Designing with words

The Cabarrus Arts Council's latest exhibit, "Word Processing," opened this week.

On display through March 10 in the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse in downtown Concord, the works - ranging from paintings and installation pieces - contain words, text or symbols and demonstrate how artists use them to deliver their points of view.

Visual arts director Lin Barnhardt, galleries assistant Sandy Pettyjohn, outreach coordinator Zach Clark and several volunteers helped set up the group exhibition, which features the works of 16 artists.

Artists are Nancy Baker, Noyes Capehart, Vicki Essig, Ann Harwell, Warren Hicks, Michael Klauke, Kenn Kotara, Nathaniel Lancaster, Scott Lowrey, Sandra Meyer, Leah Palmer Preiss, Mary Lou Sussman, Beth J. Tarkington, Kelly Thiel, Barbara Yale-Read and Jessica C. White.

Three of the artists will present a free gallery talk and demonstration, "Getting the Message Across," at 7 p.m. Feb. 3. Klauke, Sussman and Yale-Read will discuss their work in the Davis Theatre, then demonstrate some of their techniques in The Galleries.

The exhibit also will be part of an art walk from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 11. Other shops in downtown Concord also will have visual arts displays, entertainment and refreshments, and some of the artists will be on hand to discuss their work.

Want to see more art this week? Check out these opportunities.

"Two Brooklyn Artists": 4 p.m. lecture today, Room 106, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, 1531 Trinity Church Road, Concord. Professional artists Greg Lindquist and Suzanne Stroebe of Brooklyn, N.Y., to discuss their lives as studio artists, gallery representation and how to obtain exhibitions. Details:

Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre: Watch "Sita Sings the Blues" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S., Concord. Free screening of an animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. Details: 704-920-2787 or

"Mrs. Murphy's Porch": 4 p.m. Jan. 23 Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street N.W., Concord. Free premiere reading of Wysteria Edwards' memory play set in 1986 and the present. Part of OCT's Living Room Reading Series. The drama opens with Ronald Reagan's speech to the nation in the wake of NASA's Challenger space shuttle disaster. Details: 704-788-2405 or

"All About Cabarrus," an exhibit of works that feature Cabarrus County runs through Jan. 29 at Brick Wall Gallery, The Depot at Gibson Mill, 325 McGill Ave., Concord. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 1-6 p.m. Sundays. "Union Street Initiative" is showing at the Adam Ramsey Miller Gallery, 21 Union St. S., Concord. Details: 704-788-2326 or visit

Pottery Classes for Children and Adults: Mudslingers Pottery offers classes and a Pottery Night Out the second Friday of each month. 704-796-1600 or

Future art happenings

Carolina Gator Gumbo: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. This award-winning Charlotte-based bands to share repertoire of Cajun and Creole arrangements spiced with a bit of country, blues and a few originals. $10. 704-920-2787 or

Author Event: 2 p.m. Jan. 29, Concord branch library, 27 Union St. S., Concord. Mark de Castrique will tell stories about his characters, the N.C. mountains and his life in the broadcasting business. Free event to include recognition of library volunteers. 704-920-2050.

"Divorce Southern Style": 8 p.m. Feb. 3-5, 11-12 and 18-19; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 13 and 20, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. This fast-paced farce centers on the zany schemes of a middle-aged divorcee who decides the time is ripe to get back together with her ex-husband. 704-788-2405 or

Auditions for "Honk!": 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 7:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Old Courthouse Theatre. Children to audition at 6:30 p.m. and adults at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. Auditions for all ages will be Feb. 8. Children will be taught a song to perform and will do a cold reading from the script. Adults should prepare a Broadway-style song; they also will do a cold reading. The play is based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling."

Brand New Opry: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Davis Theatre. Bluegrass variety show hosted by Jeff Whittington, a local bluegrass virtuoso, who has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. Other area musicians include Pete Corum, Les Deaton, Tom Isenhour and John Culbreath. $10.

Galumpha: 8 p.m. March 5, Davis Theatre. Group combines acrobatics, visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography. Part of On Stage at the Davis performing arts series. $33.

"Honk!": 8 p.m. March 31-April 2; April 8-9 and 15-16; 2:30 p.m. April 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18, Old Courthouse Theatre. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling."

Brand New Opry: 7:30 p.m. April 14, Davis Theatre. Bluegrass variety show hosted by Jeff Whittington.

"Blood Done Sign My Name": 8 p.m. May 6, Davis Theatre. This adaptation of Tim Tyson's award-winning memoir is acted by acclaimed actor Mike Wiley and accompanied by gospel singer Mary D. Williams. The drama tells the true story of a 23-year-old U.S. Army veteran who was killed on the street in Oxford, NC, in 1970. Despite testimony from two black eyewitnesses, the three suspects were acquitted by an all-white jury, leading to marches, boycotts and riots.