“A Dream Deferred: Urban Development and Gentrification in Contemporary America” is a series of special events hosted by PlayMakers Repertory Company now through March 3.
The events dovetail with presentations of “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Clybourne Park,” in rotating repertory Saturday through March 3. The events explore themes of gentrification and displacement raised by the plays. Preview performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 1 at the Paul Green Theatre on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. PlayMakers is the professional theater in residence at UNC.
The calendar includes:
• A screening of “Flag Wars,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Varsity on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The film is about a working-class black neighborhood in Ohio that undergoes gentrification when gay white homebuyers move in.
• Discussion with PlayMakers’ directors and cast at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, 6 p.m. Jan. 28.
• The plays open Feb. 2 with “A Raisin in the Sun” at 2 p.m. and “Claybourne Park” at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary gala follows the evening performance. (Visit playmakersrep.org for details on performances geared to audiences with special needs, such as sign language interpretation or open captioning.)
• “Daring Dreams: What is the Price of Progress,” a conversation about urban development is 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Hayti Heritage Center, Durham. Panelists include Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and former Durham Mayor Wib Gulley.
• Sacrificial Poets, the spoken word and hip-hop poetry arts group, performs 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Paul Green Theatre.
• Free, post-show discussions with the creative team follow “Raisin” Feb. 11 and 17 and “Clybourne Park” Feb. 24 and 28. Post-show “Mindplay” discussions sponsored by the N.C. Psychoanalytic Society are March 2 and 3.
Info: 919-962-7529 or playmakersrep.org
“Cryoacoustic Orb,” a sound installation by Jonathon Kirk and Lee Weisert, is a collection of illuminated acrylic orbs filled with slowly melting ice. Hydropones frozen inside amplify the changing sounds of melting, which are electronically processed and can be heard throughout the gallery.
See it 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill. The museum is at 101 S. Columbia St. Free.
Ciompi Quartet performs at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough at 6 p.m. Saturday. The performance is a benefit for the Hillsborough Arts Council, and a reception with the musicians will follow.
Advance tickets are $25 and available at Eno Gallery, 100 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is at 210 St. Mary’s Road.
Info: 919-643-2500; 919-883-1415; or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Versions,” a collection using found or handmade materials as canvas for drawings and collages, is the new exhibit at Durham’s Green Gallery.
The mixed media works by Durham artist Cody Tyler will be on display through Feb. 8.
“I have made my own canvas to achieve the look and feel I wanted for the layers and versions of each story,” Tyler said in a statement.
The gallery, in the Scrap Exchange creative reuse center, 923 Franklin St., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Info: 919-688-6960 or scrapexchange.org/green-gallery
Raleigh artist Jason Craighead is showing new works through Jan. 31 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. A new documentary about him will be screened Friday. Filmmaker Patrick Shanahan created the 35-minute film, “Gesture Of A Man.” The exhibit includes large works on paper and canvas as well as small paper and canvas pieces.
The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St.
Info: 919-929-2787 or artscenterlive.org
Applications are being accepted for Artspace’s Regional Emerging Artist Residency program through April 2.
The program provides emerging visual artists a rent-free studio, along with periodic exhibits, during the six-month residency. Application fee is $25.
Shana Dumont Garr will join Artspace in Raleigh at the end of January as its new director of programs and exhibitions. Formerly with Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, Garr replaces longtime director Lia Newman. .... The Cary Academy Key Club hosts its Snowflake Ball, a dance for special needs teens and adults age 15 and up, 7 p.m. Friday in the school’s dining hall. $5 admission at the door benefits special programs at Raleigh Parks & Recreation, co-sponsor of the ball. Info: Cheryl Cotter, 919-228-4688. ... Abstract artist Don Mertz of Cary is to be featured in the winter edition of Studio Visit Magazine, a series of professionally juried art volumes.
From staff reports