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This weekend: Lotsa music, theater, activities for kids

Summit Songwriters Jan. 20

Summit Songwriters Showcase on Thursday features, from left, host Rob McHale, Marie Reid and Paul Finnican.

davidson weekend calendarBY KARYN JESTER

Summit Coffee welcomes songwriters from around the area this weekend, beginning with a “Songwriters Showcase” on Thursday and a show by Asheville’s Kellin Watson Friday. Meanwhile, Davidson Community Players’ Connie Co. and Davidson College offer the children’s show The Emperor’s New Clothes Friday through Sunday. The Players also will have open auditions Sunday and Monday for Ragtime. On Sunday there’s an anti-bullying concert sponsored by a new organization called The Foundation for Respect Ability.  Saturday night also brings the Ada Jenkins Center’s annual ICE gala.

These events and more below, or in our day-by-day calendar at right. Also at right on this page, see our movie showtimes listings for Our Town Cinemas where “The Green Hornet,” “Black Swan,” “Little Fockers,” “True Grit” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” are playing.

Emperor's new clothes

"Emperor's New Clothes" runs Friday through Sunday.


Seminar Series at The Palace, 7 p.m., The Palace, 8325 Copely Dr., Cornelius – The 2011 Seminar Series at The Palace starts with a presentation by Rob Cannon of Academy Leadership. He will discuss corporate leadership and management strategies and hand out copies of his book. Admission is $5. To reserve a seat, contact Maura Reddinton at 704-892-7636 or For more events at The Palace, visit

Lecture: Making of Modern Motherhood, 7 p.m., Davidson College Chambers Hall, Hance Auditorium – Dean Rusk International Studies Program, the Public Lectures Committee, Vann Center for Ethics, and the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology and Theatre present Dr. Andrea O’Reilly, Associate Professor in the School of Women’s Studies at York University, lecturing on “The Making of Modern Motherhood: Ideologies and Practices of the ‘Good’ Mother’ from the 1800s to the Present.” Free. [The lecture is part of a series of activities surrounding the Theatre Department’s spring show, “Kokoro.” The play, which explores a range of issues related to immigration, motherhood, and the Asian-American experience, opens Feb. 16.]

Ellen Bernstein, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Alvarez College Union, Davidson College – Ellen Bernstein, author, teacher and rabbinical student, will be speaking about ‘Jewish environmentalism.’ She established Shomrei Adamah: Keepers of the Earth, the first national Jewish environmental organization, in 1988. She is the author of “The Splendor of Creation: A Biblical Ecology”(2005), “Ecology & the Jewish Spirit: Where Nature and the Sacred Meet”(2000), and “Let the Earth Teach You Torah”(1992). For more information email Rabbi Michael Shields at

Wendy Harrison

Wendy Harrison

Clarinet recital, 7:30 p.m., Davidson College Sloan Music Center, Tyler-Tallman Hall – Wendy Harrison, a clarinetist and band/orchestra director at Davidson IB Middle School, will present a recital of works including Debussy’s “Premier Rhapsody,” J.S. Bach’s “Chromatic Fantasia,” “Bartok Dances” by Edward Yadzinski and Malcolm Arnold’s Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet. Pianist Cynthia Lawing will accompany on piano. Free.

Live Music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St. – Live music: Summit Songwriters Series featuring Paul Finnican, a Long Island, N.Y., native, guitarist and owner of the Silvia Theatre in York, S.C., a local songwriters’ oasis; Marie Reed of Mooresville, Charlotte Music Awards Folk Artist of the Year 2010; and host Rob McHale. Info: 704-895-9090


Preschool Storytime, 10:15 a.m., Davidson public library, 119 S. Main St. – A 30 minute storytime for preschoolers that includes books, flannelboard stories and musical activities. Call 704-416-4000 or visit for more information.

Toddler Storytime, 11 a.m., Davidson public library, 119 S. Main St. – A storytime for children 12 – 35 months that consists of books, flannelboard stories and musical activities. Call 704-416-4000 or visit for more information.

