Festivals, films, comedy, theater, music and more this weekend

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 13, 2014

It’s Cooleemee chicken stew time

COOLEEMEE — In the old days, tradition was to bring your own bowl — and you still can if you like. On Saturday on the historic Zachary House grounds at 131 Church St., visitors are invited to enjoy some of Walt Ferrell’s and Joey Shore’s famous chicken stew.

There will be three different types of chicken stew. For $5 take your pick or try all three. Hot dogs will also be sold. Serving will start at 4:30 p.m.

It will be an afternoon of family fun with a cornhole tournament to begin at 1 p.m. and a horseshoe tournament at 3 p.m. Registration will begin one hour before each tournament, with an entry fee of $5 each. Cash prizes will be awarded as a 50-50 split of the entry fees. All proceeds from this annual fall event will go to the Cooleemee Recreation Department to help fund kids programs, camps and equipment.

For more information call Sandra Ferrell at the Recreation Department, 336-749-1961.


Free screening of ‘First Generation’

Crosby Scholars, along with Catawba College and Bruce and Kathy McDuffie Sanborn, will offer a free screening of “First Generation,” an award-winning documentary that tells the story of four high school students who break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.

Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of the nation’s top educational experts, it explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.

Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For 9th-12th grade students and their families.

The screening is this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Tom Smith Auditorium,  Ketner Building, Catawba College.

Contact Betsy Mowery, at bmowery@crosbyscholarsrowan.org for details.


‘Gospel comedy event:  ‘Gufu Unleashed’

JKL Productionz presents the gospel comedy of Willette “Gufu “ Johnson, whose comedic gifts and talents unleash joy and laughter. She embraces humor inspired by God. Thee will be live music by Jonathan Stout and Soundz of Joy.

The event will be at the  Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. on Saturday. Doors open at  6 p.m. and the show starts @at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit www.gufugospelcomedy.com for more information.


‘Dinosaurs’ opens tomorrow night

The PPT youth production of “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark” opens Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Meet the dinosaurs at a complimentary reception immediately following the opening performance. Adults tickets are $10, seniors and students are $8. For tickets, stop by the Norvell Box Office, call 704-633-5471 or purchase online at PiedmontPlayers.com.

Show dates: are Nov. 14 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Producing partner is Salisbury Academy. The Norvell Theater is located at 135 E. Fisher St.


Veteran’s Day celebration 

CHINA GROVE — The Price of Freedom Museum, 2420 Weaver Road at the intersection of Patterson Road, will host a Veteran’s Day celebration Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be restored military vehicles to see, and visitors may check on the progress being made at the old Patterson School. There have been many changes since the last program hosted by the museum.

The Ride of Pride Truck will be on display and there will be a free gift for all veterans.

The Millbridge Ruritans will be selling food.

To bring a restored military vehicle to display or to get information, call Bob Mault at 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us


Life Size to perform at Amos’ Southend

CHARLOTTE — Life Size, the popular indie/pop band made up of Catawba College graduates, will take the stage at Amos’ Southend on Friday at Cameron Floyd’s LP release concert. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Life Size members include Silas Boyle of Louisville, Ky.; Jake Martin of St. Louis, Mo.; Allijah Motika of Asheville; Tevin Carr of Statesville; and Greg Moore of Durham. Tickets are $8 in advance at www.amossouthend.com and $12 DOS.


Meet the Cast of ‘The Bully Plays’ at Salisbury High School

Salisbury High School announces the cast of “The Bully Plays,” written by Jose Casas, Eric Coble, Lisa Dillman, Brian Guehring, Dwayne Hartford, Trish Lindberg, Ernie Nolan and Werner Trieshmann.

Salisbury High has partnered with the community relations division of the Salisbury Police Department to produce “The Bully Plays,” a series of short plays and monologues that were commissioned in response to the growing epidemic of bullying. The plays are touching, imaginative, powerful, uplifting and funny.

