Asides: News of the arts in brief

February 9, 2013 

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Two artists share the bill for this month’s exhibit at the Clayton Center.

Joanie Tiska Kennedy, who divides her time between Raleigh and Topsail Island, is showing acrylic paintings of coastal scenes, her focus for the past dozen years.

Jeff Horton of Clayton, winner of a Judge’s Choice award in last year’s Clayton Art Faire competition, is showing a wide-ranging collection of photographs, including landscapes, wildflowers and architectural features..

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through March 1. The Clayton Center is at 111 E. Second St. and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

The exhibit is sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts Inc.


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What happened to the Lost Colony?

North Carolina’s most enduring mystery is the focus of Wednesday’s “History a la Carte” lunch at the N.C. Museum of History. David LaVere, a N.C. Humanities Council Road Scholar, is the presenter, from 12:10-1 p.m. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.Admission is free.

The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

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“WOVENtranslations: Parallel Paths Taken,” the exhibit capping Mary Kircher’s stint as a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence, is on display at Artspace in Raleigh through Feb. 23.

Kircher’s textile art interprets wilderness themes. During her residence, she took two parallel paths in exploring weaving and dye techniques. One path focused on capturing nature’s inspiration; the other focused on refining her woven shibori technique. An end-of-residency meet and greet, lecture and demonstration is planned for 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. in downtown Raleigh. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. First Fridays.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

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Entries are being accepted for the 2013 Statewide Poetry Contest, one of the largest free literary competitions in the South.

The contest, sponsored by the N.C . State University Creative Writing Program through the Barnhardt Family Fund, is open to all North Carolina residents except previous winners, those who have published a book, tenure-track professors in the UNC system or writing instructors at NCSU.

The grand prize is $500 and four honorable mentions will be chosen, with special prizes awarded to undergraduate and graduate student winners.

The postmark deadline is March 1. Guest judge Michael Wiegers, executive editor of Copper Canyon Press, will announce the winners on April 3.

For entry rules, visit

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Learn the secrets to successful collage from Eric McRay, who is holding a pair of daylong classes on his artistic specialty.

The sessions, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 23, are open to anyone age 18 and up, from beginners to advanced artists. Participants will use painted papers, photos, fabric scraps and other materials to create their own collages.

Tuition is $100 for each class. Classes will be held at McRay Studios at Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., in downtown Raleigh.

Call or text 919-614-2174 or send email to to get more information or reserve a spot.

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For the first time since releasing “Sight & Sound,” their 16-song live album, Chatham County Line performs at the Fletcher Theater at Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday.

The album, which has a companion DVD, was recorded at Fletcher in 2010.

Friday’s concert begins at 8 p.m. Sharing the bill will be The Honey Dewdrops, a Virginia-based roots duo.

Tickets are $27-$29 for the general public; and $22-$24 for members of PineCone - The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.


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Durham Art Guild’s 19th Sweet Arts Art Auction and Fundraiser is Friday.

This year’s event begins at 7 p.m. at Golden Belt Building 6 and will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and sweets from Durham restaurants Loaf, Watts Grocery and Hummingbird Bakery along with a cash bar and coffee provided by the Washington Inn. A live and silent auction of art by some of the region’s leading artists along with travel packages is the centerpiece of the eventt.

Golden Belt Building 6 is at 807 E. Main St., Durham.

Tickets are $30 in advance from or and $35 at the door.

Info: 919-560-2713 or email

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Our Children’s Place, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that assists children of incarcerated parents, hosts the first North Carolina screening of a documentary that examines the lives of five jailed women through the lens of motherhood.

For the 90-minute film, Jenifer McShane spent four years visiting New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and following the women and their families. She will field questions after the film, which is being shown to raise awareness about the children of incarcerated parents.

The screening is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Meredith College’s Kresge Auditorium in Raleigh, and light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $30 for community members and $10 for students. To reserve a ticket, visit

Info: 919-843-2670 or send email to

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Next weekend is History Weekend at N.C. State University and the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

• At 10 a.m. Saturday, James McPherson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Civil War scholar, will offer a free lecture, “Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy for Our Time” at Withers Hall at NCSU. Preregistration is required at Bagels and coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. Withers Hall is at 101 Lampe Drive.

• From 1-3 p.m. Saturday, the Museum of History offers a drop-in program called “Hands-on History.” Participants will learn about African-Americans who have called North Carolina home as they make a craft, jump a rope or hear a story.

• At 2 p.m. Feb. 10, there will be a free screening of the Academy Award-winning film “Glory” starring Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick, followed by a discussion led by Susanna Lee, associate professor of history. The screening is at the Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St.

Info: 919-807-7900 or


Eric Kildow directs a staged reading of Jonathan Fitts’ “Outrunning Bullets” at 8 p.m. Wednesdayat the Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. The reading, part of Burning Coal Theatre Company’s 2012/2013 New Works Series, is free, with a suggested donation of $5. Tickets are available at the door. Info: 919-834-4001 or ... Chapel Hill Dance Theater presents an original ballet of “Little House on the Prairie” at Chapel Hill High School at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Feb. 17. Tickets are $9 for adults; $6 for students and seniors, and are available at the Ballet School of Chapel Hll, 1603 E. Franklin St., at Dance Design, 1728 N. Fordham Blvd, as well as at the door.

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