Roundabout: What's happening

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Music & more
“Movie Memories: An Evening of Songs” at Looking Glass ARtist Collective’s black box theatre — Doors open at 6:30; show 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7, Looking Glass Artist Collective,tickets $10, 405 N. Lee St (corner of Kerr), contact
Rowan County Concert Association presents The Diamonds in concert — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7: hits from the 50s-60s and tribute to classic fourt-part vocal groups of the era. Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. $20 adult, $5 student 18 and under.704-633-1474,
Momentary Prophets at EastSquare — 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12: Music by The Momentary Prophets. Also a reader’s theatre presentation of the story “Pinocchio.” EastSquare ArtWorks, 120 E. Innes St. Admission free, donations to St. Thomas Players welcome.704-647-0999,
Grammy award-winning David Holt in concert — 7p.m., Thursday, May 12, Stanly County Senior Center, tickets $10, available at the Senior Center or 704-986-3769 to charge by phone. Stanly County Senior Center, 283 N. Third Street, Albemarle.
Piedmont Prime Time Community Band’s “Space, the Final Frontier” concert — 7:45 p.m., Friday, May 13, ninth annual spring concert featuring music related to space. All Saints Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 525 Lake Concord Road, NE, Concord, across from Copperfield and behind the Carolina Mall theatres. Free admission, donations accepted. 704-932-9438 or 704-425-3508.
John Rutter’s “Requiem,” with orchestra — Piedmont Choral Society and the sanctuary choir of First Presbyterian Church, Concord, combine to present John Rutter’s “Requiem” with orchestra, 7 p.m., Friday, May 13 and 3 p.m., Sunday May 15; director Jeff Price, organist Jacqueline Yost. Free admission, reception in the fellowship hall afterward. Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St., North, Concord. Information, Kay Yates 704-699-6053, kayy2000
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. $10 adult, $7 student with ID.
Die Roten Punkte in Charlotte — July 14-16 at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. All tickets $34.50, on sale now at, 704-372-1000.
The Wiggles! come to Charlotte — 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 13: Anthony, Sam, Murray and Jeff at Time Warner Cable Arena, tickets start at $17.50,, 1-800-745-3000.
Elvis Costello and The Imposters at the Blumenthal — July 16, tickets start at $34.50, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000 or
Rascal Flatts at Verizon Amphitheatre — Friday, July 29, with Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m., April 30 at, The Hardee’s Thickburger Box Offices at the venues, Ticketmaster or charge by phone 800-745-3000.
Village Fest Music and Craft Festival — May 6-7, downtown Kannapolis. Friday: 5 p.m. Festival of the Arts; 7 p.m. Brian Free and Assurance • Saturday: beginning 9 a.m. local dance studios, Zumba party, Tsunami Wave Riders, Tim Clark Band, fireworks, helicopter rides, kid’ fun zone, Kannapolis Cruise-In car and truck show. West A St. 704-932-3808,
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. 336-248-3960,
Patterson Farm Strawberry Fest and Craft Show — 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 21: fresh strawberries, artisans, crafters, food, activities. Free admission to craft show and farmer’s market. Caldwell Road off Highway 150 between Salisbury and Mooresville at 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla. 704-797-0013 or
Fiddler’s Grove Ole Time Fiddler’s and Bluegrass Festival — May 27-29: 87th annual competition, Fiddler’s Grove Camground, Union Grove. Oldest fiddler’s competition in North America, includes competitions for bands and individuals, free workshops, on-site camping. Family-run, family-friendly. 828-478-3735,,
Joyfest 2011 — May 28: Celebration of Gospel Music at Carowinds Paladium Amphitheater features Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Canton Jones, comedian Sinbad, emcee Bone Hampton. Tickets at Ticketmaster outlets, 1-800-745-3000,
17th annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition — Saturday, June 18, Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson, 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.,
“Mamma Mia!” tickets on sale now— Show runs one week only: July 26-31, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, tickets start at $30,, 704-372-1000.