Ian Gunn – Alex / The Jester / Travis

Taylor Eades – Katie / Antonia / Jenny / Emma

Quson Brown – The Prince / Michael / Brian / Polyphemus

Alex Summers – Lee / Theseus / Jacob

Sarah Jove – The Serving Wench / Katie

Calissa Andersen – Barbara / Cynthia

Nick Veros – Bobby / Chris / George

Zyaria Smyre – Samantha / Cindy

Sarriea Davis – Georgia / Amy / Jessica

Mary Hoffman – Rachel / Cindy

Cameron Boen – Johnny / George II

Omarii Sanders – Matt / Mark / Yannis

Demetrius Cuthbertson – Brandon

Sam Wilson – Eric / Asterion

Maggie Fitzgerald – Maggie

Yolanda Finger – Yolanda

Blake Ingram – Technician

Performances are Nov. 20, 21 and 22 in the SHS auditorium at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the door for $5.

Call 704-636-1221 ext. 126 for more information.


See ‘Words Torn From Pages’ Friday 

‘Words Torn From Pages, the exhibit,’ Lewellen Padgett’s chronicle of how love brought her back to creation, will be held at Artemesia Artworks & Yoga Studio, 323 W. Harrison St. from 6 until 9 p.m. on Friday. Her work uses materials, handmade papers, collections, fibers, the written word and “words torn from the pages of memory.”


Tickets for ‘Christmas in the Country’

Get into the spirit of Christmas with favorite Christmas songs. Enjoy holiday classics performed in true country fashion with Matthew Weaver, Graham Carlton, Mary Gillespie, Carol Harris and Tripp Edwards. “Christmas in the Country — Country Music Show” is coming to Lee Street theatre,  329 N. Lee St., Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 11-13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are  $15 + tax at 704-310-5507 or www.leestreet.org


Two big nights of music at The Inn

7 p.m. Friday: Meet Brian Young, aka Capa, who in April of this year won the grand championship of the Prayze Factor People’s Choice Awards Season 4. He was also recently nominated in four categories for the 2015 Rhythm of Gospel Awards in July. Young’s latest CD will be released worldwide on Nov. 18, the Tuesday after this album release event on Friday.

Dr. Teresa Jordan, known as Pastor T, is the founder of Prayze Factor and will be hosting the event, which will also include speaker Tammy Ruffin, Christian comedian “Aunt Mable,” Catrina Reese, Sherry Songbird, Jasmine Posey, Serenity of Baltimore, Choir Boi Cam, Tawana Ross, Socom as well as the winners from season 5, country bluegrass gospel group Appointed 2. Admission is $5. All proceeds will be donated to The Inn.

7:45 p.m. Saturday: Hear The Restoration Tour from Harriman Tennessee, featuring recording artist Michaela Hatfield, as well as evangelist Chad Argo, who will tell of his near death encounter with drugs. Mercyheart, from Granite City, will be bringing music. Admission is free and donations will be accepted.

The Inn, located at 1012 Mooresville Road, is Salisbury’s only Christian music and entertainment venue. See FB or call 704-213-1467.


Auditions for ‘Becky’s New Car’

Lee Street theatre presents a Center for Faith & the Arts’ St. Thomas Players production of ‘Becky’s New Car,’ written by Steven Dietz. Claudia Galup, artistic director of St. Thomas Players, directs.

Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. at Center for Faith & the Arts (at Haven Lutheran Church), 207 W. Harrison St.

Rehearsals begin in early January. The production runs Feb. 19-22 and 26-28.

All roles are available:

Becky Foster, around 50, an ordinary woman

Joe Foster, around 50, Becky’s husband, a roofer

Chris Foster, 26, their son, a psychology student

Walter Flood, 60s, a very wealthy businessman, widowed

Kenni Flood, 23, Walter’s daughter

Steve, around 50, Becky’s co-worker, widowed

Ginger, 50s, a neighbor of Walter’s, single, attractive

Copies of the script are available for checkout. Email info@leestreet.org to make arrangements.

