Arts & Culture

Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will premiere “First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee,” a documentary on efforts to re-establish Cherokee as a native language.
The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will premiere “First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee,” a documentary on efforts to re-establish Cherokee as a native language.

Film focuses on Cherokee language

“First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee,” a film about efforts to re-establish Cherokee as a native language, premieres Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

The 7 p.m. screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Neal Hutcheson and Danica Cullinan, N.C. State linguistics professor Walt Wolfram and members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

Tickets are $5; free for 12 and younger.

The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St.

The premiere dovetails with the 19th annual American Indian Heritage Celebration at the museum, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The free event will include craft demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, dance and games.

Don’t miss the Call to Grand Entry, when members of all eight state-recognized tribes will process onto Bicentennial Plaza in full regalia.

Info: 919-807-7979 or

6 honored with North Carolina Award

Six distinguished North Carolinians were presented the state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award, on Thursday in Durham.

The 2014 honorees are:

Public Service: Betsy M. Bennett of Raleigh, former executive director of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, a role she held for more than 20 years. Bennett was instrumental in the museum’s expansion and creation of the Nature Research Center, which opened in 2011. She is a past president of the Association of Science Museum Directors and serves on numerous boards, including that of the Kenan Institute for Science & Engineering and the N.C. Botanical Garden.

Public Service: Robert A. Ingram, who co-led the merger that formed GlaxoSmithKline. He serves on numerous boards and was tapped by President George H.W. Bush to form the CEO Roundtable on Cancer and by President George W. Bush to the National Institutes of Health Cancer Advisory Board. He serves on the board of the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, among other charitable and corporate roles.

Literature: Poet Lenard D. Moore of Raleigh, who became the first African-American named president of the Haiku Society of America. A professor at the University of Mount Olive and executive chairman of the N.C. Haiku Society, he is also founder of the Carolina African American Writers Collective and co-founder of the Washington Street Writers Group.

Literature: Alan Shapiro, professor of English and Creative Writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, author of 12 books of poetry, two memoirs, a novel and two translations. He is a two-time winner of the Roanoke-Chowan Award, the highest prize for a North Carolina poet, and was elected in 2004 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Science: Jagdish “Jay” Narayan, professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at N.C. State University, whose research focuses on nano-materials. He discovered how to manipulate atoms so that molecules are directed to perform as desired, which led to the LED light bulb. He holds more than 40 patents.

Fine Arts: Ira David Wood III, executive director of Theater in the Park in Raleigh, where more than 1 million people have seen his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” over the past 40 years. Wood is an award-winning playwright, whose work has been performed locally and off-Broadway in New York.

Fall concert series Sundays in Cary

The Friends of the Page-Walker Concert Series will be 4 p.m. Sundays in the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.

Tickets to each performance cost $15 at the Cary Arts Center box office, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets are also available at Here’s the schedule:

Nov. 16: Bill Leslie.

Dec. 14: Raleigh’s Boychoir Millennium Chorus.

Jan. 25: Tony Williamson.

Feb. 15: Brian Reagin.


Call for artists to exhibit along Blount Street

The city of Raleigh is seeking art for its new project, “Art Along Blount Street,” which will exhibit artwork on select utility poles on Blount Street from East Davie to East South streets.

Eligible visual and graphic artists must be at least 18 years old and have lived, worked or attended school in Wake County for at least one year. Special emphasis will be given to residents of the East Raleigh-South Park Historic District.

All submissions must be delivered to the Office of Raleigh Arts by 5 p.m. Dec. 12. Artists whose work is selected for the project will receive a $750 honorarium. Their artwork will be on view for approximately six months, beginning in the summer 2015.

For details, contact Public Art Coordinator Kim Curry-Evans at or 919-996-4688, or go to and search for “Artist Calls.”


• Triangle-based

Knapsack Films

is trying to raise $35,000 for upfront travel and film costs for “Trophy Games,” a documentary-in-the-works about disappearing wildlife in East Africa. Crews began filming in August and plan to film in Kenya next summer. The fundraising campaign ends Jan. 3.


• A concert and a lecture at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh cap the first Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival of Raleigh. Paderewski was a noted Polish pianist, composer and politician in the early 20th century. Sunday’s concert will feature

Peter Toth

of Hungary, winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Paderewski Competition. Musicologist

Maja Trochimczyk

will discuss Paderewski’s connection with the U.S.

Tickets, on sale at the museum, are $15 and $20. The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road.


• ArtSource Fine Art-North Hills will show the works of painter

Jeanne Bessette


William and Katherine Bernstein’s

extensive glass collection Thursday through Dec. 31. A reception for the artist is on tap 6-9 p.m. Thursday. ArtSource is at 4351-107 The Circle at North Hills St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-787-9533 or

• The

Carolina Puppet Theatre

will perform “The First Thanksgiving” 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs. Tickets are $5 at


• Poet

Bruce Lader

will be featured at the Main Street Rag Open Mic Series 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at So & So books, 704 N. Person St., Raleigh. Participants may bring poems, stories or essays to read at the Third Wednesday monthly event.