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Arts and Entertainment Briefs

The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society is kicking off its 100th season with “Music and Memories…a Holiday portrait,” 3 p.m. Sunday at Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 S. Church St.
The concert will also feature the Choral Society’s premier vocal ensemble, Una Voce. Both groups are directed by Damien Evans who is entering his second season with the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society.
The performance is free, but donations are welcome.
The Choral Society will be accepting new members for their March masterworks concert. Rehearsals begin Jan. 5.
For information, contact Evans at SRCSDirector@gmail.com or 704-224-7148.
Moore exhibit
ALBEMARLE ó Don Moore of Salisbury will be showing his paintings at the Agri-Civic Center on Hwy 24/27 in Albemarle Dec. 1 through Dec. 30.
The public can view his work from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays and other open hours free of charge.
Originally from Birmingham, Ala, Moore received his BFA and MA Degrees from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He did additional studies in Art History at the University of Georgia and Studied Painting and Drawing at the Art Student’s League of New York.
Moore retired after 32 years as the Art Program Coordinator at Mitchell Community College, Statesville.His paintings have been shown widely in the area and in national juried shows in Winston-Salem, Memphis and Knoxville, Tenn.
The works shown in Albemarle will be from the series called “the Quest.” The paintings have a surreal quality and are described as “derived from dreams and coincidence.” The paintings combine images from a collection of old photographs and European etchings into Post-Modern nostalgic images. Many of the paintings shown here are new and and have not been exhibited before.
Music at The Inn
Chad and Maegen Moody will appear at The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Road, this Friday at 8 p.m.
Both members of the acoustic duo are singer/songwriters and creative musicians. They have been working as full-time staff with Musicians For Missions for over three years and have traveled to India, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Philippines, and have been involved in numerous projects and tours around the USA.
You can learn more about the ministry of MFM at www.musiciansformissions.com and you can hear some of Meagen’s music from her recent CD release “Notes To The Author” at www.myspace.com/moodynotes.
For information about the Friday show, call The Inn, 704-213-1467.
PPT youth workshops
Piedmont Players Theatre Inc. announces Youth Winter Drama Workshops, ideal for new actors looking for a fun introduction to theater.
The workshop uses theater games and exercises to explore character, improvisation, concentration, voice and movement. It is a great first acting class for building performance skills and confidence.
Sessions will be Jan. 9, 16, and 23. Third through fifth graders will meet 9-10:30 a.m. and sixth through eighth graders will meet 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Classes are in the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Spaces are limited.
Cost is $40 per student, which includes all three sessions.
For information, call 704-633-5471.
Photos by Lamanno
Photographer David Lamanno of Spencer will be taking photos with his antique view camera 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, as part of the second annual Art and Fine Crafts Christmas Sale at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.
Lamanno was featured in a recent Piedmont Profile in the Salisbury Post (www.salisburypost.com/Area/092109-David-Lamanno-profile).
The public is invited to come have themselves, their families, or their pets photographed. Feel free to bring props. An 8×10 photograph will be $15.
For more information about the event, contact Jacqui at 704-633-5107 or rajschu@yahoo.com.
Rowan Public Library holiday events
Rowan Public Library announces the following holiday happenings:
– RoBoJo Theatre ó A wild and wacky troupe of actors creates holiday mayhem with stories, jokes and songs, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m. in Salisbury Headquarters, Stanback Auditorium.
– Holiday Tea Party Storytime ó A special preschool and toddler storytime on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m. in the Stanback Auditorium at Salisbury Headquarters.
– Stories by the Fireplace ó On Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Branch library in Rockwell. Stories, crafts and a special visit from a very special guest. All ages are welcome.
– Holiday Pajama Express ó Get comfy and wear your pajamas to hear seasonal stories, make crafts, and enjoy cocoa at the at South Rowan Regional Library in China Grove! on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Call Rowan Public Library Children’s Services at 704-216-8234 for more information or with any questions.
Post films
Two films by Salisbury filmmaker Sam Post were included in the Third Annual Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival held Nov. 18-21 in Smithfield.
The Post films shown this year were “Kiwi Child” and “Dodo of the Year.”
Post’s work has also been included in the past two festivals, with his movie “Coffee Therapy” included in 2007 and the pilot for The Coffee News sitcom shown last year.
Sorenson featured
Rick Sorensen, a Salisbury wood sculptor, was one of the featured artists at “An Evening of Fine Art…for a Fine Cause,” at the Charlotte Country Club Nov. 19.
The event featured artists whose work benefits the Crossnore School, a residential facility that cares for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The event was co-sponsored by Crossnore Gallery of Fine Arts and the Charleston Renaissance Gallery and hosted by Pam and Tom Barnhardt.
Sorensen works with “found” wood, driftwood and deadfall from the High Rock Lake area around his home near Eagle Point Nature Preserve. His works include stylized carvings of birds such as herons, wood spirits, and human busts.
His stylized bird carving was Best of Stylized Carving at the 2009 Charlotte Showcase of Wood Carving. His sculptures have also appeared in several juried art shows including Dimensions 2009 in Winston-Salem and the2008 Cabarrus Art Guild Fall Show in Concord.
The Crossnore Gallery supports the Crossnore School’s Stepping Stones Program, which serves children ages 18 to 22 who have “aged out” of the traditional foster care system. Stepping Stones provides continued love and support, housing, assistance with furthering education, medical care, and world work experience. The Crossnore School is also supported by the Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Salisbury.
The Charleston Renaissance Gallery, in Charleston, S.C., is noted for its collection of fine art from the American South.
Donaldson art
An exhibition of art by James Donaldson is currently on display and for sale at Tastebuds Coffee and Tea, 106 N. Main St.
Donaldson is a Salisbury artist and teacher who has won numerous awards. His works are in permanent collections across the US. His art is also on display at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., where he is a member artist.
For more information, visit www.salisburyartists.org/jdonaldson.

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