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Asides: News of the arts in brief

October 20, 2012 

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Get a taste of the varied performances offered at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts at Artstober, a free event Saturday to mark National Arts and Humanities month.

From noon to 5 p.m., at the center, enjoy dance, music, theater and theatrical performances. Participating groups include Carolina Ballet, Hot Summer Nights, N.C. Opera, N.C. Symphony, N.C. Theatre, PineCone- Piedmont Council of Traditional Music and more. An Instrument Zoo, face painting and Marbles Kids Museum activities are also on tap.

Progress Energy Center is at 2 E.South St. in downtown Raleigh.

Info: 919-996-8700 or progressenergycenter.com/event/artstober-3380

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Call it art imitating life, with a campaign season bent.

• On Tuesday, Pittsboro-based StreetSigns presents a reading of “Election Central” by Elisabeth Lewis Corley at Manbites Dog Theater. It’s a true story of the Las Vegas city clerk’s refusal to accept possible election fraud. The cast includes Corley, Chris Chiron, Thaddeus Edwards, Mary Forester, Bonnie Gould, Katya Hill, Derrick Ivey, Paul Newell, Jordan Smith and Lance Waycaster.

The one-night-only performance, at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. The theater is at 703 Foster St. in Durham. Info: streetsignscenter.org.

• PlayMakers Repertory Company opens Wednesday with its adaptation of Moliere’s classic “Imaginary Invalid,” billed as “the best play ever written about the health care industry.”

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and Sundays through Nov. 11 at Paul Green Theatre in Chapel Hill. Tickets are $15 to $50.

Info:919-962-7529 or playmakersrep.org.

• Wear comfortable shoes for “Presidential Mania: A History of Fayetteville Street,” presented by Burning Coal Theatre Company and Raleigh City Museum. The performance, Friday through Oct. 28, is an hour-long walking tour of the capital’s historic “main street,” featuring presidents who have trod local streets in days past.

Performances begin at city museum, 220 Fayetteville St., at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets, available at the door, are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

For advance tickets, call 919-834-4001. Info: burningcoal.org.

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Barton Art Galleries in Wilson is showing the works of five Barton College faculty members and its first artist-in-residence through Nov. 2.

Featured artists are Maureen O’Neill, who is showing pastels and oils; Gerard Lange, who is showing mixed media works and found object assemblages; Mark Gordon, who is exhibiting ceramics and sculpture; Susan Fecho, a printmaker/surface designer showing images from her new series “Along the Crooked Road;” and Ben Bridgers, who is showing oils.

Retired professor and artist-in-residence J. Chris Wilson, who is working on a series of 100 paintings “From Murphy to Manteo: An Artist’s Scenic Journey,” is showing oils.

Barton Art Galleries are in the Case Art Building on the Barton College campus, near Whitehead and Gold streets in Wilson. The galleries are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

Info: 800-345-4973 ext. 6477 or barton.edu/galleries/.

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Four comedians bring “The Most RACES Show on Earth!” to Raleigh Monday night.

A portion of proceeds from the performance, which examines racial and ethnic differences through comedy, go towards the YWCA Stand Against Racism Initiative. The show, featuring a multi-ethnic cast, is at 9 p.m. at Tir Na nOg, 218 S. Blount St.Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.

Info: mrsoe.com

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Mallarme Chamber Players will perform art songs by Raleigh composer J. Mark Scearce at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham Saturday night.

The songs are based on art or poetry, including a world premier of songs based on “The Really Short Poems” of Tar Heel poet A.R. Ammons. David Hartman, former host of ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,”will recite Ammon’s poetry.

Performers are pianist David Heid; soprano Leda Scearce; mezzo soprano Karyn Friedman; baritone

Scott McLeod; and harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door; $15 for K-12 educators; and $5 for students. The concert is at 8 p.m. Eno River fellowship is at 4907 Garrett Road.

Info: 919-560-2788 or mallarmemusic.org/concerts.html

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Award-winning Southern humorist Jeanne Swanner Robertson performs at the N.C. Museum of History on Oct. 28, in conjunction with the exhibit “Miss North Carolina: Celebrating 75 Years of Memories.”

A former Miss N.C. winner and Miss Congeniality in the 1963 Miss America pageant, Robertson turns her life experiences into hilarious stories. Tickets for her 3:30 p.m. performance are $30; tickets are $50 for a 7 p.m. event that includes an opportunity to meet Robertson and other former Miss North Carolinas. Proceeds go to the Museum of History and the Miss N.C. Scholarship Fund.

Info: 919-807-7835 or ncmuseumofhistory.org

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Remember “Edward Scissorhands?”

He’s got nothing on Pearl Fryar, renowned topiary artist from South Carolina. He’s the subject of “A Man Named Pearl,” a 2006 documentary that will be screened at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh at 6 p.m.Wednesday.

The museum is N.C. State University’s Talley Student Center.

Info: 919-515-3503 or ncsu.edu/gregg

Short takes

Raleigh architect Vincent Whitehurst is showing “Dark Marks,” a collection of india ink drawings at Foundation, 213 Fayetteville St., Raleigh this month. ... Judy Crane of Raleigh is exhibiting a collection of oils depicting North Carolina landscapes at Betty Ray McCain Gallery through February. The gallery is located inside the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. ...

Students pursuing degrees in opera at UNC School of the Arts’ A..J. Fletcher Opera Institute will present an operatic performance that addresses bullying Thursday at Cathedral School in Raleigh. The production, marking Bully-Free Month, of “Three Billy Goats Gruff” is based on scenes from operas by Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini. ... Andrew Way of Raleigh portrays Young Buddy in “Follies,” at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.

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