Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Arts Beat August 2

Rhythm of Life returns to Matthews
The Sangamithra Foundation will host Rhythm of Life 2013 on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Matthews Community Center.
The event features members of local dance groups performing 18 dances including Latin, Indian and Bollywood style dances, Irish step, belly, contemporary/jazz, break dancing and more.
Last year’s event raised more than $3,000. Charlotte-based Sangamithra supports schools, hospitals and communities worldwide by buying basic supplies such as beds, water filtration systems and school supplies.
Tickets cost $10 each, and all proceeds will benefit the foundation’s tribal education projects in Kerala, India. Children ages 5 and younger can attend for free. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to
The Matthews Community Center is located at 100 McDowell St.

Alex Whisonant coming to MAG meeting
The Matthews Artists Guild will host Alex Whisonant of Cheap Joe’s at its meeting on Aug. 13, a Tuesday, at 7 p.m.
“Like many who work at Cheap Joe’s, (Whisonant) is a talented artist who works with all types of media. Bring in questions and an open mind,” the organization said in a news release.
Prior to the meeting, MAG will host a social time at 6:30 p.m. featuring refreshments and a chance to meet Whisonant and other members of the guild. The meeting takes place at the McDowell Arts Center, 123 McDowell St. in Matthews.
Find more information at the Matthews Artists Guild blog,, or call 704-321-7275.

Mint Hill Arts announces Volunteers of the Month
Three former Mint Hill Arts leaders who recently stepped down from their positions have been named the nonprofit’s July Volunteers of the Month.
Tony Billotto, Larry Ferguson and Laura Sussman-Randall were chosen as the Volunteers of the Month for their continued dedication to Mint Hill Arts, according to a news release from the nonprofit. Billotto is a former president, Ferguson is a former vice-president and Sussman-Randall is both a former treasurer and former president.
“Tony Billotto has poured his heart and soul into MHA during his term as president and as gallery chair. Laura Sussman-Randall has given her all to MHA since its founding … Larry Ferguson has been a stalwart officer and member, always ready take on any task,” Sandra Smith, of Mint Hill Arts, said in a news release. “These three loyal members have contributed countless hours, their treasure and love for this organization and its people. We appreciate all each one has done to make MHA our ‘home’ for the arts!”

Matthews Alive! Festival announces parade float contest
The Matthews Alive! Festival is adding a new event to this year’s festivities: a parade float contest.
Matthews Alive is a four-day family festival that takes place annually in downtown Matthews over Labor Day weekend. This year’s annual parade will be held Aug. 31, a Saturday.
“Floats should be creative, represent the overall atmosphere and mission of Matthews Alive (Good Times Funding Good Works), your vision of the Town of Matthews or represent your business/ organization,” festival organizers said in a news release.
Entries will be judged based on creativity, crowd engagement and originality. The winner of the contest will receive $700 cash, and a $300 cash prize will be awarded to the runner-up.
Find more information including an application at under the “parade” tab.

Charlotte Children’s Choir scheduling auditions through August
The nonprofit Charlotte Children’s Choir is scheduling auditions for its 2013-14 performance season through the end of August. Auditions are scheduled by appointment for children ages 8 to 18.
The Charlotte Children’s Choir consists of six choirs made up of 230 youth representing six counties, two states and more than 100 public and private schools. These groups perform at various venues throughout the state and country. Past performances have included the A&E television special “Judy Collins Christmas at the Biltmore” and performances at the White House.
For more information about the choir, or to schedule an audition, go to or call 704-374-1892, ext. 2.

First annual Bain Daze set for Sept. 21
Leaders of the Bain Restoration Project recently announced plans to host the first annual Bain Daze at Mint Hill’s Park on Fairview next month.
Bain Daze will be an “old-timey, family-friendly festival,” according to a news release from the organization, and is scheduled for Sept. 21, a Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Proceeds from the festival will go toward restoring the circa-1889 Bain School building.
The event will take place rain or shine and will feature food, crafts and entertainment. Games and activities will include Cow Pie Bingo, cornhole and horseshoes tournaments, a pumpkin toss, watermelon seed-spitting contest, a pie throwing, cake walks, a beard/moustache contest and more.
“We want this to be a community event for everyone,” Tina Ross, chair of the Bain Restoration Committee, said in the release. “We hope Mint Hill clubs and organizations will support and participate in Bain Daze. We welcome volunteers who are interested in working at the festival.”
For more information or to volunteer, email Tina Ross at or call 704-545-6231.

Two new 3D films at Discovery Place
Discovery Place’s Discovery 3D Theatre is hosting daily showings of two new films.
The Discovery 3D Theatre’s digital technology combined with the help of 3D glasses allow movies to “leap from the screen” for an up-close-and-personal movie going experience, according to a news release.
“Turtlevision 2: Sammy’s Escape” will run through May 2014. The film features turtles Sammy and Ray, who’ve been snatched off the beach with their grandchildren. Finding themselves in a strange aquarium filled with all kinds of colorful characters, and a magical dark side, Sammy and Ray must orchestrate an escape mission from evil watchkeeper Big D.
“The Majestic Lion” runs through November. The film is an “open-air vehicle” journey through the diverse South African game reserves.
Moviegoers will come face to face with lions, gaining a new appreciation for these wild animals, and discover the importance of conservation efforts being made today to save them.
The featured films are 15 to 20 minutes long, show throughout the day and are free with museum admission.
Regular admission costs $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 2 to 13 and seniors ages 60 and older. Children younger than 2 get in free. Group discounts are available.
Find more information at, or call 704-372-6261, ext. 300.
Discovery Place is located at 301 N. Tryon St., in Charlotte.

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