Midtown: Community

Arts Notes, Dec. 5

Roundabout benefit for Urban Ministries

Art for the Hearth, a benefit for Urban Ministries, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Roundabout Art Collective, 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Those who bring five or more nonperishable food items will receive a 10 percent discount on art in the gallery. For more information, visit www.roundaboutartcollective.com.

Sola music festival, food drive

Sola Coffee Cafe will hold a music festival from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern N.C. are encouraged. Among the performers will be Jamie Purnell, the Jo Gore Duo and James Olin Oden. The cafe is located at 7705 Lead Mine Road Raleigh. For more information, go to www.solacoffee.com or call 919-803-8983.

PineCone Christmas concert, food drive

PineCone, in partnership with the N.C. Museum of History, presents The Happy Valley Pals Breaking Up Christmas concert at 3 pm. Sunday, Dec. 9. Bring food donations to Daniels Auditorium at the museum, 5 Edenton St., Raleigh, for the free holiday concert. For more information, go to www.pinecone.org.

‘Mid-Century American’ at Adam Cave Fine Art

Adam Cave Art is featuring a rare group of original prints from the 1930s through ’50s.

The roughly 25 works, all from private collections, track the progression in American art from the social realism of the WPA years to the full-fledged development of abstract expressionism. Some of the most famous works in this show are by artists that flowed freely from painting to printmaking. “Down the River” by Thomas Hart Benton and “Which Way” by Martin Lewis exhibit the dramatic storytelling that characterized art from the ’30s. From the ’50s comes the pure abstraction of Californian Leonard Edmondson and longtime Brown University professor Walter Feldman.

The exhibit at the gallery at 115 ½ Hargett St., Raleigh, continues through Dec. 31. For more information, go to www.adamcavefineart.com.

Reception featuring Alice Osborn

A chocolate and wine reception featuring author Alice Osborn is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at The Chocolate Boutique, 8480 Honeycutt Road, Suite 100, Raleigh. Osborn will read from “After the Steaming Stops.”

Call for authors of children’s literature

The Piedmont Laureate program has reopened its call for applications from authors of children’s literature for 2013. Authors must be residents of Alamance, Durham, Orange or Wake counties. The range of literature has been expanded to target children of all ages, up to 18. The deadline to apply is Jan. 11.

Authors who have already applied to be the 2013 Piedmont Laureate need not reapply. These applications remain under consideration.

The 2013 Piedmont Laureate will be selected by a committee appointed by the sponsoring agencies. The laureate will receive a stipend of $6,500 and serve from March to the end of 2013. Activities will include presenting readings and workshops, encouraging creative writing, and promoting literature at public events.

Applications are available at www.piedmontlaureate.com. For more information, contact Belva Parker at 919-996-3610 or belva.parker@raleighnc.gov.