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Local arts & entertainment news Nov. 22-28

Enjoy ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at Old Courthouse Theater
Nov. 29 – Dec.16
CONCORD — In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem — and the fun — when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.
This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” premiers Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Old Courthouse Theatre and runs through Dec.16. Tickets are available at the theater, 49 Spring St NW, at 704-788-2405 or at www.oldcourthousetheatre.orgonline.
For more information email info@octconcord.com


Sixth annual Bonsai exhibition coming to NCRC
10 a.m. -5 p.m. Dec. 1
10a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2
KANNAPOLIS — Bonsai hobbyists, gardeners, and art lovers all can enjoy the beauty of these small trees when bonsai artists and vendors from all over the USA will display their trees at The Winter Silhouette Bonsai Show.
For the sixth year, bonsai artists from all over the USA will show their bonsai trees in the atrium of the North Carolina Research Campus, 150 N Research Campus Drive.
Free bonsai demos/lessons will be held each day at 10 10 a.m and at 1 p.m. Famous bonsai masters will teach these demos (William Valavanis from New York, Rodney Clemons from Georgia, Owen Reich from Tennessee, and Tyler Sherrod from North Carolina). At 5: p.m. Saturday there will be a bonsai auction open to all.
Free admission and free parking. Learn more at www.winterbonsai.net


Fun & learning at the library
Rowan Public Library programs are free and open to the public. www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
• HQ, 201 W Fisher St., 704-216-8228
• East, 110 Broad St., Rockwell, 704-216-7838
• South, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove, 704-216-7727

NC History: Catawba County and the 1944 Polio Epidemic

7 p.m. Nov. 26 (South)
In “NC History: Catawba County and the 1944 Polio Epidemic,” Richard Eller examines the effect of the polio epidemic on post-WWII Catawba County. Eller and Robert Canipe co-edited the essay collection “Polio, Pitchforks and Perseverance,” published in 2016.
Eller, a history professor at Catawba Valley Community College, also contributed an essay to the collection. The project also generated “Miracle: How a North Carolina County Named Catawba Battled Polio and Won,” a 55-minute documentary by CVCC faculty and the college’s service community.
Copies of the book and DVD will bea available for purchase.

 Teen Anime/Manga Mini-Convention

Nov 27, 4 p.m. (HQ)
Nov 29, 4 p.m. (East)
At the Teen Anime/Manga Mini-Convention, cosplay as your favorite character, and enjoy Japanese food, crafts, games and a screening of an anime film or episodes of a show. T
Teen programs are for 6th-12th graders. Learn more at 704-216-8258 or Hope.Loman@rowancountync.gov


Tickets go on sale Saturday for Carolina Woodstock Festival
Aug. 16-18, 2019
Don’t miss the most cosmic and groovy event of 2019. Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock “Carolina-style” on Aug. 16-18 at the Rowan County Fairgrounds.
There will be live music on multiple stages featuring tribute bands from the Woodstock era, as well as local musicians, an arts and craft vendor area, food and onsite camping. The Carolina Woodstock Festival is a family-friendly event for all ages.
Tickets go on sale Nov. 23. Follow social media for discount codes. Learn more at www.CarolinaWood stockFestival.com
Call for arts & craft vendors
Now accepting registration for arts & craft vendors at www.Carolina WoodstockFestival.com. All items must be handmade original pieces. No downline or multi-level marketing vendors. Exhibit space (10×10) is $150 or double space (10×20) for $225.
Call for food vendors
Now accepting food vendor registration, $275. Find more info and register at www.CarolinaWoodstock Festival.com
Non-profit spaces
Some non-profit spaces are available for $100.


Salisbury Symphony Guild presents ‘A Cocktail Cabaret’
Does the Salisbury Symphony Guild support the Salisbury Symphony? You can bet on it! And, you can do that easily on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, when the Guild hosts “A Cocktail Cabaret With International Casino.”
The Crystal Ballroom at Catawba College will be transformed into a casino, beckoning Salisbury’s high rollers (and wannabes) to test their luck at gaming tables (think Baccarat, blackjack, etc.), savor international cuisine, and sway to sparkling Cabaret-style entertainment (dueling pianos, anyone?).
Plus, there will be door prizes and a chance to win a trip to a real high-end casino (location to be revealed).

The ticket price of $100 per person (tax included) includes $2,000 in “play” money and two drink tickets. (What a great idea for a stocking stuffer!) Paper winnings can be used for multiple prizes. The Salisbury Symphony Guild invites you to share in the “fun” of “fundraising.”



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