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Arts Notes, Aug. 11


ARTspo, a creative arts festival, will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. The event will feature performances of various art forms, drum circles, arts and crafts stations, vendors, a raffle and a gallery walk. The cost is $6 for adults, and $3 for youths ages 2-17; children ages 2 and younger get in free. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Durham Youth Alliance, a nonprofit providing enrichment services for youths and families. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.raleighlittletheatre.org.

Concert in the park

Sunday in the Park will continue at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Fletcher Park, 820 Clay St., Raleigh. Local singer and songwriter Brooke Hatala will perform. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

N.C. Symphony on WUNC

Listen to performances by the N.C. Symphony from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 26 on WUNC 91.5FM. Concerts from the symphony’s previous season will be presented. For more information, visit www.ncsymphony.org.

Sculpture for seniors

Senior Sampler: Lost and Found will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Seniors, ages 55 and older, will explore the wood scrap sculptures of Louise Nevelson and learn to make sculptures of their own. Supplies are provided. Registration is required at 919-715-5923 or www.ncartmuseum.org.

Nature drawing

Learn basic illustration techniques and observational skills from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. The program is for ages 10 and older and costs $10 per person. Registration is required at www.naturalsciences.org.

Ballroom dance

Ballroom dance nights are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays at Pullen Community Center, 408 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. The event is for ages 18 and older and costs $2 per person. For more information, call 919-831-6052.

Outdoor films at NCMA

The N.C. Museum of Art will screen outdoor films through September at Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Theater, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

“Moonrise Kingdom” – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16

Tickets are free for NCMA members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org.

Family films at NCMA

Summer Family Films: Express Yourself will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Families with children ages 5 and older can watch films created by design students from N.C. State University. The screening is free, but a ticket from the box office is required. For more information or to register, call 919-715-5923.

Caribbean drumming

A Caribbean and West African percussion class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug.28 at the Eastgate Park Community Center, 4200 Quail Hollow Drive, Raleigh. Students will learn basic drumming techniques, styles and rhythms. Admission is free, and registration is required at reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Raleigh Hoop Jam

Hoopers, dancers, spinners and drummers meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. Extra instruments and hula hoops will be available. For more information, visit www.raleighdrumcircle.org.

Hiatus Kaiyote

The future-soul band, Hiatus Kaiyote, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at The Pour House, 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.thepourhousemusichall.com.

‘Stone Soup’ performances

The Raleigh Children’s Theatre will perform “Musically Delicious,” a musical based on tales from the children’s book “Stone Soup,” at the Raleigh ACT Studio, 2411 E. Millbrook Road, Suite 112, Raleigh. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and 2 p.m. Aug. 17. Tickets cost $6 per person. For more information, visit www.raleighact.com.

Cultural Arts Booking Fair

The Cultural Arts Booking Fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Wakefield High School, 220 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh. The fair offers representatives who book programs for their schools, communities and organizations an opportunity to meet with artists who are a part of the United Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools program.

Call for artists

Local Color Gallery seeks new members to join its women artist’s cooperative. Portfolios in any media can be dropped off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Local Color Gallery, 22 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. For more information, contact Adrien Montoya at 919-754-3887 or localcolor@gmail.com.

‘All the President’s Men’ screening

The next At the Movies program will continue at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The film “All the President’s Men” will be screened, followed by a question-and-answer session with Andrew Taylor, professor of political science at N.C. State University. For more information, call 919-807-7900.

Reception at Roundabout

A reception for the exhibit Artists of the Loft will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Roundabout Art Collective, 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. The artists and media are: King Godwin, abstract painting; Leslie Pruneau, abstract painting and mixed media; Martin Stankus, pottery; Mary Storms, mixed media; and Bert Sult, watercolors. For more information, call 919-747-9495.

Battle of the Bands

The Gorilla Music Battle of the Bands will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at The Pour House Music Hall, 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh. Bands will compete for a chance to win $500 in cash, 20 hours of studio time and future headlining gigs at local venues. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information or to register a band, visit www.gorillamusic.com.

