Spend the day with us this Saturday, Jan. 11, from 1-4 p.m. for Family Day.

Come into The Galleries anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. to make adorable crafts at our creation stations. It’s all free, thanks to our sponsor Corning. Then, at 3 p.m. Opera Xpress will present “The Ugly Duckling” in the Davis Theatre.

Also free. “The Ugly Duckling” follows the story of a young duckling as it navigates being different and discovering its place on the farm. Through trials with fellow ducklings and a big bad wolf, the Ugly Duckling uses its skill and knowledge learned from reading to help save the farm.

It’s an exciting way to introduce opera to children and their families. Reserve your seats for “The Ugly Duckling” at http://bit.ly/35t3MbR. A limited number of seats will be available for walk-ins as well.

The Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., downtown Concord. Call 704-920-2787 or visit cabarrusartscouncil.org for more information.

This week

» Exhibition: “Clay WoodFire NC” — Now — Saturday, Jan. 25. Free. This annual exhibition and sale celebrates the artistry of a group of renowned Seagrove potters and their wood-fired work. Additionally, the exhibition will feature a select number of artisans who have strong ties to the Seagrove community. Artists: Chad Brown, From The Ground Up — Michael Mahan, Carol Gentithes, Daniel Johnston, Fred Johnston, Kate Johnston, Jugtown Pottery — Bayle Owens, Pamela Owens, Travis Owens, Vernon Owens, Sid Luck, Levi Mahan, Ben Owen III, Anne Pärtna, Hitomi Shibata, Takuro Shibata and David Stuempfle — with Andrew Dutcher, Charlie Hayes, JulieRose Hinson, Hamish Jackson, Bill Jones, Margaret Larson, Sarah Matesz, Natalie Novak, Sydney Williams, Erin Younge and Jared Zehmer. “Clay: WoodFire NC” is sponsored by Uwharrie Bank. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., Concord. Free and open to the public. Go to www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

» Family Day — Saturday, Jan. 11, 1-4 p.m. Make your own artwork at creation stations spread throughout The Galleries. Designed for preschool through elementary school age, it is sponsored by Corning. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., Concord. It’s free and open to the public. Go to www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

» Opera Xpress Presents “The Ugly Duckling” — Saturday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m. It’s free, but you must reserve seats in advance at http://bit.ly/35t3MbR. General admission seating available. “The Ugly Duckling” follows the story of a young duckling as it navigates being different and discovering its place on the farm. Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., downtown Concord. Call 704-920-2787. Go to cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Next week

» Kannapolis Library: Teen Home-school Hub Writes: Monday, Jan. 13, 2-3 p.m. Free and for ages 12-16. Ice breakers, short stories and word games are just some of the fun activities in store at the Kannapolis Library, 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. Go to https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/teen-homeschool-hub-writes-kan-3/.

» Midland Library: Play-Doh Lab: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free and for ages 4-12. Are you ready to squish, knead and create new things? Join Midland Library for Play-Doh Lab; all you need to bring is your imagination. Supplies provided at 4297 C Highway 24/27 E., Midland. Go to https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/play-doh-lab-mid-9/.

» Harrisburg Library: Fine Art Makers: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free and for ages 6-15. Love art? Want to learn about the techniques of the masters and get to create your own work of art? Join the FAM, where they will explore a different fine artist each month. You can get messy, so wear appropriate clothing. Spaces are limited and registration is required at 201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg. Go to https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/fine-art-makers-frida-kahlo-harrr/.

» Kannapolis Library: Play-Doh Lab — Friday, Jan. 17, 4-5 p.m. Free and for ages 3-12 — Are you ready to squish, knead and create new things? Join Kannapolis Library for Play-Doh Lab; all you need to bring is your imagination. They provide the supplies and you provide the fun. Sponsored by Friends of Kannapolis Library, 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. Go to https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/play-doh-lab-kan-52/.

» Art on Tap’s Craft Beer & Clay — Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. — Young adults (21 and older) have the opportunity to sample a selection of craft beers from local brewery Southern Strain in The Galleries while seeing a clay demonstration by artist Kate Johnston and participating in hands-on activities. Pizza will be provided by The Pizza Loft. It’s free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Visit http://bit.ly/2sucHeq for details. Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., downtown Concord. Go to cabarrusartscouncil.org.

