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Arts and entertainment briefs

The Concert Choir presents “Music of Worship and Praise” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20 in the sanctuary of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. Admission is free.
Featured will be “American Mass” by Ron Kean, which combines the Latin Mass with American hymns and spirituals.
There will also be performances of two more American works: “In Remembrance” by Jeffrey L. Ames and “Prayer of the Children” by Kurt Bestor.
Dean Orbison directs the Concert Choir, which is funded in part by The Grassroots Arts Fund and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Cut Up & Dye art show
Cut Up & Dye, 1003 S. Fulton Street, is holding a reception for its 4th Annual Art Show this Saturday, from 7:30-10 p.m. There will be painting, mixed media pieces, photography, music and more. For more information, call 704-213-1498.
Fuller play
Tonight at 6:30 in Tom Smith Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College, Catawba College Theatre Arts students will read Dr. Janice Fuller’s stage adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel “As I Lay Dying.”
Fuller and Catawba Theatre professor Dr. Elizabeth Homan developed the play during a summer 2009 residency at Ragdale artist colony near Chicago.
Inmate artists
CONCORD ó The artistic works and creations of North Carolina prison inmates will be on display at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Nov. 19 through Dec. 4.
RCCC’s South Campus is the host location of the 33rd annual State Inmate Art Show.
The creative talents of inmate artists across North Carolina will be showcased in the South Campus Student Center, located in the 3000 Building. The public can view the works of art during the college’s regular hours.
RCCC’s South Campus is located at 1531Trinity Church Road, just off N.C. 73 and I-85 at exit 55, in Concord.
Organ concert
Henry Lebedinsky, concert organist, will be in concert on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m.in the sanctuary of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St.
A native of Russia, Lebedinsky holds degrees in historical keyboard performance from Bowdoin College and the Longy School of Music, where he earned a Master of Music degree with distinction as a student of Peter Sykes. An active performer on organ, harpsichord, and clavichord, he has given numerous recitals around the country and has performed with Charlotte Symphony, Harvard Baroque Orchestra, Saltarello, Revels, The Wild Rose Ensemble, Chamber Music at St. Peter’s, The Concertino Ensemble of Rostock, Germany, and Holland’s Ensemble New Amsterdam, among others.
Lebedinsky is the director of the Ecclesia Ensemble, a group specializing in Baroque women composers. In addition to performing, he is in demand as a harpsichord and organ teacher and has led workshops on historical improvisation and performance practice at the New England Conservatory, Davidson College, Appalachian State University, Boston University, and the Putney School.
He also plays bouzouki and bodhr n with the Celtic band The Beggar Boys, whose second CD was just released to critical acclaim.
A church musician since the age of 17, he currently serves as organist and director of music at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, where he is also artistic director of the Music at St. Alban’s concert series.
Lebedinksy will be playing a program of Bach, Brosig, Bruhns, Gigout, Kuusisto, Taneyev and Zipolli. The concert is free and is open to the public.
Author at NCTM
SPENCER ó The North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation announces publication of “Waterways to the World, The Story of the North Carolina State Ports Authority.”
Authored by N.C. Transportation Museum historian Walter R. Turner, this new book details the history and development of the North Carolina State Ports Authority, which opened terminals in Wilmington and Morehead City in 1952.
A book program with the author will be held at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 21 in the Bob Julian Roundhouse at the museum, featuring photographs and a book signing. Book programs are also scheduled Dec. 2 at the History Place in Morehead City and Dec. 3 at Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington.
As historian at the North Carolina Transportation Museum for the past decade, Turner has become the state’s expert on transportation development. He is author of “Paving Tobacco Road, A Century of Progress” by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and numerous magazine articles. He earned a B.A. degree in history from Methodist College (now Methodist University) in Fayetteville and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“Waterways to the World, The Story of the North Carolina State Ports Authority” is a 100-page, paperback with colorful illustrations. The book can be ordered from the Gift Station, North Carolina Transportation Museum at www.nctrans.org/nctrans_cart/ or at 704-636-2889, ext. 238.
Lighting the Fall Fires
GOLD HILL ó The ninth annual Lighting of the Fall Fires in Historic Gold Hill will take place Monday night, Nov. 23. The event is reminiscent of the grand events in the 1800s with acoustic music and refreshments.
Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. They are $12 and can be purchased this weekend at any of the shops in the Village of Gold Hill. On arrival, present your ticket at the Russell-Rufty shelter in the park or the Arbor in the Village in exchange for a bag of gold nuggets. The bag contains one nugget for entrance to each shop during your visit.
Parking is available in the park at the shelter. Handicap parking is available in the village.
There will be hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting, sponsored by Dennis Vineyards in Miners Hall at the Russell-Rufty Shelter. A walkway lighted by luminaries will guide lead to the Old Stone Jail. Visitors may walk along wooden sidewalks or take a trolley ride to the village where there will be live music, caroling, food and fun.
For information email Vivian@HistoricGoldHill.com or call 704-267-9439.
Local artists featuredFolk artists Tim and Lisa Kluttz and kaleidoscope artist Sue Davis will participate in the Winston-Salem Crafts Guild Holiday Shop at Reynolda Village, 2201 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, Nov. 20 through Dec. 23.
The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. Work of more than 30 area craftsmen will be available for sale.
History essay contest
RALEIGH ó The N.C. Museum of History is accepting entries for the 2010 Fourth Annual Student Essay Contest for undergraduate and graduate students.
A prize of $200 will be awarded for the best research paper about North Carolina history. Judging will be based on historical accuracy, quality of written communication, and contribution to the field of local history.
The winning essayist must be willing to present a lecture at noon on May 12, 2010.
All papers must be 15-20 double-spaced pages (including footnotes and bibliography), prepared with 1-inch margins and typed in 12-point font. A cover page with the following information must be attached to the submission: title, student’s name, abstract of 100 to 150 words, college affiliation, educational status, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. The student’s name should not appear on the paper.
Submissions must be e-mailed as a Word or PDF attachment. Send submissions to contest coordinator, Rachel Dickens, at rachel.dickens@ncdcr.gov, by midnight on Jan. 21.
For additional details, call Dickens at 919-807-7969.
For more information about the N.C. Museum of History, visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

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