Arts & Entertainment news April 28-May 4

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 28, 2016

Community meetings begin

City of Salisbury hosts Coffee with a Cop — 9-10 a.m. First and third Tuesdays at Koco Java • Second and fourth Tuesdays at Mean Mug. Ask questions, voice concerns, get to know your neighborhood officers. Free.

City of Salisbury hosts Meetings with the Manager — 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays after the first City Council meeting, City Hall, first floor. Drop by to speak with the City Manager in an open forum. Free.

City of Salisbury hosts Barbershops and Cops —First Thursdays at Majestic Creations, 2 p.m. • First Fridays at Man Made, 1 p.m. • Second Thursdays at B&B Expressions, 11 a.m. • Fourth Thursdays at Addison’s, 1 p.m. • Get to know your neighborhood’s police officers at your local barbershop. Free.

These opportunities continue through August. See


PGT Toastmasters hosts open house today 

This evening at 5:30 p.m., People Growing Together Toastmasters will host an open house event at Hurley YMCA on Jake Alexander Blvd., featuring International Director Russell Drake, author of “If This Is a Secret Why Am I Telling It.” In this one-hour presentation, Drake will share techniques to overcome nervousness, connect with any audience, use verbal and non-verbal communication skills, eliminate filler words and distractions, and achieve a commanding executive presence. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free but seating is limited; RSVP to Glenda Edwards at 828-310-8491.


Bread Riot presents Bernhardt Back Porch Burger Bash

Enjoy live music and local cuisine prepared by Chef Scott Staley and Two Pigs Farm, to benefit Dog PAWS. The event will be held at the back of Salisbury’s historic Bernhardt Building and will be held rain or shine (the event can be moved indoors). Make your plans for Sunday, May 1 from 4-7 p.m. at $15/plate. 113 N. Main St., back entrance. See or send inquiries to


‘Sunny Days and Starry Nights’ 


Members of the Salisbury Rowan Quilters’ Guild are collecting quilts in preparation for the combined biannual quilt show “Sunny Days and Starry Nights” on April 29-30 — showcasing quilts created by Salisbury’s two quilt guilds — at the First Baptist Ministry Center, 223 N. Fulton St.

More than 130 professionally judged quilts will be on exhibit along with cuddle quilts and VA quilts. You can also enjoy fresh North Carolina strawberry shortcake, a chicken salad sandwich or some freshly brewed tea in our Tea Room, Stitches & Strawberries.

Quilters in Salisbury and nearby communities have been gathering for more than 25 years as the Salisbury Rowan Quilters’ Guild, and have done numerous service projects for the community. For many years 80-100 cuddle quilts have been presented to the children at the Family Crisis Center, many of which are on display at this year’s show. Basic toiletry kits have also been presented to the women at the shelter and food has been donated to Rowan Helping Ministries.

Approximately 16 years ago a second quilt guild began meeting in the evening and the Starry Night Quilt Guild was born. Many quilters work during the day but still wanted to gather to share their love of all things quilted. Service projects have included making hundreds of pillow cases for Victory Junction and the children’s wards at the local hospitals. The current service project is making quilts for local veterans in Salisbury.

The highlight of this year’s show will be the presentation of quilts to approximately 25 local veterans. Many of the already completed quilts are on exhibit at this week’s show.


Nostalgic Americana concert

CONCORD — The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band will present a concert, “Nostalgic Americana,” on Saturday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at the Concord High School Auditorium, 481 Burrage Road. Admission is $5 for ages 13-64. Donations are welcome. See for more information.

RCCC Student Art & Design Exhibition opens Friday

CONCORD — The annual RCCC Student Art & Design Exhibition, “Impulse,” will be showcased at ClearWater Studios for the third year in a row. The free opening reception is Friday from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Student artists and RCCC faculty will be present. The Impulse Student Art Show will be on exhibit through May 7. A new event, the RCCC Faculty Show, debuts later this year, in October.ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW. For more information, visit or call 704-784-9535.

Coming to the Y by popular demand

An additional Saturday Night Band Dance will be added at the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd., W. on the first and third Saturday of each month from 7-10 p.m. to enjoy fellowship, a covered dish snack buffet and great music. See or call Louise at 704-0636-0111.


Phoenix Readers present 

Performance dates have been added to the Phoenix Readers’ popular traveling presentation, “A Collection of Five Southern Stories.” • Monday, May 9, 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Salisbury • Wednesday, May 11 at Salisbury Academy: two shows, 9 and 10 a.m. • Wednesday, May 18, 1:30 p.m. at Isenberg Elementary School. See or Center for Faith & the Arts or call 704-647-0999.


‘The Colors of Life: Charles Ramsey Jr.’


Center for Faith & the Arts is pleased to host local Artist Charles Ramsey in their gallery at 207 W. Harrison St. in an exhibit titled “The Colors of Life.” The exhibit will run from May 5-July 15. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held Thursday, May 5 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Charles Ramsey is a North Carolina native who became fascinated with art and drawing when he was young. During high school his ambitions were divided between art and science. Charles won scholarships in civil engineering and physics. Two years into his studies, he transferred to East Carolina University School of Art. While at school and after graduation he worked as an interior designer as well as a technical artist for Warner Brothers and Disney. Returning home, Charles worked as city planner for the Town of East Spencer for seven years, retiring in 1997. Charles’s early work involved precise drawings that presented crisp representations of the world around him. More recently he has become fascinated by to possibilities of modern technology. Using a camera and digital technology, he transforms scenes of everyday life to flashes of color and movement that highlight the beauty of the Colors of Life.

Please join us to meet the artist and become acquainted with his work at our opening reception. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., and Sundays 2 -4 p.m.

See Sunday Lifestyles for more.


Mark your calendars to get Jiggy with the Piggy 

KANNAPOLIS — Experience the smells and sights of more than 80 barbeque competition teams: the Jiggy with the Piggy BBQ Competition and Festival returns to downtown Kannapolis and the North Carolina Research Campus on May 6 and 7. Once again BBQ teams from around the U.S. will compete in this premier event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. This year there will be more entertainment, carnival rides for children, more arts and crafts vendors, fireworks and of course, lots of BBQ to eat.

Schedule of events:

Tuesday, May 3: Jiggy with the Piggy 5K (run Part of the Run Kannapolis Series. Dress in your best piggy outfit to qualify for prizes and a cool Jiggy medal.

Friday, May 6: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: BBQ competition teams arrive

5 p.m.: Festival opens. Food, arts & crafts, carnival rides

7 p.m.: People’s Choice Wings begins (while supplies last) $10 for 10 samples

Concert: Emily Minor

8 p.m.: Family movie night: Cars 2, presented by 600 Festival

8:15 p.m.: Concert with Darrell Harwood

9 p.m.: People’s Choice ends

9 p.m.: Fireworks

Saturday, May 7

7 a.m.: YMCA all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast ($5 at Kannapolis YMCA)

9 a.m.: Festival opens

Food, arts & crafts, carnival rides

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Kids Zone activities

Noon: People’s Choice Pork Challenge begins (while supplies last) $10 for 10 samples

Concert: Fantastic Shakers

Noon-1:30 p.m.: BBQ competition judging

2 p.m.: People’s Choice Pork Challenge ends

3-5 p.m.: Concert with Coconut Groove Band

5 p.m.: BBQ awards ceremony (Laureate Center)

Festival ends

Check out the Jiggy with Piggy Facebook page and for more information.

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