Local arts & entertainment news Aug. 10-16

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 10, 2017

Eclipses and phases of the moon

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 7-80 p.m., the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium, 1636 Parkview Circle, hosts a program on how to understand and safely view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. For more information call 704-639-3004.


Call for youth performers for talent show


Got talent? We are looking for 10 participants, age 5-18, for the The Second Annual Back to School Family Fun Day and Talent Show. Each contestant will be given approximately 4-5 minutes each to display their talents. There will be a panel of judges that will determine the winner. The winner will receive $100 or more in cash.

To sign up, call Paula at 704-431-9355 or Melissa at 704-754-1813.

The second annual Back to School Family Fun Day and Talent Show will be held 6-9 p.m. Aug. 25 at Country Boyz Club House, 3750 Statesville Blvd. There will be food, fun and fellowship for all ages. Food and school supply donations are being accepted. Sponsored by Women in Progress, Country Boyz MC Cleveland, Thelma Smith Foundation South Branch and Great Women & Men United.


Monarch Butterfly Release

As a part of Hurley Park’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, a monarch butterfly release is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 13.

All-A Flutter Farms of High Point will be providing the monarchs and general information about butterflies. The presentation will cover the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly, the differences between moths and butterflies, the body parts of a butterfly, general plant knowledge for attracting both monarchs and other pollinators and monarch migration.

All-A-Flutter Farms will have live eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis and butterflies for everyone to get an up close look. At the conclusion of the presentation, select audience members will get the opportunity to hand feed the monarch butterflies prior to their release.

This event is at 2 p.m. at Haden’s Gazebo located at the corner of Annandale Avenue and North Craige Street. For more information visit http://www.all-a-flutter.com or contact the Hurley park office at 704-638-4459 or email dbeck@salisburync.gov

This event is free and open to the public.


Blankets & Bluegrass returns

The Second Annual Blankets and Bluegrass is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 20 from 6-8 p.m.

This is a BYOWHATEVER event. You may bring beer, wine, blankets, chairs, tents, etc. (there will also be wine and beer for sale at the event) and enjoy local bluegrass music featuring Vivian Hopkins and Montgomery & Co., Carrie and Eric Webster and more. Held on the lawn at the historic Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 South Jackson St., this family-friendly event is sponsored by Historic Salisbury Foundation. Come early from 1-4 p.m.and get a full tour of the Hall House (open every Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.). This is a free event, but donations are welcome. Suggested donation is $10. RSVP at https://app.hatchbuck.com/OnlineForm/71385054206 and then you are officially signed up to attend the event; your name will be on a list at the check in table on the day of the event.


Final showing RPL Summer Reading Film Series

10 a.m. Aug. 11: Hidden Figures, PG, HQ, 201 Fisher St., Salisbury. Free, open to the public, adult must accompany children under 9. Free popcorn and lemonade.

Burger Bash at the Brewery

5-9 p.m. Aug. 12 — Bread Riot, in partnership with New Sarum and Rustic Roots Food Truck, is throwing a fundraising bash featuring farm-to-fork half-pound gourmet burger with side and dessert for $15. There will be local musicians and a portion of beer sales will also boost the cause. Support your local farms and small businesses while enjoying the evening downtown. Bread by Better Loafing. Burgers by Two Pigs Farm. Tomatoes/onions by Correll Farm. Cheese by Fading D Farm. Salad/lettuce by Spring Lake Family Farms. No reservations required.


Get your tickets to Toast Kannapolis 

KANNAPOLIS — From 2-6 p.m. on Aug. 19 enjoy this wine and craft beer tasting event in the Laureate Center, Kannapolis City Hall. Tickets are $25 at www.kannapolisnc.gov or 704-920-4343. The City of Kannapolis is hosting the popular local wine and craft beer tasting event in which a variety of local vineyards/wineries and local breweries will share a selection of their wines and beers. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass or stein, hors d’oeuvres, music, door prizes, and local sundries and crafts for purchase. Must be 21+ and present ID to enter.


NC Trans hosts All-GM Show Saturday

SPENCER — Aug. 12: The NC Transportation Museum’s annual GM show will feature the 1977 Cadillac limousine that was the last gubernatorial limo for the state of North Carolina. This vehicle, like the museum, is celebrating its 40th year.  NC Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer,704-636-2889, www.nctrans.org

Auditions for ‘In the Heights, School Edition (Musical)’ 

Mooresville — The Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre will hold open auditions for the upcoming musical production “In the Heights, School Edition (Musical)” on Thursday, Aug. 17 and Friday, Aug. 18, from 5:30-8 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. and are open to youth ages 6-18; actors may not be older than a 2017 high school graduate. No prior acting experience is required; novice actors are encouraged to audition. It’s free to audition. If cast, a $90 participation fee (covers materials/costumes/t-shirt/acting instruction) will apply. Scholarships are available to cover fee. Performance dates are Oct. 19-21. Tickets will be available at www.mooresvillechildrenstheatre.org


H.O.T. = History on Tap

Aug. 24: Church at 121 Ridge Ave. The H.O.T. finale will be held in celebration of a historic church recently saved from demolition. See what’s inside this unique brick building during renovation as it is transformed into a new music venue, the future “Beacon Hall,” while enjoying craft beer tastings from New Sarum Brewery. RSVP at https://app.hatchbuck.com/OnlineForm/71385054205


Deadline for Grassroots Grants applications 

The Rowan Arts Council reminds that Aug. 18 is 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. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the North Carolina Arts Council’s General Support Program. Projects must occur between July 1, 2017 and May 15, 2018. Application forms and grant guidelines are available on the Rowan Arts Council website at http://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. For questions or more information, contact Rowan Arts Council at 704-638-3100 or email rowanarts@visitsalisburync.com


RiverRun International Film Festival & SECCA present Madmen and Masters: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’

WINSTON-SALEM — RiverRun International Film Festival and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art will present ‘Madmen and Masters: “Jodorowsky’s Dune,”’ directed by Frank Pavich on Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. at the McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium, 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem.

General admission tickets are $8 in advance, online at www.secca.org and at the door. Student tickets are $6 at the door with valid student ID.

“Jodorowsky’s Dune” is a 2013 documentary exploring director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s attempt at the film adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel “Dune.” In the pre-”Star Wars” era, Jodorowsky’s 1974 film was poised to change cinema forever. However, the attempt failed and earned it the nickname of ‘The Greatest Science Fiction Movie Never Made.’

Jodorowsky’s daring and psychedelic films of the early 1970’s, “El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain,” cemented his status as the Godfather of the Midnight Movie.

Through intimate and honest conversations with Jodorowsky, plus interviews with film legends and luminaries including H.R. Giger (artist, “Alien”), Gary Kurtz (producer, “Star Wars”) and Nicolas Winding Refn (director, “Drive” and “The Neon Demon”), director Pavich’s film unearths the full saga.

In pre-production for more than two years, the film was to star Jodorowsky’s own 12-year-old son, Brontis, alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and even Salvador Dali, set to a musical score by Pink Floyd and art-design by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud.








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