Insects as art at Nature Art Gallery
The Nature Art Gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting a new show, “Luminous Perspective: Seeing Insects in a New Light,” by artist Stacey Thalden.
The show runs through March 1. The museum is 102 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The gallery is on the mezzanine level of the museum store.
Info: 919-707-9854, naturalsciences.org
Here are a few concerts for jazz, blues and chamber music fans across the Triangle:
• Awards-winning blues musicianScott Ainslie
is performing at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Daniels Auditorium at the North Carolina Museum of History. (Free tickets are being distributed, first-come, first-served, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are required for entry.) The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.
There is also a meet-and-greet with Ainslie at Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. in Raleigh. Tickets for that event cost $15. Info: nando.com/wq
• TheGregg Gelb Jazz Quartet
is performing at 3 p.m. Sunday at the auditorium at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10-$14. Info:
• Grammy-winning jazz vocalistKurt Elling
and his quintet will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium. Tickets cost $15-48. Buy tickets online:nando.com/wp
• TheNorth Carolina Symphony
is offering three romantic performances this Valentine’s weekend. They will perform the Oscar-nominated score to “Casablanca” as the film is shown at the Meymandi Concert Hall. The shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $15-$65. Info: 919-733-2750,ncsymphony.org
Festival seeks musicians
The Art of Cool Festival, a three-day music festival in Durham, is seeking artists to augment its 2015 lineup.
Event organizers are seeking N.C. performers and groups in the genres of jazz, soul, R&B and hip-hop. Applications are due Feb. 15. Interested performers should send an email with website information and video performance clips to email@example.com.
The lineup for the festival set for April 24-26 will be announced March 15.
Durham film festivals
Here is key information about two upcoming Durham film festivals:
• The 35th annualHayti Heritage Film Festival
, sponsored by Durham’s Hayti Heritage Center and St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, is Thursday-Saturday.
The festival features documentaries, shorts and full length films written, produced, directed by and featuring artists of color.
The festival includes one film of particular interest to North Carolina history buffs: “Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington 10,” by Cash Michaels, longtime editor of The Carolinian Newspaper. Michaels’ documentary recounts the turbulent desegregation of the New Hanover Public School System in the late 1960s, which led to the prosecution of eight male students, a white female community organizer and civil rights activist the Rev. Benjamin Chavis.
• Passes go on sale at 11 a.m. Wednesday forFull Frame Documentary Film Festival
Prices range from $105 for student passes to $575 for a 20-film pass. This year’s festival is April 9-12. The full schedule will be posted March 19.
Meet a body double
Jennifer Ward Bunch worked as actress Drew Barrymore’s body double in the films “Firestarter,” and “Cat’s Eye,” both based on Stephen King novels and filmed in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Museum of History is showing “Firestarter” at 6 p.m. Friday, as part of a film series connected to an ongoing exhibition, “Starring North Carolina,” which celebrates the film industry’s ties to North Carolina. Bunch will introduce the film and share behind-the-scenes stories of her experience. Tickets are $5.
The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Info: ncmoh-starring.com
The Southern Documentary Fund’s annual Winterfest fundraising party will celebrate local film, music, food and spirits. Live music from the Doc Branch Band and a sneak peek at the documentary “Last Barn Dance” will be the highlights of the evening, along with a square dance called by Randy Lewis, who is featured in the film. Guests can enjoy food from The Pit Authentic Barbecue, as well as moonshine and beer.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Trailblazer Studios, 1610 Midtown Place, Raleigh. Tickets are $50 each or six for $250.
Coach Mac exhibit returns
The Museum of Durham History has brought back the exhibition, “Coach Mac: Innovator and Integrator.”
The exhibit explores the life and legacy of coach John B. McLendon, the father of fast break basketball and organizer of what is now known as the “Secret Game.” In 1944, McLendon, then the coach at what would become N.C. Central University, organized a game against Duke University’s basketball team at a time when it was illegal for black and white teams to play together. (McLendon’s team trounced the then Duke Medical School team 88-44.)
McLendon went to become the first African-American coach in a major professional league as coach of the American Basketball League’s Cleveland Pipers.
The exhibit will be on display at the History Hub, 500 W. Main St., Durham until March 31. Info: museumofdurhamhistory.org
Call for artists
Cary Visual Art is accepting applications for a few upcoming projects:
• The Cary nonprofit is partnering with Transitions LifeCare to offer an art therapy workshop for middle and high school students who are coping with grief. The workshop is scheduled for early April. Cary Visual Art is asking artists to submit proposals to help these teenagers “explore the complex emotions one experiences as a result of the death or prolonged illness of a loved one.” The deadline is Feb. 20.
• Visual artists are invited to apply to exhibit in the six-month gallery at Apollo Medical Center in Cary. The deadline is March 5.
• Sculpture artists are asked to submit entries for the nonprofit’s eighth annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, which displays works in downtown Cary. The deadline to enter is March 20. The exhibit will be on display July 17-June 17, 2016. Best in Show receives $3,000. The show is being judged by Clifford T. Chieffo, a Cary resident who founded the art and art history department at Georgetown University.
The opening night celebration will be July 17 at the Cary Arts Center. Tickets go on sale July 1.