Entertainment briefs

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 02:48 PM

‘Let Them Be Heard’ returns to Stagville

Bare Theatre returns to Historic Stagville with its original production, “Let Them Be Heard,” an adaptation of interviews with former slaves from North Carolina. The program features excerpts from The Slave Narrative Project of the late 1930s, and will take place in a slave quarters cabin and hand-built barn at Stagville plantation.

During the Great Depression, the New Deal Works Progress Administration sought to

document the stories of the last surviving people who had lived under slavery. Between 1936 and 1938, hundreds of unemployed writers were hired to travel the country and conduct interviews with more than 2,300 former slaves.

The presentation will take place today and Saturday, and continue June 14 and 15. Productions will be held three times each night, at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at the Stagville visitors’ center or by phone at 919-620-0120. Historic Stagville is at 5828 Old Oxford Road.


Rising Star winners announced

DURHAM -- Anna Higginson of Sanderson High School was named best actress during this year’s annual Triangle Rising Star Awards, held recently at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Higginson won for her portrayal of Millie in the play “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Other winners were Sam Hamashima of Greenhope High School, best actor for Baker of “Into the Woods”; Durham Academy, best ensemble for “Oklahoma!”; and Enloe High School, best musical for “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Triangle Rising Stars is a program that brings together area high school musical theater students to perform and compete for scholarships.

The Triangle Rising Star Awards is a member of The National High School Musical Theater Awards.


Wood’s ‘Christmas Carol’ returning to DPAC

DURHAM -- One of the Triangle’s most beloved Christmas traditions will once again be featured at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Ira David Wood III’s musical comedy adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” will run Dec. 19 through 22.

Theatre In The Park's original musical comedy adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” based on the book by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Wood, has been cited as “one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history” and voted one of “the top 20 events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. “A Christmas Carol” has become a holiday tradition in the Southeast, and has also enjoyed critically acclaimed tours to England and France.

Tickets for the DPAC performances go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com or at the box office at 919-680-2787.


Hillsborough to hold Family Fun Day

HILLSBOROUGH --- The Orange County Main Library and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, in conjunction with Ipas and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, will host Family Fun Day in Hillsborough Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Hillsborough. Family Fun Days is a summer series held on the second Saturday of the month from June through September. Each Family Fun Day will include guided tours, children’s activities, a farmers’ market, shopping and dining.

Begin your day at the Orange County Main Library, located at 137 W. Margaret Lane. Children can pick up a Passport to Historic Hillsborough starting at 10 a.m. Inside the Passport you will find names of places to visit in town.

The event will include a variety of activities for kids of all ages at the Old County Courthouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mary Johnson Rockers, Ubuntu Marimba Ensemble and other musicians will perform.

The Burwell School Historic Site, at 319 N. Churton St., will host “The Homefront in Hillsborough: Life During the Civil War,” starting at 11 a.m.

For more information, visit www.visithillsboroughnc.com/calendar/2013-06.


Museum to present pottery talk

HILLSBOROUGH -- The Orange County Historical Museum will host “Let’s Talk North Carolina Pottery!” featuring Everette James, at 7 p.m. July 19.

The event will take place at Leland Little Auction Gallery, 620 Cornerstone Court.

James will present a program on North Carolina pottery. A favorite of Triangle audiences and renowned both regionally and nationally, James is an accomplished North Carolina collector, pottery expert, and speaker.

Tickets are $15 through July 18 and can be purchased by phone or in person from the museum at 919-732-2201, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 201 N. Churton St.

Tickets will also be available at Leland Little’s Auction Gallery and the Hillsborough Visitors’ Center. Tickets at the door will cost $20. All proceeds benefit the Orange County Historical Museum.

For more information, contact the museum at 919-732-2201.


Holland Brothers to perform at Bynum series

BYNUM – The Holland Brothers Duo will perform the Bynum General Store today, as part of the venue’s summer Front Porch Friday Night Music Series.

When twin brothers Mark and Michael Holland ended their long-time rock act Jennyanykind in 2012, they set their sights on a stripped-down blues act that could showcase their original songwriting and different solo styles.

The Friday Night Music Series runs from May through the end of August from 7 p.m. 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 tasty treats. Shows go on rain or shine.

Bynum General Store is at 950 Bynum Road.


Rock the Park Series begins Saturday

DURHAM -- Durham Parks and Recreation’s Rock the Park Series will kick off Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Duke Park (106 W. Knox St.). The Craig Powe Jazz Band will be the musical guest.

This series will include free concerts and movies in various parks throughout Durham. Participants can enjoy jazz, R&B/old-school, and reggae music as well as kid-friendly, date night, and family friendly movies.

Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, as seating will not be provided. Food vendors will be available. Concerts will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Movies will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Movies will be screened at Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St.

Here are other concerts and screenings in the series:

June 22. Family Friendly Movie (PG): “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian”

July 6. Kashon Perrin (R&B/old-school). Forest Hills Park, 1635 University Drive

July 20. Date Night Movie (PG-13): “Knight and Day”

Aug. 3. Sahara Reggae Band, Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive

Aug. 17. Kid Friendly Movie (PG-13): “Ice Age: Continental Drift”

For more information call 919-560-4355 or visit the special events page at www.DPRPlayMore.org.


UNC to hold Summer Jazz Workshop

CHAPEL HILL – The Third Annual UNC Summer Jazz Workshop will be held June 17-21 and will feature free nightly concerts. Guest artists who will perform are Lynn Seaton (former bassist for the Count Basie Band, George Shearing Trio, Monty Alexander Trio) and Ross Pederson (a drummer who has been touring internationally with Eddie Gomez, Kenny Werner and Lou Soloff).

In addition to concerts, the workshop will have 10 jazz combos with students participating from ages 12 to 61.

Here is a schedule of free concerts. For more information, visit music.unc.edu/summerjazzworkshop

-- June 17 at 7 p.m. Opening concert on the lawn at Polk Place. Jim Ketch and the Dave Finucane Quintet. Bring lawn chairs, blanket, and picnic. Back up location in case of rain will be Kenan Music Building 1201.

-- June 18, 7 p.m. Kenan Music Building 1201. Scott Sawyer and the Dave Finucane Quartet.

-- June 18, 9 p.m. to midnight. Late Night Jam Session at Bun's Burgers, 107 N. Columbia St. in Chapel Hill ($5 cover or purchase of food).

-- June 19, 7 p.m. Kenan Music Building KMB 1201. Lynn Seaton Trio

-- June 20, 7 p.m. Kenan Music Building 1201. Gregg Gelb, Jim Ketch and the Jerald Shynette Sextet.

-- June 21, 4:30-7:15 p.m. Kenan Music Building 1201. Student Combos Concert.


Library to present free monthly films

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Public Library will present a series of monthly free movies. Doors open at 6:15 and the movies will start at 6:30. All movies will be screened in the large meeting room in the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Popcorn will be provided by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Here is a list of films remaining in the series:

July 2. “Les Miserables” -- Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway

Aug. 6. “Argo” -- Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston

Sept. 3. “Jack Reacher” -- Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall

Oct. 1. “Lincoln” -- Tommy Lee Jones, Daniel Day-Lewis, Walton Goggins, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hawkes

Nov. 5. “Zero Dark Thirty” -- Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton

Dec. 3. “Anna Karenina” -- Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, Jude Law


Concert band to present free concert

DURHAM – The Durham Community Concert Band will present “The Sound of Music,” a free concert of musicals and sing-alongs, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 15 in the Durham Central Park Pavilion.

Soprano Arsenia Soto and the Durham Jazz Orchestra will be the special guests.


--From staff reports