Arts & Entertainment news Nov. 12-18

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 12, 2015

Annual Veterans day event at the Price of Freedom Museum 

CHINA GROVE — On Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., the museum will be open with military vehicles on display. Food will be available for sale by the Ruritan Club. Come out and say thank you to our veterans. The Price of Freedom Museum is an American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services, located in the Old Patterson School building. It is open Sundays from 3-5 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. Located at thje intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads. Call 704-857-7474 or visit

Military History on Display at Fort Dobbs

STATESVILLE — In honor of Veterans Day, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will showcase North Carolina’s rich past with an exciting and educational “Military Timeline” Nov. 14-15. Visitors will learn about the experience of soldiers and support personnel from the past 300 years. Interpreters dressed as soldiers from the Civil War, World Wars, Vietnam, Revolution and other periods will present scheduled small arms and artillery firing demonstrations, besides ongoing demonstrations of camp life, equipment, cooking, and even vintage military vehicles. Event hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information, call 704-873-5882 or visit

Get your tickets for the Toby Tyler Circus

The greatest show on earth — acrobats, clowns, aerialists, thrill teams, comedy, and the finest horses and camels performing in a 100- minute spectacular. It’s a story of Toby Tyler, the little boy who joined the Circus, befriended a monkey and became the star of the circus.  Toby Tyler is played by the up -and-coming  TV actor Lance Sterling. Tickets prices are family friendly and range from free to $8 for kids and $9.75 to $28 for adults. There will be a full line of fun foods and fairtime concessions plus toys and souvenirs.  On the Midway will be live animals and inflatable rides.  On Friday, Nov. 20 showtimes are 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Held at the Rowan County Fairgrounds, 1560 Julian Road.  Visit or call 941-879-4444 for details.

AAUW lecture series tonight

6:30–7:30 p.m.: Jane B. Taylor on human trafficking.Light refreshments. Free. Sponsored by American Association of University Women, Salisbury branch. Held at First UCC fellowship hall, 207 W. Horah St. Use ground entrance at rear of church. Dr. Carol Cody, president, codycarol@, http://salisbury-nc.

An evening of opera and musical theatre

David Holley presents “An evening of Opera and Musical Theatre” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, courtesy of The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch. Holley is the director of opera, professor of music, UNC Greensboro, artistic director, Greensboro Opera, founder and artistic director of the Greensboro Light Opera and Song and president of the National Opera Association. His voice is tenor. Holley gave a presentation in January of 2014. Everyone was thrilled with the program and he has graciously agreed to return again to Salisbury. This time, and along with four singers and a pianist, he will present scenes from the comedy “The Old Maid and the Thief” by Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. The dinner event will be held at the Country Club of Salisbury. Reservations are $32 each; you do not have to be a member.  RSVP to Gerry at 704-213-6008 or find more information at

Students will be the focus of Catawba’s 28th annual Service of Lessons & Carols 

“O Babe So Small,” an original song written and composed by a Catawba College student, will be among the selections offered during the college’s 28th annual Service of Lessons and Carols, to be held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on two different evenings, Monday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 3. The Service of Lessons and Carols is based on the historic ritual that originated at King’s College in Cambridge, England,   weaving carols of the season with scriptures or lessons, relating to the story of Christmas from the prophecies to the mystery of the Holy Trinity. This year’s service will feature Catawba student Emily Buchanan of Mint Hill whose “O Babe so Small” is an unaccompanied song for the mixed choir voices of the Catawba Singers. Buchanan, who was home-schooled from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduated from Central Piedmont Community College in 2013. She transferred to Catawba in the fall of 2014 and is an elementary education major with a music minor. Buchanan taught herself to play piano at age 5, has a passion for writing children’s stories and novels and illustrating these. Her interest in composing began when she composed original songs as “scores” for the stories she wrote. Dr. Phillip Burgess, Catawba’s director of choral activities and assistant professor of music, is principal conductor of the Catawba Singers who will be joined by the Catawba Chamber Singers and Catawba’s PopAC. The congregation will be invited to participate in singing traditional carols of the season. Two Catawba students will conduct selections during the service, Hunter Safrit of Rockwell and Robert Thornton of Durham. Accompanists include Matthew Brown and Jacob Hahn. Prelude music for brass and organ begins at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Stephen Etters, associate professor of music, directs the Catawba Chamber Brass. Liturgist is Dr. Kenneth Clapp ’70, Catawba chaplain and senior vice-president. Shuttle service to the chapel  begins at 5:30 p.m. from the Robertson College-Community Center, Ketner Hall and Shuford Stadium parking lots. Tickets are free, but required for seating. Limit four per individual. Call 704-637-4396.

World class magician and master mentalist return with brand new show

After a successfully first run, Chris Collins and Erik Dobell are returning for a new evening of magical mischief. Magical comedian Collins and master mentalist Dobell have spent a combined 40+ years traveling from South Dakota to South Korea entertaining NFL football players and celebrities at private and public events. For their new project, they wondered what would happen if a Magician and a Mind Reader worked together as a duo? The result is the show “Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading and Mayhem” which will be returning with a brand new show to the Lee Street theatre on Nov. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.  “Whatever show I do” explains Collins, “I want to make sure it’s the best show possible.” Dobell explains that “Most people go their entire lives seeing only one magic show, if even that. So if we’re the show they see, I want to make sure it’s the best show possible. We owe them that.” Tickets are on sale now at

