Arts & Entertainment news March 9-15

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 9, 2017

Happy birthday tribute day to Barbie 

SPENCER — March 11: Happy Birthday Barbie at the Spencer Doll And Toy Museum. Movies will be played throughout the day and a special exhibit is planned. We will be paying tribute the Barbie with a presentation at 2 p.m. regarding the history of Barbie and her amazing part of our culture.We will be represented on WBTV by Bradley Justice, an national award winning Barbie collector. Learn more at the Spencer Doll And Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St., 704-762-9359 or


Sole Hope shoe cutting party at Morgan RIdge

Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery, 421 N. Lee St., will be hosting a Sole Hope shoe cutting party from 5-8 p.m. on March 15. The event is free and all supplies will be provided. Donations of large safety pins, medical gloves, band-aids, alcohol wipes, gauze wrap, triple antibiotic/Neosporin cream, child strength pain medication, and medical tape will be accepted. For more information, contact Holly at

Deadline Friday: Visual and spoken word artists

The deadline is March 10 for visual artists to apply to participate in the Center for Faith & the Arts’ upcoming exhibit exploring bias, prejudice and intolerance. Visual artists may submit up to five pieces for consideration. Spoken word artists should submit a short video or transcript by March 31. A gallery event of spoken word performances will be April 14. For information and submission guidelines, contact Nancy Gaines at


The 2017 Miss Black & Gold Experience

The Gamma Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha will hold its annual Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant, “American Beauties,” next Thursday, March 16, at 7:06 p.m. in Varrick Auditorium on the campus of Livingstone College, 701 W. Monroe St. The winner will compete at the State Miss Black & Gold Pageant in November 2017. Free for students, $3 for guests. Call 704-253-0290 to learn more.


Carson High School visual arts show 

The opening reception for the Carson High School Visual Arts Show exhibiting at The Salisbury Business Center is Thursday, March 16 from 5-7:30 p.m. More than 60 works will be on display and there will be music and appetizers. To find out more, contact Dr. Mark Riley at or 704-223-7084.

Carolina Artists Guild annual Rowan/Salisbury Student Art Expo 

On Thursday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, March 24 from 10 a.m.-noon for public viewing at the Rowan Civic Center. Student art Kindergarten-12th grade on display. Awards reception is March 23 at 6 p.m.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority annual Youth Symposium — March 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Isenberg Elementary School. Focus on healthy living, healthy choices, healthy generations. Free to youth ages 12-18 and parents/guardians. Lunch is provided. Register at 

Former M.A.S.H. nurse at South Main Book Co. 

On Saturday, March 11 from 1-3 p.m. Virginia Graves, former M.A.S.H. nurse in the Korean War, will be at South Main Book Co., 110 S. Main St. Call 704-630-9788 or visit to learn more.

Arts & crafts for China Grove Farmers Day

Craft vendors are invited to set up at the 2017 China Grove Farmers Day on Saturday, July 15. To learn more, contact Patti Price at 704-857-2466 or


29th Annual VIP Putt Putt Golf Tournament

The annual mini-golf tournament for individuals who are blind/visually impaired will be on April 8 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Participants travel from all across North Carolina to participate in this special event held at Dan Nicholas Park on the accessible putt-putt course, at only $5 per participant. Volunteers are needed to assist the participants in navigating the course for play. No prior experience is required. Volunteers MUST be at least 16 years old. Volunteer check-in is 8:30 a.m. It’s definitely a special day consisting of fun, fellowship and food. For additional details or to sign-up to volunteer, contact the Therapeutic Recreation Division-Rowan County Parks and Recreation, 704-216-7780 or 

Participate in Women In Progress

Community groups and locally owned businesses are invited to send a representative to the Women In Progress event as it celebrates its seventh year anniversary on March 25. It will be held at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S Caldwell St., from noon to 3 p.m. There will also be wellness stations, a photo booth, a community news table, door prizes and raffles.  Contact Melissa at 704-754-1813 or email to learn more.


Southern Piedmont Woodturners

CONCORD — On Saturday  from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Southern Piedmont Woodturners will host an open studio, a great opportunity to learn about wood turning, freshen up on your woodturning skills, learn how to sharpen your tools, choose a design, finish your project, select different finishing techniques and select wood for your project. Meet and visit other artists whose work is on display. Southern Piedmont Woodturners is located inside the Clearwater Artist Studio and Gallery, 223 Crowell Drive NW. Information and directions at 704-796-0803.


Women’s History Month Benefit Brunch registration due tomorrow

The American Association of University Women Salisbury’s Women’s History Month Benefit Brunch is March 18, at First UCC, 207 W. Horah St. beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The topic is “The Roots to Grow and the Wings to Fly: Changing the World with the Power of Education,” presented by Janet N. Spriggs, Chief Operating Officer at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Guest artist is Teresa Moore-Mitchell, classical vocal artist. The Benefit Brunch will help to send two local students to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. The brunch is open to the public, $10 each. RSVP by March 10 to Eileen Hanson-Kelly at 704-855-8353.

King Lear community reading continues

Catawba College’s popular community reading and study of “King Lear” at its downtown venue, Plaza Building, Suite 103, 100 W. Innes St., continues at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in March. Readings are March 14 and 21.

Dr. Bethany Sinnott, Catawba’s retired Shakespeare professor, conducts the sessions, which consist of the participants sitting in a circle and reading aloud each scene before discussing it briefly. Everyone is encouraged but not required to read aloud.

For questions, emails Dr. Sinnott at or call 704-637-0136.

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