April's outpouring of events...

By Frances Smith




JENNIFER PADILLA; Exhibit at Nested, Carrboro; thru April 6. Contact 919-338-8023 or www.nestedhome.com.

AMY LEVINE; Sculptural paintings; Bleecker Street Studio & Gallery, Carrboro; thru April 10. Contact 919-968-3433.

UPPER GALLERY ARTIST: BROUGHTON HIGH SCHOOL; Jerry's Artarama, Raleigh; thru April 30. Contact www.jerrysartevents.com.

PAUL MINNIS; Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, Beaufort; (Reception April 15) thru May. Contact 252-782-5225.

BAYARD WOOTTEN; photographic exhibition "Bayard Wooten (1875-1959"; Gallery C, Raleigh; thru May 3. Contact 919-828-3165 or www.galleryc.net.

ALEJANDRA DORADO; Bolivian artist uses photography, digital imaging, painting & more to explore issues of self & role of women; Rebus Works, Raleigh; thru May 7. Contact 919-754-8452 or www.rebusworks.net.

LEAPING GREENLY SPRING; Collection of mixed media works; Nancy Tuttle May Studio, Durham; thru April 30. Contact 919-688-8852.

DIANNE RODWELL; Oil landscapes; Zely & Ritz, Raleigh; thru April 30. Call 919-828-0018.


. CURRENT WORKS; Event Gallery, Raleigh; thru April 30. Contact www.graceliwang.com.

. ART OF NATURE & STYLIZED NUDES; Cody's Chinese Bistro & Pub, Raleigh; thru May 30. Contact www.codysbistro.com.

CRAZY COTTON CHINTZ; 47 quilts from NC State's permanent collection; The Gallery of Art & Design, NC State University; thru May 15. Contact 919-515-3503 or www.ncsu.edu/gad.

FASHIONS FROM THE EDWARDIAN ERA: 1901-1919; Historic costumes of an elegant era; The Gallery of Art & Design, NC State University; thru May 15. Contact 919-515-3503 or www.ncsu.edu/gad.

AMERICA'S FAIRS: EDUCATING COMMUNITIES; Park exhibit features history of fairs across America; Historic Oak View County Park, Raleigh; thru May 28. Contact 919-250-1013.

ANGELA ALLSOPP; Gallery A, Raleigh; thru April 29. Contact 919-546-9011.

BARBARA SEINFELD; ArtsCenter Gallery, Carrboro; April 1-30. Contact 919-929-2787 or www.artscenterlive.org.

DARE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW; Annual show featuring the works of Manteo's, First Flight's & Cape Hatteras' high school students; Art Gallery, Roanoke Island; April 1-29. Contact 252-475-1500 or www.roanokeisland.com.


April 1-30. Contact 919-833-0013 or www.artsource-raleigh.com

POTTERY BY MEREDITH & MARK HEYWOOD, BRAD TUCKER, LAURA & BRAD AVERY; Campbell House Galleries, Southern Pines; (Reception April 1) April 1-29. Contact 910-692-4354 or www.artscouncil-moore.org.

SPRING LEAVES; Exhibition & sale of cast stonewall sculptures by Kathy Hopwood; Totten Center, NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill; thru April 29. Contact 919-644-1335.

IMPRESSIONS OF NEW BERN; Paintings & clay by Janet Francoeur that reflect architecture & landscape of New Bern; Carolina Creations, New Bern; (Home Tour Reception, April 8), April 1-June 1. Contact 252-633-4369 or www.carolinacreations.com.

FEARRINGTON ART IN THE GARDEN; Exterior art in the gardens; Fearrington Village; April 1-June 30. Contact 919-542-2121.

WAYNE TRAPP; Recent works; Tyndall Galleries, Chapel Hill; (Reception April 10) April 6-May 21. Contact 919-942-2290 or www.tyndallgalleries.com.

WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION SPRING ART SHOW & SALE; St. Thomas Preservation Hall, Wilmington; April 8-10. Contact 910-799-8598 or www.wilmingtonart.org.

ANDRE MASSON-CUBISM & SURREALISM MIXED; Animation & Fine Art Galleries, Chapel Hill; April 8-May 12. Contact 919-968-8008 or www.animationandfineart.com.

DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL EXHIBITS; Contact www.durhamarts.org.

. AMERICAN TOBACCO HISTORIC DISTRICT; Photographs by Ben Casey documenting restoration of the district; Allenton Gallery, Main Level; April 9-May 29.

. OUR HOUSE; Works by students, faculty, staff & board members; works will be collected in early April.

EXHIBITS AT ARTSPACE; Raleigh; Contact 919-821-2787 or www.artspace.org.

. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN; Exhibition of photography by Mikel Robinson; Gallery 2; thru April 15.

. JURIED EXHIBITION; Works by members of Artspace Artists Association; Gallery 1; thru April 30.