Questions? Email Jennifer Hubbard, managing director of St. Thomas Players, at jen4hubbard@gmail.com


See the work of local artists downtown

This month at The Framing Gallery, 320 N Main St. across from Koko Java, Artist of the Month is Barbara Duffy, a local artist for 25 years, that specializes in Plein Air and oil paintings. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Saturday, 704-633-1246.

This month at The Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St., see folk art by Wanda Clark and Fall watercolors by Mark Brincefield. Hors are Monday/Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 704-647-0340, www.fineframegallery.com


‘Plowed’ hit-makers Sponge at DJ’s

Hailing from Detroit, Sponge’s debut album “Rotting Piñata,” released in August 1994, featured hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles).” Sponge will be unleashing their newest release “Rotting Alive,” a live CD featuring the tracks from their break through CD “Rotting Piñata” in its entirety at DJs Restaurant. on Saturday night. Advance tickets are $10 and are available now.

For information visit Sponge at spongetheband.com and facebook.com.com/spongerocks or call DJs, 1502 W. Innes St., at 704-638-9647, http://djsrestaurant.com


Call for downtown carolers and choirs

Downtown Salisbury Inc. invites carolers, choirs and bell ringers to help “Sing in the Season” on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Downtown Salisbury. During this First Friday celebration downtown merchants will be open late for holiday shopping.

Each group will be assigned a location in front of a participating merchant and are welcome to collect donations for their church or non-profit of choice.

To sign up your group email mollie@visitsalisburync.com or call 704-637-7814. For more information go to www.DowntownSalisburyNC.com


Participate in the MLK Jr. Day events

Call for Volunteers

For the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration weekend, the Human Relations Council needs volunteers to help plan the holiday parade and breakfast programs. This is a community event needing input from community representatives. Meeting dates are listed at www.tinyurl.com/joinMLK2015. Go to www.humanrelationscouncil.org or email humanresources@salisburync.gov

Call for Performers

MLK Jr. holiday parade is 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, the Human Relations Council invites community groups, bands, dancers and other performers to participate in the parade in Downtown Salisbury. Register your group at www.tinyurl.com/joinMLK2015. Go to www.humanrelationscouncil.org or email humanresources@salisburync.gov

MLK Jr. holiday post-parade celebration, 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015: The Human Relations Council invites community groups, bands, dancers and other performers to participate in the post-parade celebration at Hall Gym. Contact the HRC at humanresources@salisburync.gov

Call for Vendors

MLK Jr. holiday post-parade celebration, 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015: The Human Relations Council is accepting applications for food, craft, and retail vendors to participate in the post-parade celebration at Hall Gym. There is no vendor fee. Register as a vendor at www.tinyurl.com/joinMLK2015. Go to www.humanrelationscouncil.org or email humanresources@salisburync.gov


Broadway’s Best to host the Triad Shakesperience ‘Hamlet’

MOCKSVILLE — Broadway’s Best will host the third in its Visiting Artists series: Triad Shakespearience and its production of “Hamlet.” Performances are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Shakesperience is a relatively new theater group dedicated to bringing productions of Shakespeare’s classics to the Triad.

Rob Taylor, director of Shakesperience and this production, says its version is abridged, running approximately two hours and the emphasis is “on telling the story with clarity.” The production is set in a modern day boardroom of the Denmark Corporation. The cast includes Taylor, John Shea, Linda Minney, Michael Burke, Eran Barnes, Stephanie Nusbaum, Emily Elders, Calie Horton and Jim McKeny.

Adult and senior tickets are $15; students tickets are $10. Snacks will be available and on opening night (Nov. 21) patrons will be treated to a free reception prepared by the Broadway’s Best Theatre Guild. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.broadwaysbest.biz, by phone 336-575-4446 or you at the door with cash or check only.

Coming Dec. 5 through 7: Broadway’s Best will present a special musical revue, “Christmas at Beechtree Place.” Performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Reservations are suggested.

Broadway’s Best Theatre Company is located at 103 Beechtree Place, near the intersection of I-40 and Farmington Road, Exit #174, in Davie County. For tickets and information, visit www.broadwaysbest.biz

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