Arts & Entertainment News Sept. 10-16

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 10, 2015

Back Creek Bluegrass Boys to play at McLaughlin’s Farmhouse on Hwy 150

On Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Back Creek Bluegrass Boys will be playing at McLaughlin’s Farmhouse, 15725 Mooresville Highway, to raise funds for the Rowan Helping Ministries – West. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and more goodies, so come out for lunch and support a great cause. McLaughlin’s Farmhouse  is located just half of a mile west of The Lazy 5 Ranch.

Remembering the heyday of the What-A-Burger 

KANNAPOLIS — “You Want It, You Got It: The What-A-Burger Story” will be presented as Mike Bost shares pictures, memories and the history behind this landmark establishment. If you have any pictures, bring them along. Presented by Kannapolis History Associates on Monday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the A. L. Brown High School social room, 415 E. First St. Call 704-932-7518 or 704-796-0803 for more information.

Panel discussion/gallery walk coming to CFA

Center for Faith & the Arts will host a panel discussion/gallery walk reception on the importance of counternarratives as the culminating event of CFA’s three-session workshop titled “Educating, Engaging and Empowering the Village.”

The event is Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. The entrance and parking are behind Haven Lutheran Church. Call 704-647-0999 or visit for more information.


Meet Joyce and Jim Lavene 

KANNAPOLIS — The Kannapolis Friends of the Library will present authors Joyce and Jim Lavene at the Kannapolis Library on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. The Lavenes write award-winning, bestselling mystery and urban fantasy fiction as themselves, as well as other author names J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant. All together they have written and published more than 70 novels along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. There will be a Q & A session along with a book signing. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 704-920-1180.


Calling all crafters

The Salisbury VA Employees Association is accepting applications for all things crafty for the annual Fall Festival to be held at the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1601 Brenner Ave. on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. in the gym. Contact Sherry Censi at 704-638-3330 for an application. The event is open to the public. Come out and enjoy handcrafted crafts and homemade goodies.


Hurley Park hosts horticulture forum next Thursday

Amanda Lanier, curator of education for Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University, is the featured speaker at “Reynolda Gardens: A Century of Horticulture, Education, and Stewardship.” The lecture will be on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Salisbury-Rowan Utilities, 1 Water St. A plant giveaway will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 704-638-4459. Lanier holds a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from Catawba College and a master of science degree in environmental education from Montreat College.  For more information, call 704-638-4459 or visit

‘Mothers and Daughters: Pearls of Wisdom’

Open to women and girls of all ages, this forum features speakers who will share information and words of encouragement from what they have learned. This time of fellowship and wisdom, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 from 2-4:30 p.m., will encourage young women who are becoming mothers, business women and leaders of tomorrow, presented by professional and women business owners who assist women in learning new ways to succeed. Sponsored by Women Embracing Excellence (WEE). For more information, contact Nicole Sherrill-Corry, PhD, at 704 603 6156. Held at the Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. This event is not sponsored by the Rowan Public Library.


‘Wake Up, Leonardo!’ now available in a Saturday version

“Wake Up, Leonardo!” is now being offered in a new format. Instead of the week-long summer arts academy, mini-sessions will be offered one Saturday each month throughout the year, allowing students exposure to a wider variety of arts and opportunities. Each session will focus on a different art form and target a specific age group. Scholarships are available. The next upcoming Saturday session will be “Go With the Flow: An exploration into Watercolor with yupo paper” on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. – noon. The cost is $10 per participant. Pre-registration is required. For information or registration, contact Center for Faith and the Arts, 704-647-0999 or

Subsequent Saturday sessions through 2015 include • Be a Playwright. Learn to write dialogue and stage direction for a one-act performance. For grades 3-5. Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants should bring lunch • Weaving a Tale: Making Connections with Story and Cloth. For grades 3-5. Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-noon • Yoga for Teens. For grades 9-12. Saturday, Dec. 12, noon-2 p.m.


