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Arts and entertainment briefs

‘Night at the Opry’
DC and The Chosen Few are having “A Night At The Opry” this Saturday.
This is a tribute to the legendary Don Helms. It will be at East Rowan High School, 175 St. Lukes Church Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Boy Scout Troop 333 will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Also performing will be Carolina Rose, the daughter of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, with Donna Spivey and The Hickory Blue Grass Band, The Kee Brothers Quartet, and Pastor David Ridenhour. Special guest, Jerry Bowman will be playing the steel guitar to the song “Cold, Cold Heart” as part of the Tribute to Don Helms.
Proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Natalie Shoe, who is a victim of Cystic Fibrosis, will give a short history about living with Cystic Fibrosis. Tickets are $5 and children under 6 are free.
‘Hot Summer Nights’
GOLD HILL ó The Historic Village of Gold Hill presents “Hot Summer Nights” 5-9 p.m. Saturday.
It’s suggested that visitors bring a lawn chair for the event, which will feature 50s and 60s music, cruising, a shop crawl and more. All classic and antique cars and street rods are welcome to exhibit and cruise.
Refreshments will be available in all the shops.
For information, call 704-267-9439 or 704-279-5674, or visit www.historicgoldhill.com.
Grassroots grants
The Rowan Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants through Aug. 28.
Using a per capita-based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. Rowan Arts Council serves as partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Rowan County.
Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the North Carolina Arts Council’s General Support Program.
Projects must occur between Aug. 1, 2009 and May 15, 2010.
Application forms and grant guidelines are available on the Rowan Arts Council website at www.rowanarts.org or may be picked up at the Rowan Arts Council office Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.ń 2 p.m. The Arts Council will also mail applications and guidelines upon request. Applications must be received no later than Aug. 28 at 5 p.m.
The Rowan Arts Council is available to assist interested applicants in preparing competitive grants. Grant applications are evaluated by a diverse panel of community members and voted on by the Rowan Arts Council Board of Directors. Awards are announced in October.
For questions or more information, contact Rowan Arts Council at 704-638-9887 or email rac@rowanarts.org.
Artists Expo
Carolina Artists presents their 2009 Artists Expo next week at the Salisbury Civic Center.
The show opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. The reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, 6-8 p.m.
Hours of the expo are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: oil or acrylic; watercolor; photography; other two-dimensional work (pencil, pastel, pen and Ink, charcoal, collage); three-dimensional works.
The Civic Center is located at 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
For more information visit www.carolinaartist.org.
Writer’s workshop
The Laughing Sky Writer’s Workshop is open to writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. It will focus on creating new work, revision, and craft.
The workshop takes place Sept. 16 through Oct. 14, meeting Wednesdays 6-9 p.m.
Each week participants will receive brief lessons and present his or her work for constructive feedback.
A final reading takes place at the workshop’s commencement. Participants’ family and friends are invited to attend. There will also be a guest writer and a guest editor to answer questions about craft, the writing life, submissions, and publication
The cost of the workshop is $50. Spaces are limited.
Laughing Sky Books is located at 123 E. Innes St.
For more information, call 704-314-0098 or contact jenni@laughingskybooks.com
N.C. Museum of Art
RALEIGH ó Visitors have a month to see their favorite works of art before the North Carolina Museum of Art building temporarily closes beginning Monday, Sept. 7, for approximately seven months.
The grand opening of the museum expansion, a new 127,000-square-foot gallery building for the permanent collection, is scheduled for mid-April 2010.
During the hiatus art handlers will move and install more than 750 works of art into the new galleries. As works of art come off the walls, many will go into the conservation lab to be treated, cleaned, or reframed for their April debut.
The lobby area of the current building will undergo renovations as well. For the safety of visitors and protection of the collection, the building cannot remain open during these critical operations.
The 164-acre Museum Park will remain open and “Museum on the Move,” a series of lectures, films, concerts, family programs, and other offerings in the Park and at venues throughout the Triangle will still take place. “Arts in the Museum Park” will also continue uninterrupted through the end of September.
For more information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org or call 919-839-NCMA.
Disney train
SPENCER ó The North Carolina Transportation Museum will be one of the stops on Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” Train Tour, traveling to 40 cities.
The tour is promoting the new movie, “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” starring Jim Carrey and directed by Robert Zemeckis, opening in theaters Nov. 6. The train will be in Spencer Oct. 9-11.
The studio has partnered with Hewlett-Packard and Amtrak for the tour which began in Los Angeles on Memorial Day weekend and will end Oct. 30 at New York’s Grand Central. Stops include big cities such as Seattle, Chicago and New Orleans, and smaller ones like Whitefish, Mont., Fargo, N.D and Albany, N.Y.), each lasting a few days.
The train has four cars featuring a digital gallery of the film’s characters and their design evolution, artifacts from the Charles Dickens Museum in London, including a first edition of the original novel and some of the author’s personal writing paraphernalia; a display of performance-capture technology, in which the actors’ movements and expressions are recorded and digitized, then used for animated renderings; interactive games, including a photo booth that will blend the visitor’s face with Scrooge’s.
There will also be carolers, artificial snow, and a portable theater to show early footage.
For more information, visitwww.christmascaroltraintour.com.

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