Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 22, 2012

K-12 students in the Rowan-Salisbury schools will be the beneficiaries of a Saturday, March 24 benefit concert hosted on the campus of Catawba College by Catawba’s Student North Carolina Association of Educators. Admission to the 11 a.m. concert, featuring a special performance from Christian Rock band Grace Reigns Down of Greensboro, will be open to those who make a donation of one school supply to attend.
The main goal of the concert is to collect enough school supplies, everything from pencils to backpacks, to give every child in need in three local schools the supplies they need for the 2012-2013 school year.
The concert will also feature the talents of local performers, including Catawba College students and be held on the lawn behind Catawba’s Cannon Student Center on the Intramural Field. Rain location will be in the Goodman Gymnasium in the Abernethy Physical Education Center on campus.
For details, contact
Tommy Talton returns
Friday night, March 23, Tommy Talton and Stan Robertson — “Two Old Cowboys…One Hat” — return to The Blue Vine with an evening of southern rock/blues/roots and r&b.
Talton is best known as a founding member of the Capricorn Records group Cowboy. He toured extensively in the 70s with Cowboy and with the Gregg Allman tour. Talton was also the guitarist on Gregg Allman’s “Laid Back” album. Tommy is back, touring with original Cowboy bassist Stan Robertson.
They will play at The Blue Vine from 9 p.m-midnight, $5 cover, 209 S. Main St., 704-797-0093,
208th Army Band presents free concert
ALBEMARLE — The 208th Army Band will put on a free concert on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center.
The band performs concerts and military marches for active duty troops and the civilian population. Selected musicians are members of combo and jazz ensembles within the band. The mission of the 208th Army Band is to build morale and community relations throughout North and South Carolina and to serve active duty troops wherever deployed.
The Stanly County Agri-Civic Center is located at 26032-B Newt Road, Albemarle. Call 704-986-3666 for details or directions..
Presented by the Stanly County Concert Association
Young artist reception
“Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists” is a display of artwork featuring the works of nearly 800 students representing Salisbury-Rowan County’s public, independent, and home-schooled students.
The second installment of the exhibit, which runs though March 29, features Rowan-Salisbury Elementary Schools. The reception to honor these students and their families, the art specialists, and school administrators is this evening, March 22, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. It is free and open to the public.
Spring break art class
Salisbury Art Station will host art classes from April 9-13. Students age 6-12 will meet from 9 a.m.-noon, and age 13-18 will meet from 2-5 p.m.
The cost is $185 for the week and includes instruction and all materials. Registration is first come first served, call 704-754-0853 or visit
RCCC fine arts festival
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College kicks off their 2012 Literary and Fine Arts Festival with the play “Look Back the Maytime Days,” performed by the Touring Theater of NC, with Fred Chappell. The performance is at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 25 at the Norvell Theater, 131 E. Fisher St.
Admission is free but space is limited; RSVP to reserve a seat at 704-216-7272. The festival runs through March 29.
East Spencer exhibit
EAST SPENCER — Mayor Barbara Mallett, Aldermen Curtis Cowan, clerk Anneissa Hyde, receptionist Danielle Burris and Stacy Bottoms, North Rowan Middle School instructor, have organized an East Spencer Art Exhibit featuring local talent in honor of Black History Month.
The exhibit will be displayed through March 31. The public is welcome to view the exhibit 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at East Spencer Town Hall, 105 South Long St., 704-636-7111.
Annual bridge tourney
The annual Salisbury Dogwood Duplicate Bridge Tournament will be held at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Friday March 23 through Sunday, March 25. Entry fees are $8 per person per session. Tournament chairs are Myrnie and John McLaughlin, 704-636-9781.
‘Annie Get Your Gun’
LEXINGTON — Lexington Youth Theatre’s spring production is “Annie, Get Your Gun,” with performances March 23-25 at Edward C. Smith Civic Center, 217 S. Main St., Lexington.
The cast features youth actors (grades 6-12) from Lexington, Thomasville and surrounding areas.
Performances are at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 DOS, plus a can of food for a local charity, and can be purchased at 336-249-7875 or
Rowan Blues and Jazz
Rowan Blues and Jazz Society celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month on Saturday, April 7 from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m.
The Joe Robinson Jazz Band, featuring Jazz vocalist Diana Tuffin, are the featured performers.
Arrive early and enjoy a prelude of songs performed by David Payne.
The Looking Glass Artists Collective’s black box theater is located at 405-407 N. Lee St., in the Salisbury Rail Walk Arts District.
Admission is $10 at the door. Food and festive beverages will be available.
Proceeds go towards expenses of annual blues and jazz festival on October 20.
For more information email or visit
Earthday Birthday Jam
Earth Day Birthday Jam 2012 is coming to Saving Grace Farm, 565 Trexler Loop, on Saturday, April 21 starting at 3 p.m.
The mission of the event is to raise awareness for land conservation, recycling, local produce, nutrition, and environmentalism and is a fundraiser for Saving Grace Farm and the Landtrust of Central NC.
Featured bands include Andrew Hodges, Sue McHugh, CaLeb Hill and Small Mountain, Gray Wise and Carolina Sky, Yadkin River Theory, Big Break, and No. 9 Coal.
There will be information booths by The Landtrust of NC, Bread Riot, Wild Turkey Farms; food and drink provided by Wild Turkey Farms, Bread Riot, Simply Good, The Sweetest Thing, Blue Waters Pool, L.A. Murph’s; brews from Andy Maben of the Salty Caper; local artists and vendors including Tranqwool Provisions, Ashley Pierce , Ashley Honbarrier, Body and Sole Massage and Reflexology, Team Chevrolet; plants and flowers from Godley’s Garden Center; kids’ crafts and activities to teach about art, reusing, recycling, growing plants, and environmentalism.
Booth rental is $30. For information, call Ashley Honbarrier at 704-798-9237 or email her at; you may also call Stacey Carter at 704-213-4743 or email her at
Tickets are $15 for 12 and up, younger children are free with paying adult, available at Salty Caper, Sweetest Thing, Tastebuds, Simply Good, Stringfellows and Saving Grace Farm. To order, call 704-638-2339 or email
Mummies of the World final two weeks
CHARLOTTE — Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of real human and animal mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. Now through April 8 at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. For ticket prices and more information, including extended hours, call 704-372-6261 x300 or visit
RiverRun film lineup
WINSTON-SALEM — The full lineup of films at RiverRun International Film Festival has been announced and can be found at
The 14th annual festival runs April 13-22 and will screen 140 films, which includes 59 features and 81 shorts.
Included in the non-competition lineup this year is a spotlight on science fiction favorites from the 60s and 70s featuring classics from Stanley Kubrick, Andrei Tarkovsky, Woody Allen and others.
For tickets and information, visit or call 336-721-1945 or 336-724-1502.
Shatner in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE — Go where no man has gone before. Literally. Television and movie superstar William Shatner will take audiences on a voyage through his life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor, to internationally known icon and raconteur.
The show is Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It” begin at $44.50. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is located at 130 North Tryon St.