Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

From staff reportsNovember 16, 2013 

Catch the excitement of the 18th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

ERIC N. BLEVINS/ N.C. MUSEUM OF HISTORY — Eric N. Blevins/ N.C. Museum of History

Seeking Piedmont Laureate

Organizers have reopened the search for a new Piedmont Laureate.

For 2014, applications are being accepted from authors of short fiction, defined as a work of fiction between 1,000 and 20,000 words. Applicants must reside in Wake, Durham, Orange or Alamance counties.

The appointment, which comes with a $6,500 honorarium, runs from March 1 to Dec. 31, 2014.

The program aims to promote awareness of the literary arts; the laureate presents readings and encourages creative writing for all age groups through workshops and other outreach.

The 2013 Laureate is novelist John Claude Bemis of Hillsborough.

The program is sponsored by the Alamance Arts Council, Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

To apply, visit

Musical history celebrations

This year marks the 350th anniversary of King Charles II granting the Charter of Carolina to eight lord proprietors. The Philharmonic Association commemorates that milestone with a five-day festival at various Raleigh venues, Friday through Nov. 26, featuring music performed by its youth orchestras, film and educational events. Events are free unless noted.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday at 7:30 p.m.: David La Vere introduces his new book “The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies,” So & So Books, 704 N. Person St.

Saturday at 3 p.m.: “Commemorating North Carolina Composers” at Kenan Hall, William Peace University.

Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.: Triangle Youth Philharmonic Concert, featuring the premiere of “Tuscarora” by Terry Mizesko and “North State” by state Composer Laureate Hunter Johnson, Meymandi Hall. Adults, $10; children and seniors, $5.

Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.: Showing of “The Sojourner and Mollie Sinclair,” videotaped Carlisle Floyd opera commissioned for the state’s 300th anniversary, Raleigh Little Theatre.

Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.: Triangle Youth Orchestra and Symphony concerts, music with historical connections to North Carolina, Meymandi Hall. Adults, $10; children and seniors, $5.


Rockabilly Retro nigh

Friday is Rockabilly Retro nightat the N.C. Museum of Art.

The Straight 8s will perform in concert at 5:30 p.m., followed by a first-come, first-served screening of “Le Mans” starring Steve McQueen, whose 1958 Porsche is featured in the museum’s Porsche by Design exhibit. Both are free.

The event will include a Biergarten, where food, wine and beer will be available for purchase until 9 p.m.

The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

Info: 919-839-6262 or

Cultural heritage programs

Diversity is the key in two events on tap at the N.C. Museum of History this week.

On Sunday, Lucinda MacKethan, director of creative writing at N.C. State University, will present a program titled “Was I Born for This? N.C. Slave Voices.” She will discuss the ways in which African-American writers fought against slavery and racism in North Carolina. Her free presentation, designed to provide a realistic picture of how enslaved individuals lived, worked and worshiped, is at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, the museum hosts the 18th annual American Indian Heritage Celebration from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy native American Indian music, dance, cuisine and craft. Clips from the new documentary “Voices of the Lumbee” will be shown.

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

Info: 919-807-7850 or

Grant-application workshops

Workshops for nonprofit organizations interested in applying for Raleigh Arts Commission grants are on tap this week at the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center.

A workshop for first-time applicants is 3-5 p.m. Monday, and a session for representatives of currently funded groups is 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The wetlands center is at 950 Peterson St., Raleigh.

To register, call arts grant coordinator Sarah Corrin at 919-996-4686.



A pop-up shop featuring local artists and businesses will be open through December at 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, behind Motorco. The shop is open 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, but hours are subject to change, so check for updates. ... Dec. 15 is the deadline for applications to be the next artistic director of Raleigh Little Theatre. Candidates must have at least 10 years of experience. A master of fine arts degree or equivalent is preferred but not required. Longtime director Haskell Fitz-Simons died in May. Info: ... Registration is under way for a one-session workshop on portrait painting Dec. 7 at Pullen Arts Center in Raleigh. Rebecca Rousseau will lead the class, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Fee is $35 for Raleigh residents; $47 for non-residents; the supply fee is $12. Sign up at ...

More tidbits

Canadian fiddler Erynn Marshall and friends appear at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15 general advance and $19 at the door. Advance tickets for friends of the Center are $11. Info: 919-929-2787 or ... Waverly Artists Group holds an open house 4-9 p.m. Friday with musician Stevan Jackson, wine, appetizers and artists’ reception. The gallery is at 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209, in Cary. Info: ... Raleigh artist Jessie Benson is showing spiritual-themed wax paintings at Sip, 1059 Darrington Dr., Cary through the end of the year. ...

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