Asides: Triangle arts news, in brief

August 3, 2013 

‘The Heretic’ starts run at Burning Coal

“The Heretic” an award-winning comedy that takes up the issue of climate change, opens Thursday at Burning Coal Theatre.

Written by Richard Bean, “The Heretic” was described by Charles Spencer of The (London) Telegraph as “funny, provocative and touching, and absolutely resolute in its refusal to lapse into the apocalyptic gloom that usually attends this subject.”

The Raleigh production marks the American debut of the play, which won the London Evening Standard Award for 2011 Outstanding New Play of the Year.

Jerome Davis directs.

“The Heretic” will be presented Thursday through Sundays through Sept. 29.


Bluesmen John Dee Holeman, Tad Walters playing in Cary

Piedmont bluesman John Dee Holeman will preform with Raleigh musician Tad Walters to wrap up a series of concerts in Cary sponsored by PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.

The free concert will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park.

Holeman grew up on a farm in Orange County and began playing the blues at the age of 14. In 1988, he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts and received a North Carolina Heritage Award from the N.C. Arts Council in 1994.

Walters has played with many blues legends, including Bob Margolin, Billy Boy Arnold, John Jackson and others. He also writes songs, leads his own band and performs as a solo artist.


N.C. Opera to perform Mozart, Puccini and Dvorak

N. C. Opera has announced its 2013-14 season, with two fully staged works, a concert staging and an outdoor concert. Rolled over from last season is “Cosi fan tutte,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comedy about lovers’ jealousies, playing Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Theater October 3, 4 and 6. Giacomo Puccini’s ever-popular “La Bohème,” following the amorous lives of Parisian bohemians, runs January 24 and 26 in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium.

A rarity in the U.S., Antonin Dvorák’s fairytale opera, “Rusalka,” gets a concert staging on March 30 in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall. Finishing the season on May 17 is a concert in Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre, “Opera in the Pines,” featuring guest soloists in popular Broadway and operatic fare.

Artistic director, Timothy Myers conducts all performances except “La Bohème,” which is led by Robert Moody of the Winston-Salem Symphony.

Season subscriptions are on sale now and individual ticket sales begin in early September.

Info: 919-792-3850 or

Retrospective of Robert Irwin paintings on exhibit

A retrospective exhibit of the work of Raleigh artist Robert Irwin is being featured at New Elements Gallery in Wilmington through Aug. 20.

Irwin was a longtime resident of the Triangle who studied under Joe Cox and George Bireline at the NC State School of Design.

Through the years, Irwin has worked as an instructor of art, a designer at the N.C. Museum of History, a photographer, and illustrator. In 1980, Irwin founded Images Inc., a contract furnishings company operating in Raleigh for more than 10 years.

The exhibit, titled Good as Gold: 50 Years of Painting by Robert Irwin, covers his work beginning in the 1960s with abstract paintings based on photographs and carries it into the current decade.

Irwin retired from painting two years ago due to Parkinson’s disease.


Photographers featured at Clayton Center

Photographers Frank Dziepak of Clayton and Mary Doherty of Raleigh will show their work in an exhibit sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts.

A “meet the artists” reception will kick of the exhibit from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of the Clayton Center.

Both digital photographers began working in the medium as adults.

The free exhibit will run through Sept 3. Clayton Center is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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