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Arts Notes, March 20

Raleigh greenways art showcase

Raleigh artist Autumn Cobleland will showcase her work from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Margaux’s Restaurant, 8111 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Twenty percent of print sales will benefit the Capital Area Greenway System and the Triangle Greenways Council. For more information, email greenwayartist@gmail.com.

Irish folk music

Shanachie will play from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Irregardless Café, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. Admission is free. For more information, call 919-833-8898.

Elementary Choral Celebration

Raleigh Fine Arts Society will hold its 15th Elementary Choral Celebration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. The event will include 16 elementary groups, each of which will perform two songs. For more information, contact Nancy T. Sumner at 919-821-3547 or nsumner@attglobal.net.

Film screening: ‘The Guestworker’

A screening of “The Guestworker” is set for Thursday, March 21, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The film documents a grueling season on a North Carolina farm. Meet one of its filmmakers, Charlie Thompson, and hear the story of Don Candelario Moreno, a 66-year-old Mexican farmer who has been coming to North Carolina since the 1960s as a laborer through the H-2A program.

The program will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by the film at 7 p.m. and a question-and-answer session from 8 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 919-807-7992.

New artists at Visual Artist Exchange

Five artists have been inducted into the Launch! Retail Incubator program at the Visual Artist Exchange. The artists’ work will be on display and available for purchase at the Visual Artist Exchange, 309 W. Martin St., Raleigh. The Launch program helps artists develop a product line while selling and marketing through the VAE. The following artists have been accepted into the program: Melanie Stoer of Melsie Glass, print maker Amy Friend, Belinda Blakley of Belindabilly, Sarah Howes Whitney of Creative Creatures, and Jana Saur of Jbelle Designs. For more information, visit www.visualartexchange.org or call 919-828-7834.

‘Titanic’ at North Raleigh Christian

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

‘Academia Nuts’

Forest Moon Theater will perform “Academia Nuts” at 7:30 p.m. March 21-23 at the Franklin Academy Middle School Theater, 1127 Chalk Road, Wake Forest. An additional showing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24. “Academia Nuts” is a situation comedy featuring mistaken identities, romance and an academic treasure hunt. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at www.forestmoontheater.org.

Liz Barber at ArtSource

An exhibit of Liz Barber’s abstract works is now on display at ArtSource Fine Art, 4351-101 The Circle at North Hills St., Raleigh. For more information, visit www.artsource-raleigh.com or call 919-787-9533.

Chinese brush painting exhibit

Ellen Ma-Lin Ko’s Chinese brush paintings will be featured in an art exhibit from March 20 to June 16 at the N.C. State University Arts and Craft Center. An opening reception is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the center, 210 Jensen Drive, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.ncsu.edu/crafts or call 919-515-2457.

Lonerider Brewing’s 2013 Showdown

Lonerider Brewing Company’s 2013 Showdown – featuring brews, a competition for home brewers and live music – 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.

Burning Coal’s ‘Nocturne’

Burning Coal Theatre Company will perform Adam Rapp’s “Nocturne” through March 24 at Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. Showings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Adam Rapp’s chilling, poetic tale is of a family splintered apart by tragedy and a son seeking absolution. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.burningcoal.org/nocturne.

‘The Last Five Years’ musical

“The Last Five Years” is running through March 24 at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh. “The Last Five Years” is a contemporary musical chronicling the marriage between a writer and an actress.

Friday and Saturday showings begin at 8 p.m. Showings on Sunday start at 3 p.m. An additional matinee is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Evening tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Matinee tickets are $10. To buy tickets, call 919-866-0228 or go to www.nract.org.

Wonderland Book Club

Meet N.C. author Pat MacEnulty at a meeting of Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the N.C. Writers Network, from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 29, at the Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Drive, Suite 106, Raleigh. For more information on how to register, go to meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub.

Encaustic art exhibit at library

New works in encaustic by Susan Skrzycki will be on display through March at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-856-6701.

Wake Forest call for artists

The Wake Forest Garden Club invites artists to show and sell work at the Mad Hatter’s Art & Garden Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., Wake Forest. The application deadline is Sunday, March 31. For application information, visit www.wfgardenclub.org, email wfgardenclub@gmail.com or call 919-961-7778.

