Roundabout: What's happening

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 14, 2011

Old Courthouse Theatre hosts “Honk!” — Through 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,
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to be performed outside on the grounds of UNC Charlotte — 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, April 18–21 also Tuesday-Sunday, April 26 –May 1; 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Presented by College of Arts and Architecture Department of Theatre, performance outside Robinson Hall; tickets $14, $9 senior citizens, $6 for all students.,704-687-1TIX (1849).
St. Thomas Players presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” — 7:30 p.m., Final show tonight. Admission $10, students $5 with student ID. Looking Glass Artist Collective black box theatre, 405 N. Lee St., 704-647-0999.
“Clybourne Park” at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte — Through April 28: comedy written in response to the classic “A Raisin in the Sun.” 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. Ticket info and details or 704-342-2251, ext. 21.
Carolina Actors Studio Theater presents “Agnes of God” — April 21-May 21. 1118 Clement Ave., off Central Avenue in Plaza-Midwood, Charlotte. Reservations, 704-455-8542.
Music & more
An Evening With Emile Pandolfi free for piano students — 7:30 p.m., April 16: One of America’s most accomplished and popular musicians. Free for area piano students, reduced rate of $10 for accompanying adults. Sponsored by The Stanly County Concert Association, Stanly County Agri-Civic Center. Tickets: Pam Medlin, 704-983-1684,, also at the door. www.emilepandolfi. com,
Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band — 8 p.m., Saturday, April 23, Greensboro Coliseum, all tickets $69,,, 800-745-3000.
John Popper at The Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte — 8 p.m., Monday April 18; John Popper and The Duskray Trobadours, $22 advance, $25 DOS. CarolinaTix, 1-800-594-TIXX., 704-372-1000.
Barney Live in Concert: Birthday Bash! — 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3: Interactive concert party, tickets: $15/$25. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets 800-745-3000, Info 704-335-3100,,
Concert Choir’s spring concert — 7:30 p.m., May 13-14: Concert/fund-raiser, performing the romantic “ Liebeslieder Waltzes Opus 52” by Brahms followed by dessert and coffee reception. Performance will be at Union Lutheran Church, 4770 Bringle Ferry Road. Call 704-603-3310 or stop by the Convention & Visitors Bureau for tickets. Tickets are $10 adult and $7 student with ID.
Salisbury School of Music Teen Chamber Choir auditions — To schedule an audition , contact Marc Hoffman at or call 704-633-8188.
Festival in the Park presents Kings Drive Art Walk — 11 a.m. –6 p.m., April 16-17: A fine arts and emerging artists festival with 150+ artists and crafts people demonstrating and displaying their art, plus nearly a thousand entertainers providing free ongoing performances. Sugar Creek Greenway, Charlotte,
11th Annual CC Spring Fest Bluegrass Festival — April 16: Generation Gap, Griggs Family, Toby Creek, Cabin Creek, Bluegrass Country Boys, Southern Junction, Timber Ridge. Advance tickets $10, DOS $12 senior/$15 general, children 12 and under free with adult. Cross Country Camp Ground, Denver. Reserve tickets 803-328-3224, 803-322-1589. Reserve tickets/campsite 800-852-4840,
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.
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.
Salisbury Symphony’s Festival of Summer Gardens — June 25 -26, tickets $12 in advance, $15 tour days. Perennial tour of eight country gardens, three historic gardens. Music by Salisbury Symphony Children’s Strings and local musicians. Sunday: Learn the art of planting in container gardens, learn from master gardeners and watch Plein Air artists at work. Lunch at Carolina Lily, $16, must be pre-ordered. Reserve tickets at Visitors Bureau, 704-638-3100,, 704-603-4652 or 704-645-8300.
This & That
Tour de Yadkin — Series of free river events to encourage a cleaner river, through April 30 •8:30 a.m., April 16: Earth Day River Cleanup with REI starts at Old US 421 Park in Lewisville, continues to Tanglewood Park • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 17: “Paddle and Picnic:” paddle from Huntsville to Tanglewood Park, Winston-Salem to picnic on the river • April 23: Easter egg hunt at Tamarac Marina, High Rock Lake and a 1 p.m. river paddle • Sponsored by REI. See for donation information.Salisbury Ghost Walk returns — 7, 7:30, 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 15, adults $10, students $5, reservations boo@salisburyghostwalk or 704-642-1734.
“Heart of the Artist” weekly discussions — 7 p.m. Tuesdays through June 21; written by Rory Nolan for artists by an artist, sponsored by Blackwelder Park Baptist Church Kannapolis, at Oak Tree Coffee Co. coffeehouse, Cannon Village.Contact Vic Daniel, 980-621-1256
Concord Museum presentation — 6-9 p.m., Friday, April 15: local author Tim Auten signs his book “The Battle of Wyse Fork: NC’s Neglected Civil War Engagement.” Also Historic Cabarrus Inc. and Concord Museum present “Cabarrus County During Wartime – The War Between the States” through May 14, a collection of battle flags, weapons, paintings, photos, artifacts commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. 704-920-2053. 27 Union St., N., Concord,
Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Guild’s “Basket Bonanza”raffle — 11 a.m.-3 p.m., April 16, Crystal Lounge, Catawba College. Viewing of baskets followed at 3 p.m. by drawing of winners. Door prize tickets will also be available for a chance to win Apple ipad or a three-night getaway to a Myrtle Beach. Sale of these tickets will continue through the Symphony’s “Fantasy” concert that evening. $10/sheet of 20 includes one door prize ticket. Additional door prize tickets $5 each, available at, at the Symphony table at Earth Night Out April 15, or at the door day of the event.
