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Arts Notes, Sept. 1

Photo competition

The J.C. Raulston Arboretum and the Triangle Carolinas Nature Photography Association are seeking entries for its juried print competition. Photographers can submit two original prints of garden or plant-related subjects until Friday, Sept. 6. The entry fee is $20 for adults and $10 for youths. Cash prizes will be awarded during the opening reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and the winning entries will be on exhibit Sept.9-Oct. 4. For more information or to register, visit www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum.

‘Frosty’ auditions

The Storybook Theater will audition adult and children’s roles for its upcoming production of the musical “Frosty the Snowman” on Sept. 6-7. Adult auditions will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in Room 306A at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Children’s auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Actors must be able to sing and execute standard musical theatre style dancing. Rehearsals will begin Nov. 11, and performances are scheduled from Nov. 29-Dec. 24.

Registration is required by contacting Michele Weathers at frosty.auditions@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/frostyauditions.

‘Art’ at Little Theatre

Raleigh Little Theatre presents Yasmina Reza’s “Art,” a comedy where lines are drawn and old friends square off when one purchases a canvas that is just a pure white painting. Performances will be held at 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. Sept. 6-29 at the theatre, 301 S. Pogue St., Raleigh. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and students. All tickets for the performance on Sunday, Sept. 8, are $12. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 919-821-3111 or visit www.raleighlittletheatre.org.

Outdoor films at NCMA

The N.C. Museum of Art will screen “The Big Lebowski” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Theater, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

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

America’s Music Series

America’s Music film and music series will be held through October at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. The schedule is:

Sept. 8 – 2 p.m. The Broadway Dames will perform.

Sept. 12 – 7 p.m. Broadway and Tin Pan Alley will be featured in the film “The American Musical, Episode 2: Syncopated City,” followed by a discussion.

Sept. 15 – 2 p.m. Route 55 Orchestra will perform.

Wine tasting

Raleigh Little Theatre and the N.C. Museum of Art Contemporaries will offer a wine tasting and social for young professionals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the theatre, 301 S. Pogue St., Raleigh. The wine tasting and social will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a performance of “Art” at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $21 for seniors and students. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 919-821-3111 or visit www.raleighlittletheatre.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.

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. Sunday, Sept. 29, at NoFo at The Pig Café and Gift Shop, 2014 Fairview Road, Raleigh. A book signing will follow the reading.