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Friday, 22 February 2013 00:01

Norman Events February 22, 2013

NMSC classes helps avoid being a victim

The North Mecklenburg Senior Center in Huntersville will offer a special one-day class, "How Not to be a Victim," Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. The 90-minute session, taught by Tai Chi instructor Mike Gentile, will discuss the best ways for those 55 years of age and older to be safe in their home and their car.

Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:16

March Davidson College calendar of events

Davidson College events open to the public

Art

• Senior Art Exhibitions:Through Wednesday, May 1, exhibitions of artwork by senior class art majors will be displayed in week-long solo exhibitions throughout March and April. There is no charge to view the exhibitions, which are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends in the Smith Gallery of the Belk Visual Arts Center. For more information, call 704-894-2344.

Lectures

• Environmental Studies Lecture: Tuesday, March 12, at 11 a.m. in Dana Building room 146. A talk about "Using Decision Analysis to Improve Environmental Rating Systems" by Lynn Maguire, professor of the Practice of Environmental Decision Analysis at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. There is no charge to attend. For more information call 704-894-2314.

• Biology Lecture: Tuesday, March 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Dana Building room 146. Harvard medical student and Davidson alumnus Kelli Carroll will speak based on her research titled "The Role of Estrogen on Blood Stem Cell Formation." There is no charge to attend. For more information call 704-894-2184 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Archeology: Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Semans Lecture Hall of Belk Visual Arts Center. A talk entitled "The Archeology of the Intangible: Monumentality in Cameroon," by Professor Nicholas David of the University of Calgary. There is no charge to attend. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Religion Lecture: Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room. A talk entitled "The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization" by Columbia University historian Richard Bulliet, who will discuss how Christianity and Islam have more in common both theologically and institutionally than is recognized. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2170 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Chemistry Lecture: Friday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the lecture hall of Martin Chemistry Building. A talk about "Toward Computational Design of Chromophores for Solar Energy Conversion" by North Carolina State University Professor of Chemistry Elena Jakubikova. There is no charge to attend. Light refreshments will be served at 2 p.m. in the lobby. For more information, call 704-894-2307 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Biomedicine Lecture: Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Hance Auditorium of Chambers Building. The annual Smith Lecture by Anthony Atala, chairman of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest School of Medicine and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Atala will speak about regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, transplantation and bioengineering. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2838 or e=mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Science Fiction and Philosophy Lecture: Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union Sprinkle Room. A talk about "Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence" by University of Connecticut Assistant Professor of Philosophy Susan Schneider. There is no charge to attend. For more information e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• War and Culture Lecture: Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union Smith 900. A talk about "Japan's Erotic, Grotesque, Nonsense: Commodity Aesthetics becomes War Aesthetics" by Mark Driscoll, associate professor of Asian Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2170 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Ethics Lecture: Wednesday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m. in Hance Auditorium of Chambers building. A discussion titled "The End of Sex: The Future of Human Reproduction," by Hank Greeley, professor of law at Stanford University. Greely believes that in 20 to 40 years, most babies of parents with good health coverage will be conceived through in-vitro fertilization so that those parents can take advantage of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. There is no charge to attend. For more information call 704-894-2285 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Mathematics Lecture: Thursday, March 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room. A talk titled "Designing Loops and Labyrinths with Integer Programs," by Robert Bosch, Biggs Professor of Natural Science at Oberlin College. The program will demonstrate how mathematical optimization can be employed in the construction of visual artwork, specifically a labyrinth. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2838 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Events

• Russian Festival: Wednesday, March 13, from 5 to 7:15 p.m. in Vail Commons. A "Maslenitsa" festival, which will feature Russian food, trivia with prizes, live dancing and music by guitar virtuoso Vadim Kolpakov. Meal tickets for the public cost $12.25. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Poetry Reading: Monday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Hance Auditorium of Chambers Building. A poetry reading by Marie Howe, the current Poet Laureate of New York State and creative writing teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia, and New York University. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2472 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Art Lecture: Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the Belk Visual Arts Center Semans Auditorium. A lecture by Tirtzah Bassel, an Israeli artist based in Brooklyn as a resident of the Chashama Visual Arts Program, who will speak about her work in a talk titled "Airport InSecurity." Bassel's drawings, paintings and site-specific duct tape installations explore the permeable borders between public and private domains in subways, barber shops and airport security zones. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2344.

