Show celebrates life cycle of analog materials
“Mutable and Constant,” an exhibit celebrating the life cycle of analog materials, opens Friday at Cameron Gallery, The Scrap Exchange’s new exhibition space in Durham.
Artist Devin Utah’s media installations give defunct equipment, VHS tape, found images and forgotten objects new life.
“At the core of my work is an impulse to transform my own thoughts and experiences into a collective voice, to which others can relate and draw strength,” Utah said in announcing his exhibit. “From this place of shared emotional energy, we can move forward towards an opening of ourselves to the psychic landscape around us.
Meet the artist at a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 2050 Chapel Hill Road. The exhibit will be on view through October.
Info: 919-688-6960 or scrapexchange.org/
Jazz trio to debut work
The world premiere of Duke Performances’ latest commission from The Bad Plus jazz trio takes place Saturday.
The Bad Plus is known for its original compositions as well its iconoclastic interpretations of everyone from Nirvana to Stravinsky. Duke Performances commissioned the trio, along with a top-notch horn section, to take on Ornette Coleman’s 1972 album “Science Fiction.”
The performance is at Baldwin Auditorium at 8 p.m. Reserved seats are $32 and $38 for most; $15 for age 30 and under; and $10 for Duke students.
On Friday at 7 p.m., members of the trio – Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and Dave King – will join Duke Performances’ executive director Aaron Greenwald for a free listening session and conversation at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. The conversation will explore Coleman’s music and its impact on their work as a band.
Info: 919-660-3356 or dukeperformances.duke.edu
Trip to Fringe Festival
A North Carolina author is helping send students in Raleigh’s Broughton Theatre program to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland next year.
Gary D. Cole will donate proceeds from copies of his novel, “Black Box,” sold through the theater program and will also work with the high school on other fundraising events. It will cost about $6,000 per student to travel to Scotland.
Broughton was one of about 40 high schools from Canada and the U.S. chosen for the festival, which includes more than 3,000 productions, 40,000 performances and thousands of performers from around the world. Julie A. Florin is the program director.
Broughton students and parents will sell copies of “Black Box” at upcoming productions, including “The Westing Game” on Oct. 23-25.
Lunch music series opens
“At the Oscars” opens the N.C. Symphony’s “Friday Favorites” lunchtime concert series at noon Friday.
Some of the greatest music ever scored for Oscar-winning films will be on the program, at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $28. Student tickets are $10. Tickets for all performances will be available at the door one hour before the concert.
Other concerts on the lunchtime series are:
Info: 919-733-2750 or ncsymphony.org
How to restore old photos
Learn how to restore treasured family photos at a workshop from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
Durham-based photographer Brenda Scott – guest curator of the museum’s exhibit “Stagville: Black & White” – will outline a step-by-step process that can be used on a variety of software programs. Find out how to digitize a photo and what software and hardware to use.
The workshop is for ages 16 and up. The cost is $30 per person and $25 for museum members.
To register, call 919-807-7979 or visit NCMOH-programs.com
Arts on Hillsborough
Explore the arts on and around Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street all day and night Saturday at “Art It Up! Hillsborough Street.”
Festivities include Pullen Arts Center’s fall arts fair from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., across from N.C. State’s Bell Tower; and Raleigh Little Theatre’s biennnial costume sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the lot behind Stephenson Amphitheatre at RLT, 301 Pogue St.
Performances include RLT’s production of “Desire Under The Elms”; “Ten-Hour Drive,” a site-specific play by Seed Art Share; and a jazz concert at N.C. State’s Titmus Theatre.
Other participants include The Alley, Beautifying Emerging Spaces Together, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Irregardless Cafe, Roundabout Art Collective and Theatre in the Park.
Exhibit as homecoming
“Coming Home,” a retrospective of paintings by Jason Bryant is on view at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount beginning Tuesday, through Jan. 4.
Bryant, a Wilson native who lives in New York City, was a student at East Carolina University in 1999, when the center invited him to show his works. That exhibit, his first solo show, was destroyed when Hurricane Floyd inundated Down East North Carolina.
A symbolic and literal return to his roots, “Coming Home” features 16 paintings. Meet the artist at a reception at 2 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, which is part of Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, at 270 Gay St. It’s open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
Info: 252-972-1163 or imperialcentre.org
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