Arts & Entertainment news April 21-27

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 21, 2016

Piedmont Bottle & Pottery Club 10th annual show and sale

Saturday, April 23 is the date for the Piedmont Bottle & Pottery Club’s 10th annual show and sale, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., highlighting unique and hard-to-find bottles, jars, pottery and related antique items. Dealer setup is at 6:30 a.m. at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

There is free admission, free parking and free appraisals. For club information call Jimmie Wood, 704-692-7888 or Chuck Rash, 704-732-0373.


Annual Student Exhibitions at WVAC

Waterworks Visual Arts Center is hosting the 33rd annual Student Exhibitions: Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists. Next up is the high schools exhibit April 23-May 14, with a welcoming reception on Thursday, April 28, from 5-6:30 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For details, call 704-636-1882 or visirt


Open house at Saving Grace Farm’s new location

Saving Grace Farm has moved and is hosting an open house at its new location on Sunday. Join the staff and volunteers for outdoor family games, spend time with the animals, do a little shopping with the vendors, learn about what Saving Grace has to offer. Fresh smoked barbecue plates and other concessions will be sold eat-in or take-out. There will also be a demonstration ride by a therapeutic riding student.

The event is 2-5 p.m. Sunday April 24 and admission is free. Saving Grace Farms provides therapeutic equine assisted activities to people with special needs and disabilities including children, youth, veterans, and seniors. Saving Grace Farm’s new location is 725 Jackson Road, 704-209-6577.


Old Courthouse Youth Theatre presents ‘The 39 Steps’ 

CONCORD — April 21-23, 29, 30, May 6, 7 at 8 p.m.; May 7, April 24, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python. 49 Spring St. NW. Tickets at 704-788-2405 or www.oldcourt

John Hart book release and culinary event

Native son and New York Times best-selling author John Hart has generously offered the occasion of the pre-release of his new novel, “Redemption Road,” to benefit The LandTrust for Central North Carolina.

Meet the author at this special pre-release event on Saturday, April 30 at the Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St., at 7 p.m. In addition to Southern culinary delights catered by Divine Appetit, guests will receive a signed copy of “Redemption Road.” RSVP to 704-647-0302 or visit


Enviromingle: ‘Connecting people to the natural world’

Waterworks Visual Arts Center and Catawba College Center for the Environment will host Enviromingle, featuring a public forum and panel discussion on “Connecting people to the natural world.” The event is Tuesday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Waterworks, 123 E. Liberty St. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required at


Mary Corinne Degood has garnered more than 15 years of professional experience working in non-profit and formal education settings.

Katie Reefe Skalka is employed as a middle school science and math teacher at Salisbury Academy.

Jim Lee is a multifaceted artist whose works include audio installations, sculptures, photography, and other media.

Dr. Bethany Sinnott  taught at Catawba College from 1969 until retirement in 2011, specializing in Shakespeare and  serving as English Department Chair and Director of the Humanities Division.

Dr. John Wear is the founder and executive director of the Center for the Environment and associate professor of biology and environmental science at Catawba College.



Coming Tuesday to RPL: ‘America’s Music Down to its Roots’

Willie Nelms draws on his experience as a librarian, musician, and songwriter to offer an entertaining look at what has become known as Roots Music.

Nelms will perform at Rowan Public Library Headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St., on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m., presenting his program, “America’s Music Down to Its Roots,” as part of the Friends of Rowan Public Library Annual Meeting.

Nelms is the Director Emeritus of Sheppard Memorial Library in Greenville. He holds masters degrees in history and library science and has been a professional librarian since 1974. This avid musician and songwriter plays upright bass with several bands.

His presentation looks at the past, present, and future of what has become known as Roots Music in the United States. The historical origins of various types of music including blues, folk, country and bluegrass are examined, along with key figures in the development of these genres.

Nelms offers a practical view of how online transmission of Roots Music performances will impact this musical form in the future. Drawing on his 40+ years as a musician, he offers an entertaining, first-hand account of Roots Music.

This presentation is free and open to the public.


WRHS Broadway Revue:  Once Upon a Bedtime

In collaboration with Southeast Middle and West Rowan Middle School, West Rowan High School presents its 2016 Broadway Revue entitled “Once Upon a Bedtime.” The show features singing, dancing and drama as a babysitter consoles a sleepless child with bedtime stories, brought to life on the stage. In this fairy tale, The End is only the beginning. Dreams do come true!

This is an all-student production with the exception of director Justin Snyder, the West Rowan High chorus teacher. It was written by Margaret “Megan” Smith, edited by Josh Hill and choreographed by Keshun Bradley. Lights, sound and stage crew duties are all done by students as well.

Show dates are April 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and April 24 at 4 p.m. at West Rowan Hight School. Tickets are $10. For more info, call 704- 793-7652.


17th Annual Blues and Jazz Festival workshops

The Rowan Blues and Jazz Society presents the 17th Annual Blues and Jazz Festival May 13-14 at the corner of N. Lee Street and Kerr Streets. Workshop and youth events Friday May 13; Musical performances throughout the day and evening Saturday, May 14. Free general admission. Sign up for workshops at


You too can sing at a Piedmont Choral Society concert

CONCORD — The Piedmont Choral Society is preparing for its popular “All Patriotic Music” concerts. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join the group for these concerts. No audition and no prior musical experience is required, just come and sing. Rehearsals begin on June 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. and continue on Monday nights at Forest Hill UMC.

Concert dates are  June 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and June 26 at 3 p.m.

For more information contact Kay Yates at

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