Asides: News of the arts in brief

November 17, 2012 

‘Nutcracker’ at 3 venues

Carolina Ballet’s retooled “Nutcracker,” with illusions created by a top Las Vegas magician, proved so popular that it’s back for an extended run.

Performances will be in three venues: Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Friday through Sunday and again Dec. 14-23; Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, Dec. 1-2; and at DPAC Dec. 29 and 30. Tchaikovsky’s music is performed by a live orchestra at all Triangle performances.

On Thanksgiving weekend, there are matinees at 2 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

“Many families come into town for Thanksgiving, so we wanted to be sure they had a chance to see our new show if they weren’t going to get back for Christmas,” artistic director Robert Weiss said in announcing the expanded run.

Tickets are $20-$100. They are available by calling the Ballet Box Office at 919-719-0900; Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787; or visiting For Chapel Hill performances, call 919-843-3333.

Gallery reception

“One Hundred Under 1000” opens Sunday at Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh with a public reception 2-5 p.m.

The gallery’s annual holiday show and sale features more than 100 works by 40 artists from 10 states, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and metal works.

Raleigh artists participating include Luke Buchanan, Brandon Cordrey, Mathew Curran, Lope Max Diaz, Ben Galata, Jacob Kincheloe, Suzanne Krill, Gerry Lynch, Leah Preiss and George Scott. Also in the show are Ruth Pinnell and Margie Stewart of Durham and Ron Franklin of Hillsborough.

The show remains on view through Dec. 29.

Lee Hansley Gallery is at 225 Glenwood Ave. It’s open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. on First Fridays.

Info: 919-828-7557 or

‘Saved’ for art

“I AM SAVED!” is the title of a new exhibit at The Green Gallery in Durham.

Kimberley Pierce Cartwright, a local artist who experiments with such media as fiber, wood, ceramics and paint, used discarded wood to create the art for this exhibit. It runs through Dec. 15.

The message of her pieces is that “discarded materials can live another life as objects of unusual beauty and uniqueness.”

The gallery is inside the Scrap Exchange creative reuse center in Durham, 923 Franklin St. It is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Info: 919-688-6960 or

At Cary Gallery

“Musings II & III,” an exhibit of paintings by Kathleen Ward, closes Tuesday at the Cary Gallery of Artists.

Ward works in oils, acrylics, charcoal, pastels, watercolor and mixed media. She is noted for her landscapes and still-life works.

The gallery is at 200 S. Academy St. in Cary’s Ashworth Village and is open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Info: 919-462-2035 or

Shakespeare class

Register now for Burning Coal Theatre Company’s “A Shakespeare in Performance” class.

Jason Tyne-Zimmerman leads the eight-week course on acting and enjoying the Bard. An improviser, director and actor, he has performed “Henry IV, Part 2” at the American Theater of Actors and “Romeo and Juliet” with Shakespeare Showdown, among other roles. He directed “The Tempest” at Burning Coal’s summer theater conservatory.

Classes are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 28 at the Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. Enrollment is open to anyone interested in Shakespeare.

Tuition is $155. To register, call 919-834-4001.


Pottery on display

Chapel Hill potter Tracey Broome is among the featured exhibitors at the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild’s annual designer crafts show at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh Friday through Nov. 25. Broome, runner-up for best artist at FestiFall in Chapel Hill, will display clay barns and houses. The show is 6-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25. Info:

Orchestra concert

The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus.

Pianist Beth Levin, a former child prodigy who made her debut at age 12 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, will perform with the orchestra. She has appeared with the Boston Pops, Seattle Symphony and other symphonies across the Americas.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Barton College is in Wilson. The orchestra is conducted by Mark N. Peterson.

Info: Laura Ashley Lamm, 252-399-6309 or


Coming up Sunday, Dec. 2: The 2012 Boylan Heights ArtWalk in Raleigh.

More than 100 artists will show and sell their work on porches and lawns in the historic neighborhood from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is free. Info and maps:

Staff reports

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