Arts & Entertainment news Aug. 20-26

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 20, 2015

Carolina Artists EXPO 2015 to announce winners at reception 

The open show, which began Wednesday, continues today and tomorow from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The reception and awards are this eveining, Thursday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For details, call Jo Ann Smith at 704-636-7686 or Mary Roakes at 704-636-6701 or visit


Deadline is Wednesday to be in Best Busker Contest

On Friday, Sept. 4 Downtown Salisbury will roll out its popular 1st Friday event: BUSKERS~BASH! Performers interested in participating can register at The deadline to apply is Aug. 26. Call 704-637-7814 for more information.


Love video games? Join the tourney

Join Is Jays Sweets & Celebrations downtown on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a Super Smash Bros. 3DS Tournament. Purchase tickets in advance for $15 or $20 at the door; players must bring their own 3DS and game. Tickets include pizza and drinks. Prizes will be awarded for first ($50 GameStop gift card), second ($35 GS gift card) and third place ($20 GS gift card). For more information call 704-310-5720. IsJay’s Sweets & Celebrations is located at 206 S. Main St.


Uncle Buck’s Foosball Super Doubles Showdown

Uncle Buck’s All American Pub & Grub will host the Super Doubles Foosball Showdown on Friday and Saturday at 127 S. Main St. All foosball players are invited to join in this competition on the Bonzini USA Foosball Tour and spectators are welcome. There is $1,000 in cash, prizes and trophies available. Participants must be 21 years of age to enter and neat dress is required. For tournament info call 704- 633-3750, 336-325-3183 or log on to

Schedule of events:
Aug. 21: Registration 7 p.m.  •  Rules seminar 7:15 p.m..  •  Novice Doubles 8 p.m..  •  D.Y.P. (no conflict) 9 p.m.

Aug. 22: Registration 10:30 a.m..  •  Open Doubles I 11 a.m..  •  Women’s Singles 1 p.m..  •  Open Doubles II 2:30 p.m..  •  Women’s Doubles 3 p.m..  •  U1250 Singles 4 p.m..  •  O1250Singles 4 p.m..  •  Singles Playoff 7 p.m..  •  Doubles Playoff 8 p.m..  •  Mixed Doubles 9 p.m.


Antique appraisal Fair returns to Spencer

SPENCER — Aug. 21-22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Antiques dealer Michael Hansen returns to the popular Roadshow-style even at the Spencer Dol & Toy Museum. He will take a look at your items and offer advice and information regarding a broad spectrum of general merchandise. Bring in your family heirlooms and yard sale bargains to find out the fascinating truths.

The cost is $5 per item, limit two items per person. Spencer Doll & Toy Museum, 108 4th St., 704-762-9359, www.spencerdolland


One-man blues with Blazin’ Blues Bob
Mean Mug’s Sunday Summer Concert Series for this week, Aug. 23 from 5 until 8 p.m., features a free performance by Salisbury favorite Bob Paolino and his unique brand of one-man blues. Bob typically packs the house so come early to get a seat. Mean Mug Coffee Company is located at 1024 S. Fulton St., next to Mambo Grill. Find Mean Mug on Facebook.


50th anniversary ‘Sound of Music’ celebration

Salisbury comes alive with the Sound of Music tomorrow evening. A full house of lucky ticket holders will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this movie classic with a one-time viewing at the Meroney Theater with entertainment by special guest and Concord resident Daniel Truhitte—who played young German soldier Rolf—as well as local actors dressed as the von Trapp family. The cast includes: Maria – Wendy Weant  •  Captain Georg von Trapp – Carl Boldt  •  Liesl – Amery Barton  •  Friedrich – Hunter Cates  •  Louisa – Cali Proper  •  Kurt – Micah Cross  •  Brigitta – Courtney Williams  •  Marta – Maggie Cross  •   Gretl – Meredith Williams  •  Nuns – Aubrey Doane, Korbynne Hill, Phoebe Shields, Morgan Warren  •  Director – Gwen Matthews •  Pianist – Laurie Klaus

Doors open at 4:45 p.m. for drinks and finger food; movie shows at 5:30 sharp with the audience invited to sing along. Afterwards, Dan will be available for autographs and photos as he dances with any lady so desiring to his signature song “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” played on the piano under the Meroney marquee.Thanks to wonderful sponsors, it’s all free to the public—a special gift from the Salisbury Symphony.


