‘American Girls’ photos
“American Girls,” an exhibit of large-scale photos by Ilona Szwarc, is on view at Meredith College’s Rotunda Gallery through Nov. 16.
Szwarc explores issues of social status, gender identification and self-image with her photos of girls with their American Girl dolls. She is an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in Time, The New Yorker, The UK Sunday Times Magazine and Surface China, among other publications.
Rotunda gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends from 2-5 p.m.
Also on view at Meredith College, in the Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center’s Weems Gallery, is “Connections,” a collection of works by the Threads Textile Study Group. The study group allows Meredith’s textile studio students to pursue their interests in surface design, mixed media, beading, fabric collage and other techniques. “Connections” runs through Oct. 26.
The Weems Gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 2-5 p.m. weekends. Both galleries are closed on college holidays.
Meredith College is at 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.
Info: 919-760-8581 or http://nando.com/kx
Janis Goodman is showing 20 nature-inspired paintings through Oct. 15 at Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh.
Goodman has homes in Raleigh and Washington, D.C., where she teaches at the Corcoran School of Art. This exhibit features abstracts derived from observing nature. Goodman recently returned from a six-week summer residency in Maine, where many of these works were created.
The gallery is at 225 Glenwood Ave. It is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. on First Fridays.
Info: 919-828-7557 or leehansleygallery.com
Movie plus music
The N.C. Symphony’s 2014-15 Pops Series launches Friday and Saturday with “West Side Story.”
The symphony will perform Leonard Bernstein’s score as the film plays on a giant screen at 8 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.
Info: 919-733-2750 or ncsymphony.org
Photos and pottery
Photos by Elizabeth Matheson and pottery by Jim Lux are featured in a pair of new exhibits at Durham’s Craven Allen Gallery.
Matheson’s photos of Cuba are the product of a weeklong trip to Havana earlier this year with a group sponsored by Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, N.C.
“I had been wild to go ever since seeing the photographs of Alex Harris, Bill Noland and Andrew Moore,” she wrote in a statement about the show. “It seemed congenial territory: drop-dead beauty about three minutes away from rubble. It was that in spades, and so, so much more.”
In his show, “Agreements: Pit-fired Pottery,” Lux is showing hand-built vessels with a contemporary aesthetic.
See their work through Nov. 8 at 1106 1/2 Broad St. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Info: 929-286-4837 or cravenallengallery.com
“Horizons,” a series of plein air landscapes by artist Jose Jimenez, are featured through Oct. 9 at Art Source Fine Art Gallery in Raleigh.
The gallery is at 4351-101 The Circle at North Hills St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday and by appointment.
Info: 919-787-9533 or artsource-raleigh.com
Music on the Plaza
Northgate Mall and the Triangle Blues Society’s fall music series, Music on the Plaza, begins Friday in Durham.
The outdoor performances will take place from 7-9 p.m. on five consecutive Fridays at The Plaza, 1058 W. Club Blvd. Here’s the lineup:
Friday: Charlley Ward and Jimi King Trio featuring John Dee Holeman.
Oct. 3: Al Strong from The Art of the Cool Project and Zoocrü.
Oct. 10: Sons of Bach.
Oct. 17: Brett Chambers with The Usual Suspects.
Oct. 24: Durham Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween Spooktacular Concert for Families.
Beer and wine from Bull City Burger and Brewery will be on sale each week, and alternating food trucks will open at 6 p.m. Bring your lawn chair, but coolers aren’t allowed.
Info: 919-286-4400 or northgatemall.com
• WCPE-FM’s education fund has awarded a grant to the N.C. Symphony to help fund the Ovations concert series, which provides young musicians a chance to perform at Meymandi Concert Hall prior to Symphony concerts.
• New works by Raleigh painterJason Craighead
are part of two-artist show in New York’s TriBeCa. The exhibit is on view through Oct. 4, at the Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art Gallery.
• The National Baseball Hall of Fame is screening “Leaving Traces,” a documentary about theDurham Bulls
, at its Baseball Film Festival this weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y. The film was made as part of the “Bull City Summer” project, that documented every Bulls’ home game during the 2013 season.