Got plans this weekend?

June 14, 2014 

“Stepping Out on Faith,” a piece by Charles Joyner, the featured artist at The Cotton Company during Friday’s Art After Hours gallery walk in Wake Forest.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLES JOYNER/COTTON COMPANY

1. Art After Hours : Check out the galleries, shops and restaurants of downtown Wake Forest on Friday night.

Businesses on and around South White Street stay open late for this monthly gallery walk. This month, visit Sunflower Studio & Gallery (214 E. Jones Ave.) for a painters’ show; the Artists’ Nook at Mimosa (113 S. White St.) for a display of handmade leather journals, and The Cotton Company (306 S. White St.) for mixed media serigraphs that explore African and African-American culture. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, South White Street, Wake Forest

2. Meet the Edies: The Justice Theater Project presents the riches-to-rags musical “Grey Gardens”

This musical based on the 1975 documentary of the same name tells the story of Edith Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith Ewing Bouvier, from their high society days to life in a dilapidated mansion. The Justice Theater Project, a theater group that highlights the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed, will stage the show at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Special events are scheduled throughout the show’s run, including panel discussions about mental health and ill and aging parents. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., June 13-29; $20 adults, $15 students and seniors; Clare Hall, 11401 Leesville Road; thejusticetheaterproject.org/default.html

3. Get your motor running: Live out all of your Greased Lightning fantasies.

Spend Saturday scoping out muscle cars, pony cars, street rods and more at the second annual Charity Car Show in downtown Wake Forest. The day’s events include a “Take-Apart-T” Model T assembly demonstration, a monster truck display and live music. The show benefits area charities including Wounded Warriors of Wake County, Hospice of Wake County and the Miracle League of the Triangle. Admission is free; show of your own classic car for $20. Vehicle registration runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, South White Street.

4. Tunes to help a neighbor: Local musicians are rallying around a Boylan Heights photographer as she battles uterine cancer.

To help Willa Stein pay mounting medical bills, the artist’s friends are throwing a huge benefit concert Saturday, calling it Willapalooza. The event started with an offer from David Burney of the Johnny Folsom Four and quickly snowballed into two stages – one acoustic, one electric – with more than a dozen local acts and nine hours of music. Among the highlights of the lineup: blues singer/songwriter Jon Shain, The Gravy Boys bluegrass band, rock from the Lauren Nicole Band and Johnny Cash covers from the aforementioned Johnny Folsom Four. Stein will be showing off her latest photos and food and drink will be available. 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, donate any amount for admission, 420 Dawson St., on.fb.me/1unQcht

5. Back to The Beatles: The N.C. Museum of Art takes a trip to 1964 Saturday night.

The museum’s amphitheater will host 1964: The Tribute, an act that’s said to “capture the look and sound of an early 1960s Beatles concert.” Following the concert, the movie screen will come down for a showing of “Good Ol’ Freda,” a new documentary about the Beatles’ official fan club manager. It’s an intimate look at life with the band during its heyday. As with all outdoor events at the museum, feel free to bring lawn chairs and a picnic. 7 p.m Saturday, $35 for reserved seats and $25 for general admission, N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, ncartmuseum.org.

Compiled by the North Raleigh News staff

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