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Arts and Entertainment briefs

Tonight and Friday, Looking Glass Artists Center’s black box theater will become a true haunting in the Halloween tradition. Geared to a family audience with giggles, laughs, and screams, the event is scheduled for 6:30-9 p.m. on both nights. Priced at $6 per person per tour, the sessions continuously present guided tours hosted by Salisbury magician Buddy Farnan as Igor, the Spooky-Wooky Narrator. Professional scenery for the Halloween celebration is provided by the local Pendragon special event group. Each tour ends in a Magic Kastle performance by Glen Yost, another of Salisbury’s professional prestidigitators. Volunteers from the Center will add their own surprises.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at 405 N. Lee St.
For an additional fee, “spirit” photos will be offered by professional photographer David Lamanno on Friday night. He will use an antique camera and special technique to capture your image so that you appear to be ghostly, and develop it onsite.
For details, call 704-633-2787, email salisburyartists@ gmail.com or visit www.salisburyartists.com
Entertain our Veterans
The W.G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC Community Living Center (CLC) will host the first Veterans’ Choice Talent Show on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the social room in Building 6. Community members, both youth and adult, are invited to share their creative talents with our veterans.
Applications are now being accepted for youth and adult acts in the categories of voice, instrumental, dance, drama and other. Acts should be no more than 3 minutes in length. Youth performances will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by adult performances at 7:30 p.m. Both youth and adult divisions are open to the first 15 applications received. All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9.
For more information and to receive an application, contact Melanie Foster, CLC community outreach chair, 704-638-9000, ext. 4167, or Terri Gilbeau, recreation therapist, ext. 3575.
This event is cosponsored by the Community Living Center Community Outreach Committee and Recreational Therapy Department.
Drive ‘At the Throttle’
SPENCER — This November and December the N.C. Transportation Museum’s “At the Throttle” program returns for a second season, offering visitors the chance to live out their fantasy of running an antique steam locomotive.
No previous locomotive experience is required. A qualified engineer will be in the cab at all times, but participants will be operating the engine, following a 30 minute safety and operation session.
The museum has again partnered with the Gramling Locomotive Works to allow visitors to purchase 30 minute sessions at the throttle of the 1931 Lehigh Valley Coal #126, an authentic early 20th century steam locomotive.
This year’s sessions will take place Nov. 5, 12, 19 and Dec. 3, 10, and 17 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day. Sessions are $150 for each participant. N.C. Transportation Museum members receive a discount. Rides can scheduled by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 237 or by emailing sara.gettys@nctrans.org. Gift certificates are available.
Participants must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license. Release forms are required. Clothing appropriate to a working rail yard should be worn at all times; jeans or overalls and boots are recommended. Participants wishing to have their picture made should bring their camera.
RCCC student exhibit
The Rowan Arts Council, F&M Bank, and the Rail Walk Gallery announce an art exhibition by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students. This year’s RCCC Student Autumn Exhibition takes place Nov. 4-19 with a public reception Friday, Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. The reception is free and is open to all.
In its sixth year the exhibition will include new artworks by RCCC students enrolled in the Associate in Fine Arts degree as well as other academic and technical programs. This year artworks of all media will be exhibited, including sculpture, video, painting, drawing, photography, and mixed media. Most artwork will be for sale, with all proceeds going directly to the student.
This exhibition provides students the opportunity to show their artwork in a professional gallery space in Salisbury’s growing downtown arts district.
The free public reception is Friday, Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. Exhibition dates are Nov. 4–19, at Rail Walk Gallery, 409-413 North Lee St., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is free.
Raynor speaks at WVAC
In conjunction with the fall exhibition “Imprints,” Waterworks Visual Arts Center will host gallery guest speaker Dr. Sharon D. Raynor on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Dr. Raynor’s oral history project “Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans” is a powerful addendum to the exhibition “Through a Soldier’s Eyes: Remembering Vietnam.”
Her oral history highlights the war experiences of Vietnam veterans of North Carolina. Funded by the North Carolina Humanities Council, her program explores the concepts of trauma, silence, healing, and recovery. The project evolved from her father’s war experiences as seen and told in his photographs and diary kept during his tour of duty.
During the project, veterans who were once silenced by their memories of war shared their stories of indignities and pride, disappointment and sacrifice, honor and death, healing and recovery. Dr. Raynor also shares videotape clips of the public forums as well as excerpts from the oral history interviews, photographs, newspaper articles, and memorabilia from the war.
This event is free and open to the public. WVAC is located at 123 E. Liberty Street, 704-636-1882, www.waterworks. org
‘Wettest & Wickedest’
The Blue Vine hosts a special autograph session featuring “The ‘Wettest & Wickedest’ Town: An Illustrated Guide to the Legends & Ghosts of Salisbury, North Carolina,” author Caren C. Lilly-Bowyer on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7-9 p.m., along with photographer Frank Chodl.
Come dressed in a Halloween costume and be entered in a drawing for a free autographed copy of the book.
Afterward, Blazin’ Blues Bob Paolino will play until midnight.
The Blue Vine is located at 209 S. Main St., 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine.com
Free all-day concert
CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Folk Society presents, free of charge, six 45-minute concerts, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 North College St., in downtown Charlotte.
Concert performers, in order, are • 10 a.m.: Men Standing For Christ • 11 a.m.: Matt Walsh: Blues 101 • noon: The Burford Brothers Old-Time String Band • 1 p.m.: Polecat Creek (Laurelyn Dossett and Kari Sickenberger) • 2 p.m.: The Snyder Family Band • 3 p.m.: John Doyle, founding guitarist and vocalist of Supergroup Solas
This event is free and open to the public. Call 704-563-7080 for more information.
Voices of Hope
SPENCER — The Michael Yang Foundation announces the 10th annual Voices of Hope Music in the Park Concert to be held on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 1- 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Library Park in Spencer,. A number of acts comprised of local talent will perform.Music will be highlighted from the past 10 years. It will be a day, through the expression of music, to celebrate life and remember those who have passed away. Appropriate for the entire family to enjoy with food and drinks, face painting, games, and a balloon release. Admission is $2, with children under 12 free. The admission ticket automatically enters you into a raffle held at the event. Rain location is the JF Hurley Family YMCA in Salisbury. All proceeds benefit The Michael Yang Foundation. Contact Lori Yang, 704-630-0319.

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