Arts and Entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 5, 2012

‘Music from the Porch’
COOLEEMEE — Cooleemee native Selena Fowler Barker will perform live in concert at the Gospel, Worship & Praise Concert to be held on Saturday, July 7, the second Music from the Porch benefit for the Cooleemee Historical Association this summer.
Admission is $5 at the gate, and is free for children 12 and younger. The Cook Shack will open for hot dogs, drinks and more at 5 p.m. Music begins at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.
The line up includes bluegrass gospel from Broke-N-Lonesome, followed by Selena, followed by Crucifixed, whose lead vocalist Stephen Allred grew up on Potneck Road and graduated from West Rowan High School.
Tastebuds Art Exhibit
Now through Aug. 31, Tastebuds will host an exhibit of Rail Walk Studio artists including Ingrid Erickson, Sharon Forthofer, Karen Frazer, Annette Ragone Hall, Elizabeth McAdams, Liese Sadler and Marietta Foster Smith.
The exhibit is free and available for the public to see Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m-5:30 p.m. Tastebuds Coffee & Tea is located at 106 N. Main St. Call 704-245-4134 for details.
Nature Day Camp
Dan Nicholas Park will hold a Nature Day Camp next week, July 9–11, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. for rising 4th–8th graders. Topics include water quality, fishing, animal keeper tag-along, art and animal photography.
The cost is $40. Space is limited so pre-registration is a must. Contact david.jones@ or call 704 216-7819.
Dan Nicholas Park is located at 6800 Bringle Ferry Road.
Christian Metal night
The Inn is geared up for another popular Christian Metal music nights tomorrow, Friday, July 6.
Friday’s music, beginning at 4 p.m., features Security In Wisdom, Fall of Goliath, A Heart Divided, I For One, Ekklasia, Silent No Longer, Instead of Sleep, The Helper, Signals The Sky, Take Heart and Beacons.
The regular Saturday night music event includes The Follow Me Tour with Travis Hash and Arms of Mercy.
The Inn is located at 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150, near KFC.
Shag dance classes
Learn to Shag on Mondays at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St., beginning July 9. Instructors are Ashley and Tobitha Stewart, pro division dancers in the Competitive Shag Association (
• Beginner 6:30 p.m. • Beginner II 7:15 p.m. • Intermediate/Advanced 8:15 p.m. The cost is $10/person, no partner needed. Contact Tobitha at 704-202-9655 or Diane Harrington at 704-279-6168.
‘Voices that Change’
First Baptist Church of Salisbury presents vocal impressionist Michael Kelley in “Voices that Change,” a fundraising benefit for the Family Crisis Council.
With imitations ranging from Ray Charles to Ed Sullivan to Kermit the Frog to Elvis Presely to Walter Brennan, Kelley entertains with impressions, nostalgia and personal testimony.
Showtime is 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at First Baptist, 223 N. Fulton St. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children 12 an d under get in free. For more information call 704-639-9580 or 704-633-8999.
‘9 to 5’ auditions
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre announces auditions on July 15-16 for “9 to 5: The Musical,” music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton and based on the 20th Century Fox picture.
Registration is from 7-8 p.m. and auditions are from 7-9 p.m. and will consist of a cold read from the script and 8-10 bars of a prepared song (bring sheet music for accompanist). Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for dance/movement audition.
Ten women and nine men are needed, plus ensemble men and women.
Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW. Call 704-788-2405 or visit
Catawba alumnus stages play
“A Raisin in the Sun” will be offered by Evening Star Productions, Inc., a Charlotte-based production company founded and operated by 2011 Catawba College alumnus Tony Mullins of Charlotte. The production will run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14 and July 20 and 21 at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square in uptown Charlotte.
Cast members include Tony Mullins as Walter Lee Younger, Jr.; Myrna Chase as Lena (Mama) Younger; Tiffany Renea as Ruth Younger; Donna Steel as Beneatha younger; Robert Jackson as Travis; Rico Tinnin as George Murchinson and Bobo; Kineh N’Gaojia as Joseph Asagai; and Nathan Morris as Karl Linder. Mikey Farrell serves as stage manager for the production.
Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, 65 and older, and students.
For more details about Evening Star Productions, visit
July at Discovery Place
CHARLOTTE — Be blinded by science this summer at Discovery Place. The Museum’s three hands-on Explore More labs have new themes for the month of July • Discover ‘what’s watt’ with Light and Optics in Explore More Stuff • Dive head first into Fish in Explore More Life and splash around for a bit with some of the ocean’s coolest residents • Go international by identifying and connecting objects with the natural world in Explore More Collections.
Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon St. Parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. 704-372-6261 or