Feminist Casting Agency is a multi-disciplinary art experience with many manifestations from installations to roving performance to media art. Our work is playful, respectful, enlightening, inclusive, empowering, positive, and kind.
We support equal pay, equal employment, and equal representation.
Lumi Ciclo is a public projection installation on the walking bridge, that comes on every evening at sunset. The installation continues to run through to 1am. Every 15 minutes, on the hour, half-hour, and quarter, the animations change to indicate the time. In addition, the colors of the projections slowly evolve over the seasons.
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ArtistRelief.org - To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
News from the Field continues to cover the latest on the response to the coronavirus and resources for the arts sector.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
COVID-19: Resources and an Update from NYFA contains resources from arts and culture organizations to supplement what you have likely already seen from city and national health organizations including information on emergency grants and health resources.
These 30-minute experiences will introduce beginners to the wonder of glassmaking. Sign up for a class in our glass blowing or flameworking studio to have an experienced artist guide you through the process. You will produce a fabulous piece of art that will be ready for your pickup the following day - or we can ship it to you! Prices range from $50 to $80 depending on what you choose to make. Jump on over to the website and pick an available time!
Purchase Art from Local and Regional Glass Artists
Each day come by our gallery to see the beautiful work of area glass artists. Cups, vases, bowls, ornaments, lighting, sculpture and jewelry along with many other fabulous objects. All made by hand by area artists of North Carolina! While you visit you will be able to also see our studios where glass artists are at work and people from across the country come to experience glass firsthand!
Open Sun, Mon, Wed & Thurs 10am-5pm; Friday & Sat 10am-6pm
Screening of Alex Prager’s (American b. 1979), Face in the Crowd, 2013, HD Digital Video, 11 minutes, 36 seconds
A part of our current exhibit, TRANSFORMATION: A Photography Exhibit.
All Screening Times:
Tuesday, June 1st - 6pm
Thursday, June 24th - 11AM
Thursday, July 8th, 5:30PM
Tuesday, July 20th, 5:30pm
Thursday, July 29th, 5:30pm
Thursday, August 12th - 11am
About the Exhibition:
The photographer is an artist who applies a lens to the world and the contemporary social order. TRANSFORMATION is a gathering of powerful and intriguing images that open stories of our times and portray a world undergoing transformation.
The exhibition will also explore the transformation of the photographic process. Photography as an artistic medium has been the beneficiary of changing technologies and new materials in the last quarter-century. The artist now has dramatic latitude in terms of scale and visual media. Photography is no longer just a pretty picture or a document. It can be many things at once, integrating many materials and media.
Monthly Jazz Jams return live at Flushing Town Hall the second Wednesday of every month! Open to professional jazz musicians, graduate students studying jazz, music educators and serious hobbyists, Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jams invites musicians to perform at Flushing Town Hall. All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Our Steinway baby grand and drum kit are available at each Jam. House Band and Jam Sessions are led by Carol Sudhalter, with Joe Vincent Tranchina, Scott Neumann, and Eric Lemon. Don't play, but love jazz? Come listen!
$10/FREE for Members, Students, & Jamming Musicians
Imani Winds & Cory Smythe "Revolutionary AKA The C
After a yearlong postponement, the barrier-breaking, repertoire-expanding wind ensemble Imani Winds will return to Durham. This fall’s offering, Revolutionary aka The Civil Rights Project, thematically organizes several commissions from the past dozen years around the ongoing struggle for racial justice in America. Following an arrangement of Sam Cooke’s plaintive and pointed “A Change is Gonna Come,” we hear Frederic Rzewski’s “Sometimes,” commissioned by and premiered at Duke Performances in 2015 in celebration of the legacy of historian John Hope Franklin. Vijay Iyer’s “Bruits,” composed in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s 2012 killing, features pianist Cory Smythe and treats “the murderous consequences of the stand your ground law,” while Jason Moran’s “Cane” — a reference to his ancestral home near the Cane River in Louisiana — explores the impact of slavery within his family history. The evening rounds out with Imani co-founder Valerie Coleman’s “Bronzeville,” an invocation of three poems by Chicago literary legend Gwendolyn Brooks.
