Arts & Culture

Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery will hold an opening reception Friday for the Nancy Smart Carlson exhibit.
Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery will hold an opening reception Friday for the Nancy Smart Carlson exhibit. NANCY SMART CARLSON

Medal of Arts awards in Raleigh Tuesday

Five individuals and two organizations will receive the Raleigh Arts Commission’s 2014 Medal of Arts on Tuesday. The city’s highest arts honor, the medal is awarded for extraordinary lifetime achievement in the practice or support of local arts.

This year’s honorees are:

• Arts Together, a nonprofit multi-arts school.

• Marta Findlay-Partridge, music teacher and longtime associate conductor of the Triangle Youth Symphony.

• George Holt, director of performing arts and film programs at the N.C. Museum of Art.

• Broadway star Terrence Mann, a graduate of the N.C. School for the Arts, who has performed in “The Lost Colony” and has been active in Theatre in the Park and other local groups.

• Arts supporters Thomas and June Roberg.

• Ruggero Piano, a third-generation family-owned business.

The ceremony, which will be emceed by Ira David Wood III, begins at 7 p.m. in the Fletcher Opera Theater, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

There will also be performances by Arts Together’s Rainbow Dance Company, jazz pianist Joey Calderazzo, bluegrass duo Wayne and Margaret Martin, cellis Bonnie Thron, and the N.C. Theatre Conservatory.

The event is free and seating is first-come, first seated.


Orange County artist studio tour

Meet local artists during the 20th annual Orange County Open Studio Tour, Nov. 1-2 and 8-9.

More than 80 local artists will open their studios to visitors 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the two Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

Preview shows will be at the FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and at Hillsborough Gallery of Art from 6-9 p.m. Friday. It’s all free.

Get brochures and tour maps at

N.C. Symphony in concert in Raleigh

The N.C. Symphony performs “Battle Hymn of the Republic: Words and Music From the Civil War” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh.

Associate conductor David Glove and guests Kevin Cherry of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, tenor Scott MacLeod and Civil War re-enactors will lead the audience on a journey through the era with music, letters and historical information. The concert is part of the state’s commemoration of the war’s 150th anniversary.

Tickets are $5. Meymandi Concert Hall is at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-733-2750 or

Artist reception in Hillsborough

An opening reception is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Friday for Nancy Smart Carlson’s “Energy Stream of Consciousness II – Energy Particle Volatility,” which runs through Nov. 22 at Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery.

Carlson captures the energy suggested by particles of matter viewed under a high-powered microscope.

The gallery is at 102 N. Churton St.

Info: 919-643-2500 or

Family day at N.C. Museum of Art

Saturday is “Family Fun Day” at the N.C. Museum of Art.

The theme of this year’s event is “Strike a Pose,” and families will explore portraits big and small during an afternoon of art making, performances and tours.

The free event is 1-4 p.m. in the museum’s East Building.

It is also an opportunity to visit the exhibit “Making Faces: A Portrait of the NCMA’s Youth Artists.”

The artists, all between age 4 and 14, participated in youth and family programs during the past year.

The exhibit features works in clay, collage, conté crayon, mixed media, paint and wire.

The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

Info: 919-839-6262 or


• Peter Alf Anderson presents his installation “The Royalings” and Maready Evergreen presents “The Long Road” at the Carrack Modern Art Tuesday through Nov. 8. The gallery is at 111 W. Parrish, Durham. The artists will give a talk about their work at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

Info: 704-213-6666 or


Nano Stern

, a guitar virtuoso and singer, performs at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State University’s Titmus Theatre, 2241 Dunn Ave., Raleigh. Stern’s music is an indie-folk rock fusion with strong Chilean influences. Tickets are $26.

Info: 919-515-1100 or


Raleigh Dance Theatre

presents “Storybook Tales” at 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh. The program will feature “Alice in Wonderland,” based on the classic fantasy, and “Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet,” based on the popular children’s book by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Glasser will be on hand to sign books, and costumed dancers will visit with the audience after the performances.

Info: 919-834-1058 or

• Two East Carolina University teachers perform at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the N.C. Museum of Art. “French Masters” will feature cellist

Emanuel Gruber

and pianist

Keiki Sekino

, performing music by composers Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc and César Franck that complement art works on view by Auguste Rodin, Lyonel Feininger and Claude Monet.

Info: 919-839-6262 or