Midtown: Community

Arts Notes

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.

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.

Neck of the Woods Performance Series

Wake Forest artist Rachel Pottern, blues musicians “Lightning James and Mississippi Mike,” and dancer/movement artist Michelle Stebell will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White St., Wake Forest. The show, which will close with an outdoor fire dance, is part of the Neck of the Woods Performance Series. A $5 per person donation is suggested. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/WakeForestNeckOfTheWoods or email neckofthewoodsevent@gmail.com.

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.

Sertoma Arts Center accepting proposals

The Sertoma Arts Center is accepting proposals for the 2013 gallery year. The center is seeking 2D and 3D works from artists 18 or older, residing and/or working in Wake County and surrounding areas. The gallery has introduced hundreds of artists to area residents and visitors since the inception of the Gallery Program. Monthly exhibitions will be scheduled. Applications are due by Sept. 30. Chosen artists will be notified by Oct. 31.

For more information, email sertomaartscenterexhibits@raleighnc.gov with “Attn: Gallery Program - Gallery Submissions 2013” in the subject line.

Sertoma and Pullen Arts Fair

The annual Sertoma and Pullen Arts Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Pullen Arts Center. Booth registrations are open to everyone. For more information, call 919-996-6126 or email eliza.kiser@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.