Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

June 21, 2014 

Exhibit by 3 artists

“Three Artists – One Space” opens at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery on Friday, with a reception for the artists from 6-9 p.m.

The exhibit features paintings by Pat Ewalt, who specializes in landscapes; Louellen Vernon-White, a printmaker, etcher and mixed-media artist best known for her etchings of animals; and Yancey Smith, who is showing her landscapes in oil. Their works will be on display through July 19.

The gallery is at 102 N. Churton St.

Info: 919-643-2500 or

Country music series

“Raizin’ A Ruckus” is a new Wednesday night country music series at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre this summer.

Here’s the lineup:

July 9: Southbound 85.

July 16: Johnny Orr Band.

July 23: Amanda Daughtry.

July 30: Johnny Folsom 4, with a Johnny Cash tribute; and the Canady Thomas Band, with a tribute to Patsy Cline.

Tickets are $5 per concert, with a limited number of complimentary tickets available at Triangle Ruckus Pizza shops. Free for kids 12 and under.

Booth Amphitheatre is at 8003 Regency Parkway.

Info: 919-462-2025 or

Speak out in Carrboro

Carrboro residents, circle your calendars for June 26.

That’s when you’re invited to share ideas as town officials develop plans for a proposed Arts and Creativity District. You can offer your ideas during any of three public meetings on tap:

• At the Looking Glass Cafe, 601 W. Main St., 9-11 a.m.

• At Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St., 1-3 p.m.

• At The ArtsCenter, 300 E. Main St., 6-8 p.m.

Each meeting will include a look at ongoing research into Carrboro’s creative economy, including a survey that profiles the needs of artists and creative businesses; as well as an online questionnaire that seeks public comment about the proposed district.

Members of the project steering committee are David Andrews, town manager; Anita Jones-McNair, recreation and parks director; Anne Stone, community development director; Patricia McGuire, planning director; and Art Menius, ArtsCenter executive director.

To share your ideas online, visit

‘Dragons and Movies’

Triangle Brass Band presents “Dragons and Movies” in a pair of free concerts Friday and Saturday.

The band performs at 7 p.m. Friday at Sertoma Amphitheater in Cary’s Bond Park; and at 7 p.m. Saturday in the New Nature Park in Apex.

The band includes school band directors, college faculty, lawyers, computer programmers, engineers, medical personnel and general contractors. Tony Granados is the artistic director.

Featured soloist for the two concerts will be Bob Peckham, who plays flugelhorn.

Info: 919-238-9108 or

Concert in Cary

Students in PineCone’s Bluegrass Camps for Youth will perform a set Friday in Cary during a concert of The Church Sisters, fronted by twins Sara and Savannah Church.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop.

PineCone is the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music. Info: 919-664-8333 or

Creative workshops

Writers of fiction, memoir, poetry and music have until Aug. 15 to register for this year’s Table Rock Writers Workshop.

This year’s workshop is Sept. 8-12 at the Wildacres Retreat, site of the concurrent SoLaTiDo Southern singer/songwriters’ workshop. Wildacres is in Little Switzerland, N.C.

Admissions are first come-first served.

Members of the writing faculty include novelists and short-story writers Abigail DeWitt of Burnsville, Judy Goldman of Charlotte, Jean Claude Bemis of Hillsborough and poet Phillip Shabazz of Carrboro. Novelist and editor Dawn Shamp of Durham is editor-in-residence.

Richard Putnam, a Charlotte-based music producer and composer, leads SoLaTiDo.

Georgann Eubanks oversees both workshops.

To register, visit or

‘Hairspray’ on stage

Performances of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” in July will cap the 2014 PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Summer Youth Conservatory.

High school actors and crew began work on the production last week at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Performances are planned at 7:30 p.m. July 16-20 and 2 p.m. July 20 in the Paul Green Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for under 18.

Students in the conservatory work with professional directors, choreographers and musical directors at PlayMakers.

Desdemona Chiang, a West Coast-based director, will direct “Hairspray,” and Matthew Steffens, who is based in New York City, will choreograph and serve as associate director.

Info: 919-962-7529 or

Reinhart and Hobgood

Ariane Reinhart, who grew up in Durham where her parents Charles and Stephanie Reinhart ran the American Dance, is back in the Triangle for a pair of performances on Monday.

Reinhart, a theater, dance and cabaret performer in New York City, will appear at Beyú Caffé in Durham with Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood and his trio. They have previously performed this program of songs from musical theater, as well as jazz and popular music, in New York.

Performances are at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Beyú is at 335 W. Main St. Tickets are $15; $10 for students.


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