Book signing, children’s safety program 

On Saturday, Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive, will host an appearance by author and speaker Jean Davidson, who is also the granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of the founders and first president of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. She will be sharing her book “Harley-Davidson Family Members” and conduct a book signing. From 2–3 p.m., Davidson will present a special children’s program, “Yell and Tell,” which is aimed at the young child who sees something dangerous, feels afraid and doesn’t know what to do. Many times this child will run away or be quiet because he/she doesn’t want to get into trouble or be called a tattletale. This program teaches children how to take action. There are seven teaching lessons to the program: Pools, Rivers/Lakes, Fire, Poison, Guns, Child Enticement, Bullying. Each lesson covers a dangerous situation that a child might encounter. For more information, call 704-638-6044 or visit

Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary annual meeting, open house, ribbon cutting

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, visit the Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary’s open house for hourly tours and information booths. The Liz Rankin Memorial Garden ribbon cutting ceremony is at 11 a.m. Faithful Friends is located at 220 Grace Church Road. For more information, call 704-633-1722 or visit

  Call for vendors, crafters

Got rained out at the Autumn Jubilee? Sign up for a booth at the Holiday Festival and Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This indoor/outdoor event will be held at Spotlight Dance Company at 129 W. Corriher Ave. Call Jenn at 704-433-7814 or Gabrielle at 704-642-2671 for details.

  ‘Moonlight and Valentino’ at Old Courthouse

CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre’s Living Room Reading Series presents the staged reading of ‘Moonlight and Valentino’ on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. on the Main Stage of OCT. This reading is free and rated PG. This light-hearted comedy captures the warmth and spirit of four women seeking answers to life’s biggest questions. When Rebecca’s family and closest friend arrive on her doorstep following the sudden accidental death of her husband, they bring their own baggage and distinctive personalities: a controlling ex-stepmother, a naive younger sister and an eccentric best friend. When a sexy painter is hired to paint Rebecca’s house, each woman learns that, when all is said and done, laughter is the best medicine. Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW. Call 704-788-2405 or visit www.oldcourt

Voices From The Margin series presents ‘What Do They Need?’

Monologues by students, teachers and principals. Written by Janice Moore Fuller and Justin Dionne. Directed by Robin Tynes

Thursday-Friday-Saturday, Nov. 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 donation requested. Held at Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St.

The S-R Human Relations Council, Covenant Community Connection and Lee St. theatre will address community issues in Salisbury-Rowan Schools in the second Voices from the Margin production. Hear the stories of those that live in, and/or work with, those who are held in the margin of our society… those that many of us see and think about, but don’t always take the time to listen to and learn from. These are real situations that our students and teachers are faced with every day. Our administrators feel the weight of these critical challenges and they are held accountable by the public. This three-night-only engagement will also serve as a fundraiser for Salisbury-Rowan Public Schools. Lee Street Theatre will donate all proceeds to Salisbury-Rowan Public Schools Impact Fund. Contact Betty Jo Hardy by email at for more information.

Community forum: The Making of ‘Cheated’

The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports

Catawba College’s Community Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall is an examination of the troubled relationship between academics and major college athletics today. Admission is free. When “Cheated” arrived in bookstores last March, the revelations in the book sent many current and former students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill into a crisis of confidence. What on earth had happened to the great university in which alumni had once held such pride? Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham will talk about how an entrenched culture of “duplicitous boosterism” brought two very different people from different sectors of the UNC campus to produce a scathing exposé of the scandal. The desire to shelter athletic programs from careful scrutiny, they will argue, has corrupted university processes and, to a certain degree, the educational missions of all schools with big-time athletics.

RiffTrax Live: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny 

Former stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Mike Nelson, Bill “Crow” Corbett and Kevin “Tom Servo” Murphy, aim their trademark funny commentary at the long-lost holiday film “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny!” One of the strangest Christmas titles ever made, “Santa and The Ice Cream Bunny” defies logic, reason and several laws of physics. In a warped nutshell: Santa’s sleigh is stuck on the beach, and only one creature can help him: The Ice Cream Bunny! Co-starring a pig, a sweltering man in a gorilla suit, magic beans and soiled Santa costumes, “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny” is a bona fide holiday classic. This event is part of the “RiffTrax LIVE 2015,” series, presented by Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN. The live showing at Tinseltown Theater, Faith Road, is on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and the encore showing is Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office or at

Art on Tap shows holiday classic

CONCORD — Flicks at the Davis is hosting “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” next Thursday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 and open to the public. Art on Tap is kicking off this event with an Ugly Sweater Party starting at 6 p.m. in The Galleries. Wear your ugliest sweater and enjoy thematic food, drinks and activities before heading upstairs to watch the movie on the big screen. The Ugly Sweater Party is free for 2015-2016 Art on Tap Members and $20 for non-members. Membership is $40 and is available online or at the door. Admission to movie is $5. For more information on Flick’s at the Davis or Art on Tap call The Cabarrus Arts Council at 704-920-2787.

Celtic Woman coming to Ovens Auditorium 

CHARLOTTE — Multi-platinum Irish music sensation Celtic Woman returns to Ovens Auditorium with a brand new show on Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at or 800-745-3000. Tickets are $39 – $105 (plus service charges) and are subject to change.

Brandon Chase headlines at Thunder Road Marathon

CHARLOTTE — Country music artist Brandon Chase will be headlining the main stage at the finish line celebration of The Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon on Saturday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. The festival is free and will take place in Romare Bearden Park from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and East Third Street. Runners will finish on Mint Street between the Ballpark and Romare Bearden Park.



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