6th annual Spring Fling — 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., April 30: Local craftsmen, artists, antique vendors, food. Second Glance Shop at the. China Grove. 704-213-0980.
VFWPost 3006 spring bazaar craft/vendor sale — Saturday, April 16, 1200 Brenner Ave., 704-636-2104.
Bowling event — 3-5 p.m., Sunday, April 17, Woodleaf Lanes, 1811 Jake Alexander Blvd., $7. Hosted by Rowan Cabarrus National Pan-Hellenic Council, to secure spot contact Natalie Rivers 704-267-2847. Ifno:
Habitat for Humanity benefit at Carolina Lily — Saturday, April 16: “Bridal shower” for William and Kate, the royal couple, is actually a fun “shower” to benefit Habitat for Humanity. While spring cleaning, set aside an appropriate shower gift and bring it on Saturday, the truck will be outside to load up, receive discount on purchases that day plus a “bridal” cupcake. Carolina Lily, 1375 Kern Carlton Road, 704-639-0033,
Cancellation: Taste of New Orleans event— Representatives of the Prevent Child Abuse Rowan “New Orleans” Event (scheduled for April 17 at the Park Avenue Community Center) have cancelled this event.

Night Life

Benchwarmers. 113 E. Fisher St. — 7-10 p.m. every Friday: Handful of Dave. 704-639-0604.
Brick Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. — 10 p.m., Friday, April 15: Justin Dionne, Andrew Hodge and Handful of Dave, no cover. 10 p.m., Saturday, April 16: Feedback, no cover. Tuesdays: open mic, performers of all types welcome, sign up as you arrive; 8 p.m. Wednesdays: team trivia; 9:30 p.m. Thursdays: plugged open mic night. www.thebrickstreettavern. com, 704-637-6047.
Stelia Cafe Lounge, 118 N. Main St. — Friday, April 15, 9 p.m., Ashley Jo Farmer Band. No cover.
Fat Jack’s, 120 Military Ave., — 8 p.m. until, every Friday and Saturday night: karaoke with Mark Tomei. 704-638-8996.
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane — Friday, April 15: Deejay Erving Ellington; Saturday, April 16: Right Turn Clyde. Memberships available, open Wed.-Sat. 704-633-0251.
Philip’s Steak and Pasta House, 1504 Jake Alexander Blvd W. — 7 p.m. Friday, April 15: Hillbilly Hoedown party on the patio, live performance by the Upside of Down, PBR Girls conduct kornhole tournament. Expect plastic pink flamingos, hay bales, old painted tires, giveaways. $5 cover. 704-637-8844.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m., tonight, April 14: “Melvis,” plus karaoke every Friday and Saturday. 704-642-0050.
Smitty’s North Rown Bar-b-que 1205 N. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 7-9 p.m., Thursdays: karaoke. 704-636-2122.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9-midnight., Friday, April 15: southern country with Little Johnny Trailer Trash, no cover; Saturday, April 16: closed for private party. www.theblue 704-797-0093.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Friday, April 16: open mic night, comedy, poetry, music, whatever you’ve got. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467. www.inntheloop.
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.
Free Reiki Circle — 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27: Free discussion and demonstration of Reiki, a gentle form of therapeutic touch that works with the energies of the body to promote healing on a physical, mental, emotional level. If you already practice Reiki or other healing modalities, come share the experience. Artemesia Artworks and Yoga Studio, 323 W. Harrison St. Contact Nancy at
Mindful Living Class — “Awakening to Life,” 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, May 5-26. For those interested in developing mindfulness in everyday life, sitting, walking, guided relaxation practices. Bring cushion or mat, cost $10. Center for Faith & the Arts, lower level Haven Lutheran Church. 207 W. Harrison St. Registration, information: Sam and Marilyn Warlick, 704-639-8971 before 8 p.m.
Creative painting workshops — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ongoing 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.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center Summer ARTventures — Register now for Waterworks Visual Arts Center summer classes. Spaces are limited, some classes are already full. Visit for a complete schedule. Call 704-636-1882 to register. 123 E. Liberty St.
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,
Knitting and spinning — • Spinning workshop: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, April 22, bring your own wheel or use one of ours. $50. • Knitting Socks: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays, April 23 and 30: knitting in the round, $30 plus cost of materials. 704-431-4527 to register for all classes. TranqWool Knitting Provisions, 310 Mocksville Ave.
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, call for reservations; instructor David Harrison, Harrison’s Florist, 1012 Holmes Ave., off Grove St. near RRMC, 704-636-4251.
