Asides: News of the arts in brief

December 8, 2012 

The art of clutter

Visitors to the Clayton Center through Jan. 2 can see a Japanese painter’s vision of the United States on canvas.

Keiko Genka, who grew up in Japan and has lived in North Carolina for 23 years, paints in acrylic on home-built, stretched canvas. As a little girl, she fantasized about the colorful, neatly designed architectural landscapes she found in books about life abroad. She was also intrigued with signs.

“Commercial and road signs can reveal a lot of aspects about a place,” she told Clayton Visual Arts secretary June Lioret. “And somehow, visual clutter is very appealing to me. I see energy flowing through it. Even though I despise chaotic living myself, I believe my paintings reflect our overloaded contemporary lifestyle.”

The Clayton Center, at 111 E. Second St., is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Genka’s show is free and open to the public. Info:

Fiber art

The fiber work of Colorado artist Charlotte Ziebarth is on display at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery through Jan. 2.

Ziebarth calls her exhibit “Visions of Trees Dance in My Head.”

Inspired by forms, patterns and colors in the natural environment, her works are a hybrid of photography, digital art and quilting. She captures an abstract image with her camera, then alters or combines it with other images to create patterns that will be printed on fabric and quilted.

The Nature Art Gallery is on the top floor of the Museum Store. It’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and First Fridays. All exhibited art is for sale.

The museum is at 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-707-9854 or

‘A Christmas Carol’

Performances of Charles Dickens’ beloved “A Christmas Carol” by authors Allan Gurganus and Michael Malone are on tap Thursday and Friday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough.

Tickets are $15 and are available from the Burwell School Historic Site, the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, Hillsborough Wine Company, Purple Crow Bookstore and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Proceeds will benefit St. Matthew’s and the Burwell School, a historic house museum that preserves and interprets the history of its antebellum and Civil War-era residents.

St. Matthew’s is at 210 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Info: 919-732-7451 or

‘Art of Deception’

“The Art of Deception” premieres at The Arts Center of Carrboro on Dec. 16.

Based on the true story of an art forger accused of collaborating with the Nazis, the play was written by UNC professor and research scientist Keith Burridge. Curtain rises at 4 p.m. at the Arts Center, 300 E. Main St. Admission is free.

Cast members include Ken Wolpert, Bonnie Protheroe, Gregor McElvogue, Michaela Morton, Wafeeq Zarif, Reid Dalton and David Nunamaker. Richard Krawiec directs.

“The Art of Deception” is the second in a series, “Almost Ready,” of plays by North Carolina writers.

Info: 919-929-2787 or

Choral music

Voices, one of the Triangle’s oldest choral groups, performs “Sing Noël” at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hill Hall Friday and Saturday. “Sing Noël” features choruses and solos from two celebrated French choral works, “Messe de Minuit Pour Noël,” by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and “Christmas Oratorio,” by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns.”

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $6 for students and $20 for others. Hill Hall Auditorium is at 145 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill. Friday’s performance is at 8 p.m. and Saturday’s is at 4 p.m.


Home tour

Nine homes, 10 artists and nine musicians will be featured on the Christmas in Clayton Art and Home Tour 3-7 p.m. Sunday.

The homes are in the Glen Laurel subdivision. The starting point for the tour is the Neuse Golf Clubhouse, 918 Birkdale Drive, where maps will be available.

Each home will be decorated for the holidays, and each will have an artist and a musician on hand, selling paintings and providing seasonal music.

Tickets are $10 and are available from Hocutt Ellington Memorial Library, 101 S. Church St.; members of the sponsoring Clayton Visual Arts; or by calling 919-550-8934.


Artspace exhibit

Artspace welcomes entries for its upcoming “Figure Study Exhibition.”

Entries must have been created at Artspace in the past year during Life Drawing, Long Pose Figure Study or an adult portrait or figurative class. The exhibit will showcase both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work.

Deliver entries Tuesday through Dec. 22. Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The exhibit will be on display Jan. 4-19.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

Young tap dancers

Seven members from the N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble were scheduled to perform Friday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The young dancers – from Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Wake Forest – are Luke Hickey, Sarah Linden, Laura Matrazzo, Kyle McConaughey, Adriana Ogle, Breanna Polascik and Max Vigotov. Jared Kirkpatrick made the trip as an understudy.

The dancers performed in “JUBA! Masters of American Tap,” the first full-length tap concert in any of the center’s three largest theaters. Their dances were choreographed by Tap Ensemble alumna Michelle Dorrance. The ensemble is based at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill.

Brass band concert

The Triangle Brass Band performs its 2012 holiday concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Theatre at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to seasonal favorites, the concert will feature a musical retelling of “The Night Before Christmas” narrated by Fred Yaffe from the Cary Players. Tony Granados is the band’s music director.

Arrive at 7 p.m. to hear a brass ensemble playing carols in Lichtin Plaza in front of Progress Energy Center.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $15 for adults; $5 for students with ID; free for children 2 and under.


Benefit concert

Happy Valley Pals take the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, with a free program of music from the mountains and the Piedmont.

Bring two canned food items to the performance to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Child-friendly items such as pop-top cans, cereal bars, fruit cups and juice boxes are especially needed.

The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.


Add jazz and tap to Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet, and the result is “A Very Bariskill Nutcracker,” presented by Durham’s Bariskill Dance Theater School.

The production, Saturday and Sunday at Duke University’s Reynolds Theatre in Durham, features 103 dance students from across the Triangle.

Performances are 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and $20 for adults; $10 and $20 for children through age 10.

Info: 919-489-5100 or

A capella music

The Oakwood Waits’ annual holiday benefit concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Raleigh Moravian Church, 1816 Ridge Road.

Admission is free, but donations to benefit Hospice of Wake County are welcome. Oakwood Waits is a group of 18 a capella singers.

Info: 919-787-4034.

Arts & craft show

The Central Carolina Winter Arts & Crafts Festival is 4-9 p.m. Sunday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. A benefit for participating Lee and Chatham County high school art departments, the event will feature a silent auction and more than 40 exhibitors, as well as live performances. Admission and parking are free.

The center is at 1801 Nash St. Info:

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