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Arts & Entertainment news March 5-11

JackRabbit Slim’s Live Music Pub goes live 

On Tuesday, JackRabbit Slim’s Live Music Pub, 209 S. Main St., hosted a rehearsal open to the public, and on Wednesday a songwriter’s jam musician networking session.

This evening at 7 p.m. as part of the Thursday solo performers series, local favorite Danny Franklin will play.

At 7 p.m. on  Friday is the Artist Showcase (open mic) hosted by Mo Brines and capping off the week at 8 p.m. Saturday, full band night features the group Ultralush.

Visit www.facebook.com/jackrabbitslimspub to learn more.


West Rowan talent show tonight

MT ULLA — West Rowan High School presents their annual talent show this evening Thursday March 5 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at 8050 NC 801. This event is slated to feature singing, dancing, and other talents. Awards will then be given by a panel of judges. Tickets sold at the door are $5. “


Brand New Opry at The Davis tonight

CONCORD — Local favorite Brand New Opry will be back at the Davis Theatre on this evening. Thursday, March 5.

The traditional bluegrass show hosted by Jeff Whittington begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. South in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse. Tickets are $15 at the box office, 704-920-2753 or www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org


PPT news

‘CATS’ — Piedmont Players Theatre presents the Tony winning musical ‘CATS.’ Adult tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students. Call 704-633-5471 or visit PiedmontPlayers.com

Show dates are March 12-14 and 18-21 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on March 15 at 2:30 p.m. The Meroney Theater is located at 213 S. Main St.

— Open auditions for the comedy ‘One Man, Two Guvs’ — Tryouts are Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Call 704-633-5471 or visit www.PiedmontPlayers.com

— Youth auditions for ‘Charlotte’s Web’ — Youth auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31 at 4 and 5 p.m. in the Norvell Theater, at 135 E. Fisher St. Only 25 spots per time slot are available and are by appointment only. Call 704-633-5471 to sign up or visit www.PiedmontPlayers.com


Hall House is open for the season

The Hall House is now open for the 2015 season! Guided tours run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and are just $5. Bring your family by to hear some of the stories this 195 year-old house has to share. The Dr. Josephus Hall House is located at 226 S. Jackson St.


Bluegrass & Blue Jeans Benefit for Sole Hope

MT ULLA — The Bluegrass & Blue Jeans Benefit for Sole Hope willl be held on Sunday, March 8 beginning at 6 p.m. at Back Creek Presbyterian Church. An evening of bluegrass music performed by the Back Creek Bluegrass Boys, plus a hot dog supper will support the Salisbury-based Sole Hope charity. Monetary donations are welcome, as well as old blue jeans which will be used to create shoes for children and adults in Uganda, Africa.

Sole Hope offers hope, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief. Back Creek is located at 2145 Back Creek Church Road. Call 704-278-2798 for details.


Luck O’ the Irish First Friday Downtown

On Friday, March 6, Downtown is the place to be to enjoy the following activities:

5-8 p.m. — Gold Coin Hunt and Family Activities (free).
Participate in the Luck O’ the Irish Family Giveaway by shopping and dining to earn coins for prizes. Wear your favorite green outfit and enjoy free trolley rides, face painting and sidewalk music. Plus, there will be scenic horse and carriage rides around downtown.

5-8 p.m. — Children can put together bird houses for use in Catawba College’s Stanback Ecological Preserve thanks to the efforts of Catawba College senior Eli Wittum and Colleen Smiley, a National Wildlife Federation Fellow. Held in front of Downtown Catawba’s storefront at 100 W. Innes St. in the Plaza Building. See today’s Education section for more details.

5-8 p.m. — Grand opening and open house at the Eastern Costume Company,
112B S. Main St., with an inventory of more than 40,000 costumes.

8 p.m.-1 a.m. — Downtown Salisbury Pub Crawl.
Advance tickets are $10 and $15 on event day, if there are any left. Tickets include an event wristband, walking map, Downtown Dollars for participating bars/restaurants and a souvenir selection from the Pot O’ Gold bucket. After-parties at participating bars will begin at 1 a.m. until close. For age 21+ only; no exceptions. A valid ID will be required at check-in. No refunds. Rain or shine. Information and tickets at http://downtownsalisburync.com/play/upcomingevents/756-luck-o-the-irish-2015.


