Arts & Culture

Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

Items in “The Martin Years, 1985-1993” exhibit include the Bible that Gov. James G. Martin used when sworn into office  on Jan. 7, 1989, and a Rubik’s Cube he took along on the campaign trail.
Items in “The Martin Years, 1985-1993” exhibit include the Bible that Gov. James G. Martin used when sworn into office on Jan. 7, 1989, and a Rubik’s Cube he took along on the campaign trail. N.C. MUSEUM OF HISTORY

Gov. Martin exhibit

“The Martin Years, 1985-1993” is a new exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History of items associated with the state’s first two-term Republican governor, James G. Martin, and his wife Dottie.

It runs through Jan. 4 and is free.

The Martins donated more than 50 items to the museum collection. Among those on view are Gov. Martin’s academic regalia from Princeton University and Davidson College, a Salvation Army tuba he has played since the mid-1990s, and the suit Dottie Martin wore to her husband’s second inauguration in 1989.

“Better Schools, Better Roads and Better Jobs” was the administration’s defining theme, and the first lady was best known for helping to create the NCDOT Wildflower Program in 1985.

One unusual item on display from Martin’s campaign days is a Rubik’s Cube. Martin used to solve the puzzle during speeches to demonstrate how he intended to fix the state’s “messed-up” economy.

The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St. in Raleigh. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-807-7850 or

Art Walk Holiday Market

More than 200 artists will show and sell their work at 16 venues in Durham 1-5 p.m. Sunday during the final day of Art Walk Holiday Market.

Pick up a program and start your tour at Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., which will present free performances and art demonstrations to mark its 60th anniversary. Learn about classes offered at the council, meet instructors and enjoy music and dance performances. Have a slice of anniversary cake at 3 p.m.

Food trucks will be parked at the Museum of Durham History Hub, 500 W. Main St., and at Vega Metals, 214 Hunt St.

The free event will be held rain or shine.

Info: 919-560-2787 or

Harlem String Quartet

The Harlem String Quartet performs with concert pianist Misha Dichter at Fletcher Opera Theater on Sunday, then heads to Ligon GT Magnet Middle School in Raleigh on Monday for a mini-residency.

The quartet’s appearance at Ligon, part of an outreach effort by the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, will feature live performances as well as insight from the performers about their work as professional musicians, according to Lawrence Bivins of the guild.

“The Harlem Quartet is more than just a chamber ensemble,” Bivins said in announcing the visit. “They are a whole way of viewing the musical world.”

Dichter, meanwhile, led a master class Saturday for advanced piano students selected from a competitive pool of applicants. The young pianists will perform at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, home of Fletcher Opera Theater, prior to Sunday’s 3 p.m. concert. Concert tickets are $10-$30.

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N.C. Master Chorale

“Joy of the Season,” the next performance on the N.C. Master Chorale’s 2014-15 calendar, will feature 8-year-old guest soloist Carina Klingensmith.

Carina, a student at Thales Academy in Wake Forest who has been singing in the Rolesville Baptist Church choir program since age 4, was chosen after open auditions. Sixty youngsters tried out. Carina will solo “Let It Go” with the chamber orchestra and Master Chorale.

Cary High School’s Chamber Singers will also perform at the holiday concert, which will be held at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

The program includes familiar carols, a suite from Disney’s “Frozen” and Schubert’s Magnificat.

The chorale’s season also includes:

Feb. 14: “Romance in the Air” at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Kenan Hall, William Peace University in Raleigh.

March 27: “American Classics” at 7:30 p.m. at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, Raleigh.

April 12: “Dvorák: Stabat Mater,” at 3 p.m. April 12, at Meymandi Hall.

Info: 919-856-9700 or

Movie plus music

The N.C. Symphony brings the children’s story, “The Snowman,” to life in concert and film at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The symphony, led by William Henry Curry, will perform while the film is displayed on a giant screeen at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. WRAL’s Elizabeth Gardner will narrate, and soprano Benjamin Farlow of the Raleigh Boychoir will also perform.

Patrons are invited to bring Soup-to-Go to the concert to support the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Backpack Buddies program, which provides healthy weekend meals for schoolchildren.

Info: 919-733-2750 or

NCSU choirs

The choirs of N.C. State University perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Raleigh.

Performing groups include State Chorale, Vox Accalia Women’s Choir and Singing Statesmen Men’s Choir, as well as the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra. The pre-holiday program features Vivaldi’s Gloria, along with Biebl’s Ave Maria and a new work by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, “Tundra.”

Tickets are $8-10; $5 for NCSU students. Sales at the door are cash or check only.

The Unitarian fellowship is at 3313 Wade Ave.

Info: 919-515-1100 or


The fourth annual Smashfest is on tap Friday at The Scrap Exchange in Durham. It’s a fundraiser in which customers purchase breakable items and smack them to smithereens – a way to end a day of bargain hunting and over-consumption, organizers say.

The event is 4-9 p.m. in the parking lot at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. Admission is free to watch or take part in “non-smashing” activities such as art making.

Breakable items such as discarded mirrors, plates, mugs, pottery and bric-a-brac that the Scrap Exchange has collected will be for sale. Buy and smash – or rescue an item from smashing.

Proceeds benefit The Scrap Exchange, a creative reuse arts center.

Info: 919-213-1278 or


• Music by area high school choruses will be featured at the annual

Raleigh Moravian Church Candle Tea

on Dec. 6. The tea is free and open to the public. It takes place at the church, at 1816 Ridge Road. The event will also feature craft demonstrations and sale of baked goods and handicrafts.

Info: 919-787-4034 or

• A pair of comics will be on hand Dec. 3 when the MODTriangle Movie Series screens “The Fountainhead” at the Raleigh Grande Theater.

Jody Brown


Marcie Maier

will exploit some of the humorous and awkward moments in the Gary Cooper-Patricia Neal film about idealism vs. reality in the pursuit of architecture. Tickets are $10. The film begins at 7:30 p.m.

Info: 919-740-8407 or

• Nov. 28 is the final Last Friday Art Walk for 2014 in Hillsborough. Many venues will have artist receptions and opening receptions from 6-9 p.m., according to the sponsoring Hillsborough Arts Council.

Info: 919-643-2500 or