Before you get too busy with summer activities, make sure to put the free film screening on June 14 after Art Walk on your calendar.
Beatles Stories, a documentary about a variety of different people’s encounters with the Fab Four, will be shown at 9 p.m. in the Davis Theatre. The film is presented by Modern Film Fest at the Davis, a partnership between the Cabarrus Arts Council and Modern Film Fest. Theatre doors will open at 8:30 p.m., and seating is first-come, first served. Make sure to come early and enjoy the downtown Concord Art Walk, 6-9 p.m.
Subtitled “A Fab Four Fan’s Ultimate Road Trip,” the film was created by Seth Swirsky, who grew up in the 1960s idolizing the Beatles’ songs, sound and style. In 2004 he set out with video camera in hand to talk to people who had crossed paths with his heroes. He filmed hundreds of interviews. There are other musicians, including Smokey Robinson, Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel, Ray Manzarek and Graham Nash. There are well-known actors, including Sir Ben Kingsley, Henry Winkler and Jon Voight. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, are the interviews with neighbors, former roommates and girlfriends!
Reviewers have loved the film. Here are excerpts from a few:
“The film is so fantastic, so from the heart and so wildly revealing. An epic and timeless masterwork.” – Cameron Crowe, Director (Almost Famous)
“This is a must-see film for anyone who loves the Beatles, or for anyone who wished they could have been there in the swinging 60s, living the life that so few got to experience.” – HollywoodRevealed.com
“Stories we’ve never heard. Pictures we’ve never seen. A Beatles’ fan’s dream!” –
David Leaf, award-winning writer/director (The U.S. vs. John Lennon)
Beatles Stories has not been rated by the MPAA. Modern Film Fest estimates it would receive a PG. The arts council recommends that you research the film to determine whether it is right for you. For more information, visit click or call 704-920-ARTS (2787).
The Cabarrus Arts Council is proud to be a sponsor of both Concord and Kannapolis’s summer concert series, which kick-off Friday, May 10.
The Kannapolis series is organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and features lunchtime and evening concerts in Village Park and Veterans Park. For information, click or call 704-920-4343. Concord’s Union Street Live is put together by Concord Downtown Development Corporation. For information, click or call 704-784-4208.
Summer Concerts in Village Park, 700 West C Street, Kannapolis, will open Friday May 10, with Parmalee, a Greenville, NC, country band with a new single “Carolina.” Other concerts are Saturday, June 1, Tim Clark Band, beach, oldies and party music; Saturday, June 15, Tribute Band Night with Fire and Heart Brigade (playing music by Journey and Heart); Tuesday, July 2, Charlotte Symphony playing patriotic music followed by fireworks; Saturday, July 13, Darrell Harwood and Gal Friday Band, country band fronted by a China Grove native; Saturday, July 27, Jim Quick and Coastline, Carolinas beach music; and Saturday, August 10, A1A, Jimmy Buffet tribute band. All shows begin at 7 p.m., and the May 10 and July 2 ones will be followed by fireworks.
The Thursdays on Main lunchtime series in Veterans Park, corner of North Main and East First Street, Kannapolis, will include four 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. shows in June. First up on June 3 will be White Chocolate, which plays everything from ‘50s hits to disco, followed by June 13, SoundBarrier, party music from the ‘60s to today; June 20, The Raisin’ Cain Band, fusion of rock, funk and blues; and June 27, Corey Hunt Band, country rock.
There also will be beach music in Veterans Park on the second Thursday of June, July and August, 6-9 p.m. The Entertainers will play on June 13, Coconut Groove Band on July 11 and Fantastic Shakers on August 8.
Union Street Live brings beach music to Means Avenue near Union Street, Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., May-September. This year’s series kicks off May 16 with one of the biggest names in beach music, The Tams. They are known for their “Tam O’Shanter” hats and their big hits, including “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am),” “Be Young, Be Foolish, But Be Happy” and “I’ve Been Hurt.” Following will be Tim Clark Band on June 20, Too Much Sylvia on July 18, Craig Woolard on August 15 and Atlantic Groove Band on September 19.
The Edge, which features cutting edge pieces and modern approaches, will be on display March 25-May 16 at The Galleries.
