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Arts and entertainment briefs

This Saturday evening The Inn will celebrate their fifth anniversary with a Christian music event featuring food, fellowship and fundraising.
Adrian Best will kick off the concert at 5 p.m., followed by Micole Wallace, Jordan Connell, Jeremy Vess, Dezrick Dixon, Keh’dron Mims, Shield Of Salvation, Eagles Call and 4Given Souls. Emcee for the evening is comedian Donnie G.
Kurt Myers and David Bumgardner of WBFJ Radio will broadcast live from 6-8 p.m. Food will be provided by R&D Concessions.
Donations will be accepted for The Inn and canned goods and baby supplies will be collected for local charities.
Two of the local bands featured during the anniversary concert, Jordan Connell and Shield of Salvation, return to The Inn after having signed, separately, recording contracts with the Tate Music Group.
Second Saturday art
Area galleries participating in April’s Second Saturday Art Walk in downtown Salisbury and Spencer are offering a host of events and specials this Saturday.
In Salisbury, one can begin with a cup of joe at Tastebuds, 106 N. Main St., where the work of local artists Sandra Borre and Tiffany L. Wyatt is on display.
A few blocks away, artist Justin R. Christenbery will be painting in the gallery at the Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.t, from 1-6 p.m. His work is on exhibit there, sponsored by Center for Faith & the Arts.
At 7:30 p.m. is a performance of St. Thomas Players’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” also at LGAC. Admission is $10. For information call 704-647-0999 or to order tickets, see www.museandspirit.org/stthomasplayers.
Next door at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St., is the exhibit It’s Hip to be Square, a new show featuring artists Sharon Fortfhofer, Karen Frazer, Annette Ragone Hall, Patt Legg and Marietta Foster Smith.
In Spencer, the Green Goat Gallery will debut the new exhibit Beyond Mosaic: Painting with Paper, featuring the work of Blacksburg, Va., artist Martha Olson, who specializes in creating landscapes and collages out of recycled, altered paper. She will be at the gallery from 6-8 p.m. for a public wine-and-cheese reception being held in her honor. The gallery is located at 516 S. Salisbury Ave. For details call 704-639-0606.
For additional information and hours of operation, contact the individual galleries.
Young lead sought
St. Thomas Players will hold for auditions a 12-year-old boy to play a lead role in their June production of “Pinocchio’s Sister,” a new play by Jenny Hubbard.
No experience is required, but the actor should be naturally charming, articulate, and small for his age. The play contains some R-rated language, though the boy’s words are G-rated. Rehearsals will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. on weeknights starting in May, and performances run June 15-18, 22-26.
Interested boys should come to the Center for Faith & the Arts 207 W. Harrison St. (basement of Haven Lutheran Church) on Monday, April 18, any time between 4-5:30 p.m. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. For questions call director Claudia Galup at 704-533-4772.
Auditions for the adult roles (2 women, aged 40; 1 woman, aged 65) will be held at the Center on April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m.
Gold Hill fundraiser
On the nights of April 8-9, the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation, Inc. will host an event to raise money for preservation.
The Gold Hill ParaEd and Investigation, an educational paranormal program, will consist of special guest investigators from Carolina Paranormal Society giving a 1-1/2 hour presentation on paranormal investigation, followed by four hours of investigation time at four different locations in the historic park.
Carolina Paranormal Society, based in Charlotte, is an official TAPS Family Team. Jason Porter is a recognized team member of the The Atlantic Paranormal Society TAPS.
Training will begin at 7 p.m. at the Russell-Rufty Shelter in Gold Hill Mines Historic Park each evening.
Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the E.H. Montgomery General Store or by visiting www.HauntedGoldHill.com.
For more information, including what to wear and bring, call 704-267-9439 or visit www.HistoricGoldHill.com.
RiverRun film festival
WINSTON-SALEM — Renowned filmmaker and 2010 recipient of RiverRun’s Master of Cinema Award, Peter Bogdanovich (“The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon”), will present Jean Renoir’s 1954 comedy, “French Cancan” during the 13th annual Festival. The screening is Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Following the screening, Bogdanovich will take part in a Q&A with the audience.
Also during the Festival, Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” “Boardwalk Empire”)will receive the 2011 Emerging Master Award on Monday, April 11 at the Babcock Theatre at UNC School of the Arts. The event, “Conversation with Michael Shannon,” is free and open to the public, with a two-ticket limit per person.
