Art Matters


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, July 23 – Friday, July 27

Outer Space Camp, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Andy Griffith Museum Theatre, Ages 6-11, $45. Campers will channel their super powers as they travel through the galaxies and create a journal of their space adventures. Led by Madi Chitty and Shelby Coleman.

ArtSmart 5, 9:30 am – 12 pm, Andy Griffith Playhouse, Ages 6 and up, $65. ArtSmart 5 includes five days of classic art instruction, surveying, and making art in the styles of renowned artists. Class size is limited, led by Kayla Ellis.

Thursday, July 26

Band of Oz at the Blackmon Amphitheatre, 7:30 pm, $15 or Surry Arts Council Summer Concert Series Season Pass.

Friday, July 27

29th Annual Bunker Reunion Weekend. Celebrating Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese Twins. Multiple events.

• There will be a presentation on the descendants’ 2018 Trip to Thailand at 11 a.m., Historic Earle Theatre, free. Descendants will share photos and details of their recent trip to Thailand. Zack Blackmon Jr. will lead the presentation along with Alex Sink, Robin Craver, Homer Bunker, and Mary Ann Bunker Blanton.

• Ryan Pino, 1 p.m., Historic Earle Theatre, free. Pino lived in China for several years, first as an English teacher and then as a master’s student in Chinese philosophy. He is a student of religion at Yale Divinity School. His presentation will focus on Chang and Eng’s achievements, their American citizenship, and their religion. A short Q&A will follow the presentation.

• Yunte Huang. 2:15 p.m., Historic Earle Theatre, free. Yunte Huang is a Guggenheim Fellow and professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also taught at Harvard. He is the author of the critically acclaimed new book “Inseperable,” and will be discussing his book along with new documents. There will be a short Q&A following the presentation.

• Gravesite Tour, White Plains Baptist Church, 614 Old Hwy 601, Mount Airy, 3-4 p.m., free.


North Tower Band at the Blackmon Amphitheatre, 7:30 pm, $15 or Surry Arts Council Summer Concert Series Season Pass.

Saturday, July 28

“South Pacific” Andy Griffith Playhouse, 7:30 p.m., $15. Set in an island paradise during World War II, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” tells two parallel love stories, threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.

Movies this week

The Goonies (PG), Historic Earle Theatre, $7. Sunday, July 22 at 4 and 7 p.m.; Monday, July 23 at 4 and 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, July 25 at 4 and 7 p.m. A classic from 1985, “The Goonies” tells the story of a group of misfits who set out to find a pirate’s treasure in order to save their home from foreclosure.

Tag (R), Historic Earle Theatre, $7. Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 at 4 and 7 p.m. A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.


And don’t forget our on-going programs:

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.

For additional information or to purchase tickets contact the Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998 or visit the website at Follow us on Facebook at