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Oh April! Let’s get out and go

Comedy Zone Presents Preacher Lawson: April 25 at the Cain Center for the Arts

Tuesday, April 2

Emily Drew

“Why Americans don’t trust the news media, what can be done about it, and why it matters”

5:30 – 7:30 pm |April 2. Since graduating Davidson, three-time-Emmy-winning journalist, Emily Drew ’04, 2024 Batten Professor of English, has covered mass shootings, natural disasters, presidential campaigns, and an incredible, tremendous, unbelievable number of presidential tweets. Lecture sponsored by the James K. Batten Professorship and the Department of English. It is free and open to the public. No ticket is required. Van Every Art Gallery within the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College.

Wednesday, April 3

Magical Egg-Stravanza

7:30-8:30 pm | April 3. Kids ages 3 to 8 and their families are invited to the magic show and flashlight egg hunt. $5 for Cornelius residents and $9 for everyone else. Must register online. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445  Catawba Ave.

An Evening With John Keene

7:30 – 9 pm | April 3. John Keene is a writer, translator, professor and artist. This event is free and open to the public. No ticket required. Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez- Smith 900 Room, Davidson College.

Saturday, April 6

Bailey’s Glen Mudslinger Pottery & Garden Club Plant Sale

9 am – noon | April 6. Handcrafted bowls, plates, trays, mugs, vases, chip and dip trays. Complement your piece by choosing a plant from the Garden Club sale. Plant Sale includes annual, perennials, vegetables, herbs, houseplants and succulents. Cash or checks only. Bailey’s Glen Clubhouse, 12100 Meetinghouse Dr., Cornelius.

Sunday, April 7

Spring Voice Studio Recital

3 – 4:30 pm | April 7. Davidson College’s voice students from the studios of Jacquelyn Culpepper, Ilana Lubitsch, Harrison Bumgardner, Melinda Whittington, and Amanda Sesler take the stage for a program of solo and collaborative works accompanied by Tomasz Robak. Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall, Davidson College.

Wednesday, April 10

Davidson College Concert Series: Charlotte Symphony Brass Quintet

7:30pm | April 10. The Charlotte Symphony Brass Quintet headlines with selections from West Side Story and other powerhouse works for brass ensemble. For tickets, contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College.

Thursday, April 11

Joanne Show Taylor

7pm doors, 8 pm show | April 11. Joanne Shaw Taylor and her stellar band perform songs from her critically acclaimed studio album, Nobody’s Fool, as well as songs from the upcoming new album. Her guitar prowess, vocal abilities, and songwriting talents reach new heights as she presents a bold slate of material at the peak of her career. $45-$65. Cain Center For The Arts.

Books by the Butterfly

10 – 11 am | Thursdays. Outdoor storytime. Rosedale Nature Park, 9519 Rosewood Meadow Ln., Huntersville.

Spring Piano Studio Recital

7:30 – 9 pm | April 11. Piano students from the studios of Cynthia Lawing and Will Fried take center stage in Tyler-Tallman Hall for a program of solo and collaborative works. Free and open to the public. Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall, Davidson College.

Friday, April 12

John Oates

7 pm doors, 8 pm show | April 12. $55-$75. Cain Center For The Arts.

Saturday, April 13

Growers’ Mark & Car and Truck Show

8 am -noon | April 13. Start your engines and help rev up for the annual READY, SET, SHOW Spring Car and Truck Show at the Opening Day of the Huntersville Growers’ Market. Listen to the soft tunes of the Tim Cook Band, shop both local and fresh while checking out the paint schemes, chrome, engines, interior, and more of new and old cars, trucks and motorcycles. The market will open 8 am and the Car Show will begin 9 am. Veterans Park in Downtown Huntersville.

Davidson College Jazz Ensemble: John Patitucci

7:30 pm | April 13. Since 1985, John Patitucci’s association with Chick Corea has brought him worldwide acclaim and put him at the forefront of the jazz world. For tickets, contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College.

 

Comedian Jeff Allen

4 pm and 8 pm show | April 13. Rapid-fire humor, which centers on marriage and family, is a hit with all ages. Cain Center for the Arts.

Earth Jam

4-7 pm |  April 13. Earth Day celebration, where participants enjoy free “green” activities including crafts, demonstrations, wildlife habitat improvements, and nature walks, plus live music and concessions. Free community event. Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave.

Always Loretta

Doors 6 pm; show 7 pm | April 13. The Ultimate Loretta Lynn Tribute Show. Tickets $39-$49. Joe V. Knox Auditorium at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville.

