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Christmas
Santa at the N.C. Transportation Museum — Santa Train rides Dec. 10-11 and 17-18. $12/person. Advance tickets at www.nctrans.org. Santa Train rides scheduled every 45 minutes, starting at 10 a.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays•Cookies and Cocoa with Santa (evening train ride with St. Nick, same dates 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 p.m.), advance tickets only, $15 adults, $12 children 3-12, free for age 2 and under•Breakfast with Santa, same dates 8, 9, 10 a.m.), advance tickets only, $10 adults, $8 children 2-12, free for age 1 and under. NC Transportation Museum, Spencer, 704-636-2889 ext. 237, www.nctrans.org
Operation Bluegrass Christmas — Friday Dec. 9 at E.H. Montgomery General Store Gold Hill, Bluegrass music 6-10 p.m., admission this night is a donation at the door or a wrapped gift for Christmas Families. Children’s ages are: Boys 7, 4, 2 months, girls 18 months, 2 years. www.HistoricGoldHill.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Historic-Gold-Hill-North-Carolina.
Breakfast with Santa — 8-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10: Breakfast, Santa workshops, story time with Santa, crafts, puzzles, games and letters to Santa. $6 kids 12 and under, $8 adults. Sponsored by Holiday Caravan, at the Rowan County Rescue Squad, 1140 Julian Road. Info and tickets 704-636-5335, santa@holidaycaravanparade.com
Concert Choir celebrates 35 years— 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9: Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by full 25-member chamber orchestra, conducted by Dean Orbison, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 West Innes St. Free, donations accepted. 704-433-8015, 336-918-2111.
Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society’s ‘The Wonder of Christmas’Concert — 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10: Free community concert followed by a reception to celebrate the season. Bring to the concert a new unwrapped toy to be donated to the children and families served by Rowan County’s Department of Social Services. Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 South Church St.
Glory of Christmas concert — Salisbury Ecumenical Choir’s annual concert, 80+ voices accompanied by orchestra, piano, organ. 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 131 W. Council St., Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, director.
Big Band All-Stars Christmas Swing program — 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11: Traditional Christmas carols set to swing time plus well-loved standards. Valerie Lloyd, female vocalist; guest vocalist Alexis Cowan, North Rowan Middle School principal. Love offering to benefit Communities in Schools of Rowan. Made up of 19 area musicians, directed by Dr. Ron Turbyfill. Christ United Methodist Church, 3401 Mooresville Road, Hwy 150.
Southern Piedmont Singers “Echoes of Peace: Winter Around the World” — 5:30 p.m., Dec. 11: concert of holiday music from Handel to jazz carols, Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, 101 Vance St., Kannapolis. Admission free, reception follows, bring unwrapped toy for the USMC Toys for Tots foundation. Director Damien Evans, 704-224-7148, southernpiedmontsingers@gmail.com
Kannapolis Christmas Parade of Lights —6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10. Starts at intersection of Dale Earnhardt Boulevard and Main St.
Karl Hales narrates ‘Christmas Traditions’ — 7 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 12-13: “Christmas Traditions: The Stories and Music of Christmas,” with vocalists Leslie Dunkin, McClain Miles, Neal Wilkinson and pianist Susan Trivette. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Admission is one canned item for Rowan Helping Ministries.
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — Open for holiday weekend tours, 704-636-0103
“The Nutcracker” with the Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Dance Theatre — 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18. Keppel Auditorium, reserved seating.Tickets and information 704-637-4314, salisburysymphony.org
‘Laser Holidays’ family planetarium show — 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17: Heartwarming program of favorite holiday music and laser light images including “Sleigh Ride,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Frosty the Snowman,” more. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Adults $3, 12 and under $2. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited, park on Lilly Ave., 704-639-3004.
Children’s JC Price Post #107 Christmas event — 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17: Sponsored by the Children and Youth committee and members, with storyteller Dr. Patricia Trueblood (aka Grandma Honey), Christmas carols, prizes, refreshments, karoke carols, candy and fruit bags. Children must be with a parent or guardian. 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road, 704-638-0160, facebook-jamesc.