• Health Fair: Tuesday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. in the Brown Atrium of the Alvarez College Union. Area health and wellness providers will offer free health information, wellness tests, raffles and giveaways, massage, dance lessons, food demonstrations, acupuncture and other activities. There is no charge to attend. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Poetry Reading and Awards: Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room. A reading by award-winning poet Christopher Bakken, and his presentation of the R. Windley Hall and Charles E. Lloyd Awards in Writing to students. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Dance & Discussion: Thursday, March 28, at 11 a.m. in Duke Family Performance Hall. A reconstruction of Martha Graham's work, "Panorama," presented by dancers from the Charlotte community under the direction of Kim Jones, assistant professor of dance at UNC Charlotte. A discussion of the original context and staging of the work will follow. There is no charge to attend. For more information call 704-894-2542.

Music

• Piano Recital: Friday, March 15, at 12:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of Sloan Music Center. A Musical Interlude performance by Davidson Artist Associate Cynthia Lawing and her sister, Gloria Cook of Rollins College. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2848.

• Piano Recital: Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of Sloan Music Center. A performance by piano students of Cynthia Lawing and David Palmer. There is no charge to attend the performance. For more information call 704-894-2848.

• Organ at Davidson: Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. A performance titled "An Agreeable Harmony: Intimate Chamber Works by Bach and Handel." Organist Vivian Montgomery and baroque violinist Jennifer Roig-Francoli will be featured, joined by soprano Penelope Jensen and baroque cellist Barbara Blaker Krumdieck. Donations are appreciated, but there is no charge to attend the event. A reception with the artists will follow. For more information, call 704-892-5641.

• Baroque Concert: Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of Sloan Music Center. A performance by the period instrument duo Adastra and friends from Cincinnati in a program titled "To the Stars!" The performance will include Baroque duos and solos on period violin and harpsichord, featuring the music of Bach, Corelli, Scarlatti and Handel. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2848.

• Indie Rock Concert: Sunday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in Belk Arena. A performance by the Indie-rock band Passion Pit. Tickets cost $20 to $35 and can be purchased by calling or visiting the College Union ticket office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling 704-894-2135, or online at www.davidson.edu/tickets. For more information, call 704-894-2651 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Piano Recital: Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of Sloan Music Center. A performance by Davidson artist associate David Palmer, who will perform his first solo faculty recital at the college. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2848.

Theatre

• Guys and Dolls: The Davidson Theatre Department and Music Department will present Guys and Dolls Wednesday-Sunday, March 20-24. The award-winning, 1950s adventure in the New York underworld features gangsters, gamblers, outrageous bets, love, showgirls, cops and missionaries bent on saving their souls. Performances will be March 20-21 at 7:30 p.m., March 22-23 at 8 p.m. and March 23-24 at 2 p.m. in Duke Family Performance Hall. General admission costs $15, students $6, and seniors $12. Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the College Union ticket office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by calling 704-894-2135. Tickets are also available online at www.davidso.edu/tickets. For more information, call 704-894-2930 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:01

Norman Events February 15, 2013

Twin piano duo plays at Davidson

The next installment of the Davidson College Music Department's Concert Series is a performance by the Contiguglia Piano Duo Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall in the Sloan Music Center. Identical twins Richard and John Contiguglia are among the most acclaimed and versatile piano duos in the world.

Following their debut, critics described their playing as setting "a new standard for this intimate form of music-making." The brothers have performed with major orchestras around the world and they have been heard in numerous prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The Contiguglias' appearance is thanks to the generosity of the Adams Foundation Piano Series

The program includes works for duo piano by Liszt, Schubert, and the Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, featuring Charlotte's own Leonardo Soto and Scott Christian. Davidson College Friends of the Arts will offer an open reception immediately following the concert.

Individual tickets cost $5 to $15 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 704-894-2135 or online at davidson.edu/tickets. For more information, call 704-894-2848 or visit davidson.edu/music.

Buddy Benefit for special kids

The fourth annual Buddy Benefit celebrating children with special needs will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. at the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College.

The Buddy Benefit is an a cappella concert hosted by the Buddy System of Davidson College, featuring some of Davidson College's best a cappella groups. It is designed to provide a fun evening for families caring for children with special needs, to help spread awareness among the Lake Norman community regarding various disabilities, to help bridge the gap between Lake Norman's children with special needs and the greater community, to raise funding for camp and program scholarships for Lake Norman's exceptional children, and to celebrate the children and what they offer the community.

In addition to the concert, the evening will feature a keynote address by Dr. Frank Gaskill of Southeast Psych, who will speak about the uniqueness that is Asperger's syndrome and Melody Rain, a young adult diagnosed with autism, who will recite her original poetry, giving the audience a glimpse into the mind of one with this condition.

