December 1, 2012 

Film looks at artist and his sticks

For the past quarter-century, local artist Patrick Dougherty has been crafting environmental sculptures out of sticks. It’s an unusual raw material and an equally unusual process that starts with Dougherty driving around looking for saplings to use.

“Bending Sticks,” a new documentary that premieres Sunday in Durham, examines how he does it by following a number of different projects from gathering to completion.

“Bending Sticks” covers five commissions at a variety of locations, from the Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., to a private home in Chapel Hill. The most fascinating parts are the time-lapse shots of his creations taking shape and seeming to flow into and out of their surroundings.

“Bending Sticks” shows at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids under 12.

Info: 919-560-3030 or

Staff writer David Menconi

Medicine and music

Doctors, nurses, students, faculty and others will trade medical instruments for musical instruments Sunday when the Duke Medicine Orchestra performs its fall concert at 6:30 p.m.

The 2-year-old orchestra brings together more than 50 musicians affiliated with Duke Medicine to perform substantial pieces from the classical repertoire. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, a visiting assistant professor of music, will conduct.

Sunday’s performance, at Reynolds Industries Theater on Duke’s Durham campus, will feature guest vocalist Kevin Sowers, president of Duke University Hospital, performing “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables.” Also on the program: Strauss’s “Emperor Waltz,” Dvoøák’s “Slavonic Dances” and Brahms’ “Symphony #4.”

Admission is pay what you can; minimum suggested donation is $5.

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Kids’ ‘Nutcracker’

More than 100 children will dance alongside guest artists from the Carolina Ballet at the 20th annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” by City Ballet, a North Raleigh dance studio, Friday and Saturday.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at Stewart Theatre on the N.C. State University campus in Raleigh. Guest artists are Alicia Fabry as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Marcelo Martinez, as the Cavalier, and Nikolai Smirnov as the Nutcracker Prince.

Tickets are $20 and $25. Group discounts are available.

Info: 919-844-9799 or

Holiday carols

Join the Resident Choir of the Raleigh Boychoir at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music for traditional holiday carols from many lands.

The performance, which will include a talk by artistic director Bob Unger, is at 6:30 p.m.

Quail Ridge Books & Music is at 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Info: 919-828-7912 or

Mixed-media show

An opening reception is scheduled 6-10 p.m. Friday at Artspace in Raleigh, where Chris Watts will be showing his mixed media work through Jan. 26.

Watts uses imagery from vintage magazines such as Ebony and Life to comment about his present-day reality as a black man living in the American South. His work has been featured in solo exhibits at Davidson College and Duke University.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and until 10 p.m. on first Fridays.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

Art in metal

METAL is the new exhibit opening Friday at LIGHT Art+Design in Chapel Hill.

The exhibit showcases works by aspiring and master metalsmiths, including Bob Ebendorf, an art professor from East Carolina University who is touted as a leader in the studio jewelry movement. Four of his current and former students – Kat Cole, Tara Locklear, Sarah West and Leia Zumbro, will also show their work.

The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 26, features jewelry, sculpture and furniture by more than two dozen metalsmiths. Opening receptions are 6-8 p.m. Friday and 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

LIGHT Art+Design is at 601 W. Rosemary St. It is open noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

Info: 919-942-7077 or

Ballet for a cause

Dance Arts Theatre of Greenville performs “The Nutcracker” ballet accompanied by the Eastern Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at East Carolina University’s Wright Auditorium.

Performances benefit Vidant Children’s Hospital, part of a regional health system serving 29 counties in Eastern North Carolina.

Tickets are $32 for adults and $28 for students.

Info: 252-328-4788 or

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