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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Arts news for February 8, 2012

Scholarship benefit concert

The UNC Symphony Orchestra will perform Feb. 16 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Hill Hall auditorium. Tickets are $15, $10 for UNC students, faculty and staff. Call 962-1039 or see

Visual mythologist exhibition

“Dry Run: Defining Determination, Testing Reconstruction,” a new exhibition in the Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum from Feb. 9 through April 30, will feature the work of artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier. It was inspired by the artist’s travels to Mound Bayou, Miss., the largest predominantly African-American town in the United States.

An opening reception features a talk by Marshall-Linnemeier on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center.

‘Cellular Obscura’ opens Feb. 10

A new exhibit at the Ackland Museum store, “Cellular Obscura – The Cellphone Photographs of Shawn Rocco,” opens Feb. 10 and continues through April 7. Award-winning photojournalist Rocco created the documentary works using a cellphone camera, no apps involved. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.; call 962-0216 to reserve space.

The museum store also will host an artist talk with Rocco on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

The legacy of war

In connection with “The Making of a King” (showing through March 4), PlayMakers will host a series of special events investigating America’s legacy of engagements in military conflict. “Breaking History: Power, Politics, and the Legacy of War” includes:

Feb. 13 – Journalist Chris Hedges, author of “War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning,” will discuss what he calls America’s “cultural addiction to war” at 6:30 p.m. in the Paul Green Theatre;

Feb. 20 – Chair of the Curriculum in Peace War and Defense Wayne Lee and PlayMakers’ Producing Artistic Director Joseph Haj will lead a panel conversation on “Peace and War in America” at 6:30 p.m. in the Paul Green Theatre; and

Feb. 23 – As part of the Ackland Film Forum, a screening of Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner “Hell and Back Again” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at The Varsity on Franklin. Photojournalist/filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25 year-old Sgt. Nathan Harris. Screening rights are pending.

For information, see

‘E.A.R. To the Ground’

Becca Albee, a Carolina alumna who now is an associate professor of photography at The City College of New York, will give a talk Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. in 121 Hanes Art Center. The lecture will be followed by an opening reception for “E.A.R. To the Ground,” a new exhibition by Albee on display from Feb. 14 to March 6 in the Hanes Art Center’s John and June Allcott Gallery.

Albee employs photography, appropriation, video, sculpture, performance, sound, collaboration and found objects to explore a range of subject matter. She will be on campus as part of the art department’s Visiting Artist Series.

Around the garden

Since last November, N.C. Botanical Garden visitors have enjoyed “SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN CELEBRATION: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forests, and Wilderness” in the Pegg Exhibit Hall. The photographer, James Valentine, will be on hand Feb. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. to give a presentation on “Falconry: The Ancient Connection,” including a live falconry demonstration. RSVP for the free event:

Also on display through Feb. 26 is “Seed Play” in the DeBerry Gallery for Botanical Art & Illustration. Artist Nancy G. Cook creates realistic images of natural objects in an exaggerated scale with textiles, ink and thread. “Seed Play” focuses on tree and shrub seeds and fruits as metaphors for life’s riches. “Mockingbird’s Larder,” shown at right, is among the exhibit’s nearly two dozen works.

Other upcoming events include the following (see for details):

“Chinese Brush Painting: Four Gentlemen” on Feb. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Students will paint bamboo, orchid, plum blossom and chrysanthemum, adding birds into the painting.

The “Home Gardening Series” workshops will continue with “Weeds 101” on Feb. 11, with Sally Heiney demonstrating how to identify weeds and strategies for managing them. And on Feb. 18, gardener Bob Peoples offers “Get Ready for Spring: A Vegetable Gardening Workshop.”

Charles I and Charles II

Maria Hayward, professor of history at the University of Southampton, will deliver the Bettie Allison Rand Lecture in Art on “Virtue and Vice: Clothing and Kingship at the Courts of Charles I and Charles II (1625-1685)” on Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in 121 Hanes Art Center.

Hayward will explore how Charles I and Charles II used clothing and portraiture to cultivate specific images of themselves and how this fit with contemporary views on kingship, political power and morality. Contact Christoph Brachmann,

At left: Anthony van Dyck, Charles I in the hunting field (Le Roi a la Chase), c. 1635, oil on canvas, 266 x 207 cm, Musee du Louvre, Paris