There is no charge to attend the Buddy Benefit, but donations will be accepted. Reservations are requested at www.angelsinneed.org, but tickets will also be available at the door. For those who cannot attend but would like to support the program, checks made payable to Davidson College with "Buddy Benefit" on the memo line may be mailed to Davidson College, P.O. Box 5563, Davidson, NC 28035; or online at www.angelsinneed.org. Angels In Need is a 100 percent volunteer, Davidson-based nonprofit charitable organization.

Take swings for A Child's Place

The second annual Swing Fore A Child's Place golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 13, at River Run Country Club in Davidson. Proceeds from the event will help Charlotte area-homeless children attend summer camp. The event includes a buffet lunch, golf, prizes, raffles and dinner, with all funds raised going directly to A Child's Place for its summer camp for homeless children, called My Place.

Tee-off time is 1 p.m. A buffet lunch in the clubhouse opens at noon. Registration costs $250 per player, or $800 per foursome, and is available at www.swingfore2013.eventbrite.com. In addition to tournament contests, players will also have the chance to vie for raffle prizes, such as tickets to a Duke basketball game with a behind-the-scenes tour of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The My Place summer camp program is an eight-week enrichment camp providing homeless children in Mecklenburg County with academic tutoring, swimming lessons, field trips, and daily hot lunches and breakfasts. My Place has proven to be a powerful program, enabling 97 percent of campers to maintain or boost their reading skills to grade level, and 96 percent to meet grade-level goals in math.

In 2011, A Child's Place invited 100 homeless children to participate in My Place. After seeing the need and the impact of the program, several supporters of A Child's Place decided to try to raise the funds needed to offer a third camp location to accommodate 50 more children. Last April, the inaugural Swing Fore A Child's Place tournament raised more than $70,000, making it possible for My Place to expand to 150 children.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jazz ensemble concert rescheduled

The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble Guest Artist Concert, featuring percussionist Adam Snow, originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25, has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall in the Sloan Music Building.

The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble is a traditional "big band" featuring a full section of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a full rhythm section. The group is collaborating with Snow to present a dynamic program of jazz standards and jazz improvisation. Snow has taught percussion at Davidson since 2004. He teaches both private percussion lessons and the West African Drumming class. Along with teaching at Davidson, he also teaches at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and at his home studio in Charlotte.

An active performer throughout the Southeast, Snow works with a wide variety of bands on a regular basis ranging from jazz and blues to reggae, soul, funk, and rock and roll. Some of the more notable artists that Snow has performed with include Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, Michael Spiro, Jesus Diaz, Ramsey Lewis, Nneena Freelon, John Schofield and Charlie Hunter.

There is no charge to attend the performance, which is free and open to the public.

HPRD, PARC offer youth volleyball

Huntersville Parks and Rec and Cornelius PARC Department have partnered with Lake Norman Volleyball Club to offer a spring volleyball league. There are girls' divisions for ages 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18, and a competitive division for the top 28-rated girls in the 12-15 age range. Also available is boys' open gym on Saturday mornings beginning on March 16 for ages 9-16.

Registration for league play will continue through March 1. The program will consist of an eight-game regular season with games played on Saturday mornings, and an end-of-season tournament. Lake Norman Volleyball Club will hold clinics for coaches and players at the start of the season.

An informational meeting for parents will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Norman Charter Middle School. Skills day is Saturday, March 2, at Lake Norman Charter High School. A meeting to certify coaches is Wednesday, March 6, at the Huntersville Park and Recreation Department office. Cost is $65 for residents of Huntersville and Cornelius, $80 for all others. Boys' open gym is free of charge. For more information call Huntersville Park and Recreation at 704-766-2220 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Music, brew fest tickets on sale

Advance tickets to the 2013 North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville are now on sale. The third annual festival, featuring a full day of live music and sampling of beers from breweries from throughout the state and beyond, will be held Saturday, May 11, at the historic working farm off Neck Road. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.ncbrewsmusic.com.

The festival, scheduled from noon to 10 p.m., will feature six musical acts headlined by the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. Other performers will include Acoustic Syndicate, Sol Driven Train, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Milkdrive and Brushfire Stankgrass.

A collection of North Carolina breweries, from the mountains to the coast, with a special emphasis on those in the Piedmont, will participate in the event along with a still-evolving list of guest breweries. Admission includes several hours of sampling and entertainment. Food, merchandise and attractions will also be a part of the day's activities.

Designated Driver and Under 21 tickets are also available at discounted prices.