Monday, April 15

String Studio Recital

7:30- 9 pm | April 15. An evening of talented string students performing an evening of solo and collaborative music accompanied by Tomasz Robak. Free and open to the public. Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall, Davidson College.

Wednesday, April 17

Traditional Series: Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius

7:30 pm | April 17. Tim O’Brien, a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo), has performed with a very long list of traditional musicians, especially in Nashville, where he has lived since 1996. For tickets, contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College.

Thursday, April 18

Davidson College Choirs: Rossini’s Stabat Mater

7:30 pm | April 18. Rarely performed and agonizingly sublime, this concert features Rossini’s liturgical setting of the anguish of Mary. For tickets, contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College.

Saturday, April 20

Stunt Dog Experience

2 pm and 6 pm | April 20. Some of the most incredible dog stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs. Tickets $25-40. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

Pups & Prints

2-6pm | April 20. Fourth annual Pet Food Drive, dog adoptions, raffle prizes and beer to support North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue. Lost Worlds Brewing, Cornelius.

SpringFest Craft Vendor Market

11 am-6 pm | April 20. Over 80 local craft vendors setup along with the CBC Kitchen and food trucks. Cabarrus Brewing Company, 325 McGill Ave. NW, Concord.

Saturday, April 20- Sunday, April 21

The Loch Norman Highland Games and Scottish Festival

Tickets are on sale now; $30-$3,000. This is a traditional Scottish festival that takes place annually at Historic Rural Hill, Huntersville. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event. Visitors can enjoy traditional Scottish music and dance performances, as well as athletic competitions such as caber tossing, hammer throwing, and tug-of-war. Rural Hill, Huntersville.

Tuesday, April 23

Lecture with Frank Lord ‘89 – Contemporary Policy on Nazi-era Restitution

6 pm | April 23. Frank Lord will lecture on his work related to contemporary policy on Nazi-era restitution. Semans Lecture Hall, Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College.

Thursday, April 25

Comedy Zone Presents:   Preacher Lawson, from Americas Got Talent

6 pm doors | April 25. Preacher reached the final round of AGT’s Season 12  and was a finalist in America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent Champions Tours, before going on to host America’s Got Talent Live! in Las Vegas while maintaining his popular YouTube comedy channel. Lawson stops in Cornelius for just one night only as part of his nationwide “Best Day Ever” comedy tour. $35 per ticket and includes light appetizers provided by Bouk Catering. Full bar is available for purchase. 100% of the proceeds go to benefitting Yay!DAY Foundation. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

Books by the Butterfly

10 – 11 am | Thursdays. Outdoor storytime. Rosedale Nature Park, 9519 Rosewood Meadow Ln., Huntersville.

Friday, April 26

Davidson Gallery Crawl

6-9:00 pm | April 26. The Gallery Crawl is a fantastic way to experience art all over Davidson. Artists display their work in Davidson’s establishments from Main Street over to South Main Street in downtown Davidson and at the Circles @ 30.

Karen Morgan

Karen Morgan

7 pm doors, 8 pm show | April 26. Comedian Karen Morgan is a former trial attorney who got her start as a Finalist on Nickelodeon Television’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America.” Tickets $25-45. Cain Center for the Arts.

Indigo Girls Live

7:30 – 10 pm | April 26. The Indigo Girls, the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in each decade from the 1980s-2010s, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are again on tour with the release of their latest record, Look Long, a stirring and eclectic collection of songs. Tickets for the public are $50 and can be purchased online. Athletic Outdoor Spaces Davidson College Stadium – Field 76, Davidson College.

EXPLORE: Community Concert Series

6 pm – 7:30 pm | April 26. Concert by Destiny Stone. Free. David B. Waymer Recreation Center, 14008 Holbrooks Rd., Huntersville.

April 26 – May 5

Connie Company Shows: ‘Dragons Love Tacos’

See website for schedule. A boy and his dog are watching a TV show about dragons when they unexpectedly get caught up in the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of what to serve to dragons to eat. Dragons love tacos, but if they accidentally eat spicy salsa, watch out! All ages.Tickets: $15 plus tax/fees. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Saturday, April 27

Cornelius Fishing Derby

10 am-1 pm | April 27. In this friendly fishing competition, participants can win prizes for: longest fish; smallest fish; most fish; l first fish caught. Plus, raffle prizes and more. If you don’t have a fishing pole, Parks & Rec will have fishing poles on site that can be used that day. Robbins Park Pond, 17738 W. Catawba Ave.

Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival

2-8 pm | April 27. Live bands, artists and craftsmen, food truck, kids zone and more. Oak Street Mill, Town Hall and Catawba Avenue, downtown Cornelius.

