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Arts and entertainment briefs

CONCORD ń “For Real?,” a new exhibition celebrating trompe l’oeil, artwork that fools the eye by mimicking reality, will be on display Aug. 28-Oct. 10 at the Arts Council Galleries in Concord.
There are foods that look ready to eat, books seemingly ready have the pages turned and two-dimensional works that almost have to be touched to comprehend they are not three-dimensional. The show presents artwork by 16 artists created to look very real in ceramics, acrylics, oil, glass, wood and paper.
In addition to For Real?, the Arts Council Galleries will be exhibiting the Cabarrus Art Guild Juried Show through Oct. 10.
Several special events will be held in conjunction with the exhibitions. A downtown Concord Art Walk, featuring visual art at several locations and entertainment, will mark the opening of the exhibition this Friday, 6-9 p.m. To download the map go to www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
There will be three free gallery talks: Sept. 10 at 7 p.m; Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.; and Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Evening gallery talks are co-sponsored by the Cabarrus Art Guild.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and the second Saturday of each month. Group tours can be arranged at other times by appointment.
For more information, call 704-920-ARTS (2787).
Sculpting for Fun
CHINA GROVE ó Cathy Matthews will be once again holding “Sculpting for Fun” workshops at her China Grove studio
In these one-day composite stone workshops previously taught with visiting Australian artist Frances Taylor, Matthews will teach in one day how to make a stone, prepare it for sculpting, plan the sculpture, then actually do a sculpture to take home and display. Participants may bring a picture for inspiration.
These highly interactive workshops are suitable for beginners. The cost is $95 and includes all materials, lunch and snack. Bring five friends, and your tuition is free. A $40 deposit is required. Class size is limited.
Class days are as follows: Aug. 28, 29, Sept. 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19 and 23. The time is 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information or to reserve a date, email cat@catsfreestyleart.com or call 704-855-7952.
Choral Society
The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society announces they are now rehearsing for their centennial season, “Building on a Legacy” and they are accepting new members.
Membership is open to any singer turning 16 years old this season and up. No audition required, only a love to sing all styles of music.
SRCS will be accepting new members for the next two weeks, through Tuesday, Sept. 8. To join, simply show up for a rehearsal at Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church.
Rehearsals are every Tuesday at 7 p.m. High school students can receive community service hours through participation in the group.
For more information, visit www.SRChoralSociety.com.
Fort DobbsSTATESVILLE ń Keeping the soldiers fed was a most important task for 18th-century commanders at Fort Dobbs, now a state historic site. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-6, you can see how the provincial soldiers at Fort Dobbs ate. Demonstrations of field cooking techniques will be presented at 11:30 a.m. each day of the weekend encampment.
Military drill, musket and cannon firings, camp life demonstrations led by interpreters in period clothing and tours of the fort will be offered from 10 a.m.ń 4 p.m. A Divine Service (as the British called a church service) will be presented on Sunday at 11 a.m.
For more information, call 704-873-5882 or visit www.fortdobbs.org.
Discovery Place
CHARLOTTE ó Discovery Place has announced new operating hours.
Beginning Sept. 8, Discovery Place will be open: MondayńFriday: 9 a.m.ń 4 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday: noonń5 p.m.
Currently undergoing a $31.6 million renovation, the museum is offering a limited-time price reduction on general admission. Admission to Discovery Place is $7 per person for visitors of all ages and is in effect through Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009.
The pricing includes access to the Museum’s current exhibition, SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure, featuring interactive, multimedia experiences and hundreds of priceless artifacts and treasures recovered from deep-ocean archaeological excavations.
The Tryon Street entrance to Discovery Place will be closed through Thanksgiving. Visitors can enter the Museum at 6th Street or directly from the Discovery Place parking deck.
Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon St. For more information, call 704-372-6261 or visit discoveryplace.org.
 

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