Art festival brightens streets of Birkdale Village

HUNTERSVILLE – As spring emerges across the Piedmont, more than 70 of America’s awarded artisans will journey to Huntersville.

The Lake Norman Fine Art Festival premiers at Birkdale Village this month.

Many of the artisans have been represented in the museums and galleries throughout the country.

Stroll the art show, meet the artists and find original paintings, photographs, sculptures, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, woodwork and glass ceramics to enrich your home or office.

The festival will take place April 20 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and April 21 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. along Birkdale Commons Parkway. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Festival Director Bill Kinney at 631-421-1590 or to learn more about the show’s vendors.


DCP seeks actors for ‘Leading Ladies’

DAVIDSON – Davidson Community Players announces open auditions for its July 2013 production of “Leading Ladies” by Ken Ludwig. The production will be directed by Vito Abate.

In this comedy, two down-on-their-luck actors find themselves performing on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country. When they hear that an elderly woman is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives. But when they realize the relatives are really nieces, they continue with the scheme anyway. Auditions for adult actors and actresses ages 18 and up will be held April 29-30 at The Warehouse, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius.

Auditions will begin at 7 p.m. each night and will consist of cold readings from the script. To read a short excerpt from the script, visit

Participants only need to attend one session and should bring a resume or list of theater experiences, recent photo and a list of conflicts for the June-July timeframe.

Callbacks will be held by invitation only May 1, and rehearsals begin in June.

Performances will run July 18-28 at the Duke Family Performance Hall in Davidson College’s Alvarez Union.

For more information, contact Artistic Director Marla Brown at 704 892-7953 or


Home concert to feature Celtic music

CHARLOTTE – Ray Owens and Sally Higgins are opening the doors to their home for a Celtic concert featuring Len Graham and Brian O hAirt April 19.

The men will capture the style of sean-nos, or traditional Irish singing. Graham is one of Ireland’s best-known singers, giving voice to many ballads from northeastern Ulster.

American-born O hAirt is a singer and dancer, as well as an instrumentalist on accordion, concertina and whistle. He sings with a quartet called Bua in Chicago.

Many songs the duo performs are sung in unison.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at 531 Manning Drive in Charlotte. It’s hosted through the Charlotte Folk Society.

Tickets cost $15 per person, and seating is limited. Advance registration and payment are required to hold your seat. Guests are invited to bring their own beverages and snacks.

For more information, contact Ray Owens at or 704-521-6177.