Downtown Salisbury Christmas —•Santa, the Grinch and antique fire trucks, Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., board at Okey Dokey & Co., 126 E. Innes St., rides on a first come basis, last boarding at 1 p.m., refreshments served •Camp Christmas Child Care, Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., F&M Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty St., complete your downtown Christmas shopping, leave children ages 5-12 attended and engaged with arts, crafts, and entertainment, lunch and snacks provided, reservations strongly suggested, Laura Potter, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, 704-633-5636, ext. 104•New Year’s Eve at the Bell Tower, Saturday, Dec. 31, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Bell Tower Park, S. Jackson and W. Innes, live music, cookies, hot cider, cocoa, win your chance to be the first to ring the bells•Downtown Salisbury, Inc., 704-637-7814.North Rowan High Glee Club holiday performances — Noon and 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 in front of Salisbury Square Antiques and Collectables, S. Main St. • 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15 with NRHS chorus at NRHS auditorium • Noon and 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec 17 at NC Transportation Museum, Spencer • Noon, Tuesday, Dec. 20 Rufty-Holmes Center. Free, open to the public.
Spencer Christmas — • Candlelight Tour of Homes: 6-9 p.m., tonight, Dec. 8: Six homes decked out in Christmas finery. Tickets $10 at Debbie Barnhart Jewelers, Spencer Home Supply, Green Goat Gallery and the Rowan County Visitor’s Bureau • Candlelight Tour of Churches: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, fourth annual self-guided tour is free, trolley rides available, limited seating, meet at Spencer Shops at 5:30. $1 for all riders over the age of 3 • Spencer’s Outdoor Holiday Decorating Contest: 6-9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12-Wednesday, Dec. 14: Decorate your home and yard , winners notified the following week. For information about any of these events visit www.spencerhometownholidays.com
Make Christmas art at ‘Santa’s Workshop’ — Paint pictures for presents and cards with Santa’s help, ages 8 and up. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday Dec 10; $30, Santa provides materials. Santa’s Workshop /Gallery Studio, 211 S. Main next to Meroney. James E. Taylor (artist and Santa) 704-245-6456, jimjet1944@gmail.com
Fridays@First schedule — •Dec. 9: Dr. David Kirby, clarinetist and Matthew Michael Brown, pianist•Dec. 9: Dr. David Kirby, clarinetist and Matthew Michael Brown, pianist•Dec. 16: Winter Jazz! Holiday music performed by jazz trio. All performances at noon at First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St. Free with limited seating. 704-636-3121.
Marc Hoffman gives holiday performances — 2-5:30 p.m., Dec. 10, 16, 17: Christmas jazz and standards at Ballantyne Resort, 10000 Ballantyne Commons, Charlotte. www.marchoffman.com.
‘Polar Express’ on largest HDTV at Carolina Christmas light show — Friday, Dec. 9: holiday blockbuster “Polar Express” on the world’s largest HDTV. Drive-in movie begins 8 p.m., included with regular admission. Holiday light show 6-10 p.m. zMAX Dragway, exit 49 off I-85. Tickets available online or at gate, $20 per car, truck or SUV up to eight passengers. 1-800-455-FANS, www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
E.H. Montgomery General Store Bluegrass Christmas— 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23: bluegrass jam, finger foods, lots of music. Historic Village of Gold Hill. www.HistoricGoldHill.com . 704-267-9439, 704-279-5674.
Choir collaboration 100 voices strong — 7 p.m., Dec. 9 and 3 p.m., Dec. 11: Handel’s Messiah by The Piedmont Choral Society and the sanctuary choirs of Concord’s First Presbyterian Church and Central United Methodist Church. Directed by Donna Hill of Central UMC and Jeff Price of First Presbyterian, held at First Baptist Church, 200 Branchview Drive, Concord, free. 704-699-6053, kayy2000@gmail.com
Carolina Brass at Reynolda House — 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11: A concert of holiday favorites, admission $15/$10, 336-758-5150, advance ticket purchase recommended. reynoldahouse.org
Charlotte Folk Society annual Holiday Jam and Potluck — Begins 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11: food, fellowship, music, Langford Hall, Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 E. Boulevard, Charlotte. Bring a dish to share to serve eight or donate $5 towards expenses.
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville —•Candlelight Christmas, 6-9 p.m., Dec. 10: Walk the plantation house, kitchen, cabin, and grounds by candlelight and experience an 1820s Christmas. See dancing in the house, meet the Latta family, see a slave Christmas in the kitchen, and more. $7 per person, ages 5 and under free. 704-875-2312, www.lattaplantation.org
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont — Holiday Lights at the Garden through Dec. 31: Half million lights, a Christmas tree created with hundreds of orchids, carriage rides, live entertainment, hot drinks, snacks, custom designed model train display, visits by Santa. Admission $12 adults, $11 seniors 60+, $6 children 4-12. www.DSBG.org.
