Arts & entertainment news Jan. 12-18

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 12, 2017

January at Horizons Unlimited

Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 4-6 p.m. — Winter Wonders! 

Visit the Refinery at Horizons Unlimited to examine the science of crystals, explore snowflakes and practice your coding skills. You can also discover sights in our January sky and enjoy a full dome show in the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium.

Saturday, Jan. 21 — Free guided tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

A Tree-rif-ic Winter Afternoon: Get out of the house and into the woods to learn about Tree Math, trees in the winter and hike our Nature Preserve with a guide.

Jan. 21 at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. — “Two Small Pieces of Glass — The Amazing Telescope”

While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Horizons Unlimited, the Tom E. Smith Nature Exploratorium and the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium are located at 1636 Parkview Circle. Free admission; donations accepted. To learn more, call 704-639-3004.


Help with set construction

Piedmont Players Theater invites you to come help with stage construction this Saturday (postponed from last week due to weather) 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

January at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum

Starting today, the “New” Downton Abbey Club will meet 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 anytime to tour the museum and then 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. Hopefully we can view one season each month depending on how the club progresses. Tea and cookies will be served each week.

Jan. 14: Tribute to Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple movies will be featured throughout the day. The museum has the largest collection of Shirley Temple Dolls on the east coast.

Shirley starred in 14 short films, 43 feature films and more than 25 storybook movies in a career that spanned three decades, from 1931 until 1961. She started her career at age 3.

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

Mallory is 14 years old and a freshman at North Rowan High School where she is a JV cheerleader. She is a member of Mount Tabor United Methodist Church and active in the youth group. In addition to singing and playing her guitar, she enjoys dancing, especially on pointe.

Jan. 27: Minister Social, 6-8 p.m.

A special event to introduce the educational and historic treasures the museum has to offer. If you have never been to the museum you are in for a treat. Perhaps your church would like to plan an outing; it is inexpensive and fun for children of all ages.

Jan. 28: Special American Girl “Grace” Event; details TBA.

The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum is a nonprofit organization and is supported by donations and visitors to the museum.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children from 3-15, and children under 3 are free.

704-223-7613, Spencer Doll and Toy Museum,


28th Regiment NC Infantry Reactivated meeting and seminars

The 28th Regiment North Carolina Infantry Reactivated will hold its annual regimental meeting Jan. 21 at the Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. Afterward, in conjunction with the Rowan Museum, the 28th NCT will sponsor for the general public beginning at 1 p.m. The Civil War seminar “Beyond the Battlefield.”

The seminar includes a presentation focusing upon The Recruitment of Foreigners by the Confederacy at the Salisbury Prison. Emphasis is given to recently discovered historical documents and information.

An additional presentation will follow on Confederate Black Powder Pistols along with the display of an extensive private collection. There is no fee for attending. To learn more, come share in the day at the Museum with authentic Civil War reenactors.


Drum Circle this Friday

Due to inclement weather last week, the Community Drum Circle will be held Friday, Jan. 13 from 6-8 p.m. Bring a drum or other rhythm instrument. Some loaners are available. No experience is needed. Free; donations accepted. The circle will be held from 6-8 p.m. inside the building during the cold months, and we will move it outside when the weather warms up. Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. behind and below Haven Lutheran Church.


Bus trip: Livingstone College vs.  Winston-Salem 

Saturday, Jan. 28: Bus trip to basketball game. Depart from Trinity Baptist Church on Caldwell Street. Learn more at 980-234-4793.

Seminar on science and faith 

MT. ULLA — Science and faith are not incompatible, they simply answer different questions. Dr. Sandy Stewart will hold a seminar on on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Stewart holds bachelor of science, master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees and is a widely published and highly respected scientist who believes in both science and faith. He is a research assistant professor and tobacco specialist at NC State University.

The presentation/discussion at 7 p.m. is preceded by a simple meal at 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran, 11020 NC Hwy 801, Mt Ulla. Learn more at or 704-278-2710.


