Gurganus to give Christmas reading
DURHAM – Novelist Allan Gurganus will read his short story "A Fool for Christmas” beginning at 7 p.m. today at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.
Told in the first person, “A Fool for Christmas” is the story of a socially awkward loner named Verne who manages a pet shop in a mall off an interstate, somewhere in North Carolina. A pregnant runaway teenage girl takes to hanging out at the mall, and out of sympathy for a fellow outcast, Verne befriends her.
The bookshop will be serving hot cider, cookies, and mulled wine. Admission is free, but donations of new or gently used children's books for Book Harvest will be appreciated.
Recyclique to present solstice event
DURHAM – Recyclique, a non-profit re-use store at 2811 Hillsborough Road, will hold a Solstice “Creativity Slam Potluck” Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors are asked to bring a favorite dish and a trick, poem, song, special skill or other creation to share.
For more on the shop, visit communecos.org/recyclique-shop/.
Blues from Israel at Blue Note
DURHAM – The Blue Note Grill will present The Ori Neftaly Band today at 9 p.m.
Begun in 2011, the Israeli-based band has twice toured the United States and the Netherlands, won the Israeli Blues Challenge Competition, and was the first Israeli band ever to have reached the semi-finals of the International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tenn.
Admission to this show is $10. Blue Note Grill is at 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard.
N.C. Opera to present ‘La bohème’
RALEIGH -- North Carolina Opera, under the leadership of director Eric Mitchko and artistic director and principal conductor Timothy Myers, presents Puccini’s “La bohème” in Memorial Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.
Puccini’s “La bohème” (the inspiration for Broadway’s “Rent”) opens on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1830s Paris. A garret of struggling artists set out to blow their rent money on one splendid night in the Latin Quarter, swirling through unforgettable locales such as the Café Momus, which vividly springs to life in this production. The poet Rodolfo’s chance encounter with the seamstress Mimì sparks a passionate story of young lovers hurled together by fortune but driven apart by jealousy.
Tickets are $27-$85 and may be purchased online at www.ncopera.org or by phone at 919-792-3850.
Hillsborough seeking art submissions
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Hillsborough Arts Council is now accepting artists’ applications for the sixth annual Hillsborough Downtown Arts and Crafts Show: a Taste of Hillsborough, to be held April 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 150 E. King St. A rain date is scheduled for April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The HAC will accept artists’ applications until Jan. 31.
To apply for this juried arts and crafts event, artists may download the application form at www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org and submit the form, along with pictures of their works, via email to Jan Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the HAC Gallery at 102 N. Churton St. Completed applications must include a $20 application fee. Checks may be made out to Hillsborough Arts Council with Arts and Crafts Show in the memo line.
Party like it’s 1935
CHAPEL HILL -- PlayMakers is offering café society seating for “Private Lives,”
Noel Coward’s comedy classic, which PlayMakers Repertory Company will present Jan. 22 to Feb. 9.
In café society seating, audience members are asked to imagine themselves at one of the legendary nightclubs of the 1930s where Coward and his black-tie crowd brought their sense of elegance and style to evenings of dining, dancing and top-of-the-bill entertainment. Sean Daniels, director of “Private Lives,” calls it "a chance to party 1930s style.”
For $20 in addition to the price of a Section A show ticket, a café society seat includes floor seating at café tables surrounding the stage. Ticket holders also will be served a pre-show “mocktail,” presented in 1930s period barware. At intermission, café society patrons will receive premium coffee and a mini dessert sampler.
Café society seats are now on sale. To purchase or for more information, call the PlayMakers box office at 919-962-7529 or visit www.playmakersrep.org. “Private Lives” will be presented in the Paul Green Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road.
-- From staff reports