Roundabout: What's happening

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 24, 2011

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St.— Two solo exhibitions and a group show: NC artist Katie Claiborne and SC artist Susan Lenz exhibit in Stanback Gallery Hall and the Osborne and Woodson Galleries •You and Me, a group multi-media show featuring the works of eleven regional artists exploring the question of individualism through self-portraiture, exhibits in the Norvell Gallery. •Waterworks Visual Art Center host Rowan-Salisbury’s Elementary School art exhibition in the Young People’s Gallery through March 31. A reception for family and friends will be held tonight, March 24, from 5-6:30. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10-5; Tuesday, Thursday 10-7; Saturday 11-3.
Waterworks artists EXPO 2011 — April 7-9, three-day juried art show to promote and encourage relationships between artists and collectors, enhance the presence of art in our community, and enrich the community’s experience in the arts., 704-636-1882.
Center for Faith & the Arts —Currently on exhibit: Luther Sowers display including paintings, sketches, studies, sculpture, armour. Also on display: “Deja vu,”” works by artists Barbara Richmond, Stephen Hoke, through April 22. Gallery hours at 2-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and during special events. 207 W. Harrison St., lower level of Haven Lutheran Church. 704-647-0999,
Mixed media show — 6-9 p.m., Friday, March 25: Opening reception for mixed media artist Susan Dodd, presenting art created with things “broken, forgotten and abandoned.” A Step In Time, 5 Easy St., 704-642-1300.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — The RED Show through March 26: Vibrant group show featuring Rail Walk Studio Artists interpreting the color red has been held over. Opening on April 2: “It’s Hip to be Square,” group show featuring Rail Walk Studio Artists. A Very Square Artist Reception, 5-7p.m., April 2. Gallery open to the public Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., by appointment or by chance if the greenopen flag is out. 704-431-8964.
Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer — Through March 25: exhibiting works of last year’s “Emerging Artists” recipients Everitt Clark and Albemarle’s Heidi Ramseur. Artists’ reception 6–8 p.m., Friday, March 18, free and open to the public. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 704-463-3160.
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. Free on Tuesdays 5-9 p.m. 704-337-2000.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — “Trains That Passed in the Night,” the photograhs of O. Winston Link depicting the end of the steam railroading era with photos of the rural landscapes of Virginia and North Carolina that these trains passed through, through June 19•“Thomas Hart Benton, America’s Master Storyteller,” features large-scale oil masterpiece, “Bootleggers,” alongside three lithographs based on scenes the artist created for the mural program of the Missouri State Capitol Building that re-tell familiar stories.On view through July 31. House, gardens and village feature public garden, dining, shopping,walking trails. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse. org.
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove — Through April 30: “Tea Time: Series I (Teapots and Tea cups),” featuring functional NC teapots and tea cups, handmade by more than 70 potters from across the state. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430,
Piedmont Players Theatre’s “Hairspray” — 7:30 p.m., March 31-April 2 and April 6-9; 2:30 p.m., April 3. $12 adult, $10 student/senior, box office opens March 28. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-5471, www.piedmontplayers. com.
“Dirty Barbie & Other Girlhood Tales” — 7:30 p.m., through March 26: Lee Street theatre presents a storytelling show about the author’s strange southern childhood; adults $10, student w/ID $5, Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.,,
The Livingstone Theater Department’s “Steal Away” — 7 p.m. nightly, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30-April 1. Comedy by Ramona King about five women who face a financial dilemma during the Depression as they come together to send young black girls to college; directed by Linda Hunt, director of Theater Arts at Livingstone, $5 general admission, students free. Little Tubman Theater, 701 W. Monroe St., 704-216- 6047.
Old Courthouse Theatre hosts “Honk!” — March 31-April 17: Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and from the song writers of Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins. Tickets $15/$12/$10, call 704-788-2405 to reserve a seat. 49 Spring Street NW, NC,
St. Thomas Players presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” — 7:30 p.m., April 7-9 and 13-16, with Mary Ann McCubbin, Bob Paolino, Jonathan Furr, Dana VanHoy. Admission $10, students $5 with student ID. Looking Glass Artist Collective black box theatre, 405 N. Lee St., 704-647-0999.
