By BILL KISER
Area stages are where it’s happening this weekend, with a healthy list of theatrical and musical performances to choose from. The Connie Company — the youth performance group of the Davidson Community Players — and the Davidson College Theatre Department offer “Sleeping Beauty” in seven shows on Friday-Sunday at the Cunningham Theatre Center’s Barber Theatre. Meanwwhile, Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius will open its run of the comedy “On The Verge” with shows Thursday through Sunday. On Sunday, award-winning cellist Anna Wittstruck — the granddaughter of Davidson residents Bill and Mary Vinson — performs works by Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich in the Sloan Music Center’s Tyler-Tallman Hall at Davidson College.
And on Saturday, ring in the Lunar New Year – the Year of the Dragon – with a party and fireworks on the atrium of Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union. There’s also live music scheduled later this week at Summit Coffee and the Brickhouse Tavern, both in downtown Davidson.
Away from the stage, the Davidson Farmer’s Market will feature local farmers and vendors on Saturday morning in downtown Davidson next to the Davidson Town Hall. The Greater Charlotte Home and Landscape Show begins its three-day run Friday at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord. Among the experts on hand will be Roger Hazard, host of “Sell This House” and “Sell This House: Extreme” on the A&E Network.
These events — and more below — are in our day-by-day calendar at right. Also, at right on this page, see our movie show times listings for Our Town Cinemas.
Mecklenburg County Waste Disposal Public Charrette, 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 27-28, Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. A public forum by Mecklenburg County officials to come up with a new 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan. More information available online at www.wipeoutwaste.com.
Sleeping Beauty, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28, and 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Jan 29, Barber Theatre, Cunningham Theatre Center, Davidson College. Performance by the Davidson College Theatre Department and the Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company. Tickets are $7 each, and can be purchased by calling 704-892-7953 or by going online at www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
Effective Worshipper Conference, 7 p.m. Jan. 26 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Gethsemene Baptist Church, 565 Jetton St., Davidson. Workshops by Shawn Bigby of New Life Fellowship Center in Charlotte will be held Jan. 25-26, and Pastor Johnny Brown of Mills Chapel Holiness Church in Gastonia will host the Praise Explosion on Jan. 27. The events are free and open to the public. Information: Visit www.gbclakenorman.org or call 704-892-1635.
On The Verge, 8 p.m. Jan. 26-28 and 2 p.m. Jan. 29, Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. Comedy by Hollywood writer Eric Overmyer follows three Victorian woman as they set out to explore Africa, Himalaya and Terra Incognita. Tickets: $20 per person, $15 for seniors, students and groups of eight or more. Reservations: Call 704-619-0429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greater Charlotte Home and Landscape Show, 2-7 p.m. Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 28 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 29, Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49, Concord. Learn about new ideas for your home and landscape. Experts will showcase the latest in decorating, remodeling, landscaping, and renovating resources; and see the newest kitchen and bath innovations. Roger Hazard, host of “Sell This House” and “Sell This House: Extreme” On the A&E Network, will share his expertise with seminars at the show. Plenty of food, wine and beer tastings, a kid zone, pottery demonstrations, plant sale, and birds of prey exhibit are also planned. Tickets: $7 per weekend pass, $5 for ages 65-over, children under age 16 admitted free. Information: Visit www.showtechnology.com.
THURSDAY, JAN. 26
Hough High Book Fair, all day, Barnes and Noble Birkdale, 8725 Townley Road, Huntersville. Required reading titles for the second semester English program at Hough High School will be available during the book fair, with a portion of those purchases being donated to the school.
Outlook 2010 for Beginners, 3-4:30 p.m., Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Workshop by John McCann on how to use Microsoft Outlook 2010. Information: Visit www.mccannassociates.com or call 704-662-6845.
Film: “Courageous,” 6 p.m., Davidson United Methodist Church, 233 S. Main St., Davidson. Barbeque dinner followed by a showing of the movie “Courageous” and a discussion about the movie’s message. Tickets: $10 per person or $25 for family of four. Information-reservations: Call 704-895-8976 or email email@example.com.
MI-Connection Board of Directors Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St., Davidson. The board of directors of MI-Connection, the cable-internet utility owned by the towns of Mooresville, Davidson and Cornelius, will meet at the Davidson Town Hall.
Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music: Matter of Fact Info: 704-895-9090.
Live music at the Brickhouse, 8:30 p.m., Brickhouse Tavern, 209 Delburg St., Davidson. Live music with Phil and Mike. Info: 704-987-2022 or brickhousetavern.com.
FRIDAY, JAN. 27
Chamber Focus Friday: Red Line Rail Project, 8-9:30 a.m., Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. The Lake Norman Chamber’s monthly “Friday Focus” meeting will examine the proposed Red Line Rail Project. Consultants from the N.C. Department of Tranportation, the Lake Norman Regional Transportation Committee and the Cornelius Red Line Task Force will discuss the project. The meeting is free and open to the public. Focus Friday is sponsored by www.davidsonnews.net and www.corneliusnews.net.
