Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 5, 2011

On Friday, Oct. 7 from 5-9 p.m. Historic Downtown Salisbury hosts OctoberTour Night Out, a free family-friendly event featuring live music, fun for the kids, late night shopping, downtown dining and more.
The local group Motel Soap, consisting of six musicians who have played for such local icons as The Brubakers, Midlife Crisis and Fahrenheit, will perform on E. Innes St. More live music downtown includes Redeemed at the Bible Book Store, Salisbury Swing Band Combo at the Blue Vine, State of Affliction at Dead Ed’s, Mailvis at Rowan Onsite Computer Solutions, Gray Wise at Tastebuds, Hannah Miller at the Visitors Center, and Divided by Four at the Wrenn House.
For theater fans, Dreamgirls is playing at the Meroney; for show and ticket information call 704-633-5471.
The Downtown Ghost Walks ( start at 7, 7:30 or 8:30 p.m. in front of the old Salisbury Post Office, 130 W. Innes St., $10 adults, $5 students, and under 5 free.
St. John’s Lutheran Church 200 W. Innes St. will open its sanctuary and chapel for free tours from 6-8 p.m.
Two Haunted Trolleys will depart from the Visitors Center at 7 and 8:30 p.m. A drum circle will be pounding out the rhythms on Easy St. starting at 7:30 p.m. North Rowan High School Glee Club will present their performance at 5 p.m.
There are free trolley rides; activities for the kids such as moon bounces, face painting, Wacky Doo the Clown, and games and contests; carriage rides; the classic car show in the farmers market lot; artist and author receptions at various venues; and gifts, refreshments, and specials at your favorite downtown businesses.
The thirdannual Salisbury Sculpture Show features 14 sculptures situated at various venues throughout downtown.
Historic Salisbury Foundation’s 36th Annual OctoberTour tour of homes is Saturday and Sunday. Call 704-636-0103 or see for tickets and information.
Charlotte Music Awards showcase at the Inn The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy., is the site of the Charlotte Music Awards Christian Showcase on Oct. 7.
The Inn will play host to six Christian Bands as they vie for the privilege of playing at the Red Carpet Affair held at the Halton Theater in Charlotte on Dec. 8.
Bands playing Friday night are: LifeGiver, Jerry’s Bones, Conviction Notice, Seventh Vessel and Salisbury’s own Vess and Shield of Salvation.
Doors open at 6 p.m, first band plays at 7:30. Food concessions will be available. Advance tickets are $8 and 10$ at the door. There will be raffles for CDs, T-shirts and gift cards.
Call or contact 704-213-1467, for more information.
Cut paper show opens
Rail Walk Studio artist Ingrid Erickson presents “A Dozen Works in Cut Paper by Ingrid Erickson,” Oct. 4-Dec 4.
The show is hosted by Tastebuds Coffee and Tea, 106 N. Main St., which is open Monday-Saturday.
The artist fell in love with the art of cut paper when she lived (as an English and art teacher) in China and Thailand. Each piece is individually hand-cut using an x-acto knife or scissors, ranging in size from 1-inch folding scissors to full-sized shears.
Her work is also on view at The Green Goat Gallery in Spencer, and Southern Spirit Gallery in Salisbury.
South sings for Sarah
A concert by the Varsity Singers of South Rowan High School, ‘South Sings for Sarah” will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Family Life Center at Trinity.
A love offering will be received for Sarah Crawley, who is fighting leukemia.
Jingle Bells
Piedmont Players Theatre (PPT) announces auditions for the youth production of Junie B. in ‘Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!,’ a comedy adapted from the books by Barbara Park.
Show dates are Nov. 11-19.
Auditions are open to all students who can read well. Audition dates are Oct. 10-11 in the Norvell Theater auditorium, 135 E. Fisher St., by appointment only; to schedule a time, call 704-633-5471.
Scarrigan Farms
MOORESVILLE — Scarrigan Farms is celebrating their fifth season of nightmarish thrills on select nights beginning Oct. 7.
There are five scare zones beginning with a 40 foot double barrel drop into the haunted trail, and includes psycho clowns, the Tragic Bus, 3-D maze and corn maze. Those waiting their turn can enjoy bonfires and music in the rock quarry, where concessions are available.
Also available are hayrides to the pumpkin patch and Old Fashioned Night Time Hayride and Bonfire.
Cost is $20 per person; Pumpkin Patch Hayrides are $9 per person (includes pumpkin) and night hayrides are $10 each, reservations required.
Visit for dates, times and discounts.
Marching Band event
It has a new name this year, but it is the same competition that has drawn area marching bands to Catawba College for the past five years. The inaugural Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic, formerly the Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic, gets underway in Catawba’s Shuford Stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.
This year’s event reflects Catawba’s addition of its own marching band, the Catawba Pride.
The following bands have registered to compete: North Rowan, Jesse Carson, North Stanly, North Davidson, West Davidson, Central Davidson, Central Cabarrus, J.M. Robinson (overall grand champions in this competition for past two years), A.L. Brown, Piedmont, Pisgah, Salisbury, and Independence.
Students who are members of one of the competing bands have an opportunity to enter a Catawba Pride Scholarship contest which offers an opportunity at one of five annual scholarships.
For details, contact Dr. Steve Etters in the Catawba College Department of Music at 704-637-4476.
Rollermill storytelling
CHINA GROVE — For 100 years, the China Grove Roller Mill, 308 N. Main St., was in continuous operation and was a meeting place for the community surrounding the town of China Grove. In its glory, the China Grove Roller Mill could grind 400 pounds of flour every 22 minutes. Farmers came from as far away as Charlotte and Harrisburg to sell and get their grain milled and purchase farm necessities – and to socialize.
At the Roller Mill Histories and Mysteries Storytelling Open House on Sunday, Oct. 9, these are just a few of the interesting things you can learn, and the whole family can enjoy a free afternoon of storytelling and refreshments from 2-4 p.m.
For more information, please call 704-216-7728.
Four Oaks Festival
MOCKSVILLE — This Saturday, Oct. 8, Downtown Mocksville and Junker’s Outdoor Theater present the Four Oaks Festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bring a chair.
This free event features crafts, food, storytelling and crafts for kids. Live entertainment starts at noon and goes past dark. Music includes bluegrass with Andy Naylor and Friends, rock-a-billy with The Bryelcremes, Johnny Cash tunes with The Folsom Prison Gang, and rock-and-roll with The Five Fighting Irish.
For details call 336-909-2263 or visit