Arts & Entertainment News Feb. 4-10

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 4, 2016

Annual African American fashion show

Spencer— The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum is hosting the second annual Annual African American fashion show on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m., including refreshments, at The Spencer Women’s Club, 100 Third St.

Hosting the event will be community leaders Thomasina Paige, member of Dorset Chapel Church; Vincia Benjamin Miller, member of AME Zion Church of Concord and second vice president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; and Brenda Neely, owner of A Perfect Dress and member of Miller’s Chapel AME Zion. Paige will be demonstrating original African fabrics which show the beautiful patterns and how they evolved over time. Miller will be organizing the local models with Neely and also showcasing church fashions. This event also includes refreshments, sponsored by Chic-Fil-A, and admission to the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum to showcase Black History Month exhibits from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear their African attire. To purchase $10 admission tickets, call the museum at 704-762-9359 Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Rowan History Club on John Wiseman: Father of the Sparks Circus

The Rowan History Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. The program, on John Wiseman: Father of the Sparks Circus, will be presented by Steve Shelton.

Shelton, born and raised in Winston-Salem, spent nearly every Sunday at his grandparents’ farm in northern Stokes County. Travelling to the farm, his father would sometimes drive through Danbury where he would point out the turn of the century house where his great uncle Lon Sisk lived, just a few doors away from the old jail where Lon served as jailer. Conversations with local historian Ellen Pepper Tilley spurred his interest, and with a growing collection of post cards and ephemera, he began giving presentations to various historical societies and organizations. A special interest developed in circus owner John Sparks. The oral history surrounding Sparks’ involvement was rich, but contradictory, sparse, often inconsistent, and mostly undocumented as to source material. Thus began a 20+ years’ adventure to separate fact from fiction as to what really happened in that little corner of Stokes County — unnamed until the involvement of a circus owner from a small town in western Pennsylvania — a Sparks who was not actually a Sparks, who formed the Sparks Brothers Circus with a brother who wasn’t actually his brother. The meeting will be held in the Messinger Room, accessible by elevator. Meetings are held on second Tuesdays, Sept. through June. The Museum is located at 202 N. Main St. Guests should enter through the rear entrance. A roundtable format will a be followed by a Q&A period. The Rowan History Club is open to all persons interested in the history of Rowan County. There are no dues or admission fees, and refreshments are served. For more information, contact the Rowan Museum at 704-633-5946 or email


‘Back in Time’  

Artist Patt Legg is looking “Back in Time” in this one woman show, extended through Feb. 13. Gallery hours Thursday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St., 704-431-8964,


Special showcase at the SBC opens today

Kannapolis Arts will be honoring local artists in a special showcase at the Salisbury Business Center located in Downtown Salisbury, 301 S. Main St. A free reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 6-9 p.m. Learn more at

Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘A Time to Kill’ 

CONCORD — “A Time to Kill” by Rupert Holmes, is based on the novel by John Grisham. Show dates are Feb. 11-13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 14, 21 and 28 at 2:30 p.m. The show is rated PG-13. Tickets are available at or 704-788-2405. Carl Lee’s 10 year old daughter was brutally raped. He killed the two men who did it. Now it is the job of Jake Brigance to defend Carl on capital murder charges. The town is divided between the Klan and the NAACP, with the National Guard between them in the street. But the real battle is in the courtroom, for Carl Lee’s life. Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW. Visit for ticket information.


Free workshops offered with Wiley at Catawba

Submitted by Catawba News Services

Students, teachers, and aspiring actors are invited to participate in one of two workshops offered on Saturday, Feb. 6 with actor, director, playwright Mike Wiley ’95 in Catawba College’s Hedrick Little Theatre on campus.  The workshops, funded through a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, are presented by Lee Street theatre and Catawba’s Theatre Arts Department at Catawba College, from 9:30-11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wiley is a playwright and director of multiple works in documentary theatre, including “The Parchman Hour,” which will be presented at Lee Street Theatre Feb. 25-March 5. He has more than 12 years of credits in theatre for young audiences, plus film, television and regional theatre. An Upward Bound alumnus and Trio Achiever Award recipient, he is an MFA graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. He earned his baccalaureate degree in communications in 1995 from Catawba College and was inducted into Catawba’s Theatre Arts’ Blue Masque Hall of Fame in 2013. According to Wiley, the Feb. 6 workshops “will explore the way humans document and interpret their lives through storytelling and dramatic art.”  Participants in these workshops will delve into various aspects of storytelling through documentary theater.

There is no fee for the workshops, and teachers and students may attend either workshop as an observer rather than as a participant. To register, contact “The Parchman Hour” director Craig Kolkebeck at 704-637-4305.


