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Arts and entertainment briefs

The October Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival advance tickets are $8 through tomorrow, Aug. 5. General admission ticktes will go to $15 Aug. 6.
Go to rowanbluesandjazz. org to buy tickets online. For more information call 704-636-2811.
Lexington Stroll
LEXINGTON — On Friday evening Aug. 5, Uptown Lexington hosts a Back to School Stroll from 6-8 p.m.
Activities throughout the district include music, shaggin’ on the street, pigs, sidewalk chalk art and the contemporary Christian group Sound of Light performing from 6-8 p.m. in the Conrad & Hinkle Square.
Classic cars will line the four uptown squares. Car owners can register in the green ULI tent in the square starting at 5:30, cars should be in place by 6:15.
More information is available at 336-249-0383, Facebook or www.uptownlexington.com
Expo artists deadline
The Carolina Artist’s “The Real Carolina Artist’s 2011 Expo” will be held Aug. 24-26 at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave. Entry forms and information may be picked up at the Civic Center or by contacting the Carolina Artists at carolinaartists@gmail.com and must be mailed by Aug. 10.
Prizes include $100 first prizes and peoples choice. A reception will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m.
Classes will also be held during the exhibit for those who want to paint with the Carolina Artists as teachers on Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m. and Aug. 26, 6-8 p.m.
Bring your own art supplies, any medium. Register one week before the class at 704-638-5275.
‘On Golden Pond’
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre presents “On Golden Pond” Aug. 11-28. Ticket prices are $15, $12 and $10.
This Tony award winning drama/comedy by Ernest Thompson was the basis for the Oscar winning movie of the same name.
For more details visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org. Call the box office to reserve a seat at 704 788-2405. The theater is located at 49 Spring St. NW.
Founder’s Day call for participants
GOLD HILL — The Events Committee of the Historic Foundation are accepting applicants for arts, crafts and Heritage Living Exhibitors. The Heritage Living area is expanding to include antique tractors and more hit-and-miss engines at this year’s event, Saturday, Sept. 24.
The festival, which celebrates the heritage of the most famous gold mining boom towns in the east, will include arts, crafts, pottery, antiques, heritage living exhibits, antique hit-and-mis engines, blacksmithing, music, food, a Civil War living history encampment complete with skirmish, and more.
For details visit www.HistoricGoldHill.com or call 704-267-9439. On Facebook: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina. Request an application by email: vivian@historicgoldhill.com or by phone at 704-279-1630, 704-267-9439.
‘Xanadu’ auditions
CHARLOTTE — Queen City Theatre Company announces auditions for the musical comedy “Xanadu” Aug. 7-8. All roles are being auditioned except Danny Maguire which has already been cast.
Auditions will be held by appointment only at Education Studio @ Spirit Square, 345 N College St. Schedule an appointment at xanadu@queencitytheatre. com and indicate preferred appointment time: Aug. 7 from 2-6 p.m. or Aug. 8 from 6-10 p.m.
For information go to www.queencitytheatre.com
Plein Air workshop
GOLD HILL — Spend the day at a beautiful vineyard learning to paint en plein air on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Instructor Robert Crum will lead the class at Morgan Ridge Vineyard, 486 John Morgan Road in Gold Hill. Cost per student is $120 for adults 18 and older at a beginning or intermediate level.
There are plenty of views to paint including the vineyard, multiple structures and the Uwharrie Mountains in the distance. Supplies and easels are to be provided by each painting participant who may work in oils or acrylics. Lunch will be provided by the vineyard owners in their winery, and a complimentary glass of wine is included. The course must have a minimum of four students and will have a maximum limit of ten students.
Robert Crum is a full-time oil painter and muralist whose studio is in Salisbury. He has created mosaics and mosaic murals in Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Costa Rica and Mexico, and his art work can be found in collections both nationwide and internationally. In 2011, the NC Arts Council awarded Crum a Regional Artist Project Grant, and he was invited to exhibit paintings in Florence, Italy later this year.
Register for the workshop by e-mail at crum@robertcrumfineart.com or by calling 704-310-0382. Due to limited space, payment must be received at least two weeks before the day of the class to reserve a spot.
Cherokee traditions
RALEIGH — Watch a stone-carving demonstration, learn about Cherokee artistic traditions and listen to traditional Cherokee stories at the N.C. Museum of History during the opening of “Cherokee Carvers: Tradition Renewed,” a traveling exhibit from the Asheville Art Museum. Light refreshments will be provided during this free First Friday program on Aug. 5, from 6-8 p.m. RSVP to wmabe@ncmuseumassoc.com or call 919-807-7853.
Storyteller and stone-carver Freeman Owle will demonstrate carving techniques that he learned growing up in Cherokee in western North Carolina. Exhibit objects include ritual items such as masks, functional items such as tomahawks and arrows, and pieces designed to be sold to tourists and collectors.
For more information, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol.

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