A reception for New York City artist Junko Yamada is planned Saturday at the N.C. Japan Center, where her award-winning Harie collages will be on display through June 13.
Yamada’s rice-paper works apply modern subject matter and vibrant colors to a traditional Japanese art form dating back several centuries.
She is showing 21 original pieces at the center, 705 Barbour Drive in Raleigh. It is open by appointment 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Saturday’s reception, 3-5 p.m., is free, and the public is invited.
Info: 919-515-3450 or ncsu.edu/japan.
The original Carolina Playmakers – precursor to the present-day PlayMakers Repertory Company – is the topic of a free exhibit on view through June 8 at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library.
“Making a People’s Theatre: Proff Koch and the Carolina Playmakers” is showing in the North Carolina Collection Gallery, co-sponsored by the Southern Historical Collection.
Frederick “Proff” Koch established the troupe, which helped establish the genre of American folk drama, in 1918.
On Tuesday, UNC historian Cecilia Moore will give a free public lecture, “Defining the Folk Drama: The Carolina Playmakers,” at 5:30 p.m. in the library’s Pleasants Family Assembly Room. See the exhibit during a reception that starts at 5 p.m.
Items on view include original props and costumes from the 1919 production of “The Return of Buck Gavin,” written by future novelist Thomas Wolfe (class of 1920) and classmate Paul Green (class of 1921 and author of “The Lost Colony” play). Andy Griffith (class of 1949) is among the actors who got their start with the group.
Info: 919-962-3765 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Art and theater
Activated Art at the Ackland is a series of five 10-minute original plays inspired by works at Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill. This year’s edition, the museum’s third, runs through April 13.
The plays are performed in front of the works that inspired them – a new way to experience the museum’s collection.
Performances are 6 p.m. Sunday and April 13 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The playwrights will be on hand Friday for a post-performance discussion. Tickets are available at the Museum Store, and seating is limited. The museum is at 101 S. Columbia St.
Info: 919-966-5736 or ackland.org
Art for a cause
Paintings from the collection of the late Rosser Reeves, the 1960s-era advertising executive who is a model for the Don Draper character on TV’s “Mad Men,” will be sold to benefit a local charity.
Reeves’ granddaughter, Robin Rowan of Raleigh, donated the paintings to The Green Chair Project, which helps families make fresh starts in new homes. Some are works by Reeves’ wife, Betty Reeves.
The art is on view through Friday at The Mahler Fine Art, 228 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
Reeves, who rose to chairman of the Ted Bates agency, spent his final years in Chapel Hill.
Info: 919-896-7503 or themahlerfineart.com/
“Wild Edges: A Collaboration,” an evening of original music by Joe Henry, Over the Rhine and the Milk Carton Kids, is on tap at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Durham’s Hayti Heritage Center.
“Our concept is ... to write an evening’s worth of new songs together that will stand, no matter how abstractly or cozily, in response to existing pieces from the Great American Songbook,” Henry said in announcing the Duke Performances event.
Tickets are sold out for the Saturday show. Hayti Heritage Center is at 804 Old Fayetteville St.
Info: 919-684-4444 or dukeperformances.org
Drop by the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill through April 21 to see Birdhouses on Parade. A dozen Tar Heel artists are showing one-of-a-kind birdhouses and feeders. Info: 919-918-2735 or CarolinaInn.com/birdhouses ... Artist Mickalene Thomas gives a lecture at 2 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art’s East Building auditorium. Thomas is a New York-based artist known for her representations of African-American women. Admission is free but a ticket from the box office is required. The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Info: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org. ...
The Pedrito Martinez Group, an Afro-Cuban band from New York, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Talley Student Union Ballroom at N.C. State University in Raleigh. A free dance lesson is scheduled for 7 p.m. Info: 919-515-1100 or ncsu.edu/centerstage/. ... Meg Stein, Ryan Cummings and Sarah West are showing their work at Block Gallery through June 26. The gallery, open 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. weekdays, is in the Raleigh Municipal Building, 200 W. Hargett St. ... Photographs by Kyle Wilson of Clayton are on view at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., during April.