Arts & Entertainment Briefs, March 12-18

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rowan-Salisbury Student Art Expo

The 2015 Rowan-Salisbury Student Art Expo opens Wednesday, March 18 from noon until 8 p.m. at the Salisbury Civic Center,  315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

The expo continues Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

There will be a public reception, with winners announced in all grade levels, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20.

In conjunction with the Carolina Artists, students of every grade level are invited to display their art.

Last year, there were more than 600 entries in the Carolina Artists Student Art Expo for students from the Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Hazy Ridge and Samantha Gabrielle at CJs Friday

CLEVELAND — Hazy Ridge Bluegrass Band along with Samantha Gabrielle will play live at CJs BBQ on Friday at 6 p.m.

Hazy Ridge Band is made up of Vince Myers, banjo and lead/harmony vocals; Dawn Myers, lead vocals and harmony; Terry Collier, guitar and lead vocals; Jack Collier, mandolin/fiddle harmony vocals; and Jack Bailey, bass and harmony vocals.

CJs is located at 210 Old Amity Hill Road. Call 704-278-4070 for more information.


Beatles laser show part of Saturday events at Horizons 

• 3 p.m. March 14: Discover the close relationship between soil, plants and all animal life at the Tom E. Smith Nature Exploratorium. Enjoy a trek through the woods to investigate how important it is to preserve the wilderness, as well as to recognize our own role as members of the web of nature. Free

• 5 p.m.: Educational Show + Live Sky, $2.

Information about space exploration is constantly changing. The following topics will be addressed throughout the program:

— how to use a star map, laser pointer, and star-gazing flashlight;

— explore the effects of light pollution;

— purpose of Space Exploration;

— current space missions;

— planets observable with an unaided eye.

• 6:30 p.m.: Laser Beatles  laser show + Live Sky, $2.

The “Fab Four’s” best spanning six years becomes the background for dazzling laser-art.  Parental guidance suggested: Some songs may contain lyrics and images that may be perceived as inappropriate for sensitive audience members.

HorizonsUnlimited is located at 1636 Parkview Circl, park and enter at the rear from Lilly Ave. See complete listing of programs at


Catawba College Community Forum 

The Catawba College Community Forum presents “Urbanization and Migration in NC” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

Dr. Rebecca M. Tippett, director of Carolina Demography at the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, presents  an overview of past and future population trends in NC with specific attention to the greater Salisbury region.

Held in the Tom Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.


‘Talkin’ Tarheal’ by Dr. Walt Wolfram

“Talkin’ Tarheal, The Language Legacy of North Carolina” by Walt Wolfram is the program at the March meeting of the English Speaking Union, open to the public and held at the Country Club of Salisbury.

The dinner forum will be Thursday, March 19, at  6:30 p.m. Reservations are $32 each. RSVP to Gerry Wood, 704-213-6008 or

Wolfram is the William C. Friday’s Distinguished University Professor at NC State University, where he also directs the North Carolina Language and Life Project. He has pioneered research on social and ethnic dialects since the 1960s and published more than 20 books and over 300 articles on socioethnic and regional varieties.

Professor Wolfram is particularly interested in the application of sociolinguistic information for public audiences, including a number of television documentaries.

He has received numerous awards, including the North Carolina Award (highest award given to a citizen of NC) and has also served as president of the Linguistic Society of America, the American Dialect Society, and the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics.


Spencer Woman’s Club hosts solar speaker and collects old sneakers

SPENCER — The Spencer Woman’s Club invites the public to hear Lane Wallace of Wallace and Graham, present a program on solar energy, held at the clubhouse, 100 Third Street, on Thursday at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this event.

The club is also accepting donations of used tennis shoes and sneakers which will be recylced by Nike to provide cushioning for school playgrounds.