The O'Keeffe Circle: Artist as Gallerist and Colle
The experimental paintings and drawings of Georgia O’Keeffe found their greatest early advocate in Alfred Stieglitz, the gallerist and photographer whom she married in 1924. Through Stieglitz, O’Keeffe was introduced to critics, collectors, and a collegial community of avant-garde painters with whom she showed her newest works. In time, several artists came to trust her to hang their shows at the galleries with the same careful, unerring eye that she brought to her own annual installation. In effect, O’Keeffe functioned as co-curator with the oracular Stieglitz, often moderating his enthusiasms with a dispassionate exactness.
Quoting extensively from her letters, this small, two-room exhibition will explore O’Keeffe as a gallerist in New York and as a collector in her New York apartments and residences in New Mexico. She was highly judicious in selecting the art that shared her home, claiming that “My home is simple, but I aim to make it simpler!”
The recent promised gift, O’Keeffe’s "Cedar Tree with Lavender Hills," 1937, will be joined by works by Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Calder, John Marin, Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, and others.
Reynolda House is grateful for the support of The Robert and Constance Emken Fund of the Winston-Salem Foundation
FREE ADMISSION Museum members, children 18 and under, students with valid ID, first responders, military personnel with ID, Employees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with valid ID (plus one guest)
Participants in this session will learn how to make a turkey wing broom. Cull processed hurl, separate the hurl into nine sections, tie sequentially into the shape of a wing, and fasten the handle using broom corn stalks. Included in this session also will be information about the history of broom making, the plant (sorghum vulgare), sources of both broom corn and twine, and other possible types or styles of brooms.
PLEASE NOTE: Limited seating available. An 80% refund will be issued if the participant cancels three weeks prior to the event. For cancellations made less than three weeks prior to the event, BRAHM will issue a refund IF the museum is able to fill the vacated spot.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Peter Werner has been a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild since 2008. He learned his craft 26 years ago, and often demonstrates at the Folk Art Center in Asheville. He has taught broom making throughout the Southeast as well as in California and Wisconsin. His brooms are featured in the Baker Center at the NC Arboretum, and the Folk Art Center and Guild craft Stores of the SHCG.
This workshop has limited tickets to ensure social distancing. Everyone will have their own table to work at, with plenty of space in between. People who share the same house may work at the same table. Masks are required.
Before the Beatles, there was Buddy Holly and the Crickets. It’s the 1950’s and a young man from Texas with big glasses and an even bigger dream is catapulting to the top of the Rock and Roll charts. With classic songs like “Peggy Sue,” and “That’ll Be The Day,” along with “La Bamba,” this high octane musical is a celebration of a man whose music and values were ahead of his time.
Rated PG for Parental Guidance. This play contains some mild adult themes.
WRITTEN BY Alan Janes
DIRECTED BY Suzanne Agins
CHOREOGRAPHED BY Jamal Story
Military Appreciation Night- Wed. October 20, 2021
Susan Werner is dynamite on stage, effortlessly injecting any song with an irresistible energy borne from her sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. Pulling from a repertoire that falls somewhere between folk, jazz and pop, Werner has enjoyed a multifaceted music career, boasting a well-earned reputation as a fixture on the folk scene and collection of original works that feel both familiar and wholly original. With a personable yet refined demeanor, Werner delivers her insightful, thought-provoking lyrics over a fusion of rustic American folk, blues and country rhythms.
About the Author - Richard Chase collected The Jack Tales in the mountain country of North Carolina, where they have been handed down for generations. Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This book contains eighteen stories about Jack, many of them still completely new to the average reader. And what adventures Jack has! Noted American folklorist Richard Chase (1904–1988) has been called the man “most responsible for the renaissance of Appalachian storytelling.” A collector of tales that had been handed down from generation to generation in the Appalachian regions of the United States, Chase was born in Alabama and lived in the mountains of North Carolina.
Spooky Tales from across the Carolinas come to life on stage as a group of friends recount several haunting stories around a campfire. Discover some of our state’s best legends and revisit some of your favorites, including The Ring, Brown Mountain Lights, Face The Balcony, Swamp Girl, The Pirate Ghost of Folly Island, and The Miner Ghost of Joe McGee. Great for NC history!
