By BILL KISER
A major annual literary lecture featuring poet Edward Hirsch, a pair of art exhibits at Davidson College, lots of music, four Saturday road races and a St. Patrick’s Day event at the U.S. National Whitewater Center highlight a week of activities throughout the area. The end of the week also brings the annual Davidson Women’s Leadership Conference and the Angels of ’97 spaghetti dinner at North Meck High.
The art exhibits — both at the college’s Belk Visual Arts Center — will feature works by senior art majors, as well as 2002 graduate and Davidson professor Nathaniel Rogers. The works by the seniors are on display through May 4 in the Smith Gallery, while Rogers’ oil paintings are in the Van Every Gallerythrough April 18. An exhibit opening is planned Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. at the gallery.
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius will host a performance by Strictly Dixie, which will perform Dixieland jazz from the 1920s, on Friday night, while the string quartet Kontras Quartet will perform chamber music on Sunday afternoon in the Tyler-Tallman Hall at Davidson College’s Sloan Music Center.
Along those lines, Davidson College will also host a music conference on Thursday, with musicologists from around the country presenting scholarly papers on subjects such as “Hip Hop and Local Histories” and “Negotiating Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century.”
Speaking of Davidson College, that’s where the fundraiser for cancer research will take place Saturday afternoon. The inaugural Terry Fox Run will cover a 2.25-mile course beginning on the college’s Patterson Court Lawn.
The second-annual Green River Revival will be held Saturday afternoon at the U.S. National Whitewater Center outside of Charlotte, featuring live music and a PowerBall race on the artificial whitewater river.
Theology Conference, Monday-Wednesday, Davidson College. A conference on reformed theology and ethicstitled “Reformed Perspectives on Education.” The event will include the lectures “Knowing What We Don’t Know” by Richard Boyce, associate professor of preaching and pastoral leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary, “Transforming Congregational Education: Engaging Reformed Faith through Liberal Learning” by Rebecca Davis, assistant professor of religion at Presbyterian College, “Would John Calvin Go to Davidson College?” by Doug Ottati, Davidson College professor of reformed theology, and “Could Jesus Get Tenure? His Style of Teaching” by Allen Verhey, professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School. All lectures are free. Fellowship dinners on March 12-13 are $20. For a full schedule and more information, call 704-894-2321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Smith Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College. Art exhibitions from March 13-May 4 by senior class studio art majors Taylor Thomas, Sara Claire Chambless, Rachel Means, Lauren Kamperman, Brendan Schamu and Cristina Casal. For information call 704-894-2575.
Paintings by Nathaniel Rogers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 12-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Van Every Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College. Exhibition of oil paintings by Davidson professor and artist Nathaniel Rogers. Mr. Rogers is a 2002 graduate of Davidson who also holds an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Works will be on display through April 18. For information call 704-894-2575. Exhibit opening Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. Read more on the college website.
Women’s Consignment Sale, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, former Havana Social Club, Kenton Place, 17105 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. Green Jeans Consignment will hold a three-day women’s consignment sale, and is looking for vendors to participate. Information: Visit www.greenjeanssale.com.
Stones In His Pockets, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from March 8-24, Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. Charlotte’s Anne Lambert presents the award-winning comedy “Stones In His Pockets” with performances Thursdays-Saturdays, and a 2:30 p.m. matinee March 18. The comedy by Marie Jones tells the story of two down-on-their-luck Irish lads and their quiet rural community as they come to terms with the visit of a big Hollywood movie shoot. Playing over 15 characters between them, Charlotte actors Michael Harris and Hank West bring to life this hilarious and moving script. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, students and groups. Reservations can be made by calling 704-619-0429 or email at email@example.com.
Latin American Studies Conference, Friday-Saturday, Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union, Davidson College. The TePaske Seminar in Colonial Latin America History. The conference will feature eight presentations by historians from throughout the South. There is no charge to attend the event. To register or form more information, call 704-894-2878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Leadership Conference, Friday-Saturday, Davidson College. The college’s fourth-annual Women’s Leadership Conference will explore the theme “Our Voices in Action” through speakers, break-out sessions, and intergenerational dialogue. The featured speaker will be Lynn E. Usdan, corporate senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Donna Karan International. The closing speaker will be Carole Weinstein. The event will begin with an opening dinner and conversation 6 p.m. March 16 at 6 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery. The cost is $30 for community members and $15 for students. For reservations and more information email email@example.com. Read more in our Feb. 28 preview
MONDAY, MARCH 12
Cornelius Planning Board, 6:30 p.m., Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. – The regular meeting of the Cornelius Planning Board, in the Assembly room.
