Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

From staff reportsJune 15, 2013 

“Deep Roots" is among the artwork on display in “Structure: Phil Freelon Photographs” at the Craven Allen Gallery in Durham.


See emancipation draft

Sunday is the last day to check out the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation before the end of its loan to the N.C. Museum of History.

The seven-page, handwritten document was a draft of the proclamation that ultimately ordered freedom for slaves in the United States. Lincoln issued the preliminary proclamation as a warning to the Confederate states to put down their arms and rejoin the Union.

The document, on loan from the National Archives, has been on display as part of the museum’s exhibit called “Freedom Coming, Freedom for All.”

The second part of that exhibit opens July 1 and features North Carolina’s original copy of the 13th Amendment, which formally outlawed slavery in the U.S. That document, along with several related items, will be on display through Oct. 6.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

Renaissance auditions

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is looking for merry men and maids to perform in this year’s event.

Open auditions for street performers, variety acts and Renaissance villagers are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 26 and from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 29 at Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Drive, Charlotte. There are roles for professionals and amateurs 16 and older.

The festival’s 20th run is slated for Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 5 to Nov. 24 at the junction of N.C. 73 and Poplar Tent Road north of Charlotte.

To schedule an audition appointment, call 704-896-5555 or email


Choir showcase

If TV’s “Glee” has given you the show choir bug, you won’t want to miss the annual Summer Showcase on Saturday at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts’ Fletcher Theatre in Raleigh.

High school and college students from around the Triangle will perform choreographed group selections and solo pieces accompanied by a live band.

The show, hosted by Performance Edge, will feature Broadway tunes, oldies, movie music and country and pop songs.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and general admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Reserved seats cost $25 or $20 for students and seniors.

Info: 919-420-0365 or

Saturday art classes

Artspace in downtown Raleigh is offering Saturday classes during the summer to keep kids engaged in art and learning.

Each class meets from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and costs $35, plus a one-time $12 registration fee.

Rising third- to fifth-graders can Paint a Pet on June 29 or do some Awesome Action Painting on July 13.

For rising sixth- to eighth-graders, there’s a screen-printing class for T-shirts, wall hangings or personalized cards on July 27 and Working With the Blues on Aug. 10, which teaches the Japanese dying technique shibori.

At Artspace’s pop-up location, 4421-103A Six Forks Road in Raleigh, a still-life watercolor painting class will be offered for students 16 and older and adults on Saturday.

Info: 919-821-2787 and

Henry Frye TV biography

UNC-TV begins airing a three-part series called “Biographic Conversations with Henry Frye” at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The series features the life story of Frye, the first African-American to serve on the N.C. Supreme Court, as told in interviews with UNC-TV’s Shannon Vickery.

The second and third installments will air at 6 p.m. June 23 and June 30 on UNC-TV.

Photo exhibit extended

The Craven Allen Gallery in Durham has extended its exhibit of the photographic work of architect and Durham resident Phil Freelon.

“Structure: Phil Freelon Photographs” ends June 29. A closing reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 27 will feature a discussion and slideshow with Freelon titled “Deep Roots, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.” Freelon, founder and president of The Freelon Group, Architects, is the main architect for that museum building and also designed the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The photographs in “Structure” include still-lifes and landscapes from around the world, with shots of Durham’s architecture featuring prominently. There are also time-lapse video installations that show the growth and energy of downtown Durham.

Craven Allen Gallery, 1106 1/2 Broad Street, Durham is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Info: 919-286-4837 or


The Ormond Amphitheatre in Bath will present its eighth season of the outdoor drama “The Promised Land” June 21 and 22. The show starts around 8:40 p.m. each night, and admission is free.

Staff reports

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