Carolina Calendar: February 2017
photograph by The Secret Chocolatier


Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention • Boone • February 3-4
This 100 percent student-operated event features concerts, workshops, competitions, a square dance, and arts and crafts in celebration of Appalachian mountain music.

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Travis Tritt in Concert • Shelby • February 3
Country music star Travis Tritt will perform an acoustic concert at the Don Gibson Theatre.

Learn more: (704) 487-8114 or

Lonesome River Band • Valdese • February 3
Bluegrass at the Rock welcomes this award-winning contemporary bluegrass band, whose career spans more than 30 years.

Learn more: (828) 879-2129 or

Masterworks III: Marjorie Bagley • Hickory • February 4
Violinist Marjorie Bagley performs at Lenoir-Rhyne University as part of the Western Piedmont Symphony’s Masterworks Series.

Learn more: (828) 324-8603 or

Home in a New Place • Morganton • February 7-March 27
This exhibit by Katy Clune features photographs of a local immigrant community, including a Laotian family’s home and holiday traditions, family restaurant, and Buddhist temple.

Learn more: (828) 438-5362 or

Jessica Lang Dance • Boone • February 8
This New York-based dance company transforms classical ballet into a contemporary style in a performance at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or

Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics • Asheville • February 10-July 4
A new exhibition at the Biltmore Estate features award-winning costumes from movies inspired by favorite books in George Vanderbilt’s collection.

Learn more: (800) 411-3812 or

Booth Brothers • Franklin • February 10
This award-winning Southern gospel music trio, known for its refreshing humor, inspiring songs, and encouraging words, performs at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (828) 524-1598 or

Trinity Artist Series: Caro e Cara • Statesville • February 12
Ilana Lubitsch, soprano, and David Moffitt, tenor, perform opera and show-tune favorites at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Learn more: (704) 872-6314 or

Bluegrass First Class • Asheville • February 17-19
The 22nd annual bluegrass festival features a lineup of 10 bluegrass bands, arts and crafts vendors, workshops, and a Kids’ Academy for young pickers.

Learn more: (828) 275-8650 or

National Arts & Crafts Conference and Antiques Show • Asheville • February 17-19
The Omni Grove Park Inn hosts this 30th annual event, with seminars; tours; demonstrations; and more than 110 exhibitors of antiques, contemporary arts and crafts, and books.

Learn more: (828) 628-1915 or

The Foreigner • Hendersonville • February 17-March 5
Unfortunate misunderstandings due to a language barrier cause events to spiral out of control for a foreigner in this hilarious play.

Learn more: (828) 692-1082 or

Treasure Island • Newton • February 17-26
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, this adaptation by the Green Room Community Theatre tells the story of a young boy who discovers a treasure map and embarks on a legendary adventure.

Learn more: (828) 464-6128 or

We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered • Franklin • February 18
Michelle Berting Brett and a seven-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe re-create the original sound of the Carpenters in a tribute to the iconic group.

Learn more: (828) 524-1598 or

Sapphire Valley Resort Great Outhouse Race • Sapphire • February 18
Contestants dressed in crazy costumes race in decorated outhouses on skis down a snowy slope. The event, free for spectators, raises money for local charities.

Learn more: (828) 743-7663 or

Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend • Beech Mountain • February 23-26
Break out the leg warmers and shoulder pads for four days of 1980s-inspired skiing, live music, and throwback activities.

Learn more: (800) 438-2093 or

My Name is Rachel Corrie • Waynesville • February 25-26, March 2-3
This award-winning play is based on the diary and emails of Rachel Corrie, a young peace activist who was killed by a soldier from the Israel Defense Forces.

Learn more: (800) 456-6322 or


Intimate Apparel • Chapel Hill • January 25-February 12
PlayMakers Repertory Company presents the story of an African-American woman who sews elegant intimates for high-society women in 1905 New York.

Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or

All Mozart • Southern Pines • February 1
The North Carolina Symphony will perform Mozart compositions including Violin Concerto No. 4, Eine kleine Nachtmusik, and Symphony No. 39 at Pinecrest High School.

Learn more: (877) 627-6724 or

Reflections: African-American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection • Fayetteville • February 3-March 4
The “Reflections” exhibit celebrates the diversity of African-American identity through various visual art forms from the private collection of art patron and advocate Myrna Colley-Lee.

Learn more: (910) 323-1776 or

Motorcycle.Art.Design • Greensboro • February 3-June 8
This exhibit at GreenHill Gallery features 23 historic and iconic motorcycles from North Carolina, as well as a multimedia art installation, bike rallies, a film series, and children’s programs reflecting motorcycle culture and lifestyle.

Learn more: (336) 333-7460 or

Gershwin’s Magic Keys • Raleigh • February 4
This performance by the North Carolina Symphony tells the story of a blossoming friendship between a poor newspaper boy and composer George Gershwin, with compositions including An American in Paris, Cuban Overture, and Rhapsody in Blue.

Learn more: (919) 733-2750 or

Heart for Art Gala • Franklinton • February 9
This fund-raiser for the Franklin County Arts Council includes a silent auction, raffles, music, and free refreshments.

Learn more: (919) 497-6910 or

SHIMMER: The Art of Light • Carrboro, Chapel Hill • February 10
Explore illuminated art installations, video projections, and performance art in 20 locations across Carrboro and Chapel Hill as part of this free, one-night event.

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Valentine’s Orchid Sale • Charlotte • February 11-14
The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens’ annual event consists of display collections and orchids for sale, with experts available to answer questions.

Learn more: (704) 687-0721 or

The Secret Chocolatier • Charlotte • February 11, 18
This Valentine’s Day, treat that special someone (and yourself) to “Intimacy with Wine and Chocolate,” a delicious evening at The Secret Chocolatier’s Ballantyne location. On February 11 and 18, sample pairings of specialty wines and chocolate desserts in a small group setting, then take some samples home to enjoy later. Reservations are required, and space is limited.

Learn more: (704) 323-8178 or

Susan Werner • Clayton • February 11
Singer-songwriter Susan Werner mixes folk, jazz, and pop in an energetic acoustic performance at The Clayton Center.

Learn more: (919) 553-1737 or

Heart ’n’ Soul of Jazz • Pinehurst • February 11
This annual fund-raiser for the Arts Council of Moore County features John Pizzarelli and brings world-class jazz musicians to The Carolina Hotel.

Learn more: (910) 692-2787 or

Dave Bennett • Greensboro • February 14 [Our State will be here!]
This Greensboro Symphony Valentine’s Day pops concert features Dave Bennett performing favorites from swing to rock ’n’ roll on the clarinet, piano, guitar, drums, and horn.

Learn more: (336) 335-5456 or

Ken Lavigne • Cary • February 17
As part of the Marvelous Music Mainstage Series, singer Ken Lavigne will perform with a four-piece ensemble, blending a classical tenor sound with modern style as he retells his journey to sing at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

Good Ol’ Girls • Smithfield • February 17-19, 24-25
Matraca Berg and Marshall Chapman, two of Nashville’s leading singer-songwriters, redefine the modern Southern woman in a musical about love, loss, and laughter, based on the works of authors Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle.

Learn more: (919) 934-1873 or

Brian Reagin • Cary • February 19
Classical violinist and concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony Brian Reagin will hold an intimate classical performance at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center.

Learn more: (919) 460-4963 or

It’s All About the Story, Vol. V, John Claude Bemis • Hillsborough • February 20-March 26
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts artists respond in various mediums to Out of Abaton, by John Claude Bemis. A reception will be held on February 24, and Bemis will host a reading on March 5.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

The Wild Wild West • Fayetteville • February 25
The Fayetteville Symphony, led by guest conductor Joseph Young, will perform classical and popular works representing the wild West at Methodist University.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or


Frank Stick Memorial Art Show • Manteo • January 28-February 25
The longest-running visual arts exhibition in Dare County, held this year at Dare County Arts Council, features fine art including sculptures, paintings, drawings, fiber art, pottery, and mixed media.