Lake Norman Marine Commission, 7 p.m., Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. The monthly meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission.
Ethics Discussion, 7:30 p.m., Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union, Davidson College. An ethics discussion by Dr. Paul Mueller, chair of general internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic, on “Ethical Aspects of Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Extending Technologies.” There is no charge to attend the discussion. For more information call 704-894-2095.
TUESDAY, MARCH 13
Lake Norman Community Development Council, 8:15 a.m., Meeting Room, Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble St., Davidson. A meeting of the Lake Norman Community Development Council, with this month’s program a discussion on the results of a recent survey and the group’s Speed Networking event.
Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Commission, 6 p.m., Conference Room B, 5841 Brookshire Boulevard, Charlotte. The monthly meeting of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation commission.
Davidson Town Board, 6 p.m., Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St., Davidson – Monthly Town Board meeting, including an update on the Red Line rail project; presentations on Davidson Design for Life and town grants to non-profits; a public hearing and vote on proposed planning amendments; and votes on creating a solid waste/storm water fund, adopting a 2012 town legislative issues agenda, approving budget amendments, electing a member to the Visit Lake Norman board, and designating the former Davidson IB School on South Street as a historic landmark. Download the agenda, (PDF) with links to related documents on the town website.
North Mecklenburg Republican Women, 6 p.m., NorthStone Club, 15801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville. WBT-AM radio host Vince Coakley will be the keynote speaker at the March dinner meeting of the North Mecklenburg Republican Women. Tickets are $20 per person, and reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archeology Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Seamans Lecture Hall, Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College. An archeology lecture by David Moore of Warren Wilson College titled “Exploring Joara: Native American Chiefs and Spanish Armies in the 16th Century North Carolina Piedmont.” The lecture will explore excavations of artifacts near Morganton. There is no charge to attend the talk. For more information, call 704-894-2270 or email email@example.com.
Literary Event, 8 p.m., Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College. A literary lecture and reading by poet Edward Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, who will present the college’s annual Conarroe Lecture on the subject “Reading Poetry, Poetry Reading.” He will discuss the particular nature of reading poetry – how it works, what it entails, and the intimacy it establishes through language. There is no charge to attend the event. For more information call 704-894-2446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14
Ribbon cutting, 8:30 AM, Elements 4 Life home and outdoor furnishings store, 16024 Davidson-Concord Road, across from Bradford Store, Davidson – Lake Norman Chamber hosts a ribbon cutting for the new store. Info:704-896-3009 or http://theelements4life.com
Davidson Toastmasters, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius. Guests are welcome to the weekly gathering of the Davidson Toastmasters, whose members practice public speaking and leadership skills in a motivating and encouraging environment. Information: Visit www.davidsontoastmastersclubs.org.
Art Exhibit Opening, 7-9 p.m., Van Every Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College. Opening of an exhibition of oil paintings by Davidson professor and artist Nathaniel Rogers, a 2002 graduate of Davidson, who also holds an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He will present an artist’s talk about the exhibition at 7:30. There is no charge to attend the opening or the exhibition, which may be viewed through April 18. For information call 704-894-2575. Read more on the college website.
Smith Lecture, 8 p.m., Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building, Davidson College. The Smith Lecture by Columbia University professor of chemistry Ronald Breslow titled “Discovery of a New Class of FDA-Approved Anticancer Drugs.” There is no charge to attend the lecture. For information call 704-894-2627, or email email@example.com.
Live music at Flatiron Kitchen, 8-10 p.m., Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse, 215 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music by mandolinist Mike Orlando. Information: Visit flatirononmain.com or call 704-237-3246.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15
Chemistry Colloquium, 11 a.m., Room B25, Martin Chemistry Building, Davidson College. A chemistry lecture by Columbia University chemist Ronald Breslow, this year’s Smith Lecturer at the college, who will present a colloquium on “The Origin of Homochirality in Amino Acids and Sugars on Prebiotic Earth.” There is no charge to attend the talk. Refreshments will be served at 10:45 a.m. For information call 704-894-2307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solomon House New Moms Club, 12-2 p.m., Gethsemane Baptist Church, 565 Jetton St., Davidson. Free support group sessions for pregnant or new mothers with children up to age 2. A meal will be served to participants at the end of each session. Information: Call 704-316-3875 or email email@example.com.
