Local arts & entertainment news Feb. 15-21

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 15, 2018

Friday: Opening night for PPT Youth Theater’s production of William Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’

7:30 p.m. Feb 16-17 and 23-24. 

Meet the cast at a complimentary reception immediately following the opening performance. Adults $12, seniors/students $10. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Producing Partners Edward and Susan Norvell. Tickets at 704-633-5471 or PiedmontPlayers.com


Set Construction for ‘The Producers’

Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Meroney Theater. Lunch will be provided. No experience necessary, just come ready to work and help bring this hysterical Tony-winning musical to life on the Meroney Theater stage. Come for an hour or come for the whole day! For information call 704-633-5471. PiedmontPlayers.com


Waterworks hosts 35th annual Student Exhibitions 

Feb. 16-March 17

The annual Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists exhibition in four rotating exhibits featuring more than 800 works by Rowan County youth in grades K-12 in public, private, independent and home schools. Open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 East Liberty St. Call 704-636-1882 or visit www.waterworks.org to learn more.


Baroque Musick at Grace Lower Stone Church

Hear Baroque musick by The Windsong Recorder Ensemble at Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m., as a prelude for a community Lenten service and a reflection of the music first heard in the historic stone edifice when it was completed in 1797. The church was organized by eastern Rowan’s early German settlers in the mid-eighteenth century. Six members of the ensemble will be participating: soprano recorder- Jon Hutchinson, alto recorder- Gwen Sembroski and Vicki Williams, tenor recorder- Melanie Misenheimer and Barry Sherlock, bass recorder- Nancy Sloop.


Painted Barn Quilt Workshops 

Feb. 24, hosted by West Rowan Farm Home and Garden, 11575 NC Hwy 801 Mt.Ulla.

2×2 Decorative Barn Quilt Class

• 2ft x 2ft Decorative Barn Quilt class starts at 11a.m., one day only for 2-3 hours. Class includes your very own 9patch Barn Quilt Board (2ft x2ft) and instructions; paint, brushes, and additional supplies e available for use; plus free light brunch of coffee, juice, fresh fruit, sandwiches. $45 per person. Group discounts available for 5+ people. • 2ft x 2ft Barn Quilt Workshop Facebook Event Link https://www.facebook.com/events/172441493485134/?ti=icl

• 4ft x 4ft Built to Last Barn Quilt class meeting at 3 p.m., 6-7 group session classes. Facebook Event Link https://www.facebook.com/events/1763929507235455/?ti=icl or call 704-278-2800.


Hager offers painting class

MT ULLA — Award-winning local artist Cherrathee Hager will teach a four-part series of acrylic paintings at West Rowa Farm, Home and Garden. Classes begin Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. and run weekly through March 13. No experience is necessary.

Hager’s classes are more than just putting paint on a canvas. Students will learn techniques each week that will enable them to create paintings of their own at home. Each class includes a 2-3 hour instruction, all materials , reference photo of the painting, a notebook and a finished painting you can be proud to hang in your home.  Cost is $40 per individual class or register for the four-part series and receive a $5 per class discount. To register contact Elsie at West Rowan Farm, Home and Garden, 11575 NC-801, My. Ulla, 704-278-2800 or Cherrathee Hager at 704-490-2001.


Nina Simone emulated and remembered: Catawba students offer ‘Nina Now’ Feb. 23-24

When Catawba College senior Destiny Stone takes to the stage in her one-woman show, “Nina Now,” in late February, she’ll be channeling the late singer, songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone. Free performances of “Nina Now” will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24, in Hoke Hall on campus. Feb. 21 marks what would have been Simone’s 85th birthday.

Stone, from Holly Springs, Miss., is a popular music and music business major pursuing a worship arts minor. She has worked to create “Nina Now” with friend and classmate Sarah Smith of Asheville, a music business major, as their senior project. The two collaborated as partners before when Stone released her second album, “Journey,” last April. Smith helped draft press materials, connected Stone with Grammy-Award-winning sound engineer Stephen Smith (Sarah’s dad), and Asheville-based music producer Andrew Schatzberg.

Read more about “Nina Now” in the Salsibury Post Sunday Lifestyle section.


26th Collector Gun & Military Show 

February 16-17 at The Event Center at Cornerstone Church, 315 Webb Road. Buy, sell and trade artifacts and collectibles from the Civil War, World War I, World War II and Vietnam. Admission for adults is $6; age 16 and under get in free. Friday 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: Kyle Kirby at 704-900-8906 or see www.facebook.com/collectorgunsshow


Call for artists

HICKORY — Seeking artists interested in participating in the upcoming 2018 Downtown Hickory Art Crawls. Art in most disciplines will be accepted, although art must be in good taste and able to be shown to persons of all ages. Artists will display their works in and around local downtown Hickory businesses and demonstrations are encouraged. There is no charge to the artist for participation. Show dates are May 17 and Sept. 20. Application deadlines are April 15 and May 18. Contact Barbara at blsinclair1@bellsouth.net or Connie at info@downtownhickory.com or call 828-322-1121.


Southern Piedmont Woodturners 

CONCORD — The Feb. 20 meeting of the Southern Piedmont Woodturners will feature Sam McDowell, specialist in working with green, or wet wood. He will cover selecting the piece to be turned, designing to the best use of that piece, special considerations for turning green wood, sharpening techniques and more. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the studio, corner of Kerr and Crowell Streets. The actual presentation is about 2 hours. Visitors are welcome. For more info, call Phil at 704-796-0803.


Deadline Feb 22: Brady Author’s Symposium

Thursday March 1: With guests George Singleton and Tom Cooper. RSVP online by Feb 22 • Moderated symposium w/Q&A at Robertson College Community Center • Seated luncheon at Peeler Crystal Lounge • Book signing at Keppel Auditorium lobby • Info: Public Relations 704-637-4593. For details or to register visit www.catawba.edu/authorsymposium


Shop for A Cure — Saturday, Feb 24 from 9 am -2 pm. Rowan County Fairgrounds. 30+ craft, direct sales, and food vendors to support WalkMS, working to find a cure to Multiple Sclerosis. Hosted by WalkMS Team Samantha’s Superheroes in memory of Samantha Lee Harkey. For more information: samanthassuperheroes@gmail.com or 704-798-4078.


Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16-19

The annual Great Backyard Bird Count, now in its 21st year, is this weekend, Feb. 16-19. During this popular citizen science event, people from all over the world head outdoors to count birds and the data are used by scientists to track the health of bird populations.

Participating in the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count involves three easy steps. First, register for free with your name on the event’s website at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

Second, spend some time counting birds on the weekend of the event at the location of your choice. Record the start and end time, location, and number and types of birds that you see.

Third, upload your data to the event’s website, which usually only takes a few minutes to complete.

As an added bonus, there is a photo contest for those who want to submit pictures of the birds that they see during the event.

Use the hashtag #GBBC to follow Great Backyard Bird Count conversations on Twitter and Facebook.

The first annual Great Backyard Bird Count was held in 1998, and the event has continued to grow year after year. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a collaborative project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada.

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