Self-taught pianist by three, professional musician by fifteen, teacher to Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis soon thereafter, and later Duke’s first Artist in Residence and Director of the Duke Jazz Ensemble, Mary Lou Williams’s 20th-century artistic scope was stratospheric. In 1945, she turned toward the stars with the landmark Zodiac Suite, a constellation of jazz tone poems inspired by the astrological signs of her musical contemporaries. Their boundary-breaking, stylistic intertwining — tilting from blues to early swing to jagged jazz harmony — caught the ear of GRAMMY-nominated pianist Chris Pattishall, a fellow musical wunderkind, rising star in the New York jazz scene, and Durham native. Pattishall spent over a decade with Williams’s compositions, expanding and exploding their instrumentation into a full-bodied interpretive album, Zodiac. This world premiere performance, enlivened by sound design from experimental musician and composer Rafiq Bhatia and video projections by artist Kim Alpert, will bring Williams’s work home to Duke and Durham in an unprecedented way.
After a year of virtual offerings, Duke’s resident Ciompi Quartet returns in-person this November with an evening program featuring compositions created during the World War II period. Ciompi will be joined by students from the Duke Chamber Music Program.
The program opens with Irish-English composer Maconchy’s 1942 String Quartet #4, an economical set of movements representative of her melodic and expressive style that gestures toward Maconchy’s Celtic roots. Completed the same year, Prokofiev’s String Quartet #2 in F Minor coalesced while the composer was living in the North Caucasus, displaced by the Nazis’ invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. The evening closes with Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings, written during the waning months of WWII and widely regarded as an elegy for Germany’s destruction during the war. (Strauss’s annotation “IN MEMORIAM” follows his concluding quotation from the first four bars of the Eroica’s Marcia Funebre.) The work, which builds from a set of small melodic ideas that traverse the emotional spectrum from despair to hope, mobilizes, as Juergen May writes, “all of the rhetorical means developed over the centuries to express pain.”
The Durham, North Carolina-based Gaspard&Dancers is a group of artistically and athletically gifted dancers who perform works that marry playful physicality with lyrical, athletic partnering. The result is works of haunting beauty and emotional force. Critics have described the dancers’ quality of movement as “exuberant,” “organic,” “buoyant,” and “floating with natural ease.” Gaspard&Dancers is an inclusive and diverse dance company founded upon a shared passion for versatile movement that is physically inventive, emotionally dynamic, and inspiring to people of all ages and backgrounds.
“Music-making of the highest order,” wrote TheGuardian of the three Schumann brothers and violist Liisa Randalu, who together make up the Schumann Quartet. After training with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne, the close-knit ensemble entered the classical music scene in 2007 with fanfare and have received numerous accolades since, including the Newcomer Award at the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards. They pick up the baton from the Belcea Quartet in this Chamber Arts Series, playing the second of Brahms’ op. 51, a more expansive, lyrical piece than the first that also pays homage to Bach with contrapuntal textures throughout. Also on the program is Beethoven’s elegant Quartet No. 5 in A Major, op. 18, modeled directly on Mozart’s quartet in the same key, and Ravel’s first and only string quartet, which was written when the composer was completing his studies at Paris Conservatory, repeatedly striving — and failing — to win first place at the Prix de Rome.
Featuring songs from the classic 1971 film and new songs by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, this timeless musical will satisfy the most discerning sweet tooth! Follow the adventures of the 5 winners of the coveted Golden Ticket as they tour Willy Wonka’s mysterious and marvelous candy factory. Charlie Bucket and the other four kids must follow Wonka’s rules…or suffer the consequences.
Nov. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and Dec. 3, 4, 5, 2021
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm / Sundays at 3:00pm
Set in the run-up and aftermath of the 2016 election, Pop brings the Canard County trilogy to a close as Dawn, the young narrator of Gipe’s first novel, Trampoline, is now the mother of the seventeen-year-old Nicolette. Whereas Dawn has become increasingly agoraphobic as the internet persuades her the world is descending into chaos, Nicolette narrates an Appalachia where young people start businesses rooted in local food culture and work to build community. But Nicolette’s precocious rise in the regional culinary scene is interrupted when her policeman cousin violently assaults her, setting in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy the family—and Canard County in the process.