. INSIDE OUT; Exhibition of fiber works by marguerite Jay Gignoux; Upfront Gallery; April 1-30.

. GREENING; Paintings by Linda Ruth Dickinson; Lobby; April 1-30.

OUT OF THE STUDIO, INTO CITY ART GALLERY; Featuring artists affiliated with ECU's School of Art & Design; City Art Gallery, Greenville; April 14-May 5. Contact www.city-art-gallery.com.

JOHN A HOLMES ART EXHIBIT; The Arts Council, Edenton; April 15. Contact 252-482-8005.

TERRY ISAAC, world-renowned nature artist; Ashley's Art Gallery, Fuquay-Varina; April 16. Contact 919-552-7533 or www.ashleyart.com.

GARDEN PARTY, an exhibition by Nancy Tuttle May of Durham and a gallery filled with promising signs of spring; New Elements Gallery, Wilmington; April 22. Contact 910-343-8997 or www.newelementsgallery.com.


NC SYMPHONY CONCERTS, RALEIGH: (for other venues and info, contact 919-733-2750 or www.ncsymphony.org:)

. POPS: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC YOU'VE EVER SEEN; photography of James Westwater combined with music for an unforgettable concert experience; Meymandi Concert Hall; April 1.

. KIDS, CAMERAS & CLASSICS; William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor; music paired with photochoreography of James Westwater - kids may see their pictures from NC State Fair projected onto the panoramic screen; Meymandi Concert Hall; April 2.

. ALFRED BRENDEL IN RECITAL; Legendary pianist in solo appearance; Meymandi Concert Hall; April 3.

. NC MASTER CHORALE; Featuring William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor; Bonnie Thron, cello; Sally Burgess, mezzo; Meymandi Concert Hall; April 8-9.

. BONNIE THRON; Cello performance with William Henry Curry, Associate Conductor; Meymandi Concert Hall; April 14.

. GRANT LLEWELLYN, MUSIC DIRECTOR; Featuring Lynn Harrell, cello; Meymandi Concert Hall; April 29-30

GRADUATE COMPOSERS CONCERT; Nelson Music Room, Duke University; April 2. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

ORGAN RECITAL; featuring Robert Parkins; Duke Chapel, Durham; April 3. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

DUKE WIND SYMPHONY; featuring J. Randal Guptill; Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University; April 9. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

VIOLINIST JANICE MARTIN; concert on the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series; Wright Auditorium, ECU, Greenville; April 9. Call 252-328-4788.

COLLEGIUM MUSICUM; featuring Kerry McCarthy; Duke Chapel, Duke University; April 9. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

A TRIBUTE TO RUSSIA; Cellist Amit Peled; Thalian Hall, Wilmington; April 10. Contact 910-343-3664 or www.chambermusicwilmington.org.

CIOMPI QUARTET WITH ALLEN WARE; A concert for the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild's Sights and Sounds on Sunday Series, the music complementing NC Museum of Art's paintings by American artists; NC Museum of Art, Raleigh; April 10. Call 919-821-2030 or visit www.rcmg.org.

INSPIRED INFLUENCES: FROM OLD WORLD TO NEW (AND BACK AGAIN); featuring the Duke Symphony Orchestra, Bela Bartok, Antonin Dvorak, & Student Concerto Competition Winners; Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University; April 13. Contact 919-660-3300 or www.duke.edu/music.

SYMPHONY CONCERT; Features Wind Ensembles & Symphony Band; Hill Hall, UNC Chapel Hill; April 15. Contact 919-962-1039.

MUSIC OF GERMANY CONCERT; Features Consort of Viols & Baroque Ensemble; Person Hall, UNC Chapel Hill; April 15. Contact 919-962-1039.

PRISM; Gala performance featuring Duke Chorale, Collegium Musicum, Djembe Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Opera Workshop, Symphony Orchestra & Wind Symphony; Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University; April 16. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

CIOMPI QUARTET; Featuring Allan Ware & Carol St. Clair; Nelson Music Room, Duke University; April 16. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

DUKE CHORALE, DUKE CHAPEL CHOIR, CHAMBER CHOIR OF THE CHORAL SOCIETY OF DURHAM WITH ORCHESTRA PRO CANTORES; Rodney Wynkoop, conductor; Duke Chapel, Duke University; April 17. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

DUKE CHORALE; directed by Rodney Wynkoop; Biddle Music Building, Duke University; April 22. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

BENJAMIN BRITTEN WAR REQUIEM; Performance by North Carolina Master Chorale; Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh; April 23. Contact 919-856-9700 or www.ncmasterchorale.org.

DUKE OPERA WORKSHOP; directed by Susan Dunn; Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University; April 24. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

UNC-W ENSEMBLES CONCERT; Wind Symphony & Chamber Winds; Kenan Auditorium, Wilmington; April 25. Contact 910-962-3500.

