Local arts & entertainment news July 26-Aug. 1
‘Avenue Q’ opens tonight
“Avenue Q” is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. The laugh-out-loud musical tells of recent college grad Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q and discovers that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Although it is similar to a beloved children’s show, “Avenue Q” addresses humorous adult issues. It is place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned. The show is filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score.
Note: Explicit language and content not suitable for children.
7:30 p.m. July 26-28 and Aug. 1-4 • July 29 at 2:30 p.m., Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Tickets: Adults $20, seniors/students $17
704-633-5471 or PiedmontPlayers.com
Closing weekend for Lee Street theatre’s ‘The Fantasticks’
7:30 p.m. July 19-28 at Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St. Tickets at www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.
Celebrity Car & Truck Show Saturday at the NC Transportation Museum
SPENCER — The NC Transportation Museum’s newest auto show features the car stars from your favorite television shows and movies. These replicas of the originals will bring back great memories and offer great photo opportunities.
The cars will be on display from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the NC Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Drive.
General admission prices are: Adults $6, seniors (60+)/military with valid ID $5, children age 3-12 $4.
Learn more at 704-636-2889 x268 or visit www.nctrans.org
Call for vendors
Rowan County Fair — Sept 14-22: Vendor applications at rowancountyfair.net. Food vendors full. Call 704-640-2326 for information.
2018 Holiday Faire — 9 am-3 pm Nov 3: Vendors and crafters may apply. Held in the First Ministry Center across the street from First Baptist Church. All proceeds go to missions locally and around the world. Info: Joyce Curl 704-433-4251 or Rev. Rod Kerr 704-633-0431.
Holly Jolly Christmas Craft and Vendor Show — Dec 1-2: Applications at rowancountyfair.net under events. Rowan County Fairgrounds, 704-640-2326 for information.
Discover Fun this weekend in Kannapolis
• 7:05 p.m. July 26-29: Kannapolis Intimidators Home Games. Fireworks will follow the July 28 game. Get tickets at intimidatorsbaseball.com
• 7 p.m. July 28: Concert in Village Park with Too Much Sylvia.
Blankets, lawn chairs, picnics and coolers permitted; concessions available. No pets, tobacco, grilling, glass bottles or outside alcohol.
Free admission; children 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Download the summer’s entire schedule at www.kannapolisnc.gov
Piedmont Dance Theater presents ‘Cinderella’ Saturday
KANNAPOLIS — 7-8 p.m. July 28: “Cinderella” is a full-length production comprised of ballet, character, jazz and contemporary dance styles. Admission is free but proceeds from donations will benefit the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital.
Kannapolis Performing Arts Center, 415 E 1st St., Kannapolis, www.PiedmontDanceTheatre.org
‘Mentors and Heroes’ — The photography of David Holt
SPENCER — The photography of musician, storyteller, radio and television host and photographer David Holt will be on display in a special exhibition at the North Carolina Transportation Museum through Sept. 3.
“Mentors and Heroes” includes more than 30 framed black and white portraits of Holt’s many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Among those photographed are Doc Watson, with whom Holt traveled and performed for years.
The exhibit also includes several instruments from Holt’s personal collection.
The exhibit will be displayed in the Master Mechanic’s office, just behind the gift station. Free with regular admission.
Save the Date: Performing live on Aug. 3: David Holt and Josh Goforth. See nctrans.org for ticket information.
Pinto Stampede 2018 culminates in Concord
CONCORD — A truly unique traveling event is headed to Cabarrus County. The Pinto Stampede, a collection of rare vintage Ford Pintos, is traversing around Cabarrus County Aug. 2-3.
Nothing is more ’70s and more nostalgic than a vintage Ford Pinto. Once millions were on the road. Now they are a rare site indeed, but to see dozens together is a once-in-a-lifetime event. For more information see www.pintostampede.com
Aug. 3 locations:
− 8:30 a.m. Roush Fenway Racing Museum, 4202 Roush Place, Concord
− 10:30 a.m. Penske Racing, 200 Penske Way, Mooresville
− 1:30 p.m. NC Racing Hall of Fame, 119 Knob Hill Road, Mooresville
Trolley rides on Saturdays
Take a ride through Historic Downtown Salisbury and let our narrators guide you by historic sites, film locations, and hear a ghost story or two. Discover shopping, restaurants, theaters and public art. Enjoy learning about the city’s past on an F&M Bank Trolley every Saturday from April through October. This one hour tour begins at 11 a.m. at the Rowan County Visitors Center, 204 E. Innes St.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10 and free for children under 5, available on the day of the tour or in advance at 704-638-3100.