Art of Cool adds to lineup
DURHAM -- The Art of Cool Project has added four artists to the lineup for the Art of Cool Festival, to be held April 25 and 26: Bilal, Christian Scott, Gizmo and King.
Christian Scott, also known as Christian aTunde Adjuah, is a Grammy-nominated, two-time Edison Award-winning jazz trumpeter. Bilal is a musician, songwriter and producer whose music crosses different genres. King is a Los Angeles based trio with a new-age blend of jazz and soul. Drawing on his African American and Puerto Rican heritage, Gizmo is a musician, bassist, composer and producer whose musical influences include jazz, pop, funk, Latin and hip-hop.
Bilal, Christian Scott, Gizmo and King were chosen as part of the Art of Cool Festival line-up to fill a gap left by the cancellation of Robert Glasper, stated Cicely Mitchell, co-founder of the Art of Cool Project and Festival, in a press release.
Festival ticket prices start at $65 for a one-day pass; a two-day pass can be purchased for $120. Special VIP packages are available for $275, which includes a VIP party at the Nasher Museum, access to VIP lounges and secret venues as well as priority access to all shows. Tickets can be purchased at www.aocfestival.org
‘Hey, hey, hey!’: Cosby returning to DPAC
DURHAM – Comedian and author Bill Cosby will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center Oct. 25 in his new Comedy Central “Far From Finished Tour.”
Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with “I Spy,” becoming the first African-American to co-star on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys. He created and produced the Emmy-winning cartoon “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004. The show, based upon Cosby’s childhood in Philadelphia, was designed to educate and entertain. Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is “The Cosby Show,” about a close-knit, upper-class black family. Cosby said his intent was to portray an American family.
His books include “Fatherhood,” “Time Flies” and his current bestseller, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, (But I’m Glad I Was).”
Tickets for Cosby’s appearance go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 14 at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.
Kidznotes choir to perform at Duke Chapel
DURHAM – The Kidznotes Beethoven Choir and the Duke Chapel Choir will be performing side-by-side during the service Sunday. This is the latest event in a long tradition of partnership between Duke University and Kidznotes.
This year Kidznotes will host Pathways Fellow and Duke Chapel Choir member Mark Kagika. The Pathways Fellowship is a one-year residential program through Duke Chapel that places fellows in positions with community organizations.
This service begins at 11 a.m.
Bull City Craft to showcase Palmer art
DURHAM – Local artist Beth Palmer will be at Bull City Craft Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. showcasing her art and personalizing pieces for gifts.
Palmer is known for her heart imagery and her work in arts in health care.
Palmer will be personalizing pieces for Valentine gifts.
Bull City Craft is at 2501 University Drive. For information, call 919419-0800 or visit
Jaheim coming to DPAC
DURHAM -- R&B vocalist Jaheim is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center May 11.
Jaheim is considered the forerunner and torch-carrier of today's soul-originated R&B. A vocalist in the tradition of Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross, he signed with former Naughty By Nature beat man Kay Gee's Devine Mill record label in 2000. He released three albums over five years: his 2001 debut, “Ghetto Love”; 2002's sophomore set, “Still Ghetto” and 2006's “Ghetto Classics.” During that time, he also scored nominations for the BET and Soul Train Music Awards.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at
919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.
Stagville resumes slave narrative series
DURHAM -- The anguish and frustration of men and women held in slavery will be voiced at Historic Stagville during return performances of the “Let Them Be Heard” series by Bare Theatre Feb. 21-March 1. New adaptations of last summer's presentations will examine the aftermath of Reconstruction for Black History Month and will be performed in structures built by the enslaved.
The vignettes will give life to the interviews gathered by the Slave Narrative Project of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. Each hourlong performance is a lantern-lit walking tour that moves in and around the historic structures and a bonfire pit. Strong language and graphic descriptions of violence may not be suitable for all audiences. Discretion should be used when bringing young children.
Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Tickets are available through eTix.
For more information, call 919-620-0120. Stagville is at 5828 Old Oxford Highway.
OCP to perform ‘Steel Magnolias’
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Orange County Department on Aging has announced the Orange Community Players’ 2014 season.
The Central Orange Senior Center will set the backdrop for a production of “Steel Magnolias” Feb. 13 -16.
Tickets may be purchased at Central Orange Senior Center at 103 Meadowland Drive, or through the OCP Web site at http://ocpnc.com/.
For information, please call 919-245-2015. This production is co-sponsored by the Friends of Central Orange and Orange Community Players.
Filmmaker to begin Stone Center residency
CHAPEL HILL -- Afro-Brazilian filmmaker and scholar Joel Zito Araújo returns to UNC at Chapel Hill as scholar-in-residence at the Stone Center during the month of February. Araújo previously visited the Stone Center in 2004 as a visiting artist. Araújo will visit classes at UNC and other area colleges and universities to participate in lectures, discussions, and host screenings and discussion of his films.
On Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. the Stone Center will screen Araújo’s film “Filhas do Vento” (“Daughters of the Wind”) in the Stone Center’s Hitchcock Room. On Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. the Stone Center will join the Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC at Chapel Hill to screen “Raça” at the Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Building at UNC. Both screenings will include post film discussion with Araújo.
All events associated with the residency are free and open to the public. For information on Araújo’s visit at UNC, call 919-962-9001, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.unc.edu/depts/stonecenter.
Takeover group to celebrate anniversary
DURHAM -- Durham Takeover, a new way for gays to meet and mingle in the Bull City, will celebrate its first year of pop-up monthly events and local activities, known as “takeovers,” with a One-Year Anniversary Dance Party today at The Bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave.
Communication for the group is handled through social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Meetup, which is also how new members join and ideas are suggested for the group. Every takeover this year was suggested by a member, including wine tastings, cocktail lounges, bowling nights, concerts, movie festivals, and drag bingo.
The anniversary party begins at 9 p.m.
Gearing up for Paw-Di Gras
CHAPEL HILL -- Artists around the Triangle have volunteered their time and talents to decorate Mardi Gras masks for the upcoming Paw-Di Gras masquerade dinner, auction and dance, which supports the cats and dogs of Paws4ever, an animal sanctuary in Orange County.
Local artists Emily Weinstein, Brenda Baldwin Scott, Dale Morgan, Leslie Udry, Louise Francke and Linda Carmel, among others, have decorated masks that will be sold at the fundraiser event.
The Paw-Di Gras masquerade will take place Feb. 28 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the ballroom at the University Inn, 1301 Fordham Blvd. Tickets are available for $50 at www.biddingforgood.com/paws4ever/paw-di-gras. An online auction will take place Feb. 17 to March 2 through the same website.
Event activities include a New Orleans-themed dinner, live auction, music by the band Liquid Pleasure and professional portraits by Girl With 3 Dogs Photography and FRANK artist Barbara Tyroler.
Spectre to present ‘Mardis Gras Primer’
DURHAM -- “Hey Pocky Way: A Mardi Gras Primer” will be held at Spectre Arts, 1004 Morning Glory Ave., March 1 from 1 to 5 p.m.
“Hey Pocky Way” is a product of a collaborative curation by Heather Cook of Shindigs! and her husband, Phil Cook. Together they have crafted a celebration in preparation for the Mardi Gras season. All proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Hillside Hornets Marching Band Program.
Chef Ricky Moore of Saltbox will be serving up a low-country boil. Ponysaurus Brewery will serve up locally crafted beers. The Bulltown Strutters, The Hillside Hornets Drumline, Boneslinger and Phil Cook & the Guitarheels will provide music.
Tickets for this event are $25 and are now available online. Ticket sales, along with event information can be found at shindigsnc.com/hey-pocky-way.
--From staff reports