Entertainment briefs

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 10:11 AM

Samantha Casey to perform at Bynum

BYNUM -- Samantha Casey and The Bluegrass Jam will perform at the Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Samantha Casey and The Bluegrass Jam from Eastern North Carolina perform traditional and original bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and fiddle tunes.

The Friday Night Music Series runs from May through the end of August from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday night. Although tickets aren’t required, a $5 to $7 donation is encouraged to compensate the performers. Barney’s Famous Hot Dogs & Snacks and Little Dippers Italian Ice will be on site to provide cool drinks and treats.

dtownMARKET returns Saturday

DURHAM -- dtownMARKET returns Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at Motorco Music Hall, 923 Rigsbee Ave.

The market will have for sale upcycled clothing and wallets, vintage goods and clothing, handmade jewelry, pottery, as well as locally made candles, desserts and more.

NCMA to present photo exhibits

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Museum of Art will present two photography exhibitions, both scheduled to open July 21. “Reveal: Portraits by Carrie Levy” features 35 photographs by San Francisco-based artist Levy, while “Outsiders: Facing the Camera” brings together 21 photographs by 15 artists from the NCMA’s permanent collection.

Both exhibitions examine psychological concepts such as intimacy, vulnerability and detachment, presenting subjects that embody or display these feelings in unexpected and often unusual ways.

The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road. For information, call 919-839-6262 or visit www.ncartmuseum.org.

Museum offering free advice on heirlooms

RALEIGH – The N.C. Museum of History will present free advice about caring for treasured heirlooms during Conservation Assistance Day. The museum’s conservators will offer advice July 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public is invited to bring up to three objects for assessment and advice. An appointment is required, so please call Jan Sweatt at 919-807-7823 to reserve a time slot.

For information about the Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook. The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St.

Triangle Empowerment to sponsor tea

DURHAM – The Triangle Empowerment Center will present a Transgender/Women’s Rainbow Tea, an event that will feature food, fun, entertainment and high tea from noon to 3:30 p.m. July 20 at CAARE Inc. Banquet Auditorium, 214 Broadway St.

Anyone who considers themselves a transgender person, a transsexual or a woman who supports the transgender movement is welcome to attend. Please abide by the dress code (casual) and wear a fancy hat to celebrate the occasion.

Scholarships are available but limited. Sponsorships also are available, as are group rates. All proceeds will go toward TEC's SISTA-T Transgender program.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For information, call 919-423-8902 or email at triangleempowermentcenter@yahoo.com.

‘Iron Chef’ host coming to DPAC

DURHAM -- Alton Brown, “Iron Chef” host, will present “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” at the Durham Performing Arts Center Feb. 27.

Recently named Best Food TV Personality at The Munchies, Brown’s tour will include stand-up comedy, a multimedia lecture, live music and food experimentation.

The show will offer an interactive component in which audience members will have the opportunity to serve as Brown’s assistants on stage.

Brown wrote and hosted the show “Good Eats” for 13 straight years on Food Network before making the jump to Cooking Channel. “Good Eats” garnered a Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2007.

Tickets for this show go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, the DPAC ticket center at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.

DFT to present ‘French farce’

DURHAM – Durham Family Theater will present “Drakestail-Ella, or All for One and One for All!,” an original French farce, written and directed by Jennifer Justice. This production will be held today and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 W. Trinity Ave. (Park on the Gregson Street side of the church and enter at the playground door.)

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For information, contact DurhamFamilyTheatre@gmail.com, or call 919-286-5717.

Common Ground announces July schedule

DURHAM -- Common Ground Theatre will present the following events in July:

* Left Field Theatre presents “King Lear” July 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Reservations at lfttickets@gmail.com.

* Common Ground Performing Arts Camp presents “Children of Greece,” adapted by Rachel Klem, with guests Transactors for Families. Shows are July 13 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets: $5. Reservations: (919) 698-3870.

* Lee Galbreath presents “Finding My Voice,” and improviser Dan Sipp will present “Some of These Are Jokes” July 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Advance tickets available at findingmyvoice.brownpapertickets.com/

* hiSTORYstage by Historic Interpretations Inc. presents “The Hollow Crown,”

July 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Advance tickets available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/283153.

Common Ground Theatre is at 4815-B Hillsborough Road.

Duke Homestead to present food event

DURHAM – Duke Homestead will present “Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina” July 13. This free family event will feature a barbecue cook-off and a pie competition.

Visitors can get a taste of the action themselves and help judge and vote in a new People’s Choice category.

This year’s festival features musical guests the Malpass Brothers, who will perform cover hits from the likes of Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings.

“Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina” begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. at Duke Homestead State Historic Site. For information, call 919-477-5498 or visit DukeHomestead.org. Duke Homestead is at 2828 Duke Homestead Road.

Library to host ‘Black Caesar’ author

DURHAM – The Durham County Library will host award-winning true crime author Ron Chepesiuk as he discusses his latest investigative book on the legendary Frank Matthews, “Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin.” The program will take place Monday at Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St. at 7 p.m.

On July 2, 1973, Matthews jumped bail in New York City. He is now recognized as the longest missing fugitive in the history of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. The conditions around his disappearance have remained a mystery. Matthews was said to have dominated the 1970s heroin market. Based in New York City, his empire encompassed 21 states, and was reinforced with the support of high ranking contacts across the globe.

For information about this program, contact Carter B. Cue at 919-560-0282 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

FatMouth Improv presents ‘Hot Fun’

DURHAM -- FatMouth Improv presents "Hot Fun in the Summertime," an evening of improvised live comedy theater where the audience provides suggestions and the cast creates the characters and story on-the-spot.

The show begins at 8 p.m. July 13 at the Common Ground Theatre. Tickets are $10 (cash or check only) and are available at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 4815-B Hillsborough Road.

For directions, go to www.cgtheatre.com; for information, go to www.fatmouthimprov.com.

Community Players to present ‘Cinderella'

HILLSBOROUGH – The Orange Community Players will present their summer production of Rogers & Hammerstein's “Cinderella.” The show will run July 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. and July 28 at 2 p.m. with all performances held at Orange High School. Advance tickets are on sale now and are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

For tickets, visit www.ocpnc.com.

-- From staff reports