Raleigh Drum Circle

The Raleigh Drum Circle meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The next session will be Monday, Aug. 19, at the boathouse at Lake Johnson Park, 4601 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh. Loaner drums will be available. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Oak City 7

Oak City 7, a free concert summer series, will continue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at City Plaza in the 400 block of Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. Toon and the Real Laww featuring Lucky Island In the Middle East, Young Cardinals, The Roman Spring and River City Ransom will perform. For more information, visit www.oakcity7.com.

Municipal art exhibit

Highlights of the Municipal Art Collection, an exhibition sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, will be on display through Aug. 23 at Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. The collection consists of more than 450 works in diverse mediums, with themes including Southern heritage, placemaking and text as image. For more information, visit www.raleighnc.gov/arts.

Shag class

A shag class and beach party will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at A Step to Gold International Ballroom, 6278 Glenwood Ave., Suite 200, Raleigh. Learn basic and intermediate shag moves from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m., followed by a beach party from 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. The cost of both events is $20, and the party costs $15.

Art Family Fun Day

Artspace Family Fun Day will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Artspace Visual Arts Center, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. The event will feature artists’ demonstrations, face painting and art activities. For more information, call 919-821-2787.

Symphony at library

Flutist Mary Boone of the North Carolina Symphony will perform at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. The Instrument Zoo will also be available. The program is for preschoolers and their families. Registration is required at 919-856-6710.

Raleigh Film Festival

The Raleigh Film Festival will hold its monthly screenings of films by local and national independent directors from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Screenings will also be held from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Club Phantom, 1505 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-926-8642 or email raleighfilmfestival@gmail.com.

Tour of Artists

The Wake Forest Guild of Artists will hold its 18th annual Tour of Artists Sept. 7-8 at various locations in downtown Wake Forest. Galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Maps are available at the Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, 139 S. White St., Wake Forest; at all other galleries in downtown Wake Forest; and at www.wakeforestguild.com.

Creedmoor music festival

The 22nd annual Creedmoor Music Festival will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, along Main Street in Creedmoor. The event will feature live music, local food and craft vendors and children’s activities. For more information or to become a vendor, visit www.cityofcreedmoor.org.

Call for fiction

The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from authors of short fiction for 2014.

Authors must be residents of Wake, Alamance, Durham or Orange counties. The Laureate will receive a stipend of $6,500 and serve for one year. Laureate activities include readings, workshops and creative writing and literature promotions.

The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. For more information or to apply, visit www.piedmontlaureate.com.

Mural on display

The public art project Art-On-The-Move will be on display on the southern wall of Moore Square Transit Station in Raleigh. The installation was part of the Craig Building renovation project at the station’s entrance. The 29-foot mural features artworks created by 50 artists involved in the project since its inception.

Bluegrass festival

The International Bluegrass Music Association’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival will be held Sept. 27-28 in downtown Raleigh. The event will feature music, a music expo, a public street fair and the N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship. The festival is part of the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2013, which takes place Sept. 24-28 and includes a business conference and the IBMA awards. Tickets start at $40 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bluegrassfanfest.org.

Porsche show coming to museum

Tickets are on sale to the N.C. Museum of Art’s first-ever design show, “Porsche By Design: Seducing Speed,” which opens Oct. 12.

The exhibition will feature more than 20 Porsche cars, including Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche Type 356C Cabriolet, Steve McQueen’s iconic Porsche Speedster and a rare Type 804 Formula One race car. The museum is also releasing a series of short-format videos featuring interviews with Porsche collectors, including Jay Leno. The videos include archival images of the Porsche family, a close look at signature design details and footage of historic car races.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors, military, groups of 10 or more and college students with ID; $12 for ages 7-18; and free for others. Tickets are available through ncartmuseum.org/buy-tickets/ or 919-715-5923.