Asides: News of the arts, in brief

March 2, 2013 

DPAC season tickets available

Season tickets are on sale now for Durham Performing Arts Center’s 2013-14 season, with “The Book of Mormon” heading a lineup of seven box office blockbusters.

Winner of nine Tony Awards, “The Book of Mormon” runs Feb. 11-16, 2014.

The season, announced Saturday, opens Nov. 12-17 with “Ghost,” followed by “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Dec. 3-8.

2014 begins with “Once,” featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage in the tale of a Dublin street musician ready to give up on his dream until a beautiful woman takes an interest in his music. Rounding out the season are “Evita,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.”

Four productions return for DPAC encores: “Blue Man Group,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “American Idiot” and “Mamma Mia!”

Tickets to individual productions go on sale this summer.

Info: 919-680-2787 or

Carolina Ballet’s ‘Rite of Spring’

Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, “The Rite of Spring,” turns 100 this year, so Carolina Ballet is including it on its latest program beginning Thursday in Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Theater.

This version is the acclaimed 2009 Oregon Ballet Theatre production by noted choreographer Christopher Stowell, who has come here to work on it with Carolina Ballet’s dancers. Performed to the live accompaniment of Stravinsky’s two-piano re-scoring, the dancers crawl, tangle up and form multi-body constructions, their movements taking on a modern dance edge.

There’s also a new piece by company member Zalman Raffael to hip-hop music, “A Street Symphony.” In addition, company artistic director Robert Weiss celebrates Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday year with a work choreographed to the composer’s “Siegfried Idyll.”

Info: 919-719-0900 or

‘Art in Clay’ at history museum

A new exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History salutes Piedmont potters of the past.

Organized by Old Salem Museums & Gardens, “Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware” showcases nearly 200 objects made in the 18th and 19th centuries.

It will be on display through Sept. 1.

Potters of European and British descent introduced a variety of ceramic traditions to North Carolina, transforming the region’s abundant clay into dishes, pots and jars and sculptural forms depicting owls, foxes and other creatures.

The exhibit will feature a hands-on area where children will be able to learn how pottery is made and create their own designs.

Admission is $10 for ages 18 and up; $8 senior citizens, active military personnel and college students with ID; $5 ages 5-17; free for younger children.

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

It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

Kregel retrospective

A retrospective of artist Tom Kregel’s sculptures and drawings, “A Life’s Work in Three Dimensions,” is on display through March 30 at Craven Allen Gallery in Durham. The first major showing of Kregel’s work since his death in 2002, the exhibit features works in bronze and cast stone.

Also on display are still-life paintings by a former Kregel colleague, Chad Hughes, who teaches at N.C. Central University.

The gallery, at 1106-1/2 Broad St., is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Info: 919-286-4837 or

Gallic music concert

Scott Baker, organist at St. Francis United Methodist Church, presents a recital highlighting 1,000 years of great Gallic music at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cary church.

Guest musicians Cortney Baker, Gwen Briggs, Amy Holt, Aaron Payne, Sharon Whitehouse and the Cantamos Youth Choir will also perform.

A free-will collection will be taken to benefit Stop Hunger Now, a Raleigh-based international hunger relief agency.

St. Francis church is at 2965 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary.

Info: 919-362-4107 or


Raleigh Little Theatre’s “Snow White: The Queen’s Fair Daughter” continues through March 10. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday and March 9 and 10. Tickets are $10 for youngsters up to age 12, $15 for others. Info: 919-821-3111 or ... Abstract artist Don Mertz of Cary has eight paintings on display in Durham Mayor Bill Bell’s City Hall office. Mertz was chosen from among artists who have shown their work at the Durham Arts Council. He had a solo exhibit there in 2010. ... Raleigh Review, a national literary journal devoted to poetry, fiction and art, has published its third volume, with contributions from Dorianne Laux, John Balaban, David Rigsbee and Abe Harris, as well as by emerging writers and artists. Info:

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