Freckled Dog Pub and Live Music, 5-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Freckled Dog Pub 5-9 p.m., followed by music with Alexis V-O, 8-11 p.m. She’s a Davidson College student and classically trained flutist whose recent album “Our Paths” was recorded at the college. She describes her music as “melody-driven indie-pop is bursting with textures; she builds upon a foundation of piano with layers of her voice, her flute, percussion, bass, cello and trumpet.” Info: 704-895-9090.
Live music at the Brickhouse, 8:30 p.m., Brickhouse Tavern, 209 Delburg St., Davidson. Live music with Captain Lou. Info: 704-987-2022 or brickhousetavern.com.
SATURDAY, JAN. 28
Davidson Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m.-noon, downtown Davidson, next to Town Hall. Davidson Farmer’s Market winter tailgate market. Local farmers and vendors selling meats, produce, dairy products, baked goods, and other items. Runs second and fourth Saturdays January through March. Information: Visit www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org.
Barbecue for Serenity House, 10 a.m., Serenity House, 110 Centre Church Road, Mooresville. Fundraiser for Serenity House, an end-of-life and hospice care facility in Mooresville. Holy Smokes will cook and sell pork loin roasts (precooked weight 4-4.5 pounds). Cost is $20, and orders must be placed before Jan. 23 by calling 704-664-2004 or email by firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders must be picked up and paid for Jan. 28.
Sip and Shop at Wooden Stone Gallery, 4-6 p.m., Wooden Stone Gallery, 445 S. Main St., Davidson. Event features wines from vineyards across North Carolina. Cost: $8 per person. Information-reservations: Email email@example.com or call 704-892-1449.
Lunar New Year party & fireworks , 5:30 p.m., Davidson College Alvarez College Union atrium – Annual Lunar New Year Party and fireworks display, sponsored by the Asian Culture & Awareness Association. Activities include face painting, Chinese character name writing, origami, make your own dumplings, and a table on the significance of cultural symbols. Performances include the Little Lotus Troupe and Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy. Followed at 8 p.m. by fireworks on the lawn of the Chambers Building, off Main Street. Read more in our preview of this year’s event.
Art Auction, 6-10 p.m., Tilt on Trade, 127 W. Trade St., Charlotte. Art Auction to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Live Auction starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $20 and includes light food, wine, liquor and drafts. Only 200 tickets to be sold. For more info and to purchase tickets visit: tiltontrade.com.
Concert at Lake Forest Church, 7:30 p.m., Lake Forest Church-Huntersville, 8519 Gilead Road, Huntersville – Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue will be in concert. Author Don Miller will speak during the intermission. General admission tickets $12 in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets can be purchased at http://mikefarris.eventbrite.com.
Live music at the Brickhouse, 8:30 p.m., Brickhouse Tavern, 209 Delburg St., Davidson. Live music with Robin Burke Trio. Info: 704-987-2022 or brickhousetavern.com.
SUNDAY, JAN. 29
Author Donald Miller at Lake Forest Church, 9:30 and 11 a.m. services, Lake Forest Church-Davidson, at Davidson Elementary School, South Street – author Donald Miller will lead services at the church’s Davidson campus. His book “Blue Like Jazz” tells the story of his experience at Reed College, voted at that time as “the most godless campus in the country.” His appearance is part of the church’s “Hope in a House of Blues” series. Info: http://lakeforest.org/
DCPC Covenant Class, 9:45 a.m., Room B, Congregation House, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, downtown Davidson. George Ramsey, Kristen Herrington professor emeritus of religion at Presbyterian College, will lead four sessions on the artistry of Biblical storytellers. Information: Call 704-892-5641.
Cellist Anna Wittstruck, 3 p.m., Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. Cellist Anna Wittstruck grew up in Asheville and is completing a Ph.D. in musicology at Stanford University. Ms. Wittstruck — whose grandparents, Bill and Mary Vinson, live in Davidson — will perform works by Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich For more information on Wittstruck, check out our preview story. She has appeared as a soloist with the Charlotte and Hendersonville Symphonies, and this fall she is soloing with the Stanford Philharmonia as a winner of the 2011 Stanford Symphony Concerto Competition. She has played four seasons as the youngest contracted member of the Asheville Symphony and has participated in music festivals at the Pierre Monteux School of Conducting, Round Top Festival, the National Symphony Orchestra/Kennedy Center Institute, and Tanglewood. Her program will include works by Beethoven, Poulenc and Shostakovich. Tickets may be purchased online at www.davidson.edu, in person at the Union Box Office from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, by phone at 704-894-2135 or in person. Season tickets are also available for $40 for the public and $28 for Davidson College faculty and staff and senior citizens. Red more in our preview in The Guide.
DCPC Nicaraugua trip meeting, 6:30 p.m., Congregation House, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. Information meeting for those interested in taking the DPCP Nicaragua trip on June 9-16. Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dreaming Nicaraugua, 7 p.m., Congregation House, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. Showing of the documentary “Dreaming Nicaragua” co-hosted by Davidson United Methodist Church. Admission is free.
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