Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

June 7, 2014 

Singing for Flag Day

The N.C. Museum of History invites Tar Heels to take part in what is being billed as “potentially the largest unified event in American history” on Flag Day, Saturday.

“Raise It Up! Anthem for America” is a global celebration of the 200th anniversary of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics in 1814 after the victorious Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812.

Led by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., the plan is for Americans worldwide to stop at 4 p.m. and sing the national anthem. A live webcast of the Smithsonian’s sing-along concert on the National Mall Terrace will be shown at the Raleigh history museum from 2:30-4 p.m.

Parking and admission are free. The N.C. Museum of History is at 5 E. Edenton St.

While at the museum, watch mixed-media artist Alyssa Hinton create her vibrantly colored work, which combines Native American Indian tradition with a contemporary edge. Then create a simple mixed-media picture to take home. Hinton will be on hand from noon-3 p.m.

Info: 919-807-7850 or

Tap dancing festival

See performances by some of the nation’s top tap dancers, – including Chapel Hill native Michelle Dorrance – Saturday in Carrboro.

Joining Dorrance are Derick Grant, Jason Janas, Melinda Sullivan and Nicholas Young, who are in the Triangle to teach at the N.C. Rhythm Tap Festival. They appear for one night only at The ArtsCenter, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Music will be provided by Jim Crew on piano, John Hanks on drums and Robbie Link on bass.

Tickets are $17 on the day of performance; $15 in advance; $13 for friends of the ArtsCenter; and $10 for tap festival participants. Purchase at or call 919-929-2787.

The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St.

‘Grey Gardens’

The Tony Award-winning musical “Grey Gardens” caps the Justice Theater Project’s season-long focus on the American health care system.

A story of neglect, family dynamics and society’s fascination with a mother and daughter’s fall from grace, it opens Friday and runs through June 29. Performances are at the Clare Fellowship Center at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh.

Related events include three Saturday panel discussions at 7 p.m.; an opening night reception after the show; $12 admission on June 15, and audio description for the visually impaired on June 29.

Performances are at 8 p.m. June 13-14, 19-21, 26-28 and at 2 p.m. June 15, 22 and 29. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors.

Info: 919-264-7089 or

Writing residency

Registration is underway for the 2014 Squire Summer Writing Residency at William Peace University in Raleigh.

The residency, July 10-13, is an intensive course in a chosen genre – fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry, with 15 hours of workshops over four days.

Randall Kenan, a professor of English and comparative literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, will lead the fiction workshop. Former Piedmont Laureate Scott Huler will lead creative nonfiction, and Shelby Stephenson, who is to be inducted into the N.C. Literary Hall of Fame this fall, will lead the poetry workshop.

Enrollment is limited to 50. To register, visit

Poetry and printmaking

Share your poetry or that of another poet at a poetry slam Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Participants of all ages can compete for prize money or just enjoy the recitations. This year’s competition addresses works from “Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People,” an exhibit of Latino art on view through July 27.

Dasan Ahanu, spoken-word artist and lecturer at St. Augustine’s University, hosts Friday’s poetry slam, on tap at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s Blue Ridge Atrium.

On Saturday, two separate sessions will explore one artist’s experience as a printmaker in contemporary American society and the history of printmaking at Mexico’s Taller de Grafica Popular. The presenters are Brian Gonzalez, an instructor at the Supergraphic printmaking studio in Durham, and Robert Healy, a retired Duke professor who collects prints.

Their presentations run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (with an intermission) in the East Building’s auditorium. They will hold a joint question-and-answer session at 1 p.m.

Admission to both events is free but tickets from the box office are required. The ticket can be redeemed for free same-day entry to the “Estampas de la raza” exhibit.

The Museum of Art is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh.

Info: 919-839-6262 or

Composer’s premiere

The world premiere of a Raleigh composer’s latest work will take place in Canada on Tuesday.

J. Mark Scearce, professor of art and design at N.C. State University, bases his Third Quartet on poet T.S. Elliot’s “Four Quartets,” with each of the four movements taking its title from the four poems, representing air, earth, water and fire.

It will be performed by the Penderecki quartet at the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound in Ontario, Canada.

Artist reception

A public reception is on tap 6-9 p.m. Friday at Room 100 Gallery at Golden Belt in Durham for participants in the second annual exhibit of the Creative Mentorship Program.

Seven students from Student U – a college-access program that supports middle and high school students – and seven artists from Durham Art Guild have been making art together for 20 weeks through the program.

The works they are showing through June 27 include photographs, ceramics, prints, fashion and faber arts, mixed media and prints.

Participating student-mentor teams are Wallaadah Salaam and mentor Jim Lee; Jaia Grady and mentor Caty Kendall; Jackie Guzman and mentor Jesa Rae Richards; Leslie Balderama and mentor Debra Wuliger; Kevin Yarn and mentor Lee Moore Crawford; Julio Olmos and mentor Tommy Taylor; and Bryan Navarro and mentor Adrienne Garnett. All of the students are 10th-graders.

A second reception is planned from 6-9 p.m. June 20.

The gallery is in Building 3, 807 E. Main St. It is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.


Pottery show

“Conversations in Clay: Pottery by Deborah Harris, Gillian Park and Evelyn Ward” opens Friday at Ackland Museum Store in Chapel Hill.

The show, on view through Aug. 10, includes both decorative and utilitarian works –“good, useful pots as well as vases so delicate, one fears spoiling their effect with a flower,” according to an announcement of the show.

A reception for the artists, who worked together for more than 10 years, will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday.

The Museum Store is on the southeast corner of Franklin and Columbia streets. It is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-962-0216 or

Fanciful teapots

Fancy and fanciful teapots take center stage through Sept. 7 at Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor during the ninth National Teapot Show.

More than 200 teapots crafted by 160 artisans are on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Get a preview at

The gallery is at 1150 Fleming Road.

Info: 919-528-1041 or


Photographer Brenda Scott discusses some of the discoveries she made while creating the exhibit “Stagville: Black & White” during a program at noon Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. It’s free. Bring your lunch.

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