Piedmont Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” — 8 p.m., March 25; 2 p.m. March 27; 7:30 p.m., March 29. Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem, 336-724-3202,
Music & more
‘On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring’ — 8 p.m., Saturday, March 26: Rearrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s work by The Bad Plus, a trio known for “bending and breaking genres.” Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Tickets start $26. www.dukeperformances. /thebadplus.
Pfeiffer memorial concert — 4 p.m., Sunday, April 3, for Pfeiffer University’s Emeritus Professor of Music Marvin W. Burke, Pfeiffer Chapel on campus, free. Steve Harrill, 704-463-3147, steve.harrill@fsmail.
OMIMEO: VaudeVizual Special $20 ticket April 7— Special price one day only April 7; tickets through April 9 begin at $29.50. A new show designed for the next generation of theater-goer, a mind-bending mash-up melds illusions, mask work, vaudeville, comedy; features aerialist/acrobat, Cirque de Soleil performer Karl Baumann. Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 North Tryon St., Charlotte,372-1000,
Charlotte Folk Society — 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 8: Robin Bullock, acclaimed as a “Celtic guitar god.” Free, family-friendly. After the hour-long concert join a song circle or a jam session, listeners welcome. The Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meets after the concert; visitors are invited to play on a “loaner” instrument. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., uptown Charlotte.
Rowan Museum’s third Colonial Spring Frolic — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 2: tours of the 1766 Old Stone House, onlysurviving colonial house in Rowan County, guides in period costumes, historical interpreters offer crafts including dying Easter eggs with natural dyes, muskets fired, woodworking, weaving, spinning, tatting, candle making, open fire cooking, tastings, children’s games, colonial dancers, music, more. $4 adults, $2 students. Half mile down Old Stone House Road off Highway 52, Granite Quarry. 704-633-5946,
Second Annual Spencer Arbor Day Celebration — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 23, 8th Street Ball Park in Spencer, hosted by Spencer Community Appearance Commission. Free bounce house, popcorn, face painting, tree saplings.
14th annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, March 26, Hickory Metro Convention Center, I-40, Exit 125 Hickory, $6 adults, $2 children 12 and under. Ticket holders entered in drawing for door prizes. Bring a piece of pottery of unknown background, representatives from NC Pottery Collectors’ Guild on hand to offer expert opinions on possible background and history of individual collectors’ pieces. 828-322-3943,
Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention — March 25-26: Highlights: Friday night dance, jam sessions, fiddling competitions Saturday, fiddle workshop Saturday by Paul Brown of NPR, also youth dance competition, music competitions for individuals and bands. Admission for two-day event $5 per person. Surry Community College in Dobson., 877-999-8390.
Cabarrus Earth Fest — Concord, Kannapolis, Cabarrus County hold second annual Viva Verde Earth Fest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 16, North Cabarrus Park, in honor of Earth Day.
15th annual Lexington Multicultural Festival — 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, May 7, Finch Park, Lexington. Family-friendly festival of ethnicities, customs and cuisine with Parade of Nations, five cultural villages, related cultural entertainment and second annual Butterfly Arts Initiative (thanks to welding students and staff at Rowan Cabarrus Community College more than 100 butterflies and other related items). 336-248-3960,
17th annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition — Saturday, June 18, Grayson Highlands State Park, Va., with the Boxcars, George Hamilton IV, April Verch Band, Harris Brothers, Bobby Ingano, Wayne Henderson and Friends, children’s events. $10, children 12 and younger free.,
This & That
Muse & Spirit Festival — 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday April 2: events all the day beginning with art show featuring works by local artists; wellness practicioners offer talks and demonstrations; discussion/ demonstration by artist Justin R. Christenbery; opening reception for Christenbery exhibit “Breaking Through;” concert featuring Sy Arden, stephaniesid, The Sky Captains of Industry with Christenbery painting to the music; concessions available; admission $6 in advance, $8 DOS. Sponsored by Center for Faith & the Arts at the Looking Glass Artist Collective Black Box Theater, 405 N. Lee St. Schedule details 704-647-0999 or
Scrabble Scramble 8 – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, Holiday Inn Salisbury. Buffet dinner, 3 rounds of team Scrabble. $25 per person, $250 table of 10. Sponsored by Rowan County Literacy Council, 704-216-8266 by April 7 for reservations.
