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.
Ken Bloom, the clarinetist and guitarist for the local band Mappamundi, leaps into a guitar solo on an Eastern European song titled “Opium,” a song which is not really about drugs but about love. The singer declares that “your love poisons me like opium.”
It’s impossible to talk about “Annie” without admitting up front when you first experienced John Huston’s 1982 film.
Say “The Nutcracker,” and for many, the strains of this music start dancing in the head. Say Triangle Youth Ballet’s production of this ballet to Tchaikovsky’s score, and images abound for countless audience members who have attended this performance over the past 19 years.
The audience will have a very close encounter with modern dance when Durham Independent Dance Artists presents the premiere of Justin Tornow’s work “No. 13” (aka “The Weights”) Saturday and Sunday at The Carrack Modern Art Gallery in downtown Durham. That’s because at times, dancers will be just six inches away from the audience.
Director Frank Capra’s 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life” certainly has nostalgia appeal and sentimentality, but it also has many layers. The film explores the loss of youthful dreams, the duty to one’s community and society. It’s arguably political, pitting George Bailey’s New Deal vision of the world with the unbridled Scrooge-like capitalism of Mr. Potter.
Hillsborough-based Yep Roc Records artists Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin have been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album for their release, “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.”
BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
DURHAM – Vibraphonist Roy Ayers and vocalist Anthony Hamilton are the headliner artists for the second Art of Cool Festival, to be held April 24-26, 2015. Organizers of the festival announced the artist lineup Wednesday night during Hamilton’s concert at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will present the premiere performance of Anita Woodley’s play “Boomerang” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
By LINDSEY BAHR
AP Film Writer
For a movie that's more paint by numbers than Picasso, "Penguins of Madagascar" begins with something completely unexpected: a Werner Herzog voiceover.
DURHAM -- The American Tobacco Campus is set to ring in its 10th holiday season in 2014. The season begins with the tower lighting Dec. 5. Other events include a reunion of former factory workers, a campus block party, Music on the Lawn concerts and the launch of Bee Downtown.
DURHAM -- Durham Parks and Recreation is presenting many opportunities to celebrate the season. Here is the lineup:
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host a screening of excerpts from the award-winning film “American Promise” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
DURHAM – Durham’s three state historic sites host annual Christmas events to show what life was like during their historic time periods.