Special Agent Stella Lavender is looking forward to an elegant outdoor wedding, a much-needed change of pace from her adrenaline-fueled work as an undercover drug agent. On the grassy lawn of the Rosscairn Castle B&B, she waits with the couple’s family and friends for the ceremony to begin. But one of them has other plans, and as the guests grow restive, the satin-clad bride is dying most horribly. When the sheriff asks for Stella’s assistance, she’s energized by the opportunity to prove herself. But why would someone kill Justine, the bride, on her wedding day?
The exhibit features a site-specific salt installation, as well as recent drawings, photography, sketchbooks and more by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto.
It is 1943--the height of the Second World War. With the men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women. On the surface, Sigrid Schroder is the model German soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.
When it comes to playing the role of an overbearing couch potato, Kevin James need not sweat. The actor/comedian who plays Doug Heffernan — a blue-collar worker who makes mountains out of mole hills in his average life — on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens, delivers (and we’re not talkin’ packages). There’s humor to his hysterics. Morphing into other dumbfounded characters in the film world (his latest part is in Grown Ups 2, to be released in July), it’s safe to say that when James goes solo for stand-up, he does it with the same exaggerated enthusiasm. As long as he puts his usual melodramatic spin to whatever random shit — jet skis, banks, airports, and greeting cards were past targets — crosses his mind, his upcoming gig at Ovens Auditorium is going to be a hoot. $49.55-$71.15
When Julia Elaine Newton, a young, pretty Ohio girl, volunteered to go on a mission to the Belgian Congo, she knew it was going to be a huge change. But she never expected to wind up teaching at an all-girls boarding school that consisted mostly of runaway child brides! Much to her chagrin, Buakane was born beautiful. If only she'd been ugly, Chief Eagle would not have noticed her. Escaping from an arranged marriage, the scrappy young girl finds her way to Julia Newton and the school.
18 and up are welcome. $12-$17
With gallery closings on the rise, we’re especially pleased to announce a reopening. Hidell Brooks Gallery, which closed its doors back in November of 2012 to renovate and expand its quarters, is back in the game with three distinct exhibition spaces and more storage space. The new floorplan is credited to Lindsay Smith — who also designed the gallery back in 1998 — of Dimcheff Smith Studio. To celebrate, Hidell Brooks will be having a reception for its 15 Year Anniversary Group. The exhibit will showcase artwork by 34 different artists of varying styles and mediums. They include works by artist Sherrie Wolf, who combines detailed still lifes with a backdrop of whimsical landscapes, portraiture and scenery; Selena Beaudry, who uses cut-up pieces of painted paper to intricately layer her colorful, funky compositions; and Miranda Lake, who uses wax and collage to create psychedelic nature displays. Katherine Ace, Philip Geiger, Johan Hagaman, David Kroll, Rana Raochet, Amanda Talley, and many others will also be sharing. Free admission
It's no big surprise that Vicki Sawyer grew up with a family that loved nature or that it rubbed off on the Tennessee-based artist, who frequently paints portraits of animals and surrounding aspects of the wilderness. Her acrylic works are realistic, yet somewhat unnatural in appearance. Having worked closely with painting birds, Sawyer deviates by painting on accessories like hats and masks to her feathered and/or furry subjects. Her latest exhibit at Lark & Key features paintings like these, in addition to others — some of which include a sheep with an assortment of birds nesting in its fur and a child clothed in vines with a bird sitting on his shoulders. It's all just too cute to be true. With pottery by Paula Smith. Opening reception on April 5, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Free admission
Spring has sprung at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery! Award-winning artist Joni Purk creates vibrant oils with brush or palette knife in many different pictorial styles. On view in May: Purk's seasonal tableaus of flowers, animals, and plants, along with work on this theme by other CFA represented artists. Highlighted THRU May 31. Opening Reception/Meet the Artists: First Friday, May 3, 6-9 p.m. Refreshments served. Gallery hours: Tues 10A-4P; Wed & Thurs 10A-9P; Fri 10A-6P; Sat 10A-2P. Closed Sun and Mon. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FREE
The public is invited to view the creative works of current oil painting students during its “Night Critter’s” 4th Annual Student Art Show which is free to the public and opens on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the main gallery located at 316 Main Street, Pineville, NC. In addition to the art exhibit, attendees will be treated to live music by MCC Music (Marie C. Calabro), wine and other beverages, as well as hors d’oeuvres, on opening night. FREE
Presented by Citizens of the Universe. For more information, visit www.citizensoftheuniverse.org. $5 suggested donation