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Arts happenings

This week

Book signing, Georgann Eubanks: 11 a.m.-noon Jan. 10, Concord main library, second-floor auditorium, 27 Union St. N., Concord. Writer, educator and communications consultant Georgann Eubanks, creator of the N.C. Arts Council’s “Literary Trails” guidebooks, will be the guest speaker at the Concord Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Program. The public is invited to this free program. For information, call 704-920-2050 or email info@concordfriendsofthelibrary.org.

Art class, Decorate Your Own Fairy: 10 a.m-2 p.m. Jan. 10, Guild Gallery and Gift Shop, 21 Union St. S., Concord. Students will decorate fairies under the direction of Kristy Keistler. The body will be provided, and students will add hair, clothing and embellishments to make their own special creations. For information, call 704-795-1901, visit www.cabarrusartguild.org or email cabarrusartguild@gmail.com.

Community theater auditions, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar:’ Auditions Jan. 11-12, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. Auditions for the Old Courthouse Theatre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera. The theater is seeking a multi-ethnic cast. Heather Wilson-Bowlby will direct. Performances will be March 19-April 4. For information about roles, visit the theater’s auditions page at www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

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 www.cabarrusartguild.org.

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; www.sundaeartgallery.com.

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 info@trashedstudio.com or visit www.trashedstudio.com.

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; www.brendasartstudio.com.

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; www.paulkeysar.com.

Coming up

Art class, Exploring Pastels: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Guild Gallery and Gift Shop, 21 Union St. S., Concord. Artist Malia Bryngelson will lead this class on working with pastels. Students will learn about types of pastels, the surfaces they can use and various techniques, then create an artwork of their own. For information, call 704-795-1901, visit www.cabarrusartguild.org or email cabarrusartguild@gmail.com.

Art exhibition, ‘Interactive Lines:’ Jan. 20-March 6, The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Exhibition presents forms and styles of drawing with an interactive twist. For information, call 704-920-2787 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Community theater, Neil Simon’s ‘Proposals:’ Jan. 22-Feb. 7, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. The summer of 1953 brings romantic entanglements: Burt Hines, mid-50’s and convalescing from a second heart attack, eagerly anticipates the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. Daughter Josie has just broken her engagement to a Harvard law student and pines for his buddy Ray, an aspiring writer with whom she once had a brief fling. Clemma, the black housekeeper at the center of the action, casts an astute eye on the complications while facing her own unresolved past. Rated PG. Tickets may be reserved by calling 704-788-2405 or at the box office during the run of the play. Details: visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

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 at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For information, call 704-920-2753 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or www.TheSteelWheels.com.

Class, How to Use the Digital Camera You Got for Christmas: 2-4 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Guild Gallery and Gift Shop, 21 Union St. S., Concord. Photographer Martin Lafferty will give students a tour of their new cameras, helping them to learn to operate the device to get the results they want. For information, call 704-795-1901, visit www.cabarrusartguild.org or email cabarrusartguild@gmail.com.

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 at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For information, call 704-920-2753 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Art Walk, downtown Concord: 6-9 p.m. Jan. 30, downtown Concord. Visual art displays and entertainment all over downtown Concord and at Clearwater Artist Studios. Featured will be the opening reception for the “Interactive Lines” exhibition at The Galleries, 65 Union St. S. For information on participating, call 704-920-2787. Download a map at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org after Jan. 23 that details all the stops on the walk.

Regional Portrait Paint-Off (with Open Studios): 3-6 p.m. Feb. 7, ClearWater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Drive N.W., Concord. Bring your family or your art-collecting friends and observe nationally recognized portrait painters from our area, painting live from a single model in the inaugural Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off. In two hours, within a former industrial space converted into an art gallery, artists will create fully realized portraits from blank canvas and finish in time for dinner. The five featured artists have paintings on exhibit in the gallery in which the event takes place. Sun Drop Pound Cake from Concord’s Chef’s Choice and A Sweet Life bakeries will be provided. Spoken-word poets will perform improvised works about what’s happening on the spot, and artist studios throughout the building will be open for viewing. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 704-784-9535 or visit www.facebook.com/ClearwaterArtistStudios.

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 at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For information, call 704-920-2753 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or www.JimAvett.com.

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 at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For information, call 704-920-2753 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or www.fuzzbucketmusic.com.

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

Community theater, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar:’ March 19-April 4, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. This 1970s rock opera recounts the last week of Jesus’ life as written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The story develops as Christ’s radical teachings are increasingly embraced and Judas continues to question the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. It has an emotional intensity and a thought-provoking edge. Rated PG. To reserve tickets, call 704-788-2405 or go to the box office during the run of the play. For information, visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

Performance, Jeff Little Trio: 8 p.m. March 20, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Deemed the Piano Man of the Blue Ridge, Jeff Little makes piano his lead instrument, which is rare in Appalachian or Americana music. He has a distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition. He is joined by Steve Lewis, a two-time national banjo champion, and Josh Scott, a highly sought-after bassist. The performance is part of the Davis Theatre’s flagship On Stage at the Davis series. Tickets are $25, available at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the box office in person or via telephone, 704-920-2753. For information, visit www.jefflittle.com.

Performance, Sun-Dried Vibes: 7:30 p.m. April 16, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. South Carolina’s 2012 and 2013 Rock Band of the Year, this trio has been touring the Southeast since their first album in 2011 and is now opening for national acts of all genres. Their newest album, “Back2Square1,” debuted at No. 6 on the iTunes Reggae Chart. The band gives reggae rock a twist with elements of pop and funk. Sun-Dried Vibes consists of Zach Fowler, vocals and guitar; Evan Tyler, bass; and Alex Winchester, drums. Tickets are $15, available at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the box office in person or by telephone, 704-920-2753.

Performance, Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues: 8 p.m. May 1, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Mac Arnold’s first band had James Brown on piano. He followed that up by recording with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. He co-produced the television dance program “Soul Train,” played bass for the “Sanford and Son” television show and played with Otis Redding and B.B. King. Now, by popular demand, the blues legend and his band are back at the Davis Theatre. Tickets are $26, available at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the box office in person or by telephone, 704-920-2753. www.macarnold.com.

Community theater, ‘Red, White and Tuna:’ May 7-24, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. The much-anticipated third installment in the “Tuna” trilogy takes the audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad residents of the third-smallest town in Texas. It’s been several years since we left Bertha and Arles dancing at the end of “A Tuna Christmas.” Did the romance blossom? Has Didi Snavley received any communications from R.R.’s UFO? Did Stanley make his fortune in the Albuquerque taxidermy business? Those and other burning questions will be asked and answered in this spoof of life in rural America. Rated PG. To reserve tickets, call 704-788-2405 or go to the box office during the run of the play. For information, visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

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