View the work of Cambodian artist Pean Peuv at the library

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rowan Public Library and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College are working together to bring a remarkable art exhibit to the public library.
“Memories from the Killing Fields,” which features approximately 20 paintings created by Cambodian artist Pean Peuv, will open at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Rowan Public Library headquarters, 201 W., Innes St.
Peuv’s paintings are recollections of the artist’s experiences as a child in the war-torn country of Cambodia during the rule of the Khmer Rouge from 1975-79.
Colorful and expressive, the artwork primarily depicts rural scenes from Cambodia’s “Killing Fields.”
The artist lives in Cambodia; however, through the assistance of the Asolare Fine Arts Foundation in Lexington, his artwork has been made available to share.
The exhibit will open with a program presented by Lang Leng, a fellow Cambodian and friend of the artist.
The program and exhibit are free and open to public. A reception will follow.
Additionally, the library will show the movie “The Killing Fields” as an accompaniment to the art display. Film viewers under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Visit or call 704-216-8232 for more information.
Who goes on a sugar fast in a house filled with attorneys? A wellness coach.
When a well-meaning but ambitious wellness coach takes on a 14 year-old who’s off her meds, a frustrated attorney, a homeless guitarist, and a bloated detective, chaos ensues.
From the playwright who brought us the internationally successful Dirty Barbie & Other Girlhood Tales, comes a new modern comedy written specifically for Lee Street theatre.
Corroboratively developed by Lee Street theatre, Jim Epperson, and Denise Laughlin Stewart, this first commissioned piece builds and expands the Lee Street theatre vision of encouraging and developing new work.
Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11 at The Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St.
Questions? Email or call 704-310-5507.
Uncle Buck’s All American Pub & Grub, 127 S. Main St., will host “Magic Mondays” from 6 to 8 p.m., with magician Glen Yost in the house, dazzling the masses, plus other fun surprises for kids’ nights.
For more information, call 704-633-3750 or visit
SPENCER — The NC Transportation Museum will present special self-guided tours for the general public that relate to African American inventors, inventions, stories and figures in transportation history.
“Hands On History” tours will allow the public to see and experience a unique take on Black History Month as it relates to transportation history.
Stories of black inventors include Garrett Morgan, who received a patent for his traffic signal in 1923. The hand crank traffic signal became the standard used across North America, eventually leading to a citation of achievement from the U.S. government.
Eli Janney created an invention that potentially saved life and limb of many railroad workers, a knuckle style coupler that locks locomotive cars to each other.
Pullman Porters, the Hook and Step Ladder Company and more will be featured during these specialized tours.
Visitors will receive a special map in Barber Junction and can follow the “Hands On History” signs around the museum as they highlight the featured exhibits.
Visit for details.
CHARLOTTE —Charlotte’s furry forecaster, Queen Charlotte, is back for her annual royal ruling.
Charlotte’s only live groundhog shadow check is at the Charlotte Nature Museum on Groundhog Day from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Guests can meet Queen Charlotte and her Charlotte Nature Museum “court” of experts before the shadow check, which begins promptly at 1:30 p.m.
Afterward will be a celebration with special Creature Feature activities for kids.
Contact Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road at 704-372-6261.
RALEIGH — Since 1998 North Carolina’s Sir Walter Wally has been gaining national attention for his “hognosticating,” or rather prognosticating, abilities.
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ 17th annual Groundhog Day celebration will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. with the shadow ceremony beginning promptly at 1 p.m. on Bicentennial Plaza in front of the Museum.
Visitors can also take advantage of educational stations as well as games and activities.
Anyone can download a free Groundhog Day Kit from, which includes a Weather Watch Activity Guide for grades K-8.
For more information about Groundhog Day, contact Miranda Wood at or 919-707-9885.
Chris Trapper will be live in concert with special guest Andrew Hodges on Feb. 7 as part of the Winter Concert Series at Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St.
For more information, visit, email or call 704-310-5507.

CONCORD — Blues giant Mac Arnold and his band are coming to Concord’s Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., on Friday, Feb. 8.
Arnold’s first band had James Brown playing piano. He moved to Chicago and soon was touring and recording with Muddy Waters and recorded albums with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker.
He played bass with Otis Redding and B.B. King as well as on the Sanford and Son television show.
Tickets to the show are $25 and may be purchased at or 704-920-2753. All seats are reserved.
Arnold’s band plays traditional blues. Besides Arnold, Plate Full O’ Blues includes Austin Brashier, guitar and vocals; Max Hightower, harmonica, keyboards, guitar and vocals; Tez Sherard, drums and vocals; and Joe Jones, bass and vocals.
MOCKSVILLE — Broadway’s Best Theatre Company announces their first production for 2014, “On Broadway and In Love.”
Songs of love with selections that are warm, romantic and sometimes funny, from dozens of hit Broadway musicals.
The show kicks off Thursday Feb. 6 with a discounted preview performance at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7 is opening night with the theatre’s First Friday Club Discount, plus a reception hosted by the Broadway’s Best Theatre Guild.
Regular performances continue on Feb. 8 and 9 and then on the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th. All evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances start at 2 p.m.
On Friday, Feb. 14 the theatre is offering a special Valentine’s Gala performance with catering, champagne punch, a raffle and special treats.
The Gala requires advance reservations (deadline is Sunday Feb. 9), first come first serve. Cost is an additional $20 above the single or season tickets prices.
For tickets and information visit
GOLD HILL — The annual meeting of the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation will be held Monday.
The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at the Russell-Rufty Memorial Shelter; doors will open at 6 p.m.
A social hour will be held following the meeting with refreshments in the Veterans Room.
Those interested in the history of the area may attend the informative meeting.
Reservations are not required. See for more information.
Rowan Public Library will host the second annual Classic Chicks Film Festival and Spa Night, this year in two locations and on two nights.
• Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m. at the library headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St., and
• Monday, Feb. 17, 6-8 p.m. at South Rowan, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove.
The evening begins with light refreshments, followed by a series of short musical and comedy films. In between films, be pampered with foot soaks, facials and more.
Bring your mother, sister or best friend to this special event.
Admission is free, but space is limited. Ensure your spot today by registering at or by calling 704-216-8229.

SPENCER — A Valentine’s Day gift to remember is available for your favorite rail fan from the N.C. Transportation Museum.
“At the Throttle” gift certificates are now available, offering a chance to put your loved one into the cab of the Lehigh Valley No. 126 steam locomotive.
You or your rail fan could live the dream of stepping into the cab, firing up a steam locomotive and powering down the tracks.
No previous locomotive experience is required to participate.
A qualified engineer will be in the cab at all times, but participants will enjoy a full half hour operating the engine, following a safety orientation.
The museum has again partnered with the Gramling Locomotive Works to bring the 1931 Lehigh Valley Coal No. 126 to the N.C. Transportation Museum for this amazing experience.
“At the Throttle” dates are March 1, 8, 22 and 29 and April 5, 12 and 26. Sessions will be held each half hour between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. N.C. Transportation Museum members receive a discount.
Rides can be scheduled by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 257 or 237 or by emailing or
Participants must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license. Release forms are required.