Arts & Entertainment news Feb. 19-25

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 19, 2015

PPT presents ‘Macbeth’ — Opening weekend for PPT’s ‘Macteth’ tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

Join the cast immediately following the opening performance for a complimentary reception.

Adults $10, seniors and students $8. For tickets call 704-633-5471 or purchase online at

Show dates:  Feb. 20 and  27 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21 and 28 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Producing Partners:  Edward & Susan Norvell. The Norvell Theater is located at 135 E. Fisher St.


Introducing: The Phoenix Readers

The Phoenix Readers is a volunteer readers’ theatre company comprised of individuals aged 55 and older. As a new endeavor under the St. Thomas Players umbrella, the group will be led by Jim Epperson, Catawba College professor emeritus of theatre arts. There is no preparation required or   previous experience necessary to audition.

Auditions: Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W Harrison St. Parking and entrance behind Haven Lutheran Church.


The Anti-Bully Project and Gospel Explosion  

The Daniel L. Safrit Praise Foundation presents the Anti-Bully Project and Gospel Explosion, on Saturday, Feb. 21. Groups participating include Poetic Chaos, Promised Generation, GQ-4-Eva, Ice, Sherry Songbird, Choir Bio Cam, Shameka Smith, Rare of Breed, Seviin, Capa and Gezell Fleming. Daniel’s father, Scottie Safrit, will also be speaking.

The event, hosted by Apostle Miriam Parker, begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at 627 Newsome Road. There is no charge for admission. Visit to find out more, or call 336-309-3465.


Folkworks open house: meet the teachers 

Carolina Folkworks is hosting an open house on Saturday, Feb. 21. Those interested may come meet the teachers, enjoy light refreshments and participate in a music jam (all levels welcome).

Instruments taught at of Carolina Folkworks wi ll  include banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, and bass, all taught with a focus on bluegrass/folk music.

The  open house is from 2 until 6 p.m. at 1516 S. Main St.


Teresa Moore-Mitchell in concert

Soprano Teresa Moore-Mitchell will be in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in the sanctuary of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St.

Moore-Mitchell, an opera singer who has performed across the country and beyond, will be joined by students at Livingstone and Catawba colleges. Dr. Phillip Burgess, organist/choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Catawba’s director of choral activities, will serve as accompanist.

The event is free and o pen to the public.


World Yoga Day

Artemesia Yoga, 323 W. Harrison St., will celebrate World Yoga Day on Sunday, Feb. 22, beginning at 11 a.m. There will be a   covered dish at 12:30 p.m.

The cost for the event is  a food item or donation for Rowan Helping Ministries. For more in formation, visit or see FB: Artemesia Artworks & Yoga


Martha Bassett in concert at RPL 
The free show begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, with singer, musician, and songwriter Martha Bassett.

Her repertoire has been described by Go Triad as a palette of songs that will either “send shivers down your spine or make your toes tap.”

A native of West Virginia, Bassett has been regularly seen on the stages of Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, and other venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia. She has also opened for acts such as Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers and Chuck Prophet.

This special performance by Martha Bassett will be held in the Stanback Auditorium. Admission is free thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of Rowan Public Library.

Guests may enter the auditorium at the Fisher Street entrance near the historic Henderson Law Office.

For more information, visit or call 704-216-8240.


New location for 23rd annual Salisbury Civil War Show 

The 23rd annual Salsibury Civil War Show will be held Feb. 27 and 28: on Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year it will be h eld at the Event Center, 315 Webb Road.

Buy, sell, trade pre-Civil War through WWI guns, swords, buckles, buttons, bayonets, artillery shells, money, documents, dug artifacts, book, more. Admission is $5 for adults; under 12 get in free. Conact Terry Teff at 704-463-5439.


Chrismons, all new designs 

NAH • Thursday, March 5: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. : Beginner • Thursday, March 5: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. : Intermediate 1 • Thursday, March 5: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. : Intermediate 2

Friday, March 6: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. : Intermediate 1 • Friday, March 6: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. : Intermediate 2

Saturday, March 7: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. : New Beginner • Saturday, March 7: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. : Intermediate 1 • Saturday, March 7: 10 a.m.-1: p.m. : Advanced • Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7790 for reservations/information see

Talent auditions for NCTC Fundraiser

Auditons are 5-8 p.m.  Sunday, March 1: Do you have a musical theatre piece that you’ve been dying to show off? A monologue that will bring the house down? A new original song that you’re dying to debut? Come and audition to be featured talent for the North Carolina Theatre Conference Fundraiser.

