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Local arts & entertainment news July 20-26

Closing weekend for PPT’s ‘Bring It On: The Musical’

Tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Adults $14, seniors and students $12. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Tickets at 704-633-5471 or PiedmontPlayers.com


Salisbury Symphony to present ‘A ’Bury Home Companion’

After Garrison Keillor’s popular “A Praire Home Companion” One night only.  Limited tickets available.

The Salisbury Symphony announces its 2017 fundraising production “A ‘Bury Home Companion,” which will take place on Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. at the Meroney Theatre.

Inspired by Garrison Keillor’s longtime NPR radio staple “A Prairie Home Companion,” the Salisbury Symphony’s production will spotlight the gentle side of life here in “The ‘Bury.”

Presented as a live radio show, it is full of gentle wit — part fact, part fantasy, part Lake Woebegone with maybe a little dash of Mayberry — but always true to the unique charm of our own town.

Developed and scripted by The ‘Bury’s own Kent Bernhardt, the show will feature a host of familiar faces performing as the ‘Bury Home Companion Radio Players and Singers who will bring life to live radio ads and comedy sketches.

“A ‘Bury Home Companion” will also spotlight musical talent from the region, from bluegrass to – believe it or not – opera.  The ‘Bury has it all.

Audience members will have a chance to be a part of the show by purchasing “shout outs” to be given onstage throughout the show, improvised by Kent and team. If you have someone to celebrate, someone to roast, or an announcement of public interest, for a small price you can have our talented performers do it from the stage.

Spaces are limited, first come first served.

Tickets are $45 for general admission.  Learn more at www.salisburysymphony.org or 704-637-4314.


Register for artist workshop with Mark Stephenson
Using Frederick Franck’s book “The Zen of Seeing- Drawing as Meditation” as a jumping-off-point, local artist Mark Stephenson will lead a day-long session on the art of seeing on Aug. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. with a discussion/presentation followed by an afternoon instructional drawing session. Suitable for beginning-advanced artists of all kinds.

Cost: Full-day: $40. Morning session only: Suggested donation to CFA- $10

Participants are encouraged to read the Franck text; be sure to get the ‘handwritten’ edition. The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation, Vintage (Sept. 12, 1973), ISBN-10: 0394719689, ISBN-13: 978

To register: Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St., 704-647-0999 or info@faithart.org

See more in Sunday’s Lifestyle section.


Free Movie in the Park this weekend
9 p.m. Friday at the City Park Flag Concourse at the corner of W. Miller and Jackson Streets.

July 21 – Finding Dory • Next up: Aug. 4 – Trolls

Entertainment begins at 8 p.m. Visit www.salisburync.gov/PLAY to learn more.


RPL Summer Reading Film Series

Free, open to the public, adult must accompany children under 9. Free popcorn and lemonade. East branch, 110 Broad St., Rockwell. HQ, 201 Fisher St., Salisbury. South branch, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove.

July 21, 10 a.m. – Dear Dumb Diary, PG, HQ

July 24, 5:30 p.m. – Pay it Forward, PG-13, East.

July 25, 6:30 p.m. – Pay it Forward, PG-13, HQ.

July 26, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Pursuit of Happyness, PG-13, South.


Discover Fun in Kannapolis Events

KANNAPOLIS— Events are free to the public, held in downtown Kannapolis.

10 a.m. July 19: Bright Star Children’s Theatre, Veterans Park: Alice in Wonderland, tailored to pre-K through 5th graders.

8:45 p.m. July 21: Movies in the Park – Pete’s Dragon, Village Park

7 p.m. July 22: Stories Under the Stars: Piedmont Dance Theatre, Village Park: Piedmont Dance Theatre performs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, tailored to pre-K through 5th graders.

Download the entire Kannapolis Summer Entertainment schedule at www.kannapolisnc.gov


Deadline for Grassroots Grants applications
The Rowan Arts Council announces Aug. 18, 2017 as the deadline for the 2017-2018 Grassroots Grants applications. Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Rowan County. Projects must occur between July 1, 2017 and May 15, 2018.

Find forms and guidelines at www.visitsalisburync.com/rowanartscouncil/grants/grassroots-grants/

The Rowan Arts Council is available to assist interested applicants in preparing competitive grants. Awards will be announced in September 2017.

For questions or more information, contact Rowan Arts Council at 704-638-3100 or email rowanarts@visitsalisburync.com


Thompson Square presale tickets available

The annual Fin, Feather and Fur Outdoor & Off Road Expo is Oct. 13-15 this year at the Rowan County Fairgrounds. The kick-off concert on Friday night features two-time Academy of Country Music Duo of the Year, Thompson Square.

Advance tickets from July 20-Oct. 8 are $25.

On Oct. 9, Week-of and Door Price tickets are $35. Learn more at www.finfeatherfurexpo.com or call 704-279-9383.


Mooresville invites Plein Air artists

MOORESEVILLE — Mooresville Arts is hosting this year’s 3rd Annual NC Open Plein Air event from August 22-27. Located in historic downtown Mooreville, activities will start at Mooresville Arts Gallery, 103 W Center St.

Artists from North Carolina and surrounding states are invited to participate in the event where they will have the opportunity to paint in nature at chosen locations, including the Langtree Plantation, various marinas on the Lake Norman waterfront, and selected historical buildings in downtown Mooresville.

The artists will have from 6 a.m. Aug. 25 to 11 a.m. Aug. 27 to complete their paintings. At noon on the day of completion, the Mooresville Arts Gallery will have every painting on display for guests to view until they are removed in September.

Mooresville Arts invites the general public to come out and experience firsthand the process of artists at work.

Artist Harold Fronz will also hold a 3-day painting workshop from Aug. 22-24 that anyone is invited to attend. The workshop will be held at Mooresville Arts Gallery.
For more information contact Mooresville Arts at 704-663-6661 or see www.Mooresvillearts.org


The Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention

July 21-22: Bluegrass and old time competition for bands and individuals in adult and youth categories, and a dance contest.

Admission $10, good for both both days. Children 12 and under free.

At the Alleghany Fairgrounds in Sparta, 1585 U.S. 21 North, about 90 minutes from Salisbury. Info at 336-372-4957 or www.alleghanyfiddlersconvention.com


Enter the fourth annual Longleaf Film Festival

RALEIGH — Annnd, action! The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh announces it is accepting entries for the fourth annual Longleaf Film Festival to be held  May 11 and 12, 2018. Submissions accepted online by March 1, 2018; information available at www.LongleafFilmFestival.com

Longleaf is free to attend and includes workshops, panels, and socials.

Tar Heel Connections

Longleaf Film Festival highlights the best short- and feature-length documentary and narrative films. New this year is an emphasis upon submitting films with a North Carolina connection:

• the film was made in NC and/or

• the film’s story or topic or other feature is NC based and/or

• the submitting filmmaker or other key production member (screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, subject, lead actor) lives in North Carolina now and/or grew up in NC and/or attended college or university in North Carolina.

Categories: Animated Film. Documentary Feature. Documentary Short. History+ Film. Middle and High School Student Film .Music Video. Narrative Feature. Narrative Short.

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