Local arts & entertainment news Dec. 14-20

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 14, 2017

S-R Choral Society presents ‘Tales of St. Nicholas: The Art of the Gift’

If you were kept in by bad weather last weekend, you are invited to enjoy the holidays with the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society’s concert “Tales of St. Nicholas: The Art of the Gift” on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm at First United Church of Christ, 207 West Horah Street, Salisbury. Catawba graduate Matthew Newton will direct familiar Christmas songs: “Still, Still, Still”and “Fum, Fum, Fum,” and new tunes—“Ding-a Ding-a Ding” and “Season of Light” plus “The Night Before Christmas” and a jazzy “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.” Please bring a new unwrapped toy for children served by Rowan Department of Social Services. This concert, supported by the Rowan Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council celebrating fifty years, is funded by the state of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Jubilee Community Choir annual Christmas concert

Sunday Dec 17 at 5 p.m. at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N. Church St.

This year’s concert features traditional carols plus a gospel-influenced arrangement of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” by Horace Scruggs III, the Christmas spiritual “Here’s a Pretty Little Baby” and “Shout for Joy,” arranged by André Thomas. Also featured will be guest saxophonist Gavin Crisp plus liturgical dance renditions by Natalia House, providing visual and aural interpretations to several choral selections.

Concert soloists are Doris Goodman, Sarah J. Norman and Rebecca Stinson. Kay Wright Norman is the music Director for the Jubilee Community Choir. Refreshments will follow in the Enrichment Center. A free will offering will be received.


Rowan Big Band All Stars at Lee Street theatre

7:30 p.m. Dec 15: This 18-piece community big band in the style of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington maintains a long tradition of big-band standards and swing era favorites from the 1930s through the present day. Tickets are $20 + tax. 329 N. Lee St, 704-310-5507, www.leestreet.org


St John’s Service of Lessons and Carol

11 a.m. Dec. 17: St John’s Lutheran Church. Carols and anthems by the Chancel Choir, St John’s Men’s Chorus, St John’s Women’s Ensemble, soloists and Instrumental Ensemble. The music of Handel, Forrest, Rutter and others composers will be featured.


FUMC Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols

The Stanback Department of Sacred Music of First United Methodist Church presents its annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Sunday at 5 p.m. The service is presented in the same format as the Christmas Eve service held at King’s College, Cambridge, England in 1918. Accompanying the choirs of First Church will be a brass quintet, organ, harp, and flute. Lectors include representatives from current church leadership and Rowan Helping Ministries, Hood Theological Seminary, Meals on Wheels, and Salisbury Symphony. The choirs will be conducted by Matthew Michael Brown. Repertoire includes music by Paul Halley, Francis Poulenc, Daniel Elder, Kim André Arnesen, Sally Ann Morris, Norman Luboff, David Willcocks, and others. A prelude for harp and brass precedes the service at 4:30 p.m.. An offering will be received for the Music Memorial Fund.  217 S. Church St.,  www.fumcsalisbury.org


Book signing with Patti Fogt 

On Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Mean Mug Coffee Co., meet children’s author and illustrator Patti Laughlin Fogt for a book signing event. Fogt has penned nine books so far, including “Aaron’s Little Sailboat” and “ The Amazing Ugly Umbrella.” Her newest book debuts in December. Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S. Fulton St, 704-754-4615.


Cruise-By Christmas Window Art Show

The windows are done! Drive by 24 hours a day Dec. 16 through Jan. 6 to see the window art of local artist Cherrathee Hager that brightens the windows of these local businesses: Hendrix BBQ 1624 at W. Innes St; Hendrix BBQ at 1530 Statesville Blvd; The Pop Shoppe at 1831 W. Innes St; Landmark Family Resturant at 1617 South Main St; Denese’s Pet Spa at 2825 W Innes St.; KMD Construction at 1001 W Innes St; Shuckin Shack at 118 N Main St. The paintings are perfect for photos with family and friends…and guaranteed to create smiles and special memories. Several paintings include dogs and cats that belong to customers.


Enjoy Santa Night with free horse & carriage rides

On Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 5-8 p.m., celebrate the holiday season together at Chick-Fil-A, 902 E Innes St. Santa will be here, there will be free carriage rides, and cookie decorating. Come enjoy a night with family and friends.


RSVP today for ‘A ’Bury Home Companion Christmas’

Kent Bernhardt is hosting a fundraiser for Milford Hills UMC, 1630 Statesville Blvd., on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. featuring a few of his friends from The ’Bury. The evening begins with Ed’s famous lasagna, followed by a special holiday ’Bury Home Companion featuring music from The Moonglows (John Brincefield, Kay Peeler, Bill Bucher, Carol Harris, Lauren Stephenson, and Kent) plus Sara Lee. Tickets for dinner and the show are $20 at 704-636-0471 or 704-636-1007.


Closing weekend for ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

The final 4 shows of PPT youth theater’s faithful stage adaptation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St, 704-633-5471, www.PiedmontPlayers.com


PPT musical auditions for ‘The Producers’ 

Audtions for Piedmont Players Theater’s next production, “The Producers,” will be held Jan. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Meroney Theater. Available roles are listed at PiedmontPlayers.com. Show dates are March 15-18 and 21-24. Meroney Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Info at 704-633-5471.


Save the date: Second annual Battle of the Gods and Goddesses Fashion Show


The Battle of the Gods and Goddesses Fashion Show returns to Salisbury on Dec 30, showcasing local talent as well as talent from surrounding cities, models, designers, make-up artists, hair stylists, and vendors. This community fundraiser is sponsored by Great Women and Men United and Precision Management Marketing to create funds for the Save the Youth Program. The event is Dec. 30 at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. For tickets and information, contact Chariel Dye at 704-738-7077 or email at charield40@gmail.com or see www.greatwomenandmenunited.wordpress.com


Bennett Place celebrates Christmas during the Civil War

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 16

DURHAM — During the war both soldiers and civilians tried to celebrate the holiday. Soldiers would decorate their winter quarter with what they had on hand and looked forward to receiving packages from home. For southern families the blockade, rising prices, food shortages as well as thoughts of their loved ones away from home made celebrating the holiday more difficult. Bennett Place State Historic Site will give voice to the soldiers and civilians, men and women, attempting to celebrate the holiday with a special event on Saturday.

There will be ongoing living history demonstrations of life in the field as well as on the home front. Watch as soldiers decorate their camps, read letters and open packages sent from home. In the kitchen, women will be baking and preparing food. Examples of items often sent to the soldiers will be on display in the historic house. Santa will also be on site. Hot apple cider and cookies will be available at the visitor center as well as a bake sale. All proceeds from the bake sale go toward the preservation of the site. Admission is free.

On Saturday evening: Take a guided tour by candlelight around the property and experience how soldiers and civilians celebrated the holiday. You will go into the field to watch as Union and Confederate soldiers hold a truce and exchange items. You will visit a camp and watch as soldiers receive packages from home. The tour will then take you to the home front as families tried to cook holiday food as well as decorate their homes and try to carry on the holiday spirit.

Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies will be available inside the visitor center. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Cost: $3 for adults and $2.00 for children ages 5-16 Children under 5 – FREE. For additional information,  call 919-383-4345 or visit www.bennettplacehistoricsite.com. Bennett Place is located at 4409 Bennett Memorial Road., Durham.

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