Last year, Catawba College’s Blue Masque and Lee Street theatre teamed up and raised more than $600 for the North Carolina Theatre Conference. We want this year to be even bigger so we’re opening up auditions to everyone in the community. Performance: Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. See


Catawba Piano Trio in free concert

HIGH POINT — At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, The Catawba Piano Trio will present a concert  sponsored by Piedmont Artists. It will be held at 109 Penny Road.

The Catawba Piano Trio, based in Salisbury, is comprised of faculty from the music department of the School of Performing Arts at Catawba College.  Members of the Trio are Dr. Daniel Skidmore, violinist; Anne Sellitti, cellist; and Jacob Hahn, pianist.


Regional 8th grade History Quiz Bowl 

MIDLAND —  From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, Kannapolis Middle School and Cannon School will be two of eight middle schools competing in a Jeopardy-style state trivia competition.

The event will be held at Reed Gold Mine in Midland, 9621 Reed Mine Road. Call 704-721-4653 or visit


Fuzzbucket at the Davis

CONCORD — David Domingo and the Fuzzbucket Music Company’s updated version of the old-fashioned variety show is returning to the Davis Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26.

The Fuzzbucket Music Company show is what you would get if you merged The Ed Sullivan Show, A Prairie Home Companion and the Grand Ole Opry. It is the brainchild of David Domingo of Kannapolis who founded the group in 2001. The show includes a revolving line-up of musicians, singers and other performers.

The show is anchored by the house band, the Fuzzbucket Players. The modern folk/bluegrass/country/gospel band includes Domingo on vocals, guitar and bass guitar; Jim Cooper, vocals and 12-string guitar; Marty DeJarnette, fingerstyle lead guitar; Sam Falls, percussion; and Miriam Stirewalt, vocals.

The Fuzzbucket Players will be joined by a diverse line-up of performers:

• Roxbury, Celtic fusion music featuring Cory Peña on the mandolin and Irish step dancer Hannah Simmons;

• Shane Manier, poet, artist and founder of Guerilla Poets;

• Michael G. Nolan, singer-songwriter nominated for Folk Artist of the Year by the Charlotte Music Awards;

• Mitch Hayes, singer-songwriter who plays original folk and Americana music; and

• Cathy Taormina and Sylvia Schultz, classic opera duet.

The theater is located in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse, 65 Union St. S. Tickets are $15 at or 704-920-2753.


Hear old-time music masters Powell and Baugus  

CHARLOTTE —  In a special ticketed event, Charlotte Folk Society presents Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus, two of the country’s most respected old-time music masters,  at  8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Old-time music is the fiddle -and-banjo tradition that gave rise to bluegrass. The concert takes place in the Jim Rivers Fellowship Hall at Wedgewood Church, located at the intersection of Tyvola Road and Wedgewood Drive.

Tickets are $20 at

For more information, visit


Pysanky Egg Workshop

Asheboro — The Randolph Arts Guild welcomes back the popular Ukrainian Pysanky Egg class with heritage craft team composed of mother and daughter, Karen and Grace McFetters.

Pysanky is a 2000-year-old Ukrainian tradition of writing on eggs with wax using imagery and design that symbolizes good luck, posterity and the arrival of Spring.

All materials are included and you take home two completed eggs, egg stands, and a full pysanky kit (to make them at home).

The class is Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Ave. Bring a lunch. Enrollment deadline is March 11. The class cost is $55, for people high school age through adult. Pre-registrer at 336-629-0399.


UNC School of the Arts School of Filmmaking to offer film appreciation class for community

WINSTON-SALEM — The University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking is offering a film appreciation course for the community titled “1939: It Was a Very Good Year.” The course will take place on Tuesdays from March 31 through May 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The course costs $250 and will be held in the Babcock Theatre in the School of Filmmaking on the UNC School of Arts campus, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. To register, visit and for more information call 336-734-2848.

Film historians often rate 1939 as “the greatest year in the history of Hollywood.” Several exceptional motion pictures that premiered in 1939 have gone on to become all-time classic films. The class will explore six of the best films of 1939. Everyone is familiar with “The Wizard Of Oz” and “Gone With The Wind,” but this six-week class will feature other equally brilliant and effective movies.

The films to be featured are:

BEAU GESTE, starring Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston and Susan Hayward, directed by William A. Wellman.

DARK VICTORY, starring Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan, directed by Edmund Goulding.

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, starring Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains and Edward Arnold, directed by Frank Capra.

NINOTCHKA, starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas, written by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

STAGECOACH, starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor and Thomas Mitchell, directed by John Ford.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS, starring Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon and David Niven, directed by William Wyler.




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