Monday morning arts news, April 19


Monday, April 19

• Registration for summer crafts classes – both in-person and online – opens at 9am today for NC State students. Registration for everyone else opens on April 26.

• University Theatre: Out Loud series. Join Mia Self for a reading of Swimming While Drowning by Emilio Rodriguez. Angelo Mendez leaves home to escape his homophobic father. At a Los Angeles homeless shelter, he finds love with another homeless teen in this gritty and funny romance. 7pm.

Tuesday, April 20

• Gregg Museum: Visit your museum! Galleries open 10am-5pm.

• Gregg Museum: Virtual Tour (rescheduled from April 15). Gregg education program assistant Christina Wytko Marchington will lead guests on a live virtual tour of the museum’s current exhibitions. Registration is required. 4pm.

• University Theatre: Strictly Speaking. Kaitlin Gill Rider is a lighting designer experienced in theatre, dance, musical theatre, architectural and fashion show lighting, and is director of outside sales for WHOCO Lighting and Controls. 6pm.

Wednesday, April 21

• Gregg Museum: Visit your museum! Galleries open 10am-5pm.  

• Dance Program Lunchbox Series: Join the NC State Dance Program for a discussion about the creative process of designing for dance. Tara Mullins will lead a conversation with University Theatre colleagues Adrienne McKenzie (costume designer) and Josh Reaves (program director and lighting designer). These virtual conversations are free and open to all. Program at noon; registration closes at 10am.

• University Theatre: Out Loud series. Join Mia Self for a reading of Am I Dead? by Kevin R. Free (second read). In the hereafter, three souls struggle to reassemble the Black men they wronged in life until Isis, the goddess of marital devotion, pushes them to address the truths of their wrongs in life. 7pm.

• Dance Program: An evening of live dance features works from Tracey Durbin, Shayla Taylor, Tara Z. Mullins, Francine E. Ott and NC State students. NOTE: This outdoor drive-up concert is sold out.

Thursday, April 22

• Gregg Museum: Visit your museum! Galleries open 10am-5pm.

• University Theatre: How to Theatre series. Welding: Dave Jensen and Mike White will teach the basics of cutting and welding for theatre. This IN-PERSON session is open to NC State students only. Registration is limited to eight students per class. 4:30pm.

• Gregg Museum: Earth Day film screening of Chasing Coral. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Registration required. 4pm.

• NC State LIVE @ the Lot presents a drive-in concert by Charly Lowry, a singer-songwriter from North Carolina with Native American roots from the dark swamps of Robeson County. Gates and food trucks at 5:30pm, concert at 6:30pm. Details and gate passes at

• University Theatre: Strictly Speaking. Former University Theatre costume designer Jen Dasher now heads J. Dasher Creative, a studio that has designed for Cirque du Soleil, Taylor Swift, Paula Abdul, Washington Ballet, PBS and Broadway shows, and is a leader in the integration of LED technology into costumes. 6pm.

Friday, April 23

• Gregg Museum: Visit your museum! Galleries open 10am-5pm.


• The Student Art Sale continues! Start here for instructions or go directly to the online gallery, where you can explore paintings, mixed media works, photography and 3D pieces available for you to purchase. You pay the students on their individual gallery sites, and they keep 100% of the proceeds.

• The NC State Jazz Lab Band has a terrific new video of “Blue Note Blues” by Jeff Jarvis. You can find it on the Department of Music Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

• Have you discovered Flat File Friday at the Gregg? Collections intern Clara Chang, a graduate student in Anthropology, hosts a series of short videos providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Gregg Museum’s collections area – in this case, flat file drawers.

• While the drive-up concert sold out quickly, the Dance Program is planning a few small outdoor pop-up performances on campus this week. Check for announcements on Instagram.

• Wednesday, April 21 at 6pm: Windhover is hosting a release party for their 55th edition. Registration required.

• The Crafts Center spring pottery sale is coming up on Tuesday, April 27, 3:30 to 6:30pm. You’ll find a wide variety of items ranging from 50 cents to $25. The sale takes place outdoors at Thompson Commons, just outside the Crafts Center. Rain date: April 29.

• The NC State chapter of Students PIRGs invites students to craft, paint, draw or sculpt any sort of environmental art in honor of Earth Day. One artist will be selected to win a $20 gift card to the local, sustainable business of their choice. Submit your art by April 29 at 6pm to be considered.


• Indy Week: The Rising Star of Soulful North Carolina Musician Sonny Miles. Jordan Williams ‘18 (aka Sonny Miles) sang with the Grains of Time throughout this college career at NC State, won a Hammy Award for this role as Seaweed J. Stubbs in University Theatre’s spring 2018 production of Hairspray, and was recently back on campus during pandemic time for an NC State LIVE PackPops performance.

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