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Arts and entertainment briefs

Carolina Artists EXPO 2012 is a non-juried competition with cash prizes and ribbon awards.
Categories for entries are • Oil or acrylic • Watercolor and all other water based media on paper or board • Other two dimensional works (pencil, pastel, pen and ink, charcoal, collage, etc.) • Photography. There must be a minimum of 20 pieces in each category to be judged.
Cost for special entry or new members is $35 (includes entry for two works of art). Entry for members is $20 for five entries and $5 for each additional entry.
To enter the show, preregister by Aug. 1. Entry forms are available at the Civic Center. Fill out and mail entry forms and entry fee to: The Carolina Artists, POBox 4484 Salisbury, NC 28145.
Artists must be age 18 or older, and only original work is accepted. Other rules and details are available at thecarolinaartists.org
The show will be held Aug. 8-10 at the Civic Center.
Doll and Toy Museum
SPENCER — The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum is now open at 108 4th St. in Spencer, next door to the Post Office and just steps away from the NC Transportation Museum.
Visitors can enjoy featured exhibits such as What Is A Doll? which includes a wax doll; a peg-wooden doll from the 1820s and other antique dolls in a variety of materials; an exhibit of stunning Gene and Tonner fashion dolls; an exhibit of African-American dolls from the early 20th century to the 21st century; the historical Miss Row Ann exhibit; bride dolls from the early 20th century to today; antique china heads; Pinocchio; and scale model John Deere trucks and tractors.
Permanent exhibits include a massive train set with carefully assembled towns and rural scenery, and an amazing collection of scale-model, die-cast tractor trailers.
Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit the website, spencerdollandtoymuseum.com, or call 704-762-9359 for more information.
Trees Leave returns
Nashville-based Americana/ folk duo Trees Leave returns to Salisbury to the Blue Vine, sort of. After touring non-stop for a year, the duo of Wyatt Espalin and Cobi Ferguson amicably split so Cobi could settle down with his new wife and lucrative career as a skilled upholsterer.
This gave chief songwriter, fiddle player and lead vocalist Wyatt Espalin the opportunity to hone his guitar skills so that he could accompany himself on own songs. He is traveling this summer with 20-year old banjo player and guitarist, Patrick Martin. Hear them Friday, July 13, from 9 p.m.–midnight at The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St., no cover.
St. John’s art exhibit
A dozen members of the Monday Rembrandts will display artwork in the St. John’s Art Gallery beginning July 16. The Monday Rembrandts meet weekly at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., for fellowship, exchange of ideas and art critiquing. They work in watercolor and acrylic. Gerry Webster serves as the group’s facilitator.
An opening reception is set for 3-5 pm Sunday, July 29. The gallery will be open during business hours and by appointment. For more information, call 704-642-0731.
Rail Walk raises funds
Saturday, July 14 at Rail Walk, in support of “Chickweed – Celebrating Indestructible Women” at the Black Box Theatre at the Looking Glass Artist Collective, Rail Walk Studios & Gallery will have extended hours, opening at 11 a.m. and staying open until 9 p.m. Many artist at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery will donate 15 percent of all sales on July 14 to Rowan Family Crisis Council shelter. Rail Walk Studios & Gallery is located at 403 N Lee St.
NC Civil War Ironclads
SPENCER — As part of the sesquicentennial observances of the Civil War, the N.C. Transportation Museum presents “N.C. Civil War Ironclads,” with historian Andrew Duppstadt, at the Bob Julian Roundhouse on Saturday, July 14.
In the early years of the Civil War, as part of their overall strategy, the Confederate Navy Department attempted to build six ironclads in North Carolina. Four of these vessels were completed and each met with varying levels of disappointment and success during their service.
This presentation will explore the construction and career of these four ill-fated vessels that never quite lived up to the hopes placed in them.
The program begins at 1 p.m. in the Orientation Room of the Roundhouse. Regular museum admission applies. 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, 704-636-2889, www.nctrans.org
OCT auditions
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre will hold auditions for “Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None” on Aug. 20-21, from 7-9 p.m.
Auditions will consist of a cold read from the script. Eleven actors and actresses are needed. Show dates are Oct. 25-28.
Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St., NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
‘The Normal Heart’
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre Presents “The Normal Heart” by Larry Kramer in the Living Room Reading Series, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. Admission is free. This reading is rated R for Adult language and adult themes. OCT is located at 49 Spring St NW, 704-788-2405.
Dave Leatherman
RFD TV’s Dave Leatherman will perform at the Looking Glass Artist Collective’s black box theater Friday, July 13 beginning at 7 p.m.
Leatherman is touring as part of a series of performances organized by Vivian Hopkins (E.H. Montgomery General Store and Fifth String & Co. Promotions). The July 13 Black Box Theater Show kicks off that tour with two performances, one at 7 p.m. and the second at 8:30.
He will be joined by Rick Otts of Nashville, Dave Murph of Cleveland and Ronnie Elwood of Kannapolis. A meet-and-greet will be held at intermission. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, $10 students, under 6 free. Food concessions and drinks will be available.
LGAC Black Box Theater is located at 405 N. Lee St. For more information call Vivian Hopkins 704-267-9439.
Folkmoot Festival
The 29th Folkmoot Festival will take place July 18-29 across Western North Carolina. More than 300 dancers and musicians in colorful traditional costumes from the countries of New Zealand, France, Belgium, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Puerto Rico and Hawaii, USA are expected to appear in over 70 performances in 14 cities, including Maggie Valley, Clyde, Waynesville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Franklin, Burnsville, Cherokee, and Hickory.
Folkmoot USA attracts over 100,000 visitors to Western North Carolina. A full calendar of all performances is available on www.FolkmootUSA.org.
To purchase tickets for the Hickory show on July 22, go to www.FolkmootUSA.org or call 877-365-5872.
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