Save the dance
“The Last Barn Dance,” the documentary film by Ted Richardson and Jason Arthurs about Alamance County dairy farmer Randy Lewis, will have its Raleigh premiere Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History.
The film follows Lewis and his effort to save his farm and the barn dances his family started almost 50 years ago. Read our story about it at bit.ly/1I2kUUu.
The filmmakers, both former photographers at The News & Observer, will be at the 3 p.m. screening in the museum’s Daniel Auditorium.There is no cost but tickets are required. To get them call 919-664-8333 or go to http://bit.ly/1NJsl74
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In addition there will be music by David Kleiss and Shawn Chase of Acoustic Manner and youth band Fiddlestix. A dessert reception and a chance to meet the filmmakers follows the the screening. For more information go to pinecone.org and to find out more about the film go to lastbarndance.com.
Muralist shows his paintings
Luke Miller Buchanan is best known around Raleigh for his murals on city buildings, but it’s Buchanan’s paintings that will be on exhibit at the Lee Hansley Gallery through Sept. 26. The show includes 21 works that depict industrial buildings and often-overlooked structures such as those on the Dorothea Dix campus.
Buchanan is a Raleigh native who studied architecture at N.C. State University College of Design. The gallery is at 225 Glenwood Ave. For more info: 919-828-7557 or leehansleygallery.com
Arts preview continued
A few events came in too late to be added to the Fall Arts Preview in today’s paper, so we include them here:
▪ British folk rock singer Callaghan performs at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Burning Coal Theater’s Murphey Auditorium, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
Tickets are $15 at the door. Call 919-834-4001.
You can hear a sample of her music at www.callaghansongs.com
For more information, go to burningcoal.org.
▪ Former Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Al Jardine perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Carolina Theater, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham.
Tickets start at $57. They went on sale Friday. If you want to pop for $499 plus taxes and fees, you can get the VIP package, which guarantees a reserved seat in the first five rows, access to the sound check and meet-and-greet with Wilson, one digital download of his new album “No Pier Pressure,” one piece of the sheet music for “Love & Mercy” signed by Wilson and one commemorative laminate.
For updated listings, go to newsobserver.com and click on the Fall Arts Preview banner.
Sponsor the arts
Artspace will hold its annual Collectors Gala on Nov. 21 and is looking for sponsors.
The gala is the downtown artists’ collective’s largest fundraising effort. The gala typically features live and silent auctions of donated art works. If you’d like to help in any way, let them know by Sept. 15. To find out more, go to artspacenc.org
UNC’s Kang to help threatened artists
Emil Kang of UNC-Chapel Hill has been appointed to serve on the board of the newly formed Artist Protection Fund.
The fund is a three-year pilot project with the goal of giving life-saving fellowship grants to persecuted artists from all fields of artistic endeavor and placing them at host universities and arts centers in safe countries where they can continue their work. It is led by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and funded with a $2.79 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Kang, Executive Director for the Arts at UNC and executive and artistic director of Carolina Performing Arts, will be on the selection committee, helping to assess candidates based on level of threat and artistic merit.
“I am honored to take part in this important initiative to serve the world’s artists, the chroniclers of our humanity, “ Kang said in a statement. “I look forward to encouraging our university peers to engage in this endeavor as they have done with the IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund.”
Kang has been at UNC-Chapel Hill since 2005. He created the University’s first multi-disciplinary performing arts program in the Carolina Performing Arts. This spring, he announced plans for The Core@Carolina Square, an innovation lab, studio and theater that will serve for artists-in-residence to create, innovate and connect with scientists, researchers, students, each other and the community.
The Institute of International Education, the organization behind the Fulbright Fellowship, said the Artist Protect Fund was developed to help artists who have been persecuted because of their work or beliefs. IIE has offered similar support to threatened scholars through initiatives like the Scholar Rescue Fund, helping more than 600 scholars from 53 countries escape from harm and advance their work. UNC-Chapel Hill has been active in the SRF for many years, according to a statement from the university.
For more information about the Artist Protection Fund go to: http://bit.ly/1SWfb8T.
6-week class on writing a script
Have you always wanted to write a play? Burning Coal wants to give you some guidance. The theater company is offering a six-week class on the basic elements necessary for a quality play. Jorie Slodki teaches. You’ll read modern American works and get a chance to talk to local playwrights. By the end of the class, you will have written a one-act play.
Class will be held at Burning Coal’s Murphey School Auditorium 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. The cost is $155. For details to enroll, call 919-834-4001.