Art on the Edge

Arts Alive on Lichtin Plaza

 

 

Performers & Activities

 

 

Architects of Air

Levity III

Thursday, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Lichtin Plaza

A creation of England's Architects of Air, under the direction of Alan Parkinson, Levity III is a stimulating 10,000 square foot kaleidoscope of liquid light and color.  Inspired by Gothic cathedrals and Islamic architecture, the luminarium is made up of labyrinthine tunnels and spacious domes which invite visitors to lose themselves in a complete sensory immersion.  Installations by Architects of Air have received rave reviews throughout the world and have collectively drawn millions of awe-inspired visitors to experience these truly unique pieces of art.

Note:  The luminarium is accessible to wheelchair users and individuals with visual impairments.  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult while inside the luminarium.

Admission:  $5, Ages 4 and Up

http://www.architects-of-air.com

     
 

Australia's Strange Fruit

Swoon!

Saturday, 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM, and 7:30 PM

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Strange Fruit will captivate the audience as four cast members bend and sway, presenting Swoon! while perched atop flexible poles four meters in the air.  Their work is a fusion of theatre, dance and circus.  Originally based on the image of a field of wheat swaying in the breeze, the poles' extreme strength and flexibility allow performers to bow to impossible angles, swaying back and forth in a hypnotising dance as the audience looks up in wonder.  The company has achieved near-cult status in almost every continent across the globe, having performed in over 40 countries and at over 300 international festivals and events.  Their sublime, hypnotic beauty is truly remarkable and must be experienced to appreciate its full effect.

Admission:  FREE

http://www.strangefruit.net.au

     
 

Birds of Avalon

Thursday, 9:30 PM

Lichtin Plaza

Birds of Avalon are an indie rock affair with a psychedelic sheen; their sound, rooted in old-school album-oriented rock, favors comparisons to punchiness and the greasy, retro vibe of bands like Wolfmother, the Evangelicals, and the Sword. The band formed in Raleigh, soon after Cherry Valence members Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler got married and quit their band. They teamed up with Craig Tilley, drummer Scott Nurkin, and bassist David Mueller, wrote a passel of songs, and had their debut album, Bazaar Bazaar, ready to go by the time 2007 rolled around. The album was released on Volcom in May 2007, and the band rounded out the year on tour, sharing the stage with the likes of the Flaming Lips and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. The Birds of Avalon's second release, Outer Upper Inner, came out in the spring of 2008.

Admission:  FREE

http://birdsofavalon.com

     
 

Burning Coal Theatre Company and The Delta Boys

Howie The Rookie

Saturday, 9:30 PM

Fletcher Theater

Raleigh's Burning Coal Theatre Company and The Delta Boys present Howie The Rookie, a tale by playwright Mark O'Rowe of wild Irish rogues.  Featuring actors Lucius Robinson of The Delta Boys and Stephen LeTrent of Burning Coal, the play plunges the audience into one night's alternately hellish and hilarious events in a Dublin public housing neighborhood.

Note:  Suitable for mature audiences.

Admission:  $15

(Ticket price includes all three Saturday performances in Fletcher Theater)

http://www.burningcoal.org

     
 

The Cartridge Family

Thursday, 6:30 PM

Lichtin Plaza

The Cartridge Family takes you back to a time when hyphens had not yet been invented, an era when a description as straightforward as "rock and roll" would suffice.  With The Catridge Family, you don't get a whole lot of frills.  You do get guitars that could never be accused of being shy, sneaky hooks, keyboards with the same personality as the guitars, echoes of the Faces and Blonde on Blonde and rock bands that like country music but don't feel like they have to prove it, and a dozen other things that represent what's always been good in the music world.  The touchstones are obvious--classic rock a la The Faces, The Stones and Big Star; electrified alt-country a la Drive-By Truckers or A.M.-era Wilco--but superfluous.  The Catridge Family rocks something fiercely its own.

Admission:  FREE

http://www.myspace.com/cartridgefamily

     
 

El Gleno Grande

Friday, 7:00 PM

Fletcher Theater

Glenn Singer's hilarious spoof of a circus equestrian act will leave you rolling on the floor with laughter.  Singer specializes in visual comedy using optical illusions, a dry delivery, and a warm conversational style.  His comedy, appropriate for all ages, has been showcased on six continents.

