Arts Beat: June 22

Playhouse adds ‘Nunsense,’ ‘Pinkalicious’ show dates

The nonprofit Matthews Playhouse has added performances for its “Nunsense” and “Pinkalicious” shows due to popular demand.

An additional “Nunsense” show has been added at 8 p.m. Friday, June 22 and “Pinkalicious” also will be performed June 24 at 2 p.m. “Nunsense” tickets range from $15 to $17 and “Pinkalicious” tickets range from $5 to $10.

For more information or to buy tickets for either show, visit

Gold documentary filming in Mint Hill

The local public TV station WTVI will be filming at Mint Hill’s Carl J. McEwen Historic Village June 30 for a documentary on the area’s gold history.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the weekly farmers’ market, visitors to the village at 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, will see Whipple the horse will be working the recently installed Chilean mill wheel that was used to crush gold ore. Admission is free.

For more information, call 704-573-0726.

Mint Hill Arts offers photography class

Professional filmmaker and artist Larry Ferguson will teach a six-week basic photography class at the nonprofit Mint Hill Arts, 11205 Lawyers Road.

The class will be offered in two sessions, Monday evenings beginning June 25 and Thursday afternoons beginning June 28. Cost is $125 for six, two-hour classes.

Registration is available online at or call 980-226-5532.

Free portrait painting demonstration

The nonprofit Matthews Artists Guild will host Fort Mill artist Kevin Lepp July 10 who will demonstrate creating portraits in oil.

The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social time and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St.

Lepp received a bachelor’s degree in illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design. While there, he received the Best Illustrator Award for his class of 2001, and the Best of Show for the 2001 Best of Ringling Show. He’s the owner of KML Studio and also works as a graphic designer and is credited as a published illustrator of a children’s book.

Attention artists: Matthews Alive! needs you

All area artists in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylics, photography or mixed media are encouraged to enter work in the annual Matthews Alive! art show.

Prizes will be awarded, including $800 for first place; $400 for second place and $200 for third place. Six honorable mentions will receive $50 gift certificates. All award winners will receive ribbons.

The show, organized by the Matthews Artists Guild, will run Sept. 1 to 3 during the festival. Artwork intake is Aug. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. Cost is $30 per artist, to be paid during intake.

For more information, call Debbie Yacenda at 704-321-1523 or email

Madeline Albright coming to The Mint

The Mint Museum Uptown will host Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state to President Bill Clinton, in July.

Albright will discuss the museum’s pin collection and comment on how she, as the first female secretary of state in the United States, was able to use the “expressive power of jewelry to convey her diplomatic messages,” according to a news release from the museum.

Tickets are now on sale for the July 14 event. The discussion is at 1 p.m., followed by a book signing at 2 p.m. Find more information and purchase tickets at the museum’s website,, or call 704-337-2000.

The Mint Museum Uptown is located at 500 S. Tryon St.

The Light Factory heads back to the 80s

The Light Factory, a museum focused on promoting the power of image through photography and film, will take a trip back to the 1980s this summer.

“Attack of the Summer Film Series” will show three films this year: “Labyrinth,” starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, kicked the series off June 14; “The Neverending Story” is July 12; and “The Dark Crystal” is Aug. 9.

There’s no cost to attend the films, but donations are accepted. The Light Factory is located at 345 N. College St. All films are being shown at 401 N. Tryon St.

Find more information on the series at the museum’s website,

SouthPark Mall’s Movies Under the Stars schedule

People can come see these films in August at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road in Charlotte. The evening starts at 7 p.m., including a live band, children’s activities and concessions. People can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Movies, all of which are rated PG, start at dusk, or about 8:30 p.m.

• Aug. 3 – “Happy Feet 2”
• Aug. 10 – “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
• Aug. 17 – “Puss in Boots”
• Aug. 24 – “Kung Fu Panda 2”

Charlotte Symphony honors France

Viva La France is the next Summer Pops concert from the Charlotte Symphony.

The concert, Sunday, June 24, at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, will feature pieces from French composers like Georges Bizet, Hector Berlioz and Joseph-Maurice Ravel. The prelude act starts at 7 p.m., with the Charlotte Symphony getting under way at 8:15 p.m. People can bring blankets and low lawn chairs, like a beach chair. Chairs can’t be taller than 9 inches.

Single-show tickets are $10 for adults. Children younger than 18 are free.

Symphony Park is at 4400 Sharon Road. Find more information on the concert at the Charlotte Symphony’s website,

Apassionata cancels tour in U.S.

Apassionata, the live entertainment show that features more than 40 horses, has canceled its North American tour.

The tour was supposed to come to Charlotte in May, but was pushed back to early December. Now, the show won’t come to town at all after producers canceled due to the economic problems in Europe.

Refunds are available. Call 704-335-3100 for more information.

Charlotte Fine Art offers workshops, camps

The Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road in the Carmel Village shops, has a number of camps, classes and workshops coming up led by experienced artists, teachers and instructors.

There’s options for any level or age of artists, as well as choices for artists no matter their medium of choice, with classes ranging from acrylics to clay, collages and watercolor.

Find more information at the gallery’s website,

Water tower finally gets its art

Crews on Friday installed Jeff Thomas’ work “I Am/We Are” on the Design Center of the Carolinas water tower in Historic South End.

Thomas’ art was picked in a recent contest that saw 36 total entries. More than 17,000 people voted in the contest.

The work will grace the 125-foot-tall water tower for one year. Along with the visibility of his work, Thomas gets a $1,000 award and a donation of $5,000 in classroom supplies was made to Billingsville Elementary School.

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