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Time Out Arts & Entertainment Briefs Feb. 26-March 4

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For Bluegrass lovers

Bluegrass lovers are invited to enjoy local music in a family environment at “Picking for the Master,” hosted by Trading Ford Baptist Church at 7 p.m. on Friday Feb. 27.

The Yadkin Valley String Band, made up of members from the Davie, Rowan and Davidson counties, will play the opening set. All pickers are invited to then join in a jam session that will conclude the evening (acoustic instruments only).

Concessions will be available and doors will open at 6 p.m. There is no admission charge, but the hat will be passed to help bring in more talent from the surrounding area in future months. “Picking for the Master” is the last Friday night of each month. Call 704 633 5986 for more information.


Southland will be singing for the cure

ROCKWELL — Southland will be singing and praising at Phaniel Baptist Church, 2685 Phaniel Church Road, on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. This is a free concert with a love offering benefitting the search to find the cure for cystic fibrosis. More info at www.scottssing.com or 704-209-3700.


The L-R University A Cappella Choir

CHINA GROVE/SALISBURY — The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir, directed by Paul D. Weber, plans two local winter concerts: On Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in China Grove; and on March 1 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury. They will also perform March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Chapel on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.


Our Song2 at Catawba 

On Sunday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. the Department of Music at Catawba College will present Our Song2, the first of two choral concerts featuring music selected and performed by members of the various choral ensembles on the campus of Catawba College.

Our Song1 was presented last spring, and the format proved to be so successful that it was decided that a repeat performance was necessary. Our Song2 will feature choral selections drawn primarily from the late twentieth century along with traditional folk songs and spirituals.

As in the past, the program will feature the Catawba Singers, the largest choral ensemble on the campus, and the Chamber Singers, a smaller auditioned ensemble. New this year is the Catawba POP A Cappella ensemble, a group devoted to the performance of current hits and contemporary music. This concert will mark their debut performance.

The one hour performance will be held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the campus of Catawba College.

The choirs are under the direction of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, director of Choral Activities and accompanied by Jacob Hahn and. Susan Trivette. The concert is free and open to the public.


Fur fun run/walk

The 5K run/walk for the PAWS fundraiser is Saturday, Feb. 28 starting at 11 a.m. at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Entry is $20 with all proceeds going to the construction of Salisbury’s first dog park. See www.salisburync.gov/PLAY for more information.

Try out for PPT’s ‘1 Man 2 Guvernors’ 

Auditions are 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, March 16-17. In 1960s Brighton, an easily confused Francis Henshall becomes separately employed by two men – Roscoe Crabbe, a local gangster and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class criminal. Francis tries to keep the two from meeting, in order to avoid each of them learning that Francis is also working for someone else. An award winning English adaptation of “Servant of Two Masters,” “1 Man 2 Guvernors” is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. The Guardian gave it 5 stars, saying that it was “A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National’s history. Performance dates April 23- May 2. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., 704-633-5471, www.piedmontplayers.com


Spend an evening with Melanie Keziah

KANNAPOLIS — The 7 p.m. Kannapolis History Associates meeting on Monday, March 2 will feature Melanie Keziah reminiscing about “Virginia’s Fine Women’s Clothing since 1942.” Three generations have passed through Virginia’s since 1942. Keziah is the great-granddaughter of founder Beatrice Davis.

Meet in the A. L. Brown High School social room at 415 E.t First St.

Call 704-932-7518 or 704-796-0803 for more information.


11th annual Thumb Pickers Convention

STATESVILLE — On Friday, March 6 is the convention’s kick-off party at Twisted Oaks Bar & Grill, from 6-9:30 p.m. with Clay Lunsford’s Jazz Group. Tickets are $10.

The 11th annual Thumb Pickers Convention itself takes place on Saturday, March 7, hosted by Mitchell Community College.

Open mic is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and workshops. The pre-show is at 5:30 p.m., and the concert, from 6 to 10 p.m., features Clay Lunsford & Friends, Matthew Weaver, Wayne Henderson & Friends, The Harris Brothers, Parker Hastings, Rick Allred and other guests.

