History à la Carte: Flying Forward with Piedmont Airlines
Wednesday, February 10, noon–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Bill Wilkerson, Retired Pilot, Piedmont Airlines, and Board Member, North Carolina Transportation Museum
Wilkerson set his sights on flight when he was 9. At 16, he started taking flying lessons, and by 21 he had his pilot’s license—ready to become the industry’s third African American pilot, working for Piedmont Airlines. Captain Wilkerson also helped launch Wheeler Airlines, the first black-owned airline.
Jamming with Melvin Parker: Life on the Road with James Brown
Thursday, February 11, 6 p.m.
Melvin Parker, Drummer
Parker, a native of Kinston, started playing with singer—and founding father of funk—James Brown during the 1960s. Among the music Parker will perform in this special one-hour jam session are “Out of Sight”; “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”; and “I Got You/I Feel Good”—all recorded in 1964 and 1965.
High-Tech Carolina Couture: Justin LeBlanc
Saturday, February 13, 3–4 p.m.
Free tickets are distributed while they last beginning at 2 p.m.
Note: American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this program. For questions or to reserve ASL seats, call 919-807-7988.
Justin LeBlanc, College of Design, North Carolina State University
LeBlanc, fashion designer and finalist on Lifetime channel’s Project Runway, will discuss how his inspirations and ties to North Carolina work with fibers, fabrics, and technology to create fashion—much like designer Willie Otey Kay contributed to the art form of her time, transforming the dreams of brides and debutantes to reality through her handmade designs.
Music of the Carolinas: Amythyst Kiah
Sunday, February 14, 3 p.m.
Free tickets for this concert are distributed while they last beginning at 2 p.m.
Kiah is an alternative-country blues singer and songwriter who fuses traditional old-time music with R&B and country sounds from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s to create a contemporary style that leaves the original song’s integrity but results in a new powerful, soulful rendition.
Wine & Design: Southern Impressions
Friday, February 26, 6 p.m.
$50 per person; $40 for Associates/museum members (plus state and local taxes)
Registration for the Wine & Design event. Limited space available. For information, call 919-807-7969.
Michael Ausbon, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts and Curator, Southern Impressions
Bring a friend or come solo, and paint like a pro! While Ausbon walks you through what makes southern art “southern,” an artist from Wine & Design’s Raleigh studio will lead you in creating a piece of your own. Wine and snacks included in fee.