Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

April 26, 2014 

Serigraph exhibit

A serigraph is a form of original printmaking and an American invention of the 1930s Works Progress Administration print shops. Most people know the form by its common name: silkscreen prints.

See an exhibit of both 20th- and 21st-century serigraphs by Claude Howell, Jane Kraike, Will Barnet, Nate Hester and Annemarie Gugelmann starting Friday at Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh

The opening reception is 6-9 p.m. at the gallery, 115-1/2 E. Hargett St., second floor. The exhibit will be on view through June 21.

Info: 919-838-6692 or

‘Moving Midway’ doc

New York-based film critic and filmmaker Godfrey Cheshire returns to Raleigh, the city where he grew up, on Saturday to discuss his documentary, “Moving Midway,” at the N.C. Museum of History.

The 1 p.m. event will include a screening of his 98-minute documentary, named by L.A. Weekly as one of 2008’s 10 best films.

The film follows the relocation of Midway Plantation, an antebellum mansion outside Raleigh, that has been in Cheshire’s family for generations.

The film also follows Cheshire’s cousin, Charlie Hinton Silver, and his family as they meet other heirs of Midway’s past – descendants of former slaves.

Admission is free. The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St., in Raleigh.

Info: 919-807-7300 or

Bloomsbury string band

Bloomsbury, which bills itself as Raleigh’s oldest string band, reunites Saturday to perform at a benefit concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.

The band, which features lawyers Wade Smith, Wade Hargrove and Ron Raxter, formed as a folk group in 1969 at Pullen Baptist Church in Raleigh, where Saturday’s concert will be performed.

The benefit begins at the church’s Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. with “Sweets and Jam,” a dessert reception and jam session open to all concert-goers. The church is at 1801 Hillsborough St. Tickets for the benefit are $25.

A post-concert celebration will follow at Players Retreat, 105 Oberlin Road.

PineCone’s mission is to preserve, present and promote all forms of traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts.


New executive director

Marlon Torres is the new executive director of N.C. Arts in Action, a nonprofit focused on educational arts.

Torres replaces Lisa Van Deman, who led the organization for the past six years. Van Deman left to become education director of the Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill.

Torres has worked in the U.S. and overseas as a teaching artist, choreographer, dancer and arts executive.

He served as an in-school teacher during AIA’s early years, leaving in 2010 to attend graduate school and work with the Carolina Ballet as part of the teaching faculty.

Jeffrey LaRiche, chairman of AIA’s board, said Torres had the perfect combination of skills as the organization looks to grow beyond the Triangle.


Raleigh composer Peter Paul Olejar heard his composition “et inspiravit” played on the historic, 46-bell Amedée Bollée carillon to open the recent Perpignan Sacred Music Festival in Perpignan, France. Olejar is director of music at St. Paul’s Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Raleigh. ... Laura Herbst of Pittsboro is the winner of the 2014 Doris Betts fiction Prize for her story “The Cliffs of Mobenga,” the N.C. Writers’ Network announced. Her story will be published in the N.C. Literary Review’s 2015 issue. ... PlayMakers Repertory Company will receive a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for its fall repertory productions. PlayMakers is the professional theater company based at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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