TIMOTHY SPARKS; Operatic tenor; Hill Hall, UNC Chapel Hill; April 26. Contact 919-962-1039.

WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: CLASSICS & POPS; Kenan Auditorium, UNC Wilmington; April 30. Contact 910-962-3500.

DUKE STRING SCHOOL; directed by Dorothy Kitchen; Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University; April 30. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET; Performance for the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild's Masters Series; Fletcher Opera Theater, BTI Center, Raleigh; May 1. Contact 919-821-2030 or www.rcmg.org.


SECOND ANNUAL AMERICAN ROOTS SERIES; The ArtsCenter, Carrboro. Contact 919-929-2787 or www.artscenterlive.org:

. THE AVETT BROTHERS; mixture of old-time country, bluegrass, folk & more; April 1.

. TRET FURE; acoustics; April 1.

. CHRISTINE LAVIN; singer, songwriter & guitarist;

April 2.

. PIERRE BENSUSAN; bitter-sweet melodies that incorporate many musical languages; April 3.

. DAN HICKS & THE HOT LICKS; Blended elements of swing, jazz, folk & country music; April 29.

JIM BRICKMAN; Pianist, singer & songwriter; Carolina Theatre, Durham; April 3. Contact 919-560-3030.

ENSEMBLE COURANT & UNC CHAMBER SINGERS; Hill Hall, UNC Chapel Hill; April 3. Contact 919-962-1039.

BRASS CONCERT; Features Brass Chamber Ensembles; Person Hall, UNC Chapel Hill; April 7. Contact 919-962-1039.

IMANI WOODS BENEFIT PERFORMANCE; Award-winning wind quintet, proceeds benefit Our Children's Place; Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History, UNC Chapel Hill; April 9. Contact 919-962-9001 or www.imaniwinds.com.

DUKE JAZZ ENSEMBLE; directed by John Brown, Dr. Lonnie Smith, organ; Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University; April 15. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

GARNER CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION; Various traditional music; Downtown Garner; April 16. Contact 919-990-1902 or www.pinecone.org.

JOHNETTE DOWNING; Singing & dancing with Louisiana Spice, children welcomed; ArtsCenter, Carrboro; April 16. Contact 919-929-2787 or www.artscenterlive.org.

BUILDING SKILLS TO BUILD COMMUNITIES; Benefit with the Lids & Friends; ArtsCenter, Carrboro; April 16. Contact 919-929-2787 or www.artscenterlive.org.

EVENTS AT THALIAN HALL; Wilmington; Contact 910-343-4797 or www.thalianhall.com.

. JIM BRICKMAN; pianist, songwriter & singer; April 9.

. CAROL WOODS; Broadway singer; April 15.

. ANI DIFRANCO; songwriter, vocalist & guitarist;

April 21.

. BERING STRAIT; bluegrass fusion of country, pop

& rock; April 22.

. JESSE COOK; mix of rumba, flamenco, Brazilian & Arabic sounds; April 29.

COOL JAZZ MUSIC FESTIVAL; River Park, Hillsborough; April 16. Contact 919-245-2660 or www.co.orange.nc.us/recparks/.

REBA McENTIRE WITH BRAD PAISLEY & JOE NICHOLS; Alltel Pavilion, Raleigh; April 17. Contact 919-834-4000 or www.alltelpavilion.com.

DUKE JAZZ COMBOS; Directed by John Brown; Nelson Music Room, Duke University; April 21. Contact 919-660-3301 or www.duke.edu/music.

WIDESPREAD PANIC; Alltel Pavilion, Raleigh; April 22 & 23. Contact 919-834-4000 or www.widespreadpanic.com.

BERING STRAIT; Cross-cultural blend of pop rock & classic country; First Flight High School Auditorium, Kill Devil Hills; April 23. Contact 252-202-9732 or www.outerbanksforum.org.

WAR REQUIEM; NC Master Chorale performance; Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh; April 23. Contact www.ncmasterchorale.org.

ANNUAL BARBERSHOP CONCERT; Includes Southern Gentlemen who encourage barbershop singing; Grover C. Fields Middle School, New Bern; April 23. Contact 252-633-4554.

OUTDOOR POPS CONCERT; Features Durham Symphony Orchestra; Cameron Park, Hillsborough; April 24. Contact 919-732-7741 or www.historichillsborough.org.

OWEN G. KENAN BENEFIT; With Joey Calderazzo Trio, featuring John Brown & Russell Lacy; Proceeds benefit PanCAN for pancreatic cancer research; ArtsCenter, Carrboro; April 28. Contact 919-929-2787 or www.artscenterlive.org.

MERLEFEST 2005; Celebration of the late Merle Watson & his father, Doc Watson; Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro; April 28-May 1. Contact 800-343-7857 or www.merlefest.org.

