Feb. 21, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

Learn about reptiles this weekend

EFLAND - The Efland Herpetology Education  in Rural Places Project will present  “Animals That Slither, Slide, Run & Hide” Sunday.

The Herpetology Education in Rural Places Project will host the event at Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center as part of a mission to increase public interest in the study of reptiles and amphibians, local environments, conservation and science. Community members of all ages will interact with and learn about the diverse ‘“herps” that thrive in the world around us.

The event takes place from 1-5 p.m. at 4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Rd. in Efland.


Arts Council seeks exhibit submissions

HILLSBOROUGH - The Hillsborough Arts Council seeks submissions for exhibitions in its art gallery during 2013. The gallery, in its fourth year of operation, is at 102 N. Churton St.

Five shows are available as part of the art walk during Last Fridays in Hillsborough. The selection committee will either grant a solo exhibition or pair artists.

The application deadline is March 28 by 4 p.m. Artists living in or who have studios in Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Caswell, Person or Wake counties are eligible.

For details and to download application forms, visit the Arts Council website at hillsboroughartscouncil.org/43.html. There is a $15 nonrefundable application fee.


Librarian to read from new romance novel

DURHAM – Jennifer Lohmann, Durham County librarian and 2010 Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year, will read from her first novel at 3 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Regional Library.

“Reservations for Two” is set in Chicago where Tilly Milek has opened a restaurant. Sparks fly when the anonymous food critic who trashed her restaurant turns out to be the man she’s dating. A book signing will follow the reading. Refreshments from Halgo European Deli will be served at this program.


Deep Dish to present ‘Next to Normal’

CHAPEL HILL - The Deep Dish Theater Company, in partnership with the town of Cary, will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musicalNext to Normal,” March 1-24.  Directed by Artistic Director Paul Frellick, with musical direction by Julie Florin, the production will be performed at the Deep Dish Theater in Chapel Hill’s University Mall. as well as at the Cary Arts Center.

The play tells the story of a woman and her family as they struggle to come to terms with her mental illness through a variety of tribulations and therapies.

Opening March 1, the show will play Wednesdays-Sundays through March 17 at the theater’s home in University Mall on Estes Drive and US 15-501, followed by performances on March 22-24 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. in Cary. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for seniors, regularly, with a $2 discount for Wednesday and Thursday shows. Student tickets are $14 for all performances. Wednesday, March 6 is "Cheap Dish Night" – all tickets are $10 (no reservations accepted). For reservations and information, call 919-968-1515 (Deep Dish Box Office) or 919-481-5190 (Cary Arts Center), or go to deepdishtheater.org.


Vega Metals seeking craft applications

DURHAM - The Art Market at Vega Metals in the Durham Central Park area is now accepting applications from interested artists and crafters. The Art Market is open on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and provides local artists and crafters with an  opportunity for exposure.

The market is at 214 Hunt St. between the Downtown YMCA and the Durham Farmers’ Market. All artists and crafters are encouraged to apply. Items must be handcrafted locally - no manufactured goods.

For an application form, visit artmarketatvegametals.com.


Eno Gallery presents new works by Tuttle May

HILLSBOROUGH – Eno Gallery will present an opening reception for the exhibit “New Horizons: Works by Nancy Tuttle May,” today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 100 S. Churton St.

Tuttle May has been working as a professional artist for more than 37 years and her work is exhibited and collected internationally. Her work is in numerous private and public collections. Her new works in combined media seek to push her signature abstract paintings in a dynamic new direction.

For information, call 919-883-1415.


ECHHS to present ‘Music Man’

CHAPEL HILL - East Chapel Hill High will present Meredith Willson's “The Music Man” March 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. on the school’s main stage, 500 Weaver Dairy Road.

Tickets are reserved seating:  $8.50 in advance, $12 at the door and can be purchased at eastreservations.org.

This American classic is the story of travelling "salesman" Harold Hill. While selling the idea of a boys' band to River City, he gets his foot caught in the door when the lovely librarian, Marian, changes the course of the con.  The musical features such classic musical tunes as "Seventy Six Trombones," "Good Night, My Someone," "Wells Fargo Wagon," and " 'Til There Was You."

For more information or wheelchair accessible seating, e-mail the Box Office at eastreservations@gmail.com.


Cantari to perform Baroque music

CHAPEL HILL – Cantari, one of the ensembles of Chapel Hill’s Voices organization, will perform “Music For A While: Baroque Motet, Verse Anthem and Suite” featuring the UNC Baroque Ensemble March 3 at 7:30 p.m. The performance takes place at Hill Hall auditorium on the UNC Chapel Hill campus. Tickets for the performance are $15 for individuals and $6 for students. This performance features baroque music by J.S. Bach and Henry Purcell.

In addition to Cantari, the UNC Baroque Ensemble will be performing.  This is a period instrument orchestra made up of UNC graduate and undergraduate students and community members.  The Ensemble performs on campus several times a year, both in their own concerts and with the UNC Opera.

Tickets for the upcoming performances can be purchased online at voiceschapelhill.org, from chorus members or at the door.  Tickets for Voices performances are $20 for individuals and $6 for students.  Tickets for Cantari performances are $15 for individuals and $6 for students.


Northgate to present Seuss readings

DURHAM – Visitors may come dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character when Northgate Mall presents "Seussational Day" March 2.

Children’s educator Terri Morley will come dressed in character and lead children in three interactive shows of “Cat in the Hat” at Northgate’s Macy’s Court at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

March 2 marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday (1904-1991) and has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

All “Cat in the Hat” entertainment events are free and open to the public. 

- From staff reports