Arts & Entertainment Briefs, May 15-21

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 15, 2014

This weekend is the last chance to catch the 6th Annual 10-Minute New Play Festival ‘Office Hours.’  Performances of these six world premiere comedies, written by local authors, are tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, at 704-310-5507 or
Season 7 announced
In other LSt news, Season 7 productions have been announced. The 2014-2015 schedule includes:
• Until They All Come Home, A Tribute to the USO with host Kent Bernhardt; August 2014
• Lee Street theatre’s 2014 One-Act Play Festival; September 2014
• RENT, presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International; November 2014
• Christmas in the Country, with Matthew Weaver, Graham Carlton, Mary Gillespie, Carol Harris and Tripp Edwards; December 2014
• Sounds of the Sixties, by the Lee Street Cabaret; January 2015
• St. Thomas Players present Becky’s New Car, by Steven Dietz; February 2015
• The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged); April 2015
Yard Sale, the 7th Annual 10-Minute New Play Festival; May 2015
St. Thomas Players present A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen; June 2015
• A Few Good Men, by Aaron Sorkin; July 2015
Season ticket information is available at 704-310-5507 or
‘Call for directors’ deadline is Monday
Lee Street theatre’s open invitation for would-be directors to submit a play they would like to direct expires Monday. Three plays will be chosen as part of Lee Street theatre’s regular 2014-2015 season for a two-week run. Submissions must arrive before May 19 by email to subject line: ‘One-Act Festival’; or by mail to Lee Street theatre, ‘One Act Festival’, 329 N. Lee St., Salisbury NC 28144.
Jenny Lee Wright presents her one-woman comedy show “A Narcissistic Evening of Neurotic Behavior” Friday at 7:30 at Spoken Space Theatre, 405 N. Lee St.
With nine characters pulled from the depths of the American psyche, Jenny examines our vast and strange culture. Serious topics, ridiculously covered, include: millennial angst, sub-sub-sub culture dating, and space-time continuum vortex.
Wright, a Charlotte actress who has been developing the show for several months, will give its premier performance here in Salisbury.
Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information or advance tickets, visit
Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., the Concert Choir will present a free concert highlighting the works of J.S. Bach and composers influenced by him. It will showcase classical and contemporary choral work including the zany work “The Seasonings” by P.D.Q. Bach. The concert will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St.
MayFest 2014 is underway at the Rowan County Fairgrounds on Julian Road, through Sunday.
Gates open tonight and Friday at 6 p.m. and stay open through 10 p.m.
Hours on Saturday and Sunday are 1 to 11 p.m.
As well as carnival rides on the midway and live entertainment nightly, visitors can also enjoy No Joes Clown Circus, monster truck rides, magic shows, craft shows, wrestling matches, the petting zoo, camel rides, food vendors and much more.
Admission is $3 and children under 3 get in free.
See more details about MayFest on Facebook.
Rowan Rose Society’s 55th annual Rose Show will be held at West End Plaza at 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The show will feature hundreds of rose blooms including the large flowered hybrid teas that everyone loves as well as new varieties, fragrant old roses and miniature roses. A special display will contain award winners from each class, including Queen of the Show. Society members will be available to answer questions about rose culture and, for those who are interested in learning more about all the many kinds of roses and details of rose culture, membership in Rowan Rose Society will be available at half price.
In addition to displays of individual roses, a section will be devoted to a variety of flower arrangements emphasizing the use of roses.
All area rose growers are welcome to enter roses between 6:30 and 10 a.m. Saturday.
At the close of the show on Sunday, show roses will be sold with proceeds to benefit the American Rose Society. For more information, call Clyde Harriss, 704-633-7024.
CLEVELAND — The Town of Cleveland presents the Eleventh Annual Spring Festival and Memorial Day Tribute on Saturday at Cleveland Town Park.
11:30 a.m. is kick-off time with the pledge to the flag by the Rowan County Veteran Honor Guard. From noon until 8 p.m. there will be food, vendors and TC’s Amusement Rides and Flex Fly.
From noon until 4 p.m. will be information and demonstrations by the Rowan Aero Modelers Society and also at noon, the antique car display by the Mopar Car Club begins.
At 3 p.m. is the flag retirement ceremony (visitors are invited to bring their own old flag to retire) by Kennedy Hall American Legion Post 106, and from 4 until 8 p.m. see Chris Benfield and his free balloons and magic show.
The day of celebration culminates at 9:15 p.m. with a fireworks show. For more information, call the Cleveland Town Hall at 704-278-4777.
