Local arts & entertainment news March 29-April 4
Save The Date
PPT Youth Theater will present the classic “Alice in Wonderland.”
Show dates are April 12-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 15 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at the Norvell Box Office Friday, March 29. Adults $14, seniors/students $12.
For tickets call 704-633-5471 or purchase online at PiedmontPlayers.com
Hood Seminary honors 50th anniversary of MLK’s Death
April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Aymer Center, Hood Theological Seminary, in collaboration with Center for Faith & the Arts and Covenant Community Connection will host a free screening of the award winning documentary “Chairman Jones: An Improbable Leader.” The hour-long ﬁlm is presented as a program of Cinema CFA.
James Henry Jones, a self-educated farmer, overcomes racism and lack of formal education to lead the ﬁght to end nearly a century of education inequality in Northampton County, NC during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights Eras.
His improbable leadership transforms him and his community in unimaginable ways. A panel discussion, “21st Century Struggle for Justice: The Church’s Role,” follows the screening. Hood Theological Seminary is located at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive.
KHA presents ‘The Visit’
KANNAPPOLIS — Kannapolis History Associates invites you to enjoy an evening with “J. W. And Mary Ella Cannon,” pioneers and founders of Kannapolis and Cannon Mills. It will be a short visit as “Mr. and Mrs. Cannon” will be returning to Kannapolis to get an update on how the area has changed and is progressing since they moved on to a “better place” many years ago. The A. L. Brown High School Drama Club presents “The Visit” which they have written, directed and produced. There will be time for questions. Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the A. L. Brown High School social Room, 415 East First St. Park in the lot East of Trinity Methodist Church. To learn more call Phil Goodman at 704-796-0803.
PPT’s annual Night on the Stage
This year’s Piedmont Players Theatre’s ‘Night on the Stage Fundraiser’ stars Tony Award nominee Bryce Pinkham.
Show dates are May 18 and 19, with very limited seating for this exclusive event.
To reserve your seats call 704-633-5471.
Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., PiedmontPlayers.com
Deadline Saturday: Arts & Ag
Be an exhibitor at Rowan Arts & Ag events in 2018. Throughout the year events will occur showcasing local farms and artisans. 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 Artists
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. Applications may be found 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 May 5,.
Submit questions to email@example.com
Rowan Public Library celebrates the NC Science Festival
Did you know that Reed Gold Mine in Midland is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States? And that the Old North State led the nation in gold production until 1848’s California gold rush?
On Monday, April 2, at 5 p.m., the Headquarters branch of Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. will host Sara Blanchett, assistant manager of Reed Gold Mine. The Mine is one of 27 N.C. Historic Sites, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Culture Resources.
Blanchett will speak about John Reed’s discovery and how his family turned their land into a gold mining operation. She’ll also explain how gold is created after being pushed to the surface by volcanoes after spending thousands of years underground. Panning is a one technique used to find gold in the soil of a creek bed because the precious metal, twice as heavy as lead, will sink to the bottom of a pan.
Blanchett’s talk will be followed by gold panning demonstrations using portable standing troughs and soil from Reed Gold Mine. All are welcome to attend this free program and try their luck at finding gold.
The April 2 Reed Gold Mine program is an official event of the 2018 N.C. Science Festival and kicks off RPL’s participation in the month-long celebration. A statewide listing of Festival-approved events can be found at ncsciencefestival.org
Country farm and barn painting series
MT. ULLA — Local artist Cherrathee Hager is accepting new students in the four-week Country Farm and Barn painting series, starting April 3 at 10 a.m. at West Rowan Farm, Home and Garden.
Students will complete a painting each week while learning various techniques. All materials are supplied.
Register for the series in advance ($35 per class) or choose individual classes ($40 each).
For additional information or to register contact Elsie at West Rowan Farm, Home and Garden at 704-245-5675 or Cherrathee at 704-490-2001.
Additional classes will be offered soon including summer painting classes for kids. Space will be limited; contact Cherrathee to be added to the waiting list.
Bible Study celebrates one-year anniversary with day of fun
EAST SPENCER — Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, March 31: The A’yanna Allen Bible Study will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a day of food, fun and fellowship, with a bounce house, face painting, Easter egg hunt, balloon release, popcorn, cotton candy and food. At Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 940 S. Long St. The Bible study meets every other Saturday. Learn more at 704-245-0729.
Tickets available now for Karen Peck and New River
MOORESVILLE — Five-time Grammy Award-nominated and six-time GMA Dove Award-winning Southern Gospel group Karen Peck and New River will be in concert at 6 p.m. April 22 at West Corinth Baptist Church, 120 Corinth Church Road. Limited seating available. Tickets are free, however you must have one to enter. To reserve your ticket call 704-433-8015.
Special one-time appearance by award-winning blueswoman Pam Taylor
7-9 pm Saturday: Pam Taylor in concert. At Mean Mug Coffee Co, 1024 S. Fulton St Free, no cover charge. Taylor’s awards include Nominated Best Female Guitar Heroine The “Jimi Awards” 2016, Nominated Best Female Rock Artist -Queen City Music Award 2016, Nominated Best Female Rock Artist- Carolina Music Award 2016, Winner 2015 Best Female Rock Artist- Queen City Music Award, Winner 2014 Best Female Rock Artist- Queen City Music Award, Winner 2013 Best Female Rock Artist- Queen City Music Award, Winner 2014 Carolina Music Award for Best Female Rock, Winner of the 2012 Charlotte Music Awards for “Best Female Rock Band” and “Best Blues Band” and more.