Asides: Triangle arts news, in brief

September 1, 2013 

Three sculptures by Illinois artist Patrick McDonald will be installed at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh on Thursday.


Verlon Thompson takes center stage

Multitalented musician Verlon Thompson will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

Thompson has accompanied and written songs for stars such as Guy Clark, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Rogers and others, and is a talented singer and guitarist in his own right.

“You have heard Verlon Thompson, but you called him that guy backing the great Guy Clark,” ArtsCenter director Art Menius said in a written announcement of the show. “It is well past time for ArtsCenter audiences to discover this underappreciated and prodigiously talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist.”

Day of show tickets are $15.

For information or to purchase tickets, call The ArtsCenter Box office at 919-929-2787 or visit online

Love letter to natureon display at Artspace

The exhibit “Dear Nature” goes on display in Gallery 2 at Artspace beginning Friday and will run through Oct. 26, featuring work by artists Natalie Abrams, Cynthia Camlin and Mi-Sook Hur.

Abrams creates sculpture-like pieces using wax on wood panel that reflect themes of time and relationships as they relate to nature, while Camlin’s watercolors on screen prints focus on “cracking, melting, refreezing through abstracted forms,” the artist said in a news release.

Hur’s castings engage natural changes such as seasons and cycles.

A performance by dance ensemble Code f.a.d. inspired by “Dear Nature” will be performed on opening day of the exhibit during the First Friday Gallery Walk. Performances are scheduled at 7, 8 and 9 p.m..

And at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, a 30-minute dance performance will be followed by a discussion between Code f.a.d. artistic director Autumn Mist Belk and “Dear Nature” artist Abrams.

Auditions in Durham for ‘Indigo Blue’

The Walltown Children’s Theatre in Durham will hold auditions Friday and Saturday for adult and youth actors, singers and dancers for a performance of “Indigo Blue.”

The work by Howard L. Craft is described as “a reimagining of the Pied Piper.”

Auditions will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 1225 Berkeley St. Callbacks will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9.

All performers must be 8 or older and are asked to prepare a 1- to 2-minute monologue and 32 bars of a song. Dancers should prepare a routine running 2 minutes or less.

Rehearsals will begin in early September, with production dates in mid-December. Stipends will be paid to adults with principle roles.

For more information, visit

Raleigh Little Theatre opens season with ‘Art’

Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2013-14 season opens Friday with the play “Art,” written by Yasmina Reza.

The drama unfolds as old friends discuss the nature of a blank canvas – or, rather, a pure white painting – purchased by one of the group.

The performance of “Art” will take place in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. It is being directed by Jesse R. Gephart, a former student of longtime RLT artistic director Haskell Fitz-Simons.

The upcoming RLT season is dedicated to the memory of Fitz-Simons, who died in May. As Raleigh Little Theatre’s artistic director at the theater for 30 years. Fitz-Simons leaves behind a strong legacy of artistic influence, theater officials said.

“Art” runs Sept. 6-29, with shows at 8 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. However, there is no Saturday matinee this week. Tickets are $20 for adults; $16 for seniors/students.

Raleigh Little Theatre is at 301 Pogue St. More information:

Hillsborough Arts Council to hold general meeting

The September general meeting of the Hillsborough Arts Council is slated for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Arts Council’s new office and gallery, 102 N. Churton St.

Anyone interested in Arts Council programs is invited to attend. The meeting will provide information about programs, entertain concepts for potential new programs and take suggestions concerning ongoing efforts.

The board of directors will meet immediately after the general meeting.

For more information, contact Gail Cooley:

‘Art on City Plaza’ debuts sculptures Thursday

Three sculptures by Illinois artist Patrick McDonald will be installed at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh on Thursday.

The large-scale works in concrete and steel are part of the “Art on City Plaza” exhibition sponsored by the city of Raleigh, the Raleigh Arts Commission, Artspace and Visual Art Exchange. The works will be set on centerpiece pedestals.

The new sculptures will replace pieces by Robert Coon, Adam Walls and Deborah Marucci that have been on display since 2011.

City Plaza is in the 500 block of Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.

Staff reports

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