Last year's event attracted a full house and by mid-morning on the day of the event, ticket sales were halted.

Friday, 08 February 2013 00:01

Norman Events February 8, 2013

Buddy Benefit raises spirits, money for special kids, families

The fourth annual Buddy Benefit celebrating children with special needs will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. at the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College.

Friday, 01 February 2013 00:01

Norman Events February 1, 2013

Davidson celebrates Black History Month

Davidson College will commemorate Black History Month through a series of events and exhibitions focusing on the influence of the Civil Rights Movement both nationally and abroad.

Friday, 25 January 2013 00:01

Norman Events January 25, 2013

New film club holds first screening

The recently formed Davidson Film Club will screen its first film, The Screaming Man, Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Davidson Community Players' Armour Street Theater. The group was formed in an effort to create a local opportunity for people who enjoy film as art to view and discuss unique and thoughtful cinematic works.

Friday, 18 January 2013 00:01

Norman Events January 18, 2013

DCP, college stage giant of a play

Davidson Community Players' the Connie Company, in collaboration with the Department of Theatre at Davidson College, will present Jack and the Beanstalk Jan. 25-27 at the Barber Theatre in the Cunningham Theatre Center on the of Davidson campus.

Friday, 11 January 2013 15:36

Davidson College holds King Day events

Davidson College invites the public to a series of events to commemorate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 21. The schedule includes activities for children, performances and talks and seminars focused on social justice. The keynote speaker will be civil rights activist, freedom rider and academician Bob Zellner, a protégé of Martin Luther King. There is no charge to attend any of the presentations, all of which will take place in the Alvarez College Union. For more information, call 704-894-2225.

• King Day for Kids: Held in the brown Atrium from 9 to 11:30 a.m., King Day for Kids features activities that promote literacy, social justice and community involvement for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Participants will engage with Davidson College students in small group readings, storytelling and arts and crafts.  At the end of the session, the children will receive literacy-based goody bags. Register by Jan. 14 via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 704-894-2423.

• Keynote presentation by Bob Zellner: In the Smith 900 Room at 11 a.m.., longtime civil rights proponent Bob Zellner will speak about his experiences in a lecture titled after his 2008 memoir, The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.

Zellner became involved in the civil rights movement following his graduation from Huntingdon College in Alabama in 1961, and was the first white Southerner to serve as field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. His activities eventually led him to be arrested 18 times in seven states on charges such as "criminal anarchy" and "inciting the black population to acts of war and violence against the white population."

He and his wife, Dottie, organized an anti-racism project for workers in the Deep South called Grass Roots Organizing Work, and organized workers in the pulpwood industry. He made documentary and feature films, and toured college campuses talking about the civil rights movement. He wrote a Ph.D. dissertation at Tulane University on the Southern civil rights movement, taught at several places and was involved in management of the NAACP. Following the lecture, Zellner will host a "fireside chat" from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the Sprinkle Room.

• The One Who Builds: From 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the Smith 900 Room. 2006 Davidson graduate Peter Carolla presents his documentary film, The One Who Builds. Filmed in Greensboro, whose population of 300,000 includes 8,000 refugees, the film focuses on a former Sudanese refugee named Omer, who earned his American citizenship and is now 'paying it forward' as the founder and director of a refugee resettlement organization. His work with refugees reflects the ideals of Martin Luther King's "beloved community."

• Poetic Reflections of Social Justice: From 3 to 4:45 p.m. in the Smith 900 Room, the college's Free Word spoken word club will bring to life the historic voices of social justice through poetic expression.

• Young Immigrants in Action: Immigrant and African American Youth Join Forces on Comprehensive Immigration Reform: From 3 to 4:45 p.m. in the Sprinkle Room, Laura Cahue of the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center will discuss the contributions of young people across South Carolina toward a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Young immigrants are working with African American college students at Benedict College to become leaders for social change and a future of living together rather than apart.  Their efforts on the protection of the human rights of all people draws substantially from the legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. and farm worker activist Cesar Chavez.

Friday, 11 January 2013 00:01

Norman Events January 11, 2013

Senior Center offers weight control class

The Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Service and the North Mecklenburg Senior Center will offer a weight management program beginning Thursday, Jan. 24. "Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less," a program developed by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Division of Public Health, will be offered on Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m., through April 11 at the center at 16601 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville

The North Mecklenburg Senior Center will hold a free program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 10-31, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Friday, 04 January 2013 00:01

Norman Events January 4, 2013

NMSC program covers fear of falls

The North Mecklenburg Senior Center will hold a free program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 8-31, from 10 a.m. to noon.