The exhibition includes paintings, pottery, glass, wood and mixed media by 15 artists: Graham Auman, Raleigh, abstract oil paintings; Thor and Jennifer Bueno, Penland, totems of hand-blown glass stones; Betty Clark, Asheville, abstract oil paintings; Virginia Derryberry, Asheville, large-scale narrative paintings; Michael Hamlin-Smith, Charlotte, mid-century modern-influenced ceramic vessels; Kenn Kotara, Asheville, shaped canvas abstract paintings; Matthew Micca, Greensboro, minimalist ballpoint pen drawings; Daniel Nevins, Asheville, science-based free form painting; Jeff Pender, Charlotte, sculptural and functional ceramics; Wanda Steppe, Rock Hill, SC, oil paintings combining symbols and personal mythology; David Stuempfle, Seagrove, over-sized coil pottery; Bob Trotman, Casar, philosophical wood sculptures; Anatoly Tsiris, Charlotte, huge wood vessels; and Anthony Ulinski, Raleigh, oil and wax abstract paintings.
Trotman and Pender will talk to visitors about their work and demonstrate some of their techniques, 6:30-8 p.m., at the downtown Concord Art Walk on Friday, April 12.
There is no admission charge to any of the activities at The Galleries. Volunteer docents are available to give you a tour and answer questions or you may enjoy the exhibition on your own. If you have children with you (or just want to have some fun with the art yourself), make sure to ask for the “I Spy” artwork scavenger hunt.
Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Galleries will be closed March 29-April 6. For more information, call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or click.
Cabarrus County is filled with the arts this weekend!
The weekend includes a theatrical production, two art exhibitions, an arts festival, two choral concerts and a band concert. If you plan carefully, you can do all of them!
You can see The Galleries’ wonderful exhibition, The Edge, featuring contemporary works, cutting edge pieces and modern artistic approaches, Friday or Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Galleries are located at 65 Union Street S, Concord. The exhibition will be on display through May 16.
For more visual art, attend the eighth annual Spring into Arts Festival Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in downtown Concord. It will feature a juried art exhibition and sale, a big children’s area with a variety of free hands-on activities and performers and a stage featuring some favorite local musicians. There will even be a 3-D chalk art creation happening in front of your eyes!
There also is a visual arts opportunity on Sunday at the Jennie Martin Tomlin Gallery at 316 Hillcrest Drive, Harrisburg. Works by artist and teacher Tomlin as well as her students and other local artists will be on display, 2-6 p.m.
Old Courthouse Theatre’s version of the Tony Award-winning classic South Pacific will play Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. as well as May 10-12. For tickets to the musical about two parallel love stories threatened by war and prejudice, call 704-788-2405 or email email@example.com.
There are choral concerts by both children and adults. The Piedmont Choral Society will present two concerts of spirituals, on Friday at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance Street, Kannapolis, and again on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union Street NW, Concord. The Choral Academy’s three age-based youth choirs will sing on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley Street NE, Concord.
The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band will play Broadway tunes Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Blackwelder Park Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2204 Summit Avenue, Kannapolis.
Arts council grants support Spring into Arts Festival, Old Courthouse Theatre, the Piedmont Choral Society and The Choral Academy. The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band is a former grant recipient, and Jennie Martin Tomlin’s work has been shown in The Galleries.
A French comedy that has won several film festival awards will be shown Thursday, May 2, at the Davis Theatre.
The free screening of La Créme will be at 7 p.m. in the theatre at 65 Union Street S in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served. The screening is part of Modern Film Fest at the Davis, a partnership between the Cabarrus Arts Council and Modern Film Fest.
La Créme is about an unemployed man who sees his life change in a big way after he gets a jar of face cream for Christmas. When he puts the cream on his face, everyone thinks he is a celebrity and treats him accordingly.
A reviewer on the IMBD.com website summed up the plot: “This is a simple fable about star-status and letting the ego overwhelm personality, with references to pop-culture and society, with clever dialogue and witty actors (most unknown), this film has a lot of personality.”
La Créme won “Best Film” at the Toronto Fantasy Worldwide Film Festival and was the audience’s choice for “Best Foreign Film” at the Oxford (Mississippi) Film Festival. It got the “Next Wave” award in the “Best Film” category at the Austin Fantastic Fest. The film is the first directed by Reynaud Bertram, one of France’s top film editors. It stars Nicolas Abraham, Laurent Legeay and Marie-Anne Pauly.
The last film in the 2012-13 Modern Film Fest at the Davis series will be shown Friday, June 14, at 9 p.m. after the downtown Concord Art Walk. That film, Beatles Stories, is a documentary about fans’, other musicians, neighbors, even former girlfriends’ encounters with the Fab Four.
La Créme has not been rated by the MPAA. Modern Film Fest estimates that it would be rated PG-13. For more information, call the arts council at 704-920-ARTS (2787).
