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Festivals
Second annual Lexington BBQ Cookoff— 6 p.m. Friday- 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27-28, uptown Lexington: competition barbecue cooking, wine and beer sampling, live music (bring a chair), corn hole throw down, kids activities. www.uptownlexington.com
Arbor Day Celebration — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 8th Street Ballpark, Spencer: Celebrating Arbor Day and Earth Day, promoting preservation, planting of trees. Live music, nature walk in the Stanback forest (Spencer Woods), food, games, activities for adults and kids including free trolley rides, face painting, magician, Greasy the Salisbury Utilities mascot, tree planting, 1929 fire truck, Spencer police, fire vehicles, eco-friendly vendors.
Simple Living Festival 2012 — 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturda, May 5: Dan Nicholas Park Nature Center’s fifth annual Simple Living Festival celebrating Earth Day, featuring traditional skills, crafts, live acoustic music. Food by Providence UMC YIA (Youth In Action). No admission. Music starts at noon featuring Michael & Gaynell Lambert, Richard Jones, Coleman Emerson, Liam Pendergrass, Jim & Angela Gobble, Eden’s Gate and Bob Paolino. Special presentation at 11 a.m. in Nature Center auditorium by Ken Clifton from RCCC on benefits of using solar energ. michael.lambert@rowancountync.gov 704-216-7833, 704-216-7819, www.dannicholas.net
‘It’s A Spring Thing!’— 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 5: Third annual event with food, live music, wine tasting, vendors, bee yard, nature trail, picnic area, herb and flower cutting garden, greenhouse flowers, vegetable plants, petting zoo. Free admission and parking. SandyCreek Farm, 3160 South NC Hwy 150, Lexington, between Reeds and Tyro. www.sandycreekfarm150.com
Twelfth CC Spring Fest Bluegrass Festival — 11 a.m.-8 p.m., April 21: Passin Thru, Destination Bluegrass, Cabin Creek, Movin’ On Bluegrass, Grass Strings, Timber Ridge. Advance tickets $10, DOS $12 senior and $15 general. Age 12 and under free with adult. Cross Country Camp Ground, Denver. 800-852-4840, jsjohnson_@hotmail.com
88th Old Time Fiddler’s and Bluegrass Festival, Fiddler’s Grove — May 25-27: Music competitions, workshops, storytelling, clogging, food, dancing. Advance tickets before May 15 $35, youth $15. After May 17 $50, youth $25. www.fiddlersgrove.com
Second annual NC Brewers and Music Festival — 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Saturday, May 12: Steep Canyon Rangers, Sol Driven Train, The Black Lillies, Ryan Montbleau Band, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Old Man Markley and BIG Something. Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville. www.showclix.com/event/210406
Earth Day Birthday Jam 2012 — 3 p.m., April 21: Live music, information booths, food and drink, brews, local artists and vendors, plants and flowers, kids’ crafts and activities. Tickets $15/$12 at Salty Caper, Sweetest Thing, Tastebuds, Simply Good, Stringfellows, Saving Grace Farm, 565 Trexler Loop, 704-638-2339, stacey@savinggracefarm.com
19th annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games — April 21-22: Celtic rock groups the Rogues and Rathkeltair, Texas Celtic sounds of Clandestine, traditional Celtic musicians Ed Miller, Jil Chambless, John Taylor. Complete schedules, event information, advance tickets at www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net.
16th annual multicultural festival– 10 a.m.–5 p.m., May 5: The City of Lexington’s one-day family oriented cultural explosion at Finch Park. www.Facebook. com/lexingtonrecreation, www.lexingtonnc.net, 336-248-3960.
Art May-Ham 2012 — May 5: Art festival sponsored by the City of Asheboro, Habitat for Humanity, Randolph Arts Guild, featuring juried arts and crafts show, the work of 30+ artists and artisans, BBQ cook-off fundraiser, activities for kids, live musical groups. www.randolphartsguild.com
Gold Hill Gold Rush Days — 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 12: Shops, artists, crafters, Three River Quilt Guild’s “Airing of the Quilts,” authhors, storytelling. 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road, goldhillmerchantsassociation@gmail.com9th annual ‘Art On The Neuse’ — May 12: Outdoor arts festival with live music; in Oriental, 40 minutes from New Bern. www.pamlicoarts.org
Music & more
RCCA presents ‘Huck Finn …The Musical!’— 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 22: by the Catawba Theatre Dept., Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College, 2300 W. Innes St. Adults $12, students $10. Available at Visitor Center, Belk, Literary Book Post, Keppel Box Office one hour prior to show, 704-633-1474, 704-636-0181, www.rccamusic.com
Gaither Music Spectacular — 6 p.m., Saturday, April 28: Bill Gaither hosts an evening of music, LJVM Arena Coliseum, Winston-Salem, tickets at www.gaither.com, 800-745-3000.
