Arts & Culture

Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

Handmade Parade, a walking theatrical performance, returns to downtown Hillsborough at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Handmade Parade, a walking theatrical performance, returns to downtown Hillsborough at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. HILLSBOROUGH ARTS COUNCIL

Artist retrospective

A major retrospective of Chapel Hill artist Anne Wall Thomas’ work opens Sunday at Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh.

A public reception is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. at the gallery, 225 Glenwood Ave.

In all, 42 pieces, created between 1945 and 2014, are on view, including serigraphs, watercolors, gouaches, oils, acrylics, photograms and steel sculpture.

“I have never mounted an exhibition that covered so many years of an artist’s output,” gallery director Lee Hansley said in announcing the show. “This exhibition will give the viewer insight into the development of one person’s aesthetic because of the span of time and the number of works shown.”

Thomas, the widow of celebrated painter Howard Thomas, has been with the gallery since its inception in 1993.

The exhibit will be on view through Nov. 22. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and until 10 p.m. on First Fridays.

Info: 919-828-7557 or

Free preview of musical

See a free preview Sunday of Raleigh Little Theatre’s “Mirandy and Brother Wind,” a musical based on Patricia McKissack’s award-winning book.

The preview and a dance workshop led by director-choreographer L.D. Burris begin at 4 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham.

“Mirandy” is the final production in RLT’s series, “Connecting Theatre to 20th Century African-American Experiences.” It is an area premiere.

The play runs Oct. 31-Nov. 16 at RLT, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-821-3111 or

Di Wu on piano

Noted pianist Di Wu performs Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the N.C. Symphony Thursday-through Saturday.

The concerts are 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at Meymandi Hall in Raleigh.

The concerts, conducted by Eugene Tzigane, will also include Don Juan, Op. 20, and Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24, both by Richard Strauss.

Chinese-born Di Wu has been praised in the Wall Street Journal as “a most mature and sensitive pianist” and named one of the up-and-coming talents in classical music by Musical America.

Tickets are $18-$65, or $10 for students.

Info: 919-733-2750 or

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade, a walking theatrical performance, returns to downtown Hillsborough at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The display of art, creativity, public theater and music is the capstone of various workshops that were designed by the Hillsborough Arts Council to foster a grassroots celebration.

The parade steps off at Margaret Lane and Court Street and ends at the Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton St.

Info: 919-643-2500 or

Exhibit of N.C. artists

“Loaded Objects” is a group exhibit at Durham’s Carrack Modern Art Gallery featuring works by almost 30 North Carolina artists. It is on view through Oct. 26.

The show gathers artwork that curator Chris Vitiello, a Durham-based arts writer, says have “unambigious meaning” that endures, as well as relics that have gained meaning through their use.

The show includes work and objects by Torry Bend, Raj Bunnag, Claudia Corletto, the Elsewhere Collective, Andrew Etheridge, Julia Feldman, Devon Fick, Gail Goers, Marsha Gordon, Louis Cherry, Heather Gordon, Andre Leon Gray, Scott Hazard, Tama Hochbaum, Mark Iwinski, Jim Lee, Alex Maness, Bonnie Melton, Cody Platt, Molly Renda, Mitali Routh, MJ Sharp, elin o’Hara slavick, Cici Stevens, Francesca Talenti, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Louanne Watley, Lee Weisert and Antoine Williams.

Vitiello will discuss the exhibit at the gallery at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The gallery is at 111 W. Parrish St. and is open noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2-5 p.m. Saturday; and by appointment. The exhibit is free.

Info: 919-213-6666 or

Save the dates

Major fundraisers are on tap for two Triangle arts organizations:

• Artspace’s annual Collectors Gala – which benefits artists, exhibits, educational programming and community outreach at the Raleigh arts center – is Nov. 22. It will include live and silent auctions and hors d’oeuvres and small plates and desserts. Sponsorships start at $1,500, and event tickets are $150 per person.

The event, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will be held at Artspace, 201 E. Davie St.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

• Cary Visual Arts’ annual art ball is Nov. 1 at Prestonwood Country Club. It kicks off with a champagne artists’ reception at 6:30 p.m. and presentation of awards to winners of the first Art Ball Photo Exhibit, juried by Janet Boschker and Paul Winger. An art auction is also planned.

Sponsorships start at $1,000, and event tickets are $250 per person.

Info: 919-531-8149 or


• Children’s Theatre of Charlotte presents “Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at Cary Arts Center, 102 Dry Ave.

Info: 919-462-2055 or

• Got a prized possession that needs some special TLC? Get expert advice on its care from a museum conservator Friday at the N.C. Museum of History’s

Conservation Assistance Day

. Appointments are being scheduled at the Raleigh museum between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call Jan Sweatt at 919-807-7823.


Ensemble Vermillian

performs “Music from the Low Countries in the Time of Vermeer” at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for museum members and seniors; $10 for ages 7-18, college students with ID; and $14 for nonmembers. The concert is part of the “Sights and Sounds on Sundays” series produced by the museum in partnership with

Raleigh Chamber Music Guild


• Hear the

Heliand Consort and the Duke Bassoon Band

perform “Beethoven, Bruch & Beyond” at 3 p.m. Sunday in Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke campus. Then head to Duke Chapel for a 5 p.m. organ recital featuring

David Heller

. Both concerts are free.