Sneddon sisters pay artistic tribute to mom
“Blue Dream of Sky,” an exhibit of paintings by Sue Sneddon and mixed media tapestries by her sister Nance Lee Sneddon, opens Saturday at Craven Allen Gallery in Durham. Meet the sisters at a reception from 5-7 p.m.
The show honors their mother, Lil Sneddon, who taught her daughters to “paint when the spirit moves you.” After she died in 2013, the sisters found a folder in her dresser that included poems, cartoons and articles with notations she had written. One item was excerpted from an e.e. cummings’ poem, printed as “I thank God for this most amazing day ... and for the blue dream sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite.”
The Sneddon sisters’ work will be on view through June 13.
The gallery is at 1106-1/2 Broad St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Info: 919-286-4837 or CravenAllenGallery.com
‘Off the Wall’ gala is benefit for FRANK Gallery
Area artists have donated 55 works of art for Saturday’s “Off the Wall” fundraising gala for FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill. Those who purchase one of the 55 art tickets at $450 apiece will be able to select one piece to take home. The works are valued from more than $350 to $3,000.
The event will also include a live art auction and prize drawing. The gala kicks off at 6 p.m. at FRANK Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St. Donated works are on view at the gallery and on its website.
Tickets are available at the gallery, by phone at 919-636-4135 or at frankisart.com/gala2015.
Brenon Day exhibitsat Little Art Gallery
Brenon Day’s paintings of field houses, tobacco barns and the North Carolina landscape go on view Saturday at Little Art Gallery and Craft Collection in Raleigh.
Meet the artist from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 432 Daniels St., in Cameron Village. Day’s work will be on display through the end of May.
The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Info: 919-890-4111 or littleartgalleryandcraft.com
POWs to speak at NC Museum of History
Three former prisoners-of-war will share their stories at 7 p.m. Friday april at the N.C. Museum of History. The free program, presented by N.C. Vietnam Veterans Inc., will feature retired Naval Cmdr. William Tschudy, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Norman C. Gaddis and retired Col. Hien Vo, who served in the South Vietnamese military for nearly 15 years and came to the U.S. in 1983.
“American POWs and Vietnamese Re-Education Camps” is part of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the entry of U.S. ground troops in Vietnam in March 1965. More than 3 million Americans would fight in Vietnam and more than 58,000 would die by war’s end in 1975.
The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.
Info: 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory.org
NC Opera stages ‘Don Giovanni’
The N.C. Opera’s latest full-scale production, Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni,” opens Saturday at A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh. Timothy Myers conducts.
The cast features J.C. Cha as Don Giovanni; Jan Cornelius as Donna Anna; Hailey Clark as Donna Elvira; David Blalock as Don Ottavio; Jennifer Cherest as Zerlina; and Adam La as Leporello.
Matinees will be at 3 p.m. April 19 and 26. Curtain rises at 8 p.m. Saturday and April 24; and at 7:30 p.m. April 22.
Fletcher Opera Theater is part of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St.
Info: 919-792-3850 or ncopera.org
Family concert features ‘Peaceable Kingdom’
A free family concert celebrating The Daniel Center for Math & Science’s fifth anniversary is on tap at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh. The center is an afterschool and trackout program for disadvantaged youngsters.
The concert will feature the Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra performing Lanette Lind’s composition “The Peaceable Kingdom” with a narrator and the Concert Dancers of Raleigh dressed in colorful animal and bird costumes. Lind is the ensemble’s pianist and music director.
The church is at 228 W. Edenton St.
Info: 919-546-9755 or 919-740-6482
Tribeca Film Festhas strong NC ties
Six films with North Carolina ties will be featured at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. It runs Wednesday through April 26 in New York City.
Three directors who are showing films – Jeff Tremaine, Onur Tukel and Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt – call North Carolina home.
Tremaine’s documentary, “Angry Sky,” is the story of a truck driver who dreamed of breaking the world freefall record. Tukel’s “Applesauce” is a dramatic comedy about a man whose late-night radio show confessions stir up trouble, and Perlmutt’s “Havana Motor Club” is a look at underground drag racers’ quest to hold Cuba’s first official car race since shortly after the 1959 revolution.
North Carolina served as the backdrop for three films: “The Trials of Constance Baker Motley,” written and directed by Rick Rodgers; “Ashby,” written and directed by Tony McNamara; and “A Faster Horse,” written by Mark Monroe and directed by David Gelb.
Meet Symphony players at Wake libraries
N.C. Symphony musicians will be on hand at six Wake County libraries this week to read, perform and host a hands-on “Instrument Zoo” for preschoolers and their families in honor of National Library Week. Here’s the schedule:
Monday: Horn player Rachel Niketopoulos at Southeast Regional Library in Garner at 10 a.m.; violinist David Kilbride at the North Regional Library in Raleigh at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday: Kilbride will be at Cameron Village Library in Raleigh at 2 p.m.; bassist Erik Dyke will be at the West Regional Library in West Cary at 7 p.m.
Saturday: Niketopoulos will be at East Regional Library in Knightdale at 10:30 a.m.; Dyke will be at Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex at 11 a.m.
The appearances are free and open to the public.
▪ Authors Eric J. Wittenberg and Robert M. Dunkerly will sign copies of their new books, “The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads and the Civil War’s Final Campaign” and “To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy” at the Bennett Place Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. Dunkerly will speak at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday; and Wittenberg will speak at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Info: 919-383-4345 or nchistoricsites.com/bennett
▪ Entries for the Carrboro ArtsCenter’s 22nd annual community photo contest are due April 27. Selected photos will be exhibited at the ArtsCenter’s Nicholson Gallery during May and winners will be announced at an opening reception on May 8. For entry rules and fees, visit http://tinyurl.com/kkw2hwj.
▪ “Divas!” – Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual fundraiser – is April 25. The centerpiece is a competition featuring nine performers who are regulars on the RLT stage. A reception and silent auction are scheduled for 7 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m., and audience selection of “Diva of the Year.”
Raleigh Little Theatre is at 301 Pogue St.
Info: 919-821-4579 or raleighlittletheatre.org