Art Matters is a new weekly column which highlights some of the upcoming performance art, display art, and similar events in the greater Mount Airy area.
Monday to Friday
Missoula Children’s Theatre: The Secret Garden, Andy Griffith Playhouse, $150 per child (discount for siblings). Children ages 5 (completed kindergarten) to 18 work with Missoula Children’s Theatre professionals to stage “The Secret Garden” from auditions through performance. The performance is Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets available at www.surryarts.org.
Surry County Basket Makers, 7 p.m., Siamese Twins Exhibit. Members of the Basket Makers meet the second Tuesday of each month to craft beautiful, handmade baskets. Each meeting has a different instructor and topic, so material fees vary. New members are always welcome. Contact Deborah Wagoner at (336) 374-6530 for information or to register.
Surry Arts Council Dance Program Open House, 5 p.m., Andy Griffith Museum Theatre, Surry Arts Council is so excited to offer monthly dance classes. The classes will start on Sept. 4, with the recital on a Sunday, May 19, 2019. Join us for Open House to find out all about the classes, meet instructor Shelby Coleman, and get answers to any questions you may have.
Legacy Motown Revue, Blackmon Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $15 or Annual Pass
Envision, Blackmon Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $15 or Annual Pass
The Secret Garden, the finished production by the Missoula Children’s Theatre with local children, Andy Griffith Playhouse, 2 p.m., $6. Tickets available at www.surryarts.org.
Steve Owens and Summertime, Blackmon Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $15 or Annual Pass.
Movies this week
Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13), Historic Earle Theatre, $7, Sunday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Monday at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Ocean’s 8 (PG-13), Historic Earle Theatre, $7, Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. For five years, eight months, and twelve days, Debbie Ocean has been plotting and planning the biggest heist of her life, and it is going to take a team to do it. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million.
Golden Notes (Community Chorus), Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Andy Griffith Museum Theatre, Free for Surry Arts Council members (an annual membership costs $10). This recreational singing group welcomes visitors to listen or sing old favorites with them each week. They serve as ambassadors for the Arts Council singing in nursing homes, retirement centers, and the local hospital. Led by Sylvia Lowry, a performer and retired music educator.
Free TAPS (Traditional Arts Programs) youth music lessons, Thursdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Fiddle and Mandolin; 6:15-6:45 p.m. Guitar and Banjo, Historic Earle Theatre. Award-winning musician and teacher Jim Vipperman instructs and instruments are provided. Come learn fiddle, mandolin, guitar or banjo! This program is sponsored in part by a TAPS grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Free Jam Session, Thursdays, 7 p.m., Historic Earle Theatre. Local and visiting musicians are welcome! Music ranges from bluegrass and old-time to gospel and country. Musicians take turns playing, singing, and backing up others. Many come just to sit and listen or dance. This program is supported in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
WPAQ Merry-Go-Round. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Historic Earle Theatre, $8 (includes admission to Andy Griffith Museum). WPAQ Merry-Go-Round is the second longest continuously running live radio broadcast in the nation (second only to the Grand Ole Opry). Radio station WPAQ, 740 a.m., produces this weekly live broadcast of local, regional, and national performers.
• And tickets are now on sale for: “South Pacific” coming July 28-30; that Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., and Monday at 7:30 p.m., Andy Griffith Playhouse, $15.
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. “South Pacific” features some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame,” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair.”
For additional information or to purchase tickets contact the Surry Arts Council at (336) 786-7998 or visit the website at www.surryarts.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/surryartscouncil.