Best Bets - June 15, 2007

Photos, art and more

Downtown Rock Hill hosts a cultural extravaganza next week.

Winning entries in the Arts Council of Rock Hill and York County's photography competition show and sale are on display this week through July 27 at the Center for the Arts in downtown Rock Hill.

The winners will be recognized Thursday, during the arts council's annual meeting, followed by a reception for the Manfred Vees exhibit in the Dalton Gallery.

The evening also includes an arts crawl and public arts market, with entertainment and art vendors, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday on Main Street.

For the photo exhibit, juror Paul Olsen from Conway chose 40 photos from more than 140 submissions. The exhibit includes the photo above by Kathy Covington. For more photos, see page 3D.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and, on the second and fourth weekends of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

A visit to the Cultural Fiesta

In need of a chuckle? The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte presents the comedy and futuristic farce "Natural Selection" through June 30 at the theater, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte.

The story takes place in the not-so-distant future, as the Culture Fiesta Theme Park needs to replace its stock of natives for its Native American Pavilion. The curator ventures into the wasteland of the American Southwest to find one.

He will go to any extreme to make your stay at Cultural Fiesta a rewarding one. Every color and creed you'd want to see, behind glass. (even Swedes!) And don't forget to stop at the gift shop.

Shows will be presented at 8 p.m. tonight, Saturday and June 22, 23, 29 and 30, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and June 27 and 28, and 2:30 p.m. June 24. Tickets are $23 Wednesday, Thursday and June 24, $25 Fridays and $28 Saturdays, at (704) 342-2251.

Shagging the night away

Members of the Lancaster Shag Club will be cuttin' a rug on Saturday during their Jivin' June Jam. The party will be from 4 p.m. to midnight at the American Legion on South Main Street, Lancaster.

The event will feature DJs Gene Sistare and "Fessa" John Hook, and there will be a 5 p.m. line dancing class led by Cathy McDaniel. Oh, and did we mention prizes?

Tickets are $25 per person and include a Lowcountry shrimp boil at 6 p.m. Details, visit www.lancastershagclub.com or call Nita Brown at (803) 286-5694 or John Campbell at (803) 320-2233.

It's all for the birds

What do a heroic little chicken, a tap dancing penguin and a golden eagle all have in common? Find out during the Museum of York County's family summertime movie fun.

The movies will be presented at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday during June and July. And this summer, all the movies are for the birds!

Next week, watch "Happy Feet," about a tap-dancing penguin. Future movies include "The Rescuers Down Under" June 26 and 27, "Valiant," July 10 and 11, and "Chicken Run" July 17 and 18. Museum admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students and free for CHM members and children younger than 5.

There's comedy in Fort Mill

The Fort Mill Community Playhouse has been hard at work on its summer youth production, "Alvin Fernald, Mayor for a Day," which opens next week. The show, presented by a cast of 12, is a comedy with pointed insights into human behavior.

The play, directed by Becky Huerta, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through June 23 and 3 p.m. June 24 at the playhouse, 615 Banks St., Fort Mill.

Tickets are $9 adults and $6 students and seniors, at Crossings on Main in Fort Mill, www.fortmillplayhouse.org and at the door.