Queen City Theatre Company presents Jonathan Coarsey in “Chess – The Musical” — Launch party, 9 p.m., Thursday May 12 at Butter Charlotte, 950 Seaboard St., meet the cast and enjoy complimentary drinks, for tickets. Show begins 8 p.m., May 19-June 11, Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte, tickets start at $24, special discounted performance, $14 Wednesday, May 25,, 704-372-1000,
Blumenthal Performing Arts presents “Cats”— May 24-29, tickets begin at $20, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000, www.carolinatix. org.
Carolina Actors Studio Theater presents “Agnes of God” — Through May 21. 1118 Clement Ave., off Central Avenue in Plaza-Midwood, Charlotte.,704-455-8542.
This & That
Downtown Spring Night Out– 5-9 p.m., Friday, May 6: Free, family-friendly event, shops open late, Divided by Four on E. Fisher St., live music and entertainment around downtown, kids’ activities, classic car show, trolley and carriage rides, Downtown Ghost Walk (, Salisbury sculpture show (, tour St. John’s Lutheran Church on the trolley stop, 200 W. Innes St., 6-8 p.m.
Big Band Dance with The Hi-Liters at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 7-10 p.m., May 7, $5 entry fee, bring a snack to share. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Lag B’Omer cultural event at Beth Shalom of Lake Norman — 4:15-6:15 p.m., Thursday, May 19: outdoor event features Israeli-style celebration of the holiday of Lag B’Omer featuring an appearance by former Israeli Defense Forces officer Mor Green in an informative fireside talk, free Kosher hot dogs and refreshments, live and recorded Israeli music and songs featuring students from the religious school. St. Alban’s Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. Free parking.
“Make a Little Garden Out of Life” show — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 13-14: quilts, vendors, a raffle quilt, door prizes, guild bazaar. hosted by Kernersville’s Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild. Girl Scout Learning Center, 1203 Frances Daily Court, Colfax, a mile off I-40 just past Kernersville.
Eighth annual Family Fun Day — 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 14, free, at the F&M Trolley Barn, sponsored by Waterworks Visual Arts Center and City of Salisbury Public Art Committee; this year’s theme: Celebrate Sculpture, where children will be encouraged to use color, texture, and movement to create their own fun sculptures to take home.
Stamp and postcard show — May 14-15, Char-Meck Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 828-274-3804, www.
Classic car and truck show — 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday May 21, sponored by Brian Center. Registration $15, prizes will be awarded, also door prizes, raffle, entertainment. 828-322-3343.
Faith 4th parade entry info— Entries being accepted for Faith 4th parade at 10 a.m., Monday, July 4: entry fee $25 (exemptions include Legion, Legion Auxiliary Post, Veteran organizations, military organizations. Deadline for entries Friday, June 17. No late entries accepted. Contact 704-279-2256.
“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
Rockwell Elementary’s Spring Fling — 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 7: Silent auction, vendors, food from Darrell’s BBQ, Rockwell Elementary t-shirts. Free games for kids with donation of canned goods to Rowan Helping Ministry, games $2 without donation, proceeds go to RHM. 114 Link St.
Cerebral palsy victim David Ring speaks at fundraiser — 7 p.m., Saturday, May 21, free rally benefiting Nazareth Children’s Home, a love offering will be taken. East Rowan High School auditorium, 175 Saint Luke Church Road.
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, May 6: Whiskey Richard, 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.
Fat Jack’s, 120 Military Ave., — Friday May 6: 9 p.m. until, first time appearing Kartown Band. Saturday karaoke with Mark Tomei 8 p.m. until. 704-638-8996.
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane — Tonight, May 5: Shag lessons with Ashley and Tobiatha Stewart; Friday, May 5: Deejay Mike Harding; Saturday, May 6: Locked & Loaded. Next Beach Night: Wednesday, May 18: Carolina Breakers.Memberships available, open Wed.-Sat. 704-633-0251.
