Tuesday morning arts news, January 19


Tuesday-Friday, January 19-22

• Gregg Museum: Get your free timed ticket on Eventbrite and explore the three recently opened exhibitions. Galleries open 10am-5pm.

Tuesday, January 19

• Crafts Center: As a part of Winter Welcome Week, the Crafts Center staff is offering a virtual tour of the studios (clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, lapidary, mixed media, photography, wood and the new craft lab) and a free introductory Zentangle lesson. 11am. (Students only)

Wednesday, January 20

• Arts NC State: Virtual information session and trivia on Zoom. Q&A about the six visual and performing arts programs at NC State, arts trivia questions, and prizes. 3pm. (Students only)

Thursday, January 21

• Gregg Museum: Virtual Tour. Interact with the art at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design as staff member Christina Wytko leads an in-depth, virtual guided tour of the exhibitions. You’ll be able to ask questions about exhibitions in real time. 4pm.

Friday, January 22

• Arts NC State: Virtual information session and trivia on Zoom. Q&A about the six visual and performing arts programs at NC State, arts trivia questions, and prizes. 2pm. (Students only)

• University Theatre: UT After Party. A monthly event for NC State students to meet up with fellow students interested in theatre. Register at go.ncsu.edu/utafterparty. 7pm. (Students only)

UPCOMING HOME BASKETBALL GAMES: I’ve given up on adding home games to this list. They change too often. See the latest schedules at gopack.com (click on SPORTS to see schedules).


• Registration opens at 10am today for multiple NC State LIVE and University Theatre events coming up in late January through February, and all events are free. On January 27, NC State LIVE is presenting a digital concert and conversation with the American Spiritual Ensemble. NCSL partners with the Dance Program on February 2 to present a house dance master class with choreographer Ephrat Asherie. The UT Strictly Speaking series features professional theatre makers who speak about their work, their industry, and their journey within the arts.

• Registration is open for both in-person and online classes at the Crafts Center. Check out the class possibilities in clay, fibers, glass, jewelry, lapidary, mixed media, photography and wood.

• Explore the spring 2021 Dance Program virtual master class series, with classes in acro, house, contemporary, modern, belly dance, Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Latin fusion. Registration is open for all.

• If you’ve been to a concert by one of our NC State jazz ensembles over the years, you have no doubt heard a composition or arrangement by the legendary Sammy Nestico. A trombonist for some of the greatest big bands, he was also a pioneering jazz educator, creating arrangements for all skill levels. Sammy Nestico died on Sunday at age 96. In fall semester, the NC State Jazz Lab Band recorded (remotely) his arrangement of “Satin Doll” by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn; check it out on Soundcloud.

• Here in North Carolina, we’re very fortunate to have a magnificent conservatory as part of the UNC System. If you missed the 30-minute reimagined Nutcracker film presented by the UNC School of the Arts on TV back in December, it is still available online. Perhaps even more intriguing for arts folks: the behind-the-scenes videos.


• Design Observer: Observed at DOC NYC 2020. All the Possibilities… Reflections on a Painting by Vernon Pratt is a documentary short inspired by a Gregg Museum exhibition that ran for four months beginning in October 2018. In November, the film was part of DOC NYC, American’s largest documentary film festival. The film was made by Marsha Gordon (professor of film studies at NC State) and her husband, architect Louis Cherry, and features a percussive score by Arts NC State executive director Rich Holly.

• Chatham Life & Style: Best of Triangle Arts in 2020. University Theatre was recently recognized for outstanding work in arts education. In addition, Laura Parker (UT costume designer) and Lormarev Jones (UT adjunct instructor) won awards for their work outside of NC State.

• DELTA News: Behind the Scenes of NC State’s First Virtual Commencement Ceremony. It required a cross-campus effort to create NC State’s first-ever virtual commencement ceremony in December. The Stewart Theatre staff was part of the team that made it happen.

• University Theatre: A Meaningful Color Palette: Adrienne McKenzie and the Hand & Lock Prize. Embracing the opportunities of lockdown time, UT costume technician Adrienne McKenzie was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Hand & Lock Prize in embroidery.

• Piedmont Laureate blog: Farewell in Four Parts. Tamara Kissane, playwright for University Theatre’s fall production of Argo: A Virtual Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, just completed her one-year term as Piedmont Laureate.

• NC State University: Chancellor’s 2020 Report. Take a look. You’ll find the arts mentioned in both the Purposeful and Intellectual sections of the report.