Davidson Art on the Green Festival

10 am – 5 pm | April 27. Juried art festival features booths filled with top-quality art works from artists throughout the region. The weekend includes musical performances by a variety of local talents and on-site food vendors and area restaurants.  Town Green, 119 Main St., Davidson.

Earth Day Festival 2024

10 am – 1 pm | April 27. Hands-on science, food, games, activities, music, education and more at 25 Lorimer Road adjacent to the Town Green, downtown Davidson.

 Second Annual Mooresville Day Festival

Noon – 4 pm | April 27. Main and Broad streets, downtown Mooresville.

Sunday, April 28

Music at St. Albans

3-4 pm | April 28. Classical guitarist Adam Kossler and cellist Ellie Wee, professors at Appalachian State University, will perform a program including the incredible Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Hector Villa Lobos. $20 adults; $15 senior; free for youth and students. St. Albans Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Ln., Davidson.

Davidson Art on the Green Festival

Noon – 4 pm | April 28. Art festival features booths filled with top-quality art works from artists throughout the region. Musical performances and on-site food vendors and area restaurants. Town Green, 119 Main St., Davidson.

Concert on the Green

6-8 pm | April 28. The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble will kick off the concert season with a lively performance on the library stage for all to enjoy. Bring your own picnic to enjoy on the town green or purchase food from our local restaurants that will be open that evening. Town Green, 119 Main St., Davidson

Monday, April 29

Golfing for Good 

9 am | April 29. Benefits the Ada Jenkins Center. 18 holes of golf at the Mooresville Golf Club.

Tuesday, April 30

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra: Spring Concert

7:30 | April 30. Join the DCSO for Bedřich Smetana’s powerful Šárka, The High Castle, and The Moldau from My Country. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College.

Improv Comedy

7:30 pm | April 30. Now Are the Foxes brings an unscripted, highly energetic, audience interactive comedy experience. Tickets $20. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Friday, May 3

Mark & Maggie O’Connor’s Life After Life

7:30 pm | May 3. Mark and Maggie O’Connor return to Cain Center for the Arts for a special performance in support of their new album. Tickets $35-$55. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

Saturday, May 4

Davidson’s annual Town Day

10d am – 3 pm | May 4. Activities, performers, food vendors, fellowship and a time to support local non-profits. Town Green in downtown Davidson.

Annual Lake Norman Bike Expo

10 am – noon | May 4.  In conjunction with Davidson’s Town Day event, learn more about area bike and electric-bike shops, nonprofit advocacy groups, the Town of Cornelius’ “Heads Up” safety campaign, Davidson’s Vision Zero efforts, and local greenways. Bring your bike and join a guided 10-mile community ride or 2-mile family bike ride. Town Green in downtown Davidson.

Sunday, May 5

Hello Huntersville Music & Arts Festival

1-6 pm | May 5. Music and art festival at Veterans Park, 201 Huntersville-Concord Rd., downtown Huntersville.

• Send your event information to corneliustoday@gmail.com. Deadline is the 15th of the month for the print calendar; one week in advance for online/newsletter calendars.

Friday, May 10

Dustbowl Revival

7 pm doors, 8 pm show | May 10. Dustbowl Revival has always been about pushing the boundaries of what American roots music can be. Tickets $25-45. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

 

 

Saturday, May 11

Buckets N Boards

Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm | May 11. Buckets N Boards is a hilarious and high-energy show of amazing percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation, and an incredible variety of musical talents. Tickets $25-45. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

 

 

 

Saturday, May 18

Town of Cornelius

Cornelius Jazz Festival

5-9 pm | May 18. This free annual jazz music festival will feature live performances, food trucks,local beer and wine, kids’ activities, local business vendors and more. Smithville Park, 19729 S. Ferry St., Cornelius.

Sunday, May 19

Hank, Pattie and The Current

3 pm | May 19. Hank, Pattie and the Current bring bluegrass favorites with their band that  includes fiddle, voice, guitar and bass. Arrive early to enjoy the pre-concert young artists performance at 2:20 pm. The concert will be followed by a “meet the artist” reception. Tickets are available at the door or at www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Ln., Davidson.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

2 pm | May 19. One of the premier music organizations in the Southeastern United States and the oldest operating symphony orchestra in the Carolinas, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) connects with more than 100,000 music lovers each year through its lively season of concerts, broadcasts, community events, and robust educational programs. Tickets $47-$72. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

Friday, May 24

Jazz at the Vineyard

6pm | May 24. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a great sunset of live jazz featuring fantastic saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield and his band. Wear your coolest white as we present an “Outside White Party” featuring an “After Show Jam” right on the Vineyard Grounds from 8-9 pm with music by Mr. EZE of SGL Productions. No tents or coolers, and no outside alcohol. Tickets $40.  Davesté Vineyards, 155 Lytton Farm Road Troutman.

