The J.C. Raulston Arboretum and the Triangle Carolinas Nature Photography Association are seeking entries for its juried print competition. Photographers can submit two original prints of garden or plant-related subjects until Friday, Sept. 6. The entry fee is $20 for adults and $10 for youths. Cash prizes will be awarded during the opening reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and the winning entries will be on exhibit Sept. 9-Oct. 4. For more information or to register, visit www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum.
The Storybook Theater will audition adult and children’s roles for its upcoming production of the musical “Frosty the Snowman” on Sept. 6-7. Adult auditions will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in Room 306A at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Children’s auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Actors must be able to sing and execute standard musical theatre style dancing. Rehearsals will begin Nov. 11, and performances are scheduled from Nov. 29-Dec. 24.
An opening reception for artists Gloria Roberts and Vincent Daddiego will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Roundabout Art Collective, 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Their work will be on display throughout September. For more information, call 919-747-9495.
Wilson at Nature Art Gallery
An opening reception for artist Chris Wilson will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Nature Art Gallery in the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Wilson will exhibit and sell preliminary drawings from his ongoing series, Murphy to Manteo, which consists of landscape scenes along Highway 64. The show will continue through Sept. 29. For more information, call 919-733-7450, Ext. 369.
‘Art’ at Little Theatre
Raleigh Little Theatre presents Yasmina Reza’s “Art,” a comedy where lines are drawn and old friends square off when one purchases a canvas that is just a pure white painting. Performances will be held at 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. Sept. 6-29 at the theatre, 301 S. Pogue St., Raleigh. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and students. All tickets for the performance on Sunday, Sept. 8, are $12. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 919-821-3111 or visit www.raleighlittletheatre.org.
Outdoor films at NCMA
The N.C. Museum of Art will screen “The Big Lebowski” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Theater, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.
Tickets are free for NCMA members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org.
America’s Music Series
America’s Music film and music series will be held through October at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. The schedule is:
Sept. 8 – 2 p.m. The Broadway Dames will perform.
Sept. 12 – 7 p.m. Broadway and Tin Pan Alley will be featured in the film “The American Musical, Episode 2: Syncopated City,” followed by a discussion.
Sept. 15 – 2 p.m. Route 55 Orchestra will perform.
Kenneth Rodgers, director of the N.C. Central University Art Museum, will discuss the Harlem Renaissance at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Learn about the art styles of Meta Fuller, Aaron Douglas, Archibald Motley, William H. Johnson, Malvin Gray Johnson and Augusta Savage. For more information, call 919-839-6262.
Mort Künstler at museum
Walk through the exhibit For Us the Living: The Civil War Art of Mort Künstler and meet the artist from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7850.
Paper plate banjo
Make It, Take It: Paper Plate Banjo will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. View the exhibit Turn the Radio On: Carolina Bluegrass and make a toy banjo. For more information, call 919-807-7850.
Bluegrass in the garden
Blue52 and the Phillips Family Band will perform bluegrass music from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Fletcher garden at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7850.
Rock for Hope
UNC Rex Cancer Care’s Rock for Hope will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the museum park theater at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The festival will raise awareness and support for those with cancer.
Raleigh Little Theatre and the N.C. Museum of Art Contemporaries will offer a wine tasting and social for young professionals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the theatre, 301 S. Pogue St., Raleigh. The wine tasting and social will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a performance of “Art” at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $21 for seniors and students. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 919-821-3111 or visit www.raleighlittletheatre.org.
Call for fiction
The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from authors of short fiction for 2014.
Authors must be residents of Wake, Alamance, Durham or Orange counties. The Laureate will receive a stipend of $6,500 and serve for one year. Laureate activities include readings, workshops and creative writing and literature promotions.
The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. For more information or to apply, visit www.piedmontlaureate.com.
The International Bluegrass Music Association’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival will be held Sept. 27-28 in downtown Raleigh. The event will feature music, a music expo, a public street fair and the N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship. The festival is part of the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2013, which takes place Sept. 24-28 and includes a business conference and the IBMA awards. Tickets start at $40 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bluegrassfanfest.org.
Karen Matthews will read her children’s book “The Legend of Lizard Lick: A North Carolina Folktale” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at NoFo at The Pig Café and Gift Shop, 2014 Fairview Road, Raleigh. A book signing will follow the reading.