Arts happenings

This week

Performance, Paleface: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Avett Brothers collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Paleface has recorded 17 albums and influenced many prominent artists, including Grammy winner Beck. He is touring the United States with Mo Samalot as a high-energy duo. The duo celebrated the release of its album “One Big Party” at Radio City Music Hall and followed it with a tour of Europe. Paleface is a prolific songwriter and plays guitar, harmonica, banjo and piano. Tickets are $15, available at and at the box office. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Details: 704-920-2753;

Christmas choral concert: Piedmont Choral Society, accompanied by orchestra, will perform arrangements of familiar carols and songs of the season, along with classical pieces, including several selections from Handel’s “Messiah.” 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. N., Concord. Reception afterward. Details: Call 704-699-6053 or email

Youth theater, “On the Worst Day of Christmas”: Performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20; and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 20 and 21. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. Old Courthouse Youth Theatre presents a holiday story by Faye Couch Reeves featuring local young people. Director of a small-town church’s annual Christmas pageant has decided to replace the traditional pageant with an enactment of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Her son and his friends try to save the traditionally simple and beautiful pageant they have grown up performing each year. $12; for tickets, visit

Christmas concert, Piedmont Prime Time Community Band: 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Living Water Church of God, 166 N. Little Texas Road, Kannapolis. The band, directed by Laurence Marks, present “Sounds of the Yuletide Season,” featuring holiday favorites. Includes a unique musical setting of “The Night Before Christmas,” with Dareoin Malone as narrator. Other selections include “Westminster Carol,” by James Hosey; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Morten Lauridsen; and an arrangement of Christmas carols and selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” by David Lovrien titled “Minor Variations.” Assistant conductor Charles Emerich will lead two selections, “Fantasia on Christmas” (based on “Carol of the Bells”), by Eliot del Borgo; and a novelty piece, “We Wish You a Mambo Christmas,” by Erik Morales, featuring Latin percussion instruments. The program will conclude with an audience sing-along and Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival.” Details: Visit or email

Exhibitions, ‘Discover Local’ and ‘Shop Seagrove:’ Through Dec. 18, The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. The Galleries, operated by the Cabarrus Arts Council, present concurrent exhibitions featuring works by local artists and the annual show and sale of pottery from the famous Seagrove area of North Carolina. “Discover Local” showcases works by 12 artists: Regina Calton Burchett, Robert Alvin Crum, John Dunlap, Louise Farley, Rachel Goldstein, Allison McGowan Hermans, Patricia N. Jay, Paul Keysar, Jeff Pender, Jerry Measimer, Jennie Martin Tomlin and Walter Stanford. “Shop Seagrove” includes clay pieces by Crystal King Pottery, Dirtworks Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Kings Pottery and Pottery by Frank Neef. The Galleries are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 704-920-2787;

Exhibition, Cabarrus Art Guild Fall Judged Show: Guild Gallery, 11 Union St. S., Concord. The Cabarrus Art Guild’s annual Fall Judged Show features 2D art, 3D visual art, photography, digitally altered photography and fiber art. For information call 704-795-1901 or visit

Exhibition, Sundae Art Gallery: Ongoing, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundae Art Gallery, upstairs at 21 Union St. S., Concord. Show features works by 16 local artists including oil, acrylic, photography, pastel, ceramics and sculpture. The gallery also offers art classes for children and adults. 704-651-4683;

Recycled art: Trashed Studio, 35 Union St. S., Concord, offers classes on an ongoing basis in which children and adults create works of art from recycled materials. For information, call 704-791-7447, email or visit

Art classes: Brenda’s Art Studio, 1211 Winecoff School Road, Concord, offers six-week after-school art classes Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays; 4:30-6:30 p.m. for ages 5-18; 6-8 p.m. for adults. 704-786-8570;

Oil painting class: 10:30-1 p.m. Thursdays, ongoing, ClearWater Artist Studios No. 110, 223 Crowell Drive N.W., Concord. ClearWater artist Paul Keysar will lead this comprehensive class for all skill levels. 704-596-1286;

Coming up

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: 8 p.m. Dec. 30, fifth-floor ballroom, Speedway Club, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord. Old Courthouse Theatre’s 24th annual New Year’s Eve fundraiser features “Sam Club, Private Eye, and the Case of the Motor Coach Murder.” Join investigator Sam Club, his mother Wilimena (“Billy”) Club, Minnie Cooper, Cornelia Bellweather and a host of other zany characters at a resort where a senior adult group stops for the night after attending the famous Road Kill Falls Annual Barbecue. The evening includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, wine, champagne, party favors, a DJ for dancing and listening and the murder mystery, which takes place throughout the evening. Tickets are $80 per person. The reservation deadline is Dec. 26. For tickets, call 704-788-2405 or visit

Performance, The Steel Wheels: 8 p.m. Jan. 24, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. This four-piece string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains marries old-time musical style with its own innovation. The band members are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage and clear four-part harmonies. They have won the Independent Music Award for Best Country Song and Americana Album of the Year. The show is part of the Davis Theatre’s flagship “On Stage at the Davis” series. Tickets are $34, available anytime online at and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For information, call 704-920-2753 or visit or

Performance, Brand New Opry: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Traditional bluegrass show hosted by Jeff Whittington, a North Carolina Banjo Champion who has performed on the Grand Ole Opry. He will be joined by John Culbreth, a South Carolina Banjo Champion, on fiddle; Pete Corum, who also has played on the Grand Ole Opry and in the movie “Cotton Patch Gospel,” on bass; Mike Wood, whose first major show was Bill Monroe’s bluegrass festival, on guitar; and Jason Wood, who has recorded with bluegrass legend Curly Seckler, on mandolin. Tickets are $15, available anytime online at and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For information, call 704-920-2753 or visit

Performance, Jim Avett: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim Avett shares performs a combination of beloved country songs, his original ballads and memorable stories. The father of Scott and Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers, he put music on the back burner to raise his family but is now in demand for festivals and listening rooms all over the country. Tickets are $17, available anytime online at and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For information, call 704-920-2753 or visit or

Performance, David Domingo and the Fuzzbucket Music Company: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Merge “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Grand Ole Opry” and “A Prairie Home Companion” and you will get the idea behind this contemporary version of the old-fashioned variety show. The cast is Domingo, guitar and vocals; Jim Cooper, 12-string guitar and vocals; Marty DeJarnette, lead guitar; Sam Falls, percussion; and Miriam Stirewalt, vocals. They will be joined by Ethan Uslan, two-time world ragtime piano champion; classical opera singers Cathy Dangerfield and Sylvia Schultz; and poet Shane Manier. Tickets are $15, available anytime online at and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For information, call 704-920-2753 or visit or

Performance, Brand New Opry: 7:30 p.m. March 5, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Tickets are $15, available anytime online at and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For information, call 704-920-2753 or visit

Cabarrus Arts Council