Entertainment briefs

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 12:20 PM

Crosby, Stills & Nash to return to DPAC
DURHAM -- Crosby, Stills & Nash will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center March 24. The group will perform songs from their extensive catalogue, as well as new material from each member. The last performance by Crosby, Stills & Nash at DPAC sold out in July of 2012.
The trio members have several solo projects. Crosby will undertake a solo tour in the U.S. in January and February in support of “CROZ,” his first solo release in 20 years. Stills recently toured with The Rides, his blues-rock trio with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg. Nash recently wrapped up a solo tour, followed by an ongoing book tour for his autobiography “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.”
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC box office at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.


Hillside to present ‘Black Nativity’
DURHAM – Hillside High School will present its annual production of “Black Nativity” Dec. 20-22 at the high school’s theater. Performance times are 8 p.m. Dec. 20, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Dec. 22.
General admission tickets are $20. For information and tickets, call 919-906-0840, 919-451-4753 or visit www.blacknativitydurham.com.


German Christmas Market is Saturday
DURHAM -- Guglhupf Bakery, Café & Restaurant will host its 5th Annual German Christmas Market Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The patio will have market vendors selling a wide range of artwork, collectibles and holiday gifts. This event also includes live music, German street food and Glühwein!
Book Harvest will be collecting new and gently-used books to pass on to children in the Triangle who need books.
There is no cover charge, and no reservations are needed. Guglhupf is at 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. For information, visit www.guglhupf.com, or call 919-401-2600.


‘Best of Enemies’ run extended
DURHAM -- Following a sold-out opening weekend, Manbites Dog Theater is adding performances for “The Best of Enemies” by Mark St. Germain, now playing through Dec. 21.
The added performances are Saturday at 2 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.manbitesdogtheater.org or by calling 919-682-3343. All performances are expected to sell out in advance, though there will be a wait list at the door beginning one hour prior to each performance.
“The Best of Enemies” tells the story of Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a member of the Ku Klux Klan, who become unexpected allies in 1971 as Durham struggled with school desegregation.
Tickets are $18 Friday-Sunday, $12 Wednesday and Thursday. Student tickets are $5 with ID, and seniors (62 and over) and military receive a $2 discount. Manbites Dog Season Passes are accepted for all shows. The theater is at 703 Foster St.


Church to present seasonal music and poetry
DURHAM -- A program of music and poetry of the season will be presented Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. This program will feature soprano Lesley Curtis, pianist Deborah Coclanis, and First Presbyterian’s associate pastor, Marilyn Hedgpeth, reading poems reflecting the Christmas season. Works by Ives, Dello Joio, Hersch, and Reger will be performed. There will also be some congregational hymns for all to sing.
For information, contact the church office on 919-682-5511 or visit the website firstpres-durham.org.
First Presbyterian Church, which is handicap accessible, is at 305 E. Main St., on the corner of Main and Roxboro Streets in downtown Durham. 


Pandora to perform concert
DURHAM -- Pandora, a women’s trio, will release their first CD, “Singing from the Heart,” with a holiday concert from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The event is free and open to the public.
Fellowship members Pam DiLavore, Audrey Green and Nancy Powell will perform a sampling of songs from the CD and from their holiday repertoire.
The trio has performed at several Unitarian Universalist congregations around North Carolina as well as at coffee shops, house concerts and private events.
Eno River Unitarian is at 4907 Garrett Road.


DSI expands comic competition
CARRBORO – Each year, DSI Comedy Theater has set out to find Carolina’s Funniest Comic. This year, for the first time, the competition will include comedians from both North and South Carolina.
DSI Comedy Theater is partnering with Alchemy Comedy Theater in Greenville, S.C. The competition begins in January and the finals will be Feb. 16 as part of the final night of the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.
DSI Comedy Theater is at 200 N. Greensboro St. in Carr Mill Mall between Elmo’s and Southern Rail. Tickets for all shows and information can be found at www.dsicomedy.com.


Kidznotes to perform winter concert
DURHAM -- Kidznotes will present the first joint concert with students from both the Durham and Raleigh programs. Nearly 300 students from seven elementary schools and three middle schools will perform at the winter concert at the Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St., Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
The concert is an annual event for Kidznotes. This is the fourth annual concert for Kidznotes and is the largest ever in program history, partly due to new students from Raleigh but also due to continued growth in Durham.
The Kidznotes Raleigh pilot program began this fall in two Raleigh elementary schools, East Garner and Walnut Creek. After learning and practicing all semester, these beginner Mozart students are ready to join their peers in Durham to perform choir, orchestra, and bucket band pieces.
Admission to this concert is free

Photographer to discuss her work
DURHAM – The Durham County Library will host fine art photographer Marjorie Brown Pierson Thursday at 7 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road. Pierson will discuss her work capturing coastal North Carolina landscapes and will sign copies of her book, “Struck by Nature:  Photographs of Bald Head Island.” 
Pierson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in management from Northwestern University. Her images appear in a growing number of solo and group exhibitions and are represented in museum, university, corporate and private collections across the country. She has taught at Duke University. Pierson’s studio is in downtown Durham’s Golden Belt Arts District.
Admission is free.


Klezmer at the library
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host an afternoon of klezmer music with the band Freylach Time! at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Band member Riki Friedman will give a short talk on the history of klezmer music prior to the concert.
Freylach Time!, one of the most popular klezmer bands in North Carolina, will present sounds of traditional Yiddish music from the early- to mid-1900s. Formed in Durham in 1998, the band features Friedman on clarinet, Mike McQuown on accordion and Hal Schnee on string bass. Karen Kumin will add vocals on some numbers.
“Freylach” means “happy music” or “celebration” in Yiddish. Created by Ashkenazi Jews, the music is used for weddings and other celebrations. Freylach Time! has played at concerts, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and Jewish community events throughout North Carolina and the surrounding states.
Admission is free.


DAC accepting submissions from artists
DURHAM -- The Durham Arts Council’s annual call for artists is now online at www.callforentry.org.
Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31. For information, contact Lindsay Gordon, DAC artist services manager, at lgordon@durhamarts.org or at 919-560-2719.


--From staff reports