Asides: News of the arts, in brief

November 9, 2013 

Original works of art, such as Pete Sack’s “Boylan Heights Bridge,” are scheduled for auction Nov. 23 during Artspace’s annual Collectors Gala is on view now at the Raleigh arts center and on its website.


Silent auction at Artspace for Collectors Gala

Original works of art scheduled for auction Nov. 23 during Artspace’s annual Collectors Gala is on view now at the Raleigh arts center and on its website.

The gala benefits artists and exhibits, educational programming and community outreach at the center. The benefit will feature live and silent auctions as well as hors d’oeuvres, small plates and desserts.

Bidding for the silent art auction is underway; guests do not have to attend the gala to win, but they must be present if they intend to continue bidding.

Individual tickets for the gala are $150. Sponsorships start at $1,500.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh, where the gala will take place. View auction items during regular hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

‘27 Views of Raleigh’

N.C. State University’s African American Cultural Center brings together 10 writers featured in “27 Views of Raleigh” for a reading and discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Billed as a night of celebrating Raleigh, the event is scheduled to include writers Tracie Fellers, John Kessel, Bridgette A. Lacy, Dorianne Laux, Sheila Smith McKoy, Lenard D. Moore, Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi and Elanie Neil Orr.

The event, sponsored by NCSU’s African American Cultural Center and the magazine Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, will be in 126 Witherspoon Student Library on the NCSU campus 7-8:30 p.m.


Flutist to play at museum

Award-winning flutist Arnold Richardson performs at 3 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History.

Known by his Iroquois name Tsanedos:e, Richardson is one of five artists who will be honored in May at the N.C. Heritage Awards ceremony. His efforts to revitalize the cultural heritage of eastern North Carolina’s Native American Indians are widely credited for the resurgence of artistic vitality among the eastern tribes, according to Pine Cone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, which is sponsoring Sunday’s concert.

Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 2 p.m. at the museum, which is at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-664-8333 or

Green Gallery reception

An opening reception is on tap Friday for “Form and Function,” an exhibit of functional, repurposed art at Durham’s Green Gallery.

The kickoff is 6-9 p.m. at the gallery, which is part of The Scrap Exchange, 923 Franklin St., Bay 1. There will be refreshments and music.

The show will be on view through Dec. 14. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-668-6960 or

‘Kindertransport’ play

A new theater company founded by a local actor and his wife mounts its first production starting Thursday as part of Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Second Stage series.

“Kindertransport” is written by Diane Samuels and directed by her husband Brian Yandle, founders of Big Wig Productions. The play tells the story of one of the more than 10,000 Jewish children who were sent from Germany to adoptive foreign parents in Great Britian between 1938 and the outbreak of World War II.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Nov. 21-23; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24 at the Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh.

The Nov. 17 matinee will feature a discussion with Henry Landsberger of Chapel Hill, a Kindertransport survivor.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, military and students.

Info: 919-753-6626 or

‘Inside the Watergate’

Pack a lunch and join Raleigh attorney Eugene Boyce at noon Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History for “From Duct Tape to Electronic Tape: Inside the Watergate.”

Boyce was lead investigator on the team that discovered President Richard Nixon’s White House recording system; he worked closely with another North Carolinian, former Sen. Sam J. Ervin, during the 99-day hearing into crimes committed during the 1972 presidential campaign.

Boyce’s presentation is part of an ongoing exhibit, “Watergate: Political Scandal & the Presidency.” The exhibit closes on Aug. 14, 2014, one day after the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation.

Admission for the talk is free and beverages will be provided.

The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

From staff reports

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