Arts & Culture

Arts Now: Your Guide to the Triangle Arts Scene

James Barry as “Buddy Holly” in NC Theatre’s “Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story.”
James Barry as “Buddy Holly” in NC Theatre’s “Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story.”

The scene

ArtsNow recently held an after-party for Company Wang Ramirez, performers at the American Dance Festival in Durham. The event, held at American Underground on Main Street, focused on bringing a younger audience to contemporary dance through the ADF Go program. The program offers $10 tickets for select performances during the festival. Find more photos on

Glass sculptor Mark Kinsella in front of one of his works on display at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. The exhibition, “Not Alone,” ends July 26. You can find more artists from Hillsborough during this month’s Last Friday art walk, which takes place July 31.

Artist to Watch: Lamar Whidbee

“The wretched man is the guy who is trying to be virtuous and trying to fly straight,” says artist Lamar Whidbee, who recently had his first solo exhibition called “Diary of a Wretched Man” at The Carrack in Durham.

The exhibit featured work that showcases Whidbee’s spirituality and how he feels African-American men are perceived. He considers them “visual parables,” images he hopes people can relate but which have an underlying meaning.

A graduate of North Carolina Central University, Whidbee likes to portray his struggles through his work. Whidbee will continue his education this fall at UNC-Chapel Hill as he pursues his Master’s in Fine Art.

To see more of his art go to and to watch a video about him go to

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Coming up

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story: One of the first jukebox-type musicals, this 1989 show tells the life of Holly, whose chart-topping songs were central to the early years of rock. The show was a huge hit in London, running for 12 years.

North Carolina Theatre’s production: Holly is played by James Barry (“Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” on Broadway). He’ll sing such Holly hits as “That’ll Be The Day” and “Peggy Sue.” The show also has other songs from the period, including “Chantilly Lace” and “La Bamba.”

The buzz: Bobby Wilder, of Raleigh, saw the London version three times. “It opened with a very upbeat tempo and never slowed down. People were bouncing in their seats.” Anne Porter, also of Raleigh, remembers her father describing the London version. “He came home so excited and said he loved it. Dad had a Ph.D. in theater, so I knew the show had to be good.”

Where to see it: Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South St., Raleigh

When: 7:30 p.m. July 21-26; 2 p.m. July 25-26

Tickets: $25-$80

Info: 919-831-6941 or

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