Concord Book Club — 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, Concord Library auditorium, discussing Geraldine Brooks’ “March.” Registration requested 704-920-2053. 27 Union St., N., Concord.
Paranormal weekend athaunted Gold Hill —7 p.m., April 8-9, $40, one-hour presentation on paranormal investigation using scientific methods, followed by four hours of investigation time at four different locations in the historic park; fundraiser hosted by Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation and Special Guest Investigators of Carolina Paranormal Society, North Carolina TAPS family team., 704-267-9439.
Child Abuse Rowan fundraising ride, music, meal — Friday, March 25: TGIF country/blue grass celebration and motorcycle ride beginning 6 p.m., riders meet at S. Main St. Food Lion, China Grove, ride ends 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 110 W. Church St. Complete barbecue dinner served at 7 p.m. followed by raffle, deejay playing country/blue grass music, dancing until 9 p.m. $10 per motorcycle rider or $5 per person. Registration at the door. Sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Rowan. First United Methodist Church, 110 W. Church St. China Grove, NC 28023. Lori Arntz, Volunteer Coordinator, 704 639-1700.
Fundraiser concert with Balsam Range — 2:30 pm. April 3: concert featuring Grammy nominated Balsam Range, hosted by Lake Norman/Mooresville and Statesville Exchange clubs; for $25 donation receive two tickets to Balsam Range at Mooresville High School Auditorium., tickets: 704-878-2227. Proceeds benefit Child Abuse Prevention Iredell County.
“Discover your season” in What Next collage workshop — 1–4 p.m., March 27: sign up and figure out what your subconscious has to say about your next incarnation, $40, 704-637-7193. Artemesia Artworks and Yoga Studio, 323 W. Harrison St.,
“Make ‘em Laugh” Comedy Workshop — 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5: Featuring comedian, author, screenplay writer Sid Davis with on-the-spot “punch-line coaching” to individuals in the audience, useful tips, humorous examples, personal stories, inspiring ideas. Free. Cannon School, Concord, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Sponsored by Yawn Patrol Zone Toastmasters,, 704-701-1120.
BYOV (Bring Your Own Vase) floral design — 7-8 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Designing fresh cut flowers, $15 per class plus cost of flowers, instructor David Harrison, Harrison’s Florist, 1012 Holmes Ave., off Grove St. near RRMC, 704-636-4251.
Free design demonstrations — 10:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26: “Easter Designs;” Noon 1 p.m.: “Colors of Spring,” Piedmont Floral Galleries, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7739.
Chrismons classes — Beginner, Thursday, March 31, 10:30-12:30 •Intermediate, Friday, April 1, 10:30-12:30•New beginner, Saturday April 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. •Advanced, Saturday April 2, 9 a.m.-noon. Call 704-636-7790 for reservations or information. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive,
Creative painting workshops — 9:30a.m.-12:30 p.m., ongoing Wednesday series, beginning to intermediate, traditional oil painting. $200 includes eight sessions; ask about scholarships and sliding scales. Registration/materials list: 704-245-6456. Instructor James E. Taylor, Contemporary Realism Studio, 211 S. Main St.
