Enjoy bluegrass music with your lunch
Here’s a nice lunch-break idea this week: Songwriter and banjo player Joe Newberry will be picking and talking from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Info: 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Ice as music, art
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The next installment of the Process Series at the University of North Carolina explores the various aspects of ice in a multimedia piece, “Ice Music,” to be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Chapel Hill.
The work, which incorporates chamber music, video and dance, was created by photographer Brooks de Wetter-Smith, composer Lowell Liebermann and choreographer Carey McKinley. It was inspired by Wetter-Smith’s trips to Antarctica.
The performances will be held at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium inside the FedEx Global Education Center.
Carol Woodin, director of exhibitions for the American Society of Botanical Artists, will speak at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the opening with a major exhibition of contemporary plant illustrations at the N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.
Woodin speaks at the opening of the “Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps,” a juried exhibit of 44 original plant illustrations illuminating the influence of the father-son naturalists. It will be on view until Nov. 2.
The garden is at 100 Old Mason Farm Road. Admission is free. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Info: 919-962-0522 or ncbg.unc.edu/bartram/.
The Mallarme Chamber Players are kicking off their 2014-2015 concert season with an American Mavericks concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Durham.
Sunday’s concert will celebrate great American composers and include an homage to American author Mark Twain. It is at Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham.
The season schedule includes: a collaboration with Pan Harmonica at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at The Pinhook in Durham; cello-bass duo Low and Lower at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Duke Gardens in Durham; French baroque music with the Choral Society of Durham at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Durham; and Cuban music at 7:30 p.m. March 22 at Motorco Music Hall in Durham.
The schedule also includes two family concerts at the Duke Gardens: Cello-bass duo Low and Lower at 1 p.m. Nov. 22 and dance-infused music at 2 p.m. March 29.
Info: 919-560-2788 or mallarmemusic.org.
Eat popsicles, sip wine
Enjoy the waning days of summer while eating popsicles and sipping sparkly wine Friday night at the The N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
The museum’s “Pop and Fizzies” event starts at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard featuring popsicles from Citizen Pop and wine from Wine Authorities, both available for purchase. Live music will be performed by The Beast. The event is free.
Cary’s free concerts
The Town of Cary is kicking off a series of free outdoor concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the Cary Town Band performing at the Sertoma Amphitheater.
The other performances are Kim Wempe at 2 p.m. Sept. 20; Triangle Brass Band at 3 p.m. Oct. 5; and a Brass at Bond concert at 1 p.m. Oct. 12.
The theater is in at the Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. Info: 919-469-4069 or nando.com/caryconcerts.
Here are a few art exhibitions across the Triangle:
• The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery is presenting the paintings of celebrated artist Tom Willis through Sept. 20. The gallery is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. It is at 102. N. Church St., Hillsborough. Info:hillsboroughartscouncil.org
• Chapel Hill-based artist Mark Brown has a solo exhibition, a group of reductive oil on panel paintings, going on display starting Saturday at Raleigh’s Artspace. The opening reception is 6-10 p.m. Oct. 3. The show continues until Nov. 1.
• Also at Artspace, Susan Soper has a printmaking exhibition in the Upfront Gallery, and Artspace regional emerging artist Tommy Taylor has painting exhibition in the lobby. Both exhibitions will be on display until Sept. 27. Taylor will give a gallery talk from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 25.
Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. Info: artspacenc.org.
Meet Emmy winners
The Burwell School Historic Site and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough are hosting an evening with three Emmy-winning daytime television writers at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The writers include Nancy and Steven Demorest and Michael Malone, who have written for “The Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live,” and “As the World Turns.” These Hillsborough residents will offer a behind-the-scenes peek at soap operas.
The event will be at the church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough.
Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the historic site, the church, Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, Hillsborough Wine Co. and Purple Crow Bookstore. Info: 919-732-7451.