» ClearWater Arts Center and Studios: Four-Dimensional Candlesticks: Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The charge for the class will be $75 for members and $100 for nonmembers. This will cover the cost of wood, prep and supplies. Note: This is an intermediate-level class. You should be skilled in the basics of handling your tools on a lathe. Registration is at the SPW website. Go to https://spwoodturners.com/store/. The class will be held at 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord. Go to http://www.clearwaterartists.com/events-orig/2020/1/18/turning-a-set-of-3-four-dimensional-candlesticks.

Upcoming

» Kannapolis Library: Beginner Hand Embroidery: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6-7 p.m. Free. Join Kannapolis Library to learn the basic stitches and start a small project. Supplies will be provided, but bring your own cotton shirt to work on. Registration is required. Kannapolis Library is at 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. Go to https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/beginner-hand-embroidery-rr-kan/.

» A Closer Look Presents Seagrove Woodfire N.C.: Materials, Connections, Approaches — Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. — Pam Owens, Fred Johnston and Travis Owens explore the roots, diversity and path of 20 potters making a living wood firing in the Seagrove area. The event is free, but registration is appreciated at https://forms.gle/XgLEvWsq7W5EaDHE9. Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., downtown Concord. Go to cabarrusartscouncil.org.

» Recreational Art Studio: Canvas Workshop: Friday, Jan. 24, 7-8 p.m. Cost is $25. Join Recreational Art Studios canvas painting workshop. All supplies provided. The workshop is for ages 11 and older. Skill level: easy at 3689 Concord Parkway S., Concord. Go to https://recreationalartstudio.com/.

» Cabarrus Art Guild: Pastel Techniques: A workshop with Malia Bryngelson: Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For beginner or intermediate artists learning in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. The class will explore the best types of materials that will help make pastel painting more enjoyable and successful. To register, send an email to maliabryngel56@gmail.com or text 704-773-0817. Location: ClearWater Arts Center & Studios, 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord.

» Poet Laureate: Jaki Shelton Green: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m. N.C. poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green will speak as part of the annual meeting of the Concord Friends of the Library. She is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. Green is a writer, poet and North Carolina native whose publications include “Dead on Arrival,” “Dead on Arrival and New Poems,” “Masks,” “Conjure Blues,” “singing a tree into dance,” “breath of the song,” “Blue Opal” (a play), and “Feeding the Light.” Cabarrus County Public Library is at 27 Union St. N., Concord. Call 704-920-2050 or go to cabarruscounty.us/departments/library.

» The Black Market Trust — Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m., $37.50. The Black Market Trust brings high-energy performances inspired by the legendary Rat Pack crooners and Gypsy Jazz musicians from days gone by. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2LqoPFw or Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 704-920-2787 or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., downtown Concord.

» Concord Library: These Boots Were Made for Popping: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ages 5-12 — Learn about abstract art, then create your own using washable paint and bubble wrap boots that you make yourself. There will be lots of stomping going on, so be sure to wear old clothes. Concord Library is at 27 Union St., Concord. Go to https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/these-boots-were-made-for-popping-con/.

» Jim Avett & Friends — Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., $25. A new album of songs originally intended for his children’s ears only, Jim Avett’s “Take It from Me” will surely find its way into the hearts of his hometown fan base in the Davis Theatre. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2Gesjqq or Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 704-920-2787 or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., downtown Concord.

» Cabarrus Art Guild: Wax Batik on Fabric: Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class is $35 and supply kit is $35. In this class, you’ll learn how to create custom batik fabric for a quilt, wall hanging or garment. The batik process generates complex, stitchable designs with wax resist and color layering on fabric, brown paper grocery bags and tons of newspaper. ClearWater Arts Center & Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord. To register, email 4LauraSmith@gmail.com.

