Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The FirstARTS series of First United Methodist Church will host the Duke University Chorale in concert this Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. The chorale is under the artistic direction of Dr. Rodney Wynkoop, Director of Music for Duke Chapel and University Choral Music.
The Duke University Chorale, the primary choral group of the Department of Music at Duke, is composed of 50 singers, most of whom are Duke students.
The Chorale’s tour repertoire typically features both sacred and secular music ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary works, from serious to relaxed music, and from unaccompanied works to pieces with piano and other instruments.
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 St. For details, contact the Stanback Department of Sacred Music at 704-636-3121, ext. 104.
‘Violins of Hope’ event
As part of the “Violins of Hope” Tuesday evening film/ music series, David Hagy’s Tuesday, March 13 oral presentation of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” will tell about the story behind it and the music in it.
In 1940, Oliver Messiaen was interned in a German prison camp where he created the “Quartet for the End of Time.” According to the composer, the Quartet was not a commentary on the Apocalypse, nor to his captivity, but a musical extension to the Biblical account (Revelation chapter 10) of the concept of the end of Time as the end of past and future and the beginning of eternity.
His quartet consisted of a clarinetist, a violinist, a violoncellist, and pianist. He and his friends performed it for their 5000 fellow prisoners on January 15, 1941.
The Salisbury Symphony Guild, Center for Faith & the Arts, and Catawba College’s Religion & Philosophy Department co-sponsoring these free films and musical events in the Tom Smith Auditorium at Catawba College that begin at 7 p.m. This series complements other activities in Salisbury to commemorate the “Violins of Hope” project in Charlotte.
Birthday concert
The Ashley Jo Farmer Band and Sue McHugh team up for a birthday concert this Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. at the Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.
Admission is $3 at door and there will be free birthday cake as long as it lasts. Doors open at 7:30.
Kannapolis Cruise In
KANNAPOLIS — The Kannapolis Cruise In 2012 season kicks off on Saturday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. The monthly event lasts until 9:30 p.m. every second Saturday.
For more information call Brenda Drye at Cabarrus Events Association, 704-932-3808 or visit Facebook
‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Carson High
Carson High School Fine Arts Department presents Disney’s musical “Beauty and the Beast” April 26-29.
General admission tickets are $6 and premium tickets are $10. Performances are at 7 p.m. April 26-28 and 3 p.m. April 29.
Premium tickets guarantee a specific seat in the front middle section of the auditorium.
The spring musical at Carson has sold out the last two years in a row. Tickets may be purchased by visiting Carson High School during normal business hours or by contacting Alex Reynolds at or 704-855-7297 ext. 1159
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will hold its next EnviroMingle™ from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at Cooper’s Restaurant at 122 E. Fisher St.
Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Cooper’s and beverages will be available for purchase.
This event is open to anyone with an interest in creating a more environmentally sustainable future, and is a time for mingling and networking, sharing ideas and learning about the Center.
Register at https://events.r20.
Book signing event
CHINA GROVE — Author Pat Davies, a resident of Charlotte, will be available to sign copies of her book, Wizard Jasper and the Lost Princess, on March 17-12, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Corner Books and More, 101 N. Main St., 704- 855-7887.
Catawba student’s ‘beat’ used by rapper
Rapper Neako is planning to make a music video out of a song that uses one of the beats of Catawba College senior Christopher Williams, a music business major. Williams had sent one of his beats to rapper Neako’s marketing team.
The beat is on Neako’s newest mix tape called, “Tr33,” as the rhythmic underlayment for his song, “Whippin’ Whippin’.”
Neako is an rapper, producer and songwriter whose debut album, “The Rubix Cube: Red Edition,” was released in 2007.
Call for artists
CHARLOTTE — Hart Witzen is now accepting submissions for “Showdown,” a group exhibit to take place April 28-May 4.
Deadline for submissions is March 23. All artists are welcome to apply: paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, installations, mixed and new media. Work does not have to be for sale. Artists may submit original, recent work (within 2 years) for consideration.
Send up to 5 images via email to with SHOWDOWN in the subject line. Include your full name, address, email address, web site, and a brief description of each piece, including size, materials and techniques used.
There is no submission fee. Artists selected to participate will contribute a fee of $75 to cover exhibit and promotion expenses and best in show cash award ($500) determined by patron vote.
Hart Witzen is located at 136 E. 36th St.[0x1d]
Chuckleheads’ Improv
CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte improvisational theatre group, the Chuckleheads, present their Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza at the Ballantyne Arts Center, 11318 North Community House Road, Saturday, March 10 beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 when reserved at or $15 DOS. For more information visit
Sleeping Beauty
CHARLOTTE — North Carolina Dance Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty for the first time in an all new production with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. Performances begin tonight, March 8 and run through March 18 at 7:30 p.m., at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 South Tryon St.
Tickets prices range from $25-$79; 704-372-1000 or
‘Tchaikovsky Tchats’
CHARLOTTE — Engage with artistic leaders from three of Charlotte’s premier performing arts organizations at “3 UpTown: Tchaikovsky Tchats” on Thursday, March 15, at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
A reception is at 5:15 p.m. followed by an informal panel discussion at 6 p.m., and culminating with Opera Carolina’s “Student Night at the Opera” performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at 7 p.m.
WDAV Classical Public Radio’s Frank Dominguez will moderate the conversation in a talk-show style format with audience participation.
Admission is free to those who register at Call 704-687-2049 for details.
Charlotte Poetry Slam
CHARLOTTE — Blumenthal Performing Arts’ monthly Poetry Slams are hosted by SlamCharlotte, Charlotte’s own two time national championship team of spoken word poetry (2007, 2008). The next event is Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m. The Booth Playhouse is located at 130 North Tryon St. Tickets are $10 at 704-372-1000 or
STOMP at the Belk
CHARLOTTE – STOMP, the international percussion sensation, comes to the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center April 3-8. Tickets start at $20. Call 704-372-1000 or visit The Blumenthal is located at 130 N. Tryon St.