Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2011

CHARLOTTE – The much-anticipated Mummies of the World exhibition opens at Discovery Place Friday, Nov. 11. The show is the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled.
Mummies of the World features a collection of 150 specimens and objects, including real human and animal mummies and related artifacts. Through modern science and engaging interactive and multimedia exhibits, the exhibition reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. It also demonstrates that mummification – both through natural processes and intentional practices – has taken place all over the globe, from the hot desert sands of South America to remote European moors and bogs.
Mummies of the World is a timed-entry ticketed event. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Tickets can be purchased by calling (704) 372-6261 or online at
For more information about Mummies of the World, visit or The exhibit runs through April 8.
Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street.
‘Paying Tribute’ at OCT
CONCORD — Back by popular demand, Paying Tribute is a theatrical and musical celebration about and for our very own heroes, our veterans, told from the remembrances of the men and women who returned from duty.
Retold through music, dialogue, and movement by local actors and singers, these inspired stories shared by local veterans come to life.
Performance dates are Nov. 11-12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for Veterans and children. Call to reserve a seat at 704 788-2405.
?Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW,
NCMoA seeks art
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation announces a request for proposals for original works of art to be considered for inclusion in “Art of the Auction”—a silent and live auction event, to be held at the Museum’s East Building Saturday, April 14, 2012. Proceeds from Art of the Auction will benefit Museum programs.
All works for consideration must be original and recent works of art created by the artist submitting the entry and not to exceed 32 x 32 x 32 inches. Works of art will be selected for inclusion based upon the aesthetic considerations that guide the North Carolina Museum of Art’s collecting principles. All categories of art will be accepted for consideration including paintings, pottery, sculpture, mixed media, textiles, and jewelry.
Details about submission and the full Request for Proposal can be found at Submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2012 with artists being notified of inclusion by Feb. 13, 2012.
The works of art selected for Art of the Auction will be displayed in East Building for public viewing beginning Friday, March 30, 2012, at the Auction Preview, a celebratory kickoff event. They will be offered to the public through a silent auction at the April 14 evening event.
The jury will select one work of art as Best in Show. The artist whose work is awarded Best in Show will receive a $3,000 cash prize from the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc., and their work of art will be included in the Art of the Auction’s live auction on April 14.
Trumpeter featured in FUMC arts series
The FirstARTS series of First United Methodist Church will host renowned trumpeter Anita Cirba in concert Friday evening at 7 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary. Accompanied at the organ by Matthew Michael Brown, Cirba will perform music of G.B. Viviani, Jean-Michel Damase, Heinrich Schütz, Maurice Ravel, and John Stanley. Cirba is the principal trumpeter of the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphony Orchestras. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Cleveland Institute of Music, she performs frequently with Spectrum Brass, Giannini Brass, and the Carolina Chamber Symphony.
The concert is the first Concert for Community Collaboration of this growing series and will feature Food for Thought, Inc. of Salisbury as its focus. Amy Goodnight, executive director of the organization, will speak during the concert to raise awareness of their efforts to assist the hungry in the Salisbury community. All guests are encouraged to bring Progresso soup, microwave popcorn, and Juicy-Juice boxes.
The concert is free and open to the public. Following the concert, an offering will be received for the church’s music memorial fund. The church is located at 217 S. Church Street. For more information, contact the Stanback Department of Sacred Music at 704-636-3121, ext. 104.
Merlefest tickets on sale now
Tickets for MerleFest 25, held April 26-29 in Wilkesboro, are on sale now, with an early bird ticket discount available through March 12, 2012.
Ticket purchases can be made on the web at or by calling (800) 343-7857.
Founded in 1988, MerleFest is an annual homecoming, held at Wilkes Community College, of musicians and music fans, with the goal of celebrating the memory of musician Eddy Merle Watson, son of Doc Watson. Close to 100 artists perform on 14 stages over the four-day event. The initial lineup for MerleFest 25 can be found at .
Renowned flutist gives free concert
CONCORD — Renowned flutist Jill Felber, who has played on four continents and at Carnegie Hall, will present a free concert on Sunday, Nov. 13 at First Presbyterian Church in Concord.
She will be accompanied by pianist Dianne Frazer. The concert is at 3 p.m. at 70 Union St. N.
The program will include both classical and popular pieces ranging from compositions by Handel and Rachmaninoff to “Over the Rainbow.”
For more information, call the church at 704-788-2100.