Arts & Entertainment news March 16-22

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 16, 2017

Meet potter Mark Hewitt at ESU dinner

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Hewitt is the son and grandson of directors of Spode, the fine china manufacturers. As a student at Bristol University in the early 1970s, Mark read Bernard Leach’s “A Potter’s Book,” and decided to become a studio potter rather than an industrial manager. This decision led to a three-year apprenticeship with Michael Cardew, and later another with Todd Piker in Connecticut, where Mark met his wife, Carol.

In 1983 they moved to Pittsboro and set up their pottery. Mark built a large wood kiln and began making the distinctive functional pots for which he is known, specializing in large planters and jars, along with finely made smaller items. He uses local clays and blends the different North Carolinian folk traditions together into a contemporary style that has attracted a sizeable following.

Mark’s work has been featured in the Smithsonian magazine and on the cover of American Craft magazine, he has written extensively in the ceramic press, and he has exhibited in London, New York, Tokyo and throughout the U.S.

On Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m., Hewitt will speak at the English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch dinner meeting. Reservations are $32. rsvp to Gerry at 704-216-2660 or

“Pottery today” will be presented at the Country Club of Salisbury. You do not have to be a member of either to attend. Learn more at


Tonight: The 2017 Miss Black & Gold Experience 

Thursday, March 16 at 7:06 p.m. Gamma Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha presents Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant.

Varrick Auditorium, Livingstone College, 701 W. Monroe St. Free for students, $3 for guests. Call 704-253-0290 to learn more.


Tonight: Opening night for PPT’s ‘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.

Join the cast for a complimentary reception immediately following the opening performance. 

7:30 p.m. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Adults $20, students/seniors $17. 704-633-5471 or

Horizons Unlimited Saturday — movie music laser show

At 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. on March 18, take in the new laser show featuring the movie music hits of John Williams, including Star Wars, Superman, ET, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Admission is $2.

In addition, from 1-3 p.m. is the March Make Event: Glow in the Dark Art. Bring a jar and join the fun. 1636 Parkview Circle. Free admission; donations accepted. 704-639-3004.


Bi-annual Antiques Appraisal Fair (Roadshow Style)

SPENCER — It’s time again to clean out the attic. Coming March 24-25 to the Spencer Doll And Toy Museum is the popular Antiques Appraisal Fair (Roadshow Style) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.  Antiques dealer Michael Hansen will take a look at your items and offer advice and information regarding a broad spectrum of general merchandise, including toys.

Bring in your family heirlooms and yard sale bargains to find out the fascinating truths about these finds. Cost is $5 per item; limit two. Regular admission charges apply. Spencer Doll And Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St., 704-762-9359,


Voices from the Margin presents ‘Point Blank’ 

“Point Blank” is a community sourced theatrical production exploring systemic racism as it affects us personally and culturally. The third annual Voices from the Margin production offers a platform for collaborative examination of local civic concerns.

Conceived by Craig Kolkebeck, working in connection with Covenant Community Connection, the play offers multiple perspectives through words, sound, movement and multi-media effects. Audience members are encouraged to discuss issues and share
viewpoints.  Center for Faith & the Arts gallery show “Unreasonable Fears” is on display in the theater lobby, performance nights only.

Admission is by donation, collected at the door. March 29-April 1, at Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St.  Doors open at 7 p.m., curtain at 7:30.


African American fashion show

SPENCER — From 7-9 p.m. on Friday, March 17 will be the annual African American Fashion Show held at the Spencer Woman’s Club, 200 Third St. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10. Sponsored by the Spencer Doll And Toy Museum; find details at


‘Pasta with a Purpose’

CHINA GROVE — First Baptist Church of China Grove, 302 Patterson St., will host “Pasta with a Purpose” on Saturday, March 18 from 5-8 p.m., a benefit for the ongoing capital campaign for a handicap-accessible bathroom.

