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Arts and Entertainment Briefs

ROCKWELL ó Students in middle and high school are invited to enter the Rockwell Museum Photography Contest, which has a deadline of Feb. 14. The exhibit will take place at the museum, 105 E. Main St.
The photography show and contest, titled “Health and Wellness Activities in Rockwell, NC” is sponsored by the Historic Rockwell Foundation, Rockwell Community Association and town of Rockwell. Winners will be announced March 7 at 2 p.m. at the museum. The show will feature the photographs entered in the contest and Rockwell memorabilia.
The exhibit dates will be Sundays in March from 2 to 4 p.m.
The three winners will have their photographs posted on the Rockwell town Web site, www.rockwellnc.gov, and receive prizes donated from the community.
The rules of the show include: photographers must be a Rowan County middle or high school student (public or private), with two entries allowed per student, one 8×10 print of each image. Photos need to be matted for 10×13 framing. The photograph must be taken of any location or event depicting health and wellness activities in Rockwell and surrounding areas. If people’s faces are in the photograph, releases must be signed and accompany photo.
The judges will be the Rockwell Town Board (family members of town board are not eligible.)
Entry forms are available at Rockwell Town Hall and www.rockwellnc.gov. The deadline for entries is Feb. 14, delivered (8-12 a.m. or 1-5 p.m.) or mailed to Rockwell Town Hall, 202 E. Main St., Rockwell NC, 28183.
To donate prizes for the winners, please call Jean Puckett: 704-279-5783 or Ann Teague: 704-279-5783.
The Wailers
CHARLOTTE ó Legendary reggae group The Wailers are on tour this winter and making a stop Jan. 3 at The Visulite Theater, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte.
The band will be using the tour to bring more attention to their “I Went Hungry” campaign, which donates unused funds from the band’s hospitality riders directly to the United Nations’ World Food Program. To date, the charity has already fed over 650,000 people since its inception last year.
Formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s, The Wailers have gone on to become the most successful reggae band of all time, selling 250 million albums, and playing live to an estimated 24 million people worldwide. They continue their legacy with the upcoming release of an album of all new material which will feature guest appearances from some of the biggest names in music today, as well as original rhythm tracks from the band’s late drummer, Carlton Barrett.
Original member Aston “Familyman” Barrett joined The Wailers in 1969, quickly becoming singer-songwriter Bob Marley’s right-hand man and musical director. Following Marley’s death in 1981, “Fams” took the reins as the band’s leader, spearheading performances to crowds the world over, as well as the band’s involvement with the fight against global hunger.
Tickets to the Jan. 3 show are $20. Doors open 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9:45 p.m.
For more information, call 704-358-9200 or visit www.visulite.com.
Rowan history course
A Rowan-Salisbury history course is being presented under the joint sponsorship of the Rowan Museum and theHistoric Salisbury Foundation.
The course will be offered 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings from Feb. 4 through May 6. The charge is $25 for members of Historic Salisbury Foundation or Rowan Museum members and $30 for non-members, and $20 for newcomers. Educators get continuing education credits.
Topics include: Wagon Road, Revolutionary War, Steele House, Social Custom and Gold Mining, Civil War Years, Stoneman’s Raid, Hall House, Grimes Mill, History via Postcards, Sparks Circus, and more.
To reserve a seat, call or visit the Historic Salisbury Foundation office 704-636-0103 or 215 Depot St.
Met auditions
CHARLOTTE ó Thirty-nine aspiring young opera singers will compete in the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions-North Carolina District in Dana Auditorium at Queens University, 1900 Selwynn Ave., Charlotte, Jan. 9, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The public is invited to attend at no cost. A nominal donation of $3 is suggested.
They will be competing for the opportunity to advance to the Metropolitan Opera National Council Southeast Regional Auditions in Atlanta Jan. 31 and ultimately to the finals to be held at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on March 14.
Participation in the auditions is by application. Each singer, between the ages of 20-30, must have prepared five operatic arias in the original language and key. Up to three equal winners will be chosen by a panel of judges.
The purposes of the auditions are to identify exceptionally talented singers and assist in their development to discover new talent for the Metropolitan Opera, and to search for possible participants in the Young Artists Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera Association.
For additional information, call Leslie Paliyenko at 704-845-4624 or email lesliepaliy@windstream.net.

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