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Arts Notes, May 22

Patrick Shanahan at Gallery A

An opening reception for artist Patrick Shanahan’s exhibit “Colorblind” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Gallery A, 1637 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The exhibit will be on display through June. For more information, call 919-546-9011.

Music on the Porch

Music on the Porch will continue with a performance by The Stray Dogs from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the parking lot of Peace China, 802 Semart Drive, Raleigh. Music on the Porch concerts are held every second Friday and support local artists and musicians. The cost is $7 for adults; kids get in free. Food trucks will be on site, but adults can also bring their own food and beer or wine. For more information, visit www.musicontheporch.com.

Wake Forest concert series

Wake Forest ARTS will offer its Six Sundays in Spring concert series every Sunday through June 2, in the amphitheater at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest. An area band will begin playing at 3, and then the featured artists will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. The events are free, but donations will be accepted.

May 26: Ghezzi, vocalist

June 2: Big Medicine, old-time string band

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov.

Bill Stonehouse at Lafayette Village

Big band crooner Bill Stonehouse will perform during the Music on the Green performance series from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 888-856-2000.

OakCity7 outdoor concert series

The OakCity7 concert series will begin for this summer from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at City Plaza on the 400 block of Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. The biweekly event will feature notable local and regional bands and local and craft beers. The performers on May 30 include Orquesta GarDel, Old Quarter, Erin Nenni Band and Peak City Blues. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.oakcity7.com.

NCSU Summer Theatrefest

N.C. State University will hold its Summer Theatrefest May 30-June 30 at Frank Thompson Hall, 2241 E. Dunn Ave., Raleigh. Performances of “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will” will be held May 30, 31 and June 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12 and 14. Performances of “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” will be held June 6, 7, 9, 13, 15, 16, 19, 22 and 23. Finally, performances of “Black Coffee” will be held June 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. and matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $5 for NCSU students. Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchase at the box office by calling 919-515-1100 or online at www.ncsu.edu/ticketcentral.

Metalfest at Southland Ballroom

The Capital City Metalfest will be held from 1:30 to 9 p.m. June 1-2 at Southland Ballroom, 614 N. West St., Raleigh. More than 40 bands will be featured. Tickets cost $10 or $15 for a two-day pass. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.southlandballroom.com

Outdoor films at NCMA

The N.C. Museum of Art will offer outdoor films June through September at Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Theater, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – 9 p.m. Saturday, June 1

“Life of Pi” – 9 p.m. Friday, June 14

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” – 9 p.m. Friday, June 21

“Skyfall” – 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22

“Madagascar 3” – 9 p.m. Friday, June 28

“Silver Linings Playbook” – 9 p.m. Friday, July 19

“Argo” – 9 p.m. Saturday, July 20

“Cars” – 9 p.m. Friday, July 26

“Drive” – 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2

“Glory” – 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9

“Lincoln” – 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10

“Moonrise Kingdom” – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16

“Vertigo” – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23

“The Big Lebowski” – 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Tickets are free for NCMA members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org.

Raleigh Film Festival screenings

The Raleigh Film Festival will begin its monthly screenings of films by local and national independent directors from 7 to 10 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Screenings will also be held from 7:30 to 11 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Club Phantom, 1505 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-926-8642 or email raleighfilmfestival@gmail.com.

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

Hal Pugh, owner of New Salem Pottery, will make traditional 17th, 18th and 19th century earthenware pottery from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7900.

Art, auction at NCMA

The third annual Art of the Auction will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Items to be auctioned include a wedding package, custom-designed pieces from local fashion designers and a trip to Napa Valley. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s exhibitions and education programs. For more information, contact Mary Blake at 919-664-6807.

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker concert

The Music of the Carolinas concert series will continue from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will perform songs and stories about slavery, the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. For more information, call 919-807-7900.

Raleigh Drum Circle

The Raleigh Drum Circle meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month. The next session will be Monday, June 17, at the boathouse at Lake Johnson Park, 4601 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh. Loaner drums will be available. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Wine tasting to benefit VAE

A summer wine tasting and fundraiser will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Visual Art Exchange Galleries, 309 W. Martin St., Raleigh. The event will also feature heavy hors d’oeuvres from Empire Eats restaurants, a chance to meet artists and a raffle for an N.C. getaway or landscaping services. The cost is $20 for VAE members and $25 for nonmembers. Proceeds will benefit VAE’s program for artists. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tasteofsummervae.eventbrite.com.

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.

Raleigh Festival Orchestra concert

The Raleigh Festival Orchestra will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The concert will feature works from Strauss, Beethoven, Dvorak and Mozart and an original piece from composer Joseph House.

The Raleigh Festival Orchestra is a student-founded and student-run program for students who want to play music during the summer with an ensemble. Donations will be accepted to help continue the orchestra. For more information, call 919-696-2132 or go to raleighorchestra.wix.com/home.

Porsche show coming to museum

Tickets are on sale to the N.C. Museum of Art’s first-ever design show, “Porsche By Design: Seducing Speed,” which opens Oct. 12.

The exhibition will feature more than 20 Porsche cars, including Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche Type 356C Cabriolet, Steve McQueen’s iconic Porsche Speedster and a rare Type 804 Formula One race car. The museum is also releasing a series of short-format videos featuring interviews with Porsche collectors, including Jay Leno. The videos include archival images of the Porsche family, a close look at signature design details and footage of historic car races.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors, military, groups of 10 or more and college students with ID; $12 for ages 7-18; and free for others. Tickets are available through ncartmuseum.org/buy-tickets/ or 919-715-5923.

Senior communities outreach program

A free outreach program for senior communities titled From Here to There: Celebrating the Art of Travel will be offered October through January by the N.C. Museum of Art. Participants will discuss the art of travel in paintings and sculptures and create postcards. To schedule a visit to your facility, call Diana Phillips at 919-664-6779.