Monday morning arts news: September 21


Monday, September 21

University Theatre: Preparing the Performer series. Theatre games with Mia Self. Both in-person (and socially distanced) outside at Thompson Commons, and virtually on Zoom. 4pm. Students only.

University Theatre: Out Loud series. Reading of Antikoni by Beth Piatote. 7pm.

Tuesday, September 22

University Theatre: How to Theatre series. Student choice: Sewing Machine 101. Laura Parker and Adrienne McKenzie will share everything you ever wanted to know about a consumer grade sewing machine. 1pm.

University Theatre: Strictly Speaking series. North Carolina native Nathan Crocker is a professional actor and accent/dialect coach based in the NYC area, and a voice and speech professor at Rutgers. 6pm.

Wednesday, September 23

YAY! The galleries at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design reopen for the first time since March. Free as always, but timed-entry tickets are required. Hours for now are 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Friday.

University Theatre: How to Theatre series. Student choice: Scenic. Join Dave Jensen and Mike White to learn all about pneumatics and how to build a flat. 4pm.

Thursday, September 24

NC State LIVE: #PackPops performance. George Hage of Jack the Radio (rock and blues sensibility blended with Americana, folk and country). 11:30am, outside at Stafford Commons. (rescheduled from September 17 thanks to last week’s rainy visit from Sally)

University Theatre: Strictly Speaking series. David Tompkins is a performing arts executive with over 30 years of experience in film, television, nonprofits, live concerts, and production management (including the Sundance Film Festival). 6pm.

University Theatre: Out Loud series. Reading of Middle Grounds by Penny Lawrence and Jack Deweese, honorable mention for the 2020 Arts NC State Creative Artist Award. 7pm.

Saturday, September 26

Football: Virginia Tech (away). 8pm.

Sunday, September 27

YOM KIPPUR begins at sunset.


NC State LIVE commissioned alumna Dare Coulter ‘15 to paint a work for their 2020/21 season poster. Learn more and see the awesome poster.

Explore Crafts Center online classes that start soon and have space available. The list includes Intro to Digital Painting, a Crafternoon tie-dye class just for NC State students, Intro to Adobe InDesign + Typography, Intro to Drawing, and a Weaving crash course.

The Gregg Museum galleries reopen to the public on Wednesday, September 23. See the exhibitions that will be open, as well as the exhibitions available for virtual tours. All (free) in-person visits require a timed-entry ticket.

The Crafts Center will conduct its first classes from the new C:LAB makerspace, starting September 25. These classes are offered as part of a new professional development series, which will include focused instruction for software programs, personal branding/marketing, and applied skills.

Where Paradise Lay: Art and Southern Sanctuary, an exhibition that includes the photography of Gregg Museum director Roger Manley, has opened at the KMAC Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.


Technician: Head of film studies Marsha Gordon debuts documentary short films. Writer Emilie Osborne interviews CHASS professor Marsha Gordon about her two documentary shorts, Rendered Small (2017) and All the Possibilities (2019). Both films were inspired by exhibitions at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design.

Technician: The arts were the saving grace of 2020. Opinion writer Kristina Beek shares her thoughts on the importance of the arts during the year of COVID-19.

The Bitter Southerner: Way Out People, Way Out There. Laura Relyea writes about the 2019 book, Walks to the Paradise Garden, that follows the paths of photographers Roger Manley (now director of the Gregg Museum) and Guy Mendes, and poet Jonathan Williams as they crisscrossed the South in the 1980s.

Los Angeles Times: Two L.A. artists earn 2020 Doris Duke awards. The prize: $275,000. Choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez, artistic director of CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theatre, has been named a 2020 Doris Duke Artist. A native of North Carolina, Alvarez’s company has been presented by NC State LIVE for residencies and performances in 2016 and 2019, and has set work on the student dancers of the Panoramic Dance Project of the NC State Dance Program, performed both on campus and at the 2018 ACCelerate Festival in Washington, D.C. Las Cafeteras, the L.A.-based Chicano band that performed with CONTRA-TIEMPO at NC State in fall 2019 was scheduled to be a part of the 2020-21 NC State LIVE season. While that concert has been delayed for a year, they’ll be joining NC State LIVE for a Zoom “block party” on Tuesday, October 6.

Visit Raleigh Insider: Jack the Radio’s “Creatures” Video Captures Raleigh’s Own Iconic Dinosaur. Just in time for George Hage’s NC State LIVE #PackPops visit to campus on Thursday, check out this David Menconi feature.

That’s it for this week, folks. Be safe, wear your face covering, wash your hands, support our students, and embrace our fall 2020 arts experiences at NC State!