“That sax player Shableek is ridiculous! He makes that instrument sing! And the band collectively is perfectly synchronized and melodic… just takes me on a journey every time I get to hear them live.” Ida Divine, Singer/Rapper – Quoted in Creative Loafing Oct. 2010
Shableek and his band will bring an evening of jazz, soul and rhythm and blues to the Davis Theatre Thursday, April 25.
The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre in the Cabarrus Historic Courthouse at 65 Union Street S, Concord. Tickets are $12 and available at the box office, 704-920-2753, and online. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Read more at www.shableek.com.
Shan “Shableek” Richardson plays traditional and contemporary jazz, soul and rhythm and blues. Calling himself a “saxophonist evolutionary,” he plays alto, tenor and soprano saxophone in such a way that he becomes the lead singer, capturing the nuances of the human voice with his instrument.
A Charlotte native, Shableek has studied jazz and much of his sound is steeped in the music he grew up with – 1970s Motown, pop and R&B and early 1980s hip-hop as well as the jazz masters. His list of influences includes Prince, R. Kelly, Charlie Parker, Maceo Parker and Grover Washington.
Shableek has played many of Charlotte’s major events, including Taste of Charlotte, Speed Street and jazz festivals. He has opened for major performers such as George Duke and Fantasia Barrino.
Shableek’s performance will be the last of the 2012-13 Davis Theatre season. Next year’s line-up will be announced in June and tickets will go on sale to the general public July 1. For more information, call 704-920-2753 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
The Jeremy Kittel Band, composed of some of the most dynamic young performers in American acoustic music, will perform at the Davis Theatre Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $35 and available at the box office, 704-920-2753, and online. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The band is composed of Jeremy Kittel, fiddle; Josh Pinkham, mandolin; Nathaniel Smith, cello; and Simon Chrisman, hammered dulcimer. They have the drive of Celtic fiddling, spontaneity of jazz, soul of the blues and intricacies of chamber music.
Grammy winner Kittel is one of a new breed of fiddlers and violinists who easily navigates a multitude of musical styles and traditions, while cultivating new ground and redefining the role of the instrument. Besides the Jeremy Kittel Band, he played for four years as a jazz-improviser with the Turtle Island Quartet. He’s played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to The Prairie Home Companion to the Bonnaroo festival. He also teaches internationally as one of the world’s leading Scots-Irish fiddlers.
Pinkham was called “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine in its review of his CD, “Solo Mandolin Duets.” Pinkham began playing the instrument when he was 12 and had been on stage with all his mandolin heroes by the time he was 14. Mandolin forefather David Grisman, with whom Pinkham has recently completed a recording, deemed him “certainly one of the most important improvisers on the acoustic music scene today.”
Smith has toured extensively in the United States and Canada with well-known fiddlers Mark O’Conner and Natalie McMaster. He received the American String Teachers Association Alternative Styles Award and has played on the NPR show From the Top. He collaborated with the renowned Yo-Yo Ma on “Songs of Joy and Peace.”
Chrisman is known for his sophisticated rhythmic sense and ingenious tonal flexibility on an instrument that is usually seen as limited. He has opened for guitarist Bill Frisell and played with mandolinist Mike Marshall and fiddler Darol Anger. He tours with the Bee Eaters.
Read more at www.jeremykittel.com.
You may not think of Celtic music as the kind that makes you stomp your feet, but Thistledown Tinkers just may change your mind.
The kilt-clad duo, Tom Eure and Tripp Rogers, are “on a mission to play Celtic music that makes you stand up and take notice . . . not the fragile, romanticized Celtic music you hear in music soundtracks, but the kind that makes you sing along and stomp your feet.” They call it Celtic with “Southern swagger.”
The Tinkers weave traditional Scottish and Irish music with original tunes, playing an impressive arsenal of instruments including guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer and concertina. They have recorded several CDs, including one featuring Christmas songs that was released in December. They also both have recorded solo CDs.
Thistledown Tinkers will play Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S, Concord. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online or at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or via telephone, 704-920-2753. The performance is part of the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Footlights series of local music.
Eure and Rogers are both veteran North Carolina musicians. Eure describes himself as an Americana singer/songwriter, but he got his start in music in the early 1990s when he fronted bands ranging from psychedelic rock to pop and played bluegrass and old time on his days off. Rogers has been in Southern rock, country and blues bands. The two also play in the Celtic rock band, Stirling Bridge, and Eure plays with Carolina Gator Gumbo which performed at the Davis Theatre in 2011.
