Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

January 4, 2014 

PlayMakers performance to examine America’s relationship with guns

PlayMakers Repertory Company takes on a deliberately provocative topic – America’s relationship with guns – with the world premiere of “The Story of the Gun,” staged Wednesday through Jan. 12.

PlayMakers, the professional theater in residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, commissioned the work by solo performer Mike Daisey as part of the PRC2 series, which features topical presentations and post-show discussions with the artists.

“I programmed ‘The Story of the Gun’ this season for the same reason that I programmed ‘Assassins’ – to engage in a meaningful conversation with our community about guns and how deeply woven they are in our idea of ourselves as Americans,” artistic director Joseph Haj said in announcing the premiere. “We are a nation of roughly 300 million people and 300 million guns. I think that’s worthy of interrogation.”

Haj described Daisey as one of the “most clear-eyed, artistically courageous and compelling artists around,” known for his comedy and brilliant observation.

Performances are at 7:30 pm. nightly and at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Center for Dramatic Art on the UNC campus.

Tickets are $15-$40.

Info: 919-962-7529 or playmakersrep.org

Display brings friends ‘Together Again’

Two of Durham’s most significant artists are featured in an exhibit opening Saturday in the Durham Arts Council’s SunTrust Gallery.

“Together Again” features 30 new tapestries by weaver Silvia Heyden and 30 works by the late painter and collage artist Edith London. European-born, the two met in Durham, where their husbands worked at Duke University, and became instant friends. Heyden, 86, lives on the banks of the Eno River, where she creates tapestries inspired by her surroundings. London, who worked in paint and torn paper and fabric, died at age 93 in 1997.

Lee Hansley of Raleigh is the exhibit curator.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 28. Durham Arts Council is at 120 Morris St. and is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; and 1-6 p.m. Sundays.

An opening reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17, and Heyden will give a talk at 7 p.m. Jan. 28.

Info: 919-560-2787 or durhamarts.org

Down Home concert series kicks off

Mandolin Orange kicks off PineCone’s 2014 Down Home concerts at Raleigh’s Fletcher Theater on Friday.

Other concerts in the series include:

Jan. 18 Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott.

Feb. 7 Bryan Sutton, David Holt and T. Michael Coleman.

March 7 Solas, “Shamrock City.”

May 20 N.C. Heritage Awards Ceremony honoring Bobby Hicks, 10-time Grammy Award-winning bluegrass fiddler; Susan Morgan Leveille, a weaver and grandniece of Penland School of Crafts founder Lucy Morgan; Sid Luck, a fifth-generation potter from Seagrove; Bill Myers, whose band The Monitors has played R&B and jazz for more than 50 years; and Arnold Richardson, a Haliwa-Saponi artist who has influenced the revitalization of N.C. Indian arts.

Fletcher Theater is at 2 E. South St.

Info: 919-664-8333 or pinecone.org

Laureate applications due Thursday

Thursday is the deadline to apply for the position of 2014 Piedmont Laureate.

This year’s position will go to an author of short fiction who lives in Wake, Alamance, Durham or Orange counties. The 10-month post comes with a stipend of $6,500; the laureate presents readings and workshops and promotes creative writing and literature.

The program focuses on a different literary form each year; the 2012 laureate was dramatist Ian Finley, and the 2013 laureate was children’s literature author John Claude Bemis.

For guidelines and an application form, visit piedmontlaureate.com.

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