Arts & entertainment news Feb. 16-22

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tomorrow: Opening night for PPT youth’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Join the cast for a complimentary reception immediately following the opening performance. Adults $12, seniors/students $10. Show dates: Feb. 17-18 and 24-25. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. 704-633-5471

Create your own nature art at Horizons Unlimited

At 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, create your own nature art. There will be guided trail walks for gathering and exploring the winter wetland. Come dressed in appropriate footwear and outer wear according to the weather. If rain occurs, we will have nature art in the Think Tank!

In addition, Saturday is Amateur Astronomer Night from 5-8 p.m.

Horizons Unlimited is located at 1636 Parkview Circle. Admission is free to this family event; donations accepted. Call 704-639-3004 to learn more.

SilverArts, Senior Games registration deadlines

SilverArts deadline is March 1 and Senior Games deadline is April 1. Call 704-216-7780 or visit

Genealogical Society

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 the Genealogical Society of Rowan will meet in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. Learn how to use History Room internet programs to research your family history. Free and open to the public.

The Carolina Artist Guild 

Carolina Artists will meet Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Rufty Holmes, 1120 S.MLKJr. Ave., for its monthly meeting. On program is artist Doris Trexler, sharing what she learned at the Art of the Carolinas Workshop in Raleigh. Doris will provide painting surface, acrylic paints and a few brushes for those who do not use acrylics. For those who do have brushes, bring a medium size round and a flat with a spring to them, along with a container for washing brushes. Wear your paint clothes or apron and join us for a night of fun. Visitors are welcome.


Paint party with Melody

On Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Mean Mug, 1024 S. Fulton St., join the Paint Party with Melody. $25 includes paints, canvas, brushes, and step by step instruction.  Reservations str required; text 704-314-5037 to hold your place.


A Night of Love: Live music and poetry at The Inn

Tuesday, Feb. 17 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission $5. Featuring V. Fulton, Mary Steltz and the F.U.N.K. Band. Proceeds benefit The Inn, an outreach center that provides an outlet for youth and the community to fellowship while expressing their musical abilities. 1012 Mooresville Road, 704-213-1467.

ClearWater Artist Studios brings the painting to the people

CONCORD — On Saturday, Feb. 18 from 3-6 p.m. Concord’s ClearWater Artist Studios will host its third annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off Extravaganza, in the main gallery. All are welcome. In this free event, painters bring blank canvases to life in front of an audience — fine art as a spectator sport.

Emcee will be Concord and Kannapolis reporter and impresario Michael Knox, reporter for the Independent Tribune. Refreshments include Sun Drop Pound Cakes, homemade chips and salsa and Sun Drop soda. Art studios throughout the building will be open with resident artists present, and the Southern Piedmont Woodturners Association will hold turning demonstrations in their studio throughout the three-hour event.

This year’s featured painters are Mark Stephenson, Robin Wellner, Gordon C. James, Barbara Ellis and Isaac Payne. Additional space is granted to local painters wishing to paint from the ‘2nd row,’ on a 1st-come/ 1st served, email-reservation basis. The painters will have just two hours to complete their portrait of the live model, with breaks every 20 minutes. Emcee Knox calls time, and entertains in his own fashion.

Find more details at or 704-784-9535.

ClearWater Studios is located at Concord’s former water treatment and electrical operations buildings; now artist studios/gallery still in development, at 223 Crowell Drive NW.


Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority annual Youth Symposium

Sessions will focus on healthy living, healthy choices and healthy generations.

March 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Isenberg Elementary School. Registration information: Free and open to youth ages 12-18 and their parents/guardians. Register at Lunch is provided.

CF&A seeks visual and spoken word artists

Center for Faith & the Arts is seeking visual and spoken word artists for an upcoming exhibit and gallery event exploring bias, prejudice and intolerance in our society. So often intolerance arises out of being afraid of what is different. Different races, different religions, different lifestyles. CFA wants to explore through art how these fears impact our lives and how we respond to such unreasonable fears.

Visual artists are invited to submit two and three dimensional works of art exploring this theme. Each artist may submit up to five pieces for consideration. Submissions are made by emailing photographs to Nancy Gaines, Program Coordinator for CFA, at

Deadline for submissions is March 10.

A small selection of the works will be hung in the lobby of Lee Street theater during the performances of Voices from the Margin, March 23-25. These pieces will be moved to the galleries at CFA after the performances to join the other works.

Center for Faith & the Arts will host a gallery event of spoken word performances on April 14 focusing on the same theme. Spoken word artists interested in performing should submit a short video, description or transcript to by March 31.


Shriners 15th annual Drag Racing & Hot Rod Expo this weekend

GREENSBORO — The 15th Annual Shriners Drag Racing & Hot Rod Expo is Feb. 17-18, at the Special Events Center at the Greensboro Coliseum, with over 250 show and race cars, a swap meet, and commercial vendors.

“Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn will be on hand. From the ’60s through the early ’80s, Vaughn was the ultimate trophy queen at all the major NASCAR, drag racing, and sports car events.

Three new members will be inducted into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday at 1 p.m.: Frank Teague (Hickory), Jean Howard (Polkton), and Terry Adams (Millers Creek). Due to a scheduling conflict Richard Petty’s induction into the 2017 class will be at another time and location to be announced at a later date.

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Call for student artists

MOORESVILLE — Mooresville Arts is hosting the 13th annual Youth Art Exhibit Feb. 28-March 30 at the Mooresville Depot Visual Arts Center, 103 W. Center St. Open to all students K-12. Exhibits must be delivered to the Depot Feb. 24 2-4 p.m. and Feb. 25 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Entries should be ready to be hung. There is no entry fee. For more information contact Mooresville Arts 704-663-6661 or email



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