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Local arts & entertainment news Jan. 25-31

Have a shuck’in, peel’in, slide’in good time

At the 13th Annual Oyster Roast • 6:30–11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 • Waterworks Visual Arts Center and the F&M Trolley Barn • Enter at Waterworks, 123 E. Liberty St.

$85 per person for all you can eat, drink and dance  • Waterworks members pay only $80. Purchase at www.waterworks.org or come by Waterworks, 123 East Liberty St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Catawba offers community reading of Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’

Catawba College will again offer a community reading and study of a Shakespeare play on its campus at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in February and early March. This year’s play will be “The Winter’s Tale,” and Dr. Bethany Sinnott, Catawba professor emerita of English and Shakespearean scholar, will again conduct the weekly sessions. Reading dates are Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27, and March 6, with March 13 as a make-up day.

The group will read one act each week in the Rendleman Conference Room on the second floor of the Hedrick Administration Building, 2301 W. Innes St. Each weekly session will consist of participants reading aloud each scene before discussing it briefly. Everyone is encouraged, but not required, to read aloud.

Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” is a romance, not because it deals with romantic love, though it does involve that theme, but because it is one of a small group of plays, the romances, that Shakespeare wrote late in his career, after the tragedies. These plays share a number of common themes, including exotic settings, human evil and suffering followed by forgiveness and reconciliation, affirmation of life, and supernatural elements. The romances have been especially praised for the beauty of their poetry.

Dr. Sinnott will provide a brief introduction to the play on Feb. 6. Participants may attend one or all of the sessions. Prior years’ reading groups, for Hamlet and King Lear, have included ages from high school students to retirees. With questions, contact Dr. Sinnott at bethanysinnott@hotmail.com or 704-637-0136.

 

Final weekend of St. Thomas Players’ ‘Doubt: A Parable’

This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama explores the inextricable bond between faith and doubt when a steely nun accuses a beloved priest of inappropriate behavior with a student. It is 1964 in the Bronx and Sister Aloysius fears Father Flynn may have taken advantage of his status and power over the students. Where do you draw the line between suspicion and belief? Is Sister Aloysius determined to seek the truth, or turning gossip into a witch hunt?

It was the word doubt that inspired John Patrick Shanley to write this powerful and provocative play, and doubt hangs in the air throughout.

7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-27 at Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St. Call 704-310-5507 or visit leestreet.org for tickets.

 

RCCC faculty art show now in progress

CONCORD — Celebrate Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Faculty of the Fine & Applied Arts Department at the second annual faculty show at ClearWater Artist Studios Gallery in Concord. Art will be on exhibit through March 2.

This is the only venue hosting a collective show exclusively of full-time and adjunct Visual Arts Faculty in the Fine & Applied Arts Department of RCCC.

Nine faculty are participating: Jenn Selby, Jonathan Hoffman, Lorraine Turi, Travis Phillips, Anna Kenar, Rachel Goldstein, Michelle Rodenberg, Sandra Casserly and Mikel Frank.

For more info on these and other RCCC Arts Faculty, see the faculty directory at https://www.rccc.edu/finearts/fine-applied-arts-faculty/

See www.clearwaterartists.com for info about ClearWater Artist studios.

 

Final weekend of Shurtz exhibit 

This is the final weekend of the Tatyana Shurtz exhibit at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. Free and open to the public. 704-469-2781 www.railwalkgallery.com

 

6th annual Justin Monroe and Victor Isler Memorial Skeet Shoot

Choose March 9 or 10: Five man teams for $150. Includes 250 targets from eight stands. Registration also includes lunch. Individuals may register for $30 and includes 50 targets and lunch. At the Rowan County Wildlife Club, 650 Majolica Road. Proceeds benefit NCFFF and scholarship. Contact Jody Hall 704-239-6744; www.memorialskeetshoot.com

 

Call for vendors: Spring craft and vendor show 

Coming April 14-15 to the Rowan County Fairgrounds. Indoor show is $60 for 10×10 spot. Apply at rowancountyfair.net under events or call 704-640-2326 for more information.

