Arts & Culture

Asides: Events and news from the Triangle’s art scene

Tim Jenison, right, and producer Penn Jillette of “Tim’s Vermeer,” which will be shown this week at the Nasher Museum.
Tim Jenison, right, and producer Penn Jillette of “Tim’s Vermeer,” which will be shown this week at the Nasher Museum. Photo by Carlo Villarreal, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

It’s awards time

Broadway has the Tonys, Raleigh has the Canteys.

Each year since its 1949-50 season, Raleigh Little Theater has given out awards for outstanding performances. In 1975, they were named the Canteys in honor of Cantey Venable Sutton, the grand dame of Raleigh Little Theatre and the person who persevered in getting a building for Raleigh Little Theater.

This year’s Canteys – for best actor, best actress, best director and the like – will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, in RLT’s Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. Nominees for the best production are “Hairspray,” “Much Ado about Nothing” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

Admission is free.

Art house, art film

The Nasher Museum takes the art house film up a notch with its dinner-and-a-movie series.

On Thursday, June 25, you can enjoy a two-course dinner at the museum’s café and follow it with a viewing of “Tim’s Vermeer,” a 2013 film directed by Raymond Joseph Teller and produced by Penn Jillette of the magic duo Penn & Teller.

The film showcases inventor Tim Jenison as he attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) painted so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography. When it was released, a Los Angeles Times review said it was a “fascinating new documentary about art, obsessions, ideas and answers.”

Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the film at 7 p.m. The film is free; dinner is not. Dinner patrons get reserved film seating; others will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:30 p.m.

Got questions? Call 919-684-5135. Want dinner reservations? Call 919-684-6032 or reserve online at The Nasher is at 2001 Campus Drive in Durham.

Calling all directors

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh now accepting entries for next year’s Longleaf Film Festival.

The festival will be May 13-14 and filmmakers have through March 1, 2016 to submit entries at Deadline for early birds is Oct. 1, 2015. All winning films will be shown at the festival.

Entry details and festival information are at or

Prizes include a $500 Judges’ Choice award and a $500 Made-in-NC award. Each film entered in the middle and high school student category is eligible for the $500 Best Student-Made Film. Additional prizes will be awarded in the festival’s five main categories.

“We welcome filmmakers and film topics from all over, but we’ll hold a special place in our hearts for North Carolina connections – films made in North Carolina and films made by those with special ties to the Tar Heel State,” said Sally Bloom, the festival’s co-organizer, in a statement.

The Longleaf Film Festival categories and subcategories for entry are:

▪ Narrative Feature (50 to 90 minutes): Horror/Sci-Fi, Comedy, Drama, Overall;

▪ Documentary Feature (50 to 90 minutes): Best Historical, Overall;

▪ Narrative Short (1 to 49 minutes): Horror/Sci-Fi, Comedy, Drama, Overall;

▪ Documentary Short (1 to 49 minutes): Best Historical, Overall;

▪ Middle and High School Student-Film Short (1 to 20 minutes): Best Narrative, Best Documentary.

Anniversary exhibit

The Village Art Circle gallery in downtown Cary is celebrating its second anniversary with the exhibit “Crossroads: The work of JJ Jiang and Students.” Jiang is the gallery’s owner; 18 students are participating.

The show opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 26, and runs through Aug. 24. For the reception, Jiang will demonstrate his art by drawing a portrait. There also will be harp music.

The gallery is at 200 Academy St. in Cary. For more details, call 919) 210-0398.

The event is part of Cary’s Final Friday art walk. Also for Final Friday, the Waverly Artists Group is raffling off five paintings. The event, from 6 to 9 p.m., includes music, dance, food, wine and local art. Winners’ names will be drawn at 8 p.m.

The Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery is at 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209, in Cary. For more information:

Fall Arts Preview

The Arts & Living section will publish a Fall Arts Preview on Aug. 30. Our goal is to provide a complete listing of exhibitions and performances – theatrical, dance, music and more – in the Triangle. To be sure your organization’s events are included, please send descriptions, dates, times, venues, ticket prices and contact information to by Friday, July 17. Got questions? Call Mary Cornatzer, 919-829-4755.