Arts & entertainment news Aug. 25-31

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 25, 2016

College Night Out fills the downtown tonight


What better time than a “College Night Out” to showcase the incredible musical talents of some of our local students? Their names will surely be in lights and their songs at the top of the charts one day, so better catch them now while you can! They’ll even have tip jars so you can feel you have a stake in what promises to be very bright futures for these young people. Here they are, and where you can find them:

Ariel & Carlos Cortez, Taylor Hawes – all Catawba College seniors; Cortez brothers from Union City, NJ now living in Statesville, Taylor from Tabor City; Ariel majoring in music business and worship arts, Carlos in music business and popular music, Taylor in music. They have a three-piece band consisting of electric guitar, bass guitar, and drums, and hope to bring in a pianist as well. Coincidentally, they plan to release their debut single on this very day and are thrilled to have a gig at College Night Out to showcase it, and promise plenty of other songs as well • 6 p.m. at Salisbury Square Antiques & Collectibles, 111 S. Main St.

Destiny Stone – Catawba College sophomore from Holly Springs, Mississippi, majoring in music business and popular music • 7 p.m. at Growing Pains, 122 S. Main St.

Korsei Scott – Catawba College freshman from New York City, majoring in popular music • 7 p.m. at The Candy Shoppe, 119 S. Main St.

ALSO: Trolley rides running from Catawband Livingstone to downtown Salisbury 5-9:30 p.m. • plus a deejay and and live music • cornhole • dunktank • food • games • give aways • and more • see


Fin, Feather and Fur Outdoor & Off-Road Expo

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 26-28, at the Rowan County Fairgrounds experience 75-100+ vendors (indoor and outdoor) exhibiting hunting, fishing, camping, off road and outdoor products.

But that’s just for starters. There will also be • Bands all day Saturday

• Monster & Mega Trucks Saturday and Sunday

• Free prizes just for attending

• Food booths and food vendors

• 3-day Extreme Mud Racing/Off-Road Event, National Qualifier (Southern Divisional Mud Racing Championships — fast mud, regular mud, freestyle, obstacle course)

• Motocross, ATV Side by Side Sprint and ATV Flat Track Racing

• Monster Trucks – Monster Jam Champion Avenger

• Back to Back Truck Pull

• Bands all day Saturday: local favorites Wayward Reason plus five-time CMA artist J. Collins

• 2-day archery tournament

• Mechanical bull riding • Chainsaw sculpting • Hand made crafts • Newell Farms Wildlife Rehab Center (wolves and other Animals) • TV personalities

For more information visit or call 704- 791-6317.

Deadline Sept. 7  for  Rowan Helping Ministries Christmas card

All submissions for the Rowan Helping Ministries cover designs for its 2016 Christmas Honor Card are due by Wednesday, Sept. 7 by 5 p.m.

The winning artist will be honored at an unveiling reception in late October and will be recognized in local media.

This year’s reception will be one of a series of events celebrating Rowan Helping Ministries’ 30th anniversary. Designs should reflect Rowan Helping Ministries’ mission of helping neighbors in need.

The Christmas Honor Card raises funds to provide critical services to those living in poverty or struggling to make ends meet.

For information and artwork requirements, contact Karen Taylor at


Bernheim to speak on Raoul Wallenberg at Trinity Oaks 

Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim will speak at Trinity Oaks about one of the most important and heroic figures of World War II: Raoul Wallenberg.

Bernheim, a native of Salisbury, is the chairman and CEO of the Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States.

The author of the monograph “Raoul Wallenberg: A Hero for Our Time,” Bernheim is an expert on the life of Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat whose extraordinary and selfless actions saved tens of thousands of Jewish people near the end of World War II.

Bernheim’s presentation will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 in the special events room at Trinity Oaks, 728 Klumac Road. Call 704-633-1002 for more information.


Experience Stoneman’s Raid at the NC Transportation Museum

SPENCER — At the close of the Civil War, three days after Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, Gen. George Stoneman marched into Salisbury. Unaware of Lee’s surrender, Stoneman burned buildings, destroyed Confederate supplies, destroyed the former Confederate Prison, and tried to stop fleeing trains carrying Confederate supplies from the city under siege.

The N.C. Transportation Museum’s Civil War Weekend: Stoneman’s Raid Through Salisbury, will feature train ride reenactments, historians, Civil War era music, living history, lantern tours, a Saturday night dinner and Civil War dance, and trolley tours to the Salisbury National Cemetery and Confederate Prison site and to the Fort York area where Confederate and Union forces clashed.

