Monday morning arts news, May 17


Tuesday, May 18 through Friday, May 21

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

Thursday, May 20

• Gregg Museum: Virtual Guided Tour. Join a Zoom tour of Daniel Johnston’s current installation, A Thousand Throws. Registration required. 4pm.

• NC State LIVE @ Centennial presents the final drive-in concert with the high-energy Afro-Brazilian grooves of Caique Vidal and Batuque. Gates and food trucks at 5:30pm, concert at 6:30pm. Details and gate passes at [Arts NC State faculty and staff: contact Katherine Fuller directly at].

• Music: The NC State Choirs perform the virtual premiere of a newly commissioned song cycle – “Where We Find Ourselves” – by composer Michael Bussewitz-Quarm. The new piece was inspired by the work of Durham native Hugh Mangum, an itinerant photographer who worked in the shadow of Jim Crow laws from 1897-1922, photographing a clientele that was diverse both racially and economically. Mangum’s glass plate negative photography was featured in an exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art in 2019, and examples are available online. Presented on the Music YouTube channel. 7pm.

Thursday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22

• The Department of Music is hosting a piano sale in Price Music Center, featuring a large selection of grand pianos, baby grands, digital player grands, vertical (upright) pianos, and digital pianos. See details and make an appointment to attend.


• Woodworking? Metalsmithing? Silkscreening? Landscape painting? Fused glass? Pottery? Sewing? There are dozens of opportunities to check out! Summer crafts classes – both in-person and online – begin on May 19.

• Written and performed by University Theatre students, the Devised 2020 project was staged outdoors in April. In the piece, the students explore themes of isolation and anxiety in a collage of scenes and songs, reflecting on the events of 2020 and how their world has changed. Video of the production is now available on YouTube.

• See Rich Holly’s latest blog post – titled “Artistic Ancestry” – where he discusses honoring those who came before you in your artistry.


• DASA News: Showing Gratitude Through Song. To recognize their tremendous contribution to campus during a challenging year, NC State LIVE arranged for a lunchtime concert to honor the staff of the Student Health Center, featuring singer and cellist Shana Tucker.

• Broadway World: The Next Festival of Emerging Artists Announces Its 2021 Virtual Festival. Peter Askim, NC State’s director of orchestral studies, is also the artistic director of the Next Festival of Emerging Artists.

• NPR: Camille A. Brown: How Can We Tap Into Our Creative Expression Through Dance? NC State LIVE artist “alum” Camille A. Brown was featured on the TED Radio Hour this week.

• Jimmy Kimmel Live: Amythyst Kiah. NC State LIVE presented the first LIVE @ The Pour House Music Hall concerts in fall 2019. And then Covid happened. One of the artists on the series (obviously an impressive choice by the NC State LIVE team) performed on the Jimmy Kimmel show on May 7.

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