Brown bag your lunch and enjoy the music

WHAT: Brown Bag Lunch Jam

WHEN: Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in September

WHERE: Eastern Gateway Park, corner of East Innes and Depot streets

HOW MUCH: No charge

Grab a friend, grab a blanket and grab a spot at Brown Bag Lunch Jam. For consecutive Wednesdays in September (still to come: Sept. 16, 23 and 30), a free outdoor concert series will be taking place in Downtown Salisbury. These concerts are a great place for the community to socialize and enjoy the lunch hour during those fantastic Salisbury Fall days. For more information, email or visit


Stories by the Millstream with Tom Lee

Next Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. Rowan Public Library will welcome nationally renowned storyteller Tom Lee to the stage. Lee’s repertoire is a rich trove of myths and stories from cultures around the world; some are centuries old, some originated thousands of years ago. Lee has been telling stories professionally for 20 years. He began researching traditional stories while living in Scotland. His first performances were late night retellings of Grimm’s fairy tales in a tiny theater at the back of a London pub. He later presented this program at the Edinburgh Festival and, subsequently, on BBC-TV. When Lee encounters a traditional story that intrigues him, he will research its origins, going back in time through various manuscripts, often in other languages, and getting as close as he can to the source of a story. After this process, Tom will craft his own retelling of the story in a version that is both true to the original and relevant to audiences of today. In the United States, Lee has worked in classrooms with children of all ages. “When it comes to stories,” he says, “children have taught me everything I know.”

This free event is at library headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St.,  in the Stanback Auditorium; enter near the historic Henderson Law Office at the intersection of Fisher and Church Streets. For more information, call 704-216-8234.


It’s County Fair time 

Iredell County Fair — Sept. 7-12, Troutman,

Cabarrus County Fair — Sept. 11-19, Concord, www.cabarrus

Davidson County Fair — Sept. 21-26, Lexington, www.davidsoncounty

Rowan County Fair — Sept. 25 – Oct. 3

Stanly County Fair — Oct. 6-10, Albemarle,

Dixie Classic County Fair — Oct. 2-11, Winston-Salem,

NC State Fair — Oct. 15-25, Raleigh,

Concord’s Art on Tap kick-off party

CONCORD — Art on Tap is celebrating its second annual kick-off party on Friday, Sept. 11 at The Red Hill & Sundae Art Gallery in Downtown Concord.  A branch of the Cabarrus Arts Council, Art on Tap offers an environment where young adults can connect with each other and participate in the arts council’s events.  Membership benefits include invitations to events, a 10% discount in the Galleries Shop, ability to assist with artist selection for the next season and participation in the Annual Group Project. The event is free for 2015-2016 members and $20 for non-members. RSVP to 704-920-2787 or visit

Robert Crum mosiac to be dedicated at studio opening

CONCORD — The grand opening event at ClearWater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Drive NW, features artists working on giant easels and the formal dedication and unveiling of the new floor mosaic, ‘ClearWater Pond’ by artist Robert Crum, in the Main Gallery. Robert Crum’s studio also will be open.  Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. The dedication ceremony is at 2 p.m. There will be music, refreshments, working artists and open studios. For more information, visti or call 704-734-9535.