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN, CHRIS TOMLIN & CASTING CROWNS; Pop & contemporary gospel; Alltel Pavilion, Raleigh; April 30. Contact 919-834-4000 or www.alltelpavilion.com.

JAZZ-IN THE PARK; Wrightsville Beach Park; May 1. Contact 910-392-1200.


LAST SACRIFICE; presented by Emmerich Theatre; Rocky Hock Playhouse, Evans-Bass Roads, Edenton; thru April 16. Contact 252-482-4621.

OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS; Comedy by Joe DiPietro; Outer Banks Music Showcase Theater, Kitty Hawk; April 1-3 & 8-10. Contact 252-261-4064 or www.theatreofdare.org.

ALICE IN WONDER; Engaging play for all ages; Thalian Hall, Wilmington; April 1, 7-9. Contact 910-343-3664.

THE MERRY WIDOW; Franz Lehar's masterpiece in which a wealthy widow is reunited with a former paramour; Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh; April 1-3. Contact 919-834-4000.

NC YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE; Carolina Theatre, Durham; April 2. Contact 919-967-9624.

SMOKEY JOE'S CAF; Broadway Series South; Raleigh Memorial Auditorium; April 5-10. Contact 919-834-4000 or www.broadwayseriessouth.com.

CAESAR & CLEOPATRA; by George Bernard Shaw; presented by PlayMakers Repertory Company; Center for Dramatic Art, Chapel Hill; April 6-May 1. Contact 919-962-7529.

TOPDOG/UNDERDOG; Suzan-Lori Parks' play; Gilbert Gallery Theater, Fayetteville; April 6-10 & 13-17. Contact 910-678-7186 or www.theartscouncil.com

DUTCHMAN; directed by Marcela Casals; Gilbert Gallery Theater, Fayetteville; April 6-10 & 13-17. Contact 910-678-7186.

NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES; a raw dramatization of prison life by Tennessee Williams; presented by University Theatre; Thompson Theatre; NC State University, Raleigh; April 7-10 and 13-17. Call 919-515-1100 or order tickets online at http://ticketcentral.ncsu.edu/.

LIPSTICK TRACES; directed by Matthew Earnest; Kennedy Theatre, Raleigh; April 7-24. Contact 919-834-4001 or www.burningcoal.org.

FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL; over 200 filmmakers & appearance by Martin Scorsese; Downtown Durham; April 7-10. Contact www.fullframefest.org.

CATFISH MOON; Three childhood buddies rekindle friendships; Raleigh Little Theatre; April 8-10, 13-17 & 20-24. Contact 919-821-3111 or www.raleighlittletheatre.org.

RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT; Hip-hop dance; Kenan Auditorium, UNC Wilmington; April 9. Contact 910-962-3500 or www.uncw.edu/arts.

KAHURANGI MAORI DANCE THEATRE; Performance by cultural ambassadors from New Zealand; ArtsCenter, Carrboro; April 9. Contact 919-929-2787 or www.artscenterlive.org.

CARY BALLET COMPANY'S SPRING GALA; Cary Academy Performing Arts Center, Cary; April 9 & 10. Contact 919-481-6509.

AS YOU LIKE IT; Rosalind disguises herself so Orlando will fall in love with her; Loessin Playhouse, ECU; April 14-19. Contact 252-328-4788 or www.ecuarts.com.

BAT BOY; Musical-comedy & horror show based on a story in The Weekly World News; City Stage, Wilmington; April 15-17 & 22-24 & 29-May 1. Contact 910-342-0272.

DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE-DORA'S PIRATE ADVENTURE; Raleigh Memorial Auditorium; April 15-17. Contact 919-834-4000 or www.broadwayseriessouth.com.

A POCKETFUL OF RHYMES; Mother Goose nursery rhymes set to contemporary score, directed by Debra Gillingham; Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Fayetteville; April 15-17 & 22-24. Contact 910-323-4234.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE; directed by Derrick Ivey; Carolina Theatre, Durham; April 15-17 & 22-24. Contact 919-560-3030 or www.carolinatheatre.org.

ST. PETERSBURG BALLET THEATRE; a Columbia Artists Production; last performance on the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series season; Wright Auditorium, East Carolina University; April 19. Contact 252-328-4788 or www.ecuarts.com

THE FULL MONTY; Broadway at Duke series; Page Auditorium, Duke University; April 19. Contact 919-684-4444.

BALLET EXTRAVAGANZA; tale of agony & ecstasy of dancer's life choreographed by Robert Weiss; Raleigh Memorial Auditorium; April 21-24. Contact 919-719-0900.

BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA; a story about the world of magic and ceremony; presented by ACT for Youth, Arts Council of Wilson; Boykin Center, Wilson; April 22-24. Call 252-291-4329x10.

