In the depths of the Durham Arts Council building last week, the Durham Symphony Orchestra gathered to rehearse its upcoming “A Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.”
It was a weeknight, and the musicians who came were volunteers and paid professionals, some in jeans and T-shirts, others in the business casual they wore all day at an office.
“A Will for the Woods,” the documentary that won the Audience Award and Environmental Award at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, is returning to Durham this weekend for screenings at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus. On the weekend of Halloween and All Saints’ Day, the film reminds viewers of what kind of legacy they want to leave on the earth.
“A Will for the Woods” is a moving, thought-provoking look at the idea of green burials, a growing trend across the country for those who wish to be buried in a more traditional, environmentally friendly way. There’s no machine to fill in the grave, people with shovels do that. There’s no metal coffin, but rather reclaimed wood. There’s no embalming fluid. No usual cemetery, but one that preserves nature.
The Orange County Open Studio Tour marks its 20th anniversary this year. Tours of artists’ studios throughout the county begin Saturday and Sunday, and continue Nov. 8 and 9. On Saturdays, studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
“Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” is “a play with music” more than a traditional musical, with inspiration from authors such as Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Arthur Miller. The description comes from songwriter John Mellencamp, who collaborated with author Stephen King and music producer T Bone Burnett on the production, which comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 14.
Anita Woodley compares the process of writing her new one-woman show to channeling. Woodley has been listening to tapes of African-American men who participated in focus groups to discuss their experiences with medical issues. The people in the tapes are anonymous, but Woodley has given their stories faces and names like “B.B. Blues” and “Conscious Rap” in her show “Bucking the Medical and Mental Bull,” which she will premiere Tuesday at the Carolina Theatre.
Get a spooky jump on Halloween when A Night of Local Horror brings local short horror films to the screen on Tuesday night at Motorco Music Hall. Eight films will be shown, including film festival winners and premieres.
The Durham Farmers’ Market will present its first Vendor Costume Contest on Saturday. Many of the vendors will be coming to market in costume to sell their goods. Customers can vote for their favorites. This event will be a fundraiser for the Farmers’ Market’s Double Bucks Program.
Yes, it’s not even Halloween yet, but you can still mark your calendars for Durham’s biggest holiday parade: Dec. 6. There are a few changes to the Parkwood Christmas/Holiday Parade this year, including the name. It added “Christmas” and kept “Holiday” but has moved from a Sunday afternoon parade to Saturday.
In the liner notes to his 1960 album “Change of the Century,” saxophonist Ornette Coleman wrote, "Some musicians say, if what I'm doing is right, they should never have gone to school." He also stated that there is “no single right way to play jazz” and that his group was “attempting to break through to a new, freer conception of jazz.”
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In 1971, long hair and other outward signs of the political spirit of the 1960s had become mainstream. Opposition to the Vietnam War remained strong, and that year, a group of eight citizens living in and around Philadelphia who were anti-war activists staged a well-planned break-in of an FBI field office in nearby Media, Pennsylvania.
Sculptor Cassandra Gooding empties several bags of sand into a mixer, while fellow Liberty Arts metal artists Evie Watts and Christian Hansen measure the resin and catalyst from two tanks. The resin and catalyst are added separately to the mixer, and after the mixing the artists pour the sand into a large tub.
Gooding, Watts and Hansen then take the sand mixture and begin placing it in wooden frames. The sand will harden into a block around a pattern that each artist has fashioned. Saturday, the sand molds that the artists were creating earlier this week will be filled with liquid iron (at about 3,000 degrees) and transformed into sculptures.
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Bad Suns is one of those rock bands that makes you want to go to a party. Their Southern California sound is what you play at a party if you want to create the ambiance of a feel-good time. The band opens for New Politics on Oct. 15 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. SomeKindaWonderful is also opening, so you get three bands for a potentially fun Wednesday night.