Local arts & entertainment news Jan. 18-24

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 18, 2018

RSVP for penguin adventures at Spencer Public Library

SPENCER — On Thursday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m., have fun with penguin tales, songs, dances and refreshments, at the Spencer Public Library, 300 4th St. Geared for ages 2-6 with parent or guardian over 18 in attendance. RSVP by Jan. 22 to 704-636-9072. Library hours are M, T, TH, F from 2-6 p.m. and W from 2-5 p.m.

PPT Youth Theater announces cast of ‘Julius Caesar’

William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar will be presented to the public Feb. 16-17 and 23-24 at the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Call 704-633-5471 or visit Piedmontplayers.com for ticket information.

CAESAR: Garrett Jennings • CALPURNIA: Mallory Freeze • BRUTUS: Joseph Clark • PORTIA: Maddie Jones • CASSIUS: Jonah Evans • CASCA: Elijah Carpenter • CINNA: Laura Bullock • DECIUS: Kevin Leichman • LIGARUS: Hannah Wells • METELLUS CIMBER: Jamie Weaver • TREBONIUS & LUCILLIUS: Christian Miller • CICERO: Claire Garner • PUBLIUS: Meg Bivens • POPILLIUS LAENA: Emma Patterson • FLAVIUS: Cohen Joyner • MURELLUS: Chloe Corley • MARK ANTONY: Ali Khatib • LEPIDUS: Mya Langford • OCTAVIUS: Jacob Jackson • PINDARUS: Meredith Swaim • SOOTHSAYER: Isiah Enaigbe • ARTEMIDORUS: Derek Brechbill • CINNA THE POET: Jessica Driver • PLEBEIANS, SENATORS & SOLDIERS: Grace McCoy, Freya Obermueller, Matthew Lynch, Gracie Spieler, Fares Khatib, Megan Pendergrass, Courtney WilliamsvEva Walters, Lydia Sprinkle


Call for artists/artisans

Rowan Arts & Ag, a year-long celebration 

Rowan Arts & Ag, a year-long celebration of agriculture and arts in Rowan County. Visitors and local residents alike will have unique opportunities throughout the year to experience homegrown creativity and flavors. From self-guided tours of farms and artisans, farm-to-table dinners, large outdoor festivals and more; there’s something for everyone. We’re looking for local artisans to participate in Rowan Arts & Ag. If you create handcrafted pieces of art or handmade items, sign up for an opportunity to exhibit and sell your work during our 2018 event schedule. Deadline March 2. Apply at http://rowanartsandag.com/ 

Gold Rush Days Art and Crafts Festival Saturday, May 12 in Historic Gold Hill 

The Gold Hill Merchants’ Association invites artists, craft persons, and service providers to submit their application to participate in the 2018 Gold Rush Days Art and Crafts Festival to be held Saturday, May 12 in Historic Gold Hill. Apply at www.goldhillnc.com  The space fee is $30. All items should be hand-made, and applications are subject to approval.See the vendor application for details. Limited spaces are available, and no more than two exhibitors may share a space. Early registration is recommended. Deadline for submission is Saturday, May 5. Submit questions to goldhillmerchantsassociation@gmail.com

Meet Lee Street theatre’s new technical director 

Lee Street theatre introduces Rod Oden as the new technical director to carry out the rest of Season 10 and build future seasons. Oden joins the company after former technical director Chris Speer stepped down in December after five years of service.

Oden most recently worked as production manager and technical director of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society in New Orleans, La. He has designed for theaters from Los Angeles to New Orleans and previously worked as technical director of the Actors Guild of Parkersburg in Parkersburg, W.Va. He enjoys working alongside community members, volunteers and students to help grow and create professional experiences in the theatre.

