Schreiber, recent work of Marge Loudon Moody and Whitney Peckman. Don Green sculpture. 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.

EastSquare Artworks, 122 E. Innes St. ó 704-798-0047.

Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. ó Gallery open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, and whenever the “open” flag is out. 704-431-8964.

Looking Glass Artist Collective Gallery, 407 N. Lee St. ó Shop featuring art and crafts for sale by members is open 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, and during special events. 704-633-ARTS.
Center for Faith and the Arts Galleries, 207 W. Harrison St. ó Exhibit of photography by Wayne Hinshaw on display through Aug. 31. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. 704-647-0999.
Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer ó “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” folk art featured through Aug. 16. 704-639-0606.
Depot Visual Arts Center, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville ó Through Aug. 30- featuring art of Leo Gordon, Sandie Bell, John Weidman, carved and painted gourds by Whitney Peckman. Gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 704-663-6661. www.
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte ó Native American art collection (Grice): “Passionate Journey.” “Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art.” “The Art of Affluence: Haute Coutre and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007,” through spring 2010; Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. Free on Tuesdays 5-9 p.m. Admission also valid for Museum of Craft and Design on the same day. 704-337-2000.
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 220 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó “American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: the Bresler Collection.” Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, free hours Tuesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 704-337-2000.


Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. ó Rowan Wildlife Adventures, home of black bears, bobcats, deer and other animals. Reptile center features 4,000 gallon Cheerwine Aquarium. Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, Miner Moose Gem Mine, playground, camping year-round, Hurley Splash Pad. 704-216-7800.
Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road ó Two ballfields, concession stand, lighted tennis courts, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, bocce courts, game room, shelters, playground. Event center has riding arena and judges tower. A 1.5 mile walking trail connects facilities. Old Ellis Schoolhouse includes game room, ceramics workshop, large dining room with fully-equipped kitchen. Programs include ceramics, karate, horse shows, T-ball, baseball. Therapeutic Recreation division for Rowan County Parks housed here. 704-216-7783.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill ó Located in the heart of the Carolina Gold Rush Territory, the park is home of the Barnhardt Gold Mine, the first mine shaft in the U.S. dug to a depth of 500 feet, and Randolph Gold Mine which was dug to a depth of 850 feet. Gold Hill became know as the richest mining property east of the Mississippi creating one of the first gold rushes in history. Along with the mine shafts, sites in the park include the Gold Hill Jail, c. 1845, the restored Chilean Ore Mill c. 1824 (the only complete ore mill remaining in existence in N.C.), the Assay Office, the Bernhardt Log Barn, the Russell-Rufty Shelter, the Powder House and Gold Hill Pond. The barn and shelter are available for rent for formal and informal public use. Another area of interest is the Gold Hill Rail Trail for hiking and biking enthusiast. The park is open daily until dark. Free. Historic tours of the park are available by appointment. Information about tours: 704-267-9439; rentals: 704-279-5777.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Rd. ó Hiking trails, picnic shelters, volleyball courts, softball diamond, playground, Kerr Mill-1823 grist mill that houses a museum of early Americana, Alice Stanback Monument Forest. Open year round from 9 a.m. until dark.

N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer ó Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Train rides Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 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.

Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. ó Harter Postcard exhibit and “Hats, Handbags and Hankies.” 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 Photography exhibit. Museum 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.
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 1800s gold mining boom town. Village merchants and interpreters dressed in period costume weekends. Free admission. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439.

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville ó 704-873-5882. www.fortdobbs. org.
Mill Village Museum, Old No. 14 Church St., Cooleemee ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Large groups by appointment. Operated by Cooleemee Historical Association. 336-284-6040.
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 15: panning for gold. 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. 704-875-2312.
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó Civil War National Register Federal house built circa 1815, excellent example of backcountry NC federal period architecture. Originally part of a 911-acre plantation. $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Groups of 10 or more $4 per. Guided tours 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. 704-335-0325. www.historicrosedale. org.
Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road ó Focus on activities for ages 8 and younger. $5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-337-2671.
Discovery Place, Charlotte ó”Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure.” “Under the Sea” in IMAX Theater. Museum open 9:30 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-372-6261 or
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