Jason Petty “Hank Williams” dinner concert — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21: RCCA/SCCA reciprocal concert for RCCA season ticket holders. Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 26032-B Newt Road, Albemarle. 704-986-3666, www.stanlyciviccenter.com/events.html
NC Symphony 2012-13 season — June 7 gala event kicks off 80th anniversary celebration, free community concerts across the state begin May 31 to lead up to official season opening Sept. 9. Information on subscriptions, dates, times, tickets at 919-733-2750, toll free 877-627-6724, www.ncsymphony.org
The Piedmont Prime Time Community Bandspring concert — 4 p.m., Sunday, April 29: tenth annual spring concert at the Vintage Motor Club Conference and Events Center, Gibson Mill, 325 McGill Avenue, NW, Concord. Free admission, donations accepted. Jon Hutchinson 704-425-3508, www.primetimeband.org
Faure’s ‘Requiem’ with orchestra — 7 p.m., Friday, May 18 and 3 p.m., Sunday, May 20: presented by The Piedmont Choral Society and the sanctuary choirs of Concord’s First Presbyterian Church and Central UMC. Held at First Baptist Church, 200 Branchview Drive, Concord. Free. 704-699-6053, kayy2000@gmail.com
Blue Ridge gospel concert — 6 p.m., April 29: Quartet from Franklin, also singing is Scotty Howard, member of Christ UMC. Christ United Methodist Church family life center, 3401 Mooresville Road, Salisbury,NC free, 704-639-7647.
Theater
Piedmont Players Theatre presents ‘Company’ — 7:30 p.m., April 19-22, 25-28: Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy about Robert, a bachelor in NYC on the eve of his 35th birthday. As his married friends plan a surprise birthday party for him, hilaraity ensues with Robert giving the audience views into his friends’ marriages. Adults $15, students/seniors $12. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., 704-633-5471, www.piedmontplayers.com
Carson High School Fine Arts Department presents Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ — 7 p.m., April 26-28 and 3 p.m., April 29. Tickets on sale at Carson High during school hours 7:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. $6 general admission, $10 premium tickets: reynoldsat@rss.k12.nc.us or 704-855-7297 ext 1159
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘110 in the Shade’ — 8 p.m., April 26, 27, 28, May 4, 5, 11, 12. 2:30 p.m., April 29, May 6. Based on the play “The Rainmaker” by N. Richard Nash. $15/ $12/$10. 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
East Rowan’s Broadway Revue — 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 27-28•2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29. “Twenty Years of Magic, A Blast From the Past.” Tickets $10; Patron tickets $15 include a meal, Friday-Saturday shows only.
‘‘Jude the Obscure Parts I & II’ at Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh — Through May 5: Tickets $20. Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School autidorium, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burningcoal.org
Carolina Actors Studio Theater presents Jonathan Coarsey in ‘Floyd Collins’ — Through May 12. NODA@28 St., 2424 North Davidson, Charlotte, NC 28205. Reservations www.NCCAST.com, 704-455-8542.
The Vagina Monologues — 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 20-21; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22: Theatre! Statesville presents Eve Ensler’s charity production, Bella Grace Event Center, 211 West Front St., Statesville. Tickets $12 at www.statesvilletheatre.com or at the door.
This & That
Lord Salisbury celebrates Earth Day — 5-9 p.m., Friday, April 20: Earth Night Out, free family event with displays, activities, programs, kids’ activities, trolley rides, South Main Classic Car Show, Downtown Ghost Walk, drum circle. Live music by Gulley and others. www.downtownsalisburync.com
Faith Fourth of July Parade entries — Applications now being accepted, call James, Sylvia or Pam Alexander at 704-279-2256. Deadline June 18. For Faith Idol entry information, see Call for Musicians.
Tosco Music Party — 7-11 p.m., Saturday, April 21: $15/ $12/$8, www.Tix.CPCC.edu. Dale F. Halton Theater, Central Piedmont COmmunity College, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, www.TOscoMusicParaty.org for performers.
