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Arts Notes

‘The Japanese Sojourn’ exhibit

An exhibit called “An Artist’s Scenic Journey – The Japanese Sojourn,” featuring work by J. Chris Wilson, is open until June 1 at the N.C. Japan Center on the Dorothea Dix Campus, 705 Barbour Drive, Raleigh. Wilson is a painter and artist in residence at Barton College in Wilson who participated in a faculty exchange in 1994-95 that took him to Aichi Shukutoku University in Nagoya, Japan. For more information, call 919-515-3450 or visit www.ncsu.edu/japan.

Made From Scratch: The Chicken in Art

Cameron Village Regional Library is seeking submissions of chicken-inspired works to be displayed during the month of May. Professional and amateur artists of all ages are invited to submit work through Friday, April 20, at the library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. All work must be original and created solely by the artist; all artwork must be suitable for display in a public building frequented by persons of all ages; and no works that depict nudity, sexual acts, profanity or obscenity will be selected. For more information, email Patti Huopana at patti.huopana@wakegov.com.

‘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.

City panel seeks arts awards nominees

The 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 at www.raleighnc.gov/arts. Applications are due by Thursday, April 26. For more information, call 919-996-3610.

Jazz quintet to play benefit at St. Aug’s

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.

Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser class

Artistic Abandon will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as part of its monthly Heart-full Art series at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Half of the proceeds will go to benefit the nonprofit organization. The other half will help one of Artistic Abandon’s customers, Deanna Gutowski, raise the funds she needs for a double lung transplant as a result of cystic fibrosis. Participants will paint the Artistic Abandon painting “Pink Roses.” Bring wine, beer or a nonalcoholic beverage, along with any snacks. All art supplies will be provided. Artistic Abandon will hold a raffle for gifts donated by local businesses that will benefit Gutowski, and a silent auction of extra sample paintings to benefit both the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Gutowski. Cost is $35. For more information or to register, visit www.ArtisticAbandon.com or call 919-901-7385.