Arts & entertainment news Feb. 18-24
Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 18, 2016
Castlebay in Concert
Take a journey back in time to turbulent 18th century Scotland through the music of Castlebay. On Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Rowan Public Library Headquarters , 201 W. Innes St., Castlebay will present a free concert. The concert will be held in the Stanback Auditorium. Admission is free thanks to sponsorship by Friends of Rowan Public Library and Cheerwine. The show begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. To learn more , visit www.castlebay.net or www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-8240.
The Salisbury Ghost Walk winter edition?
The Salisbury Ghost Walk will take to the streets Saturday night Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. — it’s supposed to a warm night — to help ward off “cabin fever” from the winter blast. Join the stroll through downtown Salisbury, covering a six-block area where tales of shadow ghosts, apparitions and orbs will be revealed. Bring your camera, smart phone and a flashlight because some of the tales will come to life via present day haunts. True stories of present day haunts is all we reveal. In 2010 this walk received a tourism award from the Governor’s Office. $5 for students, $10 for adults. Children age 5 and under free. Visit t www.salisburyghostwalk.com to make reservations or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call John at 704-798-3102.
Call for Vendors
Gold Hill Gold Rush Days — May 7: Historic Village of Gold Hill hosts a festival of local artists’ and craft persons’ work. The application can be found at www.goldhillnc.com
China Grove Farmers Day — July: Accepting applications for vendors of all types. Direct questions to Patti Price, 333 N Main St., 704.857.2466 ext. 102 or email@example.com
‘The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the 1961 Freedom Riders’
Lee Street theatre is proud to present “The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the 1961 Freedom Riders” by Mike Wiley. Performances are Feb. 25-27 and March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
Mike Wiley Productions’ newest work commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders. In 1961, the original 13 riders boarded a bus in Washington, D.C., bound for New Orleans via Mississippi and Alabama. They barely made it out of Alabama alive. Over the course of the next three months, approximately 300 other riders took up the mantle and followed the path of those first brave few. Mobs brutally assaulted many. Others were arrested and, instead of posting bail, chose to serve sentences in one of the most brutal prisons in the South, Parchman Farm, proving the Freedom Riders and the movement to desegregate interstate travel would not be deterred.
Presented in the style of the variety shows of yesteryear, this moving production explores three of the tensest months of 1961. “The Parchman Hour” brings to the stage powerful oral histories and conversations from the Freedom Rides’ most iconic protagonists and antagonists.
“The Parchman Hour” is written by Mike Wiley, a 1995 Catawba College graduate, and was originally produced as a joint venture between Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill. This production is directed by Craig Kolkebeck, acclaimed director of last summer’s hit “A Few Good Men,” with musical direction and original musical arrangements by Adrian Smith.
All performances are at the Lee Street Theatre and Performing Arts Center at the Tom and Martha Smith Event Center, 329 N. Lee St. Tickets are $15+tax and available at www.leestreet.org or at 704-310-5507.
Annual African-American fashion show is Saturday
SPENCER — Spencer Doll & Toy Museum is sponsoring its annual African-American fashion show on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Spencer Woman’s Club, 100 Third St., Spencer. Hosted by Vincia Miller, Thomasina Paige and Brenda Neely, the event also includes prom fashions. Attendees are encouraged wear their family heirlooms to the event. $10 ticket includes museum admission and refreshments. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the museum or by phone at 704-762-9359. In conjunction, there is a special African American Doll Exhibit at the museum through February. For more information visit www.SpencerDollAndToyMuseum.com
‘Hamlet’ in Downtown Salisbury
For more than 400 years, people have been fascinated by Shakespeare’s tale of an ancient court of Denmark and its philosophical prince who is called to revenge the murder of his father. Dr. Bethany Sinnott, English Professor Emerita at Catawba College and well-known Shakespeare scholar, will lead a community reading of “Hamlet,” 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, located 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.
Personal Safety workshop
What would you do if someone approached you in a dark parking lot when you were all alone? Find out the best way to handle unsafe situations in this free workshop. Join us Monday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Rowan Public Library Headquarters, 201 W. Innes St., for “Personal Safety,” the second workshop in our 2016 Learn.Act.Grow. series.