COURTNEY KENNY; Cabaret performer & Head of Music Staff with major opera companies in Great Britain; April 24. Contact English-Speaking Union for reservations & location, 919-787-6408.

THE LAMPPOST REUNION; Friends from past spend night drinking with a famous singer; Thalian Hall Studio Theatre, Wilmington; April 27-May1. Contact 910-343-3664.



IREDELL FAMILY ARTIFACTS DISPLAY; Historic Edenton Visitor Center, Edenton; thru 2007. Contact 252-482-2637.

ANCIENT CHINESE CERAMICS; Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill; thru May 1. Contact 919-962-0837 or www.ackland.org.

CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION COMMUNITY ART PROJECT: DREAM; Mixed media art project; Chapel Hill Museum, Chapel Hill; (Reception April 7) thru May 27. Contact 919-967-1400.

TREASURES UNEARTHED; Exhibit displays collection of Bechtler coins produced in NC & largest collection of NC's gems & minerals ever displayed; NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh; thru June 12. Contact www.naturalsciences.org.

PAINTINGS BY LOUISE FRANCKE & PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHY LEE; Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill; thru April 17. Contact 919-942-7818.

WINDOW TO THE HUMANITIES; Works of art on display explore human societies' evolving relationship with & dependency on plants & agriculture; Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill; thru May 15. Contact 919-966-1400 or www.ackland.org.

EVENTS AT CAMERON ART MUSEUM; Wilmington; Contact 910-395-5999 or www.cameronartmuseum.com.

. LAYERS OF TRADITION: QUILTS OF NORTH CAROLINA; Features quilts from northeast NC dated between 1830-1950; thru May 15.

. ON AND OFF THE WALL: CONTEMPORARY QUILTS JURIED EXHIBITION; Features quilts created today from southeast NC; thru May 15.

GEORGE BIRELINE: THE MANY ROADS TAKEN; 23 career defining works from 1960-2002; Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville; thru May 6. Contact 252-758-1946.

FORGOTTEN CHINA; color photographs by Charlotte Temple; Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University; thru July. Contact http://events.duke .edu.

IN FOCUS: CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE ALLEN G. THOMAS JR. COLLECTION; NC Museum of Art, Raleigh; Opening April 3. Contact www.ncartmuseum.org.

MARVIN GASTER; NC Folk Heritage Award-winning banjo picker, part of the 2004-05 Music of the Carolinas series; NC Museum of History, Raleigh; April 10. Contact 919-807-7900 or www.pinecone.org.

NAUTICAL & TOOL TAG SALE; Sale benefits programs at NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Items accepted for sale include tools, books, cars, boats, motors & nautical objects; donors should take items to Gallants Channel Site on West Beaufort Road. Sale held at NC Maritime Museum's Gallants Channel Annex, Beaufort; April 14 &15. Contact 252-728-7317.

ART FESTIVAL; Event promotes arts through education & fun; Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville; April 30. Contact 252-758-1946.

MUSEUM DAY; celebration of culture & learning and 35th anniversary of Smithsonian Magazine; at over 400 museums in US, including NC Museum of History, Raleigh; April 30. Call 919-807-7900 or visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.


GROWING CRAZY; Gardening seminar, plant sale & more; Fearrington Village; April 2. Contact 919-542-8202.

FROG FESTIVAL; Crowder District Park, Apex; April 2. Contact 919-662-2850.

HERB & GARDEN FAIR; Workshops & classes about gardening & herb topics; Poplar Grove Plantation, Wilmington; April 2. Contact 910-686-9518.

COASTAL LIVING SHOW; Proceeds benefit charities supported by Wilmington Women's club; Cape Fear C.C. Schwartz Center, Wilmington; April 2-3. Contact 910-256-0537.

DR. MARTIN HOLMES; Political lecturer at St. Hugh's College will discuss political developments in UK & Europe in relation to US; April 3. Contact English-Speaking Union for reservations & location, 919-787-6408.

WORD OF MOUTH POETRY JAM; Share thoughts, rhymes, free verse, lyrics & more; East Regional Branch Library, Fayetteville; April 4. Contact www.cumberland.lib.nc.us.

NC AZALEA FESTIVAL; Various venues, Wilmington; April 6-10. Contact 910-794-4650 or www.ncazaleafestival.org:

. QUEEN'S CORONATION CEREMONY; Alton Lennon Federal Courthouse Building; April 6.

. TRAVIS TRITT; Trask Coliseum, UNC Wilmington;

April 6.

. HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH; Trask Coliseum, UNC Wilmington; April 8.

. COLE BROTHERS CIRCUS; Wilmington International Airport; April 7-10.

. AZALEA GARDEN TOUR; Azalea Gardens; April 8-10.

. NC AZALEA FESTIVAL PARADE; Downtown Wilmington; April 9.

. STREET FAIR; Downtown Wilmington; April 8-10.

