Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

April 20, 2013 

Artspace has received a $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support the first Artspace Pop-Up studio in Raleigh. The temporary, interactive art studio, which is open-to-the-public, will be located in a high-traffic area of the community.


Theater lineup

Two area premieres lead the just-announced 2013-2104 season for Raleigh Little Theatre.

“Spring Awakening,” a 2007 Tony Award-winning musical drama, will be performed in October, and “Caroline, or Change,” also a musical drama, is on tap in February.

Other offerings on an ambitious calendar include:

• “Animal Farm,” a musical drama adapted from George Orwell’s classic, July 19-28.

• “Art,” a comedy by Yasmina Reza, Sept. 6-29.

• “Cinderella,” a holiday musical, Dec. 6-21.

• “The Devine Sister,” a comedy by Charles Busch, Jan 17-Feb. 2, 2014.

• “Blithe Spirit,” a Noel Coward comedy, June 6-22, 2014.

RLT’s youth series has three offerings:

• “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!”, a holiday comedy, Nov. 1-17.

• “OPQRS, Etc.,” a fable by Madge Miller, March 14-30, 2014.

• “Pinocchio,” a musical, April 18-May 4, 2014.

Membership packages are now on sale at or 919-821-3111. Single tickets for “Animal Farm” are also available; single tickets for the remainder of the season go on sale July 1.

Porsche show

Tickets are on sale to the N.C. Museum of Art’s first-ever design show, “Porsche By Design: Seducing Speed,” which opens Oct. 12.

The exhibition will feature more than 20 Porsche cars, including Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche Type 356C Cabriolet, Steve McQueen’s iconic Porsche Speedster and a rare Type 804 Formula One race car.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum is releasing a series of short-format videos featuring interviews with Porsche collectors, including Jay Leno. The videos include archival images of the Porsche family, a close look at signature design details and footage of historic car races. New videos will be released throughout the spring and summer.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors, military, groups of 10 or more and college students with ID; $12 for ages 7-18; and free for others.

Tickets are available through or 919-715-5923.

Bassoon concert

“As It Exists,” a composition by UNC-Greensboro music student Travor Bumgarner, will be performed Sunday by Mallarme Chamber Players.

Bumgarner’s piece, for four bassoons, is on the program “How Low Can You Go?” featuring music for solo and multiple bassoons. Bumgarner won Mallarme’s 2013 composition contest.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Casbah, 1007 W. Main St., Durham.

Performers include bassoonists Rachael Elliott of Duke University; Michael Harley of the University of South Carolina; Peter Volkay of Vanderbilt University; Saxton Rose of UNC School for the Arts; and Michael Burns of UNC-G. Elliott, Harley, Volkay and Rose also compose the bassoon collective Dark in the Song, which is dedicated to performance of new music for bassoon ensemble.

Tickets are $20 at the door; $15 for K-12 educators; $5 for students with valid ID (subject to availability).

Info: 919-560-2788 or

Poetry remix

Ed Bremson of Raleigh is one of 85 poets nationwide participating in the Pulitzer Remix Project, part of National Poetry Month.

Each participant is creating found poetry from 85 Pulitzer Prize-winning works of fiction and posting a poem a day during April at By month’s end, they will have created more than 2,500 poems.

Found poems are the literary equivalents of collages, in which words, phrases and lines from existing texts are refashioned into new poems. Bremson, an award-winning haiku poet who has been writing and publishing poetry for more than 40 years, is basing his found poetry on John Hersey’s “A Bell for Adano.”

Tap performance

Join the N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble Saturday and April 28 for “Rhythm Evolved,” a performance celebrating the 36-member ensemble’s 30th anniversary.

The performance, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, will feature Michelle Dorrance, a New York-based alumna from Chapel Hill who will receive the prestigious $25,000 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in June, and Matthew Shields, a Texas-based dancer and choreographer.

Saturday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m., while the April 28 show is at 2 p.m. Carolina Theatre is at 309 W. Morgan St. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students and seniors.

Since its creation by Gene Medler in 1983, the 36-member ensemble has performed around the world. In December, seven members performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and in February, dancers performed at the Symphony Space in New York City.

Info: 919-967-9624 or

Audition deadline

May 6 is the deadline to reserve an audition in the N.C. Symphony’s annual Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto competition. The preliminary round will be held at Meredith College in Raleigh on May 12.

The competition is open to instrumental musicians ages 10 to 21 who are North Carolina residents or enrolled full-time in a North Carolina school.

First- and second-place winners in two divisions will receive a cash prize, and winner of the senior division (for 16- to 21-year-olds) will perform with the symphony as a featured soloist. Winners will be selected in June.

Download an application form at Find it at “Compositions & Awards” below the “Education” tab. Or email Megan Whitaker at

Pop-up art studio

You’ve read about pop-up restaurants. Now, Raleigh has a pop-up art studio.

Artspace, a nonprofit visual art center, opened the temporary interactive art studio last week at 4421-103B Six Forks Road. PNC Foundation and Kane Realty provided support to transform the unused space at North Hills Mall.

The Pop-Up Studio will be open to the public 3-7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through June 29. Professional artists will conduct demonstrations and exhibit and sell their work. Admission is free.

The studio will also have an activity station where visitors can do make-and-take art activities. The aim is to broaden access to the arts.

“The arts are vital to the social and economic fabric of our communities,” said Paula Fryland, regional president, Eastern Carolinas, in a prepared statement, “And this initiative fosters interest and creativity with new audiences.”

Info: 919-821-2787 or


“Think Clayton, Thank Art” is the theme of Clayton Visual Arts Inc.’s 2013 poster contest. The winner will take home a $1,000 prize. Entries are due May 17 and original works in any full-color painting or drawing medium are invited. Artists need not be Clayton residents. For details, visit ... “Friends and Family,” the annual exhibit where the Scrap Exchange invites Triangle artists to show any work that incorporates strong elements of reuse, is on view through May 11 in the Green Gallery, 923 Franklin St., Durham. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 919-688-6960 or

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