Wake Forest ARTS

Our mission is to support and enhance a strong, vibrant community through the development, promotion and coordination of arts and cultural activities.

Upcoming/Ongoing Events: Check our postings below and our Calendar for news on arts-related events in and around Wake Forest.

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In Wake Forest: A Night of Improv: “It’s Funny to Be Scared!” Saturday, October 25

A Night of Improv: “It’s Funny to Be Scared!”
Halloween Treat for the Family

Forest Moon Theater is excited to bring improvisational theater to Wake Forest. On Saturday, October 25, for one night only and just in time for Halloween, you’ll find out why “It’s Funny to Be Scared!” Enjoy a  Halloween-themed evening of unscripted performances at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, beginning with The Estessentials , a student improv group from Estes Tarver’s Moonlight Stage Company, and followed by Transactors Improv: For Families, a professional troupe that has been entertaining people of all ages in the Triangle area for a number of years.

“It’s Funny to Be Scared” is family friendly show appropriate for ages 8 and older. If you’re familiar with improvisational theater, you know you can expect an energetic, fun show that is created before your eyes as it is being performed (think Saturday Night Live). For this reason, no two shows are ever the same. Be prepared for hilarity, but also be prepared to watch improv games made up on the spot based on your suggestions.

You can purchase discounted tickets in advance here. Buying your ticket in advance guarantees you a seat. Advance tickets are $10 adults/seniors and $8 students (ages 8-17). Tickets the day of the show are $2 more and may be purchased online or in person at the Renaissance Centre’s box office, subject to availability. For additional ticket information, you can call the Renaissance Centre’s box office at  (919) 554-1379.

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Kids Krafts at the Wake Forest Farmer’s Market October 25, 2014

WFFM-SignWake Forest ARTS will bring its Kid’s Krafts program to the Wake Forest Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 25 from 8 a.m. until Noon. Look for the Wake Forest Arts booth, where volunteers will help kids create paper bag puppets. This program is presented free-of-charge to encourage youth participation in arts activities.

Youngsters who attend the October 25 Farmers’ Market in costume can collect a treat at each participating vendor’s booth. The Farmers’ Market is located in the Renaissance Centre parking lot at 405 S. Brooks St. in Wake Forest. For Farmers’ Market information, visit www.wakeforestfarmersmarket.org or call 919-671-9269.

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Today: pianist David Kim at the Renaissance Centre

kim4Wake Forest ARTS and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre present pianist David Kim, winner of numerous musical and academic prizes, who will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven on his 5 octave Viennese piano, with a talk and demonstration. The concert is Sunday, October 12 at 3PM at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St. in Wake Forest .For information and tickets visit Wake Forest NC.gov or call 919-435-9458.

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Free Lecture for Artists: How to Get Noticed

Artspace in Raleigh is hosting a free lecture-and-networking event focused on getting your work noticed and exhibited. Led by Edie Carpenter, Greenhill and Laura Ritchie of The Carrack Modern Art. Learn tips and best practices on how to have your art chosen for exhibitions and network with experts who curate and organize exhibitions. Friday, October 10 6-7:30pm. More info on the Artspace website here.

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Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Classical Music Series – October 2014

Wake Forest ARTS and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre are presenting a Classical Music Series in October, starting with a concert tomorrow afternoon. Here’s the lineup; for more information on any of the concerts, please visit the Renaissance Centre web page, or call 919-435-9458.

Sunday, October 5, 2014; 3PM: Close to Home featuring the Free Spirit Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, with works of area recognized composers including: Lawrence Dillon, Bryan Putnam, Lanette Lind, Ann Pearce and Daniel Poissant.

Sunday, October 12, 2014; 3PM: Pianist David Kim, winner of numerous musical and academic prizes, will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven on his 5 octave Viennese piano, with a talk and demonstration.

Sunday, October 19, 2014; 3PM: Edward Burke, will perform a solo guitar concert. Works include Fantasie on Themes from Verdi’s La Traviata, Five Impromptus by Bennet, Fantasie Chevaleresque, OP 15 by Coste and Selections from 24 Caprichos de Goya by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Friday, October 24, 2014; 7:30PM: The Free Spirit Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra will explore classic folk tunes in new forms. Featured works include arrangements by Nofinofo, Corigliano and Lind plus several works by Copland.

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Forest Moon Theater: regional premiere of Helium on September 19, 2014

heliumlogo_with_clock.1Forest Moon Theater opens its 2014-15 season with the regional premiere of Helium on September 19 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Performance dates are September 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 7:30pm, and September 21 at 3pm.

Helium is an emotional comedy about eighty-year-old Molly Kingsley and her family as she struggles with aging. Her mind has begun to wander, no longer bound by space and time. With the help of colorful helium-filled balloons, her flights of fancy take her family and the audience to the seashore of her youth, the high-school chemistry classroom where she once taught, and even an old episode of Star Trek. While her daughter tries to keep her grounded in reality, her two grandsons and her nurse watch as this mischievous and spirited grandmother and friend slips away day by day into the clouds of dementia.

With original theme music composed for our theater by Joe O’Keefe, a gifted musician and owner of Wine 101 in Wake Forest, this funny, moving play by Julian Wiles is one of those rare small theater experiences you should not miss. Make plans to attend this Triangle premiere.

Advance tickets are available online at a discounted price through the Forest Moon  website, where you will also find complete show information, including directions to the Renaissance Centre.

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Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos at Joyner Park Sept. 7, 2014

Mel MeltonSpend an evening at Wake Forest’s beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park with Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, a smokin’ Zydeco/Cajun flavored blues band from right here in North Carolina. They’ll perform a free concert on Sunday, Sept. 7 as part of Wake Forest’s annual “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” initiative. The concert is presented by PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, and Wake Forest Arts. The event features free games and activities beginning at 4 p.m., with the concert beginning at 5 p.m. See the town’s web page for more information.

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Wake Forest Tour of Artists

WFGATour2014The Wake Forest Guild of Artists will hold their 19th Annual Tour of Artists on Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7, 2014. Galleries in Downtown Wake Forest and studios in various locations around town will be open both days. Hours on Saturday are from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Artists will be in attendance at the galleries and studios to give demonstrations and to talk about their art.

Among this year’s studios/galleries on the Tour are the Artists’ Nook at Mimosa Home and Gift, Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, and Sunflower Studio & Gallery. Within the three (3) venues, twenty (20) artists will be exhibiting and in attendance. Most will be demonstrating techniques in their chosen medium.

You can find out more about this year’s tour, the artists participating in it and tour locations at the Wake Forest Guild of Artists website.

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“Bloomin’ Hot”: watercolors by Bonnie J. Becker at Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop

“Bloomin’ Hot”, an exhibit of original watercolors by Bonnie J. Becker, will be the Art After Hours feature at Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, 139 S. White Street on August 8. The show runs until September 9, 2014.

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Free concert in the park: The Branchettes, Wilbur Tharpe, and Lena Mae Perry

Enjoy an evening of hymns and gospel music at Joyner Park in Wake Forest with Johnston County’s own The Branchettes, Wilbur Tharpe and Lena Mae Perry. They’ve performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Merlefest and more!

5:00- 7:00, Sunday, August 3rd

Joyner Park in Wake Forest

Rain venue is Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.

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