Carolina Ballet launches its spring slate with a dances by Lynne Taylor-Corbett and company member Zalman Raffael.
The program runs Feb. 7-24 at AJ Fletcher Theater in downtown Raleigh. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Feb. 9, 16 and 23; and at 2 p.m. Feb. 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24. The program consists of Taylor-Corbett’s “December Songs” and “Code of Silence” and the stage premiere of “Rhapsody in Blue” to Gershwin’s romantic score choreographed by Raffael. Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy will sing “December Songs” with pianist Glenn Mehrbach accompanying her.
AJ Fletcher Theater is at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St. Tickets are $28-$66 with a $10 rush ticket that students with ID may purchase a half-hour before the show.
Info: 919-982-2787 or carolinaballet.com
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ackland Art Museum has a new exhibit “More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990s,” investigating the many ways artists have addressed the subject of love.
Organized by consulting curator Claire Schneider, the exhibit considers love as a political force, as a philosophical model for equitable knowledge exchange and as a social interaction in a rapidly evolving world of technology and social media. Forty-eight works by 33 artists are on display through March 31. Schneider leads tours at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Ackland museum is near the corner of South Columbia and East Franklin streets on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. It’s open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Info: 919-966-5736 or ackland.org
Eight days, five musicians, one mission: To showcase great music for the piano.
That’s the theme of the second Clayton Piano Festival, which has three events scheduled Friday through Feb. 15 at the Clayton Center.
• On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the festival’s artistic director Jonathan Levin presents “American Frontiers,” an exploration of the range of American musical styles.
• On Monday at 7:30 p.m., Angelo Rondello explores “Dreams and Nigvhtmares,” performing selections that range from childhood reveries to dark horrors.
• On Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Craig Ketter presents “An Orchestra of One,” examining repertoire that was either composed for orchestra and later transcribed for piano or orchestral music conceived on the piano.
General admission tickets are $12; $8 for students; children 8 and under are free.
The Clayton Center is at 111 E. 2nd St.
Info: 919-553-3152 or theclaytoncenter.com
An artists’ reception is on tap Friday at Cary Gallery of Artists, where the latest exhibit touts “The Many Dimensions of Textile Art.”
Cynthia Mollenkopf is showing two- and three-dimensional felted art works, and Ana Sumner is showing two-dimensional mixed-media fiber art through Feb. 19. Friday’s reception is from 6-9 p.m.
Cary Gallery of Artists is at 200 S. Academy St., Suite 120. It is open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Info: 919-462-2035 or carygalleryofartists.org
The Justice Theater Project continues its season-long discussion about political responsibility with nine performances of William Shakespeare’s classic “Julius Caesar, ” Friday through Feb. 24.
Performances are at Clare Hall Fellowship Center at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. A free reception will follow Friday’s opening; Sunday’s matinee is $10.
At 6:45 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23, there will be light refreshments and a preshow roundtable discussions: “Politics, Conscience and the Media” on Feb. 16; and “Politics: History, Civil Discourse and Moving Forward” on Feb. 23.
Organizers are offering free babysitting for the matinee Feb. 17. (E-mail preregistration required in advance.) Admission will be free for visually impaired patrons and a driver for the Feb. 24 matinee.
Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for students, senior citizens and military; and $12 for groups of 10 or more.
Info: 919-264-7089 or TheJusticeTheaterProject.org
See the equestrian world through the eyes of award-winning artists through Feb. 16 at Waverly Artists Group Gallery and Studio in Cary.
The group’s artists paint in all mediums and have been producing work for this show by painting at MacNair’s Country Acres in Raleigh.
An open house is on tap 6-9 pm. Friday; the public is invited.
Ten percent of proceeds from sales will be donated to Corral, a nonprofit group that provides troubled girls riding lessons, therapy, mentoring and tutoring and a chance to bond with rescued horses.
The studio is at 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209.
“Fuzzy Moonlight Sez: Come On In, The Water’s Fine,” a collection of floor and wall sculptures made from found objects, is on display at Artspace in Raleigh through Feb. 23.
Sculptor Greg Carter has worked and taught in the Triangle for more than 20 years. His work owes much to the state’s tradition of handmade folk arts.
Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. on First Fridays.
Info: 919-821-2787 or artspacenc.org
Artists from multiple disciplines – from painting and photography to performing arts and films – will offer classes, exhibits and performances during Holly Springs’ first community arts festival, Tuesday through Saturday. .
The festival will culminate in a gala fundraiser Saturday featuring a presentation and exhibit of local wire artist Jonathan Daniels’ work.
Events are scheduled in the afternoon Tuesday through Friday and all day Saturday. Pre-registration for classes is required; costs range from free to $10 ($15 nonresidents); some classes have an additional fee for materials. Artists chosen by a jury will show and sell their work Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and works by Arts Council members will be on display throughout February at the Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs.
Info: 919-567-4000 or hollyspringsartscouncil.org
Artist/conservationist William Magnum will discuss his latest collection of Noth Carolina watercolors and his book “North Carolina Beautiful” 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Ashley’s Art Gallery in Fuquay-Varina.
Magnum will do a live painting demonstration during the event, which is free and open to the public.
The gallery also will hold a silent auction for a framed print of Magnum’s “Best Friends,” which portrays a collection of pottery in Ben Owen’s Seagrove studio. Proceeds will go to the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitaliation Association.
Ashley’s Art Gallery is at 701 N. Main St.
Info: 919-552-7533 or ashleysartshop.com
Registration begins Tuesday for the summer arts program at Artspace in Raleigh. The programs let students work directly with professionals; classes are offered for rising third- through 10th-graders. Some scholarships are available. A variety of college prep classes for high school students and adult classes for ages 16 and up are also offered. Members register first, with sign-up open to nonmembers on March 4. Classes start June 17. Info: 919-821-2787 or artspacenc.org. ... “ILLUME 2” is the new exhibit at LIGHT Art+Design in Chapel Hill. It features works by Katherine Armacost, Casey Cook, Lynda Curry, Beverly Dawson, Jimmy Fountain, Peg Gignoux, Harrison Haynes, Mark Hewitt, Harriet Hoover, Anne Lemanski, Kimowan Metchewais, Yung-Dong Nam, Ippy Patterson, Kaola Phoenix, Lynda Sanders and Leigh Suggs. The gallery is at 601 W. Rosemary St. Info: 919-942-7077 or LIGHTartDESIGN.com.
From staff reports