Midtown: Community

Arts Notes, Nov. 4

Art show to benefit nonprofit

An art show to benefit Mercy for America’s Children is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at 231 Kinvara Court, Wake Forest. Local artist Mary White will sell acrylics, water colors, handpainted glassware and miniature paintings. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees can also learn more about the goals and plans for Mercy for America’s Children, a nonprofit organization that promotes adoption and support of older children in the foster care system.

Holiday art sale in Wake Forest

Girasole Trattoria will hold a holiday art sale during brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at 960 Gateway Commons Circle, Wake Forest. The event will feature local artists Jane Steelman with stained glass and jewelry and Martha King with original paintings, prints and cards. Local musician Doug Ross will perform. For more information, call 919-569-6745.

Chuck Davis joins with Justice Theater Project

The Justice Theater Project will collaborate with renowned choreographer Chuck Davis for its second annual production of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity,” directed by Deb Royals.

Davis will hold an open casting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, for African dancers and drummers at Baptist Grove Church, 7109 Leesville Road, Raleigh.

This year’s production of “Black Nativity” will be Dec. 20-23 at St. Mary’s School Pittman Auditorium. For more information, call 919-264-7089 or go to www.justicetheaterproject.org.

Artistic Abandon upcoming events

Artistic Abandon is holding the following events as part of its wine and paint parties during November. The gallery is located at 7459 Six Forks Road, Raleigh.

Heart-full Art fundraiser: Artistic Abandon will hold its monthly Heart-ful art fundraiser at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The fundraiser will benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Cost is $35. To register, visit calendar.artisticabandon.com.

Open studio: An open studio session is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Cost is $25. Choose from the two-hour paintings and paint on your own. An artist will be on hand to get you started and give some help. To register, visit calendar.artisticabandon.com.

Roundabout Art Collective show

M. Blair Ligon’s layer photography show will be featured through November at the Roundabout Art Collective, 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. For more information, go to www.roundaboutartcollective.com.

Different Drum in Wake Forest

Alex Weiss & Different Drum will perform at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Northern Wake Senior Center, 235 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest. Different Drum takes the rich ethnic sounds of Africa and Latin America and blends them with original compositions and jazz standards. All Wake Forest-area seniors are invited to the free concert, but space is limited, so seating is available on a first-come basis.

Collecting Southern art

Collecting Southern Paintings and Decorative Arts: Opportunities and Pitfalls in the Marketplace is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Learn what impact research has made in the marketplace. Cost is $10, $5 for associates. For tickets, call 919-807-7835.

Handmade Market

The Handmade Market is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Cobblestone Hall, 215 Wolfe St., Suite 100, Raleigh. The market will include handcrafted items from more than 50 artisans. Make a donation to Urban Ministries of Wake County and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket.

Artists, authors showcase

The Raleigh artists and authors showcase featuring Alice Osborn is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Bosetti Art Tile Showroom and Studio, 1201 W. Lenoir St., Raleigh. View art, jewelry and conversation pieces by local artists. Visit with Alice Osborn, Sandra Carrington-Smith and Jon Batson as they share their works and sign their books. The event will include wine and food. To RSVP, visit authors-artists-showcase-111012.eventbrite.com.

Neck of the Woods Performance Series

The Neck of the Woods Performance Series continues at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White St.

Admission is free; a donation of $5 is requested. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/WakeForestNeckOfTheWoods or email Cora Hemphill at neckofthewoodsevent@gmail.com.

Bluesman Holeman at Museum of History

Piedmont blues musician John Dee Holeman will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Admission is free. George Higgs, who was originally scheduled to perform, canceled due to illness.

Born in Orange County in 1929, Holeman grew up on a small farm and began playing the blues at age 14. He has performed at the National Folk Festival and Carnegie Hall, and he has conducted multiple overseas tours. Now in his 80s, Holeman continues to perform regularly throughout North Carolina.

For more information, call 919-807-7900 or visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Designers Downtown Market

Designers Downtown Market is scheduled from 9 am. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, outside Ornamentea, 509 N. West St., Raleigh. Vendors showcase handcrafted arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery, apparel, stained glass and paper crafts. For more information, go to www.designersdowntownmarket.com.

Paint Your Pet’s Portrait fundraiser

Helping Paws International is holding a Paint Your Pet’s Portrait fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Wine & Design, 219 Bickett Blvd, Raleigh. With the help of a local artist, participants will paint their pets’ portraits on a 16x20 canvas. All materials and refreshments will be provided. Reservation deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 7. Cost is $60. Proceeds will benefit Helping Paws therapy, assistance and reading dogs. For more information or to register, email HelpingPawsIntl@gmail.com or go to www.helpingpawsintl.org.