Musical Interludes at Davidson College, 12:30 p.m., Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College – The Music Department presents Musical Interludes, featuring members of the Davidson community. Flutist Sarah Sullivan, age 17, will perform a work by Mozart. Pianist Clara Gerdes, age 14, will play the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, (first movement). Both will be accompanied by pianist Cynthia Lawing of Davidson College. Free and open to the public.

Theater: The Emperor’s New Clothes, 4:30 & 7 p.m., Barber Theater, Cunningham Theatre Center, Davidson College – The winter children’s production is The Emperor’s New Clothes. It is presented by the Davidson College theater department in collaboration with the Davidson Community Players and The Connie Company. The show runs from January 21-23. All tickets are $7. Order tickets by calling 704-892-7953 or online at See our latest Theater Notes column for more information, “On stage: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ‘Frozen'”

Kellin Watson

Kellin Watson

Live music at Summit Coffee 9 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St. – Live music: Asheville songwriter Kellin Watson. Tickets are $10 and on sale now. Stop by Summit Coffee to pick up your tickets. Last 5 shows at Summit have sold out, so stop by soon. Info: 704-895-9090. More about Kellin Watson,


Davidson Farmers Market Tailgate Market, 9 a.m. to noon, downtown Davidson next to Town Hall – Local farmers and vendors selling meats, produce, dairy products, baked goods, and other items. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. For more information: is pleased to be a sponsor of the Davidson Farmers Market.

World of Wonder nature activity, 10-11 a.m., Davidson College – Members of the Davidson College Herpetology Lab will give a brief introduction to the world of herpetology. Parents and children can learn about reptiles and amphibians and meet some species that are native to North Carolina. Registration required. For more information, visit the Davidson Lands Conservancy website,

Homeowner Information Session, 10 a.m., Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, 20310 N. Main St., Cornelius – Individuals and families in need of decent, affordable housing are invited to learn how to qualify for a Habitat for Humanity New Home. Attendees must have lived and/or worked in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius or Huntersville for at least one year. Contact Support Coordinator Miranda Morris at 704-896-8957 ext. 107 or for more information.

Paws to Read, 10:30 a.m., Davidson public library, 119 S. Main St. – Read to a certified therapy dog. For elementary and preschool ages. Call 704-416-4000 or visit for more information.

Theater: The Emperor’s New Clothes, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m., Barber Theater, Cunningham Theatre Center, Davidson College – The winter children’s production is The Emperor’s New Clothes. It is presented by the Davidson College theater department in collaboration with the Davidson Community Players and The Connie Company. The show runs from January 21-23. All tickets are $7. Order tickets by calling 704-892-7953 or online at

Ada Jenkins ICE Gala, 6:30 p.m., Michael Waltrip Racing, 20310 Chartwell Center Drive, Cornelius – Fifth Annual ICE Gala fund-raiser to benefit Ada Jenkins Center, the regional community services center on Davidson’s West Side. $150 per person, open bar. Info: or contact Natisha Rivera‐Patrick: or 704‐896‐0471, ext. 100, or Lynelle Crowell at, or 704-895‐1963.

Ensemble Vermillian, 7:30 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane – The ensemble will perform baroque chamber music by Bach, Buxtehude, Biber and Bertali. Performers include Frances Blaker and David Wilson from San Francisco, Barbara Blaker Krumdieck of Davidson and Henry Lebedinsky from New York. A donation of $15 per person is suggested. Call 704-560-0101 for more information.

Live music at Summit Coffee 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St. – Live music: Dennis Currier Jazz Trio. Info: 704-895-9090.


Gospel of Mark Study, 9:45 a.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church room 118, Main Street and Concord Road – A study and discussion of the Gospel of Mark, led by Dr. Robert J. Manning, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Humanities at Davidson College. Info:

Poetic Images of Faith, 9:45 a.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House, Main Street and Concord Road – Led by Dr. Karl Plank, Professor of Religion at Davidson College. This is a study of selected poems of Rowan Williams, Thomas Merton, Fred Chappell, and Mary Oliver. It focuses on poetry’s power to express and shape religious conviction. Info:

A Visit from Bobby Richardson, 11 a.m., Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 19600 Zion St., Cornelius – Former NY Yankees player and University of South Carolina Coach Bobby Richardson will be guest speaker at Mt. Zion UMC’s worship service. Visit for more information.

