Monday morning arts news, May 2


Monday, May 2

• University Theatre: TheatreFEST 2022 tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. After the two-year pandemic break, TheatreFEST returns with a BANG, expanding to be Raleigh’s hub for summer theatre. Centered around the production of Stephen Sondheim’s multiple Tony Award-winning dark comedy, Assassins, TheatreFEST (June 2-19) will include a 24-hour challenge to create four 10-minute plays; the first public staging of a new one-woman show by a (very soon to be) young alum; the return of the TheatreFESTival open house that reveals some of the magic behind live performance; previews of work to come from neighboring theatre companies; the first workshop offering of a new musical work-in-progress by Honest Pint Theatre Company; and new Insight tracks to get more from your Assassins experience.

Tuesday, May 3 through Saturday, May 7

• Gregg Museum of Art & Design: Visit your museum! There are three exhibitions currently open at the Gregg: the trompe l’oeil ceramics of Eric Serritella, photographs of Indian threshold drawings by Martha Strawn, and collages by NC State College of Design alumnus Frank Lee Craig. Galleries open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 5

• NC State LIVE and Centennial Campus: LIVE @ Lake Raleigh free outdoor concert of high-energy Latin fusion by Tumbao. Food trucks at 5 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. Learn everything.

• Gregg Museum of Art & Design: Exhibition opening reception. The Gregg will host the first opening reception in over two years to celebrate the three current exhibitions: Frank Lee Craig – Near Distance, Across the Threshold of India, and Eric Serritella – Sharing Spaces. 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 7

• The spring University Commencement ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. in PNC Arena.


• The NC State Jazz Orchestra has been invited to perform at the 76th annual Midwest Clinic international band and orchestra conference, which will take place in Chicago in December. This is the first time a collegiate ensemble from North Carolina will perform at the conference.

• Between graduations and weddings, it’s the season for gift shopping. Don’t forget to check out the windows of the Member-Made Street Gallery at the Crafts Center, featuring the work of active Crafts Center members, instructors, and registered NC State students who are taking classes at the center.

• The spring 2022 NC State Crowdfunding campaign includes two arts projects: Dance Student Research and Choreography, and Power Sound of the South Drumline Equipment. This fundraising effort runs through May 13. The minimum gift amount on the crowdfunding platform is only $5.

• Next Sunday, May 8, is your last day to help the Gregg Museum by voting in the Indy “Best of the Triangle” competition. The Gregg is a finalist in two categories: Best Museum (in the Out & About group) and Best-Kept Secret (in the Local Color group).


• Our State Magazine: Feeder of the Pack: Players Retreat in Raleigh. While it’s nice to see a shout-out for University Theatre in this article, the story is not entirely accurate (Thompson Hall didn’t become the home of campus theatre until 1964). The correct connection, Raleigh Little Theatre, is noted in this 2011 Technician article. However, it’s delightful to be reminded that the Players Retreat name was created with a nod to theatre, not sports.

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