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‘Newport Effect’ documentary goes national

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“The Newport Effect,” a documentary by Charlotte’s Beverly Penninger and Alyson Young, debuts outside the Queen City on Saturday at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The feature-length film covers the half-century history of the Newport Folk Festival and its impact on folk music.

That festival, founded by George Wein in 1959 as a complement to the Newport Jazz Festival, brought obscure blues musicians to light (Mississippi John Hurt, Son House), helped resurrect Cajun music and introduced artists, from Joan Baez to Alison Krauss to the Avett Brothers.

The film has historic videos and interviews and segments narrated by Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Mavis Staples and others. Details: nakatv.com.

NYCB’s Farley at Calvary

Silas Farley, a member of New York City Ballet’s corps, will dance Sunday during the 9:45 a.m. service at Calvary Church, 5791 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Farley, who’s an alumnus of the North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance (now Charlotte Ballet Academy) and King David Christian Conservatory, will collaborate with the Calvary Church orchestra and oboist Colby Hathaway.

Cornelius troupe expands

Turning Pointe Music & Dance Center is celebrating its one-year anniversary by adding a youth dance company. The Cornelius-based troupe will participate in community events and is to perform a full production next spring.

Turning Pointe will hold auditions for its dance company at 11 a.m. Saturday. It’ll celebrate its anniversary 3 p.m. Aug. 16 with free dance classes and aerial demonstrations, giveaways and face painting. Details: Jennifer Phelps, jphelps@dancelkn.com; dancelkn.com.

Galle now a top cop

Charlotte actor Fred Galle has busily been filling his resume with small roles in “Eastbound and Down,” “Anchorman 2” and TV series. You may see more of him in “Let’s Be Cops,” the 20th Century Fox movie being released Aug. 14.

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. play two bozos who dress as cops for a Halloween party, get mistaken for police officers and end up trying to behave like officers. Galle has a couple of scenes as the LA police chief.

Mine tragedy movie

A new documentary, “Like Rats in a Trap,” will be screened Saturday at 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. at Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site in Midland. It’s about a tragedy at nearby Barringer Mine in present-day Stanly County, where eight people died in a 1904 disaster. G.S. Koch will attend the screening of his 15-minute short, which includes several scenes filmed underground at Reed Gold Mine.

Matthias Barringer found gold embedded in quartz while hunting squirrels along a creek in 1825 and eventually started mining underground. Decades later, the main shaft had reached nearly 500 feet; when water in Long Creek breached a dam on Aug. 11, 1904, the mine’s lower sections flooded. It never reopened.

Koch will discuss the disaster and the making of the film, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Details: facebook.com/likeratsinatrap.

Fortner an opera apprentice

For half a century, the Technical Apprentice Program at Santa Fe Opera has fostered hands-on experience. It accepts about 75 people annually out of 600 applicants, and Northwest School of the Arts grad Katherine Fortner (’08) is one this summer.

Fortner, 24, who graduated from UNC School of the Arts in 2012, has been working on a bull for “Carmen,” a piano that transforms into a boat for “The Impresario” and “Le Rossignol,” even an upside-down room for “Don Pasquale.” Fortner and fellow apprentices will showcase their own work Sunday and Aug. 17; they’ll design and create costumes and sets for “Apprentice Scenes,” two nights of staged opera scenes performed by apprentice singers.

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