PPT musical auditions for ‘Sister Act’ 

“Sister Act” is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film. Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Auditions are at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31 on the third floor of the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Show dates are March 16-25. See available roles at


Call to artists for Concord’s Spring into Arts Festival

CONCORD — The Spring into Arts Festival is currently accepting applications for the 2017 festival which takes place Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Downtown Concord. The centerpiece of the festival is a juried art show with artists. The first deadline for applications is Jan. 31, with an $85 application fee. After that the application fee is $110. A jury selects artists for the festival based on their applications. Any artist who is not selected receives a full refund of their application fee. For more information email or call 704-784-4208. Apply at


Meet the cast of PPT’s ‘Act One’

Growing up in an impoverished family in the Bronx, Moss Hart dreamed of being part of the glamorous world of the theatre. Forced to drop out of school at age thirteen, Hart’s famous memoir Act One is a classic Hortatio Alger story that plots Hart’s unlikely collaboration with the legendary playwright George S. Kaufman. Tony Award-winning writer and director James Lapine has adapted “Act One” for the stage, creating a funny, heartbreaking, and suspenseful play that celebrates the making of a playwright and a Broadway legend. Tickets go on sale Jan. 16: Adults $17, seniors/students $14.

Show dates: Jan. 26-28 and Feb. 1-4 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee Jan. 29 at 2:30 p.m. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. For more information call 704-633-5471 or email


Moss Hart: Austin Young

Helen, Mrs. Rosenbloom, Latecomer #1, Phyllis, Muriel, Arline: Bianca Warren

Aunt Kate, Freida Fishbein: Eve Philips

George S. Kaufman, Vail: Gary Thornburg

Fur Worker #1, David Allen, Irving, George: Joe Cornacchione

Jed Harris, Sir John, Regan, Fur Worker #2: Jon Leach

Beatrice Kaufman, Lady Caroline: Lesi Jonap

Lillie, Mrs. Harris, Edna Ferber: Lori Van Wallandael

Gilpin, Langston Hughes, Augustus Pitou, Porter: Marc Anderson

Dorothy Parker, Belle, Maid: Morgan Warren

Wally, Slimowitz,Woolecott: Nick Bishop

Mrs. Borofsky, May, Hester Worsley, Roz, Latecomer #2, Saloon Person, Ingenue: Rachael Cornacchione

Max Siegel, Sam Harris, Priestly Morrison, Gilpin’s Manager: Robert Hackett

Eddie: Tanner Groppi

Father, Dore, Jerry, Harpo: Tony Moore


Reception tomorrow for Mooresville Arts winter juried art exhibition 

MOORESVILLE — Mooresville Arts announces its fourth annual Winter Juried Art Exhibition, open from Jan. 10-Feb. 23 at the historic Mooresville Depot at 103 West Center Ave. There will be a reception, open to the public, Friday Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m., with refreshments. 

The works shown were selected by juror Jean Cauthen, whose work has been seen at the Hickory Museum of Art, Telfair Museum in Savannah, Carolina’s Got Art exhibition at Elder Gallery, Charlotte, The Passions of Italy, NYC, and Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Gallery hours are Tuesday- Friday 12-4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Four artists juxtaposed in group show ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’

CONCORD — ClearWater Artist Studios hosts a special Guest Artist Exhibition, “Earth, Wind & Fire,” through Feb. 3. This joint show juxtaposes the different styles of four artists: Regina Calton Burchett, ClearWater Resident artist (pastels + oil); Debbie Rasberry (pastels); Carmella Jarvi (glass); and Chris Craft (encaustics). The show will fill the Main Gallery in ClearWater Artist Studios.

The opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 and will include refreshments, music and discussion along with an artist demonstration and talk by Chris Craft, encaustic painter, at 7 p.m. Additional artist demonstrations will be held the following day, Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (other resident artists with studios open). Regina Burchett’s pastel demo and talk will be at noon, and Carmella Jarvi will give a glass demo and talk at 2 p.m.

Clearwater Artist Studios is located at 223 Crowell Dr. NW. For details and hours, see or call 704-784-9535.


The Listening Room Returns to The Davis tonight

Jan. 12, March 9, May 11 — $ Pay What You Can 

CONCORD — The Davis Theatre’s version of an open mic night returns for a second year to give local talent the opportunity to perform in a casual atmosphere. Join host singer-songwriter David Domingo (of Fuzzbucket fame) this evening from 7:30-9 p.m. The Listening Room differs from traditional open mic in that acts are chosen in advance and must be G-rated. Most acts will be music, but they don’t have to be. We also accept applications from actors, poets and comedians. To be considered to perform email your information to   Learn more at 704-920-2787. The Davis Theatre is located in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse at 65 Union St. South.



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