Arts & Culture

Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

A Triangle native, Laurel Harris, has the lead role of Elphaba in “Wicked,” which comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center starting Jan. 7.
A Triangle native, Laurel Harris, has the lead role of Elphaba in “Wicked,” which comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center starting Jan. 7. JOAN MARCUS

Triangle native stars in ‘Wicked’

A Triangle native has the lead role in “Wicked,” which comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center starting Jan. 7.

Laurel Harris, who plays Elphaba, was born in Durham and grew up and cut her theatrical teeth in Raleigh, at Enloe High School and with Raleigh Little Theatre and Theatre in the Park. She and her husband met while performing in RLT’s holiday classic, “Cinderella.” Harris is also an alumna of Theatre in the Park’s “A Christmas Carol.”

“I still call Raleigh ‘home’ even though my husband and I are based out of NYC,” Harris writes. “Both our families still live there, several of our friends, all our childhood memories and where we just got married!”

“Wicked” is the story of the witches of Oz. Harris got her start in the musical three years ago as an understudy. She also was an understudy in the Broadway production of “Evita.”

“Wicked” will be at DPAC for two dozen performances, through Jan. 25. DPAC is at 123 Vivian St.

Info: 919-680-2787 or dpacnc.com

Symphony will ring in new year

Usher in the new year with the N.C. Symphony.

In addition to melodies from Vienna that are identified with New Year’s Eve, the concert will feature Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter and more. Pianist and vocalist Tony DeSare and his trio will also perform.

The music begins at 8 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. Tickets range from $52 to $82.

Meymandi Hall, part of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, is at 2 E. South St.

Info: 919-733-2750 or ncsymphony.org

Council issues call for artists

The Caldwell Arts Council is accepting portfolios from artists interested in exhibiting at one of its two galleries in Lenoir.

Details on the selection process are available at http://nando.com/pd.

Portfolios will be accepted through Jan. 30 and may be mailed or delivered to Caldwell Arts Council Exhibit Selection Committee, 601 College Ave. S.W. (P.O. Box 1613), Lenoir, NC 28645 or emailed to office@caldwellarts.com.

Fiction entries being accepted

Entries are being accepted through Jan. 30 for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, honoring the famed North Carolina novelist.

The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. Contest rules are at https://ncwriters.submittable.com.

N.C. Literary Hall of Famer Lee Smith, a longtime professor of creative writing at N.C. State University, will judge. The winner receives $1,000 and is considered for publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

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