5th Annual Lake Norman Folk Art FestivalThis art festival is sure to delight with works from more than 50 Southern contemporary folk artists from the North Carolina region. Everything from paintings and pottery to colorful birdhouses will be on display. Returning artists include Kimberly Dawn Clayton, Artrageousfolk, and Barbara Miller. New artists this year include Leftwich Folk and Art Pottery as well as John Morehead. Situated on a beautiful lakeside property in Sherrills Ford, this event also features a variety of concessions, live music from Still Pickin, a popular bluegrass band, and a kids’ art section. The event is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.lakenormanfolkartfestival.com
Warehouse Performing Arts CenterThis intimate black-box theatre in Cornelius produces about five main stage shows a year along with numerous musical concerts, poetry performances, and improvisation shows. Through September 8, the center will host “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” by Charles Busch. In this comedy, Marjorie Taub is a middle-aged Upper West Side doctor’s wife who plunges into a mid-life crisis of epic proportions. Later in the month, Lake Norman residents can enjoy Chuckleheads Improv and Sketch Comedy Sept. 21, followed by The Amish Project Oct. 17-Nov. 3, a fictional exploration of the schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community. www.warehousepac.com
Mooresville Artist GuildLaunched in 1966, the Mooresville Artist Guild is a wonderful resource for visual artists. Headquartered in the town’s 1863 Southern Railway Depot, the guild has over the years renovated parts of the 4,900-square-foot space, turning it into a visual arts center that hosts classes and exhibits. In September, the MAG will showcase the work of Frank Saunders as well as a special Women Paint Women gallery. And MAG’s annual Artoberfest kicks off in October, which is a judged exhibit with cash prizes awarded for various categories. www.magart.org
Lake Norman Big BandCome enjoy the unique sounds of an ensemble band during a Lake Norman Big Band performance. Since its formation in 1998, this 20-member nonprofit has performed everywhere from the March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction to the Race City Days Festival. The group regularly plays on the third Monday of every month at the Finish Line Restaurant inside George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville. The group performs everything from the big band style music of the 1930s to more modern songs by Chicago, Carlos Santana, and Michael Buble. The next performance is scheduled for Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes. www.thelakenormanbigband.org
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Lake Norman OrchestraThe Lake Norman Orchestra is a volunteer nonprofit headquartered in Mooresville that provides an opportunity for community musicians to come together to inspire and entertain audiences with a variety of musical compositions. Upcoming performances include Celebrating the American Spirit at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Mooresville Sept. 14. www.lkno.wikispaces.com
Cornelius Youth OrchestraCornelius Youth Orchestras has been educating and inspiring young musicians since 2006 with a variety of programs and performing opportunities. The CYO will perform a Halloween concert Oct. 29 in collaboration with the Bailey Middle School band at William Hough High School Auditorium from 7-8 p.m. And on Nov. 18, CYO will host a patriotic jazz concert with The Dallas Brass, Hough High Band, and Bailey Middle School Band from 7-9 p.m. at William Hough High School Auditorium. www.corneliusyouthorchestras.com
Tawba WalkThis monthly festival in Cornelius features a variety of local artists, bands, and business vendors. The first ‘Tawba Walk was held in October 2012 and it’s since blossomed into one of the area’s most popular events, with a growing number of vendors, artisans, and performing groups represented. Event-goers are encouraged to visit the shops along Catawba Avenue, continue to attractions at Town Hall, and then cross Catawba Avenue to visit Oak Street Mill. This month’s event is scheduled for Sept. 13. www.bellalove.org
Davidson College Performing Arts SeriesDavidson College hosts a number of performing and visual arts events each fall. Some highlights include Emmy Award-winning Jason Samuels Smith’s A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It) Tap Company, which will visit the Duke Family Performance Hall Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. for a performance that the Chicago Sun Times called “rhythmic brilliance.” Other performances this year include An Evening with Antibalas Oct. 2, featuring a 12-piece ensemble noted for its innovative Afrobeat sound, which combines Latin, jazz, and funk. And on Nov. 8, the dynamic Yomato drummers of Japan will wow audiences with an intense and athletic drum performance. www3.davidson.edu
Davidson DanceFounded in 1984, Davidson Dance provides dance instruction for performers of all ages, including ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary. The fun but disciplined environment has helped launch many talented dances over the years. Davidson Dance also has several performing companies that put on a variety of annual shows, including Our Christmas in Davidson at the Village Green in December. www.davidsondance.com
Bella Love Art CrawlBella Love hosts an art crawl the second Friday of each month—unless there’s a scheduled Tawba Walk—at Oak Street Mill, located in Old Town Cornelius. The mill serves as a creative hub for local artists and performers and showcases the work of local artists, including Justin Christenbery of Cornelius. This is a relatively new event, presented by Cornelius Cultural Arts Group, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering a strong arts community in the area. The art crawl also features tasty meals from local food trucks and craft beers. www.bellalove.org
Davidson Community PlayersEstablished nearly 50 years ago, Davidson Community Players consistently ranks as one of the finest non-professional theatre companies in the Southeast. In 2011, Davidson Community Players won the North Carolina Theatre Conference’s Community Theater of the Year. Located in the Armour Street Theatre, Davidson Community Players has a busy fall planned, including a run of “An Evening with Tennessee Williams,” from Oct. 3-20 featuring short plays from one of America’s greatest playwrights. Other upcoming shows include “Narnia” in November and “Miracle on 34th Street” in December. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.