Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New museum exhibit
The Rowan Museum will open its annual Black History exhibit, “Back in the Day,” on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. It will feature artifacts from local black citizens, past and present.
“Back in the Day” is designed to bring memories from the 1970s on back. It is also designed to stress a sense of personal and community value. Many of these items represent prized possessions of parents, grandparents, great grandparents and other relatives and friends.
Categories displayed include entertainment, transportation, household objects, photography, social life, fashion and more. The exhibit is being chaired by Raemi Lancaster Evans, Museum Board member and Mary Jane Fowler, Museum curator.
An opening reception will be held in the Messinger Room to honor exhibit sponsors, contributors and guests.
The Museum is located at 202 N. Main St. For more information call 704-633-5946 or email
Another Rhythm Night
CHINA GROVE — The second Rhythm Nights program takes place Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the South Rowan Regional Library in China Grove.
This second installment of the lively series of storytelling, music, dance and poetry, features Obakunle Akinlana with storytelling and drums, and Robert Howle playing classical guitar, followed by open mic readings from the community.
Local poetry clubs, groups, and individuals are invited to attend and present their work during the open mic time. The event is free and appropriate for all ages, and refreshments will be served.
The library is located at 920 Kimball Road, Call 704-216-7727 for more information.
Red Cross fundraiser
Rail Walk Studios & Gallery explores the color red in the second annual “The Red Show” which opens today, Feb. 2, and closes March 31 with a silent auction fundraiser to benefit the Red Cross.
Rail Walk artists Ingrid Erickson, Sharon Forthofer, Karen Frazer, Annette Ragone Hall, Elizabeth McAdams and Marietta Foster Smith will exhibit red-themed artwork in the north gallery and will donate 25 percent of sales to the Red Cross. The south gallery will display artwork donated by artists from the local community as well as pieces donated by Rail Walk artists. The donated works will be offered in the silent auction on March 31 from 6-8 p.m. Silent auction bidding closes at 7:30 p.m.
There will be food, drink, and entertainment in a cafe-style environment. Tickets to attend are a $5 donation. All ticket donations and silent auction proceeds will go to the Red Cross.
Rail Walk Studios & Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and is located at 409 N Lee St., 704-431-8964.
Call for quilts
Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks, 820 Klumac Road, will sponsor its 28th annual Quilt Show Feb. 19-21. This year’s theme is “Quilt Till You Wilt.” Quilts of all types and styles and in all phases of completion are welcomed, old quilts with histories, new quilts showing innovative techniques, quilt tops, quilted clothing items and quilted craft items. Space is available to set up demonstrations as well.
Quilts are not judged, but are viewed by the general public. Members of the Salisbury Rowan Quilter’s Guild and the Starry Nights Quilt Guild will be participating. Anyone else who has a quilt to share at the show, or has a question, call Brenda Zimmerman at 704-603-2770 by Feb. 11 for details on registration and security.
The show is open Feb. 19 from 2-5 p.m. and Feb. 20-21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Arrangements for submissions for display should be done by Feb. 11.
‘To Kill A Mockingbird’
CONCORD — Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, “To Kill A Mockingbird” opens at the Old Courthouse Theatre on Feb. 9.
Dramatized by Christopher Sergel, the play is about Atticus Finch, a lawyer in a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s, who agrees to defend a young black man accused of raping a white woman.
OCT is located at 49 Spring St., NW. Tickets are $15 / $12 / $10. Call 704 788-2405 or visit for dates and times.
Become a bbq judge
LEXINGTON — The KCBS Certified Judge’s Class is coming to Lexington on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Taught by a KCBS Representative, class participants learn about the blind judging process, what to look for in the areas of taste, texture, appearance and presentation.
“Taking the judging class not only allows you to apply to be a judge at any KCBS-sanctioned contest in the world, but if you are a competing you learn what the judges are looking for at an event,” said Chad Hodges, chairman of the BBQ Capital Cook-off.
The Second Annual BBQ Capital Cook-off, sanctioned by KCBS, will take place April 27-28 in Uptown Lexington. All judges chosen for this event will be certified KCBS judges.
The class is limited to the first 75 registrants and costs $100 for non-KCBS members and $65 for KCBS members.
For more information about the class or the cook-off, call 336-249-0383 or visit and click on BBQ Capital Cook-off.
Travel with RPL
Join the Friends of the Library at Rowan Public Library in Salisbury on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. for a program about the Friends’ trip to Yellowstone, Great Teton, Salt Lake City, and other scenic stops July 13-20, 2012. Everyone is welcome. Call 704-216-8230 for more information.
Do your heart good
SPENCER — The Blue Ewe Yoga Studio in Spencer is hosting a series of donation-based classes and events to benefit jewelry artist Mary Alexander, whose work is featured at the Green Goat Gallery. Alexander is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
On Feb. 5, 12 and 19, Jeannine Miller will guide Subtle Yoga™ classes from 2-3:30 p.m., intended for beginners and those who enjoy a gentle to moderate yoga practice.
On Saturday, Feb. 18 from 4:30-6 p.m., Salisbury fitness gurus Bonnie and Bob Busby lead the popular partner yoga class, which offers fun and playful postures to energize body and mind.
On Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2-3:30 p.m., Anne Waters leads an Ashtanga-inspired practice for experienced yogis and anyone interested in a vigorous workout and exploring arm balances and inversions.
For additional information and to register, call 704-639-0606. To learn more about Mary Alexander and her hand- crafted jewelry, go to
Arlo at the McGlohon
CHARLOTTE — “Arlo Guthrie Boys’ Night Out” features Arlo, his son Abe, grandson Krishna and longtime collaborator Terry La Berry on Saturday Feb. 18.
Tickets start at $33.50, available at www.carolinatix. org or 704-372-1000.
The McGlohon Theatre is located at 345 North College St. in uptown Charlotte.
Valentine music
CHARLOTTE — Celebrate “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love” with Impromptu, Festival Singers, Noel Freidline, Reinaldo Brahn, Salsa Dancers and more.
This evening of musical love takes place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Feb. 11 at the McGlohon Theatre in uptown Charlotte. Tickets start at $20. Limited cabaret seating is available at 704-374-1564, and a chocolate and champagne reception at intermission is $15. Visit for details.