Philip’s Steak and Pasta House, 1504 Jake Alexander Blvd W. — 8 p.m. Mondays Karaoke; 8 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays: Live Team Trivia; 7 p.m. Wednesdays: Texas Hold ’Em Tournament Style, second game follows; 9 p.m. Saturdays: Karaoke with Cherokee. 704-637-8844.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m., tonight, May 5: Karaoke with Stan Wilson, 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. — 5:30-10 p.m., Thursday: Cinco De Mayo party and fifth anniversary celebration. 5-9 p.m., Friday, May 6: Wine tasting during Spring Night Out, followed by 9:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.: Diane Hoffman Band. no cover. 9-11:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7: folk/americana/bluegrass duo Eden’s Gate, no cover. www.theblue 704-797-0093.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Saturday, May 7: Conviction Notice and Shield of Salvation.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.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — 7-9 p.m. Fridays: bluegrass jams. Historic Village of Gold Hill. 704-267-9439, 704-279-5674.
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.
Robin and Linda Williams And Their Fine Group at The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., NoDa Arts District, Charlotte — Friday, May 13: of Prairie Home Companion fame, doors 7 p.m./ music 8 p.m., $22 advance, $25 DOS, CarolinaTix, 1-800-594.TIXX, 704-372-1000.
Tab Benoit with guitarist Anders Osborne at The Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte — 9:30 p.m., Friday May 13, $22 advance, $25 DOS. CarolinaTix, 1-800-594-TIXX., 704-358-9200.
“Loosen Up!” workshop — 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., May 14 and 21: Bring your choice of art medium and a bag lunch and join professional artist Phyllis Steimel in learning to “loosen up” and have fun with painting! One Saturday workshop $40 member, $55 non-member; both Saturdays $75 member, $90 non-member. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882 to register, deadline Friday, May 6.
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 classes — 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.
Watercolor class at LGAC — 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 — Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 7, no knitting required, create a wearable work of art using silk and wool roving, kit and lunch included, $85. 704-431-4527 to register. TranqWool Knitting Provisions, 310 Mocksville Ave.
Mindful Living class — 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays May 5-26: “Awakening to Life” for those interested in beginning or continuing a meditation practice of sitting mindfully. Bring cushion or mat. Cost $10. Center for Faith & the Arts, lower level of Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St. Register 704-639-8971 before 8 p.m.,
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.
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.
Chrismons class — Intermediate, Friday, May 6, 10:30-12:30Call 704-636-7790 for reservation or information. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive,
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Friday, May 6: Remembering and honoring our Mothers. Meet Dei Lutheran Church behind CVS, Statesville Blvd. Covered dish, no joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Highlighters Dance Club — May 6: Spring Fling with Crimson Rose, dressy attire, food will be served. 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.
Singles dance, Oriental Shrine Club — 8 p.m.-midnight, first Friday May 6. Oriental Shrine Club, 5010 High Point Rd., Greensboro. $10 at door. Business casual attire. Deejay Fast Freddie Thompson. 704-857-4650.
Free film at Davis Theatre, Concord — 7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, “Red Dirt Rising,” true story of a decade in the life of racer Jimmy Lewallen. Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S., downtown Concord, 704-920-2787,
Faith Idol competition — Registration open 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.
Auditions for St. Thomas Players’ “Almost, Maine” — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 21-22, Florence Busby Corriher Theatre (FBC), Catawba College campus behind Keppel Auditorium. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script, parts available for performers who can play mid twenties to late thirties. Directed by Justin Dionne. Performances: Aug. 3-13. 704-647-0999 , faithart@bellsouth. net.
Piedmont Players Theatre “Grease” auditions — May 23-24 at the Norvell, because of high turnout rate, auditions will be by appointment only, more information to come.
