From Staff ReportsJune 22, 2013 

New gallery and artists collective opening in Cary

Village Art Circle, a new art gallery and artists collective in Cary, will celebrate its grand opening Friday with an exhibition of work by its 16 member artists.

The opening, from 6 to 9 p.m., part of the Final Friday Cary Art Loop, will also feature live music and painting demonstrations.

Village Art Circle was launched by JJ Jiang, a longtime member of Artspace in Raleigh. He was a founding member of the Waverley Artists Group in Cary.

The group will host monthly exhibitions of its members’ artwork, and classes and workshops open to the community.

Friday’s opening, at Village Art Circle in Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St. in Cary, is free and open to the public.

Info: 919-614-1890 or

Remembering Gettysburg

Raleigh’s Oakwood Cemetery will mark the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg with a presentation and walking tour.

The three-part event begins at 1 p.m. June 30 with a discussion in the mausoleum on death and the Civil War. Next comes a walking tour of graves of local Confederate soldiers, and then a tour of the Confederate Cemetery on Oakwood’s grounds.

The cemetery houses the remains of more than 1,400 Confederate soldiers, including 137 that were re-interred from Gettysburg in 1871.

The event is free, but advance registration is required and space is limited. Participants may register for all three segments or individual segments. Info or to register: 919-832-6077 or email

Solo shows in Durham

The Common Ground Theatre in Durham presents a pair of solo shows by two Triangle artists this week.

Katja Hill will helm “Debris,” a personal story about “unintended legacies of things lost and found.” Lormarev Jones offers “The Virgin Cookbook,” a lighthearted portrayal about a 30-year-old virgin resisting American society’s pressures to “give it up.”

Both shows will be presented in “Rough Draft: A Night of New Solos,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with an intermission in between, at Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Road in Durham. General admission tickets are $10.

Tickets and info: 919-698-3870, or

Dancers will travel

Carolina Ballet principal dancers Margaret Severin-Hansen and Gabor Kapin will perform with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium, for the 2013-2014 season.

“This is a great honor for these two wonderful dancers and a coup for the company,” said artistic director Robert Weiss. “It will be an excellent experience for them to showcase their talent on the international stage.”

Severin-Hansen and Kapin will remain members of Carolina Ballet and return to the Triangle to perform principal roles throughout the company’s upcoming 16th season.

Launch Lab opens

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham has added a new uplifting experience for visitors.

The Launch Lab, part of the aerospace exhibition, challenges visitors to use common materials to explore flight, gravity and airflow at 12 activity stations.

Among them are the Rocket Launcher, where visitors design their own rockets and observe how their design decisions affect a flight from a compressed air launcher, and Hover Tables that give everyday building materials a little lift.

The Launch Lab is accessible with paid admission to the museum, at 433 W. Murray Ave. in Durham. Info: 919-220-5429 or

Triangle Brass Band

The Triangle Brass Band has struck up its summer concert series, and two of the dates are this week.

Upcoming free concert dates include:

• Friday, 7 p.m., Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, Cary.

• Saturday, 7 p.m., Apex Town Hall Commons.

• July 4, 9 p.m., City Plaza Stage on Fayetteville Street, downtown Raleigh (concert is right before fireworks).

• Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, Cary.

The Triangle Brass Band, based in Cary, is composed of volunteer brass and percussion players from around the Triangle. Its repertoire spans works from the 19th century to the present and includes brass band compositions as well as arrangements of well-known orchestral and wind band music, American patriotic tunes and marches.


The art of guns

An upcoming art exhibition by Cat Manolis in Durham will explore gun culture and controversy surrounding the Second Amendment.

The show, titled “A Shot at the Big Time OR Happiness Is a Warm Glock,” explores the topic through brightly colored canvases. Manolis’ work has previously been displayed locally in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and at Artspace, both in downtown Raleigh, and in the Carrboro Branch Library. She earned her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

The exhibition runs July 1-28, with a reception 6-9 p.m. July 19 in the Room 100 Gallery of the Golden Belt Arts Building, 807 E. Main St. in Durham.

Info: 919-967-7700, or or


The N.C. Boys Choir has begun a 12-day concert tour with stops in several U.S. cities and in Canada. Cities on the tour included Lebanon, Pa.; Fredericksburg, Va.; Skaneateles, N.Y.; and Montreal. The choir is in its 41st season. …

Dramatist and arts leader June Guralnick of Apex has been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She will be among 25 fellows invited to a working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers in rural Virginia this year.

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