What's Up? - April 27, 2007

Joshua Myers plays Shrek to Brenda Beck's Dorothy and Rickey McClure's Tin Man in a scene from the Merry Pranksters' "Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner, or The Honeymoon is Over," which will be presented at 8 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Winthrop's Johnson Hall. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 Winthrop students. For details, call 329-5620 or check www.rockhillrocks.com.
Joshua Myers plays Shrek to Brenda Beck's Dorothy and Rickey McClure's Tin Man in a scene from the Merry Pranksters' "Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner, or The Honeymoon is Over," which will be presented at 8 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Winthrop's Johnson Hall. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 Winthrop students. For details, call 329-5620 or check www.rockhillrocks.com.

A look ahead at area arts & entertainment

Information about ongoing events can be found listed under the first day of the event

Friday, April 27

"John, His Story," with "The Seder," a dinner theater performance presented by NarroWay Productions, April 27 and 28; and May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; NarroWay Theater, U.S. 21/Carowinds Boulevard, Fort Mill. Combo tickets for both shows, $34.95 adults, $33.95 seniors and groups, $21.95 students and $14.95 children ages 4 to 12. Tickets for each show individually are $19.95 adults, $18.95 seniors and groups, $14.95 students and $9.95 children. Details, (704) 831-8893 or www.narroway.net.

"Bodies ... The Exhibition," through Aug. 5, The Streets at Southpoint and Main Street, off Interstate 40, Durham, N.C. Exhibit shows the body and parts as they really exist and enables people to see and understand different medical conditions by highlighting pressing health concerns, using authentic preserved human specimens, all obtained from a medical laboratory in the People's Republic of China. Admission, $24.50 adults, $22.50 students and seniors and $18 ages 4 to 12. Hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Details, www.thestreetsatsouthpoint.com and www.bodiestheexhibition.com.

"The Great American Trailer Park Musical," through May 5, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. Comedy that brings a quirky Florida trailer park to life. Tickets, $23 to $28, available at the box office, (704) 342-2251 and at www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Shakespeare Carolina presents William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," through April 28, on the green near the Main Street parking deck in downtown Rock Hill. Bring blankets, folding chairs or picnics. Tickets, $8 adults and $5 students, seniors and military, available at the gate or reserve by e-mail at info@shakespearecarolina.org.

Children's Theatre of Charlotte presents "The Wrestling Season," for ages 13 and up, through April 29, at the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St., Charlotte. The play explores the effect of peer pressure and destructive rumors on eight high school students. Tickets, $14 at the box office, (704) 973-2828 or www.crtcharlotte.org.

Yorkville Players Community Theater presents "You Can't Take it With You," April 27 through 29, McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets, $8. Details, www.yorkvilleplayers.com or 980-7412.

Spartanburg Little Theatre presents "To Kill a Mockingbird" April 27 through 29, 385 S. Spring St., Spartanburg. Tickets on sale at (864) 585-8278 or www.spartanburglittletheatre.org.

"A Call for All: The Great War Summons the Palmetto State," exhibit on the propaganda techniques used by state and federal governments in World War I, through Dec. 8, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, Columbia, in observance of the 90th anniversary of the United States' entry into the war. Free admisison. Hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays. Details, (803) 777-7251 or www.cla.sc.edu/MCKS/

Disney on Ice presents a Disneyland adventure, featuring the Incredibles, through April 29, Colonial Center, Columbia. An ice show version of theme park attractions such as the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, with Mickey, Minnie and other characters. Tickets, $12 to $35, available at thecolonialcenter.com or 1-866-4SC-TIXX.

Merlefest, through April 29, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, N.C. Annual music festival in celebration of the music of the late Merle Watson and his father Doc Watson; featuring Alison Krauss and Union Station, Tony Rice, Blue Highway, Sam Bush, Cherryholmes, Elvis Costello, John Cowan Band, Donna The Buffalo, Jerry Doublas, Belk Fleck, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Earl Scruggs with Family and Friends, Pam Tills and many more. Tickets on sale at 1-800-343-7857 or visit www.merlefest.org.

Mint Museum Home & Garden Tour, through April 29, featuring five Charlotte homes and five gardens, April 28 gala at Symphony Park behind SouthPark mall and $15 lunch at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the tour, at Providence Cafe, 110 Perrin Place. Tour tickets, $20 in advance and $25 once the tour has begun at the Mint Museum shops and homes and gardens on the tour. Details, www.themindmuseums.org/homeand garden.

"On Broadway," Rock Hill High School spring choral concert, 8 p.m. April 27, in the school auditorium, with selections from Renaissance to spirituals and ending with a tribute to Broadway. Tickets, $5, from choral students or at the door.

Columbia Festival of the Arts, through May 6, with more than 75 events over 11 days, including music, dance, theater and visual arts at Midlands area venues. Highlights include May 5 and 6 open art studios tours and free May 6 finale concert featuring the South Carolina Philharmonic at Finlay Park, Columbia. Details and tickts, www.columbiafestivalofthearts.com.