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Friday, April 15: Share your earliest memories. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd. No joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Highlighters Dance Club — April 15: live music with the Devilles. First and third Fridays. Doors open 7 p.m., dancing 8-11 p.m., free line dance class 7:15 p.m. Open to singles 40 and over; former members who remarry are welcome. $10 members; $12 guests. Join for $20 and get in free the first night of joining. Non-smoking, dressy casual. Free set ups provided, bring your own snacks. Information 704-536-5561. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. Information 704-536-5561.
Free film at Davis Theatre, Concord — 9 p.m., Friday, April 15: “All About Dad,” story of a Vietnamese-American family . Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S., downtown Concord, 704-920-2787,
13th RiverRun Film Festival — Through April 17: RiverRun will screen a total of 121 films, listed at www.riverrunfilm. com. Tickets $10 online or by phone at 336-721-1945.
Faith Idol competition — Registration now being accepted for the Faith Idol Competition, held during the Faith 4th of July Celebration, categories are • 12 and under • age 13 – 18 • adult (19 and up). Registration fee $10, deadline Wednesday, June 15, contact Pam Alexander 704-279-2256.
St. Thomas Players auditions “Pinocchio’s Sister” — 4-5:30 p.m., Monday, April 18: 12-year-old boy to play a lead in a new play by Jenny Hubbard, auditions will consist of readings from the script • 7 p.m., April 25-26: adult roles (2 women, aged 40; 1 woman, aged 65). Performance dates June 15-26. Center for Faith& the Arts 207 W. Harrison St. (basement of Haven Lutheran Church). Info director Claudia Galup 704-533-4772.
Old Courthouse Theatre youth summer production auditions “Comedy of Errors” — 7-9 p.m., April 18-19 for ages 12-18. Performance dates June 16-26, directed by Andy Rassler. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre. org.
Call for vendors
Artists, crafters for Spencer Arbor Day Celebration — Free booth space, Saturday, April 23; Beth 704-239- 3729,
6th annual Spring Fling — 9:30 a.m-3 p.m., April 30: Artist, vendor spaces available at Second Glance Shop at the Alamo House, 2080 Shue Road, China Grove. Call Betty Corrither 704-213-0980.
Art and food for Art on Easy Street — 8th Annual Art on Easy Street, May 14. Applications available at Information:704-638-9887,
J.C. Price Post 107 Memorial week celebration — Single and double spots available for May 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,
UNC Charlotte Dance Ensemble performs Martha Graham’s 1931 masterpiece “Primitive Mysteries” — Through April 17, also includes original choreography by faculty members Gretchen Alterowitz, E.E. Balcos, Jean Grotewohl. Single reserve tickets $14/ $9 senior citizens. Performances take place in Anne R. Belk Theater of Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts. 704-687-1849,
Speakers and forums
Rowan Public Library centennial year — 7 p.m., April 19: Chris Hartley, author of “Stoneman’s Raid, 1865,” reception and book signing follow the program.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St.— 28th annual youth exhibition “Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists,” in the Young People’s Gallery, features the works of nearly 800 students. The middle school exhibition will be on display through April 21 • 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 •www.waterworks. org, 704-636-1882.
Center for Faith & the Arts — “Deja vu,” works by artists Stephen Hoke, Barbara Richmond, Luther Sowers 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,
Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — New work by artist Martha Olson, Beyond Mosaics: Painting with Paper, features large- and small-scale altered paper collages, through Mother’s Day, May 8. Contact Anne Waters 704-639-0606. Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 704-639-0606.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — “It’s Hip to be Square,” group show with a square theme, featuring Rail Walk Studio artists. Gallery open to the public Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., by appointment or by chance if the green open flag is out. 704-431-8964.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — “Thomas Hart Benton, America’s Master Storyteller,” features large-scale oil masterpiece, “Bootleggers.” On view through July 31• “Trains That Passed in the Night,” the photograhs of O. Winston Link depicting the end of the steam railroading era, through June 19. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse. org.
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 10 a.m.- 3:15 p.m., April 22-23: Easter Bunny Express, take a train ride with the Easter Bunny as he hands out candy. Easter Egg Hunt 12:30 p.m. Saturday only: Children 0-10 search the museum grounds for Easter eggs, bring your own basket, $7 for ages 3+. Member discounts apply. 877-NCTMFUN.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Current exhibit: “When We Fought Ourselves-1861-1865,” Civil War 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.
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry —Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, museum members free. 704-633-5946.
Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. — For special tours call 704-279-4979. Museum open Sundays 2-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information call Ann Teague: 704-279-5783.
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.
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 16: Civil War Soldier For a Day, boys and girls ages 8-12 will be mustered into the Northern and Southern armies for a day! This one day version of our popular summer Civil War Soldier Camp takes children back in time to drill, battle, and end the day with a graduation ceremony. Children will receive a Civil War kepi (hat) to keep and other equipment will be loaned to them for the day. $40 per camper, pre-registration required. Contact Matthew Waisner at 704-875-2312, ext. 305 or for more information. www.lattaplantation. org. 704-875-2312.