For information and tickets, contact The Iredell Arts Council at 704-873-6100. Tickets are $15 for all day, for concert only $10. For Friday-Saturday, tickets are $25. See www.iredellartscouncil.org


Plein Air news


— Aug. 11-13: Plein Air Painting Workshop taught by John Ebersberger at Waterworks Visual Arts Center

— Aug. 14-15: NC Open Plein Air Paint Out in Salisbury and Rowan Counties.

Goodies for the first 100 to register and awards at the culminating exhibit. The paint out is an opportunity for aspiring young and interested adult painters to work alongside the region’s most successful working artists.


— Plein Air Painting Workshop Aug. 11-13 with nationally known artist John Ebersberger. Class limited to 15. Held at Waterworks Visual Arts Center in conjunction with the NC Open Plein Air Paint Out.

For information or to register contact Waterworks Visual Arts Center, www.waterworks.org or 704-636-1882.


Green Goat events

SPENCER — Coming up at the Green Goat Gallery:

— Kaleidoscope Workshop: March 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. with artist Sue Davis. $45 includes all materials. Bring 5 inch square photo, drawing, or picture to personalize your piece Experience: none. For ages 8 and up. Take-home kits $30.

— Crochet II The Granny Square: March 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For advanced beginners, with Carrie Meyer. Learn half-double, double, and treble stitches. $35 includes yarn and granny square pattern. Bring size H crochet hook. Experience: must know chain, slip stitch and single crochet.

— Art Journal Workshop: March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Instructor artist Carolyn Elkins. Use paint, ink, pastels, stencils, and stamps to create a watercolor Artist’s Journal ready to fill with your thoughts, affirmations, or favorite quotations. No sketching or drawing talent required. $45 includes all materials.

Sign up at Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., call 704-431-4527, or visit www.greengoatgallery.com

Big weekend at the Transportation Museum

SPENCER — Steam train rides, a railroading book sale, and a weather-postponed Piedmont Airlines Day will offer something for families, rail fans, and aviation enthusiasts, and all three events happen Saturday, Feb. 28.

Regular museum admission applies for all events. Admission only is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and active military and $4 for children 3-12. Admission plus a train ride is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and active military, and $8 for children 3-12. Those two and under are always free.

Visit www.nctrans.org for more information.


CFA’s 20th anniversary celebration

Tickets are available now for the celebration on Saturday, March 7 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St.

Music for the evening will be provided by Adam Corriher, Marguerite Keller, Bob Paolino and Brent Lawrence and entertainment by St. Thomas Players as well as a special ceremony honoring our founder Dr. J. Daniel Brown. The evening includes heavy hors e’oeuvres, desserts and open bar. Attire: festive cocktail. Tickets available at 704-6470999.


Nashville in the Carolinas 

MOORESVILLE — Nashville in the Carolinas is a North Carolina singing contest for ages 12 and up. The grand prize winner will win a recording contract with Pretty World Records, the second largest independent label in the world. Randy Marion will give a $1,000 cash prize to the winner, and subsequent prizes for the top five will be awarded.

Auditions will be held in at least five cities in the Carolinas and the final event will be held on April 18 at the Salt Block in Hickory.

The next scheduled audition will be held at Big Hat Larry’s Music shop in Downtown Mooresville from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

Call 828-327-3349 to schedule an audition. For more information, visit www.nashvilleinthecarolinas.com


Hart-Witzen ‘Showdown 4’

CHARLOTTE — On March 7 from 7 to 11 p.m., eight contemporary visual artists compete for ‘best in show’ determined by patron vote. This event is free and open to the public. Voting ends at 10:30 p.m. and winners will be announced at 10:45 p.m.

Hart Witzen Gallery is located at 136 E. 36th St. NOTICE OF DETOUR: 36th St. is closed at the RR tracks; use Tryon Street.


In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone

CHARLOTTE — Market hunter, frontier guide, wilderness scout, master woodsman, expert marksman, Indian fighter, militia leader, surveyor, land speculator, judge, sheriff, coroner, elected legislator, merchant, tavern keeper, prisoner of war, Spanish syndic, husband, and father: Daniel Boone led one of the fullest and most eventful lives in American history, including 21 years in North Carolina before marking Boone Trace into Kentucky 240 years ago in March 1775.

The Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, hosts a History Talk on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. with award-winning author and storyteller Randell Jones. Jones is the author of “Trailing Daniel Boone” and “Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain.”

Visit www.charlottemuseum.org for details.


Potters of the Piedmont Festival 

GREENSBORO — More than 50 regional potters will participate in the Potters of the Piedmont Pottery Festival Saturday April 11 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Located indoors at Leonard Recreation Center, 6324 Ballinger Road, a large selection of handmade, functional, decorative, and sculptural pottery from NC,SC and VA will be available for sale.

The event is free and open to the public. www.pottersofthepiedmont.com

UNCG music events via the web for free

GREENSBORO — UNCG now offers a wealth of music performances live-streamed on the web, at no charge to the user.

Most events are music, ranging from UNCG Symphony Orchestra to University Chorale to jazz. This semester, a UNCG Dance performance will be live-streamed as well.

There will be two UNCG music events live-streamed this weekend:

University Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and the University Chorale on Sunday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Attend them for free at the campus or live-stream from wherever you may be, for free.

To see a schedule, visit performingarts.uncg.edu/events/smtd-live and also see live performances by clicking on the “play” button on the control bar.


Jury event for new artisans

WINSTON-SALEM — Twin City Artisans, a newly established North Carolina Artisans organization, is holding a jury event for new artisans interested in selling their work at juried shows throughout the Piedmont. The event will be held at the South Side Library, 3185 Buchanan St., from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on March 14. Pre-register at www.twincityartisansnc.com or call 704-640-8347.


Martin Short to perform with W-S Symphony in May 

WINSTON-SALEM — The Winston-Salem Symphony is presenting a special concert, “An Evening with Martin Short,” on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. This one-night-only event is a unique opportunity to experience this popular and versatile comedian, actor, and singer.

The concert will take place at the Reynolds Auditorium at 301 N. Hawthorne Road. Tickets will become available for single ticket sales on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 or call 336-464-0145 to subscribe and get early access to “An Evening with Martin Short” tickets.

For more information visit WSsymphony.org


Second annual Sacred Places Tour

Historic Salisbury Foundation will host its second annual Sacred Places Tour, featuring ten historic churches, one cemetery, and a restoration in progress on Saturday March 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At 9:30 a.m. at Organ Lutheran Church, at 1515 Organ Church Road, Rockwell, Kaye Hirst, executive director of the Rowan Museum, will give an introduction highlighting the first settlers and the development of Lutheranism in the area.

The 2015 Sacred Places Tour will feature historic churches along Faith Road and Highway 52 including churches in Faith, Rockwell, Granite Quarry, Gold Hill, and Salisbury.

The tour will give visitors a view of the physical space as well as the stories of those who have played a role in the development of each church. All churches and cemeteries on the tour will be open for visitors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Docents will be present to answer questions and provide more information at each church. Many churches have even prepared a little something extra for their guests to enjoy along the way.

Advanced tickets are $10 each. Day of Tickets will be available at Organ Lutheran Church in Rockwell and Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church in Salisbury for $15.

For more information, call the Historic Salisbury Foundation office at 704-636-0103.

Tour Sites:

Christiana Lutheran Church: 6190 U.S. Hwy 52 : Salisbury

First Baptist Church of Gold Hill: 330 Baptist Church Road: Gold Hill

Gold Hill United Methodist Church: 720 St. Stephens Church Road: Gold Hill

Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church: 2405 Lower Stone Church Road: Rockwell

Michael Braun Cemetery : 770 Stone House Road : Salisbury

Nathan Brown House: 1266 South Main Street (Old U.S. 80): Granite Quarry

Organ Lutheran Church: 1515 Organ Lutheran Church Road: Rockwell

Shiloh Reformed Church of Faith: 100 South Main Street: Faith

Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church: 306 North Church Street: Salisbury

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church : 205 St. Paul’s Church Road : Salisbury

Ursinus United Church of Christ: 116 West Main Street: Rockwell

Wittenberg Lutheran Church : 114 West Bank Street : Granite Quarry




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