WBT Holiday on Ice — Through Jan. 8: The area’s only outdoor skating rink, $9, skate rental $3, 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Charlotte, www.wbtholidayonice.com
NC Dance Theater presents The Nutcracker — Dec. 9-18: Tickets $25-$79, Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000, www.blumenthalarts.org
Charlotte Symphony presents The Messiah — 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14: Tickets start at $24. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000, www.blumenthalarts.org
Old Salem Christmas candlelight tours — Dec. 9, 16, 17, 22, 23. $20/adult, $15/child, 1-800-441-5305 to reserve a spot.
Triad Pride Men’s Chorus — 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Wait Chapel, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Wake Forest University campus. $10 in advance, $15 DOS, 336-589-6267, www.triadpridemenschorus.org
Mocksville Christmas — Downtown Mocksville horse and buggy rides, 6:30-8 p.m., Saturday Dec. 10 and 17, tickets $7, children 5 and under free. www.historicdowntownmocksville.com
Mountain Marionettes perform ‘In The Nutcracker Mood’ —6:30 p.m., tonight, Dec. 8: Holiday Family Night at Hiddenite Center with master puppeteer VandeWeghe. Performance and dinner $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under. Seating is limited, make reservations early, 828-632-6966, www.hiddenitecenter.com
Winston-Salem Symphony performs Handel’s Messiah — 7:30 p.m., Tuesday- Wednesday, Dec. 13-14, Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem. Tickets starat at $10, 336-464-0145, wssymphony.org
Holidays at Hickory Furniture Mart — Saturday, Dec. 10 • Third annual holiday pottery show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Art in the Mart, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. • Holiday music, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., guitar acoustic set by J.P. Hasty • 1-4, harp performance by Grace Wepner. www.hickoryfurniture.com
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry — The Annual Old Christmas Celebration at the Old Stone House Saturday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 1, -4p.m. $3 adults, $1.50 students. 704-633-5946.
See also listings under Theater and This & That for more holiday events
Music & more
Jeff Whittington’s Christmas Brand New Opry at theDavis Theater — 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 and 15: Bluegrass variety show, Christmas version. $10, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord, 704-920-2753, www.cabarrusarts council.org/davis-theatre.
Preservation Hall Jazz BandCreole Holiday Tour — Music 7-9 p.m., doors open 5 p.m., Dec. 16: mixing their traditional New Orleans jazz with a few holiday songs (www.preservationhall. com). Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium, 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem. Advance general admission $20, DOS $25. 336-725-1904, www.secca.org
Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center lineup — • Charley Pride, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012• The Moody Blues, Friday, March 30, 2012. Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Theater
Piedmont Players Theatre presents ‘It Runs in the Family’— Dec. 8-17: Hilarity and complications ensue in this Ray Cooney farce. Adults $15, students/seniors $12, Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., 704-633-5471, www.piedmontplayers.
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘A Broadway Christmas Carol’ — 8 p.m., Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17, 2:30 p.m., Dec. 11, 18: “A little song, a little dance, a little eggnog down your pants.” $15/$12. 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte presents ‘Jingle Jangle Christmas’ — Dec. 14-23; Musical comedy set in 1944 Christmas Eve. 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-342-2251 or www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org
Davidson Community Players present ‘Retrieving the Lamb’ — Through Dec. 18, for ages 7+, “funny, tense and sweet,” with a touch of Christmas magic. 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704 892-7953, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org
Shakespeare’s Henry V (on Trapeze) at Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh — Thursdays-Saturdays through Dec. 18, tickets $20; $15 students, seniors and active military. In collaboration with the NYC-based Fight or Flight. Appropriate for all ages. Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burning
This & That
Rock laser show ‘Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon’ — 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec, 17: Features favorites from the album including “Money,” “The Great Gig in the Sky,” “Breathe,” “Brain Damage,” “Time,” and others set to full-color, full-dome laser graphic images and designs. Viewer Discretion advised, some songs may contain lyrics and images inappropriate for young children. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Adults $5, 12 and under $3. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited, park on Lilly Ave., 704-639-3004.Green Goat Gallery hosts Christmas bazaar featuring local artisans — 1-4 p.m., Dec. 10-11, a festive environment to visit with the crafts men and women in person, refreshments served. 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, 704-639-0606.
Christmas at Cauble Creek Vineyard — Open late until 8 p.m.•Saturday, Dec 10: Jingle Hayride and festivities•Saturday, Dec. 17: Holiday music. 700 Cauble Farm Road, Salisbury.
