Public art project
The city of Raleigh invites artists and teams of artists to submit qualifications to create public art for up to three bioretention basins as part of the road-widening project on Sandy Forks Road. Up to three finalists will be selected for interviews and will receive a $1,000 travel stipend. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. For details, go to RaleighNC.gov.
Sertoma Arts Center
The Sertoma Arts Center hosts art events and classes at 1400 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. For details and to register for classes, go to RaleighNC.gov.
• 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 12: Handbuilding for Youth & Teens will let students work with clay and learn various methods of constructing pottery. The course fee is $55.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24: Basic Drawing will teach students ages 15 and older the basics of drawing. The course fee is $60.
Franklin County Arts Council
The Franklin County Arts Council hosts art events and workshops at its headquarters at 22 S. Main St., Franklinton. For details, call 919-494-5945.
• 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20: Instructor Lauri Arsten will teach an encaustic workshop. The fee is $50 per person, plus $20 for materials.
• 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22: Abstract Painting Round Robin will be a collaborative abstract painting workshop. Space is limited to 10 participants. A $10 donation to FCAC is requested. Call 919-497-6910 to register.
• 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24: “The Business Side of Art: Keeping it Simple” will be a three-hour seminar/workshop. The fee is $40 for members, and $45 for non-members.
Song Writers’ Celebration
Forest Moon Theater and Wine 101 will host a Song Writers’ Celebration with Joe O’Keefe and Friends, Avante and Chris Vickery at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. Tickets are $25, and proceeds will benefit Forest Moon Theater. For details, go to ForestMoonTheater.org.
Moonlight Stage Company will host an improv series Jan. 30-31 at 1304 Paddock Drive, Suite 103F, Raleigh. Kidprov, an all-ages show featuring the teen improv group The Estesstentials and The Lunartics, will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. A show featuring The Estesstentials and The Lunartics will also begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. The audience is invited to participate in open improv jams after the shows. Tickets are $5. For details, go to MoonlightStageCo.com.
‘Venus in Fur’
Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre will present “Venus in Fur” through Feb. 1 at 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. For reservations, call 919-821-3111.
Black History Month
The City of Raleigh Museum will celebrate Black History Month with an exhibit and lectures that explore African-American identity through photographs. For details, visit CityOfRaleighMuseum.org.
• Tuesday, Feb. 3: The museum will open an exhibit featuring never-before-seen photos from the collection of the Dr. Manassa T. Pope House Museum.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19: Craig James will talk about collecting early photographs of African-Americans, focusing largely on images that show the pride of newly emancipated men and women.
• Thursday, Feb. 26: The museum will honor Raleigh’s African-American newspaper on its 75th anniversary. The Carolinian was started in 1939 by Paul R. Jervay Sr.
N.C. State University Theatre
N.C. State University Theatre will present shows for its 2014-15 season. Season tickets cost $62; $58 for senior citizens, NCSU faculty and staff, alumni association members, parent association members and students; and $48 for NCSU students. Pick three shows for $48. Individual tickets cost $16-$18.
•“The Little Shop of Horrors”
by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman will be presented at 7:30 p.m. weeknights and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 12-15 and 18-22, at Titmus Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall.
•“The Burial at Thebes, a version of Sophocles’ Antigone”
will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 27-29, and April 8-12 and 15-19 at Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall.
Call for artists
The Cotton Company in historic downtown Wake Forest is seeking a variety of artists and musicians for Art After Hours. The event, which takes place the second Friday of each month, allows local artists and musicians to display their work, network and sell to the public. The Cotton Company is now accepting applications for 2015. For details, email TheCottonCompanyGallery@gmail.com.