Arts Beat: June 1

Wingate University’s Batte Center announces 2012-13 series

WINGATE — The university’s 14th annual performance series features a diverse array of legendary performers, regional collaborations and cultural adventures during the 2012-13 season. Bluegrass, holiday brass and a little bit of magic are all planned at the Batte Center.

The season starts in September with “Exploring the Himalayas: A View from the Top of the World,” a campus-wide, month-long exploration of the people and places of Tibet and Nepal. The program will feature visiting Tibetan monks as part of a week-long residency for “The Mystical Arts of Tibet.”

Performances scheduled for this season include:
• Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music & Dance, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
• The Jason Bishop Show, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
• Amy Grant, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
• Loudon Wainwright III, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
• Canadian Brass: A Holiday Concert, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Special guest: The Wingate Concert Choir.
• The Gathering, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.
• The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
• Cherish the Ladies, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
• Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Opening Acts: A Deeper Shade of Blue and The Hinson Girls, March 2 at 6 p.m. Presented in partnership with Music for a Cure Union County. Proceeds to benefit the Levine Cancer Center.
• SPIN, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
• Jeanne Robertson, April 7 at 4 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale to season subscribers and members of the Batte Center Friends group by mail, e-mail, phone and fax. Memberships start at $50. Single tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 6. For more information, visit or call 704-233-8300.

Chuckleheads return to Ballantyne Arts Center

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte improvisational theater group, the Chuckleheads, present their Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza at the Ballantyne Arts Center, 11318 North Community House Road, on Saturday, June 9, at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 when reserved prior to the show at or by contacting Chuckleheads’ leader Scott Pacitti at or 704-301-1564. Tickets cost $15 when purchased at the door.

The show is a combination of improvisational comedy, musical games/activities, game show elements and the heavy-duty audience participation that has become a staple of Chuckleheads’ shows over the years.

The doors to the Chuckleheads’ show at the Ballantyne Arts Center will open at 7 p.m.

Parking is free in the lots surrounding the Ballantyne Arts Center.

Act it, tell it, write it, perform it!

MATTHEWS – From June 5 to Aug. 14 the Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts hosts an eight-week class for ages 50 and older. The class will give participants a taste of improv, acting, storytelling, writing, character creations and writing/telling a story from their lives. Theater games and laughter yoga will make it a class participants won’t forget. The class is Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. For more information, call Dr. Wrenn Goodrum at 704-707-6757 or

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