FAITH — Entries are now being accepted for the Faith Idol Contest, which is held during the Faith 4th of July Celebration. Age categories are:
• 12 and under
• 13 to– 18 (Junior)
• 19 and up ( Adult)
Deadline for entries is Saturday, June 21. The fee is $10. For more information or to enter, call James, Sylvia or Pam Alexander at 704-279-2256.
This program is a tribute to the great anthems of the 1980s featuring groups like the Police, Duran Duran, Icicle Works, Depeche Mode and others. Astonishing laser art is coupled with upbeat rock and pop songs. To enhance the experience, the audience is invited to wear tasteful ’80s Retro attire. Note: viewer discretion is advised; some songs may contain lyrics and images inappropriate for young children.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for age 12 and under. The Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium is located at 1636 Parkview Circle; park and enter in the back from Lilly Avenue. Call Horizons Unlimited at 704-639-3004 for more information.
Spencer — Where can you go to have a free strawberry dessert plus see the likes of “Elvis Presley,” “The McGuire Sisters,” North Rowan Middle School cheerleaders and drill team, North Rowan High School cheerleaders, Alexis Cowan, Mallory Braun, Natalie Wittich and other local performers? Plus special guests Coach Andrew Mitchell and the North Rowan High School boys basketball 1-A conference championship and state championship runner-up team? Only at Spencer Presbyterian Church’s strawberry festival this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. on the grounds and in the fellowship hall. A variety of individual strawberry desserts will be served. (No whole pies or cakes.) The church is located on 1st Street in Spencer across from the entrance to the NC Transportation Museum.
GOLD HILL — Bread Riot’s fourth annual farm-to-fork family dinner is slated for Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Bread Riot, a local foods advocacy non-profit, will feature a farm-to-fork buffet consisting exclusively of locally procured ingredients. This year, the event will be held again at Morgan Ridge Vineyard, 486 John Morgan Road in Gold Hill.
Bread Riot’s signature event is a family-friendly, casual dining experience. The full course dinner will be prepared by Chef Jason Nain, who prepares the food at Morgan Ridge Vineyards.
The “Riot” starts at 3 p.m. with tours of the vineyard, children’s activities, music and vendors. Local bands, headlined by No. 9 Coal, will entertain throughout the afternoon and dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Bring a chair or a blanket for seating. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. At the door, ticket prices are $35 and $15. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at as well as Pottery 101, Morgan Ridge Vineyard, Salisbury-Rowan Visitors Center and at the Salisbury Farmer’s Market.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center hosts the second in a series of artists talks on contemporary art with “Process as Document: A Talk on Contemporary Sculpture” on Tuesday, May 27 from 6 to 7 p.m.
This discussion of contemporary practices in sculpture will be presented by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College studio art instructor, Peter Goff. Goff will explore the relationships between material, process and documentation in contemporary sculpture. The talk will be followed by a brief audience question and answer session.
Goff came to North Carolina to attend Penland School of Crafts after earning his BA in studio art. He earned his MFA in studio art from UNC-Greensboro.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested to or 704-636-1882 if you plan to attend.
Granite Quarry — The 11th annual multicultural celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday featuring music presented by East Rowan band ensembles and Granite Quarry Strings.
There will also be a prayer circle dedicating the eighth Peace Pole proclaiming “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight languages, as well as a free hot dog lunch. Granite Lake Park is located at 500 N. Salisbury Ave.
A one evening pottery class that offers the opportunity to try the potter’s wheel. A fun night out for ages 14-adult. $35. Available dates: June 4, 18, 25 July 9, 16, 23, 30.
Saturday Kid’s Classes
Each week, May 31 through July 19, students make a pottery piece related to a central theme. No experience required. Ages 6-14, $35.
Beginning & Intermediate Wheel Class
Starts June 5. Designed for beginners and for those with some experience working with clay. Thursdays 6:30-9 p.m., June 5-July 31 (except the week of July 4). $200 plus $10 lab fee.
Advanced registration required for all classes. Phone: 704-209-1632.
Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St.,
“A Soulful Journey,” a one day women’s retreat, will be held at Center for Faith & the Arts on Saturday. It will include an opening drum circle, movement, meditation and imagery, as well as coffee and conversation. Retreat facilitators are Myra Tannehill, Nancy Gaines, Claudia Galup and Karen Campbell.
The cost is $65 per person and space is limited so registration is required. Register online, by email or by phone at or or 704-647-0999.


