Arts & Entertainment news Feb. 11-17

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 11, 2016

Catawba’s February Forum explores ‘Hamlet,’ 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.

What is there about the language, characters, plot and ideas that has allowed this play to hold the world’s stage for so long?

Dr. Bethany Sinnott, English Professor Emerita at Catawba College and well-known Shakespeare scholar, will provide an answer to that question at the next Catawba College Community Forum on Tuesday evening, Feb. 16, setting the stage for a community reading of Hamlet that Sinnott will lead, one act at a time (for a total of five acts), beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and continuing on consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. through March 22 at Catawba’s downtown Salisbury storefront, Downtown Catawba, in the Plaza Building, 100 W. Innes St., Suite 103.

This community reading, sponsored by Catawba’s English Department, will use the Folger Shakespeare Library paperback edition of Hamlet. A limited number of copies will be available for use by those community members who attend one or more of the readings.

The forum will be held in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall. Admission, as always, is free.


Work call for ‘The Parchman Hour’

Lee Street theatre will be working on the set for The Parchman Hour on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m.-noon. A variety of projects will be available each day, from building to painting to setting up chairs.  RSVP by email to Chris at


Carolina Alpaca Celebration

CONCORD — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb.  13 and  8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Feb. 14: 600+ alpacas are registered from all over the country tp participate in the Halter Show, plus educational seminars and classes, children’s activities, photo contest, silent auction, fiber arts and skein contests, spin-off contest, fiber arts demonstrations, vendors. Free admission and parking. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N. Carolina 49, 704-920-3976,


6-week hand and wheel pottery class 

At Waterworks Visual Arts Center. A 6-week course Tuesday nights from 6:30-9 p.m. April 5 – May 10. Learn all aspects of hand building, using the potter’s wheel and sculpting techniques in this fun clay class.  Designed for beginner and intermediate students. Beginners learn the basics of working with clay while intermediate level students develop their own style. For ages 12+. WVAC,  123 E. Liberty St. Register at 704-636-1882 or

Beginning knitting

A class for the person who has never touched knitting needles but has always wanted to try. Only four things will be taught in this class: cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. We will practice on a long narrow scarf and learn many of the ways you can combine just knit and purl. Meetings are on two separate Wednesdays and everyone should leave at the end with a finished scarf. Classes: Feb. 24 and March 2, at the Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St., behind and below Haven Lutheran Church.  Cost: $20 if you bring your own materials (email to find out); additional $10 if materials are provided.

Live acoustic music by Tim Fast at MM valentine party

Submitted — Sunday, Feb. 14 from 6 until 9 p.m.: Valentine’s Day, that loving couple’s holiday, can be awkward for anyone who isn’t currently part of a couple. Therefore, for everyone who isn’t paired up with someone on this holiday, Mean Mug offers a valentine alternative — also for those who are part of a couple but you don’t want to go the traditional flowers, dinner and dancing route. There will be live acoustic music by singer/songwriter Tim Fast, the way from Minnesota on his winter tour. He performs both original and cover tunes accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica. The food buffet is $5/person plus beverages available for purchase.Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615, meanmugcoffeecompany@

‘Up Close and Far Away: Through an Environmental Lens’ opens at Waterworks

Meet the Artists opening reception is Friday, Feb. 12 from 6-8 p.m. Informal gallery talks with the artists begin at 5 p.m.

“Up Close & Far Away: Through an Environmental Lens” will feature artists who explore current environmental issues. Jeff Rich, a photographer whose work focuses on watershed issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse; and Jim Lee, whose still-life series composed of artifacts and remains, gathered in the field and photographed in his North Carolina studio will be featured in solo exhibitions. Durham environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck will work with local middle school and college students to create large, site-specific waterfall installations using recycled water bottles, featured throughout the museum. Exhibit open through May 21 at Waterworks Visual Art Center, 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882.


Hear Mountain Heart at the Davis next Friday

CONCORD — The Davis Theatre presents Mountain Heart in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Mountain Heart is an all-star band known for revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be played. Tickets are $36. The David Theatre is located at 65 Union St. S. in in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse. Call 704-920-2753 or visit


Coming up: Second annual Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off

CONCORD — ClearWater Artist Studios will host five master portraitists from the Charlotte-Concord area who will be featured painters in the second annual Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off at ClearWater Artist Studios on Saturday, March 12 — a live event. The event consists of five master painters, one live model and two hours for them to meet the portrait challenge — plus  fresh pound cakes and other refreshments, open studios and live demos by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners, plus local spoken-word poet ans actor Quentin Talley as emcee. RSVP at under Clearwater Poundcake Paint-Off. The preview reception with the artists is Friday, Feb. 26 from 5:30-8 p.m. RSVP to

ClearWater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Drive NW. See event updates at under Clearwater Poundcake Paint-Off.


Moorsville resident competes in new episode of ‘Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge’ airing Sunday

“Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” is the ultimate competition show. Each week, Steve Austin brings eight elite athletes to his Broken Skull Ranch to test their strength, stamina and endurance. Each episode sees contestants go head-to-head until the last man or woman standing earns the right to take on the toughest obstacle course in America, the ‘Skullbuster,’ for a chance to win $10,000 in cold, hard cash. In the newest episode debuting Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m., Steve invites eight new female competitors to take on Summit, High & Dry and Cranked before one competitor gets her shot at the Skullbuster and $10,000.

Jessica Smith, 34 — 5’3, 126 lbs. — Hometown: Mooresville — Occupation: Motorsports Team Owner — Specialty: Bodybuilding. Jessica plans on using that $10,000 to start her own personal training business. For more information, like Broken Skull Challenge on Facebook.


Save the date: Firstarts hosts acclaimed flutist


The FirstARTS series of First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., www., continues its eighth season Friday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m., with a concert featuring Dallas, Texas-based flute virtuoso Timothy Hagen, joined by pianist James Douglass. Dr. Hagen is an internationally acclaimed flutist who has performed with orchestras throughout the United States. As a solo artist, he has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center and 92nd Street Y and appeared at numerous music festivals. His program will feature music of Carl Maria von Weber, Frühling, Respighi, and an original composition by the performing artist. FUMC’s FirstARTS series is free and open to the public. An offering will be received. For more information, call 704-636-3121.

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