Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

From staff reportsMay 11, 2013 

Interact with dinosaurs

Saturday is the premiere of “Dinosaurs in Motion,” a new exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in which visitors can interact with 14 life-size metal dinosaur sculptures.

Lever-and-pulley systems and remote controls allow visitors to manipulate each dinosaur. Visitors will follow an apprentice’s path that ends at Innovation Stations, where they can test their creativity with hands-on activities that include using recycled materials to create their own sculptures.

The artist behind the dinosaurs is the late John Payne, a North Carolina sculptor who was inspired by the enchanting effect dinosaurs at Chicago’s Field Museum had on people.

The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 8, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday beginning May 18, and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It will be open late every Thursday and on First Fridays.

Members get in free. For nonmembers, tickets are $10 for adults; $6 for 3- to 12-year-olds; $8 for students, seniors 65+ and military.

Info: 919-707-9950 or

Broadway classics highlight season

The Broadway classics “Cats” and “Les Miserables” lead the lineup for N.C. Theatre and Broadway Series South’s 2013-14 season at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.

The just-announced season includes:

Oct. 8-13: “Cats,” based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” and featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music.

Nov. 12-17: “Elf, The Musical,” based on the hit holiday movie.

Dec. 3-8: “We Will Rock You,” the Ben Elton musical featuring Queen’s greatest hits.

Feb. 11-23, 2014: “Les Miserables,” the N.C. Theatre’s first production of one of the most popular musicals of all-time.

May 2-11, 2014: “Driving Miss Daisy,” the tale of a life-changing friendship between an elderly Jewish matriarch and her African-American chauffeur.

July 29-Aug. 30, 2014: “Disney’s Little Mermaid,” based on Disney’s animated feature.

Info: 919-831-6941 ext. 6944 or or

Event celebrates proclamation

“Freedom Coming, Freedom for All,” a celebration of the historic Emancipation Proclamation, opens Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

See the preliminary proclamation, on loan from the National Archives, and attend a free symposium May 31 and June 1 examining President Abraham Lincoln’s reasons for issuing the proclamation, the resulting constitutional amendment that abolished slavery and the overall effect of the change.

The seven-page document, in which Lincoln ordered that in 100 days the federal government would free all slaves in states still rebelling against the Union, will be on view through June 16.

The symposium hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 and 9 a.m. to noon June 1.

The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

Girls Choir marks 25th anniversary

The Capital City Girls Choir marks its silver anniversary Friday with a concert at Jones Hall on the campus of Meredith College in Raleigh.

The group, founded and directed by Fran Page, is made up of girls between the ages of 9 and 18 from across the Triangle. They have performed throughout North Carolina as well as at the White House and overseas, most recently at the Piedmont Invitational Children’s Choir Festival in Winston-Salem.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available at the door starting at 7 p.m., are $10.

Audition inquiries for the 2013-14 season can be made by emailing

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