Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 4, 2011

KANNAPOLIS ó This weekend, downtown Kannapolis begins its two-day celebration of the arts on Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m. with ěFestival of the Arts,î sponsored by Cooperative Christian Ministry and A. L. Brown High School. Brian Free and Assurance will perform at 7 p.m., sponsored by Central Baptist Church and Ford Broadcasting.
Saturdayís events begin at 9 a.m. with local dance studios performing; 11:45 a.m. is a Zumba Party, 2 p.m. is Tsunami Wave Riders, and at 7 p.m. the Tim Clark Band will perform. At 10 p.m. there will be fireworks.
Helicopter rides are available throughout the day, craft vendors are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Food is available until 10 p.m.
There will be a Super Kids Fun and Fitness Zone on West A Street, free for children.
Kannapolis Cruise-In hosts the car and truck show on Oak Avenue; registration begins at 9 a.m. and awards will be presented at 4 p.m.. Entry fee is $20 per entry.
Non-perishable food items and school supplies will be collected to support the food bank at West Point Baptist Church. Rowan Regional Medical Center sponsors the Village Fest Music and Craft Festival.
For more information contact Brenda Drye at 704-932-3808 or visit
SEMS ëPaloozaí
Southeast Middle School is holding a ěPaloozaî event on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Peeler Road, just off of I-85.
There will be games, plants for sale, inflatables, hayrides, basket raffle, food and fun for all ages.
Vendor table spaces are available at $10 if vendor provides their own tables, $15 for school-provided tables. Contact Jennifer Lentz 704-638-5561 to make reservations.
Painting workshops
Jim Taylor at the Contemporary Realism Studio and Gallery will hold oil painting workshops on Wednesdays, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with a break for lunch. Admission is by ticket, 8 for $240, with a sliding scale by need and/or portfolio. All levels of skill welcome. Call 704-245-6456 for materials list and registration.
On Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. there will be a ěNew Sparkles for Pastel Workshopî with Walter Stanford, a featured Waterworks artist this past winter. Cost is $100 with some materials provided. Call 704-245-6456 for information and registration.
Call for artists
Center for Faith & the Arts of Salisbury is seeking works for its summer invitational art show, ěThe Art of the Silhouette ó Exploratory Media in Black White.î
Works will be accepted in all 2D and 3D media, but all works must be black and white and include an underlying theme of one or more of the following: grief, despair, forgiveness, acceptance.
Entrants submit a digital photo and description of the work via email. Submission deadline is June 1. Drop off for selected works is June 17, 18 and 20.
The opening reception will be Friday, June 24 and the exhibit runs June 24 – Aug. 13.
Entry fee is $15 for one piece, $25 for two pieces. Prizes: $75 first prize, $65 second prize, $50 third prize.
Call 704-647-0999 or email
Vocalist accepted
Livingstone College student LeíSondra Brown has been accepted into the Studio Division of La Musica Lirica. This six- week vocal program (June 20 -July 22) is an international music program for young vocal artists in Novafeltria, Italy.
There will be a benefit concert to help her meet her financial requirements (tuition, housing, airfare etc.) on Saturday, May 7 at 5 p.m. at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N. Church St. Additional soloists are Rebecca Stinson, Joanne Harrison and Teresa Moore-Mitchell.
Hoffman at benefit
CHARLOTTE ó ěGlimmers of Hope 2 ó Haviní A Ballî fundraiser to benefit Levine Childrení Hospital will take place on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Providence Country Club.
The $75 per person event will include cocktails, silent auction, raffle for an Italian vacation for four, Asian-themed dinner, a live auction and a performance by The Marc Hoffman Quintet.
For reservations contact Jackie Chambers at Providence Country Club at 704-815-1704.
Free film at the Davis
CONCORD ó Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre hosts free screenings as part of a monthly series of independent films co-sponsored by the Cabarrus Arts Council. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m., see ěRed Dirt Rising,î the true story of a decade (1939-1949) in the life of racer Jimmy Lewallen.
The Davis Theater is located at 65 Union St. South. For details see
ëThe Orphan Trainí
WINSTON-SALEM ó Reynolda House Museum of American Art and The Childrenís Theatre of Winston-Salem will present ěThe Orphan Trainî on Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
This production is the heart-warming story of nine orphans on an orphan train that departed New York City on May 28, 1914, bound for Midwestern towns in search of homes for the children.
The performance is in conjunction with the museumís spring exhibition, ěTrains that Passed in the Night: The Photographs of O. Winston Link,î on view through June 19, 2011. Ticket cost includes admission to the exhibition.
Admission is $5 for members and students, $8 for non-members. For information and to purchase tickets in advance, call 336-758-5150 or visit
Facing Uncertainty
A day-long workshop on themes of faith in the face of uncertainty will take place June 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St.
Through spontaneous movement, coloring or painting, writing, and reflection, artists will meditate on Rilkeís famous quote, ěBe patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart/ and try to love the questions themselves.î
The workshop is for beginning writers or artists as well as for seasoned ones. Paper, pencils, and pastels will be supplied; bring preferred art supplies and a journal or notebook.
Facilitator is Myra Tannehill, who has studied at the NC Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. The $75 cost includes lunch. A deposit of $25 will hold your spot. For a registration form, email tannehillm@netzero. com. For more information, call 704-213-0187.
Brew and music fest
HUNTERSVILLE ó The bands are set as Rural Hill presents the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. ń 8 p.m.
Headliners for the all-day event include Chatham County Line and Eric Lindell, The New Familiars, The Mantras, Sol Driven Train, Do It To Julia, and The Moonshine Racers.
The day includes hand crafted ales and lagers.
Advance tickets are $60 per person and ěunder 21î or designated driver tickets are $40 per person. On site camping is also available by online reservation. For complete information, visit
Rural Hill is located at 4431 Neck Road (off Beatties Ford Road) in Huntersville,
The Wiggles! Tour
CHARLOTTE ó The Wiggles will appear live on stage at Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday, July 13 At 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50 and are available at or 1-800-745-3000.
ëBlood Done Sign My Nameí
CONCORD ó The Cabarrus Arts Council will close its 2010-11 On Stage at the Davis performing arts series with a moving drama about the murder of a young black Army veteran in Oxford, NC, in 1970.
The presentation is Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available at or charge by phone at 704-920-2753.
Acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley plays all the roles, from the murdered to the murderers to 10-year-old Tyson. Gospel singer Mary D. Williams reinforces the action on stage with powerful spirituals.
Not recommended for children. Visit www.mikewileyproductions or
EQUUTOUR 2011 features more than 40 pieces that highlight every aspect of equines, done by local artists L. Hudson-Tolles and Adele Goodman.
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be featured at the one day event, ěDressage in the Sandhills,î at 200 Beulah Hill Road South in Pinehurst Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit for details.