Monday, February 22
• NC State LIVE: SPEAK creators Rachna Nivas, Rina Mehta and Michelle Dorrance will make a presentation for the University Scholars Forum about the two different art forms (American tap and Indian kathak) featured in their dance work. 3pm.
• University Theatre: Out Loud series. Join Mia Self for a reading of Buffalo Hair by Carlyle Brown (Part 1 of 2). Race, war and history collide in this play, set in 1874, when a group of black troopers capture a black man who has chosen to live among the Cheyenne, and the men must decide between personal and cultural identities. 7pm.
Tuesday, February 23
• University Theatre: How to Theatre. Wig Styling Basics: In this IN-PERSON session, Laura Parker will offer suggestions on how to prep your hair for wigs, how to put on and wear a wig, how to care for a pre-styled wig, and basic styling methods/techniques. Registration is limited to eight students per session. 4:30pm.
• University Theatre: Strictly Speaking. Raleigh native Jackson Cooper is the major gifts officer for Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest ballet companies in the US, and an MFA in arts leadership candidate researching the decolonization of fundraising principles. 6pm.
Wednesday, February 24
• University Theatre: Out Loud series. Join Mia Self for a reading of Buffalo Hair by Carlyle Brown (Part 2 of 2). Race, war and history collide in this play, set in 1874, when a group of black troopers capture a black man who has chosen to live among the Cheyenne, and the men must decide between personal and cultural identities. 7pm.
Thursday, February 25
• Gregg Museum: Thoughts from the Artist. The Gregg presents part two of a prerecorded gallery walk-through and interview with master ceramic artist Daniel Johnston about his current exhibition, A Thousand Throws. Johnston combines his interests in architecture, engineering, installation art and various traditions of making pottery to create works that control space and environment. 4pm.
• University Theatre: How to Theatre. Pneumatics and Building Flats: Join Dave Jensen and Mike White in a virtual session to learn the basics of air-powered tools and the different ways to build a flat. 4:30pm.
• University Theatre: Strictly Speaking. Anthony Shou is a principal consultant for Kirkegaard, a company renowned worldwide for its focus on architectural acoustics in concert halls, theatres, studios and libraries. 6pm.
Friday, February 26
• Crafts Center: Two in-person Crafternoon classes for NC State students only. Watercolor Tulips, and Bead and Wire Wrap Rings. 4-7pm.
CHECK. IT. OUT.
• 31 seconds of joy: Earlier this month in Stewart Theatre, the pep band played the NC State fight song together in person for the first time since March 2020. You can find the video on the Department of Music Facebook or Twitter sites.
• Crafts classes are filling quickly this spring. Check the last chance list for both in-person and online classes that might still have space available.
• Arts Spotlight: The latest post features an interview with Alexandra Burchette, program assistant in the NC State Dance Program.
• The winter issue of the NC State Alumni Magazine is available online, and there’s quite a collection of articles and mentions that have an arts connection – including the Global Courtyard (with the Heath Satow sculpture rescued by staff of the Crafts Center and University Theatre), an update on the new carillon in the Belltower, former NC State LIVE and University Theatre staff member Toni Harris Thorpe, former FANS board president John Coggin, Dr. Doneka Scott, Dr. Tom Stafford, and Jack The Radio musician George Hage.
• Campus History Series: When MLK and the KKK met in Raleigh. Jason Miller, professor of English and author of Origins of the Dream, will discuss his research into this little-known historical convergence. Dr. Miller partnered with NC State LIVE, CHASS, the NC State University Libraries, and the African American Cultural Center for “Experiencing King at NC State” in September 2016; revisit that project in the fall 2016 issue of #creativestate (beginning on page 16). Tuesday, February 23 at 12pm.
• Red, White & Black Virtual Tour: The NC State Alumni Association is hosting an evening with Toni Harris Thorpe, former program director at the African American Cultural Center (and before that, a member of the Arts NC State staff). This virtual tour will revisit campus locations that helped give voice to the Black experience at NC State, followed by Q&A. Wednesday, February 24 at 5:30pm.
• Student Leadership and Engagement is offering multiple alternative service break spring opportunities this semester, including “Soul of the City,” a virtual immersion into Raleigh’s multicultural art community. Saturday, February 27 at 1pm.
IN THE NEWS
• CBS News: Country stars weigh in on the state of country music. North Carolina music artist Rissi Palmer – the headliner for the first NC State LIVE @ the Lot concert last October – joined fellow artists Vince Gill, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd in this CBS interview about the challenges of diversity in country music.
• The New York Times: Black, Female and Carving Out Their Own Path in Country Music. Five singer-songwriters (a group that includes Rissi Palmer) discuss the challenges of becoming the change they want to see in a famously homogeneous segment of the music industry.
• NPR’s All Things Considered: Country Music Continues to Confront Racism. Michel Martin speaks with Rissi Palmer, host of the Apple Music show “Color Me Country,” about the Morgan Wallen controversy and what the fallout says about the culture of country music.
• NC Writers’ Network: NCSU Student Wins Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize. Isaac Hughes Green, a student in NC State’s MFA in creative writing program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has won this year’s prize for his short story “Fifteens.”
• NC State Alumni Magazine: Creature Comforts. Check out the piece about alumnus George Hage and his country-infused rock back Jack The Radio. Hage was an NC State LIVE #PackPops performer in fall 2020, and Jack The Radio will headline NC State LIVE @ the Lot on May 6, 2021.
• Bulletin: Yoga for Life. HES associate teaching professor (and dance teacher) Autumn Mist Belk is featured in this NC State News piece about yoga courses at NC State.