you're reading...

Cornelius News

Weekly calendar Feb. 19-25: Thorgy Thor, Black History Month events, ‘Fun House’, & always music

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Community Awareness Event

6 – 7:30 pm | Feb. 20. The Davidson Police Department hosts a Community Awareness Event with the Charlotte FBI Civil Rights Division. The community is welcome to attend this educational presentation and Q&A session. Davidson Town Hall & Community Center Auditorium, 251 South St. 

Sarah Platt

Archaeology Lecture Series: Sarah Platt

7:30 – 8:30pm | Feb. 20. “‘Light cheap Arms fit for this hot Climate’: Archaeologies of Guns and Gunsmithing at 87 Church Street, Charleston.” Davidson College, Visual Arts Center VAC-117 Semans Lecture Hall.

Wed., Feb. 21

Global Wine Exploration

6-8 pm | Feb. 21. Wine Night & Guided Tasting (Spanish Wines).Los Worlds Brewing, Cornelius.

Thursday, Feb. 22

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra: Thorgy Thor

7:30 pm | Feb. 22. Drag performance artist and professional musician Thorgy Thor performs with the DCSO.  For tickets, contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Duke Family Performance Hall – Davidson College.

Steve Kantrowitz – Kelley Lecturer

7:30 – 9 pm | Feb. 22. Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin, presents: A Ho-Chunk History of American Citizenship: “Citizenship” is a promise, a goal, and a word to conjure with. But when viewed through the lens of Native American history, it takes on more complicated meanings. Through the history of one tribal nation’s encounter with the United States, this talk asks us to reconsider how the modern idea of U.S. national citizenship came to be during Reconstruction, what it meant then, and what it means now. Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall, Davidson College.

Thursday, Feb. 22 — Monday, March 11

Davidson Community Players: ‘Fun Home’

See website for schedule. “Fun Home,” a musical, is an intimate adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s memoir about her childhood in her family’s funeral home. Recommended ages 15 and up. Tickets: Adult $23; Senior (65+) $21; Student (under 21)  $18. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Friday, Feb. 23

Artist Talk

6:30-8:30 pm | Feb. 23. A free artist talk  to learn more about The Director’s Choice project. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius

Saturday, Feb. 24

Photo via Visit LKN

Fairy House Festival 2024

10 am – 4 pm | Feb. 24. Fairy Houses are whimsical habitats built by children, families, gardeners, and nature lovers. This is a festival that everyone can enjoy and building fairy houses reconnects people with nature. Join us for this annual festival that will inspire appreciation of the environment with storytelling, children’s crafts, activities, and games – all focused on fairies and nature. Fairy, gnome and other appropriate costumes are encouraged but not required. Food vendors will be on site. Advance purchase of tickets is required. Ages 5 and older,  $7 per person. Free for children age 4 and younger with paid adult.  Latta Nature Preserve Waterfront Parking Area, 5226 Sample Rd., Huntersville.

Black History Month event

5:30 pm | Feb. 24. Celebrate and enjoy the work of a local artist, guest speakers, performances and plenty of activities. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

Sons of Mystro

Sons of Mystro

Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm | Feb. 24. Brothers Malcom and Umoja learned to play violin through South Florida’s public school system and attended Dillard High School for the Performing Arts. They form Sons of Mystro, where they use their violins to interpret reggae classics, American pop songs and their own creations accompanied by a DJ & a drummer. Tickets $25-$45. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

10th Annual Rhythm & Brews

7-10 pm | Feb. 24. Fundraiser for Pat’s Place Child Advocacy cCenter features craft beer and live music from Charlotte’s 80s tribute band Kids in America. $100 or $125; must buy tickets in advance. Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Dr., Cornelius.

Local Black History Makers

11 am – 3:30 pm | Feb. 24. Black History Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans both nationally and locally. Historic Rosedale will be hosting African American community members who will discuss their journeys and accomplishments. Free.

11 am: Hugh Dussek’s presentation will focus on the history of blacksmithing at Rosedale, the story of how Rosedale built the blacksmith shop, and the history of metals around the world.

12:30 pm: Nelli Ashford is a self-taught folk artist from Mecklenburg County. During the 2012 national election campaign, 11 of Ashford’s works were featured at the Democratic National Convention Committee headquarters in Charlotte.

1:30 pm: Naomi Rankin is a local artisan who has created many gorgeous quilts in the traditional style of enslaved individuals. Rosedale has a number of her quilts on display.   

2:30 pm: Tamia Allen Williams is a descendent of George Washington Caldwell, one of a long line of blacksmiths at Rosedale. She will be discussing the complexity of African American History and the hurt and hope it can bring to those affected by it, as well as the importance of its teaching.

All day: Blacksmith Demonstrations. The Rosedale Smithy will be open all day and staffed by head blacksmith Jason Blanchett.

The exhibits Oasis Spaces and The Great Escape: The Underground Railway will open from 10 am to 3 pm for viewing. Historic Rosedale, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Sunday, Feb. 25

Davidson College Chorale: Davidson Sings!

5 pm | Feb. 25. The Davidson College Choirs combine with choirs in the Davidson community, including Davidson College Presbyterian Church, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, and Davidson United Methodist Church to present choral works with dramatic organ. For tickets ($9.27 pls fees), contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Davidson College Presbyterian Church.

Archaeology Beer Dinner

6 pm | Feb. 25. Dig into the past with Lost Worlds’ team of archaeologists, historians, explorers and ghost hunters to unearth a site’s history and deliver an experience that will educate and enthrall you. A four-course dinner will be served while you work with a team to piece together the clues and uncover the past. $85; advance ticket purchase required. Lost Worlds Brewing, Cornelius.

Through Thursday, Feb. 29

The Great Escape

10 am – 3 pm | Feb. 1-29. The Great Escape: The Underground Railway is an overwhelming visual depiction of the journey to freedom during the Antebellum era. This exhibit is free to the public along with grounds admission to Historic Rosedale (does not include entrance to the 1815 house or guided house tour.) Historic Rosedale, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Through March 29

Home Grown Junior!

Hours vary | March 29. Home Grown is an annual mixed media exhibit celebrating the artistic community.  2D and 3D work includes exhibit for artists from the ages of 10-16. Cornelius Arts Center Gallery, 10 am – 4 pm Mondays -Tuesdays and 10 am-1 pm Wednesdays.

• 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.