An opening reception for the art exhibit “Metamorphoses” will be held 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.”
Raleigh Film Festival screenings
The Raleigh Film Festival will begin its monthly screenings of films by local and national independent directors from 7 to 10 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Screenings will also be held from 7:30 to 11 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Club Phantom, 1505 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-926-8642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Von Ryan’s Express’
A showing of the film “Von Ryan’s Express” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, 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.
A medieval fair will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The free event will feature crafts, live entertainment and a scavenger hunt. For more information, call 919-839-6262 or visit www.ncartmuseum.org.
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.
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.
Youth Concerto audition deadline
May 6 is the deadline to reserve an audition in the N.C. Symphony’s annual Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto competition. The preliminary round will be held May 12 at Meredith College in Raleigh.
The competition is open to instrumental musicians ages 10-21 who are North Carolina residents or enrolled full-time in a North Carolina school.
First- and second-place winners in two divisions will receive a cash prize, and winner of the senior division for 16- to 21-year-olds will perform with the symphony as a featured soloist. Winners will be selected in June.
Yellin at Cameron Village library
Work by acrylic artist Michele Yellin will be on display May 1-31 at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-856-6701.
Raleigh Little Theatre lineup
Two area premieres lead the just-announced 2013-2104 season for Raleigh Little Theatre.
“Spring Awakening,” a 2007 Tony Award-winning musical drama, will be performed in October, and “Caroline, or Change,” also a musical drama, is on tap in February.
Other offerings include:
“Animal Farm,” a musical drama adapted from George Orwell’s classic, July 19-28.
“Art,” a comedy by Yasmina Reza, Sept. 6-29.
“Cinderella,” a holiday musical, Dec. 6-21.
“The Devine Sister,” a comedy by Charles Busch, Jan 17-Feb. 2, 2014.
“Blithe Spirit,” a Noel Coward comedy, June 6-22, 2014.
RLT’s youth series has three offerings:
“Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!”, a holiday comedy, Nov. 1-17.
“OPQRS, Etc.,” a fable by Madge Miller, March 14-30, 2014.
“Pinocchio,” a musical, April 18-May 4, 2014.
Membership packages are now on sale at raleighlittletheatre.org or 919-821-3111.
Single tickets for “Animal Farm” are also available; single tickets for the remainder of the season go on sale July 1.
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.
Caricatures, art at Sunflower Gallery
A reception for Linda Burrell’s 2012-2013 student artists will be held during Art After Hours from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Sunflower Studio & Gallery, 214 E. Jones Av., Wake Forest. Artist Michael Castranova will be drawing caricatures during the event. For more information, visit www.sunflowerstudiowf.com or call 919-570-0765.
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.
A showing of the film “Cinema Paradiso” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, 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.
Front porch art walk
The fifth annual Front Porch Art Walk will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, along Franklin Street in Raleigh. More than 30 local artists will sell ceramics, glass jewelry, paintings, sculptures and more.
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.
Artsplosure will be held May 17-19 on Moore Square in downtown Raleigh. The event will run from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19. The event will feature local art, live entertainment, sand sculptures and kids’ activities. For more information, visit www.artsplosure.org.
A showing of the film “Roman Holiday” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, 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.
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.
Porsche show coming to museum
Tickets are on sale to the N.C. Museum of Art’s first-ever design show, “Porsche By Design: Seducing Speed,” which opens Oct. 12.
The exhibition will feature more than 20 Porsche cars, including Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche Type 356C Cabriolet, Steve McQueen’s iconic Porsche Speedster and a rare Type 804 Formula One race car. The museum is also releasing a series of short-format videos featuring interviews with Porsche collectors, including Jay Leno. The videos include archival images of the Porsche family, a close look at signature design details and footage of historic car races.
Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors, military, groups of 10 or more and college students with ID; $12 for ages 7-18; and free for others. Tickets are available through ncartmuseum.org/buy-tickets/ or 919-715-5923.