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Arts Notes

Steel drum concert in Joyner Park

A free concert in the park featuring Sensory Expressions Steel Drum Band is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved inside the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., Wake Forest. Weather-related updates will be available on the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569.

Oak City 7 concert series

Oak City 7, a free summer concert series, also features local craft beers and food trucks from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on alternating Thursdays through Aug. 23 in City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Three bands perform for each show, and the next one is Thursday, Aug. 9, featuring Archbishops of Blount Street, Jack the Radio and Hobex. For more information, go to oakcity7.com.

Beach music series at North Hills

North Hills will present The Embers in the last concert of the Midtown Beach Music Series from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. Admission is free and chairs are welcome. No outside alcohol. For details, go to www.northhillsraleigh.com.

Emerging artists concert series

A concert series featuring emerging artists is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 10 to Oct. 12, at Fountain Park at the Captrust Tower, 4208 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The following bands will play: Erik Smallwood, Aug. 10; Howie Dewitt, Aug. 17; US, Aug. 24; Johnny Orr Band, Aug. 31, Jo Gore and the Alternative, Sept. 7; Jason Adamo, Sept. 14; Old Avenue, Sept. 21; Addison Prophet, Sept. 28; CrowField, Oct. 5; and Catie King, Oct. 12.

Sunflower Studio features Burcher

Clotilde Burcher will be the guest artist from Aug. 10 to Sept. 8 at the Sunflower Studio & Gallery, at 214 E. Jones Ave., Wake Forest. Burcher, an acrylic painter, finds much of her inspiration from her travels out West and to Tuscany, Italy. An opening reception for her work is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the gallery during Art After Hours. For more information, call 919-570-0765 or visit www.sunflowerstudiowf.com.

Grace Note Music Studio open house

The Grace Note Music Studio will hold its fall registration open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at 6801-104A Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh.

The open house will include teacher performances, food and sample activities. The studio offers a variety of music lessons for students through teenagers including piano, guitar, percussion, flute, clarinet and saxophone, voice and pre-K music for children from birth to age 6.

For more information, visit www.thegracenote.com or call 919-890-5055.

Yuko Nogami Taylor art featured

The exhibit “Majesty Incognito – Merging East and West” by Raleigh artist Yuko Nogami Taylor is being featured in the AACC Gallery throughout the month of August. A reception for the artist is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in The African American Cultural Center at the A.M. Witherspoon Student Center, 2810 Cates Ave., Raleigh.

Taylor spent much of her adult life in North Carolina working as an account executive and has been working as a professional artist for almost a decade. Taylor grew up in Tokyo and attended an exclusive private school which the Japanese Royal family historically attended. She is married to Thomas Taylor, an African American jazz musician. Taylor merges her two worlds, creating soulful portraits of enslaved African Americans in the antebellum South using traditional Japanese painting techniques.

For tours, call 919-515-5210. For more information, visit www.yukotaylor.com.

Piedmont Laureate seeks applicants

The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from authors of children’s literature for 2013. Authors must be residents of Alamance, Durham, Orange or Wake counties, and their literature must be targeted to children 9 and younger.

The laureate program focuses each year on a different literary form. The 2011 Piedmont Laureate was creative nonfiction writer Scott Huler; the current Laureate is dramatist Ian Finley.

The 2013 Piedmont Laureate will receive $6,500 and serve for one year. Activities of the laureate will include presenting readings and workshops, encouraging creative writing and promoting literature at public events.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 28. For an application, visit www.piedmontlaureate.com. For more information, contact Belva Parker at 919-996-3610 or belva.parker@raleighnc.gov.

Music on the Green

Music on the Green, a series of outdoor concerts, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through October at Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Takeout meals available. For more information, go to www.lafayettevillageraleigh.com.

Art in the Village

Art in the Village, a series of artist fairs, is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through October at Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh. For more information or to register to exhibit, go to www.lafayettevillageraleigh.com.