Entertainment briefs

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Pleiades unveils new artists’ works
DURHAM -- Pleiades Gallery will present the work of the newest gallery members, Bill Koeb and Revere La Noue, through Aug. 23, with a free, public opening reception Aug. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Koeb is an American painter, illustrator, and sequential artist whose work includes illustrations for Washington City Paper, The Village Voice, Bill Graham Presents, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics. La Noue is a contemporary American artist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur developing projects all over the world.
Pleiades Fine Art Gallery is at 109 E. Chapel Hill St. For information, call 919-797-2706.

DFT offering acting classes
DURHAM – The Durham Family Theatre is offering acting classes. The cost for each eight-week session is $125, with a 10 percent discount for the second child in the family enrolled. Scholarships are available.
For a list of classes and times, and to sign up, visit durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com/DFT-Classes or send a check to DFT, PO Box 61894, Durham, NC 27715. When paying, download, fill out and return a 2014-2015 class registration form.
Acting students will perform a showcase play at the end of each eight-week class session.

Painted Chair auction tickets on sale
DURHAM -- Independent Animal Rescue -- a volunteer, nonprofit animal rescue in Durham – will hold its 12th annual Painted Chair & More Auction Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.
All proceeds support IAR’s animal welfare programs, which include foster care, adoption and spaying and neutering.
A silent auction will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with a live auction hosted by Luke Newbold of Leland Little Estate and Auction Sales of Hillsborough beginning at 7 p.m.   Dogwood Blossom will perform live music. Refreshments and a wine and beer bar will be available throughout the evening. 
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.animalrescue.net or contact IAR at fundraising@animalrescue.net to sponsor the event or donate items.

Percussion group coming to Durham
DURHAM -- STOMP, the international percussion group, will visit the Durham Performing Arts Center March 27-29, 2015. From its beginnings as a street performance group in the UK, STOMP has during the past 20 years performed in more than 50 countries.
The performance schedule for STOMP is March 27, 8 p.m.; March 28, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and March 29, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale to the public Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at www.dpacnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.

Kenny G returning
DURHAM -- Saxophonist Kenny G will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center Dec. 7 for an evening of holiday and hits, his first time back since his 2011 show.
Tickets are now on sale at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.

Latino Festival coming in September
DURHAM – The annual Latino Festival will be held Sept. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive. This festival will have live music and entertainment, food, face painting, community information, activities for kids, soccer tournament and more!

Bennett to teach writing for stage and screen
CARRBORO -- Will Bennett will teach playwriting and screenwriting in two venues this fall. Bennett will be teaching a two-hour, weekly playwriting class for adults at the Carrboro ArtsCenter beginning Sept. 11. Classes begin at 6:15 and end at 8:15 p.m. Classes begin Sept. 11 and will continue through Dec. 4. Cost to the public is $216, $194 for Friends of the ArtsCenter. To register, visit www.artscenterlive.org/classes/1012-playwriting-101/.
Bennett will also be teaching a playwriting and screenwriting class at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro starting Sept. 10 and continuing through Dec. 3. Classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. Cost for this class is $215.25.
To register, call CCCC Continuing Education at 919-545-8044 or visit www.cccc.edu/creativewriting/.
Bennett wrote the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play “Corporate Rock” and produced the off-Broadway cult hit “Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy.”

WomanCraft to present art demonstrations
CARRBORO – WomanCraft gallery will present two live demonstrations and an opening for a new exhibit today. 
Emily Eve Weinstein will paint live pet portraits today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jennifer Strickland will present a live demonstration of fused glass jewelry from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
An opening reception for the exhibit “Sue Kopkind: A Bounty of Bowls" will be held today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 21.
WomanCraft is an all-local self-sustaining co-op of more than 70 artisans. The gallery is at 370 E. Main St., Suite 170. For information, call 919-929-3300 or visit womancraftgifts.com.

Artist offering Handmade Parade workshops
HILLSBOROUGH -- The 2014 Hillsborough Handmade Parade will be held Oct. 19 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Artist Jane Filer will lead two workshops on creating giant papier-mâché heads.
The cost is $35. Go to www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org  for information and to register.

Triangle Opera to present free concert
DURHAM -- Triangle Opera Studios will present “An Evening of Operatic and Oratorio Favorites” performed by soprano Stephanie Thurm and tenor Jianghai Ho, accompanied by pianist David Heid Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St.
The concert will feature works by Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Bizet, Menotti and Rossini and is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support Triangle Opera Studios.

--From staff reports