Arts & Culture


Movies at the history museum

The Longleaf Film Festival returns to the N.C. Museum of History this weekend.

The Friday-Saturday event features documentaries, comedy, romance and science fiction works. There also will be a workshop and panel discussion for filmmakers.

Among the films are:

▪ “Civil,” a nine-minute drama about one day in South Carolina in 1865. By Andrew Stacy Huggins.

▪ “Clyde’s Place,” a 17-minute documentary about Clyde Maness, owner of Maness Pottery and Music Barn. By David Puckett.

▪ “Chairman Jones – An Improbable Leader,” Anna R. Jones’ one-hour documentary about her father, James Henry Jones, a self-educated farmer who led the fight for school desegregation in Northampton County.

▪ “The Hollerin’ Contest at Spivey’s Corner,” a 17-minute documentary featuring three former champions and their efforts to reclaim their titles. By Brian Gersten and Liv Dubendorf.

▪ “It Had Wings,” Ellen Hemphill and Jim Haverkamp’s dramatic short film based on the story by author Allan Gurganus.

The films start Friday with screenings 3-7 p.m. in the Daniels Auditorium. On Saturday, films will be shown 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on three screens throughout the museum. At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, festival winners will be announced in the awards presentation. Winners were selected by a panel of judges including film critics, filmmakers and film scholars.

Films will be screened in two-hour blocks, with time in each block for Q&A sessions.

A workshop with be held 10-11 a.m. Saturday and a panel discussion 1-2 p.m.

There is no charge for the films or other events.

To see the full list of films go

A tour for mom

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is offering a Mother’s Day-themed tour with gallery guide Ruth Caccavale at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tours are free of charge with admission, which costs $3 non-Duke students with a student ID (Duke students are free), $4 age 65 and up, $5 all other adults.

The museum is at 2001 Campus Drive, Durham.

Deep Dish bows out

When Deep Dish Theater Company let the curtain drop last year on its final production – a rotation of “Outside Mulligan” and “The Cherry Orchard” – its patrons knew the company’s 15-year residency at Chapel Hill’s University Mall was over.

Higher rent and the need for a larger space combined to send them packing. But there was hope that the theater would find a new home. That did not happen.

Artistic director Paul Frellick announced at the end of April that a viable space could not be found, and that to be able to sustain itself, the theater would need to double its audience and expand its programming, a process that could take a couple of years and which the company could not afford.

In a letter to friends of the theater, Frellick wrote: “We considered some temporary, short-term options in less-than-ideal conditions, but doing a few more plays in something other than our customary full-throttle approach was of little interest to me and seemed a disservice to our audience.”

Ballet scholarship for boys

Last season, 11 boys between the ages of 7 and 11 participated in ballet classes as part of the first Robert Weiss Boys’ Scholarship program. Weiss is artistic director of the Carolina Ballet. The scholarship program is being offered again this year and is being expanded to create a more advanced level for boys with more experience.

The scholarship covers the full tuition for one season, September to May, but students have the option to withdraw after Dec. 31.

The scholarship program is taught by Carolina Ballet soloist Yevgeny Shlapko. Classes are held Monday evenings at the Raleigh School of Ballet, 3921 Beryl Road in Raleigh. The Level 1 class is scheduled for 6:45-7:30 p.m. and Level 2 will be 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The boys selected for the program are required to audition for Carolina Ballet’s production of “Nutcracker” and to participate in the production if selected.

The Raleigh School of Ballet manages the daily logistics of the school, parent communication, and, with Carolina Ballet, the curriculum.