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.
‘Art and Ale,’ Art on Tap membership event: 7 p.m., Feb. 5, The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Fun event organized by Art on Tap, the Cabarrus Arts Council’s new group targeted to people in their 20s and 30s. The evening will include a beer tasting, snacks and The Galleries’ exhibition “Interactive Lines.” The event is free for Art on Tap members; other people may pay a fee or join that night. For information about the event and Art on Tap, call 704-920-2787 or email Lisa@CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
Community theater, Neil Simon’s ‘Proposals:’ 8 p.m. Feb. 6-7; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. The summer of 1953 brings romantic entanglements: Burt Hines, mid-50s 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 $20 for adults, $17 for senior adults and students, $15 for age 10 and younger. To reserve tickets call 704-788-2405 or visit the box office during the run of the play. Details: www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Art exhibition, ‘Interactive Lines:’ On display through March 6, The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Exhibition presents various forms and styles of drawing with an interactive twist. It explores the transformation of drawing as a medium and features works by select contemporary artists in the forms of two- and three-dimensional drawing. The second part of the exhibition includes a gallery space that will transform into a live drawing room where guests will be invited to create. The goal of the experience is to inspire people to become involved with both the viewing and the making of art. For information, call 704-920-2787 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
New exhibition, Cabarrus Art Guild: Through February, Guild Gallery and Gift Shop, 11 Union St. S., Concord. Features paintings, photography and 3D art by guild members. The art on display is just a small example of the talent that can be seen in the Guild Gallery and Gift Shop, which includes pottery, digital art, paintings, stained glass, mosaics and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 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 email@example.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.
Performance, Jim Avett: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim Avett 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 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.
Collectors Circle: 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 19, The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Free event brings together people who enjoy art, decorating and learning about how artists create their works. RSVPs are appreciated. For information or to register, call 704-920-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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. 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 online 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.
Workshop. ‘Integrative Healing and Therapeutic Music in Hospice Care’: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., March 7, McKinnon Hospice Center, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis. Intended for hospice and health-care professionals, chaplains, volunteers, singers, harpists and other instrumentalists, therapeutic musicians and music therapists. It is an experiential workshop, so instrumentalists should bring their instruments and singers should come ready to sing. Besides learning music to use in hospice and other health-care settings, participants will have the opportunity to experience relaxation techniques, aromatherapy and healing touch. Details/registration: 704-935-9434 or Kathleen.Blackwell-Plank@hpccc.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 anytime 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 anytime 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 anytime 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.
Spring into Arts Festival: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2, downtown Concord. The festival attracts artists from across the region. The centerpiece of the festival is a juried art show with artists spanning a variety of media, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass and textiles. Applications received by Jan. 31 include an $85 fee; after that the application fee is $110. A jury selects artists for the festival based on their applications. Any artist who is not selected receives a full refund of their application fee. For information call 704-784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.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.
Band concert, ‘Music from Broadway and the Cinema’: 7 p.m. May 16, McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band’s spring dinner concert will include selections from “Porgy and Bess,” “West Side Story” and “The Wizard of Oz.” For information, call Laurence Marks, conductor, at 704-608-2197 or visit www.primetimeband.org.
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