Local arts & entertainment news Feb. 22-28
Final days of ‘Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge 1718’
SPENCER — Through Feb. 27 at the NC Transportation Museum: the traveling exhibit of weaponry, nautical tools and personal items recovered from the pirate’s wrecked flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
Coming Feb. 25: “How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina” tells the story of the coming of the railroads after the Civil War.
1 Samuel Spencer Drive, 704-636-2889, nctrans.org
Castlebay: Bards & Blarney
7 p.m. Feb. 27: The Friends of Rowan Public Library and Cheerwine Concert Series returns with Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee of Castlebay performing “Irish Bards & Blarney.” Celebrating the Irish bardic tradition with poetry and legends accompanied by music and songs inspired by Celtic literature and lore. RPL Headquarters, 201 W. Innes St., doors open 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. 704-216-8228,
‘Hear America Sing’
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25: In Catawba’s Omwake-Dearborn Chapel the Catawba Singers, PopAC, and Chamber Choir present “Hear America Sing” featuring well-known works by classical American composers plus music from the gospel and popular genres. The combined 80-voice ensembles are under the direction of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, and will be accompanied by Jacob Hahn and Susan Trivette. The hour long concert is free and open to the public.
Scottssing presents Mercy’s Well in concert
7 p.m. Feb 24: At First Baptist Church of Gold Hill. Free concert with a love offering going toward the search for the cure of Cystic Fibrosis. Learn more at www.scottssing.com or call 704-239-6134.
Book signings at South Main Book Co.
110 S. Main St., 704-630-9788
John Hart: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 1: Features “The Hush,” Hart’s followup to “The Last Child.” Only books purchased through South Main Book Company will be available for John to sign.
Dr. M.J. Simms-Maddox: 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 2: She will be signing the middle book in The Priscilla Trilogy, “Mystery in Harare.” The first book was “Priscilla: Engaging in the Game of Politics.” Simms-Madox is a political science professor at Livingstone College.
Call for artists
Be an exhibitor at various Rowan Arts & Ag events in 2018. Throughout the year events will occur around Rowan County showcasing local farms and artisans.
The first event is April 7 from 3-8 p.m. in Gold Hill. If you create handcrafted pieces of art or handmade items, sign up at www.RowanArtsandAg.com by March 31.
Call for art vendors
The Spring Craft & Garden Faire at Christ United Methodist Church in Salisbury is April 5. Youth United of CUMC is hosting an indoor and outdoor show, 10 x 10 space $35. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Call for food vendors
GREENSBORO — North Carolina Folk Festival announces call for food vendors for the free Folk Festival to be held Sept. 7-9 and will feature hundreds of performers on multiple stages. Applications are available at ncfolkfestival.com/food. Prospective vendors should submit applications by March 5.
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
‘Anything Goes’ group exhibit at Rail Walk
Feb. 21-April 28; Resident artists of Rail Walk Studios were invited to submit work with no prescribed theme or medium yielding an impressive and varied exhibition.
The group is inviting visitors to participate in community art by painting on canvas set up in the gallery with acrylic paint and brushes provided. The resulting group works will be given as door prizes at the reception on Friday, April 27 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N Lee St., is open to the public Thursdays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information visit www.railwalkgallery.com or call 704-469-2781.
Auditions for ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’
WINSTON-SALEM — The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will hold auditions for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 7 p.m. March 12, Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive. No appointment is necessary. Performance dates are June 1-3 and 7-10. www.TheLittleTheatreofWS.org
Salisbury Gun & Knife Show
Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9 am-5 pm and Suday, Feb. 24 from 10 am-4 pm. West End Plaza Event Center, 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd W. 300 tables of gun and knife related items. Family friendly. Admission $7, children 11 and under free. Contact@the-gunshow.com or 704-798-5449, www.the-gunshow.com
52nd annual Lutheran Men’s Bar-B-Q
11:30 am-7 pm Feb 24: St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 4400 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill. Hickory cooked barbeque pork, beef, chicken or baby back ribs, baked beans, homemade potato salad, slaw, bread, homemade desserts, drink. Dine-in or take-out. Proceeds go for needs of church and various charities. 704 279-3768
Rufty’s Chrismon Shop will be holding Chrismon classes on March 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, email@example.com
Second annual RCCC faculty art show
Through March 2: Collective show exclusively of full-time and adjunct Visual Arts Faculty in the Fine & Applied Arts Department of RCCC. At ClearWater Artist Studios Gallery, Concord, www.clearwaterartists.com or www.rccc.edu/finearts/fine-applied-arts-faculty/
Shopping trip to Premium Outlets and Hamricks, Gaffney SC
Saturday, Feb. 24: $25. contact Brenda Cowan 704-431-3974.