Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

March 1, 2014 

‘Bull City Summer’ show at N.C. Museum of Art

Whet your appetite for Minor League Baseball at a new exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Ten renowned photographers converged on Durham Bulls Athletic Park last summer to document all 72 home games played by the Tampa Bay Rays’ Triple A affiliate. The NCMA exhibit, “Bull City Summer,” is on view through Aug. 31. It’s part of a collaborative effort with two other Triangle-area galleries.

In April, American Tobacco Campus’ Crowe Lobby Gallery will display more photographs, and in May, CAM-Raleigh will exhibit photos and video from the project. The aim: To engage more of the Triangle community than would be possible in a single-venue show.

In an announcement, project director Sam Stephenson described “Bull City Summer” as “a portrait of the art and craft and grit of baseball and the community that revolves around it.”

The participating photographers are Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Hiroshi Watanable, Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Kate Joyce, Elizabeth Matheson, Leah Sobsey, Jeff Whetstone and video artist Ivan Weiss. Their images go beyond the field into the stands, the concessions and behind the scenes.

See the free exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art in the East Building, Level A, 2110 Blue Ridge Road. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday; and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday.

Info: 919-839-6262 or

Opening reception for ‘Distant Relatives’ show

An opening reception for the newest exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery is on tap from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

“Distant Relatives” features the art of husband-and-wife team Keith Norval and Anna Podris, who decided to explore different subject matter for this show.

Norval focused on dinosaurs painted with oil on canvas. Podris’ encaustic work features themes based on birds found in nature. Their work will be on view through March 30.

The gallery is on the top floor of the Museum Store in the museum’s main building, 11 W. Jones St. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; until 9 p.m. on First Fridays; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-707-9854 or

‘Homecoming’ show at Craven Allen Gallery

Craven Allen Gallery is reuniting 10 staff artists who have worked at the Durham gallery over two decades for a special show.

“Homecoming” showcases paintings by Tony Alderman, Steven Braker, Linwood Hart, Paul Hrusovsky and Mark Mooney; collage by Kathryn DeMarco; drawings and prints by Helen Griffin; photographs by Joy Greenwolfe and Jen Kunz; and sculpture by Jenny Purcell.

The artists will be on hand for a reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 1106-1/2 Broad St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

The exhibit continues through April 19.

Info: 919-286-4837 or

N.C. Theatre and Broadway Series South

Four Tony Award-wining productions lead the 2014-15 lineup for N.C. Theatre and Broadway Series South. The season shapes up like this:

Oct. 14-19: “A Chorus Line.”

Dec. 2-7: “Billy Elliot.”

Feb. 10-15, 2015: “Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.”

March 10-15, 2015: “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

May 1-10, 2015: “Next to Normal.”

July 21-26, 2015: “The Buddy Holly Story.”

Performances are at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.

Info: 919-831-6941, ext. 6944; or

‘A Season of Love’ at Raleigh Little Theatre

“A Season of Love” is the theme of Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2014-15 season, which will approach the topic from a variety of angles. Here’s the lineup:

July 25-Aug. 3: “Fiddler on The Roof.”

Aug. 22-Sept. 7: “Hairspray.”

Oct. 10-26: “Desire Under the Elms”

Oct. 31-Nov. 16: “Mirandy and Brother Wind.”

Dec. 5-20: “Cinderella.”

Jan. 16-Feb. 1, 2015: “Venus in Fur.”

March 6-22, 2015: “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

April 3-12, 2015: “Sleeping Beauty.”

May 1-17, 2015: “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

June 19-27, 2015: “Macbeth.”

Info: 919-821-4579 or


N.C. State Pipes and Drums performs at 7 p.m. Monday in the Witherspoon Student Center. The set list includes an array of Scottish tunes, marches and dances; the Irish Session Musicians and Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance will also perform. Tickets: 919-515-1100; price varies with age and student status. ... The N.C. Symphony performs with The Chieftains at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. Tickets range from $45 to $75. Also on the bill: Raleigh’s Trionóide Academy of Irish Dance. Info: 919-733-2750 or ... Miami-based artist Alma Leiva will give a talk at 6 p.m. Friday in Gallery 1 at Artspace, 210 E. Davie St., Raleigh. The event is free and the public is invited. ... Meet Iowa City artist Thad Kellstadt at a reception from 7-10 p.m. Friday at Lump in Raleigh, where he is showing his paintings in an exhibit called “Range Life” through March 22. Lump is at 505 S. Blount St. It is open 1-5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. Info: 919-889-2927 or

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