Flat Rock Playhouse to present music of The Beatles

The Flat Rock Playhouse will begin its Music on the Rock concert season with a tribute to The Beatles. 

"The Music of the Beatles" will run from today through Feb. 26 at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St., in Hendersonville, N.C.

The Beatles’ masterpieces will be brought to life again. The performers will play such hits as “Hey Jude,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Yesterday,” “Let It Be,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Love Me Do” and “Blackbird.”

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

'The Drowsy Chaperone' comes to Tryon stage 

The awarding winning musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" is coming to the Tryon Fine Arts Center.

The show is a parody of the American musical comedy of the 1920s. It begins with a man in a chair putting on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." The recording comes to life and the show begins as the man looks on from his chair.

The plot incorporates mistaken identities, dream sequences, spit takes, an unflappable English butler, an absent-minded dowager, comic gangsters and more. "The Drowsy Chaperone" won five Tony awards and seven Drama Desk awards. The musical was written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., N.C. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for 18 and younger. 

For tickets, go on line at www.tltinfo.org or call 828-859-2466. 

Reception for artists scheduled during ArtWalk

Kiss the Frog Gallery is hosting an art exhibit entitled “Romancing the Figure” through March 10. The gallery is located at 518 E. Main St., Spartanburg.

The exhibit celebrates one of the most enduring and fascinating themes in art history — the human figure. This figurative exhibition features five award-winning artists from Saint Simon Island, Ga., including Spartanburg native, Ella Smith Cart, Dottie Clark, Trish Rugaber, Linda Wunder and Carly Hardy. 

For the past year, the five artists have been exploring their own unique styles of capturing the human form. The gallery will be displaying colorful abstract, bold figurative and impressionistic works created specifically for this exhibition.

An opening reception with the artists will take place from 5-9 p.m. today during the monthly ArtWalk.

For more information, call the gallery at 864-583-1309. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

ArtWalk is a free, self-guided tour of art galleries in downtown Spartanburg that takes place on the third Thursday of each month. It is a time when most of the art galleries and museums in Spartanburg host receptions. It also is an excellent opportunity for patrons to socialize and see what is new on Spartanburg’s art scene.

Reptile expo returns to the Upstate

A reptile and exotic animal expo is coming back to the Greenville Shrine Club. 

Repticon will have a mixture of vendors, breeders, and educators during shows on Saturday and Sunday. The program is billed as a family-oriented, fun-filled event offering people a chance to learn about animals not normally seen in local pet stores. Throughout the event, there will be seminars on animal-related topics by experts in the field of herpetology.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Greenville Shrine Club, 119 Beverly Road, Greenville.

At the door, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and children younger than 5 are admitted free. VIP and advance tickets may be purchased at repticon.com/south-carolina/greenville.

Asheville musician to play during Sundays Unplugged

Kevin Lorenz will play from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. St. John St., Spartanburg. The free concert is part of the weekly Sundays Unplugged program.

Lorenz is a classically trained musician with experience in public performance, conducting, composition, teaching, and arranging. He studied classical guitar at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while earning his doctorate degree in music education. He also has performed with the Asheville Symphony and the N.C. Pops Orchestra. In addition, Lorenz has played as a soloist in churches, theaters, hotels, colleges, universities and country clubs. His style is a mixture of jazz, pop, ragtime, bossa nova, Irish and classical. Samples of his work, can be found on his website KevinOnGuitar.com.

Sundays Unplugged, 1-5 p.m., is a longstanding outreach program at the cultural center that encourages residents to enjoy the arts and culture in a no-stress environment. In addition to having a free two-hour concert each week, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists' Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and Spartanburg Regional History Museum are all open and free.