Arts & Entertainment news April 14-20

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 14, 2016

Last day to see the Rowan/Salisbury Student Art Show 

The Rowan/Salisbury Student Art Show continues through noon today, April 14, at the Civic Center. It is an annual event sponsored by The Carolina Artists and the Salisbury Civic Center, at 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The public is invited to attend and view the students’ artwork. See Sunday’s Life section for a list of winners.


Salisbury’s kids love ‘Touch a Truck’ 

Salisbury Parks & Rec hosts the popular “Touch a Truck” event on Saturday, April 16 in the Salisbury Post parking lot and at Fisher and Jackson across from the library. Get up close for a hands on educational experience. Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of vehicles and occupations. Rain date is April 30. This event is free, and goes from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit for more information.


Salisbury Ghost Walk 

The Salisbury Ghost Walk will take to the streets this Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Be sure to bring your camera, smart phone and a flashlight. Visit  for pricing and to RSVP.


Stand Up, Speak Out! family event

From 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, enjoy a free afternoon of family fun at Bounce City, 120 N. Church St., with local artistic performers, face painting, refreshments, guest speakers and more. Sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, Rowan County DSS, Bounce City and Spotlight Dance Company. Info at 704-639-1700.


Horizons Unlimited event

From 3-5 p.m. on Saturday,. April 16, the public is invited to the Science/Open House for Earth Day. There will also be a laser show, “Pink Floyd: the Wall” at 3 and 4 p.m. Both are free, but donations will be accepted. Horizons Unlimited is located at 1636 Parkview Circle; park and enter from Lilly Ave. For more information, visit

Delayed opening 

Due to a sudden tragedy, Lee Street theatre will delay opening of the upcoming musical “The Last Five Years” by one week. The new performance dates will be April 21-23 and 28-30. Student Rush night will occur on April 19. The entire production team and Lee Street theatre staff and board wish to extend their sincere condolences to the involved parties and ask that their privacy be respected at this time. All tickets purchased for April 14-16 will be honored and moved to another performance date. Please call 704-310-5507 to move your ticket if you have not already been contacted by theatre staff.


‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ workshop

Monday, April 25 from 5:30-7 p.m., Rowan Public Library hosts “Choose Your Own Adventure,” the fourth workshop in the 2016 Learn.Act.Grow. series.

Adventure is a lifestyle choice, a commitment made to find inspiration and purpose in everything — whether on the top of a mountain or a page in a book. Everyone needs adventure, whether big or small, physical or mindful. Living each day with intention, focus, and joy is no small feat. Local fitness expert, author and adventurer David Freeze will discuss the psychological and physiological benefits to adding adventure to your life while offering encouragement and planning tips for adventures, local and beyond. Held at Rowan Public Library headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St. Free healthy snacks and bottled water will be provided. There is no charge to participate but registration is advised. Visit or call 704-216-7841.


Carson High presents ‘The Wedding Singer’ 

Jesse C. Carson High School will present the musical comedy based on the movie of the same name beginning tonight and continuing April 15 and 16 at 7 p.m., and April 17 at 3 p.m. in the Jesse C. Carson High School auditorium.

Jeff Street, band teacher at Carson, is musical director and Megan Wyatt is choral director. Alex Reynolds and Bristol Glass, theatre teachers at Carson, direct this fast paced comedy. Sydney Overcash is choreographer. Tickets are available at


East Rowan High School’s Spring musical 

Tickets are now on sale for East Rowan High School’s Spring musical “Uncle Joe’s Place.” Reserved seats are $15, VIP tables are $25 and are available for purchase Tuesdays-Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. Performance dates are May 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit East Rowan Choral Boosters and Supporters of Education @ East Rowan (SEER). For more information call ERHS 704 279-5232.



‘The 39 Steps’ at Old Courthouse Theatre

CONCORD — Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs.Performance dates are April 21-23, 29-30, May 6-7 at 8 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. matinees on April 24, May 1 and 7. Tickets can be purchased through or at OCT’s box office at 704-788-2405.  For more details, visit www.oldcourt


‘Gardening in the Shade’ and worm composting demonstration

The Rowan County Extension Master Gardeners Do it Yourself Gardening Series continues April 23 at 9:30 a.m. with “Gardening in the Shade” and a worm composting demonstration. This is a unique opportunity to learn how techniques for being successful gardening in an area with a heavy tree canopy and lots of roots to deal with. The Carl Sloop Garden session will provide time for questions and exploration, including how to begin composting with worms. The discussions about the garden will include plant selection, soil amending, mulch application and weed control. Bring your questions and concerns about planting under mature trees and full shade canopy. For more information and reservations, contact the Extension Office at 704-216-8970.


31st annual canoe and kayak race  

The 31st annual South Yadkin River canoe and kayak race is Saturday, May 14. Those registering prior to Friday, April 15 are eligible for a free race T-shirt. Registration forms may be downloaded from the Troop 448 website at

There will be competition and recreation classes with prizes for the top three finishers in each class. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 448, sanctioned by the United States Canoe Association.



Lee Street theatre presents ‘A Night at the Cirque’

by Christina Banner Pettus, Lee Street theatre

The Board of Directors of Lee Street theatre invites you to attend “A Night at the Cirque” on May 7 from 7 p.m. until midnight. This live theatre and dinner experience is a one-of-a-kind black tie fundraising gala to benefit Lee Street theatre and its educational programs, including outreach programming at Knox Middle School and summer internships with local college students.

“A Night at the Cirque” will be a full experience event that features cocktails, dinner, dancing and live performances by Cirque de Vol, a circus arts studio out of Raleigh. Acts will include stilt walkers and acrobats during cocktail hour, culminating in a cirque showcase featuring aerial silks, lyra, trapeze acts, juggling, and more during dinner.

Dinner will be catered by Best Impressions of Charlotte. The creative and themed menu boasts passed appetizers, with entrees that include beef tenderloin and adobe roasted shrimp. And of course, plenty of delectable desserts. A full bar will also be available.

Tickets to the fundraiser are $100 per person. Sponsorships are available starting at $500 and include perks such as VIP parking and inclusion on marketing materials. A limited number of tables may be reserved for parties of 8-10 people.

“A Night at the Cirque” will be held at the Lee Street Theatre and Performing Arts Center at the Tom and Martha Smith Event Center, 329 N. Lee St. Tickets are available at or 704-310-5507.





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