Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

January 18, 2014 

“Veronica's Veil” by abstract artist Herb Jackson. Jackson will show his “Veronica’s Veil Series,” at the Betty Ray McCain Gallery through Feb. 28.


Hot Summer Nights auditions

Theatre Raleigh is holding auditions Saturday for the 2014 season of Hot Summer Nights. Appointments will be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for intern candidates and anyone who has not previously been cast in a Theatre Raleigh production.

The season lineup is:

• “Vanities – The Musical,” May 14-25.

• “Blood Done Sign My Name,” May 28-June 8.

• “Other Desert Cities,” June 18-29.

• “Parade,” July 9-27.

• “Crimes of the Heart,” Aug. 13-24.

• “The Music of Hot Summer Nights,” Aug. 29-30.

Auditions are open to men and women 14 years and older and will be held at Theatre Raleigh Studios, 3027 Barrow Drive, Raleigh.

To schedule an audition, submit a headshot and resume to


Festival to celebrate period music

The N.C. HIP Music Festival begins Tuesday and runs through Feb. 7 at various venues in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh.

HIP stands for Historically Informed Performance. The festival will be performed on Renaissance- and Baroque-era instruments by local and international ensembles. The event is a collaboration of 12 arts organizations, managed by Mallarmé Chamber Players.

Mallarmé will perform in concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 2 and has commissioned Duke University professor Stephen Jaffe to write a contemporary work for period instruments. This work, the HIP Concerto, is based on the same instrumentation of J.S. Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No. 2. A free rehearsal of Jaffe’s work is on tap at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at Duke’s Bone Hall.

The festival also includes a dozen concerts, panel discussions and a workshop.

A hipster pass, with entrance to all events, is $100.

Info: 919-560-2788 or

Herb Jackson tribute

A tribute to acclaimed abstract artist Herb Jackson is planned Thursday at the Betty Ray McCain Gallery of Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.

Jackson, a Raleigh native, will show his “Veronica’s Veil Series,” at the gallery through Feb. 28. His art has been featured in solo exhibitions in five countries and group shows in six others, notably the first exhibit of American contemporary painting in the former Soviet Union in 1989. The current exhibit is courtesy of Lee Hansley Gallery.

Thursday’s tribute is open to the public.

The gallery is at 2 E. South St.

‘Private Lives’ opening

“Private Lives,” Noel Coward’s clasic battle-of-the-sexes comedy, launches the season Wednesday for PlayMakers Repertory Company.

PlayMakers is the professional theater in residence at UNC-Chapel Hill. Company members Julie Fishell and Jeffrey Blair Cornell play the leading roles. Sean Daniels directs.

The play runs through Feb. 9 at Paul Green Theatre in Chapel Hill. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays and on Feb. 1.

Several related special events are scheduled:

Jan. 28: An all-access performance with sign language interpretation and audio description.

Jan. 29 and Feb. 2: Free discussions after the show with members of the creative team.

2 p.m. Feb. 1: Open-captioned performance.

Feb. 8-9: Free post-show “Mindplay” discussions sponsored by the N.C. Psychoanalytic Society.

Info: 919-962-7529 or

Author, painter host event

Best-selling author Clyde Edgerton and painter Chip Hemingway will preside over an evening of art, music and reading Friday in Greenville.

The event, “Paintings, Prose and Music: A Night with Chip and Clyde,” is on tap from 6-8 p.m. at City Art Gallery, 511 Red Banks Road. The two will perform on guitar and banjo, and Edgerton will read from his book, “Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers.” Hemingway will debut a series of new paintings.

Info: 252-353-7000 or


The first Crook’s Corner Book Prize has been awarded to Wiley Cash, for best debut novel for his book, “A Land More Kind Than Home.” Cash’s novel was one of 68 entries in the competition, sponsored by Crook’s Corner Cafe and Bar in Chapel Hill.

The other finalists were “Leaving Tuscaloosa” by Walter Bennett; “Code of the Forest” by Jon Buchan; and “The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope” by Rhonda Riley.

Short story writer Jill McCorkle chose the winner. The award was presented earlier this month.

Deadlines at hand

Hillsborough Arts Council is accepting artists applications for this year’s Downtown Arts and Crafts Show: A Taste of Hillsborough to be held April 12 (rain date: April 13). The deadline for applications is Jan. 31. Get details and an application form at ... Jan. 31 is also the deadline for late submissions to the N.C. Black Film Festival, to be held March 13-16 in Wilmington. The Black Arts Alliance sponsors the event. Details: ... Submissions for the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition are being accepted through Jan. 31. Winners will receive a $100 award and be invited to read their poems at the annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival April 13 in Cary. Their poems will also be published in the festival chapbook and on its website. Info:

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