Sixth annual Spring Fling Arts and Crafts Show — 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 28, Second Glance Shop at the Alamo House, 2080 Shue Road, China Grove, 704-213-0980.
Sixth annual bottle collectors’ show at the Civic Center — 8 a.m.-2 p.m., April 21: Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Free and open to the public. Free bottle and pottery appraisals offered. John Patterson, 704-636-9510, ncmilks@carolina.rr.com. www.antiquebottles.com/piedmont
Fifth annual Taste of Home CookingShow — 6:30 p.m., April 24, general admission $10. South Rowan High School, 1655 Patterson St., China Grove. Tickets available at the Salisbury Post or by phone at 704-797-4220.
Stamp and postcard show — May 5-6, Char-Meck Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte between South Blvd. and SouthPark Mall. Free admission, parking. 828-274-3804, www.richardstampshop.com
Historic Salisbury narrated trolley tour — 11 a.m. Saturdays, April through Oct. Tours begin/end at Visitor’s Center, 204 E. Innes St. $8 for adults, children 4 to 10 $5, under 4 free. 704-638-3100, www.visitsalisburync.com
Lexington Spring Marketplace — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 28: From antiques to coins to art to wood carving to crafts to home safety. Free admission, parking. Davidson County Fairground Exhibit Hall, 400 Greensboro St., Ext., Lexington. Breakfast, lunch available. Sponsored by GFWC Lexington’s Woman’s Club.
Touch-A-Truck –10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 21: Children can touch, feel, climb in and out of fire trucks, dump trucks, police cars, more. Hosted by the City of Salisbury, corner of S. Church and W. Fisher Streets, free. Rain date May 12. 704-216-270.
PPT summer theatre camps 2012 — June 11-Aug. 13: registration open at www.piedmontplayers.com/norvell/youth-programs/summer-theatre-camps or call 704-633-5471.
14th annual Rowan Museum Summer history camps — 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., sessions begin June 25. For rising third -fifth graders and rising sixth-eighth graders. $140 per student ($120 museum members). Information/application at 704-633-5946.
Summer camp at Old Salem — July 24-26: Hands-on summer camp for rising first-second graders. Single Brothers’ Workshop, 10 W. Academy St. Cost $100 each child, register at www.oldsalem.org/summer-camps. 336-721-7390, email dsnyder@oldsalem.org
Family planetarium show ‘Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories’ — 5 p.m., Saturday, April 21: Stories in the sky. Participants will watch Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories, a planetarium show about constellations, get a chance to test their new knowledge using an audience response system. Following the show, families may make a star wheel for use during their own backyard observing sessions. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Adults $3, 12 and under $2. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited, 1636 Parkview Circle, park on Lilly Ave., 704-639-3004.
Historic Gold Hill Cruise-in —2 p.m. till dark every third Saturday (April 21) March-October, 50/50 raffle, classic, antique cars, street rods, cycles. 740 St. Stephens Church Road. Facebook gold hill cruise in or goldhillmerchantsassociation@gmail.com
Salisbury Ghost Walk at Earth Night Out — 8 p.m., Friday, April 20, adults $10, students $5, Meet at 130 W. Innes St., reservations/information 704-642-1734, boo@salisburyghostwalk.com
George Patterson book signing — 5:30 p.m, Thursday, April 26: Local historian, author of “Concord and Cabarrus County Revisited,” Concord Library Auditorium. free, portion of the book sales to Concord Friends of the Library. 27 Union St., N., 704-920-2054.
Fundraisers
Breakfast-cruise in-live music-auction — 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 28: Cruise-in registration begins 6:30 a.m., followed by breakfast, music by Caleb’s Bridge, lunch, auction. Proceeds go to Courtney Baptst youth ministries. Courtney Baptist Church, 3341 Courtney Church Road, Yadkinville, 336-244-2995.
Black and Blue Gala — 8:30-midnight, Friday, April 20: Salisbury-Rowan Davie Chapter of Livingstone College National Alumni Association fundraiser, semi-formal, entertainment by Divided by Four. Salisbury National Gurard Armory, advance tickets $20, at the door $25. Melvin Rush, 704-633-1323.
Chicken and dumpling fundraiser,4 p.m. until, Saturday, April 21, in support of 3-year-old Kenzey Hope Smith battling leukemia. Chicken and dumplings, pinto beans, slaw, desserts. Rain or shine, indoor seating available. Randy and Pam Elium, 2085 Lake Road, 704-636-2459.