NC Rowan County Anime Group shows film at Christmas party — Meet 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 for trip to Winston-Salem. Bring food and drinks. “Gasaraki” series to be screened, last meeting of 2011.Rowan Public Library, Fisher 201 W. Fisher St., www.groups.yahoo.com/ group/NCRowanCountyanime/
The Great Books Discussion Group — 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13: Discussing selections from the Book of Genesis. Concord Library auditorium. Register at 704-920-2054, 27 Union St., N., Concord, jseury@cabarruscounty.us
Art gallery and paranormal tours — Highland Avenue Art Gallery and More. Art gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday, noon -6 p.m. Paranormal tours Monday-Saturday 8:30-10 p.m., reservations required. 1031 Highland Ave., 704-636-8134 to schedule tour. Accepting memberships. www.myparanormalhouse.com
Fundraisers
Sounds of the Season fundraiser — 5-9 p.m., Dec. 10 on 5th St. in Spencer: face painting, three raffles, choirs from various churches and music groups from area schools, storytelling, Santa Claus, activities for children. Street will be closed in front of Lunch Box., 111 5th St. Proceeds benefit Community in Schools program at North Rowan Elementary.
Salisbury Swing Band — 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13: Salisbury Swing Band in conjunction with radio station Memories 1280 presents a “Christmas Gift To The Community” concert and dance, with Buddy Poole from Memories 1280 live remote. Crystal Lounge at Catawba College, a benefit for Rowan Helping Ministries. Price of admission is non-perishable food for the Rowan Helping Ministries.
Night Life
Benchwarmers. 113 E. Fisher St. — Coming Dec. 16: Darrell Harwood and the CWB • 7-10 p.m. every Friday: Handful of Dave. 704-639-0604.
DJ’s, 1502 W. Innes St., — Live music Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays starting at 8:30 p.m. 704-638-9647.
Fat Jack’s, 120 Military Ave., — 8 p.m. until, every Friday and Saturday night: karaoke with Mark Tomei. 704-638-8996.
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane — Dec. 9: Deejay Butch Metcalf, Dec. 10: Deejay Fast Freddie Thompson. Dinner Wednesday-Saturday; lunch Sunday; Monday night football 7 p.m. 704-633-0251, www.theboatandskiclub.comMonday night football 7 p.m. 704-633-0251, www.theboatandskiclub.com
A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’, 117 West Innes St. — Friday, Dec. 9: Live Jazz. Doors open 8 p.m., band on stage 9:30, $10 cover. 704-245-6461, www.alittlesumthinsumthin.com
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. —7 p.m., Dec. 8:karoke performance by Carol “Smiley” Tysinger. Bike Night 6-9 p.m. Mondays; Cruise-in 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays; karaoke 7-close Friday-Saturdays. 704-642-0050.
The Shack, 1205 N. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 7-p.m., Thursdays: karaoke. 704-637-0500.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Dec. 9: Celtic/folk/fusion band Gael Warning, $5 cover • 9:30-11 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10: Angela Easterling and Brandon Turner, no cover. 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine.com
The Fuel Depot Bar and Grill, 2168 Statesville Blvd. — Dec. 10: Joe Davis Band. Tuesdays, open mic nite 9 p.m.; Wednesdays World Tavern poker; Thursdays 8-ball tournament, deejay and karaoke with Cherokee; Fridays free jam session with Monkey Wrench. 704-636-2583
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Dec. 17: Ace Starrz performs, also open mic night. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467. www.inntheloop.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — Friday Night Bluegrass 6-10 p.m., open jam begins at 8 p.m. Historic Village of Gold Hill, www.HistoricGoldHill.com, Facebook at Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina, 704-267-9439.
Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays: guitarist, singer, songwriter Marty DeJarnette. Fridays, Saturdays: various artists. 704-938-2337.
Classes
Annual Rowan County history course — 13 weeks February-May, sponsored by Rowan Museum and Historic Salisbury Foundation. Course on local history taught by various speakers at various locations. 704- 636-0103 to sign up, $35.
PPT Youth Winter Workshops — •Dec. 10: Audition workshop for the upcoming youth production of Honk!• Jan. 14: Stage makeup workshop for students who enjoy doing stage makeup • Jan. 21: Light design workshop for students who enjoy working backstage. For times, fees, registration Piedmont Players Theatre, 704-633-5471 or www.piedmontplayers.com
Creative Art Experiences for ages 5-18 — Art Lessons for children in your home, after school, evenings, weekends with Ingrid A. Erickson, K-12 Certified Art Educator and Artist. Lessons include papier mache animals, mask making, watercolor painting basics, observational and gesture drawing, printmaking, handmade paper and bookmaking, collage, clay, weaving, your requests. $15/hour, $10 each additional child. 413-884-4499 for appointment. Studio at Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. Email: ingridaerickson@yahoo.com with questions. Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St.