Friday, May 31

Philip Hamrick: “The Tunnel Club” Album Release Celebration

7 pm doors; 8 pm show | May 31. The singer-songwriter from Mooresville releases his first album since 2016 with “The Tunnel Club,” his first solo record as an independent artist. Hamrick is at his story-telling best with the title track, taking you on a hitch-hiker’s journey through the South in the 1940s. Personal stories, love songs and investigations into the everlasting are woven seamlessly throughout – delivered with a sweet voice, warm acoustics, cinematic strings and just enough edge to keep you guessing. Tickets $25. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

Friday, June 8

On Stage Concerts: Jazz at the Cain

7 pm doors; 8 pm show | June 8. Artists Ali Silk, keyboardist; Roberto Restuccia, guitarist; Jeff Ryan, saxophone; and featuring John Dillard Band. $55-$75. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

Saturday, June 15

4th Annual Juneteenth celebration 

4-7 pm | June 15. Ada Jenins Center, Davidson.

Thursday, June 20

LaLaCaboosa

Music plays 6pm-9pm | June 20.  Grab your lawn chairs/blankets and enjoy an evening of live music in downtown Huntersville. A food truck and beverage vendor will be onsite with food and drinks for purchase. Veterans Park at Main & Maxwell, 201 Huntersville-Concord Rd., Huntersville.

June 20 – June 30

Davidson Community Players: ‘9 to 5 The Musical’

See website for schedule.Three women turning the man’s world of the modern office into their own. Like the heroines of the Barbie movie, there’s no corporate glass ceiling these women can’t smash. Tickets: Adult $28-$32; Senior (65+) $26-$30; Student (under 21)  $18-21. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Saturday, June 22

Symphony in the Park

6-10 pm | June 22.  An evening with the Charlotte Symphony under the stars at the Bailey Road Park Bandshell. Beautiful music, food trucks, local beer and wine, children’s activities and more. Fireworks show to wrap up the evening. Bailey Road Park, 11696 Bailey Rd., Cornelius.

Thursday, July 18

LaLaCaboosa

Music plays 6pm-9pm | July 18. Grab your lawn chairs/blankets and enjoy an evening of live music in downtown Huntersville. A food truck and beverage vendor will be onsite with food and drinks for purchase. Veterans Park at Main & Maxwell, 201 Huntersville-Concord Rd., Huntersville.

July 18 —July 28

Davidson Community Players: ‘Ripcord’

See website for schedule. Ripcord is an endlessly surprising tale of two unlikely roommates in a senior living facility who engage in an epic series of pranks. As each tries to outwit the other, we begin to observe a moving portrait of two women with as much to reconcile on the inside as the outside. Recommended ages 15 and up. Tickets: Adult $28-$32; Senior (65+) $26-$30; Student (under 21)  $18-21. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Tuesday, July 23

Improv Comedy

7:30 pm | July 23. Now Are the Foxes brings an unscripted, highly energetic, audience interactive comedy experience. Tickets $20. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Sunday, Aug.11

Miss May’s Destination Tea

2-4 pm | Aug. 11. Be part of a lovely tea celebrating Miss May Davidson, , benefactress of the Rural Hill Cultural Center. Light hors d’oeuvres, along with teas, and lemonade will be the fare of the day. The theme of this year’s tea is “A Destination” and will celebrate countries, cities, and events that bring joy when you travel. Dress in your afternoon tea finery (hats are encouraged, gloves are optional).  $40 per person until Aug. 4; $18 per well-behaved and supervised child until Aug. 3. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville.

Thursday, Aug. 15

LaLaCaboosa

Music plays 6pm-9pm | Aug. 15.  Grab your lawn chairs/blankets and enjoy an evening of live music in downtown Huntersville. A food truck and beverage vendor will be onsite with food and drinks for purchase. Veterans Park at Main & Maxwell, 201 Huntersville-Concord Rd., Huntersville.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Return to Lallybroch

9 am – 6 pm | Aug. 17. A festival at the stepping stones of Loch Norman with music, food, workshops, photo ops and shopping. Immerse yourself into the spirit of the Outlander TV series. Early bird VIP and general admission $80 and $40 through May 28, then $55 and $95. Children must have a ticket but are free age 17 and younger because of  the viewer rating of the show (TV-MA). All children must be accompanied by and adult. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville.

• Send your event information to corneliustoday@gmail.com. Deadline is the 15th of the month for the print calendar; one week in advance for online/newsletter calendars.

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