Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

July 13, 2013 

Carolina Ballet principal dancers to perform with Royal Ballet in Belgium

Margaret Severin-Hansen and Gabor Kapin, principal dancers with the Carolina Ballet, have accepted invitations to perform with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium for the 2013-14 season.

They will remain members of the Carolina Ballet and will perform key roles throughout Raleigh-based company’s 16th season.

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

Severin-Hansen is a founding member of Carolina Ballet, hired as an apprentice from the School of American Ballet in New York City in 1998. Kapin joined the company in its second season, from the Hungarian National Ballet. The two were married in 2008.

Help on caring for precious things

Conservators at the N.C. Museum of History will be available by appointment Friday to answer your questions about how to care for precious possessions.

Call Jan Sweatt at 919-807-7823 to schedule a session between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday. Appointments are first-come, first-served.

You may take up to three objects to the appointment for assessment and advice on care.

The Museum of History is at 5 E. Edenton St. in Raleigh.

Take a garden tour through history

Tour “History of the Harvest” a block-long exhibit flourishing in planting beds along Bicentennial Plaza in downtown Raleigh.

Members of the N.C. Museum of History’s garden staff will lead informal tours at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and again on Aug. 17. Tours begin at the information desk in the museum lobby.

The chronological exhibit links the state’s agricultural past with today’s cutting-edge research and development.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

Get an inside look at Baldwin Auditorium renovations

Get a peek at a hidden Durham Tuesday when Preservation Durham hosts a tour of Baldwin Auditorium, the main rehearsal and performance venue for student musical ensembles on Duke University’s East Campus.

The auditorium – named for Alice Baldwin, first dean of Duke’s former Women’s College – was built between 1926 and 1930. Its Georgian-style architecture is reminiscent of the Roman Pantheon. Renovations are nearing completion, and include improved acoustics, new seats and other amenities and structural improvements.

Preservation Durham periodically sponsors “Hidden Durham” tours of places few people get to see, such as renovation projects, previews of new spaces and, as executive director Wendy Hillis, puts it “cool historic spots you didn’t even know were there.”

Tours are open to Preservation Durham members only, but others can join at, by calling 919-682-3036 or at the door on the day of the tour. Tours are on the half-hour from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday.

ADF launches fundraising campaign

To mark its 80th anniversary and the opening last year of the Samuel H. Scripps Studios, American Dance Festival has launched a $3 million fundraising campaign.

Co-chairs are Curt C. Meyers of New York City, a member of the ADF board, and Rebecca B. Elvin of Chapel Hill, a member of the studio faculty.

The money will be used to purchase and outfit the Scripps Studios on Broad Street in Durham; to support performances and commissions, scholarships, community classes, outreach and the ADF archives; and to support scholarships, residencies, workshops and expanded programming both locally and nationally.

Jodee Nimerichter, director of ADF, said nearly $2 million has already been committed to the campaign.

Info: 919-684-6402 or

Animal rescue benefit set July 27

The annual Painted Chair & More Auction to benefit Independent Animal Rescue, a Durham-based volunteer program, is on tap July 27 at the American Legion Hall in Chapel Hill.

The event, from 5-9 p.m., will feature live and silent auctions of handcrafted furniture, jewelry, pottery, paintings and sculpture, as well as performances, services, dining and vacation trips. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Purchase tickets at

Proceeds will support the group’s animal welfare programs, including foster care, adoption and spaying and neutering free-roaming and companion animals.

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