Deadline is Sunday for Carolina’s Got Art juried arts competition

Open to all Carolina artists, amateur and professional, working in any medium. $35 entry fee allows an artist to enter up to three pieces. $25,000 in cash prizes (14 winners) awarded in two juried shows in May and June of 2015. Deadline March 15.  Visit for details.


Charlotte Hamfest is this weekend

CONCORD — The Charalotte HamFest is March 13-14 at Cabarrus Arena and Event Center on Friday from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. All tickets are good for both  days. Age 12 and younger get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. Free parking.

Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N Carolina 49, 704-920-3976,

Chili cook-off benefit

The Stars and Bars Tavern at 723 Klumac Road will host a chili cook-off and swapmeet fundraiser  on Saturday, March 21.

All proceeds will go to help a fellow bike who is dealing with kidney disease.

The chili cook-off entry fee is a crockpot of chili. All chili must be received by 1 p.m. to be eligible for judging. There will be a $5 fee to participate as a judge. Judging will take place from 1:30 to 2:30  p.m. and for the ‘spectators,’ bowls of chili will be available for $2. Swap and shop hours are noon to 5 p.m.

See the Stars and Bars Facebook event page for more info.


Show-Off Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show 

Get ready to register for the American Children’s Home 17th annual Show-Off Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show that will be held May 16. Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon, the entry fee is $20 (free to spectators), vendor fee is $40. There will be a raffle, 50/50 drawing, silent auction, deejay, food and activities for kids.

3844 NC Hwy 8 S., Lexington. Info at 336-357-7126 or

‘Be AWARE’ of the Ides of March!

Tickets for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) go on sale March 15 at Lee Street theatre.  Show dates are April 2-4 and  9-11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 + tax at 704-310-5507 and


Jeff Little comes to The Davis Theatre 

CONCORD — The Jeff Little Trio will perform at the Davis Theatre Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m. as part of the theatre’s flagship On Stage at the Davis series.

Little makes piano his lead instrument, rare in Appalachian or Americana music. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity.

He has been a professional musician since the age of 14 and has played at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Folk Festival and MerleFest   and has been on NPR and PBS several times.

The theatre is located at 65 Union St. S, Concord, in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse. Tickets are $25 at or 704-920-2753


Toastmasters hold Speech and Table Topics Contest 

CONCORD — The Goldmine Toastmasters Club will hold its International Speech and Table Topics Contest on Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at its new location, Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway. For more information, email Matthew Charity or

This entertaining and informational event is free and open to the public.


Learn to prune roses

Members and consulting rosarians of the Rowan Rose Society will hold a pruning party, open to the public,  at the triangle rose garden in front of Summersett’s Funeral Home on W. Innes St. on Saturday, March 14 at 8:30 a.m. (Rain date March 21.) Refreshments will be served.

For more information call Sara Hill at 704-642-1612.


Bolton book signing 

From 2-5 p.m. Saturday March 14, Carrie Bolton, former professor of Livingstone College and retired pastor, will discuss her self-published book of vignettes on her experiences working with others.

This book, dedicated to the late Mattie T. Lakin, is interlaced with words of wisdom about what it means to serve and grow in ministry.

Bolton’s book signing for “The Children Who Cried” will be held in the community room at 805 Newsome Road.

Books will be available for purchase at $10 each. For additional information on Bolton, see Barry Yeomen’s article at


Actors from the London Stage to do ‘Macbeth’ at UNC-C

CHARLOTTE — The acclaimed Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS), a self-directed ensemble of five professional British actors, will present William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in the Anne Belk Theater of the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts Wednesday through Saturday, March 18-21; shows start at 7:30 p.m.

These performances are part of a national tour. The ensemble will be in residency at UNC-Charlotte March 16-21.

Actors from the London Stage is the national outreach program of Shakespeare at Notre Dame. Founded by Homer “Murph” Swander and world-renowned actor Sir Patrick Stewart, AFTLS celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015.

Tickets for “Macbeth” are $18 for the general public at 704-687-1849 or



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