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Davidson Community Players
Acting Classes: Davidson Community Players has a few spots remaining in its senior citizens' acting class. Acting on Your Feet, a 12-week class, uses theater games, character creations and improvisational skills to help participants think creatively. It is offered 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 31-May 9. Attention Span Theatre uses ten-minute plays to assist students in developing acting skills. The 12-week course is offered 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 3- May 12. 704-892-7953. www.DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org.
Concert: Jon Singleton will perform a tour of popular music for banjo, fiddle and dobro all the way back to Celtic and African origins. Singleton will play with the assistance of bluegrass and folk musicians from the Charlotte area. The Davidson College Friends of the Arts reception will follow. For more information call 704-894-2109. Buy tickets at 704-894-2135 or at the College Union Ticket Office.
Chamber Music: The Music Department at Davidson presents a student chamber concert 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Film: Professor Maggie McCarthy created a memory project film about her mother for a class she taught last semester. McCarthy became a student by completing the project along with her 10 students. Students analyzed and studied a dozen films that dealt with memory themes. The film was screened last fall.
Concert: Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience will perform as part of the C. Shaw & Nancy K. Smith Artist Series. Grammy winner and artist, Simien is an eighth-generation Louisiana Creole who shatters myths about Creole Zydeco music. His music is Zydeco rooted with funk-reggae and Afro-Caribbean styles. Kick off Mardis Gras early and enjoy this free performance. 10 p.m. Feb. 4. Smith Room 900 in Alvarez College Union at Davidson College.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
MLK Art contest: Each year, CMS encourages students from grades K-12 to participate in their school-based Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Writing Contest. This year's theme is "Seeding Freedom: Caring the Dream to Affect the World." Each school will select the top two student works in art and writing to submit for district-level judging. Students across the county have submitted more than 400 works over the years. Outside judges are used to select the winning works at each level. Awards will be given to first, second and third place winners as well as two honorable mentions for both writing and art.