Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 9, 2009

MISENHEIMER ó The Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery on the Misenheimer campus of Pfeiffer University presents “UnNaturalLight: the Photos of Jack Burgess,” on exhibit through Sept. 24.
A reception for the artist will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.
Burgess is a self-taught photographer and musician. After working as a fork lift operator at the Anniston, Ala. Army Depot, he retired to Misenheimer to play fiddle and attend fiddler’s conventions.
When not taking pictures, he stays busy teaching fiddle to private students.
His photography is on display at The Light Factory in Charlotte, Falling Rivers Gallery in Albemarle, and both Pottery 101 and Sweet Meadow Cafe in Salisbury.
Gallery hours for the Pfeiffer exhibit are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information about the exhibit, call 704-463-3160.
Potters Market
CHARLOTTE ó Craft enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet and purchase works by some of North Carolina’s top potters at the 5th Annual Potters Market Invitational.
Widely regarded as one of the most popular pottery sales in the region, the event will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte.
Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 5-17; and free for children 4 and younger. Ticket sales begin on the day of the event at 9:30 a.m.
The entry fee includes admission to the Mint Museum of Art and free parking. Proceeds support the Museum’s decorative arts collection.
For more information, visit
Planetarium show
For centuries, people have looked to the stars and pondered “Are we alone? Does life exist anywhere else in the universe?”
“The Search for Life: Are We Alone?” developed by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with NASA begins to answer this intriguing question. In this show, narrated by Harrison Ford, the viewer travels from the depths of Earth’s oceans and onward to planets outside our solar system looking for signs of life beyond our world.
This presentation will take place at the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at 5 p.m. on Sept. 19. The planetarium is located at Horizons Unlimited, 1636 Parkview Circle in Salisbury. Tickets may be purchased between 4:30-5:00 p.m. on the day of the show. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger. The program will begin at 5:00 p.m. Take the Lilly Avenue entrance from West Innes Street for convenient parking. Please call 704-639-3004 for more information.
Youth chorus
The Amadeus Youth Chorus resumes rehearsals Sept. 17 and welcomes new members.
The group meets Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the choir room of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on the corner of North Church and West Council Streets. The community chorus is open to young singers age 8-18. The junior division chorus consists of ages 8-12 and the senior division is ages 13-18. The two groups perform both separately and together.
Repertoire includes both secular and sacred works, and rehearsals include music reading instruction as well as singing.
Tuition is $25 per semester, which includes folder and music. The only other charge is $15 for an Amadeus shirt.
The end of semester concert will be the evenings of Dec. 4 and 5. The group also makes community appearances.
No audition is required. For information or registration call Dr. Phillip Burgess, director of music for St. Luke’s, at 704-633-3221, or email Sarah Hall,
Whitewater event
Charlotte N.C. ńThe U.S. National Whitewater Center will be holding Girls’ Day Out, Saturday, Sept, 26, an event designed specifically for women. The one-day event gives women the opportunity to participate in a variety of the USNWC’s activities, as well as activities unique to the event.
“We wanted to give women an opportunity to get together with their mothers, sisters or best friends and enjoy a range of fun, lively activities together,” said Melissa Scheneman, USNWC Advertising and Promotions Manager.
The event starts with registration at 8 am and morning activities include clinic sessions where women choose two activities from: whitewater kayaking instruction, flatwater kayaking instruction, a climbing clinic, a yoga class sponsored by the Charlotte Yoga Club and a Zumba class taught by Queen City Dancing Queen.
Afternoon events include Redwood Creek wine tastings with food pairings provided by US Foodservice, beer sampling sponsored by Heineken and MillerCoors, a cooking demonstration by Earth Fare, and a variety of healthy living booths.
This is the second time this year the USNWC will be holding Girls’ Day Out. After an overwhelming response for the June event, the Whitewater Center was encouraged to repeat the success by Charlotte women who were not able to get tickets in time.
Girls’ Day Out costs $40 plus $5 parking fee. Participants will receive $5 off a purchase of an AllSport pass. Space is limited; those wishing to participate should register at by Sept. 21.