THROUGH FEB. 16 Fayetteville
Portraits celebrate African-American musicians
“Songs for the Soul,” a photo exhibit about African-American music, runs through Feb. 16 at the Fayetteville Arts Council, 301 Hay St. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-noon Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays. The free exhibition features colorful portrait illustrations and text panels that celebrate and explore the contributions of Smokey Robinson, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and others. Details: www.theartscouncil.com/songs.php.
FEB. 14-17 Wrightsville Beach
Like shag dancing? Time to hit the coast
The 2nd annual East Coast Shag Classic will be staged Feb. 14-17 at Blockade Runner Beach Resort at Wrightsville Beach. There will be live music by Band of Oz (Feb. 14, a Thursday), Jim Quick & The Coastline and the Joey Warren Show (both Feb. 15), the Sand Band and Craig Woolard Band (Feb. 16) and Joey Warren and the Big Kahuna for the “Gospel Train” event (Feb. 16). Beginner and intermediate shag lessons and line-dance lessons are offered Feb. 15-16. Shag competition – $25 per couple admission – begins Feb. 16 at noon. Details: www.eastcoastshagclassic.com.
FEB. 15-17 Knoxville, Tenn.
Home/garden show will heighten spring fever
The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show will be held at the Knoxville, Tenn., Convention Center Feb. 15-16 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) and Feb. 17 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), with more than 200 exhibits. A Grand Gardens will showcase more than 10,000 square feet of landscape ideas; there will also be flower markets and a how-to stage with presentations by experts throughout the weekend. Admission: $10; $8 for 65 and older; $5 for ages 6-12. Details: www.dogwoodhouseandgarden.com.
FEB. 16 Raleigh
Free Lincoln lecture by noted historian
In a no-charge Feb. 16 lecture at N.C. State, James McPherson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished Civil War scholar, will discuss how Abraham Lincoln’s leadership in the Civil War invoked the ideals of liberty, democracy and nationalism inherited from the American Revolution, and also redefined these ideals for the future. McPherson will speak at 10 a.m. on campus at Withers Hall. While the lecture is free, registration is required. Details/registration: http://historyncsu.edu/historyweekend.
THROUGH MARCH 1 Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Weaving history, art in basketry
A new history exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens – “’Sweetgrass: A Living Legacy of Family and Community” – examines the art and craft of Lowcountry basket makers. The exhibit, on loan from the Avery Research Center in Charleston, explores the African-American heritage of the baskets and its makers, with a focus on how and why sweetgrass baskets were used in the Lowcountry, and the shift from utility to art. The exhibit is free with Brookgreen admission: $14; $12 for 65 and older; $7 for ages 4-12; 3 and younger, free. Details: www.brookgreen.org.
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