Arts & Culture

Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

Azamat Sydykov is the featured pianist at the Clayton Piano Festival.
Azamat Sydykov is the featured pianist at the Clayton Piano Festival. AZAMAT SYDYKOV

Poet laureate sought

Nominations are due Oct. 14 for North Carolina’s next poet laureate – a position that sparked outrage in July over Gov. Pat McCrory’s choice for the post.

McCrory named a self-published poet, Valerie Macon of Fuquay-Varina, who was to serve a two-year term and conduct workshops and readings while earning a stipend between $5,000 and $15,000. Macon resigned less than a week after her appointment, amid questions about her qualifications and misrepresentations on her website.

Susan Kluttz, secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, will lead the selection process.

The poet laureate promotes the state’s writers and the power of poetry and the written word. Former Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti helped veterans share their stories of military service through poetry.

Applicants are expected to be North Carolina residents with “deep connections” to the state’s cultural life and have a “statewide, national or international reputation.” Literary excellence of the writer’s work will be considered.

Nominations must be made online at

Honoring Quail Ridge

A Who’s Who of authors is expected to be on hand at Quail Ridge Books & Music on Oct. 5 to mark the Raleigh bookshop’s 30th anniversary and salute its founder Nancy Olson.

The event, which is open to the public, begins with a reception at 1 p.m., followed by a tribute to Olson, who founded the store in 1984 and sold it last year to Lisa Robie Poole. Quail Ridge is noted for readings and book signings by well-known authors.

Authors expected to attend include Charles Frazier, Allan Gurganus, Jill McCorkle, Margaret Maron, Clyde Edgerton, Angela Davis-Gardner and Randall Keenan.

The shop is at 3522 Wade Ave.

Info: 919-828-1588 or

‘Faces and Spaces’

Eric Kelly III’s “Faces and Spaces,” an exhibit dealing with themes of poverty, sports, politics and mortality, is on view at The Scrap Exchange in Durham.

The paintings show characters with focused, staring eyes, over-the-top facial expressions and movement.

Kelly’s show, which continues through Oct. 11, is the first in Cameron Gallery, The Scrap Exchange’s new space for showing the work of local artists who use reclaimed materials.

It is in the Shoppes at Lakewood, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, and is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily except during weeks when new exhibits are being hung.

Info: 919-688-6960 or

Nature prints on view

“Nature My Muse,” a selection of Chinese-inspired prints by artist Mona Wu opens Friday at the Nature Art Gallery at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

A reception for the artist is planned from 6-8 p.m.

“Living in North Carolina affords me plenty of rich images with the abundant flora and fauna and seasonal changes,” she said in announcing her exhibit. “My natural subject matters often mingle with text in Chinese characters – a poetry of some sort in my mind.

Her work will be on display through Nov. 2 at the gallery, on the top floor of the museum store. The museum is at 11 W. Jones St.

Info: 919-707-9854 or

Symphony to perform

The Raleigh Symphony Orchestra launches its 2014-15 season Sunday at Halle Cultural Art Center in Apex, with “Close to Home.”

The 3 p.m. concert by the symphony’s Free Spirits Ensemble will showcase local composers, including Lawrence Dillon, Byran Putnam, Lanette Lind, Anne Pearce and Daniel Poissant. It also will be performed at Wake Forest’s Renaissance Center on Oct. 5.

Free Spirits Ensemble has two other programs this season:

• “Folk Tunes Revisited,” Oct. 24 at Renaissance Center and Nov. 16 at Halle Center.

• “Back by Popular Demand,” April 17 at Renaissance and April 19 at Halle.

Three performances are on the symphony’s classical series at Meredith College’s Jones Auditorium in Raleigh:

• “Three Deuces,” Oct. 26, spanning 300 years of classical music.

• “Rising Stars,” featuring winners of the orchestra’s statewide concerto competition, March 22.

• “Boots and Bows,” music inspired by the American West, May 3.

Three family concerts are also scheduled:

• “Toy Factory 2,” Nov. 30 at Halle and Dec. 13, location TBA.

• “Our Christmas Gift,” Dec. 6 at Jones Auditorium.

• “It’s Music to My Feet,” March 15 at Jones.

Tickets can be purchased by phone or online.

Info: 919-546-9755

Piano festival opens

The Clayton Piano Festival is on tap Monday through Oct. 10 at the Clayton Center auditorium.

The event kicks off with a collaboration with the Ava Gardner Festival featuring classical music from movies starring the late local movie star.

In addition to educational outreach performances at local elementary schools, here’s the Clayton Center lineup:

Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.: “Movie Tunes: Iconic classical music from the movies,” featuring Azamat Sydykov, followed by a coffee and dessert reception.

Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.: “Sanctuary: The inspiration of the church on Western music,” featuring festival founder Jonathan Levin.

Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.: “In Her Shoes: A celebration of women composers,” with Julia Mortyakova. (At The Wagner House, 112 E. Main St.)

Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.: “From Brooklyn to Havana: Classical music with a popular twist,” featuring Milton Laufer.

Info and tickets:


• “FARM,” a photography exhibit featuring images that

Jayne Walther

shot at community gardens and organic/sustainable farms, is on view at Village Art Circle Gallery in Cary through Oct. 22. A percentage of sales will be donated to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, where the project began a year-and-a-half ago.

Info: 919-210-0398 or

• “Extravagant Weapons: The Story Behind Arms Races in Animals and Men” is a free presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Daily Planet Theater in Raleigh. Biologist and author

Douglas J. Emlen

will tell the story behind the weapons we see in the animal world – teeth, horns and claws – and what they can tell us about the way humans develop and use weapons.

Info: 919-707-9800 or

• An opening reception for “Around Town with Dan Nelson” is planned from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St., Raleigh. Nelson’s oil paintings will be on display through Oct. 31.

Info: 919-838-8580 or


Sons of the Beach will perform at Music on the Plaza on Oct. 10. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at The Plaza, 1058 W. Club Blvd. in Durham. The group was incorrectly identified as Sons of Bach in Asides on Sept. 21.