Preview the music or find out more about Thistledown Tinkers at www.thistledowntinkers.com.
A fun night of free movies is coming up Thursday, March 21, at the Davis Theatre.
Four films will be shown. The screenings are part of Modern Film Fest at the Davis, a partnership between the Cabarrus Arts Council and Modern Film Fest.
The Debt Collector is about a murdering gunslinger who faces his demons only to discover that redemption isn’t for everyone. The 17-minute film is set on the Oklahoma Plains in the 1930s Great Depression. Hoovy Nash, an aging gunslinger turned debt collector for the bank, is a force to be reckoned with, especially for the poor dirt farmers of the plains. When a collection goes awry, however, a little girl is lost and Hoovy sets out to find her.
Dance for One is a powerful 28-minute film about three generations of ballerinas. A domineering grandmother, her rebellious daughter and her young talented granddaughter come together after years of unresolved feelings, unspoken secrets and simmering resentments. Emotions run high as these women relive the past in order to plan for the future.
Gandhi at the Bat is a newsreel-style account of the little-known (and totally fictional) time that Mahatma Gandhi pinch-hit for the New York Yankees in 1933. Based on a short story by Chet Williamson that originally appeared in The New Yorker in 1983, Gandhi at the Bat is a faithful recreation of a 1930s-style newsreel. The 11-minute movie includes over 75 effects shots, done by the directors themselves, which transform the actual shooting location (a minor league ballpark in Bakersfield, California) into a faithful recreation of Yankee Stadium as it was over 70 years ago.
The fourth film is a Fandango commercial competition entry directed by Michael Knox of Modern Film Fest. An homage to Godzilla monster movies, the 4-minute film uses green screen technique as well as cardboard cities and a giant cardboard robot. Knox will be at the screening to answer questions about how he made the movie.
The next screening in the Modern Film Fest at the Davis series will be Star Wars Uncut on Friday, April 12, at 9 p.m. after Art Walk. Thousands of fans from all over the world have remade the classic film in 15-second segments. The outrageous result includes live action, animation, flipbooks and characters played by people, Ninja Turtles, Legos and Jim Beam bottles. There is even a scene with a canister vacuum cleaner as R2-D2.
A French movie with subtitles, Le Crème, will be shown on Thursday, May 2, at 7p.m. A big hit at festivals all over the world, the film is about an unemployed salesman who sees his life turn around when he comes into possession of a face cream that makes people believe he is a celebrity.
Many of the independent films shown at the Davis Theatre have not been rated by the MPAA. The arts council recommends that you research them to determine whether they are appropriate for your family. For more information, call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or click.
A group invitational exhibition exploring how artists use the old – recycled materials, memories, stories – to create something will be on display through March 7 at The Galleries.
Something Old, Something New includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, quilts, mixed media and pottery by 18 artists: Jim Arendt, portraits created of denim; Andy Braitman, landscape paintings that convey the feeling of old barns; Jonathan Callicutt, prints combining comic book imagery and Renaissance style; Kathleen Campbell, photographs using old glass plate negatives and plant forms; Aleta Chandler, architecturally inspired clay forms from her memory; Adrienne Dellinger, unique utilitarian clay works; David Edgar, fish created from plastic containers; Larry Favorite, ironwood sculptures inlaid with silver and turquoise; Drew Findley, original posters for The Avett Brothers and other music groups; Sue Grier, hand-built and altered clay forms; Rolf Holmquist, old wood and found object bird houses; Jill Jensen, mixed media quilts combining stitching, painting, drawing and printmaking; Janice Keene Maddox, traditionally themed pieced quilts; Nathan Rose, furniture created using traditional woodworking techniques; John Rosenthal, photographs that remind us what to remember; Archie Smith, one-of-a-kind dulcimers and psalteries; David Earl Tomlinson, quilt-inspired metal artwork; and Jason Watson, exquisitely rendered narrative drawings.
Two of the artists, Adrienne Dellinger and Archie Smith, will demonstrate some of their techniques during the downtown Concord Art Walk on Friday, February 22. The demonstrations will take place 6:30-8 p.m. and The Galleries will be open for Art Walk 6-9 p.m. Download a map after February 15.
There is no admission charge to any of the activities at The Galleries. Volunteer docents are available to give you a tour and answer questions or you may enjoy the exhibition on your own. If you have children with you, make sure to ask for the “I Spy” artwork scavenger hunt.
The Galleries are located at 65 Union Street S, Concord, in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse. They are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.