The Museum is open with updated hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Following local ordinances, visitors are required to wear a mask inside all buildings, including restrooms and concession buildings, and at outdoor events. For some events participants ages 13 and up must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 NAAT or PCR test result; test results must be within 72 hours of the event. Check individual event pages to see if this applies; at this time it is not required for gallery, exhibition, tour, or Park visits. Learn more at ncartmuseum.org/covid19.
Postponed: The NCMA and Cat’s Cradle present Big Thief with Special Guest Molly Sarlé
Due to incoming inclement weather, the Big Thief concert has been postponed for 24 hours and will now take place this Thursday, September 23. All tickets will be honored, and gate and show times will remain the same. If you are unable to attend due to the date change, please email email@example.com, and we will issue a 100 percent refund. Refunds will end at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 23.
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About the Band’s Latest Album
Thirty miles west of El Paso, Big Thief (a.k.a. Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia) set up their instruments as close together as possible to capture their most important collection of songs yet. The band had only just finished work on their third album, U.F.O.F.—“the celestial twin”—days before in a cabin studio in Washington State. Now it was time to birth U.F.O.F.’s sister album, Two Hands—“the earth twin.”
Anybody who has borne witness to Big Thief in the wild will find songs they recognize here. Many of the album’s tracks (“The Toy,” “Those Girls,” “Shoulders,” “Not,” “Cut My Hair”) have been live staples for years. “Two Hands has the songs that I’m the most proud of; I can imagine myself singing them when I’m old,” says Adrianne. “Musically and lyrically, you can’t break it down much further than this. It’s already bare-bones.”
Lyrically this can be felt in the poetic blur of the internal and external. These are political songs without political language. They explore the collective wounds of our Earth; abstractions of the personal hint at war, environmental destruction, and the traumas that fuel it. With raw power and intimacy, Two Hands folds itself gracefully into Big Thief’s impressive discography.
Big Thief have partnered with PLUS1 to support organizations bringing dignity, equity, and access to communities who need it.
Image: Big Thief by Josh Goleman
About Molly Sarlé and Her Latest Album
Molly Sarlé’s album Karaoke Angel is a collection of songs by a woman who, unlike most of us, was born understanding that her ability to feel—deeply and without shame—is her greatest strength. It is the result of a free and open-hearted devotion to the search for passion and of the complete, unflinching depiction of truth.
Molly’s songs observe their own kind of internal logic, always a few steps behind or ahead of where you expect them to be. They are occasionally funny and always uncannily real. While autobiographical, her songs project more than her individual reality alone. They unfold in a sort of subconscious, liminal state—a dream in which a lifetime’s worth of characters come together to bring the ever-shifting story to its inevitable conclusion.
Brought to life at Dreamland—a church-turned-recording studio in Woodstock, New York—with the help of producer/multi-instrumentalist Sam Evian, Karaoke Angel takes from its environment. The sound of each instrument is perfectly sculpted to leave space for the world that Molly’s voice creates. A minimal but carefully assembled palette of guitar, bass, and percussion provides the foundation; an orchestra of unrecognizable atmospherics bounces off the high ceilings—but Molly’s delicate, expressive voice is always at the center. The album leaves us with the gift of a message: love is not finite. There is enough for all of us. And although it is not guaranteed to be returned from those we share it with, it is still destined to find us in some other fashion. In this way the story of Karaoke Angel finds its way back to love—from all of those who hear the resulting songs and see themselves too. (Adaptation of writing by Molly’s friend and contemporary Jenn Wasner)
Image: Molly Sarlé by Shervin Lainez
Musician Photo and Recording Policy: No flash or professional photography allowed. No video or audio recording of any kind allowed.
No smoking allowed inside venue gates.
Please note that some tickets could be refunded based on ongoing alignment with the governor’s executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Do you or a family member need a general accommodation for your visit? Contact the membership and visitor experience team by email or at (919) 715-5923.
Please note these updates for 2021: To better serve Museum members and fans, we doubled the number of reserved seats for each concert; all bench seating is now reserved seating, including some seats clearly marked as limited sight line. No outside food or beverage will be permitted in the venue except for factory-sealed water bottles and empty bottles (no glass). Full concessions will be available inside the venue.
For the safety of everyone, we ask that all concert attendees wear masks both outdoors and indoors.
Picnic in the Park
Catering Works is pleased to offer a variety of picnic baskets for weekends and for special events at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park. Baskets require 48–72 hours advance notice to fully accommodate your order.
Gates open at 6:30 pm.
Big Thief has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 per ticket goes to support Fugees Family and their work empowering refugees to integrate successfully into their new country. The nonprofit provides child survivors of war with the support and structure they need to realize their vast potential.