Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

May 25, 2013 

CAM Raleigh exhibit

A collection of photographs by Melanie Schiff and a video projection shot through an electron microscope are the newest exhibits at CAM Raleigh.

“The stars are not wanted now” is the largest-ever presentation of Schiff’s photos, spanning the years 2006 to 2012 and her move from Chicago to Los Angeles. The exhibit title is taken from a line in W.H. Auden’s “Funeral Blues” and alludes to the imprints of time and memory in Schiff’s meditations, according to the museum’s announcement of the show.

“A close reading of the title also suggests Schiff’s poetic engagement with penetrating natural light, the role of natural phenomena in her subject matter, and her transition from incorporating the histories of icons in popular music, or ‘stars,’ ” the museum said.

Jeff Whetstone’s “FRAME/ABLATE” is a 10-minute video projection examining edible plants and human tissue through an electron microscope. Instead of using light to make the objects visible, the microscope showers the object with electrons, which produces an image that is grainy and reminiscent of early cinema.

Schiff’s photos will be on view through Sept. 1. Whetstone’s video is on display through June 10.

CAM Raleigh is at 409 W. Martin St. It is open 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and noon-5 p.m. weekends. General admission is $5. Admission is free for children 10 and under, museum members, N.C. State College of Design students, staff and faculty with I.D.

Info: 919-513-0946 or

Festival in Clayton

Celebrate Saturday at Millstock 2013, Clayton’s summer art and music festival. The festival will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Horne Square downtown.

Artists will be selling paintings, graphics, prints, drawings, photos, sculptures, woodwork, fiber art and other original works. Last year, nearly 60 artists took part.

Music, a free kids’ art booth and chalk-art contest are also planned, along with sales of local food at Clayton Farmers’ Market.

Horne Square is at the corner of Main and Lombard streets.


PlayMakers TEAM

A New York theater ensemble developing a new performance piece in Chapel Hill will unveil its work-in-progress Wednesday.The TEAM is in residence with PlayMakers Repertory at UNC-Chapel Hill. The free performance is open to the public, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Frey Rehearsal Hall in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road. A discussion with the creative artists will follow.

To reserve a seat, call 919-962-7529. Space is limited.

The piece, in its early stages, will be a yearlong exploration of the difference between drive and discipline. Each member of the five-member ensemble will commit to a year of learning a new skill or task – banjo, writing a novel, electric guitar – and to spending the year learning Mandarin as a group.

The TEAM is a theater company made up of a core group of New York University alumni and other artists who are dissecting and celebrating the experience of living in America today.It is at PlayMakers as part of a program that provides support for creative research and development with access to PlayMakers’ staff, production shops, rehearsal halls and UNC resources. The TEAM will then take its creation to performances around the world.

Auction at museum

More than 75 works of art will be up for bid June 8 at the N.C. Museum of Art’s third “Art of the Auction.”

The event, featuring both silent and live auctions, benefits the museum’s education and exhibit programs. The works up for bid include a piece created by the Shen Wei Dance Arts dancers at their museum performance last year, tours of several artists’ studios and an overnight trip to South Carolina’s Auldbrass Plantation, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The plantation is open to the public only two days every two years.

An array of dining, travel, music and fashion event offerings round out the items up for bid. All of the items will be on display at the museum until the event, which begins at 7 p.m. June 8 in the museum’s East Building. The museum campus is at 2110 Blue Ridge, Raleigh.

Tickets are $250 for an individual or $2,000 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at by calling Mary Blake, 919-664-6807.

Acting class

Jerome Davis, artistic director of Burning Coal Theatre Company, will lead an eight-week acting class based on the concepts of famed acting coach Uta Hagen.

The class is a scene study class emphasizing ideas from Hagen’s landmark book, “Respect for Acting.” Davis studied with Hagen from 1988 to 1995.

The class will take place at the Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 7-10 p.m. Mondays starting June 10. Tuition is $200, and the class is open to anyone age 16 or older.

Info: 919-834-4001 or


Neeta Nahta of Raleigh will hold a signing for her first novel, “Lessons from a Kindred Sister,” 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Solas Restaurant, 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to InterAct of Wake County, a nonprofit that supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Info: Guitarist Heath Tuttle and the drumming circle Rhythmically will entertain 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Waverly Artists Group Gallery’s Final Friday artists reception. The gallery is at 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209, Cary. Info:

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