‘Contemporary South’ art exhibition
The art exhibition “Contemporary South” is open to all artists in the Southeast region. The show will highlight contemporary artwork from across the South. There is no theme, and there are no media restrictions. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Entry fees are $10 per piece for members, $15 for nonmembers. For more information, visit http://visualartexchange.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Arts Program exhibition
The 11th annual National Arts Program exhibition, featuring artwork by City of Raleigh and Wake County employees and their families, will be on display Thursday, Dec. 5, through Wednesay, Jan. 15, at the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. An opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, with a performance by Piedmont Laureate John Claude Bemis. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 919-996-3610.
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Betty Adams retrospective
The art exhibit “Betty Adams, a Retrospective: Her Joy and Discovery Creating Art” will take place through December at Roundabout Art Collective, 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Roundabout is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. A reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. For more information, visit www.roundabout artcollective.com.
“Cinderella” will return to Raleigh Little Theater Dec. 6-21 in its 30th anniversary production. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 919-821-3111 Monday through Friday, noon-5 p.m., or by visiting www.RaleighLittleTheatre.org.
Boylan Heights ArtWalk
The 21st annual Boylan Heights ArtWalk will take place noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in downtown Raleigh. More than 100 artists will show and sell their work on porches and lawns and in artists’ studios. There will be a broad range of artwork from both new and well-established artists, including pottery, jewelry, prints, oils, watercolors, home accessories and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.BoylanHeights.org.
Virginia Tull series
Virginia Tull Music & Arts Series will host several events in December at Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Ave., Wake Forest. For more information on these events, call 919-675-5366.
Appalachian Winter / Hanging of the Greens – 6:30 p.m., Dec. 8. Appalachian melodies, featuring the choirs of Wake Forest Baptist Church and guest Appalachian instrumental consort. Free and open to the public.
Triangle Brass Band Christmas Concert – 7 p.m., Dec. 14. Music from “The Nutcracker,” various Christmas carols, and other selections performed by brass and percussion players from the greater Research Triangle Park area. For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com.
City Ballet will host the 21st annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at Enloe High, 128 Clarendon Crescent, Raleigh, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets start at $10. For more information, visit www.city-ballet.com.
Call for authors
The Piedmont Laureate program has reopened its call for applications from authors of short fiction for 2014. Authors must be residents of Wake, Alamance, Durham or Orange counties. The deadline has been extended to Jan. 9. Guidelines, application form and further information are available at www.piedmontlaureate.com.
Aviation art contest
The 2014 N.C. Aviation Art Contest is seeking entries. The deadline is Jan. 17. Participants ages 6-17 may enter two-dimensional artwork using permanent media depicting airplanes surveying disaster zones, dropping off relief supplies, flying crash victims, and other similar activities. For more information, visit www.NASAO.org.