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Arts and entertainment briefs

On Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., pastor Clint Brown will be live in concert at the Event Center. Admission is free to hear one of the nation’s premier songwriters, singers and musicians. He is also Senior pastor of FaithWorld Church, Orlando.
The Event Center is located at 315 Webb Road, 704-855-1218, www.theeventcenter.net
Textile Heritage Festival in Cooleemee
COOLEEMEE — On Saturday, Sept. 24, Cooleemee’s 20th annual Textile Heritage Festival will take place beginning at 10 a.m.
The “Days Gone By” Textiles exhibit will show handmade textiles, items that are part of local textile heritage, where creativity was poured into producing useful items.
At noon the Greenville Textile Heritage Band will perform on period instruments that are 75 to 100 years old. Their band uniforms are authentic and the performance is representative of a proud musical tradition that was an integral part of textile communities across the South.
The Textile Heritage Festival will again feature the Carolina Cornbread Contest, a look at how the old spinning mill at Saxapahaw is now a commercial success, the “Days Gone By” Textiles Exhibit, food, more music, games for the kids. Gates open at 10 a.m. at the Historic Zachary House grounds at 131 Church Street. In addition, The Mill House Museum will be open during the Festival.
Two WVAC receptions
Waterworks Visual Arts Center will host two receptions tonight, Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5-6:30 p.m. for Abundant Living Adult Day Services’ “Art for the Soul” and The Arc of Rowan’s Summer Day Program participants.
Art for the Soul is the result of creative programming for Abundant Living’s residents based on a failure-free environment. Students will showcase artwork from photography, painting and sculpture classes. This exhibition will be on display through Nov. 12 in the Delhaize Conference Room. The Arc of Rowan will feature artwork by children of their Summer Day Program. The Arc of Rowan provides services and support for people of all ages with intellectual and development disabilities. This exhibition will be on display through Sept. 28 in the Graham Studio.
This event is free. Waterworks is located at 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org
RCCA concerts
Season tickets for the Rowan County Concert Association my be purchased at the Rowan Visitor’s Center, open 9-5 Monday through Saturday.
Four Reciprocal Concerts are coming up this weekend and tickets are necessary if you plan to attend.
Tickets will still be available on the night of Oct. 15, the RCCA season opening, or through the mail. Single tickets are now being sold at www.rccamusic.com,Belk, Literary Book Post, Rowan Visitor Center, Frost Bites and the Keppel Box office one hour prior to the show.
New studio opens
Jimmy Alston, former artist with Railwalk Studio and Gallery, has opened his own studio. J Alston’s of Salisbury Studio and Gallery will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The gallery is located at 1007 Richard St.
The hours of operation for the gallery will be Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and at other times by appointment at 704 232-1467.
The gallery will also offer instructional classes in the medium of pastels as well as lead guitar.
GraceFest benefit
GraceFest 2011 takes place at Saving Grace Farm on Sept. 24 beginning at 4 p.m.
Activities include raffles, food, games and vendors until 7 p.m., plus live music until 7 and beyond by Little Johnny Trailer Trash, The Hummingbirds, Big Break, CaLeb Hill and Yadkin River Theory.
There will be a silent auction of a commissioned artwork, a Charleston vacation, furniture, gift baskets and original autographed sports items.
Advance tickets are $25 (children under 12 are free) and $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit programs at Saving Grace Farm, whose goal is therapy for mind, body and spirit through companionship and exercise with horses. .
The Farm is located at 565 Trexler Loop, 704-223-0623 www.savinggracefarm.com
Open mike night
At 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, the Looking Glass Artist Collective hosts open mike night in the black box theater for musicians, poets, comedians. Performers must sign up at the door and be prepared to perform no more than three songs. If more than two mikes are needed, bring them with you. Beverages available. LGAC is located at 405 N. Lee St.704-633-ARTS, salisburyartists@gmail.com or www.salisburyartists.com
Saturday is 50s night
The 50s are back at the West Innes St. Dairy Queen this Saturday, Sept. 24. Vintage cars, girls in poodle skirts, car hop, a deejay playing 50s music, ice cream specials and more. Store hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Most activities take place in the evening but specials are good all day.
Hoffman at Childress
LEXINGTON — Marc Hoffman will perform this Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at Childress Vineyards as part of the “Music In the Vineyards” series. www.marchoffman.com.
Festival in the Park
CHARLOTTE — The 47th Festival in Freedom Park, 1900 E. Boulevard, Sept. 23-25, offers 180 arts and crafts exhibits, seven stages, and more than 1,000 performing artists.
Music includes the Lizzy Ross Band, Donna Duncan, Crisis, The Spongetones, The Brubakers, Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Gael Warning.
For more information on hours, acts and activities, visit www.festivalinthepark.org
Admission is free and each performance is guaranteed family-friendly.
Fiddlers’ Convention
GRANITE QUARRY — The 45th annual Granite Quarry Fiddlers Convention is Oct. 1 in the East Rowan High School auditorium on US Highway 52, south of Granite Quarry.
There will be $1,700 in cash awards, plus trophies and rosettes awarded to the best bands, fiddler, banjo picker, guitarist, mandolin player, bass player, dobro and vocal. Rosettes will be awarded for the most promising talent ages 11 and under and ages 12-16.
Bands, vocals and most promising talent interested in participating may call 704-633-5940 or 704-267-9439 for information. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. No registration after 6 p.m. Most promising talent under 16 competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. Band and individual over 16 competitions will follow the most promising talent.
For more information, see next week’s TimeOut or go to www.GraniteQuarryFiddlers.com
Million Dollar Quartet
CHARLOTTE — Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award[0xae]-winning musical inspired by the true twist of fate that brought Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley together.
It will make its Charlotte premiere Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts as part of the Duke Energy Broadway Lights Series. Tickets are available at 704-372-1000 or BlumenthalArts.org
 

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