FAMILY DAY

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Join the Bechtler and artist Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson for a free day of art, creativity, and all-ages family fun as we celebrate the opening of "Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson: Infinite Space, Sublime Horizons." Explore Jónsson's stunning watercolors and large-scale paintings created on a loom that evoke the otherworldly landscape of Iceland, where the artist was born and raised. Enjoy artful conversations and activities with your family! FAMILY DAY ACTIVITIES  Make Your Own Weaving (Lobby) Try your hand at weaving using yarn handheld looms and create a mini artwork to take home! Ask an Artist (Fourth-Floor Gallery) Meet artist Hildur Jónsson and hear about the inspiration behind her artwork. Then ask her your questions! Each talk is 30-minutes and takes place at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. ​ Family Activity Guide: Places and Spaces (Galleries)Pick up a family activity guide at the front desk and explore the entire museum through fun prompts and conversation!

Free

Cameron Art Museum: Living History Day, Celebrating the 159th Anniversary of the United States Colored Troops Victory at the Battle of Forks Road.

Cameron Art Museum 3201 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC, United States

Living History Day, Celebrating the 159th Anniversary of the United States Colored Troops Victory at the Battle of Forks Road.  Join us Saturday as we honor the USCT march from Fort Fisher to Wilmington. Come interact with Civil War reenactors and learn the stories of the brave men who fought for freedom. 10 AM-5 PM Learn about the lives of USCT with reenactors from Battery B and the 1st USCT out of D.C. 11 AM Battle of Forks Road Documentary Talk with Representative from 1st USCT Reenactors out of D.C. The Battle of Forks Road documentary looks closely at the story of this Civil War skirmish that led to the fall of Wilmington, focusing on the victory of the United States Colored Troops and the significant impact they made in the Cape Fear Region. 12:30 PM Legacy Short Film Legacy is a short film chronicling the oral histories of the descendants of the United States Colored Troops by filmmaker Adam Alphin. The film paints a more complicated picture of this story than might be seen at first glance, exploring the lives of the Black, white, and Indigenous men who fought at the Battle of Forks Road where Cameron Art Museum now stands. Legacy captures the resilience […]

Free

University of North Carolina: Inna Faliks, piano

Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall 135 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most communicative, and poetic artists of her generation. She has made a name for herself through commanding performances of standard piano repertoire, as well as genre-bending, interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers. Faliks is a professor and Head of Piano at UCLA.

$15

NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART: ART IN BLOOM: ZOE WEBSTER FLORAL DEMONSTRATION WITH STEVE TARAS

North Carolina Museum of Art 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC, United States

Raleigh’s premier floral designer Steve Taras of Watered Garden Florist shares his favorite Art in Bloom memories and designs from the stage, all while creating sumptuous arrangements live. Audience members receive a chance to take home arrangements as door prizes. This is an in-person presentation; you will be seated throughout, and there is no hands-on component. Art in Bloom floral installations in West Building are ticketed separately. Parking will be crowded; arrive early to allow time for parking and walking to East Building.

$30 – $35

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA: Ex Machina Symposium | 2024 Festival on the Hill

Hyde Hall 176 East Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC, United States

PROGRAM Join us for an academic panel on music and technology in the 21st century. EX MACHINA is an interdisciplinary and multimedia project exploring the complex connections and relationship between technology and humanity through visual art and music. Evolving technology has been changing our lives, including how we experience arts and music. The title, Ex Machina, or From the Machine, reflects on humanity’s creativity and struggle of identity in this fast changing world. As a starting point, the piano is a musical machine with which I create sound stories to evoke ideas and emotions. In this project, we will explore the machine’s multifaceted meanings artistically, musically, and philosophically. -Dr. Clara Yang

Free

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA: The Making of Ex Machina | 2024 Festival on the Hill

Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall 135 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Join us for a talk with the artists of Ex Machina and learn how the project was shaped from idea to performance. EX MACHINA is an interdisciplinary and multimedia project exploring the complex connections and relationship between technology and humanity through visual art and music. Evolving technology has been changing our lives, including how we experience arts and music. The title, Ex Machina, or From the Machine, reflects on humanity’s creativity and struggle of identity in this fast changing world. As a starting point, the piano is a musical machine with which I create sound stories to evoke ideas and emotions. In this project, we will explore the machine’s multifaceted meanings artistically, musically, and philosophically. -Dr. Clara Yang

Free

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA: “Afrobeats and the Popular Incredible in Nigeria,” Dr. Adeshina Afolayan | UMRF 23-24

Person Hall 181 E Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, United States

Afrobeats, as the current preeminent articulation of popular music in Nigeria, participates in and embodies the reign of the postcolonial incredible in Nigeria. In this lecture, I will insert Afrobeats into the existential dynamics of the Nigerian postcolonial agon. The postcolonial agon in Nigeria is constituted around the agonistic struggles of Nigerians within the context of the governance failure of the postcolonial Nigerian state, and the universe of possibilities and impossibilities that the state’s sovereignty and absence reveal for Nigerians.

Free

Triangle Wagner Society: Jeffrey Buller “Tristan und Isolde: The Potion That Is Poison or the Brew That Is True?”

The Forest at Duke 2701 Pickett Road, Durham, NC, United States

Tristan und Isolde remains one of Wagner’s most beautiful and yet most challenging creations. It is a work that is best appreciated by feeling it, not by analyzing it. That having been said, however, Tristan und Isolde does contain passages of poetry that are unique among Wagner’s libretti. By taking a look at just one of the images that appears in this poetry—the image of the love potion—and how that image evolves over the course of the work, we may come to see aspects of Tristan und Isolde that might otherwise remain obscure. We may also gain greater insight into how Wagner adopted and adapted concepts from his source material that apply to his other music dramas as well.

Free – $15

JENGO’S PLAYHOUSE: Arts Access 101

Jengo's Playhouse 815 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC, United States

Arts Access North Carolina in conjunction with the Cucalorus Film Festival is presenting Access 101, a full day workshop exploring access to the arts for people with disabilities. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 24th at Jengo’s Playhouse in Wilmington, NC. Access 101  is for arts administrators, board members, volunteers, and front line staff at cultural arts organizations. Topics Include: - Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it impacts arts organizations - Accommodations for patrons with disabilities - Sensitivity and disability etiquette in communications - Steps for writing your organizational ADA plan Registration for the workshop includes lunch.

$25

Triangle Wagner Society: Nicholas Vazsonyi, Ph.D

The Forest at Duke 2701 Pickett Road, Durham, NC, United States

In a recent talk to the Triangle Society, Paula and Ed Bortnichak presented a defense of the controversial “post-structuralist” 2013 Bayreuth Ring production by Frank Castorf, which featured meandering crocodiles, oil rigs in central Asia, and Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. Their defense had two parts. One was that Wagner was also inherently a post-structuralist, a 20th-century movement that celebrates the breakdown of truth and meaning, and the abandonment of coherence. They then proceeded to undermine their own argument by explaining what the staging meant and how it related coherently to Wagner. During his talk, Nicholas will show that Wagner was the very opposite of a post-structuralist. Wagner certainly understood the “death of God” which set us on the path to post-structuralism and the accompanying self-immolation of the West we witness today. His artistic project is an exploration of that world, our world, in all its seductive beauty and resulting devastation.

SEED20 OnStage

The New Theatre at CPCC 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC, United States

Social Venture Partners Charlotte's annual SEED20 program has returned! Join us for this high-energy event where ten nonprofits compete to win by telling their compelling three-minute pitches to you, our community audience. SEED20 OnStage includes a post-event reception where in-person attendees can interact with the nonprofit participants to learn more about their mission and opportunities for support and engagement.

$85