Arts & Entertainment news Feb. 23-March 1

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Opening tonight: Lee Street theatre presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ 

St. Thomas Players, the drama company of Center for Faith & the Arts, partners with Lee Street theatre to stage “The Diary of Anne Frank,” created from the diary by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. Directed by longtime artistic director Claudia Galup, the ensemble features St. Thomas newcomer 16-year-old Ava Holtzman as Anne. This production may be inappropriate for young children. Performances are Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance March 5 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will take place in the Lee Street Theatre and Performing Arts Center at 329 N. Lee St. Tickets are $15+tax at or 704-310-5507.


Catawba College’s Blue Masque presents ‘The Children’s Hour’ 

Feb. 21-25 at 7:30 p.m.: Lillian Hellman’s story of scandal and hysteria. Adults $12/students $10. Hedrick Theatre, Catawba Theatre. Tickets 704-637-4481, www.catawbaedu/theatretix or at the door. Catawba visiting assistant professor Tommy Foster directs the play noting that “so much of the play is still relevant, the issues mirror today’s society: the power of a lie, the power that money buys you, how to get what you want by bullying, and how far some will go to deny others dignity.”


PPT Youth Theatre’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ continues

Feb.  24-25 at 7:30 p.m. Adults $12, seniors/students $10. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471,

Friday night poetry at South Main Book Co.

Three poets, Richard Peabody, Jonathan Rice and Scott Douglass will present a poetry reading from 6-8 p.m. Friday night. This event is free and will be held at South Main Book Co., 110 S. Main St. Call 704-630-9788 to learn more, or visit

Chrismon classes 

Rufty’s Chrismon Shop will be holding Chrismon classes on March 2-4. Classes will begin at 10 a.m. and each day three levels will be taught. Call for reservations and more specific info at 704-636-7790. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive.


The Humane Society spaghetti meal

The Humane Society of Rowan County will hold its semi-annual spaghetti fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at VFW Post 3006, 1200 Brenner Ave.  Choose spaghetti with meat or meatless sauce, salad, dessert and tea, just $6 for adults, and $3 children under 12. Dine in or carry out and delivery of five or more meals is available to workplaces (beverage not included for delivery). Phone order to 704-636-5700, leave message, or fax to 704-633-5832 by 10 a.m. Friday morning. The HSRC is a non-profit volunteer animal welfare organization.

Call for artists and crafters

GOLD HILL — The Gold Hill Merchants’ Association invites artists and craft persons to submit their application to participate in the 2017 Gold Rush Days Art and Crafts Festival to be held Saturday, May 13 in Historic Gold Hill. Applications may be found at

The space fee is $30. All items should be hand-made, and applications are subject to approval. See the vendor application for details. Limited spaces are available, and no more than two exhibitors may share a space. Early registration is recommended. Deadline for submission is Saturday, April 29, 2017. Submit questions to


Speak U.P. (Under Pressure) Teen Forum

Speak U.P. (Under Pressure) Teen Forum presents Youth Revival “Lights OUT” — Dare 2B Different. Admission is free for ages 12-18 and youth must be signed in. The date is Monday, Feb. 27 from 6-9 p.m. at Eastsquare Artworks, 120 East Innes St. Youth can submit questions ahead of time to

The forum features inspirational speaker Apostle R. Matthew Vaughters Jr. of NLRCC of Mocksville, as well as the Shop Radical Praise Team of Kannapolis, Gordon “Trueson” Patterson Jr. of Salisbury and special guests Paul Scott & One Way of Greensboro. The forum is hosted by Ministers Gordon and Iesha Patterson. Learn more at 980-202-9695.

Sewing Seeds for Education

The Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship of Rowan County Inc. and the Treasure Feamster Scholarship Committee present an evening of entertainment, music and food on Saturday March 4 and features entertainment by Rebecca Stinson, Gerald Rush, The PIPs and the First Sunday Women’s Choir Who Don’t Sing on the First Sunday.

It will be held in the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church fellowship hall at 602 South Salisbury Ave., Granite Quarry at 4 p.m. Serving as host is Pastor Rickey Johnson. Dress is casual. Proceeds benefit the Treasure Feamster Scholarship fund. To learn more contact Sister Katie Crockett at 704-431-6520 or Sister Francella Trueblood at 704-433-3277 or Rev. Dr. Ethel Bamberg-Revis at 704-647-9545.


