Happening weekend: Live theater, great food, music, art

By Robert Kelly-goss

Albemarle Life Editor

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Theater, good food, good music, art and interesting science; that sums up what’s happening around the Albemarle region from the coast to Chowan County. In short, it doesn’t look like there’s any excuse to skulk around the house from now through Sunday.

If you picked up The Daily Advance yesterday and turned to the Albemarle Life section, you likely noticed that Port Discover, our local hands-on science center for kids, is doing its monthly program for grown ups, Science Café. Meet today, 7 p.m. at La Fogata’s on Hughes Boulevard and find out about sea level rising and how it will change life in the region.

Friday the arts get a boost over in Edenton with a show at the Chowan Arts Council. Artist Jane Perry will show her work starting with an artist’s reception, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Chowan Arts Council Gallery.

Perhaps you have a dancing jones. Maybe you need to get your feet moving and your hips swinging. If that’s the case, you can catch up with the folks at USA Dance as they hold their March dance, “Just Lucky,” at The Pines in Elizabeth City.

Now these folks are not just about throwing a dance party, they’re also about teaching dance. That’s why when they hold a dance; they start the evening with a lesson.

This month you can learn the most sensual of dances, that import from Argentina, the Tango. Dance lessons start at 7:30 p.m., the dance itself happens 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Dance USA members pay $10 to get in, non-members pay $13 and students pay $5. For more information you can call The Pines at 252-335-7245.

Also Friday evening is the debut of an original musical production, “Chase Down the Sun.” Encore Theatre will stage Peter Thomson’s play based on the music of Hoyt Axton.

The production opens tonight in Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Opening night still has a few seats left but they have been gong fast.

“Chase Down the Sun” will also stage Saturday and then again on March 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and finally on March 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For tickets call AOA at 252-338-6455.

Now Saturday, if you’re willing to drive to Corolla – this is the perfect time of the year to make the scenic drive without all of that beach traffic – you can enjoy Taste of the Beach at the Whalehead Club. The event includes music by Mr. Knight’s Wild Night at 7 p.m., great food, DJ Face and dancing. The whole thing will run you $75 and you can reserve you place on the Outer Banks by calling 252-453-9040, ext. 223.

A little closer to home you can head over to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Saturday, 11 a.m. to hear the Albemarle Sounds. You might recall the Sounds make up a whole lot of barbershop quartet enthusiasts who love to harmonize.

The event also includes lunch, a fashion show and raffle. Tickets are $10 and the money goes to benefit various community organizations. Call the folks at Good Shepherd for more information, 252-338-6210.

Now Sunday is considered a day of rest and that’s a good idea. But rest doesn’t mean hanging around the television, zoning out before you start another workweek. Nope, you can find all of the rest and relaxation you desire by sitting in comfortable and inspiring surroundings, listening to beautiful music as performed by international concert pianist Roosevelt Newson.

Newson will perform “Selections of Beethoven, Bach-Busoni and George Walker” at the Whalehead Club in Corolla, 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 252-453-9040.

Closer to home you can join the Elizabeth City Music Club for a concert at Christ Episcopal Church at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Call 252-338-5008.

And last, but in no way least, you might consider a Sunday afternoon history lesson at Museum of the Albemarle.

The staff at MOA is hosting F.J. Outland Day, “Celebrating the Greatest Generation through Felton J. Outland: Survivor of the USS Indianapolis.”

This event kicks off at 2 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 252-335-1453.

For information about what’s happening in the region, check The Daily Advance daily for our many calendars or visit dailyadvance.com.