Boy Scout Troop 404 spaghetti supper — 6-9 p.m., Saturday April 21: Have supper with Boy Scout Troop 404, Back Creek Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, plates are by donations. Homemade desserts by Boy Scouts and their families.
Kannapolis Roller Girls fundraiser dinner — To go orders only, pick up between May 7-13, Fatz Cafe, Afton Ridge off 85 exit 54. Advance tickets $10, Tammy at 704-273-3989. Benefits the amateur roller derby team open to all women.
Arbor Day 5K Fun Run/Walk — 9 a.m., Saturday, April 28: $22 before April 27, $30 after this date or on race day. Strollers welcome, free t-shirts to first 100 5K participants. Sponsored by Spencer Hometown Holidays Committee, proceeds support community events. www.spencerhometownholidays.com, 704 239 3559, robwnance@gmail.com
Night Life
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9-midnight, Friday, April 20: Enjoy Downtown Night Out with Martha Bassett and band, $5 cover • 9-11:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21: Divided By Four, $5 cover. 704-797-0093, ww.thebluevine. com
Buckshots Live Music Venue, 5658 S. Main St. — Wednesday, Open Jam Night•Thursday, Hot Rods and Harleys with deejay Fast Freddie •Friday, pool tourney • Saturday, April 21: The Joe Davis Band w/Dogbane, pool tourney. Doors open 4 p.m., music begins around 8 p.m. 704-856-0227.
Cooper’s, The Gathering Place, 122 E. Fisher St. — Friday, April 20: The Dionne, Hodges & Murphy Trio. 704-754-4907.
DJ’s, 1502 W. Innes St., — 10 p.m., Saturday, April 21: UFC 145 Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans • 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Live music. 704-638-9647, www.DJsRestaurant. com
Fat Jack’s Pub, 120 Military Ave., — 8 p.m., Friday, Saturday night: Karaoke. 704-638-8996.
The Fuel Depot Bar and Grill, 2168 Statesville Blvd. — Saturday, April 21: Shotgun Sunday•Tuesday, Open Mic •Wednesday, World Tavern Poker• Thursday, 8 ball tournament, deejay/ karaoke with Cherokee•Friday jam session with Monkey Wrench (free).
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane — Saturday, April 21: Rockin Horse Band. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday. 704-633-0251, www.theboatandskiclub.com
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville HWY 150 — Friday, April 20: Teen Night with Skylight, Grayson Falls, Distance and The Helper •Saturday, April 21: Sound of Faith and Edge of Eternity•7 p.m. Saturdays, free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467, www.inntheloop.
The Loft at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St. — Saturday, April 21: Lake Isle (alternative/ ambient/rock band from Greensboro). www.reverbnation.com /lakeisle
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7 p.m., tonight, April 19: Karaoke performance by Larry Chastain• Bike Night 6-9 p.m. Mondays• Cruise-in 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays• Karaoke 7-close Friday-Saturdays. 704-642-0050.
Spencer Buffet, 1205 N. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 6 p.m., Wednesdays: karaoke. 704-633-1200.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — Friday Night Bluegrass 6-10 p.m., open jam begins at 8 p.m. Historic Village of Gold Hill, www.HistoricGoldHill.com, Facebook at Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina, 704-267-9439.
Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays: guitarist, singer, songwriter Marty DeJarnette. Fridays, Saturdays: various artists. 704-938-2337.
Steve Earle & The Dukes at Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th St., Charlotte — Wednesday, May 2, doors 7 p.m., show 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets $25. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
Classes
Chrismon classes, all new designs — Beginner, Thursday, May 3: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Intermediate, Friday,May 4: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • New Beginner, Saturday, May 5: 9:30-11:30 a.m. • Intermediate 2, Saturday, May 5: 9 a.m.-noon. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7790 for reservations/information, info@chrismons.com
Two free design demonstrations — Saturday, April 28: 10:30 a.m., Bow Tying • Noon, Wild Flowers and Herbs • Open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Piedmont Floral Galleries, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7739.