» Mount Pleasant Library: Creative Writing for Teens: Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free and for ages 10-19. Got stories sprouting in the back of your mind? Poems taking root in your notebooks? Mount Pleasant Library will give you the tools to plant, grow and prune a whole forest of writing ideas at 8556 Cook St., Mount Pleasant. Go to https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/creative-writing-for-teens-mtp-16/.

» Davina & the Vagabonds — Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m., $37.50. Davina Lozier has been compared to Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse, but make no mistake, she’s an original. Davina and the Vagabonds’ down-and-dirty blues will leave you yearning for more. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2XOcVXD or Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 704-920-2787 or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., downtown Concord.

» Cabarrus Art Guild: Necklace in a Day: Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class is $25. Make your necklace precision-shaped or wild and wonky in your favorite color scheme, long or short, dressy or casual, with edging dangles or not. ClearWater Arts Center & Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord. To register, email 4LauraSmith@gmail.com.

» Mount Pleasant Library: Crafters Unite: Monday, Feb. 17, 4-5 p.m. Free. Adults — Gather with other crafters as you work on a variety of useful and decorative crafts in a comfortable atmosphere at 8556 Cook St., Mount Pleasant. Go to https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/crafters-unite-mtp-56/.

» Art Walk and Artist Reception — Friday, Feb. 21, 6-9 p.m. Tour The Galleries’ “Tone” exhibition at your own pace and then stroll downtown Concord as dozens of artists sell their works. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., Concord. Free and open to the public, it’s sponsored by Waste Pro. Go to www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

» ClearWater Arts Center & Studios: Pastel Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $35. Pastel workshop for beginner or intermediate artists to study techniques used in pastel painting and how the artist can apply these techniques to basic art principles. To register, email maliabryngel56@gmail.com. ClearWater Arts Center & Studios is at 223 Crowell Dr. NW, Concord. Go to http://www.clearwaterartists.com/.

» Melinda Doolittle — Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m., $40. Now a center stage phenom who sings The Great American Soulbook, this “American Idol” finalist delivers flawless vocals with a mesmerizing precision that captivates her audiences. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2XHRqMY or Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 704-920-2787 or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., downtown Concord.

» Susan Werner & David Myles — Saturday, March 21, 8 p.m., $37.50. Two songwriters. One evening in the Davis. Folksinger Susan Werner has a reputation as a daring and innovative songwriter with a killer live show. Canadian folk jazz singer David Myles is part soulful pop crooner and part back porch roots musician. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2GezZsD or Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 704-920-2787 or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., downtown Concord.

» Art Lab — Wednesday, March 25, 10 a.m. Specially timed for the home-school community, Art Lab includes a guided tour of The Galleries exhibition, “Tone,” and a fun, hands-on art activity. Recommended for ages 7 and older, it costs $5. Registration is strongly recommended at https://cabarrusartscouncil.org/arts-education/art-lab. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., Concord. Go to www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

» The Steel Wheels — Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m., $37.50. The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2XMuyMo or Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 704-920-2787 or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., downtown Concord.

» Family Day — Saturday, April 25, 1-4 p.m. Make your own artwork at creation stations spread throughout The Galleries. Designed for preschool through elementary school age, it’s sponsored by Atrium Health. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., Concord. Free and open to the public. Go to www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

» Breakfast for the Arts — Friday, May 15, 7:30 a.m. The Breakfast for the Arts fundraiser serves up children’s performances and inspirational speakers to show the impact of the arts on the community. Reservations are required for the free event. Email Natasha@cabarrusartscouncil.org or call the Cabarrus Arts Council at 704-920-2787.

» Art Lab — Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m. Specially timed for the home-school community, Art Lab includes a guided tour of The Galleries exhibition, “Fresh Works,” and a fun, hands-on art activity. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Cost is $5 and registration is strongly recommended at https://cabarrusartscouncil.org/arts-education/art-lab. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., Concord. Go to www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

» Art Walk and Artist Reception — Friday, May 29, 6-9 p.m. Tour The Galleries’ “Fresh Works” exhibition at your own pace and then stroll downtown Concord as dozens of artists sell their works. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., Concord. It’s free and open to the public. Sponsored by Waste Pro. Go to www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

