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Arts and entertainment briefs

SPENCER — The Town of Spencer and The Land Trust for Central North Carolina will host Arbor Day 2012 at the 8th Street Park on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The event celebrates elements of both Arbor Day and Earth Day, promoting the preservation and planting of trees as well as a better understanding of our natural environment. There will be games and fun activities for adults and kids.
This year the spotlight will be on the Stanback Educational Forest and Park project, also known as “Spencer Woods.” Check out www.ci.spencer.nc.us for a powerpoint vision of the project.
In conjunction with the event, the Spencer Hometown Holidays Committee is sponsoring the first Spencer Arbor Day 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m, a fundraiser to support community events. It will take place on a flat to gently rolling course of varying terrain. Water will be available as well as cookies and fruit. The entry fee is $30 on race day. Strollers are welcome.
See www.spencerhometownholidays.com or call 704-239-3559 for more information.
Student reception today
The Carolina Artists’ reception for the K-12 Student Expo is tonight at the Salisbury Civic Center from 5-7:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Catawba Danceworks
Catawba College’s Danceworks this year features 11 original dances choreographed by students. There is a wide variety of music and dance styles represented, including tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28 in Keppel Auditorium.
Admission is free and open to the public and appropriate for ages 8 and older. The performance will run without an intermission and will last just over one hour.
Art at Tastebuds
The proprietors of Tastebuds Coffee & Tea are hosting an exhibit for the following artists: Rachel Lee, Sharon Forthofer, Lisa Flippin, Phyllis Steimel, Barbara Duffy, Norma Owen and Joyce Cavanagh-Wood. This exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be up May-June at Tastebuds Coffee & Tea, 106 N. Main St. For more info contact Kirk at 704-245-4134. For hours of exhibit, see Roundabout.
Robert Crum label
GOLD HILL — Artist Robert Crum will sign his watercolor on the label of Morgan Ridge Vineyards’ latest release. The release party is Sunday, April 29 from 1-5 p.m. at the winery, 486 John Morgan Road in Gold Hill. www.morganridgevineyards.com, www.robertcrumfineart.com
Catawba Singers
The Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers will present their final concert of the year and the final concert under the direction of Justin Hazelgrove, Catawba’s director of choral music, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.
Entitled “Home for the Summer,” the program will include light seasonal favorites from the classical repertoire, as well as pieces from the folk and pop genres, all in celebration of this year at Catawba College, a home away from home. Featured composers include Britten, Finzi, Paulus, Guillaume, Whitacre and Erb.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Open auditions
The St. Thomas Players announces open auditions for “The Retreat from Moscow,” a drama by William Nicholson, author of Shadowlands. Justin Dionne will direct.
Auditions are Monday-Tuesday, May 7-8, at 7 p.m. at the Center for Faith & the Arts, which is the basement of Haven Lutheran Church at 207 W. Harrison St.
Auditionees need come only one night, prepared to do cold readings from the script. There are roles for one man who can play mid-50s, one woman who can play mid-50s, and one man who can play 30. A convincing English accent is a plus.
The play, a drama set in modern-day London, starred Jon Lithgow when it ran in 2003 on Broadway.
Performance dates are Aug. 1-11. Email the director at justindionne84@gmail.com for details.
Brick Street Live returns to Fisher St.
The first concert of the Brick Street Live 2012 concert series will take place on Fisher Street in Downtown Salisbury on May 3, with the band Blue Monday.
Admission is $5, and this year season passes will be available. For information and updates, visit www.brickstreetlive.com or Facebook at www.facebook. com/brickstreetlive.
Tickets may also be purchased by calling 704-637-5363.
BBQ Capital Cook-off
LEXINGTON — On Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, uptown Lexington hosts the second annual BBQ Capital Cook-off.
International teams will compete for a grand prize of $15,900. The 2011 event brought 54 competitive teams and over 75 judges from across the United States.
Things get started Friday at 6 p.m. Food will be available from barbecue vendors who are also competing, there will be wine and beer sampling, cooking demonstrations, a corn hole throw down, kids activities, and be sure to bring a chair to listen to the music: Scott Gibson and The Side Affects play Friday from 6-7 p.m. and The Broadcast from 7-9. On Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon, Sanctum Sully will be performing followed by Big Daddy Love from until 2 p.m. The music wraps up at 3 with Hunter Hayes sponsored by Q104.1.
For more information visit www.uptownlexington.com where you will find an event schedule and map.
Community Band
CONCORD — On Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m., the Piedmont Prime Time Community band will present its tenth annual spring concert at the Vintage Motor Club Conference & Events Center located in Gibson Mill, 325 McGill Ave. NW.
The band is a 49 member, non-profit volunteer organization and will present an enjoyable afternoon of musical art and entertainment. Admission is free and donations will be accepted. For more information call Jon Hutchinson at 704-425-3508 or go to www.primetimeband.org.
Groups in joint concert
The Trinity Singers and Ringers and the Y’s Wonders will present a joint concert entitled “All Aboard!” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Trinity Oaks Retirement Center in the special events room. A reception will follow the concert, which is free and open to the public.
Members of each of the groups are senior citizens from all walks of life and musical abilities who share a love of making music. Directors are Karl Kinard, Trinity Ringers; Rosemary Kinard, Trinity Singers; and Kathy Norris, Y’s Wonders. Rob Durocher serves as accompanist for the Trinity Singers.
A special addition to this year’s performance will be a lively arrangement of “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” and “The Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe” by the combined choirs, accompanied by Foster Owen on banjo.
Since their founding, the groups have performed for numerous churches and organizations. In March, the Trinity Ringers were selected as the gold medal winners in the Silver Arts Performing Arts Competition.
Faith Fourth deadline
Entries are now being accepted for the Faith Fourth of July parade and Faith Idol contest. Deadline for entries for both is June 18. Call James, Sylvia or Pam Alexander at 704-279-2256 for details.
Age categories for Faith Idol are age 12 and under, age 13-18 and age 19 and up (adult). This event is held during the Faith Fourth of July celebration. Call 704-279-2256 for more information.

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