“How to Audition for Musicals”— Tips for auditioning for musical theater, call Piedmont Players Theatre to reserve space in either May 14 or May 21 workshop, scholarships available. Call 704-633-5471.
Call for vendors
Strawberry Fest and Craft Show at Patterson Farm — May 21, artisans, crafters, food vendors.Contact 336-247-1899,
Art and food for Art on Easy Street — 8th Annual Art on Easy Street, May 14. Applications available at 704-638-9887,
Historic Gold Hill strawberry festival and arts and crafts walk — Local artists and crafters welcome May 14, no booth fee, awards for Best in Show, second, third place. goldhillmerchantsassociation@ or Facebook at Historic Village of Gold Hill.
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.
Call for musicians
Call for musicians for Summerfest 2011 — June 18: seeking musicians interested in participating in day long festival. Music 10 a.m.-8 p.m., held in parking lot of NeelyD’s, Hickory. Call Neel Hudson at 828-397-7711.
Bluegrass musicians — Bluegrass jam open to all, Saturdays at Dixie’s Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
Call for artists
Call for works in black and white — Center for Faith & the Arts seeks works for summer invitational art show, “The Art of the Silhouette-Exploratory Media in Black White.” Works accepted in 2D and 3D media, but must be black and white and include an underlying theme of one or more of the following: grief, despair, forgiveness, acceptance. Submit a digital photo and description via email. Submission deadline: June 1. Drop off for selected works June 17, 18, 20. Opening reception Friday, June 24. Exhibit June 24-Aug. 13. Entry fee $15 for one piece, $25 for two pieces. Prizes: $75 first prize, $65 second prize, $50 third prize. 704-647-0999.
Randolph Arts Guild 29th annual Juried Arts Show — Artists may deliver entries Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. Selected entries exhibited during June in the Sara Smith Self Gallery at Moring Arts Center, 123 Sunset Ave. downtown Asheboro. Opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7. Details, call 336-629-0399, entry forms
Artists, crafters for Summerfest 2011 — June 18: seeking artists, crafters interested in participating in day long festival. Crafters area open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., held in parking lot of NeelyD’s, Hickory. Spaces are limited, call Neel Hudson at 828-397-7711.
Artists sought for Art in the Shop — Art in the Shop is seeking artists interested in showing at the 13th Annual Art in the Shop in Bethlehem, NC, Oct 1., encompassing bonsai, sculpture, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, garden art. Quality original artwork and fine crafts only, no kits accepted. Cost$40 by July 31, $50 Aug. 1-Sept. 15. 828-632-0106,,
Speakers and forums
“Rowan’s Pirates Baseball Team” by Joel Smeltzer rescheduled — 7 p.m., May 10, program about the old Rowan baseball. Presented by Rowan History Club in roundtable format followed by Q and A. Free. Rowan MuseumMessinger Room, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946, rowanmuseum@carolina.
Home and garden
Rowan County Master Gardener Volunteer Association plant sale, perennial plant swap, silent auction — 8:30 a.m., Saturday May 7: shrubs, plants, ornamental grasses, annuals; bring up to five potted, labeled plants for the swap; take home five plants from another gardener’s yard. $5, profits go to the Master Gardeners’ community projects. 2727 Old Concord Road. Kneeling Gardeners plant sale – 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, May 7, Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 E. First St., Kannapolis: sixty plus varieties of plants, proceeds go to charitable community needs.
Rowan Rose Society’s annual Rose Show — Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at new location, Salisbury Mall. Area rose growers may enter roses between 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday morning. Show features hundreds of roses as well as arrangements. 704-633-7024.
Davidson County Master Gardeners’ garden tour — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 21 and 1-5 p.m.,May 22: High Rock Lake area, east side of the lake off Hwy 8. Advance tickets $10 Agricultural Extension Building, 301 E. Center Street, Lexington, 336-242-2087.
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. Lunch at Carolina Lily, $16, must be pre-ordered. Reserve tickets at Visitors Bureau, 704-638-3100, www.salisburysymphony. org, 704-603-4652 or 704-645-8300.
