Arts & Entertainment news Oct. 8-14
OctoberTour Night Out
Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m. Downtown Salisbury celebrates the kick-off to the 40th anniversary of Historic Salisbury Foundation’s tour of historic homes. Stroll around the downtown shops or hop on the trolley to cruise more than 20 blocks of historic sites and autumn beauty.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Novant’s mobile unit will be stationed on East Fisher Street. Schedule an appointment at 704-210-5924.
Don’t miss live music beside Griffin Guitars on South Main from 6 to 9 p.m. with performances by Goof Troupe from 6-7:30 p.m. and musical duo Seth Griggs and Scott Cody (shown at left) from 7:30-9 p.m., as seen at September’s Best Busker’s Bash Contest.
Buskers are always welcome to attend downtown events and perform on the sidewalks.
Symphony kicks off 49th season with ‘Triumph’ October 17
Kicking off the Salisbury Symphony’s 2015-16 season is a concert filled with the themes of victory and triumph. “Triumph” will be presented Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium. Featured performer is Dr. Renee McCachren, music theory and music history teacher at Catawba College and director of performance concentration. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.salisburysymphony.org or 704-637-4314. Read more about the Symphony’s season opener in the Sunday Salisbury Post Lifestyle section.
PPT Youth Theatre Academy at the Norvell
Piedmont Players Theatre (PPT) announces the second season of its Youth Theatre Academy. Directed by director and choreographer Gwen Matthews, the program is designed around students who have a passion for theatre and a desire to improve their skills and techniques. Matthews, along with instructor Laurie Klaus, will guide students through a structured curriculum spanning 16 weeks. The program begins Oct.12, with a break in December and resuming in January. This year’s program offers two new classes and expands the age range to include 1st-12th grades. Register at 704-633-5471 or visit the PPT Offices on the second floor of the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Complete details are at PiedmontPlayers.com
Get your team lined up for the new Mean Mug Team Trivia Night
Mean Mug’s new Team Trivia Night will debut Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 7-9 p.m., hosted by Erin Basinger, and continue on the second Wednesday each month. Here’s how it works: Participants put together a team of 2-6 players. Erin presents four rounds of 10 questions from the following categories: History, Science, Math, Geography, Literature, Animals, Sports Music, Movies/TV and Food. Points are awarded for correct answers. At the end of the four rounds, teams will wager points on bonus questions. Team with the most points at the end of the evening wins. Prizes will be awarded. Mean Mug: 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615, email@example.com
‘Road Trip Carolina, A Ride Across the Old North State’
Author Missy Julian Fox and textile artist/illustrator Elaine O’Neil will be introducing and autographing their new book, “Road Trip Carolina, A Ride Across the Old North State,” to children and readers of all ages, on Friday, Oct. 9 at The Stitchin’ Post from 5 until 9 p.m.. Their successful work on “Goodnight Carolina,” a book about Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina, led them to team up again on a fun-filled invitation to explore their home state. Remarks will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing. The Stitchin’ Post is located 104 S. Main St. Call 704-637-0708 for details.
‘Grand Slam’ to be presented locally
“Grand Slam” is a powerful play about James Jones, a star Negro ball player whose drinking and gambling put him in a position that could have a lasting effect on his legacy and the Negro League. Written and directed by filmmaker Larry Wright, James Jones is a fictional composite character modeled after two of the greatest players that ever played the game, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. The story is compelling, complex, and racially charged with strong language. Grand Slam is a play that will have people asking themselves “what’s next?” Performance dates are Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m., at EastSquare Artworks, 120 E. Innes (back of Dee’s parking lot, adjacent to back door of old Barnhart’s Hardware), brought to you by RAP (Renaissance Arts Program). Tickets available at the door, or contact Whitney Peckman at 704-754-6771.
Too Much Sylvia headlines the Downtown Hickory Oktoberfest
HICKORY — Musical headliner at Downtown Hickory’s 30th Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m.: Too Much Sylvia. Saturday at 8 p.m.: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. Hickory’s Oktoberfest is an annual outdoor festivalwith four stages of live entertainment, two beer gardens, amusement rides, carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show and hundreds of food and commercial vendors. Visti http://hickoryoktoberfest.com for a complete schedule.
Auditions for ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ at OCT
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre will hold auditions Oct. 11-12 from 7-9 p.m. for the regional premier of the 50th anniversary of the beloved Christmas story. It’s not Christmas without Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the Peanuts gang. Experience the classic animated television special as it comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where the Peanuts gang learn the real meaning of Christmas. This is a show based on characters that are between the ages of 5 and 6. The director will be casting actors ages 18 and up. Show dates are Dec. 3-19. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St NW – Concord, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Call for vendors
— Holly Jolly Christmas Craft and Vendor Show. Dec. 12-13 at the Rowan County Fairgrounds Hubert and Blanche Event Center. Call Peggy Brown at 336-880-3554. Sponsored by Rowan County Fair Association.
— KANNAPOLIS — The Kannapolis Intimidators are hosting a holiday laser event Dec. 4-6 and are inviting local vendors to be a part of the crafts market in the ballpark. Holiday vendors selling ornaments, wreathes, and more, can set up a 10×10 booth on all three nights for only $100 (limited to the first 10 vendors; call 704-932-3267 to reserve a space).
DollHouse/Miniature Workshop at SDTM
SPENCER — Personalize a cottage and turn it into a doll, beach or mountain house or even a church or barn. The workshop will be held at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost of $47 includes the cottage kit, kits for the kitchen appliances and cabinets, shingles for the roof and lots of accessories. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 17. Only eight spaces left.
Open barn party at Pantheon Acres Arabian Farm
‘Sacred Mysteries: Fictional Detectives as Divine Figures’
The Salisbury Branch of the English Speaking Union presents a program by Dr. Matthew Paul Carlson. Carlson is an assistant professor of english at High Point University, where he teaches courses on modern British and Irish literature, critical theory, and detective fiction and film. He has been published in Modern Drama, The Conradian, The Explicator, The Modern Language Review, and Clues: A Journal of Detection. Most recently, he contributed an essay on the 1936 film “Sabotage” to the book “Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). This dinner event is Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Salisbury. You do not have to be a member. Information/RSVP: Gerry at 704-213-6008. Reservations are $32.
CJ’s BBQ, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland
6:30 p.m., Friday Night Bluegrass features Never Too Late Bluegrass Band, comprised of Brent Fain, Kent Huffman, David Dickerson and Bruce Hill. 704-278-4070.
LSt interviews for Polar Express 2015
3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 at Lee Street theatre. Performance dates Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and some weeknights, beginning Nov.20 – closing Dec. 22. Shifts begin at 3 p.m. and conclude at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.leestreet.org for more information about The Polar Express and casting. Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507.
Charlotte Folk Society presents Little Windows
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17: Charlotte Folk Society’s ticketed October concert at Wedgewood features an evening of traditional Irish and Appalachian music by the duo Little Windows, Mark and Julee Glaub Weems. Julee is recognized as a leading interpreter of Irish songs in America. Mark is a veteran performer of traditional country and old-time music. Held at Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Drive at Tyvola Road, Charlotte. Tickets $20 at www.folksociety.org or 704-563-7080.