During the festival, which runs April 8-17, RiverRun will screen a total of 121 films. The films, along with descriptions and screening times, are listed at www.riverrunfilm.com. Tickets are $10 at the Stevens Center box office, online or by phone at 336-721-1945.
Latta homeschool day
HUNTERSVILLE — Homeschoolers can step into the world of 19th century farming on April 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Latta is home to various breeds of rare and endangered livestock, as well as traditional farm animals. On this special living history day, presentations will include these animals and bring history to life through first-person interpretations on sharecropping after the Civil War, a farmer and his daily survival kit, and the world of beekeeping. Students can visit the covered wagon and see what it was like to be a farmer bartering for goods. In the Farm Chores area, visitors can participate in the daily activities of children on the farm.
The cost is $6 per person, ages 4 and under and members are free. Families are invited to spend all day and picnic on the plantation grounds. Pre-registration is not required.
The plantation is located on Sample Road in Huntersville. Visit www.lattaplantation. org or call 704-875-2312 for details and directions.
OCT youth auditions
CONCORD — Auditions for Old Courthouse Theatre’s production of Comedy of Errors will take place on April 18-19 from 7-9 p.m.
This production is for ages 12-18 and will be directed by Andy Rassler. Performance dates are June 16-26.
Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW. Call 704-788-2405 or visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org for details.
Visitor’s Center art
Art by Colleen Walton will be on display at the Salisbury Visitor’s Center during the month of April.
Walton began painting after retirement from teaching. Although she has done some work in acrylics, she primarily paints with watercolor and has won awards for her paintings at the Carolina Art Expo and the Rowan County Silver Arts Shows.
In addition to belonging to Carolina Artists, Colleen is a member of a small group of local artists called the The Art Gang. Her work can be found in private collections throughout North Carolina and surrounding states.
Bluegrass festival
DENVER — The 11th annual CC Spring Fest Bluegrass Festival takes place April 16 at the Cross Country Camp Ground in Denver.
Featured this year are Generation Gap, the Griggs Family, Toby Creek, Cabin Creek, Bluegrass Country Boys, Southern Junction and Timber.
Festival hours are 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $10, tickets at the door are $12 for seniors and $15 general admission. Children 12 and under free with adult.
To reserve tickets call Jerry or Nancy Johnson at 803- 328-3224 or 803-322-1589; to reserve campsites call 800-852-4840 or email jsjohnson_@hotmail.com.
Wind ensemble tours
On April 6 the Catawba College Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Stephen Etters, associate professor of music, embarked by bus on its 2011 Mid-Atlantic Tour. Approximately 40 students, with majors as diverse as Environmental Science and Elementary Education, in addition to Music and Music Education, will present concerts and offer master classes at high schools and churches in North Carolina and Virginia, as well as a performance at Busch Gardens Theme Park in Williamsburg.
Taste of New Orleans
“A Taste of New Orleans in Rowan County”will take place April 17 at the Park Avenue Community Center that will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Rowan.
The event lasts from 1-4 p.m. Attendees are invited to wear costumes because there will be Best Mask, Best Hat, and Best Poster contests.
Vendors will offer clothing, hats, and jewelry; there will be face painting and a silent auction, music and food. The parade will start at 1 p.m. around the parking lot.
Admission is $5 for adults 12 and up and $2 for children ages 6-11.
Park Avenue Community Center is located on Park Avenue at Martin Luther King Blvd.
Crouch leads workshop
Statesville artist Susan Crouch will bring her watercolor workshop to Salisbury. “Planning for Spontaneity: Release the Spirit of Watercolor on a Foundation of Strong Design” will be held at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery July 18-20. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the cost is $185.
The program will include how to plan paintings with an emphasis on selecting colors, establishing a value pattern and designing with good shapes. This is for beginners with some watercolor experience to intermediate level. The class is limited to 15 participants, so those interested should contact Marietta Smith at 704-431-8964 or mariettafsmith@bellsouth.net.
Crouch’s work has been seen previously at Art on Easy Street.
Rail Walk Studios & Gallery is located at 409 N. Lee St. More information is at www.railwalkgallery.com and www.susancrouch.com.
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