Arts & entertainment news, Feb. 5-11

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Jazz Vespers at St. John’s returns

Jazz Vespers will take place Saturday evening at 7 p.m. in the chapel of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. Themed “When the Saints Go Marching In,” this “hour of worshipful music” will feature musicians Diana Tuffin and the Joe Robinson Band.

The event is free and the public is invited. The Rev. Rhodes Woolly is senior pastor of St. John’s, and Rob Durocher is minister of music.

Closing weekend for ‘Proposals’

CONCORD — “Proposals” by Neil Simon, rated PG, is the story of romantic entanglements in the summer of 1953. Burt, mid-50s and convalescing from a second heart attack, anticipates the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. Daughter Josie has just broken her engagement to a Harvard law student and pines for his buddy Ray, an aspiring writer with whom she once had a brief fling. Clemma, the black housekeeper at the center of the action casts a astute eye on the complications while facing with her own unresolved past.

Final performances are Friday and Saturday Feb 6, 7 at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW in Concord. Call 704-788-2405 or visit for ticket information.

Call for vendors at Earth Day Jam

The fourth annual Earth Day Jam will be held April 17-19. Earth Jam is a music and arts festival directly benefitting LandTrust for Central North Carolina and raises to fund environmental projects in the community.

A musical lineup of 20+ top regional performing artists is planned as well as fun activities, games for kids and the whole family, food from local farms, beverages from local breweries and vineyards. It will be held at Dark Before Dawn Farm in Salisbury.

The Earth Day Jam showcases environmental education organizations and projects providing opportunities that promote areas such as, sustainable farming, local food, conscious environmental choices, alternative energy and energy conservation, protection of resources, and natural healing.

‘Becky’s New Car’ tickets on sale now

Lee Street theatre present a Center for Faith & the Arts’ St. Thomas Players production of “Becky’s New Car” by Stephen Dietz.

Becky Foster is stuck in a mid-life rut, but when an opportunity presents itself, she puts the pedal to the metal and takes the audience along for the ride of a lifetime.

Performance dates are Feb. 19-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. with a Feb. 22, 2:30 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $15 + tax at or 704-310-5507.

All performances will be in the Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center at the Tom & Martha Smith Event Center. 329 N. Lee St.

Mooresville Art winners announced

Mooresville — Mooresville Arts second juried exhibit winners are Anne Harknesss, Lawayne Kimbro and Judith Brown. The exhibit is shown at the Mooresville Visual Arts Depot in historical downtown Mooresville Tuesday-Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The winning artists works were selected from 104 entries by juror Keith Bryan, art instructor at UNC Charlotte in the Art and Art History Department.

Call to participate in the 19th annual multicultural festival

Lexington — Lexington’s Recreation and Parks Department will host the 19th Annual Multicultural Festival on May 2 at Finch Park, rain or shine. Vendors in food, art, crafts and merchandise are invited to participate, as well as live entertainment.

The Multicultural Festival is a one-day event that celebrates diverse cultures, starting with the Parade of Nations and featuring five International villages: African American, Asian, European, Latino, and Native American, plus Children’s International Village with free amusements. New this year the Music Emporium will be making percussion instruments around the World from reuse materials.

Dr. Paul Murphy presents ‘Jazz and Spirituals’

Using music of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter, Paul Murphy’s performance on Feb. 19 will be framed with conversation as he develops parallels between jazz, spirituals and popular music as he plays the piano and saxophone. His program emphasizes the power of music, especially the juxtaposition of joy and pain. Paul’s daughter Anna, an accomplished vocalist on her own, will enrich the program with Caribbean vocals.

Paul graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1991 with a B.A. in music composition and theory. He has a master of divinity from Duke Divinity School and has a doctor of ministry from Hood Theological Seminary.

He has been a professional musician since 1983 and has performed alongside Carl Anderson, George Winston, and Lou Rawls. He studied with Roger Hannay, Stephen Jaffe, T.J. Anderson, Scott Lindroth and with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Ellen Taft Zwilich and Louis Andriessen. He was coached by Tony Bennett.

He is a veteran of the US Army and served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. He currently lives in Southern Pines with his family.

The presentation, hosted by The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch, will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Salisbury. Reservations for the Thursday, Feb. 19 dinner and show, open to all, are $32 each. RSVP to Toni Iossi at 704-212-2114.

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