Poetry on the Bus

Local literary journal Raleigh Review will sponsor Poetry on the Bus, an initiative that places placards with selected short poems on the R-Line in downtown Raleigh. The placards will be displayed during April in celebration of National Poetry Month. Selected poets include N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, Dorianne Laux and John Balaban from N.C. State University, Joseph Millar, Tony Abbot and others. For more information, visit www.raleighreview.org.

Big Boss Film Fest

Mission Valley Cinemas will offer free showings of cult classics from 10 p.m. to midnight every Monday throughout April in its theater at 2109-124 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh. Features include “The Big Lebowski,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Donnie Darko” and “Predator.” For more information, visit www.bigbossbrewing.com.

History Corner: Colorful Creations

History Corner: Colorful Creations for children ages 6-9 with an adult is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Cost is $1 per person. To register, call 919-807-7992.

History Hunters: From Dirt to Dish

History Hunters: From Dirt to Dish for children ages 10-13 is set for 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Learn how Colonial potters made their wares by visiting the new exhibit Art in Clay and trying your hand at slip decoration. Cost is $1 per person. To register, call 919-807-7992.

Byron Gin at Adam Cave Fine Art

Aviary, a show of new works by artist Byron Gin will be featured at a preview party from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Adam Cave Fine Art, 115 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. A First Friday reception is also scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 5. For more information, visit www.adamcavefineart.com or call 919-838-6692.

A Sense of Place exhibition

A Sense of Place, an art exhibition sponsored by the Raleigh Arts Commission, will be on display 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.”

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

Bert Sult at Roundabout

Work from watercolor artist Bert Sult will be featured for First Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Roundabout Art Collective, 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. This exhibit will run throughout April. For more information, call 919-747-9495 or visit www.roundaboutartcollective.com.

‘The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind’

A program on the film “Gone with the Wind” will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. A showing of the documentary “The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind” will run from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a short talk and exhibit tour by James Tumblin, former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department. For more information, visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

‘Bluescapes’ at Sunflower Gallery

“Bluescapes: A Drive through the Mississippi Delta” by guest artist Bill Beatty will be featured for Art After Hours from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Sunflower Studio & Gallery, 214 E. Jones Ave., Wake Forest. For more information, visit www.sunflowerstudiowf.com or call 919-570-0765.

Music of the Carolinas concert

Donna Ray Norton, an eighth-generation descendant of the original settlers of Madison County, will present their ballads from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Music in the Civil War

Learn about the power and popularity of music during the Civil War at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Christian McWhirter, assistant editor at The National Archives, will analyze how music influenced popular culture during the Civil War. For more information, visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Fine Arts Society Literary Contest

The Raleigh Fine Arts Society will hold its Literary Contest Awards Ceremony and 35th anniversary celebration on Monday, April 29, in the A.J. Fletcher Theatre at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. The contest recognizes excellence in writing by 10-12th grade Wake students.

The event will include a writer’s workshop at 4:45 p.m., a reception at 6:45 and the awards ceremony at 7:30. The featured speaker will be Michael Malone, professor of theater studies and English at Duke University and an Emmy award-winning author and television writer. Anna Hosea, director of development at Ravenscroft School and a past winner, will speak to students about how the contest influenced her career path.

For more information, contact Lyn Maness at ccmaness@bellsouth.net or 919-264-6711.

History à la Carte: Quaker Pottery

A program on Quaker potters who lived in the Piedmont region from the late 18th century through the early 20th century is set for 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Hal Pugh, the owner and operator of New Salem Pottery, will talk about their contributions to American ceramic art. Pugh was born and raised in the community of New Salem, and his Quaker ancestors first settled in the area in 1756. For more information, call 919-807-7900.

Make It, Take It: Decorate It!

Make It, Take It: Decorate It! is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Watch North Carolina potters and decorate an ornament in the tradition of 18th-century artisans.

Artist at Work: Hal Pugh

Artist Hal Pugh of New Salem Pottery will demonstrate his craft from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. He will make traditional earthenware pottery with the look and feel of pottery from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.

Make It, Take It: Clay Creations

Make It, Take It: Clay Creations is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Watch regional potters and work a little clay of your own.

Artist at Work: Bob Meier

Bob Meier of Doe Ridge Pottery will demonstrate the art of turning clay on a wheel from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. He will make pottery with contemporary designs.

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