Children’s clay classes at Pottery 101 — For ages 6-14. $35 per class includes instruction, materials, firing. Payment due minimum three days in advance. 10a.m.-noon • April 21: Themed Wind Chimes • April 28: Appalachian Face Jugs • May 5: Animal Banks • May 19: Funny Fish • May 26: Clay Whistles • Pottery 101, 704-209-1632, pottery101nc@gmail. com, www.pottery-101.com
Mind aerobics art class — 2-4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, taught by artist Robert Toth: An introduction to drawing, pastel and sculpture. $10 per two-hour session. Rufty Holmes Senior Center, call 704-279-9301.
Creative Art Experiences for ages 5-18 — Art Lessons for children in your home, after school, evenings, weekends with Ingrid A. Erickson, K-12 Certified Art Educator and Artist. Lessons include papier mache animals, mask making, watercolor painting basics, observational and gesture drawing, printmaking, handmade paper and bookmaking, collage, clay, weaving, your requests. $15/hour, $10 each additional child. 413-884-4499 for appointment. Studio at Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. Email: ingridaerickson@yahoo.com with questions. Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St.
Shag dance classes — Four-week sessions begin each month• Thursdays at High Rock Boat & Ski Club• Wednesdays at Ollie’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop, Kannapolis. Instructors are pro division dancers in Competitive Shag Association (carolinashaglessons.com). Thursdays: Beginner, 6:30-7 p.m. (preregister needed); Beginner II, 7-7:45; Intermediate/Advanced, 8-9. Wednesdays: Beginner, 7-7:45; Beginner II, 8-8:45. $ 10 per person per week, no partner needed. Contact Tobitha 704-202-9655 or tstewartrealtor@gmail.com.; David or Diane Harrington 704-279-6168.
Design club seminars — 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 21: For gardeners, fill a colander of kitchen herbs, put by your back door for instant salad fixins; $15 per person, supplies included, reservations required. Carolina Lily, 1375 Kern Carlton Road, 704 639-0033. www.carolinalily.com
Zumba fitness — •6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Salisbury in old YMCA gym on Fulton St. •6 p.m. Thursdays, $3 per person, St. Matthews Church in Salisbury •6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Christ United Methodist Church, Hwy 150, o2bamom@att.net for details.
Salisbury community weight loss challenge — 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays through June 5: personal coach, free meal plan, group support. $35. Pre-register at 704-638-0165.
Classical Method of Oils Painting with Patt — Beginner or intermediate ongoing classes Tuesdays 1-3 p.m., studio of Patt Legg. One-on-one teaching methods of the Old Masters. $40 per 2 hour session, pay as you go. 704-232-6000, www.PattLegg. com
Creative painting workshops — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ongoing series, beginning to intermediate, traditional oil painting. $200 for eight sessions; ask about scholarships and sliding scales. Registration/materials 704-245-6456. Instructor James E. Taylor, Contemporary Realism Studio, 211 S. Main St.
Card Making Class at the Ytoday — 6-8 p.m. every other Thursday evening, next class tonight 6-8 p.m., April 19 all supplies included. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., Terri Dockins 704-636-0111.
Watercolor classes at LGAC — Instructor Cathy Benfield Matthews, no experience needed; Mondays 1-3 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m., or Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon, $35 each 2 hour session or $180 for 6, materials provided except brushes; reserve space at salisburyartists@gmail.com . Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com
Bring-your-own-vase floral design — 2-3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Designing fresh cut flowers, $5 per class plus cost of flowers, call for reservations; instructor David Harrison, Harrison’s Florist, 1012 Holmes Ave. off Grove St. near RRMC, 704-636-4251.
Singles
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 Fridays. Friday, April 20: Bingo. 1908 Statesville Blvd, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.
Film
14th RiverRun International Film Festival — Through April 22: One of the premier film festivals in the southeast: 140 films includings 59 features and 81 shorts. Ddowntown Winston-Salem. www.riverrunfilm.com
Auditions
North Carolina Symphony 2012 Youth Concerto Competition — Auditions begin May 19: Preliminary round of annual Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition, Wainwright Music Building at Meredith College, Raleigh. To apply, download interactive application form under competitions & awards at www.ncsymphony.org/ educationprograms or contact Symphony Director of Education Jessica Myers at jmyers@ncsymphony.org or 919-789-5461.
Carolina Actors Studio Theatre — 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 21: open call audition for the Charlotte premiere of “Zastrozzi, The Master Of Discipline,” by George F. Walker directed by Tony Wright. Information/ appointment, Tony Wright,actorsgym@yahoo.com or 704-649-8508. www.nccast.com. 2424 No. Davidson St.
