Asides: Triangle arts, in brief

May 24, 2014 

Tuned up for Summerfest

The N.C. Symphony’s 2014 Summerfest Series is under way at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre.

The lineup for the symphony’s 14th season at Booth includes:

Saturday:“Carmina Burana,” featuring the Symphony along with the N.C. Master Chorale and the Capital City Girls Choir.

June 6: “The Music of John Williams,” featuring movie classics from the famed composer.

June 7: “Broadway Romance,” songs from famous musicals.

June 14: Cirque de la Symphony, with high-flying acrobatics and classical masterpieces.

June 20-21: Two-day Mozart Festival, with the composer’s greatest works.

June 28: Beach music with Jackie Gore and Legends of Beach and members of the North Tower Band.

July 4: Free Independence Day concert, with fireworks.

July 12: “Around the World with the von Trapps,” a solo performance by great-grandchildren of Capt. Georg and Maria von Trapp. (The symphony is not performing at this concert).

The amphitheatre is 8003 Regency Parkway. Tickets for general admission lawn seating and covered table seating are available in advance and at the gate.

Info: 919-733-2750 or

Call for film entries

The N.C. Museum of History is accepting entries for the inaugural Longleaf Film Festival to be held next May. It will be presented in conjunction with “Starring North Carolina!,” a yearlong celebration of the state’s filmmaking heritage.

Entries for the film festival may be submitted now through March 1, 2015, at Alternative methods of entering and more information can be found at

All entries will be eligible for the $500 Judges’ Choice Award, all films made in North Carolina are eligible for the $500 Made-in-NC award; and each film entered in the middle and high school student category is eligible for the $500 Best Student-Made Film prize. Additional prizes will be awarded in five categories.

The festival will be held May 2, 2015.

‘Glimpses of Kashmir’

Photographer Chris Harris will be on hand Friday for a reception to kick off “Glimpses of Kashmir,” an exhibit on view in June at Village Art Circle in Cary.

Harris’ images capture both the people of Kashmir and its scenic beauty.

Village Art Circle is in Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St.

The opening reception, with refreshments and live music, is from 6-9 p.m. It’s part of Final Friday events in Cary’s Art Loop.

Info: 919-210-0398 or

‘Arts’ debuts in Clayton

“Art After Dark” debuts Wednesday at Wagner House in Clayton. The new series, presented by Clayton Visual Arts, is part social-part educational.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and conversation, followed by a presentation by Daniel Nie, a master of Chinese calligraphy, watercolor artist and oil painter. He is the author of “Essential Art Techniques” and “Coolligraphy: Exercises for the Mind.”

Wagner House is at 121 E. Main St.

Registration is $10 and space is limited to 70 people. Tickets are available at the Coffee Mill and Flipside restaurants, 105 S. Lombard St., or from any Clayton Visual Arts member.

Nie will also lead a workshop from 3:30-4 p.m. Thursday at Soul Graffiti Art Studio, 401 E. Main St. Children and adults are welcome.



Victoria Wong of Cary is one of 97 dancers chosen to compete in the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., in June. The competition is held every four years. ... Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill recently received an Award of Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators. It was recognized for the 2013 exhibit “More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s.”


A juried show of plein air painters is on tap from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery, 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209, Cary. ... Storyteller Jane Hauser presents a Grimm fairy tale, “The White Snake,” at 7:30 p.m. June 6 at Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. Admission is $10, $5 for students. Info: 919-619-8947 or ... Architect Frank Harmon designed a roosting tower at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh for migratory chimney swift. The birds sweep through Raleigh in late summer on their southbound migration to Chile. Renovations on aging HVAC systems has removed chimneys that the birds once roosted in.

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