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Arts Listings, May 7

May 6, 2014 

  • Motley: Master of the human mystery

    The Nasher Gallery’s remarkable show on Archibald Motley closes Sunday, and again we urge you to visit the works of this American painter.

    You simply must see this exhibit live to appreciate the power of life Motley’s portraits convey up close, the way you would like to meet a person.

    Motley exceeded Sargent in presenting, as Amy M. Mooney terms it, exterior signs to signal interior states of being.

    His subjects, whether low-born or high-bred, white and black (or like his masterful “The Octoroon Girl,” a little of both) are revealed in the mystery of their humanness.

    There is a room devoted to his season in Paris, 1929-1930, and one for early years in Chicago, where he painted black culture and café life along State Street.

    In these, Motley diverges from the Real and paints with fauvist color, making sly commentary on racial coding.

    From years when the minstrel show was still fading out, Motley’s work drew attention to paradoxes of race-perception in a way that strikes us as keenly “post-modern.”

    The collection leaves us for the Amon Carter in Fort Worth, the L.A. County Museum of Art, and the Whitney, where it will stay through fall of 2015.

    When: Through Sunday (hours vary)

    Where: Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Duke University

    Tickets: $5; (Thursdays free, 5 to 9 p.m.)

    Info: nasher.duke.edu/

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

FESTIVALS/EVENTS

LIVE & LOCAL MUSIC & ART: The Live & Local Music & Art series will be from 6-9 p.m. Fridays through June 27 at The Plaza at 140 West Franklin in Chapel Hill. 140westfranklinplaza.com.

BYNUM FRONT PORCH: The Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series will feature performances from 7-9 p.m. Fridays at 950 Bynum Road, Bynum. bynumfrontporch.org.

CLAYWORKS GUILD SPRING SALE: The ClayWorks Guild Spring Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. ncclayworks.org.

ART IN THE GARDEN: The 20th annual Art in the Garden Sculptural Invitational will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at 1902 Borland Road, Hillsborough. 919-757-2181, garden-art-gallery.com.

ARTISTS’ SALON: The Orange County Arts Commission will host an Artists’ Salon from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. RSVP. 919-968-2011, arts@orangecountync.gov.

GRANTS: The Orange County Arts Commission will accept applications for grants for the spring until 5 p.m. Friday, May 23. artsorange.org.

APPRENTICESHIP SCHOLARSHIP: Carrboro offers a $1,000 scholarship for young artists participating in a summer apprenticeship. High school seniors, college students and people who have graduated from college in the past year may apply by 5 p.m. Friday, May 30. townofcarrboro.org/AdvBoards/Art.

FESTIFALL: Applications for artists for the 42nd annual Festifall Arts Festifall will be accepted with a $25 fee through Friday, May 30. Festifall will be Sunday, Oct. 5. townofchapelhill.org/festifall.

MUSIC

ALOFT CHAPEL HILL: 1001 S. Hamilton Road. Tuesdays: Bibis Ellison and Dante. W xyz bar. 8-10 p.m. 919-932-7772.

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. May 9: Rolling Roots Review. May 11: Tret Fure. June 6: Songs from the Circle 3. June 8: Jeannette and Johnny Williams, Louisa Branscomb. June 12: Beppe Gambetta, Jack Lawrence. June 15: Burning Bridget Cleary. June 19: Clarke Buehling. 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org.

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. May 8: The Gaslight Anthem. May 9: Sylvan Esso. May 11: Spirit Family Reunion, Clear Plastic Masks, Fly Golden Eagle. June 12: Cut Copy, Melanie Martinez. June 14: The English Beat. June 21: Bombadil. June 22: Say Anything. Aug. 1: Boris. 919-967-9053, catscradle.com.

HAW RIVER BALLROOM: 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw. May 7: Greensky Bluegrass. May 18: Deer Tick. June 2-3: Lucinda Williams. hawriverballroom.com.

HILL HALL: UNC campus. May 16: Women’s Voices Chorus, “The Long Bright.” 919-962-1039, womensvoiceschorus.org, music.unc.edu.

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. May 15: Eagulls. 919-942-5506, local506.com.

MEMORIAL HALL: 114 E. Cameron Ave. May 31: Voices, “The Genius of Mozart.” 919-843-3333, ncsymphony.org, carolinaperformingarts.org.

SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar. May 13, May 27, June 3: Jazzbeau.

UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 150 E. Franklin St. June 8: Cantari, “Vaughan Williams and Tavener: A Cosmic Cycle of Life and Death.” July 18: Voices, “American Songs, Poems & Spirituals.” voiceschapelhill.org/buy.

RECEPTIONS/OPENINGS

CHAPEL HILL ART GALLERY: 1215 E. Franklin St. May 9: Rose Wenkel, “My Many Facets of Art.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4557, chapelhillartgallery.com.

FRANK: 109 E. Franklin St. May 9: “GRAPHIC: Drawings and Prints.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4135, frankisart.com.

HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. May 30: Arianna Bara, Pat Lloyd, Pat Merriman, “The Fifth Element.” 6-9 p.m. 919-732-5001, hillsboroughgallery.com.

WOMANCRAFT: 370 E. Main St., suite 170, Carrboro. May 9: “Carolina Birds and Blooms.” 6-9 p.m. 919-929-3300, womancraftgifts.com.

THEATER/DANCE

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. May 9-11, 15-18: “Gem of the Ocean.” May 31: Triangle Youth Ballet, “Circus Circus.” 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org.

CARRBORO CENTURY CENTER: 100 N. Greenboro St. May 31: Triangle Guitar Society Benefit Concert. footnotestapensemble.org, rhythmandsoleshow.eventbrite.com.

CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL: 1709 High School Road. May 17: Triangle Youth Ballet, “Cinderella.” hanestheatre.org.

DEEP DISH THEATER COMPANY: University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive. May 9-31: “Life is a Dream.” 919-968-1515, deepdishtheater.org.

ST. MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. May 8: Joshua Lozoff. 919-732-7451, stmatthewshillsborough.org.

TOP OF THE HILL BACK BAR: 100 E. Franklin St. Tuesdays: Back Bar Comedy, 9 p.m.

FOR KIDS

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. May 10: “Transactors Improv: For Families!” 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org.

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