 

Call for artists: Spring competition ‘My North Carolina’

HICKORY — Full Circle Arts of Hickory is assembling a new themed exhibition titled “My North Carolina: Personal Views of Life in our State”. The show, March 8-April 14, will be judged and juried for acceptance. Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded. The show’s opening reception is March 8, where awards will be presented.

Full Circle Arts, Downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. Learn more at 828-322-7545, email info@fullcirclearts.org or visit www.fullcirclearts.org

 

Wine About Winter

Almost sold out. Tour the wines of Rowan County and beyond at the 5th annual Downtown Wine Crawl Friday, Feb 2, from 5-9 p.m. A free hop-on, hop-off trolley service will be provided for the evening. Remember: no wine or whining on the sidewalks!

Must be 21 or over. Purchase tickets at https://public.ticketbiscuit.com/DowntownSalisbury/Ticketing/326389

Rosedale hosts ‘Fashionistas of the 19th Century’

CHARLOTTE — Did you know at one point in the 1800s it was considered erotic to show the back of your neck?

As part of Rosedale’s 25th anniversary celebration, this special tour will take place during the regularly scheduled 3 p.m. tour time, or by appointment Jan. 25-March 11.

Have you ever thought about the fashion of the past and wondered when it became all right to show your ankle? Don’t miss this special temporary tour looking into the fashion dos and don’ts of the 1800s. Learn how styles changed over time, when the looks we think of for Southern Belles were actually popular, and how they held those massive dresses up. Many beautiful outfits will be on display for this event only.

Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N Tryon St, Charlotte, http://www.historicrosedale.org/

 

Reed Gold Mine debuts “Carolina Gold” Feb. 3

MIDLAND — “Carolina Gold” tells the story of the first gold discovery in America and the history of Reed Gold Mine from 1799 through the early 20th century. This new orientation film for the site will formally debut Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m.-noon.

Funding for the film was provided by grants from Martin Marietta and the Cannon Foundation. Period scenes were filmed at Reed and other locations to accurately portray gold history in North Carolina and at Reed. Film director Mark Allen and members of the cast and crew will attend the debut. The film follows the first documented discovery of gold by Conrad Reed in 1799 through the mine closure in 1912.

Reed Gold Mine has completed the films and several renovation projects including upgraded bathroom fixtures, new paint and floor finishing in the visitor center and a new gift shop area.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site is closed on Sunday, Monday and on major holidays. Admission is free. Reed Gold Mine is part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of State Historic Sites, Office of Archives and History.

Reed Gold Mine is 12 miles SE of Concord. Learn more at 704-721-4653 or email reed@ncdcr.gov

 

Hoffman accompanies silent movies celebration

By Bill Moss

CHIMNEY ROCK — During the silent film era, nearly 400 movies were produced in North Carolina. Films were made in Asheville, Charlotte, Wilmington, Durham and many other locations. But one hotbed of North Carolina silent movie era is a surprise to many: Bat Cave.

Nearly every major film company of the era sent companies to this rugged and beautiful spot. Between 1912 and the mid ’20s, more than 50 movies were produced there, according to film historian and North Carolina silent film authority Frank Thompson. And the companies lodged at the historic Esmeralda Inn.

On Saturday, Feb. 3 some of the rare films will return to the Esmeralda for a special evening: Bat Cave’s Silent Movie Era.

Thompson will present an illustrated talk, showing excerpts from three films produced at Bat Cave and Chimney Rock: Brother Bill (1913), The Masked Rider (1916) and Gilded Lies (1921). These motion pictures — all thought lost until recently — will be accompanied by Salisbury pianist Marc Hoffman.

For tickets and ticket package information, contact The Esmeralda Inn at info@theesmeralda.com or 828-625-2999.

 

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