Guitarist turns 50, plays 50 venues

DAVIDSON – Spanky, an independent musician from Pismo Beach, Calif., is celebrating his 50th birthday by embarking on a 50-day cross-country tour.           

Getting his career started with a Grateful Dead cover band, Spanky has been a musician for 30 years. His bluegrass-infused rock songs also include notes from the guitar, banjo and ukelele. His lyrics tell stories of good times and friendships in his small California beach town as well as his travels across the western U.S. 

Spanky’s 2012 debut solo release “COOP’D UP” placed fourth as best album in the New Times Music Awards for San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties. This month brings a new solo release, “COOPer DEUXper.”

He will visit The Birdsnest as part of his birthday tour of small-town America.

The Birdsnest is located at 102 S. Main Street, Davidson. The show takes place 8 p.m., April 25.

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Children’s authors visit Charlotte Writer’s Club North 

CORNELIUS – Charlotte Writers’ Club North will welcome children’s authors Lisa Williams Kline and Chris Woodworth as special presenters next month.

The duo’s free talk titled “Characters: Emotions, Relationships and Conflict,” will take place April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius.

Kline is the author of 10 books for young people, including “Eleanor Hill,” winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Her latest project is the five-book “Sisters in All Seasons” series, which traces the development of a relationship between two stepsisters.   
Woodworth is the author of four acclaimed books for children, including “Georgie’s Moon,” winner of the Best Book of Indiana for Children’s Literature. Her newest book, “Ivy in the Shadows,” about a girl who learns secrets from eavesdropping, was released in February.

After the talk, there will be a question and answer session and refreshments. Books will be available for sale.

Town hosts gallery crawl, art festival, concert   

DAVIDSON – April is for Arts is a month-long celebration of the artistic community in Davidson. 

Citizens and visitors are invited to three community events to celebrate spring: a gallery crawl, the Art on the Green Festival and the season’s first Concert on the Green.

The gallery crawl will take place April 12 from 6-9 p.m. It features local merchants hosting artists and exhibitions in their retail spaces, which are transformed into art galleries along Main Street for the evening. Trolleys will transport visitors around town to view the various exhibits.

Art on the Green is Davidson’s largest annual arts festival, bringing thousands of visitors to the lawn outside the public library April 20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 21 from noon-4 p.m. Patrons can buy crafts while listening to live music and snacking on local cuisine.

The free Concerts on the Green series kicks off April 21 from 6-8 p.m. with performances by the Davidson College Symphony and Jazz Ensemble.

To help sponsor these events, visit or contact Kim Fleming at 704-940-9622 or