Monday morning arts news, July 12


Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16

• New Student Orientation: Campus visits are happening every weekday through July 30.

Tuesday, July 13 through Friday, July 16

• Gregg Museum: Visit your museum! Galleries open 10am-5pm. The summer Silent Film Celebration continues, with films running in a loop during museum hours.

Thursday, July 15

• Gregg Museum: Virtual silent film screening of The Revenge of the Kinematograph Cameraman (1912). This Russian 12-minute stop-action animation masterpiece uses actual dried insect specimens (beetles, grasshoppers and dragonflies) as stop-motion puppets. The silent short will be followed by a presentation about early experimental techniques in silent film. Registration required. 4pm.

Friday, July 16

• Make Music at NC State: Orientation Info Session. Music department head Dan Monek will be joined by Chris Branam (symphonic band) and Nathan Leaf (choirs) in a Zoom Q&A session for new students. 4pm.


• Rich Holly’s latest “Our Life in the Arts” blog post focuses on the villages that support us all – including the advice that you can’t go through your career being only on the receiving end of the benefits of a village. You must “give back” in order to keep it going.

• The last day of the current display of artwork in the Member-Made Street Gallery at the Crafts Center is Wednesday, July 14. The windows will then be refreshed and reopen on July 21. Don’t forget that many of the pieces on display are available for purchase!

• It’s always fun to explore the annual DownBeat Critics Poll, just released. It offers a sweet trip down memory lane seeing the names of so many of the very best artists in jazz who have performed on the NC State LIVE series – Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Catherine Russell, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Billy Childs, Joshua Redman, Hiromi, Dianne Reeves, Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spaulding, Mark O’Connor, Stanley Clarke, Pedrito Martinez, Stefon Harris, Jazzmeia Horn, Lizz Wright, Kurt Elling, Ruthie Foster, Peter Cincotti. And how many years has Regina Carter been at the top of the violin category? We’ve lost track. Perhaps even more exciting is to see the names of two outstanding artists who will be performing on the series this fall: Arturo O’Farrill and Lakecia Benjamin.

• Get ready: Registration for fall classes at the Crafts Center begins on July 19 for NC State students and on July 26 for everyone else.

• Up for a little Tower of Power? Enjoy a YouTube video of “What is Hip?” from the NC State Varsity Pep Band. Props to the sousaphone players for their smartphone mastery.

• And speaking of towers, have you seen this great virtual tour of the newly renovated Belltower?


• Veterinary Medicine News: In Memoriam: Randy Ward, 1945-2021. Randall Ward and his wife Susan have a long history of support for both animals and the arts at NC State. The Wards were the 2004 recipients of the Bowers Medal of Arts.

• College of Natural Resources News: Building a Case for Community Gardens. Arthur and Anya Gordon, founders and former owners of Raleigh’s iconic Irregardless Café, established the Well Fed Community Garden in 2012 to promote the benefits of growing and buying local food. And for decades, hundreds of performers on the NC State LIVE series have arrived on stage happy and well-fed thanks to delicious pre-show meals courtesy of Irregardless.

• CHASS News: Entrepreneur Kaitlin Fritz Reimagines How Children Experience Arts, Culture. After graduating from NC State with a degree in English, Fritz earned a master’s degree in art history at University College London. Now she has co-founded a company that works to make arts and culture accessible to children around the globe.

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