Arts & entertainment news Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2016

Season’s first choral concert at Catawba College


“Stories: Where words end, music begins” will be the theme of the first choral concert of the 2017-2017 academic year at Catawba College. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 in Catawba’s Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, the Catawba Singers, Chamber Singers and PopAC will present a program of choral music.

With 80 singers drawn from across the Catawba student body, the Catawba Singers is the largest of the three performing ensembles. They will perform works by Dan Forrest, Moses Hogan and David Dickau among others. The choir will sing the  unpublished work of NC composer Gwen McLeod Hall, “How did you live?”

The Catawba Chamber Choir will be led by student conductor and conducting scholarship recipient Robert J. Thornton, in Dan Forrest’s “Entreat me not to leave thee,” with works by Morten Lauridsen completing their cycle.

PopAC, Catawba College’s newest ensemble, will feature an arrangement of Elvis’ “Falling in Love with You” as well as Catawba student Caleb Garner’s arrangement of “I won’t say I’m in love” from Disney’s Hercules.

Additional choral selections will be offered by the Catawba Women’s and the Catawba Men’s Ensemble. The Men’s Ensemble was recently chosen to perform for the NC Choral Directors’ Convention in Charlotte. They will perform at UNC-C on Friday, Oct. 7. From over 200 recorded submissions, Catawba was one of the four college choral ensembles selected to perform, the second such honor in as many years.

Catawba choirs are under the direction of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess and accompanists will be Jacob Hahn and Susan Trivette.

The 75-minute concert is free and open to the public.


Kannapolis celebrates with fire truck parade Saturday 

KANNAPOLIS — Everyone loves a parade and everyone loves fire trucks — enjoy both at the Kannapolis Fire Truck Parade. To celebrate the 100th birthday of the Kannapolis Fire Department kannapolis is having a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

After the parade, keep on celebrating at the Open House at Kannapolis City Hall, 401 Laureate Way. There will be a Quiet Time Touch-A-Truck with no lights and sirens. There will be concessions, fun children’s activities, music and a special birthday ceremony at noon.

Vote on your favorite truck from the parade and awards will be presented to the winners at 2:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at the intersection of Laureate Way and Biotechnology Lane and continue down Laureate Way to N. Research Campus Drive.

For more informtion, call 704-920-4311 or visit

If you are a fire department or an individual with a fire truck who would like to participate in the parade contact Kirk Beard at 704-920-4272/


‘Death Trap’ opens tonight at OCT

CONCORD — “Deathtrap” is a  play-within-a-play written by Ira Levin in 1978 with many plot twists. It holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. It was adapted into a film starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine and Dyan Cannon in 1982.

In “Deathtrap,” the basic components of thrillers and horror stories — murder, deceit, innocent dialogue with hidden sinister meanings, plot reversals, unexpected turns of events, etc. — are twisted and rearranged again and again in this devilishly clever comedy.

“Death Trap” as performed by Old Courthouse Theatre is directed by Phil Taylor and is rated PG. The cast includes Robert Brafford, Vanessa Davis, Will Lamp, Cheryl Opel and Jonathan M. Ewart.

Performance dates are Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 at 8 p.m.

There will be a Sunday matinee on Oct. 2, 9 and 16 at 2:30 p.m. Get tickets at or OCT’s box office at 704-788-2405. Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW.


Inaugural East Spencer BBQ Festival

EAST SPENCER — The Town of East Spencer announces its first BBQ Festival at Royal Giants Park, 200 Robinson Road, on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 1 until 6 p.m., featuring hometown grill masters. There will be BBQ sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs and much more food, as well as a live deejay, local talent, 3-on-3 basketball, and more for the whole family.  Local vendors welcome.


‘The People: Indians of the Piedmont’

KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis History Associates host Terry Holt, president of the Rowan History Club, as he shares how Indian tribes interacted with the colonial settlers in the Piedmont. These are the early people John White and others met. Holt will tell about early art and laws of the colonies. Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at A. L. Brown High School social room, 415 E. First St., Kannapolis, east of Kannapolis Performing Arts Center auditorium. Call Phil Goodman at 704-796-0803 for more information.


