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Ronan Peterson, Peg Bachenheimer, and Paul Hrusosvsky

Through Sept. 8
Craven Allen Gallery 1106 1/2 Broad St, Durham Durham County

Though it's full of abstract forms, what could be more concrete than nature? This quiet paradox beats at the heart of the new triple show at Durham's Craven Allen Gallery, which runs through September 8 after this opening reception. But the three formally diverse exhibits become one in the resonances of their titles and themes. In Layered, FRANK Gallery member artist Peg Bachenheimer shows her imaginative landscapes and abstractions in encaustic wax. In Fecundity, Ronan Kyle Peterson displays wheel-thrown red earthenware that embraces a "comic-book interpretation of ... the perpetual organic comedy of growth and decay." And in Embellished, former Craven Allen director Paul Hrusovsky comes home with a clutch of new paintings, complicated with stencils and silk screens, which portray organic shapes in what the artist calls "a cacophony of excessive adornment." —Brian Howe


Cameron Village Underground Photography Exhibit

Through Jan. 31, 2019
Raleigh City Museum 220 Fayetteville St, Raleigh Wake County

This is going to sound crazy, but did you know there used to be an underground mall under Cameron Village, and that it housed nightclubs that both incubated local rock and hosted legendary touring acts as diverse as R.E.M., Barry Manilow, Jimmy Buffet, and Chuck Mangione? In the late seventies and early eighties, before it was shut down because of concerns about safety, The Village Subway—aka the Raleigh Underground—roiled with nightclubs such as The Frog and Nightgown and The Pier, where Sonic Youth recorded the cover of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" that appears on Confusion Is Sex. This rich history, mostly lost beyond some hazily remembered blogs, is the subject of a new exhibit at The City of Raleigh Museum, which runs through January after a sold-out, wait-listed reception with photographer Chris Seward. His dynamic black-and-white photos from the scene capture now-famous names and local, proto-indie-rock bands such as The Fabulous Knobs and Arrogance in their primes. More than two hundred photos are featured in the exhibit, along with flyers, videos, and other artifacts. —Brian Howe


The Rape of Recy Taylor

Through Aug. 28, 7 p.m.
Carolina Theatre 309 W Morgan St, Durham Durham County

In 1944, Recy Taylor, a twenty-four-year-old black sharecropper in Alabama, was kidnapped and gang-raped by six young white men. When local police failed to handle Taylor's assailants properly, the NAACP sent its own investigator: a strong-willed young activist named Rosa Parks. The righteous outrage over Taylor's case highlighted the intersection of racism and misogyny and helped establish Parks as an essential organizer for black Americans in their struggle for equality. This 2017 documentary by Full Frame founder Nancy Buirski— inspired by Danielle L. McGuire's excellent 2010 book, At the Dark End of the Street—corrects the erasure of black women from midcentury activism for racial justice. The black feminist writer and activist Audre Lorde famously proclaimed that women are powerful and dangerous. If you didn't already believe it, bearing witness to Taylor's legacy will convince you. —Allison Hussey


Global Film Series: Bad Lucky Goat

Tue., Aug. 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
NCSU Campus: DH Hill Library 2 Broughton Dr, Raleigh Wake County

Feature film. 919-515-3364

Wolf Parade, Blanko Basnet

Tue., Aug. 28, 8:30 p.m.
Cat's Cradle 300 E Main St, Carrboro Orange County


Radical Readers

Last Tuesdays

Durham People's Alliance book group meets at night to discuss books. RSVP for location, time & car pool. 682-7777

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m.

Discussion on topics related to adjustment issues before & after weight loss surgery. Duke Center for Metabolic & Weight Loss Surgery Clinic, 407 Crutchfield St. (866) 637-0711

African American Caucus of Wake County Meeting

Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m.
Goodwin House 220 Hillsborough St, Raleigh Wake County

Open to the public.

Western Wake Democrats

Last Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.

Monthly meeting. Info & location: 851-4367,

West Citizen Advisory Council

Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.
Powell Drive Park 740 Powell Dr, Raleigh Wake County


Carrboro Board of Aldermen

Carrboro Town Hall 301 W Main St, Carrboro Orange County

First & Third Tuesdays, 7:30 pm: Board meetings; Fourth Tuesdays, 7:30 pm: Public hearings. 919-942-8541

En Masse Call for Art

Through Dec. 1, 1 p.m.-12 a.m.
VAE Raleigh 309 W. Martin Street, Raleigh Wake County

En Masse will be a group exhibition of works created by VAE artist group members. DETAILS En Masse is an open non-juried call Artists must have attended one artist group meeting prior to entry Artists may enter up to two works No media restrictions. Entries must fit through VAE’s 104″ x 71″ door to be exhibited. Visit for more information (919) 828-7834

The World Around Us in Watercolor

Through Aug. 31
Jerry M. Passmore Center 103 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough Orange County

MAC (Marie Anne Crock).
Meet the artist Friday, August 17, 2018, 2-4 p.m. 919-245-2015

Paintings from Haiti

Through Aug. 31
Gallery C 540 N Blount St, Raleigh Wake County

Paintings. 919-828-3165

August Summer

Through Aug. 31
Local Color Gallery 311 W. Martin Street, Raleigh Wake County

Acrylic works by Margo White. 919-819-5995

Beyond The Stars

Through Aug. 31
The ArtsCenter 300-G E Main St, Carrboro Orange County

Paintings by Renzo Ortega. 919-929-2787

Step Right Up

Through Aug. 31
Ackland Art Museum 101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill Orange County

Sculpture by Patrick Dougherty. 919-843-1611

By the Sea

Through Sept. 1
V L Rees Gallery 311 West Martin Street, Raleigh Wake County

Seascapes and shore living. 919-345-2706

Waxing Poetic

Through Sept. 1
Bull City Art & Frame Co 905 W Main St, Durham Durham County

Encaustic paintings by Marcia Streithorst. 919-680-4278

Jeana Eve Klein

Through Sept. 1
Artspace 201 E Davie St, Raleigh Wake County

PNC Pop-In Artist in Residence. 919-821-2787

Robert Keith Black

Through Sept. 1
Lee Hansley Gallery 225 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh Wake County

Mixed media paintings in tandem with Design Duet at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. 919-828-7557

Summer Kiln Opening

Through Sept. 2
WM Hewitt Pottery 424 Johnny Burke Rd, Pittsboro Chatham County

Pottery by Mark Hewitt. 919-542-2371

Existential Distress

Through Sept. 16
Durham Arts Council 120 Morris St, Durham Durham County

Drawings by Jessica Burke, runs July 20 - September 16, 2018. 919-560-2787


Through Sept. 16
Durham Arts Council 120 Morris St, Durham Durham County

Mixed media by Susie Silver. 919-560-2787

Expressions of Life

Through Sept. 20
Litmus Gallery 312 W Cabarrus St, Raleigh Wake County

Jenny Jones B, Amy Gardner Dean, and Hello Pottery. 919-571-3605

Hotel Theory

Through Sept. 21
21c Museum Hotel 111 N. Corcoran St., Durham Durham County

Bill Thelen. 919-956-6700

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