» Family Day — Saturday, June 20, 1-4 p.m. Make your own artwork at creation stations spread throughout The Galleries. Designed for preschool through elementary school age, it’s sponsored by Dominion Energy. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council is at 65 Union St. S., Concord. Free and open to the public. Go to www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Ongoing

» Activities in The Galleries — Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during exhibitions. Art Box: Boxes full of art materials and instructions provide guided art projects for children of all ages when they visit The Galleries. The projects relate to the current exhibition, and the artwork can be made right here in The Galleries, on the front steps or outside on the lawn. I Spy Scavenger Hunt: Get a scavenger list at the front desk, then search the art in The Galleries for everything on it. It’s a fun game for all ages, and a great way to pick up the details of artwork. Think about it: Our guided questionnaire is full of colorful pictures of artwork accompanied by conversation starters such as, “What questions would you ask this artist if he or she were here right now?” This activity is great for anyone who wants to examine artworks in a new way.

» ClearWater Artist Studios: Learn the age-old art of pastels — See website for registration.Pastel classes are offered by Regina Burchett on an individual or small group basis. Classes are typically two hours in length, and the materials are included for the first two classes. Individual classes are $30 per two-hour session. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord. Go to http://www.clearwaterartists.com/classes/.

» Saturday Night Dance: 7-10 p.m. The second and fourth Saturday of the month, there will be a live band at the Senior Center in Concord. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person at the door unless otherwise noted at 331 Corban Ave., Concord. Go to http://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/public/event/saturday-night-dance-42/.

» Brenda’s Art Studio: Afterschool Art Camp — Weekly, Monday through Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., one day per week for six weeks on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Adult art classes from 6-8 p.m. Drawing, painting and pottery. Call 704-787-8570 to Brenda’s Art Studio to register and for more information. Go to http://brendasartstudio.com/StudentActivities.html.

» Lyrics & Laughs — First and third Tuesday of each month, 1-2 p.m. Come sit around, sing your heart out and smile along the way at the Senior Center, 331 Corban Ave., Concord. Go to www.cabarruscounty.us.

» Voice and Performance Lessons — Teacher and professional singer/performer Daniel Truhitte, from “The Sound of Music” fame, is available for students of all ages and skill levels. Lessons are ideal for those interested in singing professionally, for school and church performances, or just for fun. For more information, email danieltruhitte@gmail.com or call 704-791-9100.

» Open Mic Night/Live Music — Enjoy open mic night every Wednesday, and live music every Friday and Saturday at Lil’ Robert’s Place Taps, 25 Union St. S., downtown Concord. Free. Go to www.facebook.com/LilRobertsPlace.

» Actors of Tomorrow — A nonprofit children’s theater organization for youths of any theater experience, 6012 Bayfield Parkway, Suite 370, Concord. Go to www.actorsoftomorrow.org.

» Artist Demonstrations and Open Studios — ClearWater’s Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., every second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. It’s free and open to the public at the ClearWater Gallery, 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord. Go to clearwaterartists.com.

» Creative Connections — A group meant to bring together all the arts and culture advocates in the community to discover who is here to work with and build the creative community in Cabarrus County. It’s open to all artists, from belly dancers to writers, jugglers to quilters and art event organizers. For more information about the next meeting, visit www.facebook.com/CreativeConnectionsCabarrus/.

» Southern Piedmont Woodturners — Third Tuesday evening monthly — monthly demonstrations, question and answer sessions, and sometimes hands-on opportunities to try new techniques. Anyone interested in woodturning is welcome to visit and join at 223 Crowell St., Concord, at ClearWater Artist Studios. Go to http://www.spwoodturners.com.

» The Cabarrus Art Guild: Open Studio, every Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring your project, your own supplies and join fellow artists; you don’t have to be an Art Guild member to take part. There is no cost at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Concord.

The Cabarrus Arts Council contributes the Arts & Entertainment column, which highlights the arts in Cabarrus County, to the Independent Tribune each Wednesday. Use the contact information provided to confirm the details of events. If you would like your arts information to be considered for inclusion, email Elisabeth Thornton at elisabeth@cabarrusartscouncil.org.