UNC and Duke University both plan to debut their new arts centers to the public this weekend.
UNC will show off CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio while Duke’s Rubenstein Arts Center, known as “The Ruby,” will have an open house.
Both offer enhanced spaces and plenty of opportunities for creative productions.
CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio
What: CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, 123 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
The 7,000-square-foot space opened Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house with remarks from UNC Chancellor Carol Folt. The venue is in the new Carolina Square off West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. It will be a hub for interactive installations, immersive experiences and performances that go beyond the stage.
The space is made up of two components: ArtSpace is the main place for performances, including those immersive performances. The Studio will be the home for rehearsals, events and performances with windows on three sides.
Open house: A free community open house is Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.
What’s happening?: The inaugural event is “Sound Maze” by the Paul Dresher Ensemble, which runs through Feb. 5. It’s described as a “experiential sound installation” where attendees can play cool instruments created by the ensemble. One is named the “Wheel of Sound,” if that gives you an indication of what you’ll play (and hear.) It’s definitely kid friendly. Tickets can be bought for time slots through the weekend at carolinaperformingarts.org. They’re $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Discounts for students and staff. Last entry will be at 45 minutes past the ticketed time.
What’s ahead? Later this month, the Gob Squad, a collective of UK and German artists, will have two presentations Feb. 23 and 24. Attendees will be locked in the theater with a live video link to the street. It sounds raucous as audience members will debate and play electric guitars to encourage Franklin Street passers-by to join in. Tickets are $20. Find ticket info and other upcoming events at currentunc.org/whats-on.
The venue serves as a component of UNC’s Arts Everywhere initiative, which highlights the arts on campus. Find more arts events on the new Arts Everywhere app that launched this month.
Rubenstein Arts Center aka ‘The Ruby’
What: The Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive, Durham
The university’s new $50 million Rubenstein Arts Center – referred to as The Ruby– facility includes a 200-seat theater for stage shows of various types; a 100-seat movie theater for the visual-arts program; dance studios; classrooms; a “maker lab” workshop; and an assortment of other studio spaces for everything from dance rehearsals to sculpture installations.
Duke leaders want people in different artistic disciplines to collaborate, and the key decision was to make it the home for dance and the Arts of the Moving Image programs. It stands at the corner of Campus Drive and Anderson Street, close to Duke Gardens and the Nasher Museum of Art.
The building is named for former trustees chairman David Rubenstein, the private-equity financier who contributed $25 million to the center. It’s been under construction since late fall of 2015.
Open house: The grand opening is Feb. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be peformances by student bands and dance groups; an interactive pop-up art installation; demonstrations; dance rehearsals; film screenings and more. There will be free refreshments, including a biscuit station, and a photo booth.
What’s happening?: The two-story building is open and already hosting classes from Duke’s dance and “Arts of the Moving Image” programs. There is a dance performance by Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
What’s ahead? The first visiting artist is Nina Chanel Abney, whose work will be showcased Feb. 19 through April 2. The Chicago-born painter will be a visiting professor at UNC and Duke during that time and will be in residence at the art center’s painting studio. Her work, according to Duke, addresses politics, race, celebrity, homophobia and other issues. Meanwhile, there are other performances, film screenings and Duke’s Hoof ‘n’ Horn musical theater group is getting ready to produce the musical “Chicago” in the Rubenstein Center’s largest theater come April. For more, go to artscenter.duke.edu/events.
Info: For more, go to artscenter.duke.edu.