WVAC Children’s workshop — Family SmARTs! Saturday, April 16, 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., ages 4-7 years with adult, Earth Day workshop for the family, learn about our planet while creating an “earthy” art project, dress for mess, fee is for one child and one adult. Instructor M.T. Sidoli, $25 per child/adult. 704-636-1882 (ext 202)
Classes at LGAC — • Watercolor classes: instructor Cathy Benfield Matthews, no experience needed; choose Mondays 1-3 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m., or Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon, $35 each 2 hour session or $180 for 6, materials provided except brushes; email to reserve your space, Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS,
Introductory scrapbooking class at the Y — 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays, $10 includes supplies for 2 pages. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Absolute beginner line dance — Tuesdays, no experience necessary, $12/month, teacher Cheryl Kluttz, Rufty Holmes Senior Center, Martin Luther King Ave., 704-633-3484.
Express Yourself!”African drumming and dance workshop — 5:30 p.m. Saturdays for grades K-12, family participation encouraged, small donation appreciated. Conducted by Master Drummer Allen Boyd, sponsored by Sankofa Held at Salisbury high school auditorium, 704-637-6857.
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., March 25: hot dog supper, bring things to go with. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd. No joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Zodiac Club — March 25: 41st anniversary dance (dressy), music by the Goodman Band. Second and fourth Fridays, alternate fifth Fridays. Providing live-band dances and social events for both Carolinas for 41 years. The longevity of the club speaks to the character of the members and guests. Doors 7 p.m., band 8 p.m. Free soft drinks, water, snacks welcome. Covered dish dinner on fifth Friday dance night. $12 guests, $10 members, join for $20 with free admission on the night you join. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte, 704-752-8824, taylorbt@msn. com,
PPT youth production “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” — 5 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, March 28-29, Norvell auditorium; auditionees should be prepared to do cold reading from the script. Performance dates May 12-15 and 18-21. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. www.piedmontplayers. com, 704-633-5471.
‘Grand Slam’ at LGAC — Three white males needed for “Grand Slam,” to be performed at Looking Glass Artists Collective Black Box Theatre May 13-15, one lead and two extras for 1950-early 60s period piece. Audition appointments, Pitchvine Entertainment,, 336-833-1537.
Call for scripts
Deadline nears for Lee Street Theatre’s third annual 10-Minute Play Festival — Postmark deadline March 31 for original scripts from NC playwrights for June 2011 festival entitled “Route 66,” six comedies about travel to be produced. Guidelines, rules, questions: Jenny Hubbard 51 College St., #403 Asheville, NC 28801 or jen4hubbard@
Call for proposals
Art for the Soul — Abundant Living Adult Day Services is accepting proposals for Art for the Soul, a fine arts program at the center. The deadline to receive proposals is April 1. Interested artists should call 704-637-3940.
Call for vendors
Artists, crafters for Spencer Arbor Day Celebration — Free booth space, Saturday, April 23; Beth 704-239- 3729,
VFWPost 3006 spring bazaar craft/vendor sale — Saturday, April 16, $10 per table, sign up now. 1200 Brenner Ave., 704-636-2104.
Art and food for Art on Easy Street — 8th Annual Art on Easy Street, May 14. Applications available at, 704-638-9887,
J.C. Price Post 107 Memorial week celebration — Single and double spots available for May 2 27-June 5 event, permits required for food vendors; rental info Abe Daniels 704-640-1893; event info 704-636-2950 or 704-213-2397.
15th Lexington Multicultural Festival — Applications accepted for artisans, crafters, demonstrators, cultural exhibitors, vendors as well as community organizations, churches, youth groups or schools interested in participating in the parade May 7. Lexington Recreation and Parks Department, 336-248-3960,
Call for musicians
Henderson guitar contest — Guitarists needed to perform at the 17th Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition, Grayson Highlands State Park, Va. Finalist wins a handmade Henderson guitar.For details go to
Call for artists
Call for mother artists — Hart Witzen is accepting submissions for group exhibit of works by mothers to take place May 6 and 8. Deadline: April 8. Eligibility: All mothers welcome to apply: paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, installations, mixed and new media. Work does not have to be for sale. Artists may submit original, recent work (within 2 years) for consideration. Send up to 3 images via email to with Yo Mama in the subject line.
Concord-Kannapolis Earth Fest — Applications now available for enntries in second annual Viva Verde Earth Fest, April 16, North Cabarrus Park Entry deadline April 4. For information, go to, look for “Contests” tab at top of page.
