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Arts Notes, Aug. 18

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.

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.

“Vertigo” – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23

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

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’

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.

Roundabout reception

A reception for the exhibit Artists of the Loft will be held from 2 p.m. 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.

N.C. Symphony

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.

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.

Quilt exhibit

A reception for I Did It My Way, an exhibit by The Triangle Art Quilters, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Crafts Center at N.C. State University, 210 Jensen Drive, Raleigh. The exhibit will feature art quilts combining traditional quilting techniques with themed imagery and ideas.

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 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., followed by a beach party from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The cost of both events is $20, and the party costs $15.

Charles Pettee will introduce North Carolina music from early colonial times to the present at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Registration is requested at 919-870-4000.

Ebb and Flow

A reception for Ebb and Flow, an art exhibit sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery in the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 15.

Featured are mixed media drawings by Amy Friend, photographs by Holden Richards, watercolors by Ginny Runge, and jewelry and photographs by Pullen Arts Center instructors and students. Block2 Video Series will air Adam Graetz’s “Into the Woods” and “Gaze of the Native Dreamers.”

For more information, contact the City of Raleigh Arts Commission at 919-996-3610 or email Annah Lee, Block Gallery coordinator, at annah.lee@raleighnc.gov.

Art at TRIG Modern

A reception for an exhibit titled Wish You Were Here! Paintings by Deneé Black will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at TRIG Modern, 328 W. Jones St., Raleigh. The series of paintings and screen paints captures the sights, shapes and energies of vacationing at the beach. Her exhibit will be on display through September, along with art by Peg Ginoux and Kaola Phoenix. For more information, call TRIG Modern at 919-516-8744.

Fall Arts Fair

The 2013 Fall Arts Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Sertoma Arts Center, 1400 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. The event will feature art exhibits, artist demonstrations, children’s art activities, live music and food vendors. For more information, visit www.raleighnc.gov/arts.

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.

Book signing

Karen Matthews will read her children’s book “The Legend of Lizard Lick: A North Carolina Folktale” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at NoFo at The Pig Café and Gift Shop, 2014 Fairview Road, Raleigh. A book signing will follow the reading.

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.