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Arts and entertainment briefs

The Festival of Spring Gardens is this weekend (see Roundabout listing under ěHome and Gardenî on page 4D for details), and 12 downtown merchants are participating by displaying flower arrangements in their stores.
You can see the ěSymphony in Bloomî arrangements at A Step In Time,The Blue Vine, Caniche, Fine Framae Gallery, Grayshores Trading Co., Just the Thing, Literary Book Post, Pottery 101, Salisbury Wine Shop, Southern Spirit Gallery, Stitchin Post Gifts, String Fellows and Textile Products.
Antique motorcycles exhibition
GOLD HILL ó The fifth annual Antique Motorcycle Exhibition in Gold Hill is this Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
It is sponsored by the Tyler Poole 21 Foundation as well as the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.
The event will feature the Kyle Allen/Chase Hatley Memorial Ride leaving the Park at 4 p.m after the event.
All events are free to the public and exhibitors. An award will be presented to the oldest bike to finish the approximately 40 mile ride.
Call 704-791-7011 for more information.
Piedmont Choral Society
CONCORD ó The Piedmont Choral Society, along with additional community singers, will present their 8th annual patriotic benefit concert on Sunday, June 26 at 3 p.m. at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union Street N., with proceeds going to Cabarrus Vocational Opportunities.
The 50 voice group will repeat this ěAll Patriotic Musicî concert on Friday, July 1 at 7 pm at Central UMC, 30 Union Street N. For more details, call 704-699-6053 or email kayy2000@gmail.com.
Call for artists
MOORESVILLE ó The second annual Ahlara Art Fair is Saturday, October 8. All kinds of artists are welcome, from painters to potters to jewelers to photographers to woodworkers ó if itís art, itís eligible.
Download an application at www.ahlaraartfair.webs.com and click on the applications button.
With questions, call Myrna Reiss at 704-663-6343.
The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band
KANNAPOLIS ó On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Piedmont Prime Time Community Band will present a pops concert as part of the ěA Concert and a Movieî series sponsored by the Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department. The event will take place at the Village Park Amphitheatre, 700 West ëCí St.
The movie ěJawsî will be shown after the concert. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Admission is free and food concessions will be available.
ëCelebrate Americaí
On Sunday, June 26 at 11 a.m., The Event Center will host the eighth annual Celebrate America service.
This 75-minute event includes the honoring of all service persons and emergency personnel, special guests, patriotic music and dance, videos and more.
Guest speaker for the event will be Eugene B. ěRedî Mcdaniel, a retired U.S. Navy captain.
Every person attending will receive an American flag.
The Event Center is located at 315 Webb Road. Visit www.theeventcenter.net.
Salisbury Swing Band
Under the direction of Dr. Steve Etters, the Salisbury Swing Band is making regular appearances around the area.
The Small Combo of the Salisbury Swing Band will perform at The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, on Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m.
On Tuesday, June 28, The full Salisbury Swing Band will perform at Morgan Ridge Vineyards in Gold Hill at 7 p.m.
For details, visit www.salisburyswingband.com.
QCTC auditions
CHARLOTTE ó Queen City Theatre Company announces auditions for Martin Casellaís comedy ěThe Irish Curseî to be held on Monday June 27 and Tuesday, June 28 from 6-10 p.m.
Auditions consisting of cold readings from the script are by appointment only. E-mail irishcurse@ queencitytheatre.com to request an audition time.
The Irish Curse is a revealing portrait of how men, and society, define masculinity. Performance dates are Aug. 4-20. The cast consists of five men, one of which requires an Irish dialect.
Auditions are at Education Studio at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. Visit www.queencitytheatre.com for more information.
Dylan Gilbert on tour
CHARLOTTE ó Locally-based indie rock band Dylan Gilbert & The Over Easy Breakfast Machine announce the launch of their summer tour at The Evening Muse on Friday, June 24.
Gilbertís band has released five albums with a sixth on the way, and has shared bills with The Love Language, Those Darlins, Owen Pallett, Screaming Females, Lost In The Trees and will be performing at this yearís Hopscotch Music Festival featuring The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices and others.
A new single called ěI Was Youngî has been posted for free online listening at http://dylangilbert.bandcamp.com and www.soundcloud. com/dylangilbert.
The Evening Muse is located at 3227 N. Davidson St., NoDa Arts District, Charlotte. www.theeveningmuse.com.
An evening out
A Little Sumthiní Sumthiní presents an ěEvening of Enlightenment and Entertainmentî on Saturday, June 25 beginning at 8 p.m.
The evening is planned as a showcase for the best spoken word/performance poets in the Salisbury and surrounding area. Those interested in participating are invited to RSVP; there is complimentary admission for performance artists.
Admission for guests is $5 and $5 for the buffet. Events are member-only/invitation only. RSVP to alittlesumthinsumthin@gmail.com for complimentary admission and reserved seating.
A Little Sumthiní Sumthiní is located at 117 W. Innes St.
The Sesquicentennial
GREENSBORO ó UDC Sesquicentennial Chairman Sue Curtis of Salisbury and the NC Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy mark the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States with the second in the Sesquicentennial lecture series, ěAll Things Converge at Greensboroî which focuses on Greensboro and the Confederate Cabinet in April 1865.
The event is Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m at the Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave., and is free and open to the public.
Speaker will be author William R. Trotter, a native of Charlotte, author of the successful non-fiction trilogy about the Civil War in North Carolina, ěSilk Flags and Cold Steel,î ěIronclads and Columbiadsî and ěBushwhackers!î which was cited by Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier as an inspiration for his own best-selling novel.

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