Arts & Entertainment news Aug. 4-10

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 4, 2016

Local museums host second ‘Night At The Museums’


On Aug. 13, the night will again come alive at the Rowan Museum in Salisbury, and at the Doll and Toy Museum in Spencer. There will be characters from the Night at the Museum movies as well as other historical figures. The magical evening starts at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum and continues at the Rowan Museum, ending with a buffet dinner.

Teddy Roosevelt will be our host and will “Keep us all in order!” George Washington will return to Rowan County to shake hands. Napoleon, a western cowboy, and an iron horse conductor will no doubt cause us trouble.

You will also meet some local historical characters like Elizabeth Maxwell Steele and Nathaniel Greene. A Neanderthal, Civil War soldier, monkey, sword fighting knights and other characters will entertain and educate you through this adventure.

There will be three shows — 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $15 for children, or $75 for two adults and two kids. To sign up, or for details, call the Rowan Museum at 704- 633-5946 or email at


Lee Street theatre Season Kick Off Party

Friday, Aug. 5 is the Season 9 Kick Off Party, a laid back, fun way to learn about the 2016-2017 LSt season, as well as meet new artistic director Craig Kolkebeck. LSt is a participant in Downtown Salisbury’s Summer Sip. Drop in 5-9p.m.; the big presentation about the season will be at 7 p.m. Visit or call 704-310-5507 or email


Auditions for ‘Reefer Madness’

7 p.m. Aug. 7-8

Directed by Beth Homan. Held aat At Lee Street theatre. Performances dates are Nov. 10-19. Bring a current headshot and resume, if you have one, prepare 16-24 bars of an appropriately styled song, bring your sheet music (an accompanist will be provided), and come dressed to move. You may also be asked to read a side or sing something specific from the script. You need only attend one of the evening auditions. See details at

Downtown Salisbury’s Summer Sip Series

The “Summer Sip Crawl” — 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, with 35 downtown Salisbury locations, each will featuring a beer from a different brewery. Tickets are $20 and include a souvenir tasting glass, wrist band and walking map.

The “Summer Sip Festival” — 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, with more than 30 North Carolina breweries featured plus vendors, food trucks, and live music from “Dark Water Rising” and Salisbury natives “Big Break.” New Sarum Brewing Company will host an exclusive after-party for ticket holders which will feature the bands Dangermuffin and The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project. Tickets for the festival are: General admission $35; Designated Driver tickets $10; VIP (limited availability) $60; and a two-day pass to both events is $50.

Tickets for the entire series may be purchased at or 704-637-7814.


Calling musicians for the new season of Piedmont Prime Time Community Band

7:15 pm to 9 p.m. Sept. 8: Under the direction of our new conductor, Jason Partridge. In need of percussion, low brass (trombone and baritone) and clarinets, but all are welcome. Rehearsals at Trinity United Methodist Church, 426 E. First St., Kannapolis. Email or visit www.

City of Salisbury hosts Movies in the Park

Friday, begins 8 p.m., movie at 9 p.m. Free family movie night held at City Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Concessions available for purchase. See • Aug. 5: Minions

RPL Tuesday Family Movie Series

Free popcorn and lemonade. Children must be accompanied by a parent. or 704-216-8256. • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Salisbury: Aug. 9: Ice Castles.


Auditions for ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ 

7 p.m. Aug. 30-31 

Auditions for Piedmont Players Theatre’s upcoming production of the Tony-winning musical “Peter and the Starcatcher” will be held on the third floor of the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Performer should prepare 16 bars from a song in the style of the show. Must bring sheet music. The Tony-winning play upends the century-old story of the beginning of Peter Pan.  Show dates are Oct. 6-15. 704-633-5471. See for more.


Call for street performers for Salisbury’s 4th annual Buskers~Bash

5-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2. Deadline to apply: Aug. 24.

Now accepting performer applications. The annual BUSKERS~BASH in downtown Salisbury hosts more than 40 street performers in a Best-Buskers Contest. Musicians, dancers, jugglers, magicians and more perform throughout town. Each receives a VOTE-FOR-ME poster and a “Busker-Bucket.” Attendees receive a walking map and custom guitar picks for voting. To vote for their favorite, they toss a guitar pick into the Busker-Bucket. Votes are counted at 8 p.m. and winners are announced at a Grand Finale at New Sarum Brewery at 9 p.m. Prizes awarded! To apply, visit For more information, contact:


RiverDance benefits The LandTrust for Central NC

The LandTrust for Central North Carolina offers its 16th Annual RiverDance event on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Historic Salisbury Train Station. At the LandTrust’s premiere fundraising event, attendees will dance the night away to the beach, soul, and rock-n-roll stylings of The Castaways, while dining on Southern fare by Divine Appetit.Tickets are $75 per person or $150 per couple, available at 704-647-0302, or


New W-S theatre company for actors over 40


WINSTON-SALEM — If you’re an actor or other performer over 40, you can’t help but notice that the opportunities become less and less available the older you get. Understandably, most community and professional theatre companies are focused on building audiences that will continue to be around well down the road and encouraging younger folks to attend. To accomplish that, many plays and musicals are focused on younger audiences. The byproduct is that there are fewer shows that feature mature actors and performers and fewer plays and musicals that deal with subject matter focusing on issues faced by older patrons and communities.

Enter the 40+ Stage Company, a new nonprofit theatre company that plans to focus on mature actors and material that will deal with issues facing our aging populations. Artistic director Gene Johnson says the company plans to offer four to six productions each year, which will include at least one musical or revue and at least one play that can tour to retirement communities and smaller theatres across the state. In addition, there are plans to introduce one or two new plays each year with senior themes. The Company also plans to offer classes for those over 40, beginning as well as Master Classes.

A website will be available soon. Information is available on the 40+ Stage Company Facebook page or by email at They are currently based at 5780 Brookway Drive, 336-575-4446.


Reynolda House Cinema Under the Stars 

‘Goonies,’ ‘Labyrinth,’ and ‘Field of Dreams’ 

WINSTON-SALEM — Entering its second decade as one of the Piedmont Triad’s most popular outdoor film series, Cinema Under the Stars returns to Reynolda House Museum of American Art in August. The series will show films Aug. 5, 12, 19 and Aug. 26. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and films will be shown on the front lawn at 8:30 p.m., or dark. In case of rain, films will be shown in the Babcock Auditorium. Arrive early and picnic on the lawn and to participate in nightly themes inspired by the films. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase; no outside alcohol is permitted. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per car.

• Aug. 5 – “The Goonies” (1986) Come out and show us your best “truffle shuffle” dance.

• Aug. 12 – “Labyrinth” (1986) Come as your favorite incarnation of the much-missed David Bowie.

• Aug. 19 – “Aladdin” (1992) Bring your favorite “magic carpet” picnic set-up. Down in front.

• Aug. 26 – “Field of Dreams” (1989) Bring a ball and glove for a round of catch.

Cinema Under the Stars is co-presented by the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. For more information, visit




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