Work call for ‘The Parchman Hour’

Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St., will be working on the set for “The Parchman Hour” on the following days • Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9-5 • Saturday, Feb. 13 from 9-5 • Sunday, Feb. 14 from 9-12. A variety of projects will be available each day, from building to painting to setting up chairs. Email Chris at to let them know you are coming to help.


Travel with the Hurley Y to the Southern Spring Show

CHARLOTTE — The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Garden celebrates 56 years of ushering in spring on Feb. 26-28, and March 4-6, at the Park Expo and Conference Center. The J.F. Hurley YMCA will be taking a bus to the event on Feb. 26. The cost for members $25, others $30. Buses will leave from 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. For prices call 704-636-0111 or email lklaver@ Experience gardens filled with flowers, designer rooms and exhibits focusing on the best in landscaping, building, remodeling and decorating, all located under one roof.


City seeks vendors for Jiggy with the Piggy Festival

KANNAPOLIS — The City of Kannapolis is once again planning the annual Jiggy with the Piggy Festival to be held May 6-7. A 36-year tradition, The festival will take place in Downtown Kannapolis and on the NC Research Campus and the City is inviting vendors to participate in the event. The festival includes 80 barbeque competition teams seeking Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned honors, more than a hundred arts & craft vendors, concerts, 5k walk/run, car display, the 600 Festival Movie on the Campus, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at Cannon Memorial YMCA, a People’s Choice wings and pork tasting event.

Registration is currently open for all arts & craft and commercial vendors. The arts and craft categories are glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, pottery, textiles, woodworking, etc. Spaces are extremely limited for all categories. There is a $50 fee for arts and craft vendors and $150 for commercial vendors. Applications will only be accepted online at www. and are due March 18. For general informwation, visit

 Closing weekend for PPT’s heartwarming ‘Welcome to Mitford’ 

7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday. Adults $15, seniors and students $12. 704-633-5471. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., www.piedmont

Local woman to tell of Iditarod experience

Martha Dobson from Mt. Pleasant, NC is the guest speaker at the February ESU dinner meeting. Dobson has been involved with the annual Iditarod dog sled race each year since 2005. It is regarded as the most grueling race of endurance in the world going from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Dobson will share her rare first-hand stories, pictures and experiences, both before and during the race, as she traveled the trail via bush plane. Caring for the needs of the dogs is one of her favorite responsibilities. In 2010 Dobson was selected by the Iditarod Committee as one of only three teachers nationwide to participate in the 2011 race. The position, called “Teacher on the Trail,” allowed her to work around the mushers, dogs and officials and get an up close view of the Iditarod. This year the race starts on March 5 and takes some participants as long as two weeks to complete. At present, there are 86 mushers entered – 80 men and 26 women. The public is invited to the presentation on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m., at the Country Club of Salisbury. You do not have to be a member of the Country Club or of the English Speaking Union to attend. Dinner reservations are $32 each. RSVP to Toni at 704-212-2114.


Toddler Time is back at the WVAC

Waterworks Visual Art Center hosts Toddler Time II on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10-11 a.m., in the Graham Studio. Inspire your young child’s imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on art activities. Activities will be different for each session. Toddlers and their parents will discover art hands-on through sculpture, painting, story time, the tactile table and more.

The class is for ages 18 months-3 years and is limited to eight students. All children must be accompanied by one adult per child. Instructor: Debbie Hoffman, Cost: $20 members / $30 nonmembers; call for details on the Bundle Pack. Classes are held at the Waterworks Visual Art Center, 123 E. Liberty St. To register, call 704-636-1882.


‘Wine ’n Dine On the Rails’ 

SPENCER — The N.C. Transportation Museum presents an evening of elegant dining, combined with the romance of the railroad, and a new experience for Valentine couples — “Wine ’n Dine On the Rails,” featuring a cocktail hour inside the museum, a leisurely train ride around the 57-acre historic site, and a three-course meal served by a top-rated chef aboard the train. Although it is not required, the museum requests a “nice dress” attire for those attending the event. Tickets are $75 per person for four top table seating. Note that those purchasing fewer than four tickets under this option may be seated with another couple. Two top table seating is $175 per couple; only six of these tables are available per ride. Purchase tickets at, or call 704-636-2889 ext. 224. Limited seating is available.


Forum to explore the world’s most famous play

William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” has been translated into almost every known language and is still performed worldwide more often than any other play ever written. Dr. Bethany Sinnott, English Professor Emerita at Catawba College, will provide an answer to that question at the Catawba College Community Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 16, setting the stage for a community reading of Hamlet that Sinnott will lead, one act at a time, beginning at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 and continuing on consecutive Tuesdays through March 22. Stay tuned for more details.


Sold out — First Friday’s Wine About Winter

5-9 p.m. Feb. 5: Visitors are welcome to stroll downtown Salisbury, but no on-site tickets will be availabe for purchase. For information on the next downtown Salisbury event, visit or call 704-637-7814.



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