Old Courthouse Youth Theatre ‘Alice in Wonderland’ — 7-9p.m., Monday-Tuesday, April 30-May 1. For ages 8-18. Performance dates June 21-24. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org, youth@oldcourthousetheatre.org
St. Thomas Players ‘Dinner With Friends’ — 7 p.m.,April 30-May 1: two men and two women who can play early 40s, cold readings from script, performances June 13-23. Audition at Center for Faith & the Arts 207 W. Harrison St. (basement of Haven Lutheran Church). Questions? Director Missy Barnes, mbarnes@catawba.edu
Call for vendors
Gold Hill Gold Rush Days — Saturday, May 12, 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road, Gold Hill: Artists, crafters, Three River Quilt guild’s “Airing of the Quilts,” atuhors, storytelling. Vendor applications at www.goldhill.com, email goldhillmerchantsassociation@gmail.com
Biker Blues Rally — Second Annual Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Rally and Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned cook-off, Sept. 20-22: now accepting vendor applications. See www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com under forms for more information, contact Gary Moss 704-638-6044 or info@bikerbluesbbqrally.com
27th Hickory Oktoberfest — Now accepting applications for arts and crafts vendors for Oct. 12-14 event. 10×10 booth spaces, one craftsperson per booth. Early registration postmarked by Aug. 1: $100. Regular registration through Sept. 1: $150. Applications at www.hickoryoktoberfest.com
Call for musicians
Faith Idol contest — Entries now being accepted for Faith Idol contest. Age categories: 12 and under, 13-18, 19 and up (adult). This event is held during the Faith Fourth of July celebration. 704-279-2256 for more information. Deadline June 18. For parade entry information, see This and That.
Songwriters contest —The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2012 Songwriters Contest, festival is Aug. 23-25. Deadline to enter April 30. Information, rules, regulations at www.SMSWF.com
Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society — 7 p.m., Tuesdays: Rehearsals for spring/summer concerts, Coburn Memorial UMC, 901 S. Church St. Still accepting new members (especially tenor and bass) for spring and early summer concerts. Questions: Matthew Newton, 919-812-0742, www.Facebook.com/Salisbury.Rowan.Choral.Society
Bluegrass musicians — Bluegrass jam open to all, Saturdays at Dixie’s Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
Call for artists
Call to artists, all media — Randolph Arts Guild accepting applications for consideration for future exhibitions, deadline April 30. Sara Smith Self Gallery, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. The gallery is currently scheduled through 2013; artists applying would be considered for exhibitions in 2014 and beyond. 336-629-0399, arts@asheboro.com
Art
Violins of Hope — April 15-22: The UNCC College of Arts and Architecture hosts the 18 Violins of Hope. On display and open to the public at the UNCC Center City Building Gallery, 320 E. 9th St., Charlotte, www.coaa.uncc.edu/
Annual Student Expo hosted by Carolina Artists — Artists reception 5-7:30 p.m., Thursday April 25. Expo for Rowan County artists in grades K-12 at Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Free, open to the public 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday April 25-26; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, April 27.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — “Multiplicity” through May 12. Artists Juie Rattley III and David Kessler, along with a group show of 20 artists from Artworks Gallery exploring multiple connections through works in multiple mediums•“Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists,” a rotating exhibition showcasing artwork from Salisbury-Rowan County’s public, independent, and home-schooled students. Now in its 29th year, this display features the works of nearly 800 students. A reception to honor the students and their families, the art specialists, and school administrators are held during each exhibition rotation. • Rowan Salisbury’s High School Exhibition, April 21-May 12. Reception May 3, 5-6:30pm. Free and open to all. Free admission, donations appreciated. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m-7 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org
‘Paperless’ opens at SECCA — Opening Friday, April 27. Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem. 336-725-1904, www.secca.org
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — $10 adults, free for members and children 5 and younger. Free on Tuesdays 5-9 p.m. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org
Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte — Fairytales, Fantasy & Fear, 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — “Mystical Visions, Divine Revelations: Religion and Spirituality in 19th-Century Art,” Through Nov. 25: Admission included with cost of admission to museum. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org.
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org
Parks
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. — Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, gem mine, playgrounds, family camping, picnic shelters, splash pad, petting zoo. 704-216-7800. www.dannicholas.net
Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road — 26 acres of ball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, shelters, playground, event center, walking trail. 704-216-7783.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla — Off NC Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles west of Salisbury. Features Kerr Mill, an 1823 grist mill.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill — Historic tours available by appointment: 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill.com
Gold Hill Rail Trail — Hiking, biking trail begins at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, continues into Cabarrus County. 704-267-9439.