Learn more: (252) 473-5558 or

North Carolina Jazz Festival • Wilmington • February 2-4
Musicians from across the United States and abroad come to the Wilmington Hilton Riverside for a weekend-long jazz showcase.

Learn more: (910) 793-1111 or

Perceptions and Recognitions: African-Americans in Eastern North Carolina • Greenville • February 3-April 30
This new body of work by internationally recognized photographer Burk Uzzle includes 20 new photographs of eastern North Carolina residents, as well as 20 images taken during the aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

Learn more: (252) 758-1946 or

Praxis Film Festival • Goldsboro • February 3-4
The sixth annual Praxis Film Festival features independent and student films, both short and feature-length, from around the world. Audiences can vote on best narratives, best documentaries, best animation, and best student films.

Learn more: (919) 583-8432 or

Beleza • Oriental • February 4
Humberto Oliveira Sales and Madeline Holly Sales blend sounds from North and South America, including samba, funk, blues, bossa nova, and Spanish flamenco in a concert at the Old Theater.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Forgotten Landmarks Photography Exhibit • Oriental • February 5-May 31
Local artists and photographers display their works depicting Pamlico County landmarks, including old barns, boats and boathouses, graveyards, bridges, houses, stores, and gas stations.

Learn more: (252) 249-1870.

Adult Spelling Bee • Kinston • February 7
Prizes are awarded for spelling and spirit as teams raise money for the Lenoir County Education Foundation’s Teacher Mini-Grant program.

Learn more: (252) 527-1131 or

Jazz in the City • Jacksonville • February 17-19
This two-day jazz event begins on Friday with a celebration of the talents of local middle school performers and The FROG Project, and continues on Saturday with a performance by Sweet Dreams The Band and special guest The Stanley Baird Group.

Learn more: (910) 546-0235 or

Lend Me a Tenor • Goldsboro • February 17-19
This Center Stage Theatre performance follows the hilarious story of the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, who welcomes a star performer to the theater, only for a series of mishaps to result in the tenor being given a double dose of tranquilizers before the show.

Learn more: (919) 583-8432 or

Victoria Banks • Washington • February 17
Canadian country music star Victoria Banks, who has been nominated for 11 Canadian Country Music Association awards and was named the 2010 Female Artist of the Year, performs at Washington High School.

Learn more: (252) 946-6738 or

152nd Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson • Winnabow • February 17-19
This free event, commemorating Fort Anderson’s fall during the Civil War, features historical entertainment, including reenactments and activities.

Learn more: (910) 371-6613 or

Carolina Chamber Music Festival • New Bern • February 19-25
This festival features a week of performances, meet-the-artist receptions, and preconcert discussions celebrating the intersection of Chinese, American, and European chamber music.

Learn more: (252) 626-5419 or

Horszowski Piano Trio • Wilmington • February 19
Concert pianist Rieko Aizawa, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, and Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills perform at UNCW’s Beckwith Recital Hall.

Learn more: (910) 962-3500 or

Soultown • Rocky Mount • February 24
Peter Peterkin sings hits by Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and The Four Tops in an energetic tribute to the soul greats.

Learn more: (252) 985-5197 or

Taste of Columbus • Whiteville • February 25
Sample local foods and beverages, participate in a silent auction, and enjoy a magic show and live music at this annual culinary event.

Learn more: (910) 640-8080 or

Antiques Appraisal Fair • Southport • February 26
Experienced appraisers will be on hand to provide information about the history and value of your antiques at the Southport Community Building.

Learn more: (910) 454-9886.

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