Local arts & entertainment news Jan. 4-10
Today: Celebrate with Rufty-Holmes
Going on all day today, Jan. 4, the 30th birthday celebration at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Drop by a birthday booth and have coffee and doughnuts from 9-11 a.m. or cake and coffee from noon to 5 p.m. And bring a piece of memorabilia that you might like to share or possibly put into a time capsule.
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is located at 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr Ave. Call 704-216-7714 or visit www.ruftyholmes.org to learn more.
Local artist selected for W-S ‘Spotlight’
Artist Don Moore of Salisbury has been selected to be a part of the associated Artists of Winston Salem “Artist Spotlight 2018,” an all juried member exhibition which showcases a select number of members’ recent bodies of work. Moore will be exhibiting three pieces. See http://www.associatedartists.org
Last chance for tickets to Salisbury Symphony’s Big Band Bash on Saturday
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6: Salisbury Symphony’s biggest fundraiser is a night of music, wine, food, dancing. This year’s theme ‘First Ladies of Swing’ celebrates the music of Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald.
The concert features the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Teresa Moore-Mitchell, Alexis Greer and Rebecca Stinson.
After the concert guests will be treated to a seated meal, open bar, and a night of music by the Salisbury Symphony and guest performers. Dancing is encouraged. Tickets are available at www.salisburysymphony.org/
Bishop Family Creche Collection closing reception
Saturday, Jan. 6, 6-7:30 p.m.
No one really knows when the first creche was made. There is evidence that there were nativity figures as early as the 8th century. The idea was popularized by St. Francis of Assisi in Grecco, Italy, in 1223 when he used live animals and a manger in a Christmas Eve Mass.
During the 17th and 18th centuries the art of creche-making reached its peak in Naples, Italy. Sculptors, artists, seamstresses and woodcarvers earned their living making figures and elaborate scenes of the nativity. Some of their work can be seen in Europen museums today.
The Bishop Family collection offers over 125 nativity scenes from more than 40 different countries, interpretation of the birth of Jesus from the understanding of people around the world. The figures are in a variety of materials, includng, clay, straw, wood, stone, corn husks, and cloth. The oldest is a German Paper creche from 1888.
The collection began shortly after WWII and grew as Kenneth and Ruth Bishop expanded the scope by collecting unique interpretations, sometimes as gifts from friends and also their own travels and searches. After Ken Bishop died in 1987, his wife, Ruth, continued to collect and display them until her death in 1999. At that point, their son, Nick, inherited the collection and added his creche collection to the mix.
Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St., behind and below Haven Lutheran Church. Visit www.faithart.org or call 704-647-0999.
Community Health and Wellness Fair
Sunday, Jan. 7 from 1-4 p.m. Held at Life Church, 708 Jake Alexander Blvd W. Hosted by personal trainer Clarissa Best. Local vendors on site. Call 980-234-0257 to learn more.
Come dance at the Harold B. Jarrett
7-10 pm Jan.12: Music by DJ “Rawhide.” $10 per person, snacks and drinks provided. Bring the family. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Info at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342, 704-637-1722.
Kannapolis History Associates present ‘G.I. Town’ program
KANNAPOLIS — 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8: Explore the history of G.I. Town from the post-WWII era. A. L. Brown High School social room, 415 E. First St., Kannapolis. Questions? Call Phil Goodman at 704-796-0803.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
On Friday, Jan. 12 from 1-2 p.m., the Hefner VA Medical Center, 1601 Brenner Ave., hosts a program to celebrate in the Building 6 Social Room. The theme for the free program is “A Day On, Not a Day Off. For more information, contact Chaplain Ethel Bamberg-Revis at 704-638-9000, extension 12137.
PPT musical auditions for ‘The Producers’
PPT musical auditions for “The Producers” are Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 16-17 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. Producing Partners: Ed Brown, John A. Basinger & David Post. Meroney Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471.
Charlotte Museum of History celebrates Twelfth Night
CHARLOTTE — Jan. 6 from 5-7:30 p.m. Twelfth Night was the end of the Christmas season for the Backcountry settlers and was celebrated with great revelry.
Join in the general colonial merriment on Saturday for the ultimate 18th century-style party to hear live music, play colonial party games, enjoy hot apple cider, eat Twelfth Night cake, take a candlelight tour of the Hezekiah Alexander house and see demonstrations from the Piedmont Fiber Guild and New Acquisition Militia.
Red Clay Ciderworks will also be on site to help encourage merriment. One lucky guest will even be crowned the King or Queen of Twelfth Night. Admission is free. The Charlotte Museum of History. 3500 Shamrock Drive, between Eastway and Sharon Amity. See http://charlottemuseum.org/tc-events/twelfth-night-2/ to learn more.
ESU presents A Teacher in Space — 6:30 p.m. Jan 11: The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch dinner program presents Dr. Cyndi Osterhus, 44-year career educator in North Carolina who received national recognition when she was selected as a finalist in the Teacher in Space Program in 1985. Country Club of Salisbury. Reservations $32. You do not have to be a member of the Country Club or the ESU to attend. RSVP to Gerry at 704-216-2660.
More classes available for the new year
CONCORD – Would you like to find out the basics of estate planning with an expert or learn from a sommelier how to pair wine with cheese? How about tasting samples of typical dishes included in the Mediterranean Diet and receiving recipes for home use, or getting hands-on instruction in pizza making where you learn techniques designed to turn your kitchen into a pizzeria the kids will rave about. These topics and many more are part of an innovative program of one-night classes presented at All Saints Episcopal Church in Concord. Anyone can enroll, although class sizes are limited.
Called “After Dark at All Saints” a total of 26 classes are being offered beginning Wednesday, Jan. 17. Classes are from 6:30 to approximately 8 p.m. The cost of each class is $20. Some have an extra charge for materials, which in most cases includes take-home projects. All the money for the classes goes to help community organizations like the Cooperative Christian Ministry, Community Free Clinic, women’s shelter and others. To learn about the classes, visit www.allsaintsconcord.org. The program is listed on the home page with information about each class and a link to enroll.