Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

May 10, 2014 

Carolina Ballet’s new season lineup

Four of the best-known fairy tales in classical ballet are in the lineup for the Carolina Ballet’s just-announced 17th season.

Here’s the lineup:

• “Firebird” and new works by artistic director Robert Weiss and Zalman Raffael, the ballet’s new choreographer in residence, at A.J. Fletcher Theater in Raleigh, Sept. 11-28.

• “Dracula” with “The Masque of the Red Death,” at Fletcher Theater, Oct. 9-26.

• “Nutcracker” at Durham Performing Arts Center, Nov. 28-30; at UNC’s Memorial Hall, Dec. 6-7; at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Dec. 19-28.

• “A Balanchine Evening,” at Fletcher Theater, Feb. 5-22, 2015.

• “Master Composers,” at Fletcher Theater, March 5-22, 2015.

• “Swan Lake,” at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, April 16-19, 2015; at DPAC, May 2-3, 2015.

• “Cinderella” with “Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto,” May 14-17, 2015 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

Info: 919-719-0900 or

The art of motherhood

“Sacred Motherhood: Mother-and-Child Representations from the Permanent Collection” is on view at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh through Dec. 7.

The free exhibit, which opened last week, includes artifacts, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photos and lithographs examining various facets of motherhood, from pregnancy to the pain of separation at death.

“ ‘Sacred Motherhood’ is not about sacred mothers,” says Caroline M. Rocheleau, curator of the exhibit. “Instead, it stresses the fact that motherhood is worthy of reverence in and of itself.”

The works are on view in the museum’s East Building. It’s open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday. The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road.

Info: 919-839-6262 or

Southern culture

Get a shot of Southern culture at a pair of free programs this week at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, watch the Cane Creek Cloggers share the enjoyment of old-time dance.

At noon Wednesday, songwriter Willard McGhee, aka “Th’ Bullfrog,” will talk about Piedmont blues and play a few tunes in his self-described “rolling-hills-rural, often gentle and melodic” style. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St.

Info: 919-807-7300 or

Art by Elsa Hoffman

“Buried in Light and Shadow” is artist Elsa Hoffman’s solo debut at The Carrack Modern Art in Durham.

The installation-style display of metal and wood will be on view Friday through May 24. Hoffman, who is based in Chapel Hill, will host a conversation about her work at 7 p.m. May 22. An opening reception is on tap from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

The Carrack is at 111 W. Parrish St.


Nature Art Gallery show

April Flanders’ “Beyond Their Borders” is the featured exhibit for May at the Nature Art Gallery at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

Flanders’ art addresses the issue of native and invasive animal and botanical species. She works in a variety of media, including printmaking, painting, drawing and installation.

Her work will be on display through May 26.

The gallery, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (and until 7 p.m. Thursday) and noon-4:45 p.m. Sunday, is in the mezzanine level of the Museum Store, 11 W. Jones St.

Info: 919-707-9854 or

Kid stuff

Triangle Youth Brass Band, under the direction of Jesse Rackley, and Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band, directed by Matt Edwards, present “Season Finale” at 6 p.m. Sunday at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Info: ... Durham Children’s Choir marks its 10th anniversary and honors the retirement of founding director Scott Hill in a concert at 3 p.m. May 18 in Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium. Suggested donation: $10.

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