Bluegrass musicians — Bluegrass jam open to all, Saturdays at Dixie’s Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays: guitarist, singer, songwriter Marty DeJarnette. Fridays, Saturdays: various artists. 704-938-2337.
Speakers and forums
14th Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium — April 8-10, sponsored by Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, $75. Checks made payable to Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, mailed to P.O. Box 5093, Salisbury, NC 28147-0088. Contact: Sue Curtis 704-637-6411,
Steps of St. Paul and the Book of Revelation Alive Cruise — November 2011, contact Barbara Franklin, J.F. Hurley YMCA, for details, 704-636-0111.
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. — Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, gem mine, playgorunds, family camping, picnic shelters, splash pad, petting zoo. 704-216-7800.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla — Off NC Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles west of Salisbury.Features Kerr Mill, an 1823 grist mill.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill —Historic tours available by appointment. Hiking, biking trail. Information about tours: 704-267-9439; rentals: 704-279-5777.
Dunn’s Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1640 Dunn’s Mtn. Road — Trail walks, overlooks, see 120 miles in most directions, blacksmith shop display, Saturday-Sunday shuttle service, 704-216-7803.
N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer — March 26: Girl Scout Day, earn NC Transportation Museum patch, call Brian Moffitt, 704-636-2889, ext. 257.. Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Train rides Saturday 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $6 adults, $5 children ages 3-12 and seniors ages 60 and up. Roundhouse Turntable rides at $1. Group rates available with advance notice. 704-636-2889 or 877-NCTMFUN.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Current exhibit: “With These Hands,” annual Black History Exhibit. Museum hours Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946.
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, museum members free. 704-633-5946.
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — 1820 house museum features furniture and decoratives from Hall family and others. Costumed docents provide tours. $3 adults, $1.50 students, free to members of Historic Salisbury Foundation. For group tours, call HSF office, 704-636-0103.
Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove — Sundays 3-5 and by appointment. American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services. Intersection of Weaver, Patterson Roads., 704-857-7474.
China Grove Roller Mill Museum —Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of each month. Museum is operated by Historical Society of South Rowan. For special tours call 704-433-3912.
Historic Gold Hill,NC/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park — 19th century living history interpretations and educational tours weekends April-October and weekdays by appointment. Interpretative displays reflect life in the 1800s gold mining boom town. Village merchants and interpreters dressed in period costume weekends. Free admission. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439. www.HistoricGoldHill. com.
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 2: Girl Scouts who trained in March will return to demonstrate living history skills to other girl scouts and the public, with house tours, English Country Dancing, open-hearth cooking, weaving, sewing, cornhusk dolls, candles, herb bracelets, butter churning, more. $6 per person includes all crafts and activities. Patches available to scout groups in gift shop for $2. www.lattaplantation. org. 704-875-2312.
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — Registration for Discovery Place summer camps now open, extensive variety of camps for kids from pre-school through rising 8th grade. Campers participate in new science-based adventures each day at locations across the Charlotte Metro area that balance structured, content-based activities with hands-on fun. Full list of camps, dates, times, locations and grade levels at • “Tornado Alley,”new film narrated by Bill Paxton (Twister, Titanic), at the IMAX[0xae] Theatre. Museum hours: 9 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-372-6261 or
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road — Summer camp listings and registration can be found online at> /education. Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m., Sunday, closed Monday. Admission $8 for adults and children age one and older, children younger than age one and Members are free. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more. discoveryplaceKIDS. org, 704-372-6261.Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — Summer camp listings online at Museum info: $6 ages 2 and older; younger than 2 and members are free. Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday noon–5 p.m.; closed Monday.
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — Small exhibit “Legends of Racing” features cars driven by Ned Jarrett, Petty, Earnhardt, Beam. Sports Hall of Fame on third floor, free admission •The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918, photographs by National Child Labor Committee staff photographer Lewis Hine documenting the plight of child workers in the state’s textile mills a century ago. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory. org or Facebook.