Children of all ages invited to Narnia

DAVIDSON – The Davidson Community Players invite the community into an enchanted land with their performance of “Narnia,” directed by Melissa Ohlman-Roberge.

The show is a stage adaptation of the C.S. Lewis’ classic, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” complete with original music.

The story involves a group of children who discover a world of talking animals, ruled by the lion King Aslan. The children who enter this world learn lessons of courage, unselfishness and wisdom.

The 70-minute production is family-friendly and a great way to introduce children to live theater.

Shows at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., are at 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 and 16; 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 17; and 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the box office or online.

Details: or 704-892-7953.


Author of ‘M. Butterfly,’ ‘Chinglish’ to speak at college

DAVIDSON – The author of the 1988 play “M. Butterfly” will speak Nov. 4 at the annual Reynolds Lecture at Davidson College.

David Henry Hwang’s talk, “The Fluidity of Identity,” reflects his experience as a first-generation Asian-American in theater.

“M. Butterfly,” Hwang’s best-known work, won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award.

Hwang’s most recent play, “Chinglish,” is a hit Broadway comedy about an American businessman in China. It received a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding New Play, and was named “Best New American Play” by TIME magazine in 2011.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Duke Family Performance Hall, followed by a reception and book signing in the Brown Atrium. Tickets are free but required. Get them at the Alvarez College Union ticket office 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, or via or 704-894-2135.

Details: 704-894-2254.


Former Marine aviator publishes book

CORNELIUS – Move over, Tom Clancy. Lake Norman’s own military-legal thriller wordsmith has published his debut novel, “Shadow of the Corps.”

James M. DuPont, a former Marine Corps aviator and legal officer, drew on his 12 years of active duty service and more than 100 combat sorties in Afghanistan and Iraq to pen the thriller published by Pegasus, W.W. Norton in July.

The story follows Dale Riley, fresh from law school, who has joined the Marine Corps as a JAG attorney. However, when he takes on as a client a combat pilot accused of unlawfully bombing a village in northeastern Afghanistan, his world quickly becomes undone, especially when the prosecuting attorney is found murdered.

The novel is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other online retailers.

DuPont is an airline pilot and major in the Marine Corps reserves. He has lived in Cornelius for the past eight years. 


Grow ‘Movember’ moustache for Summit Coffee campaign

DAVIDSON – Summit Coffee is challenging men to grow out their moustaches in November to raise money for men’s health in the third annual “Movember.”

The month of awareness and long whiskers culminates with Cast Iron Filter headlining the Summer Twilight 5K and Festival on Nov. 23.

The Twilight 5K features more than 1,000 luminaries lining the Davidson Greenway. Runners who sign up online with the promo code “CIF” will receive $10 off the entry fee. All runners have free entry to the post-race festival.

Other “Movember” events include:

• The Freckled Dog Pub, Summit’s Oxford-Style pub, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 1;

• Saturday with Sierra Nevada, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2;

• Mo’ Beer, Please: A Dark Brew Tasting at The Freckled Dog, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 8;

• Group Hash Fun Run and Post-Run Party, 6 p.m. Nov. 14;

• Davidson Art Crawl with wine tasting and moustache art at Summit, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15; and

• Mo Down dance party, 9-11 p.m. Nov. 16. 


Sanctuary offers November art classes

DAVIDSON – Sanctuary, an art gallery and homemade gift shop, has announced its schedule of art classes in November.

For children:

• Paint, Draw and Build: The class meets 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 4-Dec. 9, and costs $75;

• Pottery Pizazz: The class meets 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 10, and costs $75;

• Inchie Masterpieces: The class meets 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 12, and costs $65; and

• Crafty Saturdays: On Nov. 9, students will paint Van Gogh boats. On Nov. 23, students will use the theme “Thankful.” The class meets 10 a.m.-noon and costs $25.

For adults:

• Folk Art Trees: The class meets 6-9 p.m. Nov. 4 and 11 and costs $85.

• Photograph Your Life: The class meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 7, 14 and 21 and costs $90.

• Coffee and Paintbrushes: Coffee and tea are provided at this workshop 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 14 and costs $40.

• Cocktails and Paintbrushes: The class meets 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18 and costs $40.

Classes take place at Sanctuary, 108 S. Main St. Advance registration is required.

Details: 704-892-0044 or


Improv show to tickle funny bones

CORNELIUS – The Chuckleheads, an improvisational theater group in Charlotte, will be making it up as they go along at their “Sittin’ at the Kids Table Summer Comedy Improv and Musical Variety Extravaganza” on Nov. 23.

Each show includes end-of-summer-themed unscripted comedy games, musical games and activities, game show elements and heavy-duty audience participation. The show will also include a raffle.

The five-year-old group is the house improvisational troupe of the non-profit corporation, Actor’s Crib Inc.

The show takes place at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the family show at 6 p.m., with a show at 8 p.m. that could contain adult language and situations.

Tickets cost $15 at the door or $10 online or by calling 704-301-1564 and asking to be on the guest list. Parking is free in the lots near the center.



Grand opening gallantry for Community Arts Project

CORNELIUS – The Community Arts Project invites the public to a two-day celebration of the new center’s opening at the Chair Factory building.

The festivities begin for adults 21 and older 7-10 p.m. Nov. 1. The evening includes food, drinks and music. The party continues for children with food, drinks and art 10 am.-2 p.m. Nov. 2.

Both events are free.

The Community Arts Project sells a variety of handcrafted items made by instructors. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon. Friday and Saturday at 20700 N. Main St., Suite 112.

Details: or 704-896-8980.


Registration open for fall workshops 

CORNELIUS – The Community Arts Project has opened its registration for its holiday-themed workshops. Workshops include Fabulous Fall Wreaths, Boo Buddies, Gingerbread Mania, Snow Globes and Reindeer Games. 

The Community Arts Project is located at 20700 N. Main St., Suite 112. 

Details: or 704-896-8980.


Adult painting classes open

CORNELIUS – For those aspiring Monets and Rembrandts, registration is open for four-week adult painting classes at the Community Arts Project.

Classes include Painting with Paul Keysar on Mondays, Oil Painting with Gordon C. James on Wednesdays and Holiday Card Printmaking with Jane Ellithorpe on Thursdays.

Classes run 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 18 through Dec. 19, with no classes the week of Thanksgiving.

Details: or 704-896-8980.


Drop-in art keeps little fingers busy

CORNELIUS – For parents who need to shop, cook and prepare for the holidays without little ones underfoot, the Community Arts Projects offers drop-in art for children ages 2 to 12.

• Thanksgiving Creations, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 27;

• “Art Friday” on Black Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29; and

• Holiday Art, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2 and 3.

Details: or 704-896-8980.