In the tradition of Gipe’s first two novels, Pop’s Appalachia is full of clear-eyed, caring, creative, and complicated people struggling to hang on to what is best about their world and reject what is not. Their adventures reflect an Appalachia that is overrun by outside commentators looking for stories to tell about the region—sometimes positive, sometimes negative, but almost always oversimplified.
About the Author - Robert Gipe lives and works in Harlan County, Kentucky. Pop is his third Ohio University Press novel. His first, Trampoline, won the 2016 Weatherford Award for Appalachian novel of the year. His second novel, Weedeater, was a Weatherford finalist. For the past thirty years, he has worked in arts-based organizing and is the founding co-producer of the Higher Ground community performance series. He has contributed to numerous journals and anthologies, is a playwright, and is currently a script consultant on a forthcoming television show based on Beth Macy’s Dopesick. Author photo by Amelia Kirby.
The magic returns this year when Charlotte Ballet’s holiday classic Nutcracker is back on stage at the Belk Theater. Hailed as “a show that sparkles from end to end,” this enchanting production, including Tchaikovsky’s treasured music performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, is the perfect way to celebrate the season with family and friends.
The first piano duo in history to receive Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant, Christina and Michelle Naughton are stellar orchestral soloists and “master-pianists” (Gramophone), who “have to be heard to be believed” (Washington Post). The pair return to Duke Performances with some of the most dynamic and challenging works in the repertoire, all of which were initially written for other forces: Grieg added the additional second piano part to Mozart’s Sonata No. 16, while Ravel himself transcribed his own orchestral work — originally conceived as a ballet — into a two-piano reduction. When Beethoven refused to translate Große Fuge into a four-hand piano arrangement, the publisher called upon Anton Haim to complete the task. Intensely disliking the transcription, Beethoven then drafted his own fiendishly difficult arrangement, which the Naughton sisters tackle in this concert.
“For four decades,” Odissi dance master Bijayini Satpathy writes, “the Odissi I have known and owned has been someone else’s song, someone else’s making, someone else’s idea, someone else’s feelings and emotions.” Hailed by The New Yorker as “a performer of exquisite grace and technique,” Satpathy spent 25 years as Principal Dancer with India’s famed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble before striking out on her own to create this singular solo work that radically integrates Odissi’s pasts and proposes its possible futures. This December, Durham audiences will be the first to see the result: ABHIPSAA — a seeking, co-commissioned by Duke Performances and New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center. Satpathy boldly explores her solo voice, advancing the vocabulary of Indian classical dance; ABHIPSAA — a seeking pairs Satpathy’s mesmerizing and rigorous choreography with a new musical score.
At the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, British gospel group The Kingdom Choir sang a moving rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” their voices ringing through Windsor Castle and captivating all 1,900 guests in attendance, plus an estimated 3 billion viewers around the globe. Led by Karen Gibson, one of the U.K.’s most respected gospel tutors and choir conductors, the London-based choir is a tight-knit community of talented vocalists dedicated to harnessing the raw power of the human voice. From their inspiring ode to Britain’s young royals to performances in concert halls around the globe, The Kingdom Choir is known for their breathtaking harmonies, warm energy and infectious enthusiasm on stage, serving as a sterling example of love, hope and unity.
Having initially cut their teeth as six choral scholars at Cambridge’s King’s College in 1968, the King’s Singers have undergone many iterations and personnel changes, all the while maintaining the gold standard in a cappella singing and developing their signature close-harmony style. They’ve also long ripped up the rulebook, bringing together songs both ancient and contemporary, classical and popular, sacred and secular. “The famed King’s Singers’ attention to pin-point pitching, slick ensemble, and deft balances between the voices are present in abundance”, heralded BBC Music Magazine. Their return to Duke Performances is accompanied by a program as wide-ranging as you would expect, from traditional plainchant to the 1940s Mel Tormé classic, instantly recognizable by its opening line: “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” As is King’s Singers’ tradition, the evening will wrap up with an assortment of new surprises and festive favorites.