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Arts Notes

History à la Carte: Folk Potters

History à la Carte: Folk Potters of North Carolina is scheduled from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Generations of potters in the state have produced traditional utilitarian pieces of earthenware and stoneware. Learn about craftspeople and the development of the pottery industry in North Carolina. Zug is the author of “Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina.” Bring a lunch; beverages will be provided. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Open mic poetry night

An open mic night to celebrate National Poetry Month with author Alice Osborn is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Bring poems or recite the words from your favorite classic poet.

Music of the Carolinas: Alejandro Santoyo

Alejandro Santoyo will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The pianist, composer and recording artist will play traditional folk tunes from various Latin American countries. Santoyo will debut his original composition inspired by photographs by José Galvez, whose work will be featured in the exhibit Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina, opening May 4 at the museum. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Wake Forest Singers concert

The Wake Forest Singers will present a free concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Franklin Academy Middle School Auditorium, 1127 Chalk Road, Wake Forest. The concert will include classic Broadway tunes, Motown hits and movie music favorites. For more information, visit www.wakeforestarts.org.

“Bang No More” play

“Bang No More,” an anti-gang play by Randie Forne, will be performed at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. Augustine’s College, 1315 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. Admission is free. For tickets or more information, call 919-878-7201 or 919-720-8150.

Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble will play from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with the group of area high school students directed by Dr. Gregg Gelb. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Arts awards nominees sought

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2012 Medal of Arts awards, the city’s highest arts honor. Nominations should describe lifetime artistic achievement or support of the arts by an individual or group. Guidelines and nomination forms are available by visiting www.raleighnc.gov/arts. Applications are due by Thursday, April 26. For more information, call 919-996-3610.

An afternoon of jazz

The Raleigh Retired Alumni Chapter of St. Augustine’s College presents the Thomas Taylor Quintet at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Seby Jones Auditorium on the St. Aug’s campus. Cost is $15 to benefit scholarships. For tickets, call 919-250-0550.

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