Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 8, 2012

On Saturday, Feb. 11 from 6-8 p.m., The Green Goat Gallery and Tranqwool Knitting Provisions will co-host the opening reception for the first annual fiber arts show, “Imagination Unraveled.” Featuring original designs by a dozen artists, the exhibit showcases a variety of pieces ranging from functional to nonfunctional.
Fiber art, the craft of manipulating natural fibers from plants and animals into yarn and then using it to create artifacts, came to the forefront in medieval times. In Europe, extraordinarily intricate tapestries were being woven, while in Asia beautifully crafted rugs were being created. Today, synthetic fibers have taken their place alongside wool, cotton and flax to enable fiber artists to explore their craft more fully.
Among the artists featured in the show are Carolyn Blackmon, Beth Connell, Sandy Fisher, Mary Ann Forehand, Nancy Gaines, Joanne Hartsell, Tamiko Patterson, Jenni Pfaff, Kate Thompson and Beth Tourneabe. For more information call 704-639-0606.
Pierce exhibit opens
A series of digital paintings by Ashley Pierce will be on display at Dead Ed’s alternative clothing store at 123 E. Innes St., downtown. The opening reception is next Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6-8 p.m.
The scale and color way of the prints displayed will not be repeated, making each piece one-of-a-kind. The digital paintings are available for purchase. Works in the series were inspired by and created to accompany Nathaniel Hawthorne’s gothic romance “Rappaccini’s Daughter.”
Pierce is an art instructor at Pfeiffer University and Catawba College. Her exhibit at Dead Ed’s runs through the end of February.
Auditions extended
CONCORD — Due to a television football conflict on the original audition date, Old Courthouse Theatre is holding an extra night of auditions for “Titanic: the Musical” on Thursday, Feb. 16, with registration from 7-8 p.m.
OCT is looking for all interested individuals but are especially looking for males 17 years older and up. Audition will consist of a prepared song, cold reading from scripts — and be prepared to move.
Performance dates are April 26-May 13.
Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW, 704-788-2405,
‘Art of Faiths’ closes
The closing reception for “Art of Faiths” will be Feb. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m.
In addition, awards for the songwriting competition based on the poems and illustrations from “I Lay My Stitches Down” will be given. Winners are: First place – Barbara Richmond, second place – Jim Gobble. Richmond will perform her song “Cotton Boll” and Gobble will perform his song “Schoolhouse.”
Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Waterworks Visual Arts Center is located ast 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882,
Free valentine class
Salisbury Art Station, a new art education studio, will host a class for the whole family on making old-fashioned valentines like those one used to make for one’s sweetheart.
The free class is from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12.
For a complete listing of classes at Salisbury Art Station, go to 3D.
Salisbury Art Station is located at the Salisbury Train Depot, 215 Depot St., 704-754-0853,
Charlotte Folk Society
CHARLOTTE — Three quarters of a century ago, Charlotte shone in the country music spotlight. In February of 1937 and again in August, RCA Victor visited the Queen City to record some of the major artists who were inventing the music that would soon be known as “bluegrass.”
On Feb. 10 of this year, the Flat Possum Hoppers old-time stringband will perform at the monthly Gathering of the Charlotte Folk Society at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., at 7:30 p.m.
This event is free; donations are appreciated.
‘Angels in Need’
DAVIDSON — The third annual Buddy Benefit A Cappella Concert, featuring some of Davidson College’s best a cappella groups, will celebrate children with special needs on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 4-5 p.m., in the Duke Family Performance Hall.
Tickets are free, and donations are accepted at the door. For reservations, visit or email For information, go to
Tickets will also be available at the door. Proceeds benefit local children with special needs served by the Davidson based non-profit charity
Woodcarving show
CHARLOTTE — The 2012 Showcase of Woodcarvings will be held on Feb. 18-19 at the Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road.
From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, approximately 600 woodcarvings from six Southeastern states will be exhibited. There will be cash awards in the carving competitions and mini-seminars will be held. Woodcarving supplies are available. Visit for details.
Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt
CHARLOTTE — “An Acoustic Evening With Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt” comes to the McGlohon Theatre on Friday, March 16. See for details.
Tickets start at $49.50. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square is located at 345 North College St. Call 704-372-1000 or visit
Neuse River festival
KINSTON — Formerly known as the Kinston Winter Bluegrass Festival, the Neuse River Music Fest will be held on Feb. 17-18 at Lenoir Community College. In addition to traditional bluegrass music, the festival is adding country entertainment to the program.
This year’s bluegrass entertainment includes Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Marty Raybon, The Gibson Brothers, Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band, Al Batten & the Bluegrass Reunion, and the Grass Cats.
Visit for details.