Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 13, 2011

On Friday, Jan. 14, the Looking Glass Artist Collective will present a folk/Americana triple performance with Jim Avett, Sue McHugh and Johnson’s Crossroad.
Held at the black box theater, doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with a $7 cover. Concessions will be available. Call 704-245-2302 for more information.
Too Much Sylvia
Too Much Sylvia will be performing at High Rock Boat & Ski Club this Saturday night, starting at 9 p.m., with a $10 cover.
The club is located at 257 Boat Club Lane. Visit for details.
Planetarium show
Is it a big dipper, a drinking gourd, a plough or a bear? There are 88 official constellations in the sky, but most people can only find one or two. This live sky interactive program will teach constellations, bright stars and planet positions. Stories from various cultures will be shared and each guest will receive a star map.
The show will be presented at the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. for a seasonal “walk” through the stars. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for guests 12 and under.
The planetarium is located at 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter in the back of the building accessible from Lilly Avenue. For information, contact Horizons Unlimited at 704-639-3004.
‘The Emperor’s New Clothes
DAVIDSON — Davidson Community Players Youth Theater presents “The Emperor’s New Clothes” on Jan. 21 at 4:30 and 7 p.m.; Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.; and Jan. 23 at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
This hilarious retelling of the popular tale by Hans Christian Anderson will be held in the Cunningham Fine Arts Center at Davidson College, 310 N. Main St.
All tickets are $7. Call 704-892-7953 or visit
Art about women
HICKORY — Full Circle Arts is once again hosting Art About Women, a juried art exhibition open to all visual artists over 16. The purpose of Art About Women is to give area artists a means of exhibiting their artwork featuring women and women’s issues in all visual media.
To receive a prospectus, email or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Full Circle Arts P.O. Box 3905 Hickory NC 28603.
Registration fees are $35. Each artist may submit up to three pieces of artwork. Prize monies will be first prize $300, second prize $200 and third prize $100. Registration fees must be paid at time of delivery.
Registration fees are non-refundable. Intake for Art About Women will be Thursday, Jan. 20 through Saturday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Full Circle Arts, 266 First Ave. NW. Entries should be hand delivered to and picked up from Full Circle Arts. Artwork is strongly encouraged to be for sale.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Full Circle Arts. Art About Women will remain on display through March 5.
Thomas & Friends live
CHARLOTTE — Climb on board with “Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage,” a story for the whole family at Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Join Thomas, Percy, Sir Topham Hatt and friends on Jan. 22-23 as they embark on fun and adventure on the magical island of Sodor.
Tickets prices begin at $17.
Visit for ticket information, and for show details.
Community Music enrolling for spring
The Catawba College Community Music Program is now enrolling students for spring classes that begin the week of Jan. 24.
• Group Guitar for young beginners (Level I): 3:30 p.m Mondays; Level II at 4:30 p.m.
• Group Piano for young beginners: 4 p.m. Thursdays; adult beginners (ages 14 and above) at 5 p.m.
• Group Suzuki Violin for young beginners: 4 p.m. Thursdays.
• Intro to Music Recording: 4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays.
• Group Flute: 4 p.m. Fridays.
• Family Music (birth-age 5): 2:30 p.m Tuesdays or 6 p.m. Thursdays.
• Youth Chorale 7 p.m Thursdays; Children’s Chorale at 4 p.m. Thursdays.
• Broadway singing lessons: 4:10 p.m. Thursdays; Pre-teen voice class: 5 p.m Thursdays.
Private and semi-private lessons for almost any instrument and for any age are also available.
Visit the Community Music website at communitymusic for specific class information, tuition information, and the program calendar, or call Erin Harper, Community Music program director, at 704-881-1565.
Free film at OTC
CONCORD – An animated film praised by critic Roger Ebert will be shown Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Davis Theatre in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse at 65 Union Street S. in downtown Concord.
“Sita Sings the Blues,” which was also chosen by the Museum of Modern Art as a “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You,” is the second film in the new Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre series of independent films. The free screening will be at 7 p.m.
Written, directed and animated by Nina Paley, Sita tells the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.
“Sita Sings the Blues” has not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. The Cabarrus Arts Council encourages viewers to research the film at to determine whether it is appropriate for their family. For more information about Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre, call 704-920-2787 or visit www.
Astrologer predicts
GOLD HILL — Susan Reynolds, a professional astrologer for more than 25 years, will talk about planetary influences for 2011 and what to expect. She combines this with her own insights and gives specific predictions for international events, economic forecast, weather patterns and global changes. She will also give a brief overview as to what is going on with each astrological sign for 2011, what to expect and how to best use this energy.
“What Does 2011 Hold for You?” is hosted by Sacred Grove Retreat/Bed and Bike Inn on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $20.
Guests may bring specific questions for the question and answer period following Reynolds’ talk.
Sacred Grove is located at 15750 Mattons Grove Church Road.
For information and registration call 704-463-0768, email info@sacredgroveretreat. com or visit info@bedandbikeinn. com.
Silverburg to speak at Catawba forum
Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m., for the Catawba College Community forum, Dr. Sanford Silverburg, senior professor of Political Science at Catawba, will present a broad overview of world politics today.
Silverburg will talk about change on the global level, with the nature of international relations undergoing a quiet revolution. Globalization and the accumulation of economic resources are rapidly replacing the old conception of power as a mechanical force. Silverburg’s talk will draw a clearer picture of what we can anticipate on the global stage in the near future.
Silverburg holds a doctorate from American University and is a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs. He is a frequent commentator on current events, particularly those involving American foreign policy.
The forum will be held in the Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall on the campus of Catawba College. Admission, as always, is free.