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Arts Notes, Feb. 6

A Sense of Place exhibition opens

A Sense of Place, an art exhibition sponsored by the Raleigh Arts Commission, will be on display Feb. 7 through April 5 at the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery in the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. It will be the first exhibition of the Block Art Gallery 2013 series.

Featured are paintings by Carol Joy Shannon, mixed media works by Mary Storms and glass and print works by Pullen Arts Center instructors and students. The Block2 Video Series will air Michael Iauch’s “Energy Blanket” and “Natural Beauty.”

An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Block Art Gallery with music provided by Ironing Board Sam.

For more information, call 919-996-3610, email annah.lee@raleighnc.gov or visit www.raleighnc.gov/arts.

Threads of Grace open house

Threads of Grace will hold an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Story Tellers Bookstore, 158 S. White St., Wake Forest. Threads of Grace is a nonprofit group of women dedicated to empowering women to help themselves and others in need through the sale of handmade goods. The group also offers workshops inn weaving, sewing, knitting and crocheting.

Book release party

A pre-release book party of “Ink in the Wheels: Stories to Make Love Roll” by S. Barton and Megan M. Cutter is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the IMAX Complex at Marbles Kid’s Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The book describes the journey of an inter-ability married couple as they explore the courage and perseverance to thrive in a relationship. To RSVP, visit inkinthewheels.eventbrite.com.

The Art of the Necklace 2

An opening reception for The Art of the Necklace 2, a portrait photography and jewelry exhibition, is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Third Place coffeehouse, 1811 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The exhibition runs Feb. 5-28.

The Art of the Necklace 2 features portrait photographs by Carl Tyer of models wearing mixed media character necklaces made by Rock Kershaw.

For more information, call 919-834-6566.

Painting with natural colors, primitive paints

A program to explore where colors come from and what we can create from them is set for 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9. Participants will use natural pigments and other materials to create a cave-style painting. For all ages; most appropriate for ages 8 and older. Cost is $4 per person. To register, call 919-856-6675.

‘Jack Tales: Appalachian Adventures’

“Jack Tales: Appalachian Adventures,” with Storytellers to Go! of the Raleigh Little Theatre, is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Enjoy stories about Jack as he meets the Northwest Wind, plays cat and mouse and outwits dangerous robbers.

Concert to benefit Hope for Haiti

Peak City Blues Project will headline a fundraiser for The Midwife Project of the Hope for Haiti Foundation at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Pour House, 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh. Doors open at 7. Cost is $10 at the door. The event will include a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.

Stone Stories with silversmith, lapidary

A free seminar with silversmith Dan Dye and lapidary Chris Whitley on the stones used in Dye’s work is set for 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Roundabout Art Collective, 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Learn how these unique stones, created millions of years ago by immense geological forces, are cut and polished to expose their beauty. Space is limited, and registration is required at stonestories.eventbrite.com.

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Artistic Abandon is seeking participants for a Day for Random Acts of Kindness, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, outside the North Hills Starbucks, 4421 Six Forks Road, Suite 116, Raleigh.

Artistic Abandon owners Emily and Sebastian Page and realtor Steve Gunter will contribute money and ask attendees to contribute $10 each. After “spreading joy” at North Hills, participants will go to the southeast side of Raleigh, where they will distribute grocery store gift cards to low-income residents. For more information, visit www.ArtisticAbandon.com or www.stevengunter.com.

Music of the Carolinas: Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner, who grew up listening to the songs and stories of rural America, will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.

International Romantic Film Festival

N.C. State’s Office of International Services will hold an International Romantic Film Festival on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Witherspoon Student Cinema, 2810 Cates Ave., Raleigh. The French movie “Amelie” will be shown at 7 p.m. followed by the Bollywood movie “Namastey London” at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/400665406691457.

‘Titanic’ at North Raleigh Christian

The North Raleigh Christian Academy will perform the musical “Titanic” at 7 p.m. March 14-16 and 21-23. Matinee performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. March 16 and 23. Reserved seating is available. For tickets, visit www.nrcaknights.com.

Lonerider Brewing’s 2013 Showdown

Lonerider Brewing Company’s 2013 Showdown – featuring brews, a competition for home brewers and a live music concert – is set for Saturday, March 23, at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Nourish International, a nonprofit that works internationally to engage students and communities to eradicate extreme poverty.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and performances will begin at 5:30, featuring Dillon Fence, Lila, Jack the Radio, The Debonzo Brothers and Dark Water Rising. Tickets are $12. VIP tickets are $75 and include access to catered food and beverage, a VIP area close to the main stage and an outlaws saloon.

For tickets, visit ticketfly.com or www.loneridershowdown.com.

Volunteer chamber orchestra seeks members

A local volunteer chamber orchestra is looking for string instrument non-professional musicians. The group practices at Meredith College School of Music on Wednesday evenings. For more information, go to www.taconc.com or send an email to info@taconc.com.