CPCC Theatre presents "Of Mice and Men," 8 p.m. April 27 and 28 and May 4 and 5 and 2:30 p.m. May 6, Pease Auditorium, 1200 Elizabeth Ave., CPCC Charlotte campus. Tickets, $12; on sale at (704) 330-6534. Season tickets, $44. Details, www.cpcc.edu.

Dazzle 'n' Denim, 7 p.m. April 27, Springs Dairy Barn, Fort Mill, featuring food, dancing with music by Williams Entertainment and silent and live auctions, all to benefit the Catawba Care Coalition, which serves people with HIV/AIDS and educates the community. Tickets, $50 at the door. Details, (803) 909-6363, ext 243, or e-mail sbaker@catawbacare.org.

Bluegrass, 7 Friday nights, the former Blackstock High School gym, U.S. 321, Blackstock. Locals gather to perform bluegrass, country and gospel music. Free, but donations accepted to cover utilities cost. Snacks available. Details, (803) 385-5908.

Charlotte Comedy Theatre, 9 Friday and Saturday nights, 1308 D The Plaza, corner of Plaza and Central, Charlotte. Improv show featuring Keli Semelsberger of Fort Mill. Admission, $10. Mature content. Details, 1-866-improv1 or www.extremeimprov.com.

Sketchprov comedy show presented by the Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience, 8:30 Friday and Saturday nights, Charlotte Art League building, 1517 Camden St., Southend, Charlotte. Blend of sketch and improvisational comedy. Cost, $5. Details, call (704) 301-1564 or visit www.pinkturtle.net.

Saturday, April 28

Clover High School Choraliers Spring Show, 8 p.m. 28 and 3 p.m. April 29, Clover School District Auditorium. Tickets, $5. Details, (803) 628-6032.

Living history days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, March through November, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. Costumed interpreters present aspects of life in the 18th and 19th centuries; activities change each week. Admission, $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students and CHM members and free for ages 4 and younger. Details, 684-2327 or www.chmuseums.org.

Earth Day Birthday celebration, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28, Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill, with games, entertainment and more than 30 educational exhibits, each with a hands-on activity or environmental message, 4-H petting zoo, pony rides, special Big Tent events, master gardener plant sale and family-friendly food. Free admission. Details, 329-2121.

The Herald's World's Largest Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28, The Herald parking lots, 132 W. Main St., Rock Hill. Admission, $2. Parking along downtown streets and in nearby lots. Main Street will be closed in front of The Herald.

Kings Mountain State Park spring arts fair and market, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 at the park, on S.C. 161 northwest of York, featuring local artisans, barbecue and a Dutch oven demo. Details, (803) 222-3209.

River Hills Plantation spring Home and Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28, six homes and two gardens in the River Hills community. Tickets, $10, available at Jac-Lyn's Gift and Hallmark Shop, 4082 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie, and on the day of tour at the main gate security entrance. Luncheon buffet, $13, 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at River Hills Country Club. Details, (803) 831-0689.

Spring Sing-A-Rama, 7 p.m. April 28, St. Matthew AME Zion Church, Rock Hill, sponsored by The Willing Travelers Gospel Singers of Rock Hill and also featuring Together As One Hymn Choir, Mount Vernon Men's Choir, Nazareth Gospel Choir, the Holy Voices of York, the Souls of Joy of Rock Hill and other groups. Free.

EdStravaganza art festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 and noon to 5 p.m. April 29, Edventure Children's Museum, Columbia. Food, music, jump castle, art projects, chalk obstacle course competition and more. Regular admission, $6.95 children and $8.95 adults, with children younger than 1 free. Details, www.edventure.org.

Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra presents Strings of Vienna, 8 p.m. April 28, Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. With Mario Hossen, violinist, and the Charlotte City Ballet performing to "The Blue Danube," an "Aladdin" medley and grand finale to the 2006-07 season. Tickets on sale at (704) 543-5551 or www.charlottephilharmonic.org.

Girlfriend's Night Out, 8 p.m. April 28, Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. Tickets, $30.

Sunday, April 29

"Between Taste and Travesty: Costume Designs by William Ivey Long," April 29 through Oct. 14, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, N.C. Celebrates the creative genius of former Rock Hill resident Long, a four-time Tony Award winner who has designed costumes for more than 50 Broadway shows. Includes costumes from "The Producers," "Hairspray," "Nine," "Crazy for You" and "La Cage aux Folles." April 28 gala will preview the exhibit. Details, (617) 412-4000.

"A Celebration of Spring in Gospel Songs," 4 p.m. April 29, Mount Prospect Baptist Church, 339 W. Black St., Rock Hill, presented by the the church with the Rock Hill Ecumenical Chorale, and featuring the Bobby Plair Ensemble with pianist Zinoral Bronola. Free.