At the Salisbury Business Center: RCCC Fine Arts Students Exhibit 

The Salisbury Business Center, 301 South Main St., in collaboration with Rowan Cabarrus Community College’s Fine Arts Department, is currently exhibiting “Ordinary to Extraordinary,” organized and curated by RCCC students Bailey Wingler and April Bryant. The exhibition is open to the public through Feb. 28. All artwork is available for purchase. Coming up next: Carson High School Visual Arts Show exhibiting at The Salisbury Business Center. Opening receotpion is March 16. For more information call 704- 209-4589 or email


Catawba Choirs Spring Concert 

On Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, The Catawba Choirs will present the first of two Spring Concerts. “Give My Regards to Broadway” will feature the Catawba Singers, Chamber Singers, and PopAC choirs. Drawn from the long history of musical theatre, the program will feature pieces familiar to most, and a few newer selections. Represented musicals include: The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Candide, Sweet Charity, Wicked, Hair and Pippin to name a few. Two new arrangements by current Catawba students and graduating seniors will be featured. Caleb Garner’s arrangement of Make Them Hear You from “Ragtime” will be sung by the men of the choir. PopAC will premier Conway Hahne’s arrangement of Seasons of Love from “Rent.”

Student conductor and graduating senior Robert Thornton will direct the Catawba Men in Tell My Father from “Civil War: An American Musical.” The program features a variety of featured soloists and student musicians will provide accompaniments. Each selection will be introduced by student actors. Catawba Choirs are under the leadership of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, assistant professor of music and director of choral/vocal studies. The choirs are accompanied by Jacob Hahn and Susan Trivette.


Southland in concert for the cure for Cystic Fibrosis 

Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. The annual Scottssing hosts Southland (right) in concert at First Baptist Church of Gold Hill. Free; love offering goes to the search for the cure for Cystic Fibrosis. or 704-239-6134.

Off the Wall Paint Off!

March 4, 7-10 p.m. at Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S Fulton St. Off the Wall is a unique arts experience where the audience gets to interact and take part. How it works: Artists will have a bucket next to their easel for you to put your suggestions in on what they should paint. But not just any ordinary suggestions — think more off-the wall, like “a crocodile riding a unicycle.”

Artists will pick blindly from the bucket to determine what they will paint, and will have one hour to complete. There will be a poets challenge as well. Poets, come to the event and sign up for an open mic slots (musicians and more are welcome too) — and write a poem (or song)on what the artists are painting on the spot. For a $20 donation artists of all types may set a vendor booth to sell their work. You can go halfsies with another artist.

An evening of live music and spoken word during live painting; proceeds will go to the homeless teen shelter Discovery Home Care. Admission is $5 at the door or donation of an item such as shampoo, toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, towels, feminine products, deodorant, healthy nonperishable snacks, etc. Sponsored by Guerrilla Poets. See


25th annual Salisbury Civil War & Military Show 

Feb. 24-25: Buy, sell and trade pre-Civil War /WW I guns, swords, buckles, buttons, bayonets, artillery shells, money, documents, dug artifacts, books and other war-related items. Held at The Event Center at Cornerstone Church, 315 Webb Road. Admission: adults $5; under 16 free. For more details, contact Terry Teff at 704-850-4278 or


Carolina Music Collectors Show

Charlotte — Saturday, Feb. 25: Springhill Suites-Ballantyne, 12325 Johnston Road; Greensboro — Sunday, Feb. 26: Wyndham Garden, 415 Swing Road; Raleigh — Sunday, March 12: Hampton Inn, 3920 Arrow Drive. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $2. A unique event for music lovers and collectors, featuring music dealers from all over the South selling rare vintage vinyl LPs and 45s, bargain records, CDs and music DVDs. Learn more at or 704-996-9945.

MerleFest on the Road coming to Greensboro

GREENSBORO — Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys, Locust Honey & Mark Bumgarner will perform in collaboration with the Blue Ridge Music Center and Triad Acoustic Stage at a “MerleFest on the Road” concert on Saturday, March 4, in a new performance space at the Cultural Arts Center.

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and hell-raising sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show.

As Locust Honey, Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring their experience in old-time, bluegrass, and pre-war blues to their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast with a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, and acoustic and resonator guitars. John Miller rounds out the group on upright bass.

Mark Bumgarner has been a singer, songwriter and musician for more than 30 years. Primarily a solo artist, he performs and records with hisx wife, Aimee, as the duo Calico Moon. Several of his works have been recorded by nationally recognized bluegrass and acoustic artists, including Balsam Range, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Town Mountain.

“MerleFest on the Road” is Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.) at the Van Dyke Performance Space at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, 200 N. Davie St., Suite 201. Tickets are $20 at


Fort Dobbs battle anniversary this weekend 

STATESVILLE — Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a glimpse of the harrowing days of the Anglo-Cherokee War on Feb. 25-26. The Cherokee had been allies of the British when the French and Indian War started in 1754, but tensions quickly spiraled into war. The soldiers at the fort and local settlers were attacked by dozens of warriors in a confusing night time skirmish on Feb. 27, 1760.

The 257th anniversary program will feature living history interpreters portraying provincial soldiers and settlers. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations, as well as ongoing demonstrations of 18th century military camp life and cooking will be featured. The free program will run 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. A special evening firing demonstration will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 704-73-5882 or visit






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