Band dance at the Hurley Y

7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, enjoy the music of Delmonicos Band. Bring a snack to share. $7 per person, open to the public. At the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Call 704-636-0111 for details.

To benefit Shelter Guardians 

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1: Dog wash at Uptown Dogs and Cats, 2125 Statesville Blvd., $10 per dog, $5 for nail trims, all proceeds go to Shelter Guardians Inc. There will also be vendors donating a portion to Shelter Guardians.


Peace Circle meets at Mean Mug Coffee Co.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4: A community-based initiative to create a space for open and honest dialogue. Every first Tuesday. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615.


LSt to present ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ 

Lee Street theatre will present “Tuesdays with Morrie” Oct. 13-15 and 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $15+tax and available at or 704-310-5507.

“Tuesdays with Morrie” is the autobiographical story of an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St.


‘The Art of Murder’ is OCT’s 5th annual Halloween fundraiser

CONCORD — In a remote estate in the Connecticut countryside, Jack Brooks, one of the most accomplished and eccentric painters of his generation, awaits the imminent arrival of his art dealer. But the visit is not a standard one, for Jack feels wronged, and he is intending to kill the man. As Jack lays out his intentions for the evening, his wife, Annie, calmly paints. She is reluctant to go along with the plan, until Jack’s threat of violence convinces her otherwise. Harried and annoyed, Vincent, Jack’s flamboyant art dealer, arrives. Will Jack carry out his plan? Will Annie help him? Or is something else going on?

“The Art of Murder,” written by Joe DiPietro and directed by Brian Rassler, is Old Courthouse Theatre’s fifth annual Halloween fundraiser. Show dates are Friday-Saturdy, Oct. 28 -29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 general seating, available at or at the Old Courthouse Theatrebox office at 704-788-2405.

Cast • Jack Brooks: Chuck Riordan • Annie Brooks: Danielle Rhodes • Vincent Cummings: Craig Spradley • Kate: Lesi Jonap


Family events at THD of Salisbury

On Saturday, Oct. 1 Tilley Harley-Davidson of Salisbury is hosting the HOG Chapter Chili Cook-off with entertainment by DJ Fast Freddie Thompson.

Coming up on Oct. 29 is Spook-tacular Saturday with trick-or-treating, adult and children’s costume contests, a motorcycle decorating contest, kid games, free Cheerwine and entertainment by DJ Fast Freddie Thompson.

Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive, 704-638-6044,


Save the date: Annual Salisbury Doll & Toy Show

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave. Admission $6 for adults, children 12 and under free (discount coupon on website).

Spend a day among the many vendors, enjoying antique, vintage and modern dolls, OOAK dolls, teddy bears, vintage and modern toys as well as doll clothes, accessories, furniture and more. Plus hourly and half-hourly door prizes and doll restringing on site.

Find out more at


The Renaissance Festival returns

Huntersville — During the medieval times, fall was the harvest season celebrated by festivals and fairs. This rings true again as each Carolina Renaissance Festival day is filled with a bounty of attractions appropriate for all age groups. Village purveyors offer an endless feast of bread bowl stews, premium meats on sticks, sweet treats and confections. Costumed performers offering continuous music, dance, comedy, and circus entertainments on 12 stages. Shop an array of craft vendors and enjoy activities for children of all ages that include people-powered amusement rides and countryside faire games.

The 23rd annual Carolina Renaissance Festival., north of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville, on Hwy 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85, for eight consecutive weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1-Nov. 20, 10.m.-5:30 p.m., rain or shine.

Advance discount tickets at Harris Teeter. Tickets at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at

Info at or 704- 896-5544.


Mime troupe from Charlotte to perform in East Spencer

EAST SPENCER — The Anointed Mime Ministry of Charlotte, Souls2Christ, will perform at 3 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Shady Grove Baptist Church, 600 S. Long St. This professional mime troupe performs as part of anniversary celebration as Shady Grove celebrates its senior choir’s 94th anniversary. The group was formed in 2009 by Dennisa Herndon. Find more info at or 704-310-1768.



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