Rock Hill Music Club 12th annual Musical Tour of Homes, 3 to 5 p.m. April 29, featuring the homes of Mrs. George Hearn, 316 Guilford Road, Dr. Martha Macdonald, 325 College Ave., Philip Murdock, 128 Oakland Ave.; and Winthrop University's Old Stone House, 968 Eden Terrace, all in Rock Hill. Club members and professional musicians will perform at each locations. Tickets, $8, from club members in advance and at the homes on the day of the tour.

Monday, April 30

Pilobolus, 8 p.m. April 30, Belk Theater, Charlotte. Modern dance troupe. Tickets, $20 to $50; on sale at (704) 372-1000 or www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Thursday, May 3

Main Street Live, featuring the Dan Plowden Band, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 3, downtown Rock Hill, with music, food and beverages. Free admission. Sponsored by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce on the first Thursday of each month through September. Details, 324-7500.

South Pointe High School choral program spring concert, 7 p.m. May 3 and 4 in the school auditorium in Rock Hill. The program will showcase American composers and patrotic music. Admission, $7, or South Pointe students, $4. Details, Michele Harbin, 366-1250, or Beverly Laney, 980-2172.

Charlotte Antiques and Collectibles Show, May 3 to 6, Metrolina Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. Monthly antiques show featuring a huge selection of merchandise. Hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6. Admission, $5 for one-day pass, $4 seniors and $3 Sunday pack out special, free for children younger than 12; $10 for four-day pass. Details, (704) 596-4643 or visit www.charlotteantiquesshow.com.

What's Done in the Dark, May 3 to 6, Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. Tickets, $38 to $46, available at Ticketmaster, (704) 522-6500 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Reception for Superintendent's Art Show winners, 6 to 8 p.m. May 3, Arts Council of Chester County, Ann D. Marion Gallery, 123 Main St., Chester. Free and open to the public. Details, (803) 581-2030.

Theatre Charlotte presents "Smokey Joe's Cafe," May 3 through 6, 10 through 13 and 17 through 20, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. Tickets, www.theatrecharlotte.org or (704) 334-9128.

Friday, May 4

Clover Community Theatre presents "If It's Monday, This Must Be Murder," a mystery/comedy about death at the Shady Meadows Country Club, 8 p.m. May 4, 5, 11 and 12 and 3 p.m. May 6 and 13, Clover Middle School auditorium, 310 Clinton St. Admission, $8 adults, $5 youths and seniors. Details, (803) 493-0591.

Fest-i-Fun, May 4 to 6, downtown Fort Mill, with 7:30 p.m. May 4 opening ceremonies featuring beach band The Fabulous Kays, downtown entertainment, food and vendors May 5 and 6 and 1 to 4 p.m. car show May 6. Details, 547-2472.

An Evening To Remember, 7 p.m. May 4, Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek, Rock Hill. York County Medical Society Alliance benefit for the Catawba Care Coalition, featuring a fashion show by internationally known designer Luis Machicao, a former fashion designer for the Peruvian presidential family, as well as performances by the York County Ballet, live and silent auctions, gourmet food and wine, live music and dancing. Tickets, $65 per person, at 329-8292.

Saturday, May 5

Spring Stroll Tour of Gardens, presented by the Master Gardeners of York County, 1 to 5 p.m. May 5, five gardens in the Beacon Knoll and Eppington South neighborhoods, Fort Mill. Tickets, $5 per person, available at each of the gardens on the day of the tour. Details, 548-0936.

North Chester Amateur Rodeo, 7 p.m. May 5, club arena on Quinn Road, with pee wee, youth and open barrel racing, pole bending, bull riding, mutton busting, calf herding, breakaway roping, wild cow milking and ladies goat tying. Admission, $8 adults, $3 children ages 6 to 12 and free for preschoolers. Details, contact Nancy Stewart, (803) 581-5941 or e-mail northchestersaddleclub@yahoo.com.

Woman's Club of Rock Hill Lowcountry shrimp boil, 5 p.m. May 5, at the home of Geri and John Rinehart, 2075 Courtney Road, York, to benefit the club's Mauldin Gardens restoration project. The event will include boat rides, horseshoes, fishing and a tour of the Rinehart home and gardens. Grilled chicken and picnic fare will be served with dessert and a coffee bar. Admission, $45 per person. Details, Geri Rinehart, 329-3285.

Kentucky Derby Party, 4 to 8 p.m. May 5, Anne Springs Close Greenway Dairy Barn, Fort Mill, hosted by the York County Community Foundation, featuring food, beverages, hat contest, stick horse races and other entertainment to precede the race shown on big-screen television. Tickets, $100 each or $150 for two, available from Susan Stewart, (800) 973-7244. Proceeds benefit the foundation's community fund, which awards grants to York County nonprofit agencies.

Cirkus Inferno, 2 and 4 p.m. May 5, McGlohon Theatre, Spirit Square. Tickets, $13 to $19; on sale at (704) 372-1000.