By BILL KISER
St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, with a variety of events throughout the area celebrating the most recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. Or maybe celebrating food, friends and fun. From the traditional all-day bash at Galway Hooker in Cornelius to second-annual Green River Revival on Saturday afternoon at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, there’s plenty to choose from. Meanwhile, the Society for American Music pays a visit to Davidson College Thursday for presentations and an evening GospelSHOUT concert.
Summit Coffee in downtown Davidson is also in the spirit of the holiday, and helping to raise funds for some worth causes as well. It’s Leprechaun Loop 8K on Saturday evening is the first of a series of races the downtown coffee house has planned in 2012, with proceeds going to Levine Children’s Hospital. Don’t forget to stick around for the post-race party.
And if you’re in the mood for a little fine dining, go to the Lake Norman Cottage in Davidson, which is serving a light three-course meal inspired by St. Patrick’s Day (green eggs and ham, perhaps?), along with a selection of California wines and green beer.
Not so interested in imbibing green beer? There’s plenty on tap for the non-St. Paddy’s Day crowd as well.
Head over to Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall on Thursday night for GospelSHOUT, performances by three groups — the Cockman Family (bluegrass gospel), Men Standing for Christ (African American a cappella), and Cedric Mangum & Co. (trombone shout band) — taking place as part of the Society for American Music annual conference in Charlotte.
“Hunger Games” is one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the year, and the Community School of Davidson’s middle school dance elective students are following that theme with two performances of its dance sharing program inspired by the book and upcoming movie on Friday evening at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville.
Then there’s Davidson College’s Concert Series, which will feature a performance by the Kontras Quartet on Sunday afternoon at the Tyler-Tallman Hall in the Sloan Music Center.
Of course, this is also the opening weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament. Park yourself on the couch, stock up on the snacks and drinks and catch Davidson College’s men’s basketball team when it plays Louisville on Thursday afternoon.
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.
Theater: 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
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., 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 budget public hearing, 6:30 p.m., Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St., Davidson – Public hearing on the 2012-13 budget for MI-Connection Communications System, followed by the system’s monthly board of directors meeting. The system is owned by the towns of Mooresville and Davidson.
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.
Live music at Paddy’s Pour House, 8-11 p.m., Paddy’s Pour House, 20930 Torrence Chappel Rd. Live music: Wally & Dave. For more info visit: paddyspourhouselkn.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. A mathematics 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.
Live music at Prosciuttos Pizzeria, 8-11 p.m., Prosciuttos Pizzeria, 20920 Torrence Chapel Rd. Live music Wally & Dave. For more info visit prosciuttos.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 to seniors at Hopewell, North Meck & Hough high Schools in memory of five local students who died 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 died 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.
St. Paddy’s Day at Galway Hooker, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Dr. Cornelius. The traditional St. Patrick’s day gathering with food, beer and live music, including Wally & Dave, from 1-3 p.m. For more info visit galwayhookerpub.com.
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
Wine and dinner at Lake Norman Cottage, 6-9 p.m., Lake Norman Cottage, 200 A North Harbor Place, Davidson. $20 per person includes a light 3-course St. Patrick’s Day inspired meal and California Great “Green” White Wines, Cab, Merlot & Red Blend + “Green” Beer. Call to make a reservation: 704-237-3629.
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.
Breakfast with the Brothers, 7:30 a.m. March 18, Gethsemane Baptist Church, 565 Jetton St., Davidson. The Brothers in Christ men’s ministry holds a monthly breakfast meeting every third Sunday. This month, GBC pastor Dr. Ernest Jeffries will lead the MAN UP study series.
Family Activity Day, 2-4 p.m., Ada Jenkins Center athletic field, 212 Gamble St., Davidson – Davidson Parks & Recreation and Davidson College athletes present a free Family Activity Day, focusing on football. It’s billed as a chance for families to exercise together. See our preview.
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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