. HORSE SHOW; Hugh MacRae Park; April 9-10.

. COIN SHOW; American Legion Post; April 9-10.

. HISTORIC HOME TOUR; Various locations; April 9-10.

THE CARYING PLACE BENEFIT AUCTION; Entertainment by Big John, auction includes massages, nights on the town, art, golf packages, jewelry & more; Matthews House, Cary; April 8. Contact 919-462-1800 or www.thecaryingplace.org.

A DATE WITH DOWNTOWN; Music, food & fun to benefit Edenton Main Street Program; Broad Street, Edenton; April 8. Contact 800-775-0111.

RALEIGH SOUTHERN IDEAL HOME SHOW; Triangle's biggest home & garden event; NC State Fairgrounds; April 8-10. Contact 919-851-2990 or www.southernshows.com.

DISCARD BOOK SALE; Headquarters Library, Fayetteville; April 9. Contact www.cumberland.lib.nc.us.

MIRACLE CHALLENGE FOR DUKE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL; Watch grown men & women race tiny cars; Duke University; April 9. Contact 919-667-2565 or www.dukechildrens.org.

COLONIAL LIVING DAY; Moore's Creek National Battlefield, Currie; April 9. Contact 910-283-5591 or www.nps.gov/mocr.

PI ALPHA XI ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE; Offering rare & unique annual, perennial & woody ornamentals; JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University; April 9-10. Contact 919-515-3178.

'SHAGGIN' IN THE SANDHILLS' CHARITY BENEFIT; Benefits Make a Wish Foundation & other local charities; Golf tournament, Carolina Lakes Golf Courses, April 9, Contact 919-776-9059. Dance, Sanford Elks Club, April 16, Contact 919-356-6322.

HILLSBOROUGH 250TH ANNIVERSARY CELBRATION PARADE; Features historic characters, bands, community groups, clubs & more; Churton Street, Hillsborough; April 10. Contact 919-732-8156 or www.ci .hillsborough.nc.us.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT; Dinner club featuring Dr. Elliot Engel; Brownstone Hotel, Raleigh; April 11. Contact 919-303-6737.

FORD 500 TUSCAN SUN FESTIVAL TOUR; Festival founded by poet & author Frances Mayes, emphasis on classical music, art, literature, food, wine & wellness; Thalian Hall, Wilmington; April 12. Contact 910-343-3664.

FURNITURE PAINTING; Workshop with Debbie Boyle; Edenton; April 12-14. Contact Chowan Arts Council for location & cost, 252-482-8005.

BEAUFORT WINE & FOOD WEEKEND; Showcases wineries & winemakers from around the world, proceeds benefit the North Carolina Maritime Museum & Pepsi Americas' Sail 2006; various locations, Beaufort; April 13-16. Contact www.ncmm-friends.org/beaufortwineandfood.com.

NEW FILM FESTIVAL; Thalian Hall, Wilmington; April 14-17 & 21-24. Contact 800-523-2820.

COASTAL CAROLINA AIR SHOW; Dynamic air show featuring Blue Angels; Wilmington International Airport, Wilmington; April 15-17. Contact 910-772-7983 or www.coastalcarolinaairshow.com.

PLEASURE ISLAND CHOWDER COOK OFF; Taste & vote on all types & styles of chowder prepared by finest restaurants in southeastern NC; Jubilee Park, Carolina Beach; April 16. Contact 910-200-3288 or www.pleasureislandchambernc.org.

CASHORE MARIONETTES: SIMPLE GIFTS; Joseph Cashore gives life to series of hand-manipulated characters; Thalian Hall, Wilmington; April 16. Contact 910-343-4797 or www.thalianhall.com.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION; Featuring The Junkman; North Carolina Aquarium, Roanoke Island; April 16. Contact 252-473-5121 or www.junkman.org.

BUTTERFLY BASH; Includes costume parade, tropical butterfly releases, bug hunt expeditions & more; Museum of Life & Science, Durham; April 16. Contact 919-220-5429 or www.ncmls.org.

BACCHUS BEACH MUSIC BASH; Beach music, dancing, shag contest, & games; Silver Coast Winery, Ocean Isle Beach; April 16. Contact 910-287-2800.

ANTIQUES TO ZIPPERS INDOOR YARD SALE; Proceeds benefit Assistance League of Triangle Area philanthropic projects: Operation School Bell, Kids place at Wake Med, Women in Need and Scholarships; Location to be announced; April 16. Contact 919-235-4554 or www.altriangle.org.

FESTIVAL OF FUN; One-day festival for kids, includes games, puppet shows, bounce house, maze & more; Union Point Park, New Bern; April 16. Contact 252-672-0309.

APPLE CHILL STREET FAIR; Arts & crafts street fair; Franklin Street, Chapel Hill; April 17. Contact 919-968-2784 or www.applechill.com.