CONCORD — At 7 p.m. on Friday and again at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the Piedmont Choral Society will present a free concert of favorite selections from masterworks. Hear Brahms, Beethoven and Mozart along with American and modern day musicians. A reception will follow each concert. Joe Judge directs, Carol Cone accompanies. The concerts will be held at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. N. Call 704-699-6053 for details or email

Concord — Historic Bost Grist Mills presents their second annual Heritage Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family-oriented event features unique handmade arts and crafts, modern day goods, food, kids’ activities and more. Admission is free. Historic Bost Grist Mill is located at 4701 Hwy 200, 704-782-1600,
CONCORD — The Cabarrus Arts Guild announces its annual judged art show to be held Sunday at the Guild Gallery on 11 Union St. It features 2D art, 3D visual art, photography, digital altered photography and fiber art. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third as well as two a honorable mention, at the reception, held from 2 to 4 p.m. The Guild Gallery is located at 11 Union St. (lower level).
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, announces its lineup for the 2014-2015 season. In this, its 39th year, OCT will offer “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” created by Roger Bean, “Proposals” by Neil Simon, “Jesus Christ Superstar” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and “Red, White and Tuna” by Ed Howard, Jaston Williams and Joe Sears. Season Tickets are available at 704-788-2405 or


CHARLOTTE — Leonard Nimoy’s “Vincent” will be presented by Starry Night Theater Company, a professional touring company, at the Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center for five performances only, May 29 through June 1. This one-man play about artist Vincent van Gogh, written by Leonard Nimoy and performed by professional actor James Briggs, will take place at the Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 North Tryon St.
Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for seniors and students, available at 704-372-1000 and
CHARLOTTE — America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at Ovens Auditorium on Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. at, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
CHARLOTTE — The all-new, live stage show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” promises to be an evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. The event is Nov. 24 at the Belk Theater. Call 704-372-1000 or visit for ticket information.
CHARLOTTE — Celebrate a night of Broadway’s Best at this free event. Watch the Tony Awards ceremony live on the big screen in the McGlohon Theater, enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, prize giveaways and have your photo taken on the red carpet with a real Tony Award.
The annual viewing party is Sunday, June 8; doors open at 7, the pre-show presentation begins at 7:30 and at 8 p.m. the Tony Awards publicast begins, all at The McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.
Call 704-372-1000 or visit for details.


Asheboro — The Randolph Arts Guild (RAG) announces a call for “The Chicken Art Show.” Artists can submit their chicken art or their chicken’s art at for consideration.
Selected works will be displayed at the Randolph Arts Guild’s Sara Smith Self Gallery at 123 Sunset Ave. in downtown Asheboro during the month of August.
The call is open to any human artists or chicken artists living and working in the US. Deadline for entries is June 20. The fee is $5 per entry (limit to three per person or chicken.). There will be cash prizes awarded .
The show is set to open Tuesday, Aug. 5. Visit for complete details.


WINSTON-SALEM — Old Salem Museums & Gardens is presenting a series of puppet shows this spring and summer. Heirloom Puppet Theater shows feature historically-based puppet performances for all ages. Puppet shows are included in All-in-One tickets or cost $2 per person. Performances are held in the Frank L. Horton Museum at 924 S. Main St. Call 336-721-7300 or visit


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