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Arts & Entertainment news Oct. 15-21

Nikola Tesla unveiling at Fine Frame Gallery

“Tribute to Integrity,” the unveiling of Robert Toth’s sculpted portrait of the great Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943), the man who changed the world, will be celebrated at Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St., on Friday, Oct. 16 from  6 to 8 p.m. This work, the latest in Toth’s Genius Series & Masters Busts collection, was two  years of research and development in the making. These are 10 of his inventions out of hundreds: alternating current, flourescent light, x-rays, radio, remote control, electric motor, robotics, lasers, wireless communicaitons, limitless free energy.


20th annual Mustang Classic is Saturday

Saturday, Oct. 17, the East Rowan Mustang Regiment will be hosting the 20th Annual Mustang Classic. There will be 18 bands competing and East Rowan in exhibition at the festival at East Rowan High School. The National Anthem will be at 3:45 p.m. with the first band taking the field at 4 p.m. Awards will take place at 9:45 p.m.


Meyer Sherman exhibit opening

Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St., will host an opening reception for the exhibit of the Meyer Sherman collection that inludes watercolor paintings, fashions and fabrics. Several of the works are from the private collection of the family. The reception is Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Call 704-647-0999 or visit faithart.bellsouth.org


Bike show, swap meet and chili cookoff

Saturday, Oct. 17 schedule of events • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bike Show, swap meet • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  chili cookoff

Also featuring live music by Too Much Toni (right) and free Cheerwine. Held at Tilley Harley-Davidson of Salisbury, 653 Bendix Drive, www.tilleyhdofsalisbury.com


Call for vendors

Vendors invited to set up for free at Chandelle Farms Trick or Treat Trail Ride and Fall Open House; all that is requested is that a portion of proceeds be donated to Saving Grace therapeutic programs. Email janna@savinggracefarm.com to reserve a spot. Location is 565 Trexler Loop. It is a drop-in event from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Carolina BalloonFest weekend takes flight

Ticket update: Saturday advance tickets sold out.For DOS tickets, drive direct to park & ride at Iredell County Fairgrounds, 630 N. Main St., Troutman, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.;  free shuttle to balloonfest gate. $15 Saturday cash admission at-the-gate.  Statesville — The 42nd annual Carolina BalloonFest takes flight Oct. 16-18 at the Statesville Regional Airport where more than 50 hot air balloons and special shapes will launch. In addition, there are family activities such as the  Kids Zone with inflatables, a bungy jumper, rock climb wall and magicians. Entertainment features local musicians on Saturday and Sunday. Admission prices range from $5 to $15. Find out more at CarolinaBalloonFest.com


Broadway blockbuster returns to Ovens 

CHARLOTTE — “Wicked,” Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium Jan. 6-31, 2016.  Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 16 by phone at 704-372-1000 and online at BlumenthalArts.org


Cappella Concord

CONCORD — Choral singers of all voices are invited to audition from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 for the new choral group Cappella Concord. This  choral venture is dedicated to the study and interpretation of a cappella (unaccompanied) music.  Its seasoned choral singers, from throughout the Charlotte region, are expected to learn the music on their own in advance, then assemble the performance program on two consecutive weekends of rehearsals. Auditions will be at 15-minute intervals, held at Sharon United Methodist Church, 4411 Sharon Road, Charlotte (across from SouthPark Mall). Appointments are required.  For an audition appointment email Marc Williams-Hull at mwill1819@gmail.com

Cappella Concord’s next concert is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2016, in Charlotte and Concord.  Rehearsals will be Jan. 22-23 and Jan. 29-30.  Its first pair of concerts Sept. 20 raised money for charities in Charlotte and Concord. Marc  Williams-Hull is the group’s founder and the music director is Cathy Youngblood.


Jeff Whittington Bluegrass Show at the Davis Theatre

PICS   CONCORD — Local favorite Jeff Whittington will be bringing his bluegrass band back to the Davis Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets sell out quickly. They are $16 at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or 704-920-2753. All seats are reserved. The Davis Theatre is located at 65 Union St. S, Concord, in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. The Jeff Whittington Bluegrass Show is an evening of traditional bluegrass featuring a quintet of outstanding musicians: Whittington, Pete Corum, John Culbreath, Mike Wood and Jason Wood.

Tickets also are on sale for two additional Jeff Whittington Bluegrass Shows on Thursdays, Jan. 21 and April 28, 2016. For more information, visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or call 704-920-2787.

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