Asides: News of the arts in brief

November 24, 2012 

‘Nerds’ comes to Raleigh

N.C. Theatre is getting the rare opportunity to produce a pre-Broadway tryout, a first for the Raleigh-based organization and the first such engagement in the Triangle since the 1980s.

The show is “Nerds,” a musical comedy based on the lives of computer pioneers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. It runs Jan.18 through Feb. 3 in Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Theater. The musical is slated for a Broadway run later next year.

A cast of seasoned Broadway professionals has just been announced for the Raleigh production, including female lead Diana DeGarmo (“Hairspray”) who first gained fame as runner-up in the third season of “American Idol.” Darren Ritchie (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) plays Jobs and Stanley Bahorek (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) plays Gates. Marc Bruni, director of the current off-Broadway show “Old Jews Telling Jokes” is directing.

For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit

Correspondent Roy C. Dicks

Kay Yow benefit

Dec. 3 is the date for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s “For a Higher Goal Gala” at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary.

The gala commemorates the fifh anniversary of the charity founded in memory of the former N.C. State women’s basketball coach who battled breast cancer from 1987 until her death in 2009.

In addition to dinner and refreshments, humorist Jeanne Robertson will provide entertainment. Proceeds are earmarked for women’s cancer research.

Individual tickets are $150. Sponsorship packages start at $1,000.


Art in Wake Forest

An exhibit of three-dimensional fish and animals handcrafted and painted by Ema Godfrey is on display at The Gallery in Wake Forest’s Cotton Company through Dec. 9.

Godfrey, of Wake Forest, calls her installation “One Hundred and One Creations.” She fashions her colorful creatures from wire mesh.

The Cotton Company is at 306 S. White St. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. In December, it will be open until 8 p.m. Saturdays.


Civil War at museum

The 150th anniversary commemoration of the Civil War in North Carolina continues with the second chapter of a three-part exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History.

“North Carolina and the Civil War: The Raging Storm, 1863” is the title of Part Two, which opened in November. Its focus: a year of devastating battles when more than 10,000 Tar Heel soldiers were killed or wounded or succumbed to disease. Among the handguns, battle flags, uniforms and surgical instruments are some artifacts that have never been exhibited or have not been on view for many years.

New displays include wartime pistols and revolvers and a battle flag carried by the 18th Regiment North Carolina Troops, which accidentally shot Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson on May 2, 1863. One section of the exhibit tells the story of the 7,000 Tar Heels killed, wounded or captured at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Part Two of the exhibit will be on view through Oct. 27, 2013. The third part of the series will highlight the last engagements of 1864-65 and postwar consequences. It debuts in 2014.

The Museum of History is at 5 E. Edenton St., in downtown Raleigh. It’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

Good times in Cary

A reception is on tap from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Cary Gallery of Artists, where the works of Sarah Sheffield and Lynn Patton will be featured through Jan. 2.

Sheffield’s “Good Times” is a collection of oils and watercolors depicting her favorite memories. In “Holiday Treasures,” Patton displays painted porcelain.

The gallery is at 200 S. Academy St., Suite 120 in Cary.

Info: 919-462-2035 or

Ralphie’s in Cary

Cary Players present Jean Shepherd’s classic, “A Christmas Story,” at the Cary Arts Center Friday through Dec. 3.

Matt Schedler plays the adult Ralph, who narrates this tale of Yuletide past; Bill LaFrankie is the Old Man; and Amber Ivie is the warm and wacky Mother. Justin Harger is little brother Randy, and Joseph Gaitens has the lead role of young Ralphie Parker.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 3; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors (55+) and students; and $15 each for groups of 20 or more.

Cary Arts Center is at 101 Dry Ave.


Holiday traditions

• Raleigh Moravian Church hosts its annual Candle Tea from 2-6 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free. Enjoy singing by area high school choral groups, demonstrations of crafts including Moravian beeswax candles, Moravian cookies and the familiar Moravian star, along with coffee and traditional Moravian sugar cake.

The tea is a tradition dating back 54 years, continuing an open house custom established when the church was new to Raleigh and wanted to thank its new neighbors for their support.

The church is at 1816 Ridge Road.

Info: 919-787-4034 or

• Saturday is also the date for the Scandanavian Christmas Fair at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Sponsored by the Vasa Order of America and the Swedish Women’s Educational Association, the event features authentic Scandanavian folk dancing, crafts and music as well as an appearance by St. Lucia and her crown of lighted candles. It’s billed as the largest Nordic festival in the Southeast.

Festivities are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Holshouser Building at the fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Admission is $7 for adults; children under 13 are free.

Info: 919-824-2335 or

Halloween at Manbites

Manbites Dog Theater returns to its roots to mark its 25th anniversary, reprising an updated version of its first-ever production, “Seventy Scenes of Halloween,” Thursday through Dec. 15.

Adam Sobsey, who was in the audience for the original production and says the experience inspired him to become a theater artist, co-directs with Akiva Fox.

Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; Dec. 5, 6, 8 and 9 and Dec. 12-15. A matinee will be performed at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 9.

Tickets are $12 weeknights; $17 weekends, with a pay-what-you-can preview ($5 minimum) on Thursday. Ask about discounts for seniors, military and students.

Manbites Dog is at 703 Foster St., Durham.

Info: 919-682-3343 or

Short takes

Friday is the deadline to apply for summer artist-in-residence at Artspace in Raleigh. It provides an artist with a studio to work on a project of his or her choice, an honorarium and an opportunity to show his or her work for several weeks after the residency. Details: 919-821-2787 or ...The Arts Council of Wilson’s holiday invitational art show and sale runs through Dec. 21 at Wilson (N.C.) Arts Center, 124 Nash St. S.W. It’s open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. ...

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