Art Beat: May 11

Matthews farmers’ market adding Tuesday evening hours

The Matthews Community Farmers’ Market will begin a “Twilight Farmers’ Market” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays starting May 22.

The evening market, which runs through July 24, will include almost every vendor customers find on Saturdays. The markets at 188 N. Trade St. also will include live music, cooking demonstrations and more.

Free community band concert May 17

The Matthews Concert Band will host its final performance of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17th at the Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St.

Admission is free and the concert will include musical commentary by Ken Conrad.

Butler High to present several plays in May

The Butler High School Theatre Department still has a couple of shows to perform before the end of the school year, starting with “Hush Little Celia, Don’t Say a Word” on May 17, a Thursday.

The production, presented by the school’s Theatre II class, is a comedy about a girl with selective mutism who overcomes her fears by becoming friends with a boy in her class. The production stars Alice Albl and Alexavier Ratliff.

The Theatre III, IV and Honors III and IV class will present two shows May 18, a Friday, starting with “Conflict,” which is a farce that tries to explain why we crave stories in which the protagonist experiences all kinds of hardship, starring Branden Cook. The second production, “13 Ways,” is a hilarious look at what not to do at a college interview and stars Kendall Burns and Chris Williams.

The season will wrap up on May 21, a Monday, with “An Evening of Shorts,” presented by the three Theatre I classes. The classes found or wrote prose and poetry selections on the themes of “Innocence,” “Choices,” and “Time.”

Tickets, $5, are available at the door 30 minutes before the performance. All plays will begin at 7 p.m. at the school, 1810 Pineville-Matthews Road in Matthews.

Discover Matthews May 12

Celebrate the history and heritage of Matthews Saturday, May 12 during the second annual Discover Matthews.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Matthews and will include historical walking tours, information about local nonprofits, live entertainment and more. The day concludes with an “Old Fashioned Strawberry Social” at the Reid House from 2 to 4 p.m., marking the 25th anniversary of the Matthews Historical Foundation. Admission is free.

Free concert puts Charlotte Folk Society members in spotlight
The Charlotte Folk Society will host a free 90-minute Members’ Showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11.

The event at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., in Charlotte, will highlight 16 acts performing a variety of styles and instruments, according to a news release from the organization. Free parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center.

Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the hour-long concert. Visitors are welcome to join in or simply listen.

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