Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 29, 2012

Can’t believe college students would be interested in opera? Come witness for yourself. Hearing is believing!
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will resound as Catawba College students perform songs from various opera scenes, including Mozart’s “Cosí Fan Tutte” and “The Magic Flute,” Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” and even Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” This free performance will include several selections in English, along with Italian, French and German selections.
Students who will be performing on March 31 include Allison Andrews ; Dallas Banks of Lexington; Aubrey Barton and Brittany Coley of Salisbury; Sydney Berk; Michelle Chaffee; Jordan Clifton; Devonte Jura Davis; Sara Holcomb; Michelle Lescure.; Quinn McRae; Zach McRae; Patrick Moore of Concord; and Iliana Rivera.
For more information, contact the Music Department at 704-637-4345.
Author at RPL
Children’s author and poet Julia Ebel will be at Rowan Public Library Headquarters Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Ebel will discuss poetry, writing, and keeping family stories.
Julia Ebel is the author of several children’s books including “Mama’s Wreaths” and “Dresses, Dreams, and Beadwood Leaves.” This free event will be held in the Stanback auditorium.
Spring Pops Concert
The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society’s annual spring pops concert, “Fool For Love,” will be at Catawba College’s Peeler-Crystal Lounge on Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m. Featured in three segments, this concert will revolve around love, life and spring.
Tickets may be purchased at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for youth, which includes not only admission to the concert but also hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages.
Proceeds will go to support the Choral Society’s goal of purchasing an electric piano. Performances of each season’s concerts are presented at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and rest homes in Rowan County.
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OCT auditions
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre will hold auditions April 30 and May 1 from 7-9 p.m. for students ages 8-18 for the upcoming Youth Theatre production of “Alice in Wonderland.” Performance dates are June 21-24.
Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW. Call 04-788-2405 for information.
Musical ‘Huck Finn’
RCCA presents “Huck Finn the Musical” on Sunday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Catawba ‘s Keppel Auditorium.
It features the original music of Salisbury hometown legend Billy Burke, with script and lyrics by Catawba professor Arnold Colbath.
The first version of the work was produced by Catawba’s Blue Masque in 1954. When the work was brought back by Catawba four years later, songs were added, and the work orchestrated for a 10-piece instrumental ensemble, directed by George Wilson.
Tickets are $20 and available at the Visitor’s Bureau, Salisbury Belk, Literary Book Post, the Keppel box office one hour prior to show. For information, go to or call 704-633-1474.
Earth Day
Earth Day on the Greenway is a free event hosted by the City of Salisbury on Monday, April 2, on the Prescott Section of the Salisbury Greenway.
This educational opportunity features stations for all ages. Rain date is April 16.
Contact or call 704-216-2708 for more information.
Modern Film Fest
CONCORD — Modern Film Fest, the series that brings free screenings of independent films to the Davis Theatre, begins its 2012-13 season on Friday, March 30, at 9 p.m. after the downtown Concord Art Walk.
The film is “Catching Dreams,” a documentary chronicling the eight-year journey of a one-time Olympic hopeful who wants to become part of Cirque du Soleil.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 is “The Day Carl Sandburg Died,” about the life and times of the world-renowned poet, historian, storyteller and musician.
The films are screened at 65 Union St. S in Concord’s historic courthouse. For info, call 704-920-2787 or go to
Spring craft show
Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department’s second annual Spring Craft Show is Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m-3 p.m. at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
The event will feature indoor and outdoor vendors, rain or shine, with door prizes given throughout the day. Food and refreshments will be sold.
For details, call the Civic Center at 704-638-5275.
Young artist reception
“Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists” is a display of artwork featuring the works of students representing Salisbury-Rowan County’s public, independent and home-schools.
The next stage of the exhibit, which runs March 31-April 19, features Rowan-Salisbury Elementary Schools. The free reception to honor these students and their families is Thursday, April 5, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St.
Beethoven in Lexington
LEXINGTON — In celebration of the its 80th anniversary, the North Carolina Symphony comes to Lexington with “Beethoven and Beyond,” a program focusing on great works by Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner and Liszt.
Performances time is 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center. Tickets range from $15-$40 and are available now at The Edward C. Smith Civic Center is at 217 S. Main St.
For complete information on the Symphony’s Western tour, visit www.ncsymphony. org
Reed Gold Mine event
LOCUST — At the Spring Festival at Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site, visitors can try to “strike it rich” with the start of the panning season on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
There will be family fun games, tours of underground mines and a restored stamp mill. Museum staff will assist visitors with the search for gold in newly rebuilt panning troughs. The panning tickets are $2, which includes a pan of ore (children ages eight and under will need parents’ help with panning).
Families may choose an all inclusive ticket for $5, which includes all games and activities except panning, or pay $1 for individual games. Prizes will be award to winners and a gold nugget will be “found” in the panning area.
Visitors may tour the site for free. Reed Gold Mine is located at 9621 Reed Mine Road, off Highway 200 near Locust. For info, call 704-721-4653.
NC Brewers Festival
HUNTERSVILLE — Tickets are on sale now for the second annual NC Brewers and Music Festival to be held Saturday May 12 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. in Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville.
The festival features over three hours of free tasting, great music (Steep Canyon Rangers, Ryan Montbleau Band, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, The Black Lillies, Sol Driven Train, Old Man Markley and BIG Something), food, merchandise, children’s activities and more.
It is a family-friendly festival and onsite camping is available by reservation.Tickets are available at www.showclix. com/event/210406.Go to for information and reservations.