Admission:  $10

(Ticket price includes performance by The Old Ceremony at 8:30 PM)

http://www.horseguy.com  

     
 

The Huguenots

Thursday, 5:15 PM

Lichtin Plaza

Something about Chapel Hill four-piece The Huguenots is invitingly familiar, as warm and fuzzy as your favorite sweater or treasured vinyl crackling underneath a needle's touch. Part of that familiarity comes from the band's thirst for short, accessible, guitar-driven gems-the 3.5-minute pop song, naturally. The band's quick bursts of energy give it plenty of charm. They've got tightly coiled energy to offer, too: A little like big city bands The Strokes and The Libertines, The Huguenots' spring-loaded riffs and artful come-ons translate into well-played, sonic sloppiness that turns those pop sing-alongs into would-be riots. (Source:  Kathy Justice, Independent Weekly)

Admission:  FREE

http://www.myspace.com/thehuguenotsmusic

     
 

North Carolina Theatre

The Existents

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Fletcher Theater

North Carolina Theatre invites you to enjoy a concert version of The Existents, a new rock musical by Ty Taylor, Douglas Crawford, and Jason Wooten, starring Shoshana Bean and Debby Holiday.  The musical is an examination of life told through a fictitious rock band's trials and tribulations.  The characters that make up the band, The Existents, represent the archetypes that comprise anyone's existence -- a mind, a heart, a body, a spirit, and a soul.  Last seen at Hollywood's Whisky A Go Go, the concert preview of North Carolina Theatre's upcoming February 2009 production showcases "a little rock, a little soul, a little funk and a little love..." 

Admission:  $15

(Ticket price includes all three Saturday performances in Fletcher Theater)

http://www.nctheatre.com

     
 

The Old Ceremony with Rebecca Drake and Tangophilia

An Evening with The Old Ceremony

Friday, 8:30 PM

Fletcher Theater

The Old Ceremony has partnered with aerial dancer, Rebecca Drake, and members of the Tangophilia dance company to create a true fusion of art forms -- music and movement together in a new collaborative experience.  The Old Ceremony draws their water from a deep well of music ranging from the Beatles to Beck, Leadbelly to Led Zeppelin.  Unorthodox instrumentation meets superb songwriting, to create a unique interpretation of rock 'n roll.  After two highly acclaimed albums and three years of touring, the Chapel Hill band has built a large and loyal following.

Admission:  $10

(Ticket price includes performance by El Gleno Grande at 7:00 PM)

http://www.theoldceremony.com

http://www.tangophilia.com

     
 

Theatre in the Park

Give It Up, Turn It Loose

Saturday, 6:00 PM

Fletcher Theater

Theatre in the Park mounts local playwright Kim Moore's existential riff on contemporary relationships, written as a series of interconnected monologues.  The play focuses on six unique voices who unknowingly share a past and individually come to recognize that moving on means giving it up and turning it loose.   Directed by TIP's Adam Twiss, the play features local actors Seth Blum, Rebecca Blum, Debbie Strange, Sam Whisnant, Byron Jennings, Emily Gardenhire, and Shawn Smith.

Note:  Suitable for mature audiences.  (Rated "PG-13")

Admission:  $15

(Ticket price includes all three Saturday performances in Fletcher Theater)

http://www.theatreinthepark.com

     
 

Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies

Thursday, 8:00 PM

Lichtin Plaza

Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies takes equal inspiration from both the Shangri Las and Sleater-Kinney; The Kinks and The B-52s.  Handclaps and tambourines are met head on with fuzz guitar and gritty combo organ to create a Garage/Psych-Rock/Sunshine Pop sound that is all their own.  Their debut, EP I, recorded by the band and mixed by Brian Paulson, is receiving rave reviews from the press and the people; Idolator called "Can You Dig It?" the Top Single of 2007.  Amanda Brooks, Karen Bianco, and Cathleen Keyser formed the band in 2006, later adding Doug Edmunds and Alex Maiolo.  They have been consistently pleasing audiences ever since.

Admission:  FREE

http://www.myspace.com/violetvectorandthelovelylovelies