Reception tonight at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St.— 5-6:30 p.m., tonight, May 5: Reception for family and friends of the high school exhibit currently on display as part of the 28th annual youth exhibition “Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists,” Young People’s Gallery, features the works of nearly 800 students representing Salisbury-Rowan County’s private, independent and home schools, and public elementary, middle, and high schools • 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 •www.waterworks. org, 704-636-1882.
Purple Shoe Exhibit — A moving statewide memorial honoring homicide victims and friends and family members, on loan from the Family Violence Coalition of Yancy through May. Sponsored locally by Spencer Woman’s Club and Family Crisis Council of Rowan. Exhibit is at Spencer Library, Fourth Street.
Hart Witzen’s group exhibit of works by mothers — Opening reception 6-10 p.m., Friday May 6. Mothers Day Reception 2-4 p.m., Sunday, May 8. Hart Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th St., Charlotte, hartwitzengallery@hotmail. com.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — “It’s Hip to be Square,” group show 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.
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, through June 19•“Thomas Hart Benton, America’s Master Storyteller,” features large-scale oil masterpiece, “Bootleggers,” through July 31. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse. org.
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Three events on Saturday, May 7: Annual Carolina Classic Motorcycle Club Show, The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, UNC-TV Dinosaur Train-themed “Just for Kids” Junior Conductor Jamboree. All events are free. In addition, the museum is adding a Caboose Train to the regular passenger train ride and expanding the day’s train ride schedule. $10 arm band provides unlimited rides. Trains depart from Barber Junction at 10, 10:45, 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:45, 2:30, and 3:15 p.m. and cover the museum’s 57-acre property in about 25 minutes.704-636-2889 or 877-NCTMFUN.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Current exhibit: “When We Fought Ourselves-1861-1865,”remembering the events that changed America 150 years ago with a local emphasis on events taking place in Rowan County. Museum hours Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946.
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 Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine Saturday, May 7: annual Arts Festival at Historic Rosedale pottery and craft sale on the 8-acre grounds. demonstrations; free tours of house and newly renovated historic garden; lunch available for purchase; historical activities for children and free pony rides, story teller, Carolina Raptor Center demonstration. Event tickets: $10 adults, $5 children, students ages 5-18. Children 4 and under free. www.historicrosedale.
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — “Born to be Wild” at IMAX[0xae] Theatre, follow young orphaned elephants and orangutans from birth to their rebirth into the wild. Also, “Tornado Alley” continues.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 — 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. discoveryplaceKIDS. org, 704-372-6261.Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte —Summer camp listings and registration online for Charlotte Nature Museum at for details.
Old Salem, Winston-Salem — 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300 or
NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh — Exhibit “Mirror Image,” exploring what it means to be a woman as seen through the perspectives of 13 North Carolina artists. North Carolina Gallery, East Building, admission to exhibition is free. Meet the Artists: 7 p.m., Friday, June 24,free. General admission $15, students, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more $12. Children 7-12 $7.50, children six and under free.
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — 3-4 p.m., Sunday, May 8: Music of the Carolinas film: “Sprout Wings and Fly,” tribute to Appalachian culture profiles legendary old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell.. • Exhibit “The Story of North Carolina” traces life in North Carolina from earliest settlement to the 1830s. • Small exhibit “Legends of Racing” features cars driven by Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Sam Beam. • Exhibit: The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918, Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory. org or Facebook.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh — “First Friday” event, 7 p.m., May 6: The A/V Geeks present “Retro Astro,” a collection of favorite clips from the NASA Images project. Skip Elsheimer of the A/V Geeks was tapped to digitize film and video for the NASA Images project ( . Due to funding issues the project stalled, but not before he digitized more than 600 videos and films about the history of NASA. For information call 919-733-7350, ext. 379. Free museum admission. 919-733-7450,