AAUW presents ‘Remembering Maya Angelou’

At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, Dr. Patricia Trueblood, storyteller and motivationalspeaker, will present “Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou.” The program will also include poem readings in honor of Dr. Angelou, by Linda Hauze, Sarah Huntley and Annick Dalton. Light refreshments will be provided. This free event is ponsored by American Association of University Women, Salisbury branch, and will be held at the J. F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. W. For details. contact president Kathy Pulliam at 704-636-6082 o r visit http://salisbury-nc.aauw.net


Auditions for ‘A Doll’s House’ in the works

The past comes back to haunt adoring housewife Nora as she attempts to conceal a shameful correspondence that would taint the family’s honor. Copies of the script for St. Thomas Players’ upcoming production of “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen will be available soon to to check out. All roles are available. Visit www.leestreet.org/auditions/ for more information.

Spoon carving class returns

GOLD HILL — Steve Martin has been carving spoons for more than 20 years. He specializes in the use of traditional hand tools and traditional techniques, emphasizing safety and environmental awareness, and use of green wood. This is the third year Steve has been teaching spoon carving at River Pines in Gold Hill. No student under 18 will be allowed without prior approval. Each student or guardian must sign a release, prior to start of class. Classes will be offered   March 28, May 23, July 25 and October 24, starting at 9 a.m. and finishing about 5 p.m. River Pines Pottery is located on St. Stephens Church Road, approximately one block north of Old Beatty Ford Road, across from bakery. $50 covers instruction, materials and use of instructor’s tools. Preregister at 704-279-9087 or stephensmartin@msn.com


Special exhibit to open at Aquarium

CONCORD —  “Claws,” a brand-new special exhibit at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, is now open to the public.

Recognized as having the largest leg span of any crustacean, the highlight of the new exhibit is the Japanese spider crab, a crab that can grow up to 14 feet wide or the size of a small car. These unique creatures can inhabit depths of up to 2,000 feet and are typically found crawling along the seabed of the Pacific Ocean near Japan. Another unique creature, the brightly colored peacock mantis shrimp can punch its prey with speed 50 times faster than the blink of a human eye, allowing it to break though the shells of clams and mollusks. Speaking of eyes, these crustaceans have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom.

The aquarium is at Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. The exhibit is included in regular admission. For ticket information, visit www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord


150th anniversary of Battle of Bentonville

FOUR OAKS — Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site at 5466 Harper House Road, will be the site on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, of North Carolina’s largest Civil War reenactment, held on parts of original battlefield.

Saturday’s battle, “The Fight for Morris Farm,” will take place at 3 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to be at the battle location by 2 p.m., as sections for ground seating, chairs and standing room only will fill up fast. Note: battles will not begin until those seated on the ground are in place.

Sunday’s Battle, “Last Grand Charge of the Army of Tennessee and Morgan’s Stand,” will begin at 1:30 p.m.. Visitors are encouraged to be at the battle location by noon.

For more information, visit www.fobb.net/150thBentonville/Information.aspx


Latta Celtic Festival and Celtic Music Night fundraiser

HUNTERSVILLE — Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day is the annual Latta Celtic Festival. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and learn about Celtic people throughout history. Enjoy live music form Thistledown Tinkers, Sterling Bridge, and the Loch Norman Pipe Band, Scottish dance performances and more.

See Celtic Warriors spanning from the MedievalTimes to WWII and visit with Scottish Clans. Shop with Celtic vendors, enjoy food from the Scottish Cottage, and grab a cold beer from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (just to name a few). Kids activities include games, storytelling, visiting farm animals, and more.

Historic Latta Plantation is at 5225 Sample Road. Call 704-875-2312 or visit LattaPlantation.org


8th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Latta Plantation

HUNTERSVILLE — Register early for the annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held on April 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic Latta Plantation. Hunt times are determined by age of child (ages 1-10 only). Admission is $6 per child and $6 per adult. One free adult per child. Bring your own basket. Visit www.lattaplantation.org for registration information.


Avett Brothers at MerleFest 2015

WILKESBORO — MerleFest 2015 is slated forApril 23-26 and will be headlined by the Avett Brothers, Jim Avett and the Earls of Leicester, Robert Earl Keen, Lee Ann Womack and festival circuit favorites Trampled By Turtles.

The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of WilkesCommunity College in Wilkesboro. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” The current MerleFest 2015 lineup is viewable at www.MerleFest.org/lineup, and additional artists are set to be announced. Tickets for MerleFest 2015 are on sale at www.MerleFest.org or 1-800-343-7857.


‘Art About Women’ show judged by Salisbury’s Don Moore 

HICKORY — Thursday, March 12 is the opening reception for the Spring exhibition “Art About Women,” honoring women and illustrating women’s issues. The work in the show was judged by Salisbury’s Don Moore, long-time coordinator of the art program at Mitchell College in Statesville. Award winners will be announced at the reception. Refreshments will be served. Full Circle Arts is located at 42B Third St. NW, 828-322-7545, fullcirclearts.org


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