Ardrey Kell holds book drive, children’s show
CHARLOTTE – Ardrey Kell High School’s sixth annual book drive culminated April 26 with a community children’s show.
Advanced theater classes, in conjunction with the Exceptional Children’s department, performed “Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)” for 400 first-graders from Huntingtowne, Pineville and Sterling elementary schools.
First-graders were treated to lunch and one-on-one time with theater students. Each received a T-shirt, two Dr. Seuss books and custom bookmarks made by art students.
Books were donated by the Ardrey Kell community and also purchased with money raised at a fundraiser hosted by DeSano Pizzeria and Urbane South in Waverly. Ardrey Kell Principal David Switzer and his administration provided the shirts and lunches.
Discovery Place Science holds ‘Game of Thrones’-themed event
CHARLOTTE – Discovery Place Science will celebrate all things “Game of Thrones” during Science on the Rocks.
Guests 21-and-older can enjoy specialty food and drinks, including House of Targaryen chocolate rum truffles, a White Walker cocktail and Jon Snowballs mini donuts.
Visitors can try their hand at archery with menacing characters as targets. They’ll also protect Bran in a “hold the door” tug-of-war challenge and defend the Night’s Watch with a catapult at The Wall.
The event takes place 5 to 9 p.m. May 17 at Discovery Place Science. Tickets cost $14 at the door.
Visit www.science.discoveryplace.org for details.
Campaign aims to promote summer reading
CHARLOTTE – Read Charlotte aims to keep reading top of mind this summer for parents and caretakers across Charlotte-Mecklenburg with its Second Annual #SummerReadingCLT campaign.
Read Charlotte created a webpage (www.Sum merReadingCLT.org) to not only educate but empower families with helpful tools and other community resources to support kids with reading over the summer.
“It’s absolutely critical that we encourage young children to keep reading and learning over summer break,” Executive Director Munro Richardson said. “We have to be proactive and do what we can to keep kids on track in these early years of their education.”
Charlotte Pride Band closing season with concert
CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Pride Band will close its season with a Spring Fling concert.
The concert presents work by George Gershwin (“Porgy and Bess”), Karl King (“Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite”), Joseph Wilcox Jenkins (“American Overture for Band”), Gustav Holst (“First Suite in E-flat”) and Steven Bryant (“Suite Dreams”).
The concert starts at 5 p.m. May 18 at UNC Charlotte’s Rowe Recital Hall, 9119 University Road.
Tickets cost $15. Buy them at the door or at www.charlotteprideband.org/!tickets/.
Under the artistic direction of John Stanley Ross, the band has 50 members drawn from the region’s LGBTQI community and ally supporters.
Noblezada nominated for Tony
CHARLOTTE – Eva Noblezada, a former student of the Northwest School of the Arts, earned a 2019 Tony Awards nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.
Noblezada was recognized for her work in “Hadestown.” The awards are announced June 9.
Last fall, she shot a lead role in the upcoming indie film, Yellow Rose. In 2017, Noblezada starred on Broadway in the title role of “Miss Saigon,” receiving a Tony nomination at age 21.
Got a cool art idea? Apply for a grant by June 7
CHARLOTTE – The inaugural Celebrate Charlotte Arts will accept applications through 11:59 p.m. June 7 that showcase artistic excellence and capture the spirit of the city.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation initiative offers up to $25,000 for each winner. It culminates in a Knight-sponsored showcase of the funded projects at BOOM Festival in Spring 2020.
Applicants can get more detailed information on the open call, and tips for applying, by attending events with Knight staff. Sessions will be held May 21-23. Register at kf.org/charlotteartsinfo.
Jewelry enthusiast launches DIY kits
CHARLOTTE – Christine White has launched a collection of Do-It-Yourself jewelry kits available for purchase online at Christine White Style and at Beads Incorporated.
Kits include sea salt necklace, happy charms necklace, scottsdale necklace, pen pal necklace, emperor’s bracelet, brahma necklace and montauk necklace duo.
Designed for all levels of beaders and jewelry-makers, the kits range in price from $24.99 to $47.99 and include infographics with instructions.
“I am passionate about bringing a fashion-forward edge and learning opportunity to the DIY jewelry-making market by making it accessible, fun and personalized for everyone,” White said.
Visit www.christinewhitestyle.com for details.