Hi RLT audience members!

As you get ready to enjoy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, please take a quick peek at what’s happening in the arts just down the street at NC State University.

The new University Theatre season

The 2022/23 University Theatre season has been announced and opens with Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, The Crucible. Ostensibly about the Salem witch trials, it was written as an allegory for McCarthyism. University Theatre’s production of The Crucible (October 20-30) will be set in the 1950s, the era of Joseph McCarthy’s Red Scare Senate hearings. Tickets go on sale on Monday, September 19.

NC State LIVE 50th anniversary

NC State’s performing arts series opens a yearlong anniversary celebration with a free outdoor block party headlined by Squonk. Plan to join the family fun on Sunday, September 18 – and check out the fantastic lineup of performances for the season. Subscription sales begin August 17, with deep discounts and NO ticketing fees through August 28.

Fall crafts class registration

Did you know that the Crafts Center at NC State is open to the community? Fall 2022 crafts class registration is open now. Explore classes in clay, fibers, glass, jewelry and metals, lapidary, mixed media, new media, photography, and wood.

Exhibitions at the Gregg Museum

Located on Hillsborough Street near the NC State Memorial Belltower, and always free, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design features frequently changing exhibitions and programs to make every visit special. See the current list of exhibitions that include a rare and colorfully appliquéd Egyptian tour tent, collages by Frank Lee Craig (closes August 20), stunning photographs of Indian threshold diagrams by Martha Strawn, and hand-carved ceramic trompe l’oeil sculptures by Eric Serritella. Outside you’ll find a delightful pollinator garden and a Vollis Simpson whirligig. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Packapalooza 2022

Packapalooza is back! For a decade, the university has welcomed students back in August with Packapalooza, a campus-community street fair celebrating all things NC State. Students and the community are invited to join us on Hillsborough Street on Saturday, August 27 from 2 to 10 p.m. Be sure to stop by for a visit under the big tent in the Arts Zone between 2 and 6 p.m.

Our Life in the Arts

NC State University Executive Director for the Arts Rich Holly provides thoughts about nature and the arts.