Arts & entertainment news Nov. 17-23
2 x 42 x w2 Miniature Art Exhibition & Sale
Friday, Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St: 83 artists exhibiting more than 150 works of art. Register for the position raffle (pre-registration required to participate). Purchase art selection stickers ($20 each). Light refreshments will be served. This is a fundraiser for the education and outreach programs of the art center. For more information visit www.waterworks.org or call 704-636-1882.
Stand up comedian Ryan Davis to perform at Firewater
Stand up comedian Ryan Davis has become an internet sensation. Davis’s versatile style has allowed him to open for mainstream acts like Jay Pharoah, eccentric acts like Tom Green, and urban acts like Michael Blackson. As his online reputation has grown, his hilarious social commentary has earned him a truly global fan base, and his videos are extremely popular. Davis will perform at Firewater, 122 Avalon Drive, on Saturday, Nov. 19. Cover charge i $20. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Brought to the city by Takeoff Promotions.
The library celebrates International Games Day on Saturday
Rowan Public Library joins thousands of libraries around the world for the 9th annual celebration of International Games Day. Play different board games and card games for children, teens, and adults, throughout the library — fun for the whole family on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at RPL Headquarters in Salisbury, at South Rowan Regional in China Grove from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and at East Branch in Rockwell, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Find out more at facebook@rowanpubliclibrary
Carolina Artist supports ‘Cards for a Cause’
The Carolina Artist’s monthly meeting is today at 6:30 p.m. in the paint room at Rufty Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave. The Carolina Artist are participating in RPL’s program “Cards for a Cause.” Anyone may bring a paint brush and join us. This is our way to show our men and women in service our thanks.
Closing weekend for PPT and LSt shows
PPT Youth Theatre’s‘The Boxcar Children’ — Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Adults $10, seniors/students $8. Tickets at Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471, www.PiedmontPlayers.com
Bi-annual antiques appraisal fair at the Spencer Doll & Toy Museum
SPENCER — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Spencer Doll & Toy Museum, 108 4th St. with antiques dealer Michael Hansen. $5 per item, Limit two per person. Call 704-762 9359 or visit www.spencerdollandtoymuseum.com for details.
Tonight: ‘Made by Loving Hands’
Tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Center for Faith & the Arts, is the opening reception for the exhibit “Made by Loving Hands: the art and joy of handmade objects,” featuring the work of the Olde Rowan Fiber Guild. This reception is free and open to the public. Center for Faith & the Arts is located at 207 W. Harrison St. behind Haven Lutheran Church. Visit www.faithart.org or call 704-647-0999.
Polar Express Train Ride at the NC Transportation Museum
SPENCER — Nov. 18-19, 25-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 15-22. Check www.nctrans.org for times and tickets.
Southern Rowan Christmas Parade
LANDIS/CHINA GROVE — Tuesday, Nov. 22: Parade starts in Landis at 3 p.m. and China Grove at 4 p.m., rain or shine.
57th annual Holiday Caravan Parade
Wednesday, Nov. 23: Parade starts in Spencer at 2 p.m. and in Salisbury at 3 p.m., rain or shine.
Concord: Art Walk & Tree Lighting
CONCORD — At 6 p.m. Friday the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony begins with children’s activities and trolley and carriage rides. Stage entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the lighting of the tree will be at 8:30 p.m. followed by fireworks. Also in Downtown Concord on Friday is the Art Walk, from 6-9 p.m. Stop in at the Cabarrus Arts Council for a map. The Tree Lighting will be held in the Bicentennial parking lot off of Church St.
Tsunami’s third annual holiday mixer
At 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St., Tsunami Development Literacy Program will host guest speaker basketball legend Phil Ford. This catered event features heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction. Tsunami works to enhance the literacy skills of 3rd-5th graders in Rowan County. Tickets are $50. Contact Dr. Yolanda Meade Byrd at 704- 267-8494 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Legendary guitarist returns to Salisbury
By Bob Wingate
Guitarist Phil Keaggy will be returning to Salisbury on Saturday, Nov. 26 to perform at Lee Street theatre as part of the “Lee Street Live!” concert series. Keaggy played to a sold-out capacity crowd last February, and this show will feature performances of songs from his new album “All At Once.”
A bizarre accident on his parents’ farm at age four resulted in losing the middle finger on his right hand (a physical challenge he shares with the late Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead). It did not seem to affect his guitar playing, as he grew up with nine fingers, and didn’t begin his lifelong pursuit of the instrument until age 10.
When young Phil requested a set of drums for Christmas, his father couldn’t afford them, and instead brought home a Sears Silvertone acoustic guitar. He immediately dove in, his older brother helping him learn his first chords. His passion for guitar took off a year or so later when a local friend bought Phil a 1962 Fender Stratocaster, and he began spending hours playing scales and solos from his favorite tunes, soon was playing for students in the school cafeteria, and joined his first band at age thirteen.
Still a teenager, his power trio “Glass Harp” signed a multi-release contract with a major record label and toured the country for three years, playing with such popular bands as Chicago, Yes, Traffic, Humble Pie, Iron Butterfly, Alice Cooper, and Grand Funk Railroad, and at such prestigious venues as the Fillmore and Carnegie Hall.
Keaggy’s career has included many accolades and honors, such as over 60 album releases, being named the Greatest Christian Rock Guitarist, and listed in the Rolling Stone’s “Most Underrated Guitarists.” He also was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and honored with his band Glass Harp at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Keaggy has recorded and performed with such legendary artists as Mark Farner (of Grand Funk), Nedra Ross (of the Ronettes), Kerry Livgren (of Kansas), and Mickey Dolenz (of the Monkees).
Tickets to the Phil Keaggy show are still available at www.leestreet.org/tickets or by calling 704-310-5507. The performance will be in the Tom & Martha Smith Event Center, at Lee Street Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m.
‘10 Minutes to Christmas’
Lee Street theatre’s Original 10-Minute Play Festival is currently in its ninth year. Winners of this year’s festival are:
• “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. Find out more at www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.
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