Five new dance pieces by North Carolina choreographers will premiere Thursday through Saturday at Burning Coal Theatre’s Murphey School Auditorium.
The emerging choreographers whose works will be featured in “State of Dance,” jointly presented by Burning Coal and N.C. State’s Dance program, are:
• Raleigh-based AWW Performance Company, founded in 2012 by Ashley Walls White, a former member of NCSU Dance Co.
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• Black Box Dance Theater of Raleigh, whose artistic director is Michelle Pearson, a 20-year veteran with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.
• The Carol Finley Dance Group, directed by Carol Kyles Finley.
• Code f.a.d. Company, a group led by Autumn Mist Belk, an N.C. State University faculty member. f.a.d. is an acronym for film, art, dance.
• Durham-based Renay Aumiller Dances, founded in 2012.
All tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Burning Coal Theatre is at 224 Polk St., Raleigh.
Info: 919-834-4001 or burningcoal.org
Two new exhibits open Friday at Artspace in Raleigh.
Cat Manolis’ “Rock Glitterati,” sparkly portraits of great rock stars, will be on view in the lobby. She will teach a class from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 13, “Glitterati & Wine,” where adults (21+) will drink wine and create glitter self-portraits.
Linda Ruth Dickinson’s exhibit, “Resound,” is on view for the first time in the Upfront Gallery. Her paintings explore the relationship between the visible world and the mind’s eye.
A reception for the artists is on tap from 6-10 p.m. Friday. Both exhibits will be on view through Nov. 29.
Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. on First Fridays.
Info: 919-821-2787 or artspacenc.org
Photo contest winners
Jordan Petersen and Geoff Brown of Carolyn Scott Photography placed first in the Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s skyline photo contest.
Peterson captured his award-winning day shot with his drone, while Brown won for his dramatic view at night. Their photos, as well as second-place winners by Hunter Laughlin and Michael Trombley, will be used to promote the city.
The contest drew 150 entries from amateur and professional photographers. The winners were chosen based on aesthetic appeal, creativity and positive portrayal of the capital city.
The contest was held in cooperation with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Raleigh Convention Center, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the city of Raleigh Economic Development Office, Research Triangle Regional Partnership and Wake County Economic Development.
Call for artists
The Scrap Exchange, a creative reuse center in Durham, is seeking artists to take part in an upcoming international exhibit featuring mail art.
Mail art is an artistic movement centered on sending small-scale works through the postal service. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” opens at the exchange’s new Cameron Gallery on Dec. 19 and continues through Jan. 10.
Artists may submit up to three pieces to 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707. Artwork can be sent from anywhere in the world and should incorporate 75 percent reworked, repurposed, reused or reclaimed material. Artists may explore any subject matter, but artwork must be family-friendly, organizers said. The deadline is Dec. 12.
Info: 919-682-2751 or scrapexchange.org
“Lay of the Land,” an exhibit featuring three contemporary impressionists, opens with a reception from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at Nicole’s Art Studio & Gallery in Raleigh.
Local artist Pamela Berger, John Poon of Utah and Rick McClure of Oklahoma are showing their landscapes through Nov. 29.
The gallery is at 719 N. Person St. It is open 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon-4:30 p.m. Saturday; and by appointment.
Info: 919-838-8580 or nicolestudio.com
World War I-themed play
A new edition of Paul Green and Kurt Weill’s “Johnny Johnson,” with music not heard since 1937, gets its world premiere at UNC-Chapel Hill this month.
Performances will be in the Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art, Nov. 20-24.
The plot centers on a tombstone cutter, Johnny Johnson, who has been persuaded to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War I. Serving in France, he fools Allied generals into calling a cease-fire and is sent home and locked up in an asylum for his “peace monomania.” The cast is composed of UNC students.
When he sought exile in the U.S. in 1935, German-Jewish composer Weill teamed up with Group Theatre, which put him in touch with Green, then a UNC faculty member. Weill visited Chapel Hill and worked with Green and the Group on this production, which opened on Broadway in November 1936.
The play is a collaboration between UNC’s music and dramatic arts departments. It is part of a yearlong focus on the legacy of World War I.
UNC alum Serena Ebhardt directs and Louise Toppin, chairwoman of the UNC music department, is musical dirctor. Heather Tatreau of UNC’s department of exercise and sport science is the choreographer and Evan Feldman is conductor.
• When Tupelo Honey Cafe opens at 401 Oberlin in Raleigh this month, it will employ four local artists to contribute to its creative atmosphere. The space will feature works byMatt McConnell, Linda Dallas, Brandon Cordrey
• The MODTriangle Movie Series, sponsored by N.C. Modernist Houses, continues Wednesday with“Unfinished Spaces,”
which looks at the radical designs three architects created in 1961 when Fidel Castro and Che Guevara invited them to produce Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. The film begins at 7:30 p.m. at Full Frame Theater, in the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Info: 919-740-8407 or ncmodernist.com
• Take your kids to see the exhibit “Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals
” at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, and they can make a toy banjo to take home. The drop-in program is 1-3 p.m. Saturday. The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St.
Info: 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory.org/