Lee Street theatre announces the casts for upcoming shows 



BRAD:  Matthew Monte

JANET:  Gabrielle Stephenson

NARRATOR:  John Snell

RIFF RAFF:  Marc Anderson

COLUMBIA:  Emily Owens

FRANK N’ FURTER:  Daniel Brown

ROCKY:  Jon Leach

EDDIE:  Robert Van Geons

DR. SCOTT:  Christopher Barcroft


Terrence Henderson

Addison Bevis

Karina Moran

Eric Bowen

Maggie Maxwell

Amy Bartram

Beth Bentley


Kent Bernhardt

John Brincefield

Graham Carlton

Nick Culp

Meredith Fox

Carol Harris

Ashlyn Keller Sumner

Becky Lippard

Maggie Maxwell

Mary Ann McCubbin

Patsy Parnell

Lauren Stephenson

Wendy Weant


Cathy Hiatt: Karen Christensen

Jamie Wellerstein:  Justin Dionne


Call for musicians

HICKORY — Hickory Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Hickory Music Factory will offer a Musical Showcase at Hickory’s Oktoberfest on Oct. 10 from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. where bands and solo artists will have the opportunity to show off their musical talents.  Participants will have 20 minutes to set up, perform, and break down. Those interested can contact the Hickory Music Factory at 828-308-5659 or Submissions are due by Thursday, Oct.  8 at 5 p.m.

Celebrate grandparents at Town Creek Indian Mound

MOUNT GILEAD — Gather the whole family, especially grandma and grandpa, to celebrate “National Grandparents Day” Sunday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. Mount Gilead is about an hour from Salisbury. Bring a picnic, view artifacts from the ancient past, explore the reconstructed village site and take a stroll on the quarter-mile nature trail. This event is free. For more information, call 910-439-6802 or visit


Bost Grist Mill

CONCORD — Due to an immediate family loss, the 2015 Battle has been cancelled. Instead the 30th NCT and invited units will be putting on a Living History event open to the public on Sept. 12 and 13, starting at 10 a.m. The living history at the 200-year-old grist mill includes demonstrations, displays, uniform and accoutrements of the North Carolina soldier and period war medical demonstrations. In addition, the grist mill will be open for tours. Admission is free; donations are accepted. The mill is located at 4701 Hwy 200. Call 704-782-1600 or visit www.


Annual casting call for ‘Spirits of Rosedale’

CHARLOTTE — Come out Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1-4 p.m. to become part of the show. “Spirits of Rosedale” is the theatrical production based on the history and folklore of Rosedale and the Charlotte area. Full cast will include • 2 children • 2 African America females • 3 Caucasian females • 1 to 2 African American males • 3 to 4 Caucasian males • Also guides to lead visitors from one performance area to another. Some positions may be filled internally by Historic Rosedale. Double casting/some cast changes may be necessary depending on availability of participants. Rosedale has a variety of period impressions, however availability of certain sizes is limited so you may need to provide your own outfit. If you are using a Rosedale impression there is a small deposit fee. Dress rehearsal Oct. 25 • Production dates Oct. 29, 30, 31 • First tour starts 7:30 p.m., last tour starts 9:30 p.m.  Historic Rosedale is a 200-year-old nationally registered home just outside of uptown Charlotte with an urban green space and a rich history, that is always looking for new and fun ways to share with new audiences. Contact Historic Rosedale Plantation at 704-335-0325 or visit


Paula Cole opens the Davis season

CONCORD — The season opens at The Davis Theater with Paula Cole on Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $44. Singer/songwriter Paula Cole has been nominated seven times for a Grammy Award, winning Best New Artist. She has had two top 20 hit songs, “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” and the Dawson’s Creek television show theme “I Don’t Want to Wait.” Her music is complex and rooted in jazz, rock and soul combined with superior musicianship. For tickets, visit


Amazing Maize Maze woes in Rural Hill

huntersville — It looks like the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze won’t be opening Sept. 12 because of this summer’s drought. A fixture at Rural Hill since 1998, the maze made of corn is much shorter than in years past. Rural Hill, a former plantation owned by the Davidson family, plans to open the maze Oct. 3. They are planting sewit seed where the corn is very low with hopes that some cooler temperatures and rain will help fill in the hedge. Rural Hill will take appointments for field trips and corporate groups during the week.

The Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials in November will not be affected. Day Maze tickets are $11 per person for ages 13 and up; $7.50 per person for youth ages 5-12; and ages 4 and under are free. Rural Hill is located at 4431 Neck Road off Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville.




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