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Local arts & entertainment news Aug. 17-23

Gold Hill’s cruise in ‘Hot Summer Nights’

GOLD HILL — Turn back the clock this Saturday, Aug. 19, for Historic Gold Hill’s Hot Summer Nights Cruise-In and Shop Crawl.

Showcase your classic car, antique car, street rod or cycle from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. It’s definitely o.k. to wear your poodle skirts, saddle shoes, tight jeans and tees as you stroll through the village to see all the cool cars.

The deejay’s music will transport you back to the ’50s and ’60s while you enjoy the quaint historic village. All shops will be open.

Historic Gold Hill is located at 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road,. Hot Summer Nights is sponsored by the Gold Hill Merchants’ Association, www.goldhillnc.com 


Not many left! Get your tickets for the ’Bury

Saturday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. at the Meroney Theatre. Tickets are $45. The event is general admission. For more information visit www.salisburysymphony.org or call 704 637 4314.


NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures

SPENCER — The NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures, formerly The Spencer Doll & Toy Museum, is still dedicated to Preservation, Education and Fun.

Events for August at the museum include the Glow in the Dark Golf Tournament fundraiser on Friday, a Miniature Doll House Doll Workshop on Saturday and coming on Aug. 26, storytelling with local author and humorist Jan McCanless.

The museum hosts the largest Shirley Temple doll collection on public display as well as the largest Schoenhut Humpty-Dumpty circus and Schoenhut dolls exhibit.

It is located near the NC Transportation Museum. Visit NCMDTM.com to learn more.


Auditions for ‘In God’s Own Country’ 

Piedmont Players Theatre will hold auditions for ‘In God’s Own Country’ Sept. 5-6 at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.

Show dates are Oct. 12-21.  Call 704-633-5471 or visit www.PiedmontPlayers.com to learn more.


Stories Under the Stars with Magician Jason Frame 

KANNAPOLIS — Discover Fun in Kannapolis this week with Stories Under the Stars with Magician Jason Frame at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at Kannapolis Library, 850 Mountain St. or visit http://www.kannapolisnc.gov for details.


Seeking talent show  entrants ages 5-18

6-9 p.m. Aug. 25: Second annual Back to School Family FunDay and Talent Show at Country Boyz Club House, 3750 Statesville Blvd. Winner receives $100 in cash. Sign up with Paula 704-431-9355 or Melissa 704-754-1813. Sponsored by Women in Progress, Country Boyz MC Cleveland, Thelma Smith Foundation South branch,Great Women & Men United.

Invitation for artists to ‘Switch on the Sidewalks’

CONCORD — Creative artists, inventors, and members of the greater community are invited to develop design concepts to activate the sidewalks of Downtown Concord.

These inventions will be placed along Union Street for a one-day viewing by the public, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 21. The top designs will be awarded cash prizes (Judge’s Choice $1,000 and People’s Choice $500), with the potential for one design to be built out for permanent installation in Downtown Concord.

Entries are now being accepted for Create the Connection – Switch on the Sidewalks. Submit a sketch of your idea by Sept. 15. There is no fee to enter. Visit www.cabarrusartguild.org or call 704-795-1901 for complete details, including criteria and how to register.


Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash 

CHARLOTTE — Sparks will fly on Saturday as the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Come early to grab a photo beside the massive five-ton machines, meet the drivers who power the 2,000-horsepower beasts and enjoy pre-race festivities. The action starts at 6 p.m. on Aug. 19. Find ticket info at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter needs 75 volunteers 

KANNAPOLIS — Help at the annual Rowan Cabarrus Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the NC Research Campus, 150 Research Campus Drive.

Volunteer any time between 6 a.m.-2 p.m. for event set-up, registration, photo zone, walk route support, refreshment station, t-shirt station, start and finish line cheerleaders, and breakdown. Volunteers will be given a T-shirt. Sign up at www.alz.org/northcarolina/ or call 980-498-7725.


Catawba College Theatre Arts welcomes Strangemen & Co. 

Theatre arts alumna Amanda Lederer (’10), along with the New York-based Strangemen & Company, comes to Catawba College for a forum and a two-day master class. Lederer serves as an actor, executive producer, and outreach director for Strangemen & Company.

The forum is free and open to the public and is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus.

A two-day master class, exclusively for Catawba Theatre Arts students, is scheduled on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 26-27. By the “fusion of movement, sound, shapes and text,” the Strangemen & Company master class will offer students “a hands on experience” utilizing various techniques grounded in “movement-based theatrical techniques, clown, puppetry and the various, crucial elements of thematic study to dig into a story’s potential.”

The idea behind the master class is to broaden “an artist’s arsenal of creation.”

Founded in 2010 by Jason Ralph, James Ortiz, and Frank Winters, Strangemen & Company are located in New York City. Their focus is on “creating company-devised work that will honor what is simple and true in each individual story.”

For more information contact Catawba at 704-637-4481.


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