Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 10, 2012

GOLD HILL — Saturday, May 12 is Gold Rush Days in Historic Gold Hill. Starting at 10 a.m. and going until 5 p.m., visitors can step back in time through the shops, local artists, crafters, authors and storytellers.
A special feature of the day is the Three River Quilt Guild’s “Airing of the Quilts.”
Gold Rush Days take place in Gold Hill at 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road. For more information, call 704-267-9439 or visit
6 Feet Under auditions
Lee Street Theatre announces auditions for its third annual 10 Minute Play Festival. More than 40 plays were submitted and six were picked to be produced in this year’s festival. All of the plays deal with the overall theme of Six Feet Under. There are roles available for adults all ages.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts. This is a great opportunity for theatre newcomers and veterans alike.
The plays selected for this year’s festival are:
The Business of Six Feet Under Gardening, by Hailey Wade; Exit, Stage 4, by Katie Scarvey; Myrtle Beach, by Jenny Hubbard; Fly (Two Actually. Oh, and a corpse), by Cale Evans; Poor Paddy, by Kurt Corriher; Pandemic Love Tips, by Bill Greene.
Six Feet Under will be directed by Justin Dionne.
Auditions are at 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, May 14- 15 at the Black Box Theater, 405 N. Lee St.
Performances dates are June 6-9. For details email
Metal night at The Inn
It’s Christian Metal night at The Inn on Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. For this special event featuring seven bands, there will be a $12 admission.
Headlining the evening is The Great Commission. Also appearing on stage will be Keep It Secret Keep It Safe, Call Me Captain, Convictions, Serianna, We Are Defiance and xHONORx.
Festival of the Arts kicks off Village Fest
CANNON VILLAGE — The 33rd annual Village Fest Music & Craft Festival will be held in downtown Kannapolis on May 11-12.
On Friday evening, A.L. Brown and Early College high school students present the opening celebration of the festival with dance numbers, vocal solos, slam poetry and musical performances.
This year’s program will include a tribute to Tori Jordan, A.L. Brown graduate and four time Festival performer who succumbed to leukemia in February. A performing arts award will also be named in Tori’s honor and will be presented to an A.L. Brown senior on awards day.
Festival of the Arts is a multicultural program devoted to the visual and performing arts that has raised thousands of dollars to finance CCM projects such as emergency shelter, meals and support for individuals and families experiencing crisis in Cabarrus and southern Rowan counties.
This year’s program is set to kick off at 5 p.m. It is free and family-friendly. At 7 p.m. the gospel group Karen Peck and New River will take the stage.
The festival continues Saturday at 9 a.m. with local dance studios performing until 11:30 a.m., Zumba dancers at 11:45 and at 2 p.m. the Tim Clark Band takes the stage. The festival comes to an end with music provided by Too Much Sylvia from 7-10 p.m.
There will be food, crafts and children’s entertainment. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the music. For more information call 704-932-3808.
St. John’s concert
The St. John’s Lutheran Church Men’s Chorus will present its 17th annual Spring concert, “Sing When the Spirit Says Sing!” at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at St. John’s, 200 W. Innes St.
The Inner Voices (an 18-voice small ensemble directed by Rosemary C. Kinard) will also perform, accompanied by Janie R. Rollins.
Special guest performer will be soprano Teresa Moore-Mitchell. Instrumentalists include Michelle Trivette, saxophone; Daniel Trivette, percussion; and Rob Durocher, minister of music, guest pianist. Also featured will be the St. John’s Handbell Choirs, directed by Kimberly Lentz.
A tribute to mothers in attendance will be included in this Mother’s Day performance. This performance, benefit ing Rowan Helping Ministries, is free and open to the public.
Train museum events
SPENCER — The NC Transportation Museum will host two events on Saturday, May 12.
The sixth annual Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show features bikes of all makes and models built between 1900 and 1992. Hosted by the Triad Classic Motorcycle Club, the show is judged in seven classes, British, American, Japanese, European, Custom, Competition and Retro.
Also on Saturday, the NC Transportation Museum hosts midday fun for fans of Thomas the Tank Engine[0xae] from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thomas himself will not appear at the museum until September; tickets are already available for the Sept. 21-23 and 28-30 “Day Out With Thomas[0xae]” event.
For more details on both of these events, visit
Juneteenth nears
This annual Juneteenth event, which has been celebrated for more than 15 years in Rowan County, will be held at Kelsey Scott Park on June 16-17.
This year’s motto is “Keep it Moving — Towards Prosperity,” and all proceeds will benefit the Back-to-School 2012 giveaway. As a special treat, radio 92.7 FM with Stacy Blackman will be broadcasting live at Juneteenth.
Vendors are invited to apply by June 7. Call Sherry Hawthorne at 704-499-1197 for more information.
Mother’s Day special
CHARLOTTE — The final performance of the CAST production of Floyd Collins (starring Jonathan Coarsey) will be on Mother’s Day, May 13 at the 2:30 matinee. Bring your Mom to the show and her ticket is ‘on the house.’ Call 704-455-8542 for details. NODA@28 St., 2424 North Davidson St.,
Festival Stage season
WINSTON-SALEM — Resident professional theatre company Festival Stage of Winston-Salem wraps up its 2012 season and announces its third season lineup.
The final production of the current 2012 season, “Hatchetman,” takes place May 11-27.
The 2013 season begins with the Southern comedy “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” in October; North Carolina’s first production of the drama “33 Variations” by Moisés Kaufman in February; and the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Proof” in May of 2013.
All shows are at the Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce St. Ticket info: 336-747-1414 or
Burning Coal season
RALEIGH — Burning Coal Theatre Company announces its new season of plays. The 2012/2013 mainstage season includes:
“Brigadoon” by Lerner and Lowe, September 2012; “Shining City,” an Irish ghost story, November 2012; “As You Like It, ” a comedic romp by William Shakespeare, November 2012; “Good, ” A holocaust drama with music, January 2013; “Ruined, ” a story of hope in modern day Africa, April 2013.
Productions take place at the Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001,
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Spring night out
Friday, May 11, is Spring Night Out in downtown Salisbury from 5-9 p.m. This free family event includes trolley rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, the South Main classic car show, a fashion show by Communities in Schools in the Gateway Building, a Drum Circle on Easy Street at 7:30, song-and-dance performances by the NRHS Glee Club at Salisbury Square Antiques at 6:30 and 7:30.
The Kids’ Zone on E. Fisher offers moonbounces, Salisbury Symphony’s musical petting zoo, cornhole with the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, kids’ jousting and archery with the Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux.
On the East Innes Street stage, hear contemporary jazz by The Brubakers from 6 to 9 p.m. Other music downtown includes Jeremy Vess at the Visitors Center, Shana Blake Band at The Blue Vine, Downpor at the Bible Book Store, No. 9 Coal with Jim Avett at Looking Glass Artist Collective, Mailvis at Rowan Onsite Computer Solutions, and Mari Knox at Penny Pinchers.
The popular Salisbury Ghost Walk starts at 7, 8 and 8:30 p.m. at 130 W. Innes St. Reservations are suggested and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Email or call 704-213-4232.
For information on Spring Night Out, call 704- 637-7814 or vivit