Entertainment briefs

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 01:01 PM

Legend to return; tickets on sale today
DURHAM – Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Oct.  31, as part of his North American tour, "Made to Love," in support of his upcoming album “Love in the Future,” to be released this fall.
Legend’s debut album, “Get Lifted” (2004) sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and earned eight Grammy nominations with three wins for Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B album. Legend’s follow-up album, “Once Again” (2006) earned platinum certification and a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
In 2007, Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization fighting poverty around the world. He also sits on the boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, and the Harlem Village Academies. That same year he received the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC box office at 123 Vivian St. and through Ticketmaster.com.


American Tobacco starts Wednesday series
DURHAM – North Carolina band The Embers will inaugurate American Tobacco’s new Wednesday night series.
The Embers will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14. Other performers will be The Breakfast Club (Aug. 28), Abbey Road Live (Sept. 4) and The Dickens (Sept. 25).
All concerts will be on the grass within American Tobacco’s traditional campus. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 9. Admission is free.

Tickets on sale for Hugh Laurie show
DURHAM -- Actor, comedian and musician Hugh Laurie will bring his bluesy musical act to the Carolina Theatre in Durham on Nov. 1. The Durham show is part of Laurie's tour to support the scheduled Aug. 6 release of his second full-length album, "Didn't It Rain."
Laurie is an acclaimed English actor, comedian, writer and musician. He has won two Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards and received six Emmy nominations. Laurie released his debut album "Let Them Talk" in 2011. The album charted as high as No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and reached No. 1 on the U.S. Blues chart.
Laurie had his first career success in the 1980s as part of the "Blackadder" series starring Rowan Atkinson. Laurie later formed the Fry & Laurie comic team with friend Stephen Fry. The duo starred in the BBC sketch comedy series "A Bit of Fry & Laurie."
Laurie's film credits include 1995's "Sense and Sensibility" alongside college friend Emma Thompson; the 1996 live-action adaptation of Disney's "101 Dalmatians" and 2009's "Monsters vs. Aliens."
He also played the title role on the television show “House” from 2004 to 2012.
Tickets to this show are now on sale at 919-560-3030, at www.carolinatheatre.org, or through Ticketmaster.com.


Hillsborough Arts Council to hold general meeting
HILLSBOROUGH – The Hillsborough Arts Council will hold its general meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., at the council’s new office and gallery at 102 N. Churton St.
The general meeting provides an opportunity for the public to learn about Hillsborough Arts Council’s programs, to present ideas for development of new programs and improvement of current programs, and to become involved in the council.
The Board of Directors meets immediately after the general meeting.
For information, contact Gail Cooley, Gail@hillsboroughartscouncil.org


Poetry Open Mic scheduled Saturday
DURHAM – Durham Parks and Recreation invites poets to participate in a Poetry Open Mic from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at W.D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville St. 
All poets are welcome to participate but must arrive no later than 3 p.m. to sign up. Poets can use all styles to recite their work including having accompanying music and dancers. Profanity or inappropriate topics are prohibited. The event is free and open to the public.
For information, call 919-560-4292.  


Motorco to present People’s Durham benefit
DURHAM -- Durham artists will perform at a fundraising benefit show for People's Durham at 9 p.m. today at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave. The event will feature poet, emcee and musician Shirlette Ammons, who will be playing tunes from her new work "Twilight for Gladys Bentley."
Spoken word artist and emcee Dasan Ahanu will also be performing, as well as the Bull City Slam Team. There will be a DJ showcase, Bboy showcase, and more.
People's Durham is a community organization committed to building the long-term power of the working class and black and Latino communities in Durham and throughout North Carolina.
Admission is a $10 suggested donation.


Filmmakers to screen ‘Story of America’
DURHAM -- Filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler will present a screening of their documentary “Story of America: A Nation Divided,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
The filmmakers will discuss their work and show clips from their recent journeys across North Carolina to explore the role of dialogue and deliberation in creating a more informed, engaged and united citizenry.
Admission is a $10 suggested donation.
Because of limited space, registration is required. To register, visit motorcomusic.com.

-- From staff reports