BRINGING BUTTERFLIES INTO YOUR GARDEN; Learn how to make a butterfly friendly yard, lecture by Professor John Dole, Ph.D.; Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, NC State University; April 21. Contact 919-515-3132.

ONE-TAKE FILM FESTIVAL; Various venues, Wilmington; April 22-24. Contact 910-392-0486.

PASTA AND POTTERY; Dinner & silent auction to support the arts; American Legion, Edenton; April 23. Contact 252-482-8005.

TUX & TOPSIDER DANCE; Dress in yacht club attire, silent auction will be held, benefits programming at NC Maritime Museum; Maritime Museum, Roanoke Island; April 23. Contact 252-475-1750.

EARTH DAY; Harris Lake County Park, New Hill; April 23. Contact 919-387-4342.

BATTERY ISLAND EARTH DAY CRUISE; Winner Cruise Boat, Carolina Beach Marina; April 30.

PIEDMONT FARM TOUR; Orange, Chatham & Alamance Counties; April 23-24. Contact Stewardship Association 919-542-2402 or www.carolinafarmstewards.org.

MAYFEST; Celebration of art, culture, history, antiques & barbeque of Wilson County; Wilson Arts Center galleries; April 23-May 19. Contact 252-291-4329 or www.wilsonarts.com.

TAR RIVER WINE FESTIVAL; Rocky Mount City Club; April 26. Contact 252-454-4073 or www.tarriverwinefestival.com.

SPRINGFEST; Crafts, food, youth activities & entertainment; Broad Street, Southern Pines; April 30. Contact 910-315-6508.

CELEBRATE! ARTS NC STATE GALA; Manhattan Transfer headlines the gala that supports visual & performing arts programs at NC State; Talley Student Center, NC State University, Raleigh; April 30. Contact 919-515-1100.

CLYDEFEST; Chainsaw artist Clyde Jones creates critters from wood; Chatham County Fairgrounds, Pittsboro; April 30. Contact 919-542-0394.

ANNUAL CHARITY AUCTION PLEASURE ISLAND; Courtyard by Marriott, Carolina Beach; April 30. Contact 910-458-8434.

ST. MARK SPRINGTIME CRAFT FAIR; 30 vendors offering special gifts & services for Mother's Day, Graduation & wedding gifts; St. Mark Church, Wilmington; April 30. Contact 910-392-0720.

LOAVES & FISHES LOW COUNTRY BOIL; Family event featuring Frogmore Stew, Crooked Smile Band, games & children's rides; Tara Farm, North Raleigh; April 30. Contact 919-821-2577.

GALA IN THE GARDEN; Delightful spring afternoon with cocktails, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, live music, & silent auction featuring unique plants & other items; to benefit the Arboretum; JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh; May 1. Contact 919-513-3826 or www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum.

REGISTER NOW FOR SPRING WINGS; Mini-festival that explores unique natural history of eastern NC, observe breeding birds, hear & identify bird song, explore swamps, & more; Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge; May 12-15. Contact 252-441-8144 or www.wingsoverwater.org.

FRONT PAGE AWARDS; Presented by Herald Sun; Carolina Theatre, Durham; May 2. Contact 919-419-5128.

CARRBORO DAY; Food, music, plant sale, family activities & more; Main Street, Carrboro; May 1. Contact 919-918-7364 or www.townofcarrboro.org.

AIRLIE ARTS FESTIVAL; Airlie Gardens, Wilmington; May 5-8; Contact 910-798-7700 or www.arliearts .com.

. JUDGING & FIRST LOOK PARTY; First chance to meet the artists, view & purchase art; May 5.



NEW BERN'S ANNUAL SPRING HISTORIC HOMES, GARDENS & ARTS TOUR; Tour of 12 homes, including Tryon Palace Gardens; Historic Downtown New Bern; April 8 & 9. Contact 252-638-8558.

AZALEA GARDEN TOUR; Cape Fear Garden Club's 52nd Tour, features cottage garden, formal & informal landscaping & historical themes; Azalea Gardens, Wilmington; April 8-10. Contact www.azaleagardentour.org.

GARDEN CONSERVATION TOURS; 5 designed home gardens, addresses to be announced; April 9. Contact 252-482-8005.

HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR OF SOUTHERN PINES; Begins at Campbell House, Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines; April 13. Contact 910-692-9215 or www.southernpinesgardenclub.thepilot.com.

WASHINGTON NORTH CAROLINA HOME TOURS; Sponsored by Washington Historic Foundation featuring 12 homes & Old Tayloe Hospital; Washington; April 16. Contact 252-946-6896.

HISTORIC EDENTON PILGRIMAGE TOUR OF HOMES & COUNTRYSIDE; Barker House, South Broad Street, Edenton; April 22-23. Contact 800-775-0111 or www.visitedenton.com.