Civil War reenactors will provide living history demonstrations, musket fire, and troop movements. Sutlers, named for the merchants that followed troops to sell their wares, will be set up with Civil War merchandise.

In addition, the famed Texas locomotive that been visiting the museum, undergoing cosmetic restoration in the Back Shop, was a participant in the Great Locomotive Chase of the Civil War, helped to rebuild the city of Atlanta during Reconstruction, and is the pride of the Atlanta History Center.

Civil War historian Michael C. Hardy and Chris J. Hartley (author of the definitive history of Stoneman’s raid of Salisbury) will be featured with two presentations, one Saturday and one Sunday.

Visitors will also witness a reenactment of Stoneman’s troops raiding a train with Confederate military supplies and the sword, uniform, papers, and family of slain Confederate Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk as it attempted an escape from Salisbury. Musket and cannon fire will be heard and seen at several different locations throughout the day.

See for details, ticket prices, packages and more information.


Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘The Bucket List’

CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre is proud to present its fourth annual festival of six original 10 minute plays from N.C., S.C., Ga. and Va. authors. Featured plays are:

• Antique Roses – by Robert Boucheron

• A Mostly Satisfied Life – by Gary Wadley

• Firsts – by Pamela Coff


• Louie’s List – by Ethan Mullins

• Number 10 – by Andy Rassler

• Paper Lanterns – by Stacey Isom Campbell

Show dates are Aug. 25, 26, 27 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at

ESU presents: ‘The State of Our Polarized Presidential Politics’ 

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15: Dr. Michael Bitzer will speak at the season opener for the Salisbury English Speaking Union, on “The State of Our Polarized Presidential Politics.”

A Catawba faculty member since 2002, Dr. Bitzer has taught a variety of courses in American politics, public administration and policy, and law and courts areas. He has also taught courses on leadership and globalization. He has conducted research in Southern politics, focusing on politics and elections in North and South Carolina, US campaigns and elections, state politics, the bureaucracy, and civil rights in the American South. He serves as political analyst for several Charlotte area TV stations as well as having contributed guest editorials to Charlotte area newspapers.

He is a well-known figure in the Salisbury area and is Provost and Interim Dean of Students at Catawba. He was the 2011-2012 Swink Professor for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia.

Dinner reservations are $32. RSVP to Toni at 704-212-2114. Sponsored by The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch.


Center for Faith & the Arts and The Phoenix Readers present ‘Bless Me, Father’

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 26-27: A full length comedy by local playwright Andy Rassler, done in Readers Theater style.

Suspicions and innuendo reign as a new parishioner joins the parish quilting group. Who is this new woman? What is her agenda? And what is going on between her and the parish priest?

Cast members are Ray Stoddard, Rebekah Hardison, Jimmie Moomaw, Judy Banish, Julie Cline, Anne Wilson, Mike Cline and Kate Davis. Admission is $10 cash or check (no credit cards). The show will be staged at Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St. For details visit or

Lee Street theatre presents ‘Exit Pursued by a Bear’

Lee Street theatre will present “Exit Pursued by a Bear” Sept. 8-10 and 15-17 at 7 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $15+tax at or 704-310-5507.

The show is written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Craig Kolkebeck, artistic director of Lee Street theatre.

“Exit Pursued by a Bear” is a contemporary Southern “revenge comedy” that disarms stereotypes of abuse with wild humor.

Bear is part “I Love Lucy,” part Jacobean revenge tragedy, and part feminist power ballad. Set in the North Georgia mountains, the ever-sweet Nan finally flips the story on her abusive husband, Kyle, taking back her life. With the help of her colorful friends, her idolization of Jimmy Carter, and one violent Shakespearean stage direction, this play ain’t over till the bears are in pursuit.

Lee Street theatre, 329 N Lee St. See for details.


A different kind of Spelling Bee

CONCORD —Hecklers will be out in force on Thursday, Sept. 8 for the 7th Annual “Buzz” Word Spelling Bee, which brings together teams for an “adult” spelling bee that has fans cheering on their favorite teams while sneering and jeering others.

The spelling bee is an annual fundraiser for the Cabarrus Literacy Council hosted at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. A 5:30 p.m reception kicks off the party with teams taking the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the 7th Annual “Buzz” Word Spelling Bee are just $10 to attend. $5 if you show your Cabarrus County Public Library card, and free to those Emergency Service Providers in uniform. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at your local library. For more information call 704-920-2223.

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