Third annual Spencer Shops Train Show

SPENCER — The third annual Historic Spencer Shops Train Show will transform the Bob Julian Roundhouse from historic building to railfan paradise Aug. 22-23 at the N.C. Transportation Museum.

This show is one of just a few across the country to take place surrounded by railroading history, in the Bob Julian Roundhouse, the largest remaining roundhouse in North America.

In addition to vendors and all types of railroad memorabilia, the show will feature three different options to ride the rails. The N.C. Transportation Museum’s passenger train will be pulling 1950s era passenger cars that take the visitor on a ride back in time. An above-the-rails view will be offered by the Caboose Train, as a diesel locomotive pulls six colorful cabooses. Red Springs and Northern Railroad will also be operating motor cars, smaller track maintenance vehicles, providing visitors with an open-air ride. On the smaller scale of railroading, model railroaders will be stationed across the museum property, with N, HO, G, S and even Z scale models represented. The event will also feature a “golden spike” ceremony to dedicate the new Cackalacky Railroad Model Train, now running in the museum’s Gift Station. Tickets are available at, 704-636-2889, or on the day of the event.


Fin, Feather and Fur Outdoor and Off Road Expo
The second Fin, Feather and Fur Outdoor and Off Road Expo is coming to the Rowan County Fairgrounds on Aug. 28-30, thanks to Blue Line Creative and the Rowan County Fair Association.

The expo consists of three days of hunting, fishing, camping, off-road and outdoor vendors in the brand new building, old building and outside on the midway. There will be much more to do and see, including  •  The Southern Divisional Mud Racing Championships (two-day mud racing event), Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.   •  The Rumble In Rowan (Demolition Derby) Sunday at 1 p.m. There will be fully prepared car on location that will be raffled off to drive in the event  •  A 3D archery tournament (men and woman, hunter and pro divisions) with Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD), USA Archery Coach Brittany Bomann present to teach the youngsters proper archery techniques  •  Husqvarna master chainsaw sculptor Chad Gainey  •  Food and sweets vendors on the midway  •  Seminars in the main building.

Exhibit hall hours are   •  Friday 3-9 p.m. with mud racing starting at 7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. with mud racing beginning at 6 p.m.  •  Sunday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. with demolition derby beginning at 1 p.m.  •  Daily admission is $10 for adults and kids over 12; $5 for age 12 and under   •  For more information go to, visit Facebook or contact Garrett Barger at 704-791-6317.


Back Porch Bluegrass in concert

From the Back Porch to the Stanback Auditorium, join RPL for a free concert with this Wilkes County-based group known throughout the state for its traditional hard-driving bluegrass style. Members are David Culler, founder and vocals/guitar; Tony Joines, banjo; Wes Tuttle, mandolin/fiddle; and Jim Matthews, upright Bass. This performance is Tuesday, Aug. 25 at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. Admission is free thanks to the Friends of Rowan Public Library. The show begins at 7 p.m., enter the auditorium at the Fisher Street entrance near the historic Henderson Law Office. For more information, visit or call 704-216-8240.


TONIGHT: Union Street Live & Block Party
CONCORD — Union Street Live presents a free concert on Means Avenue and Union Street and a Block Party with outdoor dining and games on Union Street. The Aug. 20 concert features Jim Quick & Coastline at 6 p.m. on the Main stage, and Pluto for Planet on the North stage at 7 p.m. The music and party last until 9 p.m.


See Marc Hoffman in South Carolina

Marc Hoffman, joined by bassist Sean Tarleton, plays tonight in Rock Hill, SC at the Anne Springs Close Greenway Amphitheater at 6 p.m. The cost is $5. Hoffman will perform with his quartet Saturday at the Annual Summerfest in York, SC. Joining him will be sax player Patrick Brown, bassist Tim Hartis, and drummer Brent Deaton.



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