The Back Creek Bluegrass Boys and Tori Jones will entertain while attendees enjoy a pasta dinner, garlic bread, salad, homemade dessert and drink. A silent auction will also take place.  Tickets are $10 at 704-310-6741 or


LSt holds auditions for ‘Boeing Boeing’

Auditions for “Boeing Boeing” are April 2-3 at 7 p.m. at Lee Street theatre. The play is a classic French farce that boasts the Guinness World Records most performed French play. It is set in the 1960s and follows Bernard, a handsome bachelor living in Paris. He is simultaneously seeing three different airline stewardesses whose flight schedules never overlap. Until now. Havoc ensues when the three women, each believing they are engaged to Bernard, arrive at the same time. It is a play rich in laughs and situational comedy. Scripts are available for perusal. The cast includes:

BERNARD – a Parisian bachelor

GLORIA – an American air hostess

BERTHE – Bernard’s housekeeper

ROBERT – a friend of Bernard’s

GABRIELLA – an Italian air hostess

GRETCHEN – a German air hostess

Performances dates are May 18-27. Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St., or 704-310-5507.


British writers make appearance at South Main Books Wednesday


On March 22, we will have two writers from London, England from 6:30-8:30 p.m. They are Anne-Marie Fyfe and Cahal Dallat.

Dallat, poet, musician and critic, lives in London where he reviews literature and the arts for the TLS and Guardian, among others, and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s weekly Saturday Review since 1998. His first poetry collection, Morning Star, was published in 1998, he won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2006, and his latest collection is The Year of Not Dancing.

Anne-Marie Fyfe’s fifth poetry collection is House of Small Absences. Born in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, Ireland, Anne-Marie lives in London where she works as an arts organiser. She has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings and classes at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour, since 1997, is poetry co-ordinator for the annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Ireland, and is a former chair of the UK’s Poetry Society.

South Main Book Co. is located at 110 S. Main St. Call 704-630-9788 or visit to learn more.

Tonight: a lesson from Clyde at the CAG meeting

The Carolina Artist Guild’s monthly meeting is this evening at 6:30 at Rufty Holmes Center, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave. The program will be presented by Clyde, a local artist known by many and a charter member of the Carolina Artist Guild. The basics of drawing will be the subject. All materials will be furnished. Visitors are welcome.


Fish fry at St. Luke’s Lutheran 

MT. ULLA — March 18 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Proceeds will assist the Thompson family and Hampton family medical bills, West Rowan HS band uniforms, and a generator for St. Luke’s activity building to qualify as Red Cross Emergency Shelter facility. St. Luke’s Lutheran, 11020 NC Hwy 801,. or 704-278-2710.


Breakfast and bake sale 

SPENCER — Spencer Presbyterian Church’s breakfast and bake sale fundraiser is Saturday, March 18 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, grits, toast, drink for $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Proceeds will support various ministries of the church. The event will be in the fellowship hall of the educational building, 117 1st St., off Salisbury Ave. across from the entrance to the NC Transportation Museum.


Chrismon classes

Rufty’s Chrismon Shop will be holding Chrismon classes March 30-April 1. Classes will begin each day at 10 a.m. and all levels will be taught. Call for reservations and more specific info at 704-636-7790. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive,


Genealogical program Tuesday

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21. the Genealogical Society of Rowan will meet in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library for a special webinar program on how to use USA and World Newspapers to research your family history. This is free.


Salisburian stars in Lexington play

LEXINGTON — Lexington Youth Theatre announces the upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast” on March 31 at 7 p.m., April 1 at 7 p.m. and April 2 at 2 p.m. The full-stage musical production is in celebration of LYT’s 30th season and will take place on the stage of the Edward C. Smith Civic Center in Uptown Lexington. Tickets are $10 at the door. A limited number of reserved seating is available at

The show will be directed by Doug Brown, with music direction by Don Dykoff and choreography by Monica Walser. Local actor Micah Cross from Salisbury will be starring as Cogsworth.


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