Arts & Entertainment news Jan. 21-27
Still time to get a seat at Whittington’s bluegrass show at The Davis tonight
CONCORD — Local favorite Jeff Whittington brings his bluegrass band back to the Davis Theatre this evening, Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or at the box office or at 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 the last Jeff Whittington Bluegrass Show of the season on Thursday, April 28. For more information, visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or call 704-920-2787.
Antiques appraisal Fair this weekend
SPENCER — Antiques dealer Michael Hansen will l offer advice and information Jan. 22-23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Spencer Doll & Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St., www.spencerdollandtoymuseum.com
Bring family heirlooms and yard sale bargains. Cost is $5 per item, limit two items.
The LIVE at Lee Street concert series presents Steep Canyon Rangers
The LIVE at Lee Street concert series is proud to present Steep Canyon Rangers on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as a party-oriented string band, and equally comfortable translating their songs for symphony accompaniment. It’s that mix of serious chops and good-natured fun that earned the Steep Canyon Rangers the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album Grammy in 2013 and that drew celebrated comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to them when he needed a backing band. The Rangers are world-class musicians, just as at home taking the stage at Carnegie Hall as they are kneedeep in a mountain brook, fly rod in hand. “We’re just getting started,” says Rangers guitarist and singer Woody Platt. “It’s almost daunting, to think about how much more there is that we want to accomplish as the Steep Canyon Rangers. Each time I get off stage, I ask myself, ‘Was that fun? Did that feed your soul?’ That’s how we go about it, and more times than not, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes.’”
The concert is Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lee Street theatre and Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St. The doors will open at 7 p.m. Seated tickets are $40+tax, and standing room tickets are $25+tax, all available at www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.
Join the Southern Piedmont Singers
CONCORD — The Southern Piedmont Singers will begin rehearsing for their fifth season on Sunday, Jan. 24. SPS is a fun, diverse group that loves to sing a wide variety of music and that welcomes all, no experience necessary, and no audition, just a love for music. To join, simply attend rehearsal on January 24 or February 7 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 704-224-7148. Rehearsals begin at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 38 Church St NE Concord. Enter through the sanctuary doors. Damien Evans is director/founder and Joel Everett is accompanist.
Women From Mars to perform Jan. 24 at Catawba College
The public is invited to attend a performance of the Women From Mars’ clown-noir cabaret, “Silent Reflections,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 in Catawba’s Hedrick Little Theatre. The performance is movement based, offered like a silent film, and requires the trio of three female actors to employ physical theatre techniques in tandem with an original soundtrack.The premise for the one-hour show involves a girl, a diva and a mother who are trapped in a world without voice or color, forced to confront their insecurities as well as the expectations and boundaries society places on women. The piece attacks the portrayal of women in media and the role women play in supporting these highly sexualized, and many times, demeaning and powerless stereotypes. The characters employ physical theatre techniques, animation, projections, comedy, modern dance, music and drama. Admission is “pay what you can.” Women From Mars is a theatre company formed and based in Italy by three American female performing artists, Dory Rebekah Sibley, Echo Sunyata Sibley and Francesca Marie Chilcote. The company will also conduct a workshop for theatre arts students that will explore the relationship between the sung voice and the actor.
Winter symphony features original work
The North Carolina Symphony with Grant Llewellyn, conductor, will present the winter concert “Home,” featuring “Hiraeth,” a brand-new composition by Sarah Kirkland Snider, based in part on memories of Salisbury. The performance is Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. Tickets are available at any of the Salisbury Symphony’s ticket outlets — Rowan County Visitor’s Center or Sidewalk Deli in Salisbury; Crescent Pharmacy (Rockwell); Pinocchio’s (Spencer); or Corriher Springs Florist (China Grove) — or www.salisburysymphony.org or 704-637-4314. Adult ticket prices are $23.75, $6.50 for ages 9-18 and $4.25 for ages 8 and younger.
PPT youth auditions for ‘Junie B. Jones: The Musical’
4 and 5 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 1: A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books brought to life in a genuinely comical, and not strictly-for-kids musical. 25 spots per time slot, by appointment only. Sign up at 704-633-5471. Third floor Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Show dates Feb. 17-27 at the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. www.PiedmontPlayers.com