Horizons Unlimited

1-3 p.m. Jan 20: Brrr! It’s Cold Outside! Crystal growing, snowy art, Winter Star Talk and Frozen film feature.  1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter from Lilly Ave. 704-639-3004, www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizonsunlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium

Chrismon classes 

Rufty’s Chrismon Shop will be holding our first Chrismon classes of 2018 on Feb. 1-3. Classes will begin each day at 10:30 a.m. and all levels will be taught. Call for reservations and more specific info at 704-636-7790. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, info@chrismons.com


Relax and Paint with Patt Legg at ‘The Artist’s Bungalow Studio’

Immediately: beginner/intermediate adult oil painting class, Mondays or Tuesdays, 2 hour class. Morning or afternoon to be discussed when you sign. Weekly classes, same day. Comfortable studio, easy pace, pay as you go. Only taking two students at this time. Call Patt for hours available, price, info at 704-232-6000. leave voicemail. www.PattLegg.net


Scottish Music Fuels Fundraiser for Fort Dobbs

STATESVILLE — Recalling the Scots-Irish settlers in the region, a special fundraising concert featuring the the foot-stomping 18th century Scottish tunes of fiddle/cello duo of Tim MacDonald and Jeremy Ward is being presented by the Friends of Fort Dobbs State Historic Site. The Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. concert at Southern Distilling, north of Statesville, celebrates the release of the duo’s new album, “The Wilds,” and also raises funds for Fort Dobbs. Revelers will be able to sample several of the award-winning bourbons produced at the Southern Distilling distillery.

Pre-purchase is required for the limited number of available tickets. The $25 ticket includes the cost of a bourbon tasting. Contact Fort Dobbs at 704-873-5882 or info@fortdobbs.org to reserve a space.


‘Delivery Upon the Delaware’ 

ALBEMARLE — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan.22: “Delivery Upon the Delaware,” Stanly County Public Library, 133 East Main St.

1776: During that bitterly cold winter more than 242 years ago, the fledgling Continental Army under the command of General George Washington had been smashed and defeated. British forces had been reinforced by German mercenaries, swelling its ranks to 20,000 troops compared to the Americans’ scattered troops of 5,000.

With harsh winter weather setting in, the American Army was able to escape destruction by placing the formidable Delaware River between themselves and the British forces. Washington formulated a bold plan that would save the Army and the American War of Independence.

To learn the details of Washington’s plan and more, the Stanly County Genealogical Society and the Stanly County Historical Society will host Steven A. Campbell, speaker and historian who has has researched and written a series of history lectures spanning the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. In all his presentations Campbell emphasizes the human element and its impact on history.

To register to attend this program call the Stanly County History Center at 704-986-3777 or go online to http://historicstanly.org and select the Event Registration tab. Be sure to click Submit to complete the online registration.


‘Backcountry Mosaic: the Pattern of the Peopling of the Early Piedmont, 1754-1763’

Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. Dr, Gary Freeze of Catawba College at Iredell Museum, 134 Court Street, Statesville,  www.iredellmuseums.org 

Backcountry North Carolina was a hilly, tree-filled landscape, divided by the forks of the Yadkin and Catawba Rivers and their tributaries. The Cherokee, Catawba, and other American Indian tribes kept their homes there and moved with the growth and decline of the animal population. White settlers descended on the backcountry from the north and east, looking for opportunity, religious freedom, and wealth. Some brought enslaved African men and women along to help build their towns, farms, and businesses. In the conflicted time between 1750 and 1790, this diverse group of people did their best to survive. Join us for a program by Catawba College Professor and Historian Dr. Gary Freeze and learn more about this “Backcountry Mosaic: the Pattern of the Peopling of the Early Piedmont, 1754-1763.” This program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Gary R. Freeze is the William R. Weaver Professor of Humanities at Catawba College, where he teaches history, geography, and politics. The Statesville native has spent the better part of his life exploring our region’s history and is cited worldwide for his scholarship on the industrialization of the North Carolina Piedmont. For folks down in Iredell, he is still remembered for his work as Homer Keever’s assistant in the editing of Iredell: Piedmont County during the 1976 bicentennial celebration.

Greensboro College exhibition of paintings, ‘Vision and Intuition’

GREENSBORO — Opening reception Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 6-8 p.m.

Greensboro College presents “Vision and Intuition,” an exhibition of paintings by the husband-and-wife team of Charlotte and Erik Ström, through Feb. 23, in the Anne Rudd Galyon and Irene Cullis Galleries in Cowan Humanities Building on campus.

Regular exhibition hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. The exhibition is free, and the public is invited.

The Ströms incorporate elements of abstraction and design into representational environments in order to further enhance the emotional and psychological impact of the subject matter. Some of their paintings were painted by one or the other, while some are collaborations.

Questions? Contact Jim Langer at 336-272-7102, ext. 5361, or email langerj@greensboro.edu 


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