Arts & entertainment news Oct. 20-26

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 20, 2016

Balsam Range at The Davis Saturday 

CONCORD — From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge, five friends came together to form Balsam Range in 2007. They already had long solo careers with Grammy and IBMA awards and collaborations with performers such as Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs under their belts. The 2014 and 2015 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year blends bluegrass, folk, gospel and jazz into a new American acoustic music experience.

See them live on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 at or 704-920-2753.

The Davis Theatre is located in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, 65 Union St. South.

Gold Hill Lighting of the Fires features music, shopping and more. It will be on Nov. 19.

Gold Hill Lighting of the Fires features music, shopping and more. It will be on Nov. 19.

Gold Hill Lighting of the Fall Fires tickets on sale

GOLD HILL — Lighting of the Fall Fires at Historic Gold Hill will be held on Saturday evening, Nov. 19. The event kicks off the holiday season in the quaint 19th century restored mining town. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased at any of the village merchants Thursday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. A ticket order form is also available on the website events page: For more info call 704-526-9649.

Strike the set at Lee Street theatre

Volunteers are invited to participate in the strike of “Tuesdays with Morrie” on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

In addition, keep Oct. 29 open for a work call that will include both the building of the “Reefer Madness” set and the cleaning of the LSt storage shed. Suggested attire for this event includes work gloves.

No RSVP is required for either event, but email


Tonight: Carolina Artist Guild 

The Carolina Artist Guild will meet this evening at 7 p.m. at the Rufty-Holmes Center,1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave. This month’s program will be held in the art classroom where we will be painting and sharing our “art expertertes” with one another. Come and bring your art supplies, wear old clothes and enjoy an evening of fun. Visitors are welcome. Info: 704-216-7714

Auditions for LSt’s 10-Minute Play Festival

Lee Street theatre will hold auditions for its annual 10 Minute New Play Festival, “10 Minutes to Christmas,” Oct. 24 -25 at 7 p.m. at 329 N. Lee St. Currently in its 9th year, the festival is a patron favorite and offers local playwrights a chance to see their work performed.

To see available roles go to

• “Trimmed to Nothingness” by Steven D. Miller

• “Thanks, but No Thanks” by Roy Proctor

• “Star of Wonder” by Andy Rassler

• “The Elf on a Shelf” by Bill Green

• “Christmas Boxes” by Tom Bennett

• “Bare Necessities” by Jenny Hubbard

Show dates are Dec. 7-10; tickets go on sale in November.


28th annual NASCAR Day Festival 

RANDLEMAN — The 28th annual NASCAR Day Festival is Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in downtown Randleman, paying homage to its racing heritage with the First Family of NASCAR, The Pettys.

There will be BBQ, handmade crafts, racing memorabilia, cars, kids rides, simulators and autograph sessions (Richard Petty will sign from 4-6 p.m.).

Three stages of entertainment feature the Entertainers Band, the Chip Perry Band Band plus gospel music, cloggers, dancers and the Little Mr. and Ms. NASCAR Day Pageant.

The Richard Petty Fan Club will meet at the newly relocated Petty Museum exit 86 in Randleman in the Level Cross Community.

Randleman is located south of Greensboro at exits 81 and 82. For more information call 336-495-1100 or email


Tickets on sale for Catawba Blue Masque Hall of Fame 2016

Four new inductees into Catawba College’s Blue Masque Hall of Fame will be honored as part of homecoming weekend activities at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 in Hedrick Little Theatre.

Those being honored include Karl Hales, long time Catawba College speech and communications professor; Kannan Menon ’74 , New York based actor, director and playwright; Patrick Orndorff ’87, professional resident theatre production manager; and Jasika Nicole Pruitt ’02, television, stage and film actress.

At 7:30 p.m. immediately preceding the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, current and former Catawba College theatre arts students will present a talent showcase. Admission includes the showcase, induction ceremony and a reception following. Tickets are $25 each at at 704-637-4394 or


The Phoenix Readers

Who can? You can…enjoy the rhymes and works of Dr. Seuss! Only for kids? No way, I say…

Adults, as well as children, enjoy a good yarn, a chuckle over a Sneetch, and the playfulness that permeates Dr. Seuss’ story-poems. He encourages children and adults to see the world — not as usual — but upside-down or from the top of a mound of turtles!

The Phoenix Readers, directed by Jim Epperson, is available to perform this 30 minute program of Dr. Seuss poems and stories, starting in November. There is no charge for the program although a donation to the Center for Faith and the Arts is welcomed. To schedule a performance or for more information, contact Kate Davis, 703-217-1027,



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