The 8th annual Arts NC State Gala fund-raiser at Stewart Theatre supports the university's visual and performing arts programs. This year's party is capped off by Manhattan Transfer, Tim Hauser's 30-plus year running vocal group that has snapped up 8 Grammy awards along the way. A silent auction (wrought iron sconces to personal trainer to catered backyard dinner party up for grabs) and diamond necklace raffle are also scheduled. Black tie optional. The event is Saturday April 30, 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $135. See www.fis.ncsu.edu/Arts/
for auction list.