Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

May 17, 2014 

Michael Waller’s “Gahering” won the People’s Choice Award for the Hillsborough Sculpture Tour for 2013.


Latino artists featured

Celebrate Art Museum Day at the N.C. Museum of Art, where admission will be free Sunday to “Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People.”

The exhibit, assembled from the permanent collection at McNay Art Museum in Santonio, consists of 61 works by 45 Latino artists. Many of the prints deal with political issues through the prism of a sense of fatalism common in Latino folk art.

The museum invites visitors to share their experiences on Art Museum Day via social media with the hastag #ArtMuseumDay.

The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and until 9 p.m. Fridays. The museum is closed Mondays.

Info: 919-839-6262 or

Pair of documentaries

See a pair of documentaries in the making on May 30 in Durham.

The free screenings begin at 7 p.m. at Full Frame Theater, in the Power Plant Building at 320 Blackwell St.

Showing will be “The Last Barn Dance,” by former N&O photojournalists Ted Richardson and Jason Arthurs. Their film is the story of Alamance County farmer Randy Lewis, who worries he’ll lose his dairy business and along with it, a family heritage of hosting barn dances for nearly 50 years.

“Abandoned” is about Philip Brubaker’s personal struggle with spirituality and his search for clues in a real-life mystery. Brubaker is a 2013 graduate of Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program.

The screenings will be followed by moderated converstions with the filmmakers. Co-sponsors of the evening are the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund.

Info: 919-308-3714 or

Groups unite for opera

Two Triangle-area chamber groups will join forces to perform the Baroque opera, “Dido and Aeneas” Monday and Tuesday.

The performances feature the Raleigh-based N.C. Master Chorale Chamber Choir, directed by Alfred E. Surgis, and the Durham-based Mallarme Chamber Players, under the direction of Suzanne Rousso.

Monday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Tuesday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m. at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh.

Tickets are $20 to $25, general admission; and $5 for students/youth.

Info: 919-856-9700 or or 919-560-2788 or

Bathanti speaks on Wolfe

North Carolina’s poet laureate, Joseph Bathanti, will give a free reading Friday during the 36th annual Thomas Wolfe Society meeting in Chapel Hill.

His reading, which is open to the public, will be in the Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill. Bathanti will also speak about Wolfe, one of the state’s most famous writers, whose first novel, “Look Homeward, Angel,” created a sensation when it was published in 1929.

The theme of this year’s two-day conference is “Wolfe in His Time, Wolfe in Our Time.” It will consider the historical context in Wolfe’s work and his relevance today.

To register for the full conference, contact Mark Canada at 910-521-6431 or email

Art displayed at brewery

Painter Cinc Hayes is showing his work during May at Steel String Craft Brewery.

A Chapel Hill native, he has traveled around the world, painting, drawing and studying art. He spent a year on Crayola Crayon’s 100th birthday tour, visiting children’s hospitals and low-income schools, teaching kids art. He describes his award-winning art as “colorful and whimsical.”

The brewery is at 106A S. Greensboro St. in Carrboro. It is open 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday; 2 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Friday and Sunday; and noon to midnight Saturday.

Rare Shakespeare play

One of William Shakespeare’s rarely performed works, “Two Noble Kinsmen,” comes to the stage at Raleigh Little Theatre’s Stephensen Amphitheatre Friday.

The Bare Theatre production runs through May 31. The show, a collaboration with Cirque de Vol Studios, will include shadow puppets, circus and fire performers. G. Todd Buker directs.

Tickets are $15 and all shows begin at 8 p.m.

Info: 919-821-3111 or

Design prize deadline

June 1 is the deadline for entries in the 2014 George Matsumoto Prize competition.

The contest, in its third year, celebrates excellence in modernist residential design. The competition is open to anyone with primary design responsibility for a completely built, from-the-ground-up, single-family modernist house of at least 800 square feet. It must be in North Carolina and have been completed on or after Jan. 1, 2008.




“Gathering,” Michael Waller’s 8-foot-tall painted steel sculpture, won the People’s Choice Award for the Hillsborough Sculpture Tour for 2013. It was exhibited at the Hillsborough/Orange County Visitors Center. Waller will receive the award at the Old Orange County Courthouse on May 30. ... Gregg Gelb will direct the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, which performs at 2 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Info: 919-807-7900 or

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