Dunn’s Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1640 Dunn’s Mtn. Road — Trail walks, overlooks, see 120 miles in most directions, blacksmith shop display, Saturday-Sunday shuttle service, 704-216-7803.
Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock — Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day Monday. Starting June 1 open 7 days. Tweetsie.com, 877-TWEETSIE (877-893-3874)
Museums
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Saturday, April 21: Volunteer Open House: Meet museum volunteers and get involved •Membership Day: A day full of fun with special activities and train rides especially for members •Annual Studebaker Car Show: See classic Studebakers on display or show your own. Regular museum admission applies. See www.nctrans.org for details, also for train ride schedule and admission information with and without train rides. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN, www.nctrans.org
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Black History exhibit “Back in the Day.” Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946. www.rowanmuseum.org
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — 704-633-5946.
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $4 for adults, $2 students. 704-633-5946, www.rowanmuseum.org
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — 1820 house museum, costumed docents provide tours. $3 adults, $1.50 students. For group tours, call HSF office, 704-636-0103.
Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. — For special tours and info call 704-279-4979. Museum open Sundays 2-4 p.m. and by appointment.
Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove — Sundays 3-5 p.m. and by appointment. American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services. Intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads, 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sundays.Operated by Historical Society of South Rowan. For special tours call 704-433-3912. www.hist-society-srowan.com
NC Music Hall of Fame Museum, 109 West A Street, Kannapolis — Honors musicians, singers, songwriters and producers from North Carolina. In the renovated old Kannapolis Jailhouse Building. 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, admission free. 704-934-2320, www.NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org
Historic Gold Hill,NC/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park — 19th century living history interpretative displays reflect life in the 1800s gold mining boom town. Free. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill. com
Reed Gold Mine historic site, 9621 Reed Mine Road, off Highway 200 near Locust — Museum, visitor center, underground mine tour, operating stamp mill, panning area. Museum is free, panning tickets $2. 704-721-4653, www.nchistoricsites.org/reed/
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville — The only North Carolina Historic Site associated with the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War. Free, open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs.org
Reynolda House Museum, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225Sample Road, Huntersville — 704-875-2312, lattaplantation.org
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815. historicrose dale.com
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — 704-372-6261, www.discoveryplace.org
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road — Free with Museum admission.$8 for adults and children age one and older/children younger than age one free. 704-372-6261, discoveryplaceKIDS.org
Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — Full schedule listing at 704-372-6261, charlottenaturemuseum.org
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte — Civil War Exhibit: Liberty on the Border. Travel through a timeline, stopping at educational stations along the way. 704-568-1774, www.charlottemuseum.org
Town Creek Indian Mound’s 75th anniversary, Mount Gilead — NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage, Town Creek Indian Mound interprets the history of the American Indians who once lived here. Located on Town Creek Mound Road approx. five miles east of Mt. Gilead, between NC 73 and NC 731. 910-439-6802, towncreek@ncdcr.gov, www.towncreek.nchistoricsites.org
Old Salem, Winston-Salem — Faithfully preserved buildings, costumed interpreters, craftsmen, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), award-winning historical garden and horticultural programs. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300, www.oldsalem.org
NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh —•A loan of ten works of Rodin• Rembrandt in America• Reflections: Portraits by Beverly McIver• “Presence/Absence”• John James Audubon’s Birds of America• Free general admission. Charge for some concerts, films, classes, performances. www.ncartmuseum.org
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh — $5 general admission. 919-513-0946, camraleigh.org
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — Explore more than 14,000 years of the state’s history. Free admission• At the Speed of a Girl, Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting, through July 29. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh — 919-733-7450, www.naturalsciences.org
NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham —Adults $14/ Seniors, students, military $11/ Children 3-12 $10. Train and ornithopter rides small add’l cost. 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. — 336-723-9111, childrensmuseumofws.org
Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive — Home of the Animal Discovery Zoological Park and OmniSphere Dome Theater, NC’s only 40 foot digital dome experience. 336-288-3769, www.natsci.org
Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. — Adults $8/ Children 12 months and older $8. Hands-on, interactive museum for children (infancy to 10 years of age) and families. 336-574-2898, www.gcmuseum.com
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