Live painting at ArtSource
Artist Larry Dean will paint in person from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at ArtSource, 4351-101 The Circle at North Hills St., Raleigh. He will paint a piece that will be on display in the Local Color exhibit with Karen Scott on Friday, May 10. For more information, call 919-787-9533 or visit www.artsource-raleigh.com.
What’s in the Box: Movement
An interactive class for children ages 2-5 begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The class provides an engaging way to explore art. Admission is free for members, $3 for nonmembers. For more information, call 919-839-6262.
Exhibit on Lincoln
Michelle Lanier will speak on the role of African Americans in the Civil War from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh. The lecture is part of a traveling exhibit, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, which runs April 19-May 26. For more information, call 919-250-1013 or visit www.wakegov.com/parks/oakview.
Sound Bites: The Devout Olympian
Revisit stories of Greek gods and goddesses during a lecture at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The event is free. For more information, call 919-839-6262.
Raleigh Charter High’s Sustaining Roots Music community project will hold its seventh annual Blues Benefit at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the LongView Center, 118 S. Person St., Raleigh. Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes, Big Ron Hunter and Reed Turchi will perform. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.sootsblues.org.
‘A Room with a View’
A showing of the film “A Room with a View” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The cost is $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org or call 919-715-5923.
Earth Day music festival
Celebrate Earth Day at the second annual Live and Local on Hillsborough Street music festival from noon to 2 a.m. Saturday, April 20, on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. The event is free. For more information, visit www.hillsboroughstreet.org.
‘Divorce Italian Style’
A showing of the film “Divorce Italian Style” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org or call 919-715-5923.
Raleigh Dance Theatre performances
The Raleigh Dance Theatre has announced its spring 2013 season of Spring Repertoire Performances. Performances will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. General admission costs $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The performances will feature ballet from classics such as Paquita and Coppelia. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 919-834-1058 or visit www.raleighdance.org.
‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
Performances of “The Importance of Being Earnest” will run through April 28 at the Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, call 919-821-3111 or visit www.raleighlittletheatre.org.
Big Boss Film Fest
Mission Valley Cinemas will offer free showings of cult classics from 10 p.m. to midnight every Monday throughout April in its theater at 2109-124 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh. Features include “The Big Lebowski,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Donnie Darko” and “Predator.” For more information, visit www.bigbossbrewing.com.
Music in the Civil War
Learn about the power and popularity of music during the Civil War at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Christian McWhirter, assistant editor at The National Archives, will analyze how music influenced popular culture during the Civil War. For more information, visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Women of Degas
Richard Kendall, consultative curator of 19th-century art at the Clark Art Institute, will discuss Degas’ paintings of women during a lecture at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. A reception will follow the lecture. The event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org or call 919-715-5923.
Wake Forest concert series
Wake Forest ARTS will offer its Six Sundays in Spring concert series every Sunday, April 28-June 2, in the amphitheater at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest. An area band will begin playing at 3, and then the featured artists will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. The events are free, but donations will be accepted.
April 28: Children of the Horn, brass instrumental group
May 5: Transit Vocal Band, vocalists
May 12: MikeMickXer, trio that plays a range of styles
May 19: Ben Payton and Boo Hanks, acoustic blues
May 26: Ghezzi, vocalist
June 2: Big Medicine, old-time string band
For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov.
Fine Arts Society Literary Contest
The Raleigh Fine Arts Society will hold its Literary Contest Awards Ceremony and 35th anniversary celebration on Monday, April 29, in the A.J. Fletcher Theatre at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. The contest recognizes excellence in writing by 10-12th grade Wake students.
The event will include a writer’s workshop at 4:45 p.m., a reception at 6:45 and the awards ceremony at 7:30. The featured speaker will be Michael Malone, professor of theater studies and English at Duke University and an Emmy award-winning author and television writer. Anna Hosea, director of development at Ravenscroft School and a past winner, will speak to students about how the contest influenced her career path.
For more information, contact Lyn Maness at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-264-6711.
Culinary arts showcase
Wake Technical Community College will hold its annual culinary arts showcase from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The event will feature a live cake challenge, tastings from local restaurants, food demos, a silent auction and more. Student tickets cost $5; general admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.waketech.edu/community/culinary-arts-showcase.
Poetry on the Bus
Local literary journal Raleigh Review will sponsor Poetry on the Bus, an initiative that places placards with selected short poems on the R-Line in downtown Raleigh. The placards will be displayed during April in celebration of National Poetry Month. Selected poets include N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, Dorianne Laux and John Balaban from N.C. State University, Joseph Millar, Tony Abbot and others. For more information, visit www.raleighreview.org.
An opening reception for the art exhibit “Metamorphoses” will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery in the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. “Metamorphoses” will be on display from May 1 to June 21.
Featured are ceramic sculptures by Jessica Dupuis and mixed media works by Julie Anne Greenberg. The Block2 Video Series will air Drew Robertson’s “Woods” and “Untitled.”
Rebecca Toy at Local Color
An exhibit called The Flower of Femininity featuring acrylic artist Rebecca Toy and others will be featured May 2-31 at Local Color Gallery, 22 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. An opening reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 3. For more information, visit www.localcoloraleigh.com.
History à la Carte: Quaker Pottery
A program on Quaker potters who lived in the Piedmont region from the late 18th century through the early 20th century is set for 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Hal Pugh, the owner of New Salem Pottery, will talk about their contributions to American ceramic art. Pugh was born and raised in the community of New Salem, and his Quaker ancestors first settled in the area in 1756. For more information, call 919-807-7900.
Jane Steelman at The Cotton Company
Ink paintings from artist Jane Steelman will be featured for Art After Hours from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 10, at The Cotton Company, 306 S. White St., Wake Forest. For more information, call 919-570-0087.
Triangle Youth Jazz ensemble
The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The event is free and will feature big-band jazz and swing music. For more information, call 919-807-7992.
Music of the Carolinas concert
Mother-daughter duo Myrna Bascunan and Claudia Lopez Bascunan will perform Chilean folk songs from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The event is free. For more information, call 919-807-7992.
Make It, Take It: Decorate It!
Make It, Take It: Decorate It! is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Watch North Carolina potters and decorate an ornament in the tradition of 18th-century artisans.
Artist at Work: Hal Pugh
Artist Hal Pugh of New Salem Pottery will demonstrate his craft from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. He will make traditional earthenware pottery with the look and feel of pottery from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.
Make It, Take It: Clay Creations
Make It, Take It: Clay Creations is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Watch regional potters and work a little clay of your own.
Artist at Work: Bob Meier
Bob Meier of Doe Ridge Pottery will demonstrate the art of turning clay on a wheel from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. He will make pottery with contemporary designs.