Led by members of the Salisbury Police Department and Sidekick Karate of Salisbury, this workshop aims to teach participants simple tips and techniques to protect your vehicle, home, and yourself. There is no cost to attend, healthy snacks will be provided, and attendees will be entered for a chance to win a door prize. While there is no charge to participate, registration is strongly advised. Visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-7841 to ensure your spot, or for more information.
PPT youth theater presents ‘Taming of the Shrew’
PPT’s youth production of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” opens tomorrow, Feb. 19, at the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Filled with slapstick humor, disguises and deception, it’s the classic “battle of the sexes” story, set in a western theme. Show dates: Feb. 19-20 and 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices: Adults $10, students/seniors $8. Call 704-633-5471 or visit piedmontplayers.com
Teresa Moore-Mitchell and Friends
Soprano Teresa Moore-Mitchell, accompanied by Dr. Phillip Burgess and vocalists from Catawba and Livingstone colleges, will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. This concert is free. Call 704-636-3431 for more information or visit stjohns-salisbury.org
FirstARTS presents ZOOMTUBE
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19: Virtuoso music for flute, Timothy Martin Hagan from Dallas, Texas in recital. First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., 704-636-3121.
Groundbreaking for the new community park
On Feb. 20, a groundbreaking will take place for the new MLK Dream Park, which will be held at 910 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. at noon. The project plans to convert seven acres of land near downtown Salisbury into a recreational area that will include a Dream Trail, Field of Dreams, Dream Garden, and Dream Center. For more information, contact Julius Koonce at 336-587-5764.
CONCORD — The Spring into Arts Festival is an annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts. The children’s stage will present a mix of professional entertainment and young performers participating in the Spring ALIVE! Youth Talent Showcase. Showcase performers between 5 and 18 years of age are invited to apply for an opportunity to present a short performance on the day of the festival. Applications along with a $10 nonrefundable fee plus link to a performance video are due by March 11. The Spring into Arts Festival is May 14 in Downtown Concord. Download the application from www.concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.
‘MerleFest on the Road’ offers preview of the Americana festival
WINSTON-SALEM — MerleFest, the popular Americana music festival founded by the late legend Doc Watson, is bringing music lovers a sneak peek of this spring’s festival with “MerleFest on the Road” on March 10 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. This ensemble show, presented by the Blue Ridge Music Center, highlights multiple bands in the festival’s 2016 lineup.
Steve Johnson, artist relations director for MerleFest, says “So many MerleFest regulars can hardly wait for every April to arrive — and now they don’t have to.” MerleFest 2016 takes place April 28-May 1 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. Experience “MerleFest on the Road” on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art is located at 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem. Tickets are $20 at www.blueridgemusiccenter.org
WILKESBORO — April 28-May 1 at Wilkes Community College, 1328 S. Collegiate Drive. In addition to the artists performing at “MerleFest on the Road,” the festival will feature John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Sam Bush, and too many more to list. For details, visit www.merlefest.org
W-S Symphony to perform ‘Peter and the Wolf’ concert for kids
WINSTON-SALEM — The Winston-Salem Symphony is presenting a Discovery Concerts for Kids performance of “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev, conducted by Maestro Stephen Mulligan, assistant conductor. The performance is Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University.
The concert also will include the world premiere of a new piece by rising composer Viet Cuong, titled “The Wild Woods,” commissioned by Maestro Mulligan. Paul Brown of NPR’s Across the Blue Ridge will narrate both The Wild Woods and Peter and the Wolf. Dancers from the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet will join the Symphony for Prokofiev’s timeless tale of a brave boy, his grandpa, and their quirky animal companions. Each character is represented by a different instrument and melody, from the bird’s flourishing flute to the grandpa’s grumpy bassoon.
Single tickets for Discovery concerts are $7 for children, ages three to 12 (age 2 and under, free) and $18 for adults, available at 336-464-0145 or WSsymphony.org
Second Annual Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off
CONCORD — Five master painters, one live model, two hours for them to meet the portrait challenge — with fresh pound cakes and other refreshments, open studios, live demos by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners, plus spoken-word poet and actor Quentin Talley as emcee. The second annual Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off will be held at Clearwater Studios on Saturday, March 12, a live event. A preview reception with the artists will be held Friday, Feb. 26 from 5:30-8 p.m. To attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org