WAKE FOREST WELL-DRESSED GARDEN TOUR & GARDEN ART SHOW; Historic Homes of North Main Street in Wake Forest; April 23-24. Contact 919-554-3768.

HISTORIC BATH HOMES & GARDEN WALKING TOUR; Tour of 10 residencies, and other sites; Historic Bath Visitor Center; April 30. Contact 252-923-9933.


SMUCKER'S STARTS ON ICE; debut of Olympic Champion Sarah Hughes plus Alexei Yagudin, Jamie Sal, David Pelletier & more; RBC Center, Raleigh; April 1. Contact www.starsonice.com or www.rbccenter.com.

NC AZALEA FESTIVAL TRIATHLON; Entire event takes place on campus of UNC Wilmington; April 2. Contact 910-794-4650 or www.set-upinc.com.

RIDING FOR MIRACLES 2005; Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, Williamston; April 2 & 3. Contact 252-792-5111 or www.geocities.com/ridingformiracles.

PINEHURST HARNESS TRACK MATINEE RACES; Annual harness races with trotters & pacers; Pinehurst Harness Track, Pinehurst; April 3. Contact 910-295-4446.

OUTER BANKS BIKE WEEK; Join thousands of motorcycle friends; celebrations at various venues, Kitty Hawk; April 7-10. Contact www.harleybay.com.

BARNMASTER SPRING CELEBRATION; Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, Williamston; April 8-10. Contact 252-792-5111 or www.serha.info.

STONEYBROOK STEEPLECHASE; Race day activities include hat contest, tailgate contest, pony rides, petting zoo, antique car show & pony races; Carolina Horse Park at Five Points, Hoke County; April 9. Contact 910-246-9808 or www.carolinahorsepark.com.

3rd ANNUAL CHARITY WALKING HORSE SHOW; Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, Williamston; April 15 & 16. Contact 252-792-5111.

IN-WATER BOAT SHOW & OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE; In water demonstrations of motorized & non-motorized boats; entertainment includes local bluegrass bands Constant Change, The Malpass Family, Untravelled Road & The Green Level Entertainers; Lake Wheeler Park, Raleigh; April 16-17. Contact 919-664-8333 or www.pinecone.org.

HOLT BROTHERS CELEBRITY WEEKEND; Features Torry Holt, NC State All American and St. Louis Ram & Terrence Holt, NC State Alum and Detroit Lion at Bowling and golf tournaments; Raleigh; April 16 & 17. Call 866-394-8800 x.12:

. THE CELEBOWL, AMF Pleasant Valley Lanes Celebrity Bowling Tournament & Silent Auction, April 16, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

. BIG GAME AFTER-PARTY, 518 West Italian Caf, 10 p.m.-close ($20 Donation to the Holt Foundation at the door), April 16

. TORRY HOLT GOLF CLASSIC, Crooked Creek Golf Club Celebrity Golf Tournament, April 17, 12 noon Registration & Luncheon, 2 p.m. Shotgun Start

6th ANNUAL SHRIMP OPEN FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS; The Cape Golf & Racquet Club, Wilmington; April 18. Contact 910-458-7761 or www.thecapegolfclub.com.

2-MAN INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT; Entry fee includes two days of golf, cart fees, practice rounds & more; New Bern; April 22-24. Contact New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce 252-637-3111.

TOUR DE CURE CYCLING EVENT; 100-mile ride from Chesapeake, VA, to Manteo, NC; benefits American Diabetes Association; April 23. Contact 757-455-6335, ext. 3276.

APRIL PREMIER OPEN HORSE SHOW; Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, Williamston; April 23 & 24. Contact 252-792-5111.

CAPE HATTERAS SPLASH & WINDFEST; Weekend inspired by Outer Banks & wonders of kayaking; Frisco Woods, Kitty Hawk; April 28-30. Contact 877-359-8447 or www.kittyhawkkites.com.

GARNER RELAY FOR LIFE; Wake Radiology is Premier Sponsor of annual, community-based fundraiser for local American Cancer Society; Garner Senior High School, Garner; April 29-30. Contact 919-661-8175.

TOUR DE MOORE; Several cyclist levels of competition, 100 miles around Moore County; Starts at Campbell House, Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines; April 30. Contact 910-692-2463.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH KAYAK/CANOE CHALLENGE; 10-mile circumnavigation of Wrightsville Beach; Begins & ends across from Blockade Runner Hotel, Wrightsville Beach; April 30. Contact 866-655-2925.

CRAVEN COUNTY CRIMESTOPPERS GOLF CLASSIC; Shotgun start, door prizes & lunch; River Bend Country Club, New Bern; April 30. Contact 252-638-6238.

OUTER BANKS WALK AMERICA; 5-mile walk sponsored by March of Dimes; Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo; April 30. Contact 757-361-0000.

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