Music Conference and GospelSHOUT concert, 5:30-6:30 p.m.,5:30 p.m., Davidson College (various locations) – The Society for American Music annual conference in Charlotte this year hosts an evening of events at Davidson College: 5:30-6:30 p.m., scholarly papers on American music research; 8 p.m., GospelSHOUT concert, with the Cockman Family (bluegrass gospel), Men Standing for Christ (African American a cappella), Cedric Mangum & Co. (trombone shout band). Sponsored by Davidson College Friends of the Arts, Davidson music department, Levine Museum of the New South. Info: Neil Lerner, 704-894-2850, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.american-music.org
MI-Connection Board of Directors Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St., Davidson – Monthly board of directors meeting of the MI-Connection Communications System, the town-owned telecommunications service.
Environmental Studies Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union, Davidson College. University of Washington professor of geomorphology and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Dave Montgomery will present a lecture based on his recent book “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations.” The talk will explore how the soil has shaped us, and how we have shaped the soil. There is no charge to attend the talk. For more information call 704-894-2096, or email email@example.com.
Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music by performers in the Summit Songwriters Showcase. Free. Info: 704-895-9090 or visit www.summitcoffee.com.
FRIDAY, MARCH 16
Planet Ballroom Grand Opening, Harbour Park Building, second flood, 19824 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. The grand opening of Planet Ballroom’s Cornelius-Lake Norman dance studio, which offers private lessons in ballroom and Latin dances. Information: Call 704-299-4003 or visit www.planetballroom.com.
Community Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Mooresville Senior High School, 659 E. Center Ave., Mooresville. A blood drive organized by the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. Appointments can be made by calling 704-972-4700.
Hunger Games Dance Performance, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lake Forest Church, 8519 Gilead Road, Huntersville. The Community School of Davidson’s middle school dance elective students will perform a public showing of its dance sharing program inspired by the novel “The Hunger Games.” Tickets are $5 each online at www.csdnc.org, with proceeds going towards CSD’s capital fundraising project.
Cornelius Concert Series, 7 p.m., Family Life Center, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion St., Cornelius. A concert by Strictly Dixie, which will perform Dixieland jazz from the 1920s. Admission is free and open to the public, but a love offering will be collected to help with expenses for the Cornelius Concert Series. Information: Visit www.mtzionumc.net.
Mathematics Demonstration, 7 p.m., Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College. Amathematics lecture and demonstration by Arthur Benjamin, professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, who will speak about “Secrets of Mental Math,” and the demonstration will teach feats of the mind such as adding and multiplying numbers faster than a calculator, memorizing 100 digits of pi, and figuring out the day of the week of any date in history. Benjamin has presented his math and magic mixture to audiences worldwide. There is no charge to attend the event. For information call 704-894-2838, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live music at Freckled Dog Pub, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Freckled Dog Pub upstairs at Summit presents Tim Fast and James Kellaghan. Free. Info: Call 704-895-9090 or visit www.summitcoffee.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17
Run Too Overcome, 8 a.m., W.A. Hough High School, 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius – Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ Annual Run Too Overcome Kids Fun Run 5K/10K. The run/walk event supports Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ program for Exceptional Children – those with any disability, disorder, delay, behavior, attention or sensory problem that hinders their ability to learn. Bailey Middle School will be running in memory of teacher Mark DeSarro. Register online at www.queencitytiming.com.
Angels of ’97 5K run/walk, 9 a.m., North Mecklenburg High School, 11201 Old Statesville Road/NC 115, Huntersville – Angels of 97 5K run/walk and fun run, to benefit Angels of ’97. The non-profit group provides scholarship money to seniors at Hopewell, North Meck & Hough high schools in memory of five local students who would have graduated in 1997. Info: http://www.angels5k.com/.
March MATHness, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Chambers Building, Davidson College. Compete in or be in the audience for a single-elimination, bracketed tournament where teams of four students try to outwit their opponents. Sign up with a team, or be placed with one. In addition, Dr. Art Benjamin, named as “America’s Best Math Whiz,” will demonstrate his mathematical abilities. To enter, register online at marchmathness2012.eventbrite.com.
