Arts & entertainment news April 20-26
Livingstone hosts Children’s Book Festival
10 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday, April 29: On the front lawn of Livingstone College. There will be bounce houses, storytelling, games and activities, food plus each child gets to choose two new books to take home. Call 704-216-6118 for more information.
Saturday: Salisbury’s 11th annual Touch a Truck event
April 22 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Get up close and hands-on with trucks and equipment at this perennial favorite for kids and adults. Held this year in the City Hall parking lot at 217 S. Main St. This event is free. Rain date is May 6. Learn more at salisburync.gov/PLAY or 704-216-7529.
Piedmont Bottle & Pottery Club 11th annual antique show and sale
On Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. bottles, jar and pottery collectors will have their day. The annual show and sale will be held at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. No early buyers. Admission is free, parking is free, appraisals are free. For more information contact chair John Patterson at 704-636-9510 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Faith & the Arts presents ‘Unreasonable Fears’
“Unreasonable Fears” is a Gallery Opening and Event featuring spoken word, music and art. Friday April 21 from 6-9 p.m.; the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999.
Tour the renovated Washington Building downtown — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22: Grand opening of the Washington Building. Tour the street level retail, second floor offices, third floor apartments, have refreshments. Info at 704-798-5726 or www.JayneHelms.com
Kannapolis is “Jazzing up” Sunday afternoons — The City is “jazzing” up Sunday afternoons with a new four-week jazz series. From 1-3 p.m. each Sunday April 23-May 14, jazz music will fill the air. Concerts are free, held in Veterans Park, 118 N. Main St. Food will be available to purchase • April 23 – Dwayne Jordan Trio • April 30 – Nicci Canada Quartet • May 7 – Brad Bailey • May 14 – John Gurske Band. For more information, visit kannapolisnc.gov
Peeler celebrates baseball and regional history in latest work
Author and poet Tim Peeler will read selections from his latest poetry collection, “Wild in the Strike Zone,” at the Friends of Rowan Public Library’s Annual Meeting, April 25 at 7 p.m. Peeler’s work calls forth scenes of a changing Piedmont and records the history of what many consider an American institution: baseball.
The Friends of RPL Annual Meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Stanback Auditorium at RPL Headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St. A reception will follow in the Hurley Room. For more information call 704-216-8240 or visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
Shaun Jones headlines Wednesday at The Comedy Zone at The Loft
Shaun Jones, born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and having lived in Los Angeles for a short time, now calls Atlanta, Ga. his home. Jones has appeared on several national television shows, such as B.E.T’s “Comic View,” B.E.T’s “One Mic Stand,” BounceTV’s “Off The Chain” and Showtime’s “1 Amendment.” In 2003 he was in the movie “Shade” as a crooked poker player. The Loft at City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St., will host comedian Shaun Jones on Wednesday, April 26. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. $10 admittance. 704-603-4656.
New Sarum’s 1 Year AnniBEERsary Bash benefits non-profits
On April 29 from 1-11 p.m., five bands — Paper Wasps, Big Break (on the cover), The Get Right Band, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, The Trongone Band — will be in concert in the parking lot between New Sarum and Lee Street Theater. In celebration of New Sarum’s one-year “AnniBEERsary, proceeds from this event will benefit the non-profits Happy Roots and Prevent Child Abuse Rowan. In addition, there will be a homebrew competition, a raffle, lots of vendors and food trucks plus Rock 92 and 2 Guys named Chris. Admission is free. Learn more at www.facebook.com /events/ 390207101336742/
Reed Gold Mine 40th anniversary celebration Saturday
MIDLAND — In the 40 years since its opening day April 23, 1977, Reed Gold Mine has welcomed more than two million visitors to the site of America’s first gold rush. Re-enactors and living history specialists will descend on Reed from across the country to celebrate this history April 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In 1799, 12-year-old Conrad Reed discovered a 17-pound gold nugget while fishing in Little Meadow Creek. After years serving as a doorstop, the nugget was determined to be gold by a jeweler in 1802 and purchased for $3.50. From there, gold mining began in earnest along the Reed property.
On Saturday, the discovery will be commemorated with rare, special living history demonstrations of surface and underground mining, hands-on mining activities, and more. For admission and additional information, call 704-721-4653.
Call for Vendors — One of Salisbury/Rowan County’s largest events is now accepting vendor applications for our Sept 15-16, 2017 BBQ Event at Tilley H-D of Salisbury. This is a KCBS sanctioned event and open to the general public with free admission. Friday nights entertainment features nationally known The Nantucket Band. www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com or call 704-202-8712.
Final week: RCCC Student Art & Design Exhibition at ClearWater Gallery — “Impulse” at ClearWater Artist Studios, free and open to the public. On exhibit through April 27. 223 Crowell Dr. NW, Concord, 704-784-9535, www.clearwaterartists.com
Mooresville Arts Springfest call for artists
MOORESVILLE — Artists who work in two or three dimensional art are invited to enter the 36th Mooresville Arts Springfest at the Mooresville Depot Visual Arts Center, 103 W. Center St. Entries will be accepted April 28 from noon-4 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Arrangements for early intake must be made with Jane Braxton, SpringFest chairperson email@example.com or call 704-663-6661. Artists 18 years or older may submit up to a total of three entries. No photographs or digital art in this exhibit. All work will be judged by Sally B. Miller, www.sallyblackmiller.com. For entry details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-663-6661.
Eight-week pottery class
This class teaches beginning and intermediate wheel and glazing techniques. Cost: $200. Choose Tuesdays 10:30-1 p.m. May 16-July 11; or Wednesdays: 6:30-9 p.m. May 17-July 12; or Thursdays 6:30- 9 p.m. May 18-July 13. No class the week of July 4. Register at Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, www.pottery-101.com