Asides: News of the arts, in brief

March 30, 2013 

Sondheim, Coward leadPlayMakers 2013-14 season

Joseph Haj, artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, says its 2013-14 season features plays that UNC-Chapel Hill’s professional theater has been waiting “for years” to produce.

“It’s an exciting lineup, which we’re pleased to bring to life for Triangle audiences,” he said in his announcement of the lineup, which includes Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical “Assassins” April 2-20, 2014; Noel Coward’s comedy “Private Lives” Jan. 22-Feb. 9, 2014; and a duo of plays staged in and around an indoor pool in fall 2013.

Also in the lineup:

• ”The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall, Sept. 18-Oct. 6.

• “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman and William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” performed in rotating repertory Nov. 2-Dec. 8. (The theater will become a wonderland, complete with indoor pool.)

• “Love Alone” by Deborah Salem Smith, Feb. 26-March 16, 2014.

• “Surviving Twin,” written and performed by Loudon Wainwright III, Sept. 4-8, 2013.

• “Hold these Truths” by Jeanne Sakata, Jan. 8-12, 2014.

• “The Story of the Gun,” created and performed by Mike Daisey, April 23-27, 2014.

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Paintings exhibitwork spotlighting N.C.

An invitational exhibit based on Kimberlee Maselli’s new book, “Painting North Carolina, A Visual Journey” opens Friday in Raleigh.

The show, at Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery, features 15 artists from across the country: Diana Coidan, Judy Crane, Jean Grunewald, Wyn Easton, John Groesser, Dodi Groesser, Nicole Kennedy, Kimberlee Maselli, Rick McClure, Dan Nelson, David Oakley, Patricia Pittman, John Poon, Richard Wilson and Dawn Whitelaw. The paintings all highlight the best of North Carolina, from landscapes to beach people and even Carolina Ballet dancers.

An opening reception is on tap from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 719 N. Person St. The public is invited to meet the artists, some of whom will be painting on site.

The gallery is open 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; or by appointment. The exhibit continues through April 30.

Info: 919-838-8580 or

Plays inspired by arton tap at the Ackland

“Activated Art,” a series of live theater performances will offer a fresh way to experience works in the Ackland Art Museum’s permanent collection this month.

The experience is called “ekphrastic theater,” a device described by museum officials as one “in which one artistic medium attempts to define the essence of another, giving a work further life by telling its perceived story.” In this case, five 10-minute plays comprise each performance – each one inspired by a different work in Ackland’s collection.

Five North Carolina writers, including the winner of a student competition, Wynton Andrea Wong, are the playwrights.

The five plays are “The Spectacle of our Misery” by UNC-Chapel Hill professor Dana Coen; “The Minstrel” by Howard L. Craft; “The Interior of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam” by Ian Finley; “Art Class” by Marianne Gingher and Deborah Seabrooke; and “Switch” by Wong. The plays are performed in front of the art work that inspired them.

Performances are April 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 19 and 21 at 8 p.m.; and at 6 p.m. April 7, 14 and 20. Performances on April 5 and 19 will be followed by discussions with playwrights and directors.

Tickets are $10. Ackland Museum is at 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill.

Info: 919-966-5736 or

Show recalls influencesof UNC-G’s Gregory Ivy

The founder of UNC-Greensboro’s art department and a dozen of his former students are featured in a new exhibit, “Under the Influence of Gregory Ivy,” opening Friday at Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh.

Under Ivy’s leadership, UNC-G’s art department was considered among the top programs nationwide. He also established what is now the Weatherspoon Art Museum, which focuses on modern and contemporary art.

The show, on view through May 2, includes works by McDonald Bane of New Hill and the late Anne Hill of Chatham County; Margaret Crawford of Raleigh; Anne Wall Thomas of Chapel Hill; Ann Carter Pollard, Mitzi Shewmake, Susan Moore, Virginia Ingram and the late Anne Kesler Shields, all of Winston-Salem; the late Maud Gatewood of Chapel Hill; Hannah Poe of Greenwood, S.C.; and Lee Hall of South Hadley, Mass.

A reception is on tap from 6-10 p.m. Friday.

Lee Hansley Gallery is at 225 Glenwood Ave. It is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.

Info: 919-828-7557 or

Artspace’s juried exhibitnow on display

“New Works,” the annual juried exhibit for members of the Artspace Artists Association, is on display at the downtown Raleigh arts center through April 20. An awards ceremony honoring winners of the competition is on tap at 7:30 p.m. Friday, during First Friday Gallery Walk. “New Works” will be on view through April 20.

First Friday also marks the opening for Alice Engel Levinson’s “Works in Cloth,” which explore feelings, memories and myths, with inspiration including Biblical text and Modern Hebrew poetry. Her work will be on view in Artspace’s Upfront Gallery through April 27.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. It is open on First Fridays until 10 p.m. Otherwise, hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

Two to receive arts awardsfrom St. Andrews University

Pittsboro potter Mark Hewitt and former state cultural secretary Linda A. Carlisle will be honored Thursday at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C.

Hewitt, noted for his large planters and jars, will receive the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award, which honors North Carolinians who have, over a long period, shared their talent with other creators; the award honors Samuel Talmadge Ragan, the state’s first secretary of cultural resources.

Carlisle, who headed the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources during former Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration, will receive the Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award. It honors a frequent contributor to the St. Andrews Review and is given to ardent supporters of arts communities.


Trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxophonist David Sánchez and vibraphonist Stefon Harris perform this week at N.C. State University’s Titmus Theatre, 2241 Dunn Ave., Raleigh. The trio aims to bridge the divide between the U.S. and Cuba and to emphasize the cultural and historical kinships between the two. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday and at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $28. Info: 919-515-1100 or ... The Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s 35th annual juried art exhibit is on display through May 2 at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Artists from more than 60 counties across North Carolina are showing their work. More than 420 entries were reviewed by Bill Dunlap, juror for the show. The winning entries are on display in the center’s Betty Ray McCain Gallery, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. ... Cedar Creek Gallery’s 45th annual spring pottery and glass festival gets under way Friday. There will be pottery, glass-blowing, wood-turning and other demonstrations, as well as kiln and raku firings, live music and plant sales. The festival is 6-10 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and April 7, 13 and 14 at the gallery, 1150 Fleming Road, Creedmoor. Info: 919-528-1041.

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