Draw or Paint the Figure — Work from a live model each Wednesday 1-4 p.m., $5 hr, no instruction. Rail Walk Studio & Gallery, 409 N Lee St. Contact Rachel Lee, hare369@live.com
Zumba fitness — •6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Salisbury in old YMCA gym on Fulton St. •6 p.m. Thursdays, $3 per person, St. Matthews Church in Salisbury •6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Christ United Methodist Church, Hwy 150, o2bamom@att.net for details.
Classical Method of Oils Painting with Patt — Beginner or intermediate ongoing classes Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. at the studio of Patt Legg. One-on-one teaching methods of the Old Masters. $40 per 2 hour session, pay as you go. 704.232.6000, www.PattLeggFineArtStudio.com
Creative painting workshops — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ongoing series, beginning to intermediate, traditional oil painting. $200 for eight sessions; ask about scholarships and sliding scales. Registration/materials 704-245-6456. Instructor James E. Taylor, Contemporary Realism Studio, 211 S. Main St.
Card Making Class at the Y — J.F. Hurley Family YMCA hosts classes every other Thursday evening, 6-8 p.m. $10, all supplies included. Call Terri Dockins 704-636-0111. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd.
Watercolor classes at LGAC — Instructor Cathy Benfield Matthews, no experience needed; Mondays 1-3 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m., or Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon, $35 each 2 hour session or $180 for 6, materials provided except brushes; reserve space at salisburyartists@gmail.com . Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com
Bring-your-own-vase floral design — 2-3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Designing fresh cut flowers, $5 per class plus cost of flowers, call for reservations; instructor David Harrison, Harrison’s Florist, 1012 Holmes Ave. off Grove St. near RRMC, 704-636-4251.
Singles
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m. Fridays. Covered dish. 1908 Statesville Blvd, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish. Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Zodiac Club — Second and Fourth Fridays. Doors 7 p.m., band 8 p.m. Free soft drinks, water; snacks welcome. $12 guests, $10 members, join for $20 with free admission on the night you join. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte, 704-752-8824, taylorbt@msn.com, www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com
Film
Appalachian film fest — Ninth annual Appalachian Film Festival accepting submissions for Feb. 25-26, 2012 festival. Entry forms and submission guidelines: www.appyfilmfest.com/pages /entries.htm or enter at www.withoutabox.com/ Christopher Lusher, 1-304-690-2500, cdlusher@ gmail.com
Auditions
Piedmont Players ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ — 7 p.m., Dec. 12-13. Show dates Feb. 9-18. 213 S Main St., 704-633-5471, www.piedmontplayers.com
Old Courthouse Youth Theatre ‘Broadway Babies’ — 7-9 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 9-10. For ages 10-18, prepare to a sing a verse and the chorus of a Broadway song. No recorded music, an accompanist will be provided.49 Spring St. SW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Burning Coal Theatre Company’s ‘Across the Holy Tell’ — 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, for a staged reading of June Guralnick’s Across the Holy Tell, directed by Jonathan McCarter. Email coalartisticdir@ncrrbiz.com for audition slot and a copy of ‘sides.’ Bring two copies of picture resume. Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
Call for photographers
Carolina Artists Photo Expo 2012 — First-time-ever exclusive showing and competitive judging of photographs by amateur and professional photographers, ages 18 and up, March 21-23 2012, Salisbury Civic Center. Cash prizes, ribbons awarded. Information, entry guidelines provided soon. Questions? wardwriters@carolina.rr.com
Call for musicians
Bluegrass musicians welcome — Bluegrass jam open to all, Saturdays at Dixie’s Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
Call for artists
Call for fiber artists — Green Goat Gallery and TranqWool Knitting Provisions are accepting original work, up to two pieces per artist, for Fiber Art show on Jan. 21. $5 per entry. Pieces will be available for sale during show. Entries accepted through Jan. 14. Green Goat Gallery 704-639-0606 or TranqWool Knitting Provisions 704-431-4527.
N.C. Museum of Art seeks art for auction fundraiser — 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. 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, 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. Submission details and full Request for Proposal at www.ncartmuseum.org/auction. Deadline Jan. 31, 2012.
