Local arts & entertainment news March 1-7

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 1, 2018

Get ready for Spring with some new classes

How to Draw Cartoons
March 7-April 18, weekly from 6-7 p.m., for ages 8-15.
Learn the basics of creating a cartoon; create cool characters and a cartoon strip to share. Instructor: Mark Brincefield.
$30 for the six-week series. Info and registration at www.salisburync.gov/PLAY or 704-216-PLAY. Hosted by Salisbury Parks & Rec.

Kids’ Easter workshops
Waterworks Visual Arts Center
• 10 a.m. -noon March 3: Egg-streme Egg Decorating, ages 4-6 AND
Weave Your Own Basket, ages 7-12
• 10-11:30 a.m. March 10: Toddler March Messiness, 18 mos-3 years
• Registration and details at waterworks.org or 704-636-1882

Guitar Lessons
Celebrate five years of guitar classes at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr Ave.
• 1 p.m. Monday, March 5: ABC (Absolute Beginners Class) • New: Night Class starts on Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. • Eight week classes • $40 plus $10 materials fee. Limit 10 students per class. Bring your own guitar. Call Rufty-Holmes at 704-216-7714 to sign-up or Bob at 704-640-0279 for more info.

Live model figure drawing
Drawing from the live model figure for the beginning artist at Center for Faith & the Arts. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 7-28 with instructor Sean Glover.
$100 for four weeks at $25 /class. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/Ojy7uRenUUweRJG23
See www.faithart.org for details on supplies needed and registration guidelines.


International Woman’s Day local panel discussion
4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8
SPENCER — Join the discussion with local business owners Sandra Ardouin, who is a published author;
— Debbie Barnhardt, owner of Barnhardt Jewelers;
— Maia Smith, owner of Maia Derma and a certified holistic coach;
— and Jacqui Smith Watson, owner of Sugar Fairy Sweet Shop.
The forum is at the Spencer Public Library, 300 4th St., and is open to all women of all ages. Refreshments will be served. Call 704-636-9072 to learn more.


Ladies of Lee Street

Sperow, ‘Ladies of Lee Street’ to entertain at AAUW brunch
The AAUW Women’s History Month brunch is at 9:30 a.m. on March 17. RSVP by March 10.
The American Association of University Women Salisbury branch will present a “Women in Media” program with award-winning journalist and WBTV News anchor Christine Sperow.
In addition, the Ladies of Lee Street — Becky Lippard, Mary Ann McCubbin, Carol Harris and Patsy Parnell — will perform accompanied by Matthew Michael Brown, First United Methodist Church’s music director.


This Benefit Brunch will be held at First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., to help send two local students to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in May.
The brunch is $10 and is open to the public. RSVP by March 10 to Eileen Hanson-Kelly at 704-855-8353 or hansonkelly@ctc.net
For more information, contact Dr. Carol Cody, president, carolcody@fibrant.com
Donations are welcome.


PPT auditions for romantic comedy ‘Barefoot in the Park’ by Neil Simon

Tuesday-Wednesday March 27-28 at the Meroney Theater, third floor, 213 S. Main St. Directed by Reid Leonard. Performances dates are May 3-12.

Male and female actors of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Auditions will consist of a cold read from the script.

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit alwayslooking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find — too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

Tony Award nominee for Best Play. For more information call 704-633-5471 or email md@piedmontplayers.com


LST presents ‘The Realistic Joneses’

Last chance to meet ‘The Realistic Joneses’
Lee Street theatre’s production of “The Realistic Jones” will run March 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.
The cast includes Craig Kolkebeck as Bob Jones, Kindra Steenerson as Jennifer Jones, Matthew Monte as John Jones, and Alyssa Whiting as Pony Jones.
General admission tickets are $17.55; student tickets are $10. Performances are held at Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St.
This production is inappropriate for young children. Learn more at www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.


Start gathering your team for the 15th annual Scrabble Scramble to benefit literacy
The 15th Annual Scrabble Scramble benefiting the Rowan County Literacy Council will be held on Friday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at Trinity Oaks.
Guests will be offered a selection of hors d’oeuvres and desserts and will participate in three lively rounds of team Scrabble competition.
Raffle tickets for a variety of prizes will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Tickets are $30 for an individual or $300 for a table of up to 10 players.
Participants may create their own teams or request to be assigned to a team. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners at the end of the evening.
For tickets or more information, call the Literacy Council at 704-216-8266 or visit www.rcliteracy.org


Art sale to benefit Giselle Vargas Melean
A fundraiser art sale organized by Susan and Gary Linza will be hosted by Waterworks Visual Art Center on March 8 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Susan Linza and artist Giselle Vargas Melean met in a Curacao, Venezuela hospital in 2016.
Linza is sponsoring this sale of Melean’s art (as well as some pieces by Giselle’s artist friend Pedro Linarez) to assist in raising funds for Melean’s critical surgical procedure.
Melean, age 45, paints on Dutch and Spanish fabrics, which serve as cured, stretched canvases. Linza says they can last hundreds of years.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. To learn more, call WVAC at 704-636-1882 or visit www.waterworks.org


Annual live Paint-Off event at ClearWater Artist Studios coming March 10
CONCORD — ClearWater Artist Studios will host its 4th Annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off in the ClearWater Artist Studios Main Gallery from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.
The 3-hour afternoon event is open to the public. Guests can watch on-site painters go from blank canvas to finished portrait in just under two hours.
Art studios throughout the building will be open with resident artists present, starting at noon; and the Southern Piedmont Woodturners Association will hold turning demonstrations in their studio.
This year the emcee will be Charlotte comedian and native NuffCed, aka “The Ultimate Host.” He will provide auditory entertainment, call painting times, and compose improvised poetry with help from the audience.
Refreshments will include fresh Sun Drop Pound Cakes, homemade chips and salsa and Sun Drop soda. Members of Concord’s Youth Council will assist as event volunteers.
This year’s ‘featured painters’ are Felicia van Bork, Arthur Rogers, Todd Baxter, Martha Manco, and ‘Emerging Artist’ Tucker Fraetis.
Additional space to paint at the event in the ‘2nd row,’ is granted to local painters on a first-come/ first served basis; painters are asked to email the CW Manager in advance to request a spot.
During model breaks, artists are called upon to do ‘5-minute Portraits’ of an audience volunteer.
Paintings by the featured painters will be on view in the ‘Featured Painter Portraiture Show’ in ClearWater’s Gallery, that day (March 10) and through April 6.
Clearwater Studios are located at 223 Crowell Drive NW.
For more information contact Sarah Gay at 704-784-9535 or clearwatermgr@gmail.com



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