January 12, 2013 

Women in concert

Women’s Voices Chorus, a community-based classical chorus for altos and sopranos, presents “Gloria et Pax” Saturday in Durham and Jan. 20 in Chapel Hill.

Part of the group’s mission is to promote compositions by female composers, and the upcoming concerts will feature the world premiere of Caroline Mallonée’s “Shine on, O Moon of Summer.” The group will also perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” a work usually sung by all-male choirs or groups with soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices.

Saturday’s concert is at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham. The Jan. 20 performance is at 3 p.m. at University United Methodist Church, 300 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

Tickets, available online or at the door, are $15 for adults and $5 for students.


Artists at work

Four short-term artists in residence are sharing their talents with visitors at Artspace in Raleigh.

Painter Max Halperen, a retired professor of modern literature and art history at N.C. State University, will be working in Studio 202 through June 29.

Shade Maret, a painter, and Nora Phillips, who works in both fibers and paints, will work in Studio 208 through March 30. Photographer Jason Dail will work in Studio 107 through March 30.

Visitors can see the artists at work and learn about their techniques during the art center’s regular hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and until 10 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St..

Info: 919-821-2787 or

Photo exhibit

Photographer David Simonton of Raleigh is showing a collection of gelatin silver prints at Louisburg College in Franklin County through March 1.

Simonton has photographed in more than 360 cities, towns and rural communities across North Carolina since moving here in 1989, and this show, “Staying the Night,” showcases some of those places.

Simonton last exhibited at the college a dozen years ago.

Part of Louisburg’s Traveling Exhibition Series, the show is at the Edith C. Lumpkin Community Gallery, on the north side of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. The exhibit is free and open the public.

The campus is at 501 N. Main St. in Louisburg.

Info: 919-497-3238 or

Author chats

Author Timothy Tyson leads The Southern Scribbling Class starting Thursday at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village.

Once a month for five months, Tyson will chat with local authors about their books and whatever else strikes their fancy. First up is Allan Gurganus, followed by Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith and Randall Kenan. The fifth session will be devoted to Tyson and his book “Blood Done Sign My Name.” Thursday’s session starts at 6:30 p.m.

A benefit for Chatham County’s Family violence and Rape Crisis Services, the classes are $20 apiece or $100 for the series.

McIntyre’s is at 2000 Fearrington Village Center in Pittsboro.

Info: 919-542-3030 or

Gallery highlights

An exhibit reprising highlights from past shows mounted by Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh opens Sunday with a public reception from 2 to 5 p.m.

“Afterlight: A Reflection of the Gallery’s Past,” the show is a prelude to the gallery’s 20th anniversary exhibit being held next month.

Works in the current show are by artists who are closely identified with the gallery, including Paul Hartley, George Bireline, Gregory Ivy, Bert Carpenter, Ted Potter, Anne Hill, Andrew Martin and Vincent Mastracco.

All but Ivy have died since the gallery opened.

Also exhibiting are a number of artists currently associated with the gallery, including McDonald Bane, Andras Bality, Charlotte Robinson, Lope Max Diaz, Nona Short, Ruth Pinnell and Margie Stewart.

The gallery is at 225 Glenwood Ave., and “Afterlight” runs through Feb. 6.

Info: 919-345-9823 or

Designing dinners

Meet movers and shakers of the Triangle’s design community at a series of dinners, the first of which is Tuesday. Appetite 4 Architecture, sponsored by Triangle Modernist Houses, will be held at 18 Seaboard grill in downtown Raleigh. Here’s the lineup:

Jan. 15: Winners of the 2012 Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture, John Reese, Mike Rantilla and Vinny Petrarca.

Jan. 22: The “People’s Choice” winners of the 2012 Matsumoto Prize, Adam Sebastian, Will Alphin and Scott Ogden.

Jan. 29: Architects Ellen Cassilly and Phil Freelon, along with jazz singer Nnenna Freelon.

Tickets are $59 for each three-course dinner and reservations are first-come first-served.


Short take

Ironing Board Sam, a Chapel Hill musician whose repertoire includes originals, classic blues and R&B songs, performs at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Daniels Auditorium at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The concert is free but seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets will be available at 2 p.m. The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St. Info: ... Mallarme Chamber Players is among 153 not-for-profit groups nationwide to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track program. The $10,000 award will help support the North Carolina HIP Music Festival, Jan. 27-Feb. 3, showcasing music on period instruments. ... “Elliott, A Soldier’s Fugue” is Burning Coal Theatre Company’s current production, through Jan. 20. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door; the play is performed at the Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. Info:

From staff reports

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