Tickets for Bennett concert on sale today
DURHAM – Veteran vocalist and multiple Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center Feb. 1.
Bennett is entering his seventh decade as a recording artist with 17 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Bennett remains the Columbia recording artist with the greatest longevity at the label. When his “Duets II” CD debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album charts in September 2011, it made him the oldest artist to achieve the top spot at age 85.
He is a Kennedy Center Honoree and an NEA Jazz Master. Bennett marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1965 civil rights march to Montgomery and was later honored with the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness Award and the United Nations’ 2007 Humanitarian Award.
Tickets to the DPAC concert go on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.DPACnc.com, at the DPAC ticket center, 919-680-2787, or through www.ticketmaster.com.
Outsiders, Guglhupf host fourth Christmas market
DURHAM – Outsiders Art & Collectibles once again joins Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Patisserie to host the 4th Annual Christmas Market Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include artists, food and live music.
In addition, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School will host a book drive for Book Harvest, happymess Studio will host a craft table for children, and Cassandra from Character Paints will be doing face painting.
Guglhupf is at 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. in Durham.
Dance group to present ‘Visions of Sugarplums’
DURHAM – The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics’ Dance Ensemble will present “Visions of Sugarplums: Favorite Holiday Classics” Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the ETC Auditorium at NCSSM.
The concert will feature narration, original choreography and live music by NCSSM students. Admission is free.
DSA to present adaptation of ‘The Giver’
DURHAM – The Newbery Award-winning novel for young people “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry, is finding a new audience of all ages this holiday season.
Durham School of the Arts will present the stage adaptation of “The Giver” Dec. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 and 16 at 3 p.m. in the school’s Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10 and are available at the box office or online at www.seatyourself.biz/dsa.
This adaptation of “The Giver” by Eric Coble captures the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a seemingly perfect society. When Jonas turns 12, he is selected to take on the long-forgotten memories of the world from an old man known only as The Receiver of Memory. As Jonas learns what happened “beyond,” he also begins to understand the price that was paid for such perfection.
Olivia Newton-John coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Olivia Newton-John will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center Feb. 19.
Newton-John’s career spans four decades and more than 100 million albums sold. She is currently celebrating her 40th year in music with a North American and UK concert tour, a new book and holiday CD.
She has received four Grammy Awards, numerous Country Music, American Music and People’s Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, 10 No. 1 hits including “Physical,” which topped the charts for 10 consecutive weeks, and more than 15 Top 10 singles.
In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted her into stardom. This film’s best-selling soundtrack featured the duets “You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights,” with Travolta, as well as her mega-hit, “Hopelessly Devoted To You.”
Tickets go on sale Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the ticket center or by phone at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.
Try a second prom at Shakori
PITTSBORO – The Shakori Hills Festival organizers are offering you a chance to re-live your high school prom.
The Shakori Prom will have live DJs, wine and beer cash bar, desserts, raffle prizes, and a traditional photo booth. The best dressed will be crowned king and queen.
The prom is Dec. 15 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Chatham Mills, 480 Hillsboro St.
Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, visit www.shakorihills.org/the-shakori-prom/.
Full Frame receives NEA grant
DURHAM – The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is one of 832 nonprofit organizations to receive an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The center will receive a $20,000 grant to support the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Full Frame is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
“It is an honor for Full Frame to once again be recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a grant recipient,” Full Frame Executive Director Deirdre Haj said in a written release. “Federal support of Full Frame ensures fuel for the economic and artistic engine that the festival is and will continue to be.”
In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works grants, requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences.
The 16th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 4-7, 2013, in Durham.
Sacrificial Poets to present December slam
CHAPEL HILL – The Sacrificial Poets will present their December Voicebox Slam Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Street Scene Teen Center, 179 E. Franklin St.
Youths from across the Triangle will compete in this three-round poetry showdown.
Voicebox Slam Series is a monthly slam competition where youth participants have the opportunity to earn a spot in the annual Sacrificial Poets Grand Slam Finals, and be chosen as one of six young poets that will attend the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam in July.
Youths ages 13-19 are eligible to participate and can sign up at the event. Participants should have three original works of poetry ready. There is a time limit and no props are allowed. For more information, visit sacrificialpoets.com.
Walltown Theatre to present ‘Durham Nutcracker’
DURHAM – Walltown Children’s Theatre’s production of “The Durham Nutcracker” has introduced audiences of all ages to the world of ballet, hip-hop, salsa, Bollywood, contemporary dance, and capoeira.
This adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet returns with performances beginning today and continuing through Dec. 14.
Performances will be in the PSI Theater at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
For tickets, please visit thedurhamnutcracker-eorg.eventbrite.com/# or call Walltown Children’s Theatre at 919-286-4545.
Voices to perform two Christmas concerts
CHAPEL HILL – The choral group Voices will perform “Sing Noel,” accompanied by harp, strings, flute, organ and percussion Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. in Hill Hall Auditorium, 145 E. Cameron Ave.
Tickets are $20 for individuals and $6 for students. Tickets for the upcoming performances can be purchased online at www.voiceschapelhill.org, from chorus members or at the door.
Southern Coalition to celebrate with food, music
DURHAM – The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is celebrating five years of advocacy throughout the South.
This celebration will include food and music by The TROSA Band and special guest performances by Spirit House and Greensboro jazz artist Eva Foster.
This event will be held Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hayti Heritage Center,
804 Old Fayetteville St.
Admission is a suggested donation of $50.
Davis to discuss Catlett contribution to the arts
DURHAM – In 1935, Durham Public Schools employed a young art teacher named Elizabeth Catlett. After her two-year experience in Durham, Catlett emerged as a major international sculptor and printmaker. Seventy-five years after her Hillside High School teaching days, retired educator Eddie Davis will discuss the role that the city may have played in the development of Catlett’s art and the influences that she might have had on the city.
The discussion will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Catlett created sculptures of the human form that reflected her deep concern with the African-American experience and the struggle for civil rights. In 1958, she became the first female professor of sculpture and head of the sculpture department at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, School of Fine Arts, San Carlos, in Mexico City. Catlett was 96 years old when she died in Mexico earlier this year. Her career spanned 70 years, and she continued to make art into her 90s.
Davis is the former president of the North Carolina Association of Educators and was the first practicing classroom teacher to hold a full voting position on the State Board of Education.
Admission to this program is free.
ECHHS to present concert series
CHAPEL HILL – The East Chapel Hill High School Music Department will present their holiday choral, band, orchestra and jazz band concerts. The first concert in the series will be held today at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, when the school’s choral groups will perform.
Thursday, the ECHHS Band will perform a concert with the Phillips Middle School eighth-grade band.
On Dec. 18, the ECHHS Chamber Orchestra & String Orchestra will perform with the Phillips Middle School 8th grade orchestra. Finally, on Dec. 19, the ECHHS Jazz Band will host and perform with the Chapel Hill High School jazz band.
These concerts are free and open to the public. All of the concerts will be held in the school auditorium and will begin at 7:30 p.m.
—From staff reports