Arts & entertainment news Jan. 5-11

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 5, 2017

An Evening With Norris: ‘Great Fires Of Kannapolis’ 


KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis History Associates hosts “An Evening With Norris — Great Fires Of Kannapolis.”

Did you know that Chicago is not the only city that has had a Great Fire”? Kannapolis too, has had some pretty notable fires reaching all the way back to 1914. The fire that destroyed J.W. Cannon High School probably comes to mind, but there have been many others.

Join KHA as Kannapols’ own Norris Dearmon, Mr. History, presents “Great Fires Of Kannapolis.” Learn about several fires of Kannapolis and events associated with them. There will be time for questions and answers. The forum is Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. ain the A. L. Brown High School social room, 415 East First St. Park in lot East of Trinity Methodist Church and use the sidewalk East ofthe auditorium and follow the signs. Call 704-932-7518 or 704-796-0803 to learn more.


Help with set construction

Piedmont Players Theater invites you to come help with stage construction on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. No experience is necessary. Come for an hour or come for the day. We need all the help we can get in bringing the next PPT production to the Meroney stage. Details at 704-633-5471 or

English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch presents Dr. Laurel Eason

At the next English Speaking Union dinner event on Jan. 19, Dr. Laurel Eason, former professor of English at Catawba College, will present a social commentary on “The short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.” The story is about the collision of two fiercely insular worlds — the ivy-covered campus of Yale University and the slums of Newark, New Jersey, and the difficulty of going from one to the other and then back again. Dr. Eason earned her B.A from Emory & Henry College. Her M.A from the University of Arkansas and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt. She is also a Leona Fleming Professor of English.

The program is Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m., at the Country Club of Salisbury. RSVP to 704-216-2660. Open to all; no membership required. Sponsored by The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch.


Marie Norway book signing and other SDTM events 


SPENCER — On Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Marie Norway, Nashville recording artist and author, will be at the Spencer Doll & Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St. in Spencer. Norway will read and tell stories about her book, “It Started With a Dare,” a memoir of her 20 years in country music. Call 704-762-9359 or visit to learn more.

Downtown Abbey Club launches at the Spencer Doll & Toy Museum 

Starting Thursday, Jan. 12: The “New” Downton Abbey Club at 2 p.m. and every Thursday until all six seasons have been shown. Episodes of Season One will be viewed throughout the day and anyone who would like to join us may come in any time to tour the museum. At 2 p.m. we will view highlights, interviews with cast members, discuss our favorites, and whatever else the group decides would be the most fun. Tea and cookies will be served each week. A fun way to pass the dreary winter months!

Jan. 14: Tribute to Shirley Temple. Movies will be featured all day. Temple starred in 14 short films, 43 feature films and more than 25 storybook movies in a career that spanned three decades, 1931-1961. She started her career at age 3 and was an exceptional singer, dancer and actress. The Spencer Doll & Toy Museum has the largest collection of Shirley Temple Dolls on the east coast.

Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m.: Mallory Braun, singer and guitarist.

Jan. 28: American Girl Doll “Grace” event.

108 Fourth St., Spencer, 704-762-9359

‘Wagging Welcomes’ program today

The Salisbury-Rowan AARP Chapter meets today at 1 p.m. at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Diane Hundley will talk about “Wagging Welcomes,” a pet greeting program at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, assisted by trainer Barbara Teichroew and her dog, Oliver. There will also be the installation of officers, followed by a pizza party. All seniors 50+ welcome. Free. For information contact 704-216-7714.

Choices for class at Pottery 101 

The 8-week pottery class at Pottery 101 will be offered. Basic and intermediate wheel and glazing techniques will be taught. Cost is $200; clay and glazes are provided. Instructor is Keith Meyers. Choose

• Thursdays 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 12-March 2;

• or Wednesdays: 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 11-March 1;

• or Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 1-Feb. 28.

Learn more at Pottery 101, 704-209-1632 or

Choral Society begins rehearsals for ‘Sounds of the Jungle’ 

The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society begins rehearsals for its spring concert, “Sounds of the Jungle,” on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 S. Church St. All voice parts are welcom with a simple audition for new singers. For more information, call 704-796-9683.

The Political Cartoons of Dr. Seuss

The opening reception of the exhibit of the political cartoons of Dr. Seuss is 6-9 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 12. The event features a special performance of “The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss” by the Phoenix Readers at 7 p.m. The reception and exhibit are at The Gallery at the Center for Faith & the Arts, by special arrangement with the NC Council on the Holocaust.  The exhibit will run from Jan. 12-March 3. The performance is free; donations are accepted.


‘New Year-New You’ women’s conference

LEXINGTON — On Saturday, Jan. 14 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., complete the complimentary health screening and enjoy the 2017 “New Year-New You” Health and Wellness Expo at Journey Church of Lexington. Speaker Adrian Jessen, of FIT for Service, and Sharon Glasgow with Proverbs 31 Ministries, with offer insights on physical, spiritual, and mental health and fitness. Breakout sessions will provide valuable take-home resources to help you start the new year off right and continue heading in that right direction. Journey Church of Lexington is located at 61 Biesecker Road.  Pre-register at

Big Band Bash Wine Tasting Friday at Salisbury Wine Shop

5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday: Big Band Bash Wine Tasting with Stephanie. A selection of six wines made by musicians in commemoration of the Salisbury Symphony’s 50th anniversary. $5/person • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151,


Save the date: Kyle Petty to perform at Symphony concert

4 p.m. Feb. 4: The “surprise” guest artist who will be performing in the Family Concert in February is Kyle Petty, race car driver and son of Richard and Lynda Petty.

Other special performers with the orchestra for this concert are the Rowan County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus, members of the Rowan All-County Band, and the Rowan Youth Orchestra. Ticket info is at or 704-637-4314.


Charlotte’s iconic Double Door Inn is no more

Charlotte — Established in 1973 and recognized as the “Oldest Live Music Venue East of the Mississippi,” the Double Door Inn, which oozed musical tradition, played its last show on Jan. 2.

The walls, packed with 35 years of autographed photos, had been described as being like “viewing a timeline for live music in the Queen City.”

Also holding the title “Oldest Blues Club In The U.S. Under Original Ownership,” the Double Door Inn brought the best in local, regional, and national touring and recording artists to the Queen City. Legendary performers like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Dave Alvin, Leon Russell, Buddy Guy, Junior Brown, Bob Margolin and others, graced the stage of “the little white house at the corner of Charlottowne and Elizabeth.”

CPCC is looking to expand its campus by having a new building in the space occupied by the Double Door Inn, spokesperson Jeff Lowrance said.

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