Art
Lee exhibit at Tastebuds, 106 N. Main St. — Exhibit of architecture by Woodleaf artist Rachel Lee through Feb. 2012. Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 704-245-4134 or Facebook.
The Galleries, 65 Union Street S., Concord — Group exhibition “Handle with Care,” glass art paired with paintings and photographs, plus annual Shop Seagrove show through Dec. 21. 704-920-ARTS, www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — Art students of Rowan Helping Ministries’ “New Tomorrows” outreach program studied Jackson Pollack, created their own. Through Jan. 7. Free admission, donations appreciated. Gallery hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m-7 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org
Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Family Ties, exhibit featuring paintings by father and daughter artists Dennis Mial, Tamiko LaSharma Patterson. 704-639-0606, greengoatgallery@bellsouth.net . Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 704-639-0606.
Pottery 101 at 101 S. Main St. — Last week for “Mark of the Fire,” by husband and wife potters William Baker and Joy Tanner. Through Dec. 16. Gallery hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday. 704-209-1632.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — “Petals and Wings: Works in Cut Paper,” exhibit by Ingrid Erickson, through Jan. 28. Rail Walk gallery hours Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or whenever the green open flag is flying. 413-884-4499, ingridaerickson@yahoo.com
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — Celebrating Queen Charlotte’s Coronation. 250 years ago seventeen-year old Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz left her family to marry King George III. $10 adults, free for members and children 5 and younger. Free on Tuesdays 5-9 p.m. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org
Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte — Sheila Hicks: Fifty Years, through Jan. 29, 2012, the first museum retrospective devoted to this pioneering figure. Same hours, admission as above. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, through Dec. 31. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org
Parks
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. — 704-216-7800. www.dannicholas.net
Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road — 704-216-7783.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla — Features Kerr Mill, an 1823 grist mill.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill — 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill.com
Gold Hill Rail Trail — 704-267-9439.
Dunn’s Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1640 Dunn’s Mtn. Road — 704-216-7803.
Museums
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Drive an antique steam locomotive: “At the Throttle” Dec. 10, and 17, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sessions $150 for each participant, N.C. Transportation Museum members receive a discount. Schedule rides at 704-636-2889 ext. 237 or email sara.gettys@nctrans.org. Gift certificates available. See www.nctrans.org for train ride schedule and admission information with and without train rides. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN, www.nctrans.org
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — “When We Fought Ourselves-1861-1865,”with local emphasis. 704-633-5946. www. rowanmuseum.org
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — The Utzman-Chambers House has closed for the winter months.704-633-5946.
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — Open for holiday weekend tours, 704-636-0103
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry —Closed for the winter months except for Annual Old Christmas Celebration at the Old Stone House Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, $3 adults, $1.50 students. 704-633-5946.
Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. — 704-279-5783.
Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove — 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — 704-433-3912. www.hist-society-srowan.com
NC Music Hall of Fame Museum, 109 West A Street, Kannapolis — 704-934-2320, www.NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org
Historic Gold Hill,NC/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park — 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill. com
Reed Gold Mine historic site, 12 miles southeast of Concord — 704-721-4653, reed@ncdcr. gov
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville — 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs. org
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville — 704-875-2312, www.lattaplantation.org
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — www.historicrose dale.com
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — Mummies of the World Exhibition Advance tickets recommended. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday: noon–5 p.m. 704-372-6261, www.discoveryplace.org
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road — 704-372-6261, discoveryplaceKIDS.orgCharlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — www.charlottenaturemuseum.org
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte — 704-568-1774, www.charlottemuseum.org
Town Creek Indian Mound, southern Montgomery County — www.towncreek. nchistoricsites.org
Old Salem, Winston-Salem — 336-721-7300 or www.oldsalem.org
NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh — A loan of ten works of Rodin from the personal collection of Iris Cantor includes a rare marble sculpture of Eve, a monumental sized bronze of Eve standing 68 inches tall, Final Study for the Monument to Balzac, the monumental Torso of the Falling Man, three of Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. General admission is free. Charge for some special exhibits. www.ncartmuseum.org
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh — 919-513-0946, camraleigh.org
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — At the Speed of a Girl, Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting, through July 29, 2012. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh — 919-733-7450, www.naturalsciences.org .
NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham —919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. — 336-723-9111 or childrensmuseumofws.org
Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive — 336-288-3769, www.natsci. org
Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. — 336-574-2898, www.gcmuseum.com
 
 
 

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