Document Shredding Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cornelius Town Hall parking lot, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. The Cornelius Police Department will hold a free doucment shredding event, during which residents can bring documents that they want safely destroyed. Information: Call 704-892-1363 or visit www.cornelius.org/police.
Operation Medicine Drop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cornelius Town Hall parking lot, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. The Cornelius Police Department will hold its annual Operation Medicine Drop, in which the public can dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. Information: Call 704-892-1363 or visit www.cornelius.org/police.
Angels of ’97 Spaghetti Dinner, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., North Mecklenburg High School, 11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville – Angels of ’97 annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction in memory of five North Meck students who would have graduated in 1997. $5 all you can eat Spaghetti, Salad Bread and Drink. Money raised at the event will provide higher education scholarships to area high school students. http://www.angelsof97.com/
Health and Wellness Ministry Training, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Gethsemane Baptist Church, 565 Jetton St., Davidson. Chaplain Harry Burns of Presbyterian Hospital’s Congregational Health Promoters will conduct a training session for those interested in working in the Health and Wellness Ministry, those invested in health issues and retired, inactive or currently working health care professionals. Information: Call 704-316-3875 or email email@example.com.
Community Blood Drive, 12-6 p.m., Regal Theaters Birkdale 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. A blood drive organized by the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. Appointments can be made by calling 704-972-4700.
Terry Fox Run and Celebration, 1 p.m., Patterson Court Lawn, Davidson College. The public is invited to walk or run 2.25 miles in the college’s first-ever Terry Fox Run. There is no entry fee, but participants are encouraged to donate money and/or get pledges to support cancer research. The race honors Terry Fox, who had bone cancer that led to amputation of a leg at age 18. Fox began running marathons to raise money for research, and Terry Fox runs are now held in 60 countries worldwide. Following the run, Davidson students will host a cookout and a performance by Nick Evans, lead singer of The Culprits. For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green River Revival, 1 p.m., U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. The second-annual Green River Revival features live music from Larry Keel, Natural Bridge and Chatham County Line, and a PowerBall race on the artificial whitewater river — dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration — for prizes by USNWC and Smith Optics. Information: Visit www.usnwc.org.
Leprechaun Loop 8K, 6 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson – Summit Coffee presents the Leprechaun Loop 8K and post-race festival, first of a series of evening road races on local greenways and streets. Proceeds benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. Info: SummitCoffee.com
Live music at Summit Coffee, 7-10 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. The St. Paddy’s Day 8K post-race party will feature live music by The New Familiars. Free. Info: 704-895-9090 or visit www.summitcoffee.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18
Men In Balance Breakfast, 7 a.m., Davidson United Methodist Church, 233 S. Main St., Davidson. What are your spiritual questions? What have you wondered about in your faith or in reading the Bible? We’ll talk about those things at our next breakfast. And bring your child with you. $7 donation suggested for breakfast. Information: Call 704-895-8976.
Concert Series Performance, 3 p.m., Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College. A Concert Series performance by the Kontras Quartet, a vibrant string quartet that met as principals of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Violinists Dmitri Pogorelov and Francois Henkins, violist Ai Ishida and cellist Jean Hatmaker come from different parts of the world and combine their talents in a unique chamber music sound. Tickets are $5 to $12 and can be purchased at the Union ticket office weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., by phone at 704-894-2135, or online any time at www.davidson.edu/tickets. For more information call 704-894-2848.
Spirituality in the Arts, 7 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. The final event in the church’s Spirituality in the Arts series will feature a presentation by Rev. Shelia D. Ennis, former director of the Education Center at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte. The event is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted. A reception will follow the presentation.
Human Rights Lecture, 8 p.m., Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union, Davidson College. A human rights lecture by Pamela Fitzpatrick, regional coordinator for Witness for Peace, and photographer Paul Dix. Fitzpatrick and Dix will present a talk titled “Nicaragua Photo Testimony: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy.” The presenters will discuss the ongoing impact of U.S. policy on the lives of ordinary Nicaraguans as documented in their recently-published book, “Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy.” There is no charge to attend the lecture. For more information call 704-894-2423, or email email@example.com.
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