1). Asheville Art Museum: Explore the work of artist Sigmund Abeles with the artist himself during a gallery talk at the Asheville Art Museum starting at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 as part of the exhibition “Uncommon Expressions: The Drawings of Sigmund Abeles and Jerome Witkin.” The exhibition is organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum and will be on display in Gallery 6 through Sunday, August 31, 2008.
2). N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting an eight-part lecture series to complement The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition. New York University Professor Lawrence Schiffman will present the second lecture of the series, "Israel at the Time of the Dead Sea Scrolls," on Wednesday, August 27 at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the Museum's WRAL Digital Theater. [Due to the overwhelming popularity of the first lecture, the Museum strongly recommends purchasing tickets in advance.]
3). Cameron Art Museum presents “Site Specific Art: Dan Brawley and Dixon Stetler” on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Program admission is by donation. Artists Dixon Stetler and Dan Brawley discuss the creation of their works of art on the museum’s grounds. Dan Brawley (and Bob Brown’s) “Endless Tower of Tires” inspired by a wooden sculpture by Constantin Brâncusi titled “Endless Column” and Dixon Stetler's “Glove Palapa,” 2008, a wood structure made with recycled gloves.
4). Bellamy Mansion: Take a journey back in time using all five of your senses at this year’s “Flavor of the Past: Boom Times in a Boom Town,” Saturday, August 23, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Event tickets include a breakfast presentation at Thalian Hall, admission to five historic sites, entertainment, historic-inspired food samplings, and trolley shuttle service between sites. This unique experience allows you to taste, see, and hear Wilmington as you never have before. The historic sites are the Latimer House/Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, Hannah Block Historic USO, William J. Price House, and the Bellamy Mansion. Tickets are limited. Purchase tickets at 910-251-3700.
5). Reynolda House Museum of American Art and the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking present “Ghostbusters” on Saturday, August 23 as part of the museum’s Cinema Under the Stars series. Gates to Reynolda House open at 8 p.m. and the film begins at 9 p.m.
6). Mint Museum of Craft and Design presents “Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection,” on view at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design from August 16, 2008 – January 4, 2009. The exhibition places contemporary jewelry within a larger framework of 20th and 21st century art. Cindi Strauss, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s curator of modern and contemporary decorative arts and design, will give a public lecture about the exhibition on Sunday, August 24 at 3:00 p.m. at the museum.
7). Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site: Come listen to Civil War reenactors talk about camp life during the bloody 1860s conflict and see how soldiers lived, during Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site’s summer living history program Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costumed “soldiers” from the 27th Regiment of N.C. State Troops will present demonstrations and give talks evoking the daily routine and challenges faced by the average Confederate soldier.
8). Bennett Place State Historic Site: Come visit a typical Confederate recruiting and training camp at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham, when Confederate soldiers of the “Old North State” encamp around the historic Bennett Farm on Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24. Some 50 to 75 period-costumed “soldiers” of the 26th and 6th N.C. Infantry reenactment groups will portray soldiers preparing to go to the front. Demonstrations will include various drills, musket firings, camp life, cooking and educational talks. The activities will be ongoing throughout the day from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and are free.
9). Port Discover: “Observing Oceans” is the theme for Port Discover’s Toddler Time, August 21 at 10:00. Preschoolers will learn about the water cycle and salt water, discover a “magic floating egg”, and make and take home their own ocean in a bottle. A fee of $5 per family and reservations are required. Program is for 3 – 5 year-olds and parents or guardians must accompany the child.
10). High Point Museum: The Furniture Heritage Project of the High Point Museum is pleased to announce “Furniture, What’s Up” – monthly discussions on the furniture business in North Carolina. The seventh public forum in the series is “Photography and the Furniture Industry, History, Aesthetics,” August 26, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the museum.