Anti-Bullying Concert, 1 p.m., St. Albans’ Church, 301 Caldwell Ln. – The Foundation for Respect Ability hosts a special event for families, educators and students grade 2 to teens that will provide insight, ideas and resources designed to stand against bullying. Featuring a musical performance by Sid Krupkin. Free. For more information or to register, call 704-438-9798 or email

Theater: The Emperor’s New Clothes, 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m., Barber Theater, Cunningham Theatre Center, Davidson College – The winter children’s production is The Emperor’s New Clothes. It is presented by the Davidson College theater department in collaboration with the Davidson Community Players and The Connie Company. The show runs from January 21-23. All tickets are $7. Order tickets by calling 704-892-7953 or online at

Auditions: Ragtime, 5 p.m., Armour Street Theater, 307 Armour St. – Davidson Community Players will hold open auditions for the play Ragtime. Auditions for children ages 8-13 at 5 p.m., actors ages 15 and above at 6 p.m. Roles available for actors/singers/dancers of a wide variety of ages, ethnicities, and types including African American males and females ages 16+. The play will run June 16-June 25.

Science & Faith, 7-8:30 p.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church Parlor, Main St. and Concord Rd. – A discussion of physician-geneticist Francis Collins’ book “The Language of God.” For more information call 704-892-5641.


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Movie showtimes

Our Town Cinemas, 227 Griffith St., Sadler Square, Davidson. Box office opens daily 1 p.m. Advance tickets and reservations: 704-237-3238 NOTE: Parentheses indicate matinee prices.



May 22-May 28

Poltergeist (PG-13) - Fri - Sun: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20, 9:35; Mon: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20; Tue: (1:30), (4:20), (7:20); Wed: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20; Thu: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20
Tomorrowland (PG) - Fri - Sun: (1:00), (4:00), 7:00, 9:55; Mon: (1:00), (4:00), 7:00; Tue: (1:00), (4:00), (7:00); Wed & Thu: (1:00), (4:00), 7:00
Mad Max: Fury Road (R) - Fri - Sun: (1:40), (4:30), 7:25, 10:10; Mon: (1:40), (4:30), 7:25; Tue: (1:40), (4:30); Wed & Thu: (1:40), (4:30), 7:25
Pitch Perfect 2 (PG-13) - Fri - Sun: (1:15), (4:10), 7:10, 10:00; Mon: (1:15), (4:10), 7:10; Tue: (1:15), (4:10), (7:10); Wed & Thu: (1:15), (4:10), 7:10

May 29-June 4

Spy (R) - Thu: (5:00), 7:45
Entourage (R) - Tue: 7:00 PM; Wed: (1:10), (4:30); Thu: (1:10), (4:30), 7:30
Aloha (PG-13) - Fri & Sat: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20, 9:55; Sun & Mon: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20; Tue: (1:30), (4:20), (7:20); Wed: (1:30), (4:20); Thu: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20
Poltergeist (PG-13) - Fri & Sat: (1:25), (3:50), 7:10, 9:30; Sun & Mon: (1:25), (3:50), 7:10; Tue: (1:25), (3:50)
Tomorrowland (PG) - Fri & Sat: (1:00), (4:00), 6:55, 9:50; Sun & Mon: (1:00), (4:00), 6:55; Tue: (1:00), (4:00), (6:55); Wed: (1:00), (4:00); Thu: (1:00), (4:00), 6:55
Pitch Perfect 2 (PG-13) - Fri & Sat: (1:15), (4:10), 7:00, 9:40; Sun & Mon: (1:15), (4:10), 7:00; Tue: (1:15), (4:10), (7:00); Wed: (1:15), (4:10); Thu: (1:15 PM)