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Cabarrus Arts Council

Concert: The Carolina Gator Gumbo will play Cajun and Creole music at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Davis Theatre in the historic Cabarrus County courthouse. The band will perform as part of the Cabarrus Arts Council's Footlights series. $10. Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787.

Free film screening: An animated film will be shown at the Davis Theatre in Cabarrus County's historic courthouse on Jan. 20. "Sita Sings the Blues," which was chosen by the Museum of Modern Art as a "Best Film Not Playing at a theater Near You" is the second film in the new Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre series of independent films. 7 p.m. Cabarrus County Arts Council, Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S., Concord. 704-920-2787.

Exhibit: The Cabarrus Arts Council presents "Word Processing" through March 10. Artists use texts, letters and words as texture, design and a vehicle to deliver their point of view. Ceramics, paintings and installations are featured in this exhibit.

UNCC Department of Dance

Award: The UNC Charlotte Department of Dance was awarded the National Endowment of the Arts funding. The American Masterpieces grant will fund the restaging of American choreographer Martha Graham's 1931 masterpiece "Primitive Mysteries." The department will present the work as part of the spring 2011 concert of the UNC Charlotte Dance Ensemble in April.

UNCC Department of Music

Premier: UNCC student Matthew Primm's composition "Pensive Journey" made its premiere in a performance by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 11 at Central Piedmont Community College. A second performance was held at UNCC on Nov. 13.

Festival: The Department of Music will present the inaugural UNC Charlotte Chamber Music Festival on Jan. 21, 23, 25 and 27 at the Belk Theater of Robinson Hall. The festival will present four concerts of chamber music for strings, voice and piano performed by UNC Charlotte faculty and invited guests. Tickets for general admission seating are $9; $7 for senior citizens and faculty/staff; $6 for students. 704-687-1849.

CD release: Dr. Mira Frisch, UNC Charlotte assistant professor of cello, released a CD of new string duo compositions on Albany Records as a member of Duo XXI. Each piece introduces an innovative compositional approach to the relatively unexplored genre of the string duo. The recording was made possible by a UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant.

Old Courthouse Theatre

Auditions: The Old Courthouse Theatre will hold auditions Feb. 7-8 for "Honk!" based upon "The Ugly Ducking."