Davidson Community Players presents ‘Flyin’ West’ through March 9

DAVIDSON – Three strong, independent African-American women find independence and freedom as pioneers in the American West in Davidson Community Players’ production of Pearl Cleage’s “Flyin’ West.”

The play features a powerful story about the bond of three sisters and their elderly neighbor who face trials and tribulations in the mid-West as homesteaders.

The play takes place in the 1890s in Nicodemus, Kan.

“We’re proud to help celebrate Black History month with this powerful production that tells a story about settling the western frontier not frequently told,” Executive Director Matt Merrell said.

Sidney Horton directs the play.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 20-22, Feb. 27-March 1 and March 6-8, as well as 2 p.m. Feb. 23, March 2 and 9, at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. 

In conjunction with opening weekend, DavidsonLearns has created a community education event Feb. 22 at Summit Coffee. Davidson College English professor Ann Fox will discuss the play and historical time period.

Details:  704-892-7953 or www.DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org.


North Meck Woman’s Club offers portal to Monte Carlo

CORNELIUS – The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club will present A Night in Monte Carlo to support Purple Heart Homes, one of 10 CNN Heroes finalists.

The event features heavy hors d’oeuvres, casino gaming, cash bar and jazz entertainment.

A Night in Monte Carlo will be held 7-11 p.m. March 7 at The Peninsula Country Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive. Dress is black-tie optional.

The event costs $75 per person or $125 per couple before Feb. 28.

Details: www.nmwclub.org; Patricia Brown, patricia.brown80@yahoo.com; or Gina Story, jgatjstory@roadrunner.com.


Latta Plantation event depicts slavery

HUNTERSVILLE – Latta Plantation is holding “Back of the Big House” to teach those interested about the African-American experience on a North Carolina backcountry plantation.

Food historian Clarissa Clifton will return to Latta Plantation to discuss slave society through food.

She will discuss the similarities and differences between house, skilled and field slaves.

Suky Latta will be the particular focus as she was the real life cook for Jane Latta during the early 1800s.

It will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road.

Admission costs $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Ages 5 and younger get in free.

Details: www.lattaplantation.org or 704-875-2312.


Rhythm & Brews Fundraiser benefits young victims of sexual abuse

CORNELIUS – Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center will hold its inaugural Rhythm & Brews Fundraiser to raise money for services to help children and families affected by sexual abuse.

Radio host Ramona Holloway will emcee the evening, which includes craft beers, live music from the Holdouts and gourmet treats from Armin’s Catering.

The event will be held March 1 at The Pearl, 19501 W. Catawba Ave. Admission costs $75.

Details: www.patsplacecac.org/RB or 704-335-2760.