Entertainment briefs

Jan. 09, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

Comedian-author coming to DPAC
DURHAM -- Comedian, author and talk show host Chelsea Handler is set to embark on a national stand-up comedy tour in support of the release of her fifth book, “Uganda Be Kidding Me.” The tour comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center on April 5.
Perhaps best known as the host of E!’s late night talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” Handler’s latest book (to be released March 4) is a collection of travel essays. Handler delivers some of her favorite stories while also giving travelers her (not to be believed) guide to etiquette, hot spots, and answers to some of the most asked travel questions.
Tickets go on sale Jan.17 at 10 a.m. and are available at www.DPACnc.com, at the ticket office at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.

Motorco to host ‘After Tiller’ screening
DURHAM -- The People’s Alliance will co-sponsor a screening of the award-winning documentary “After Tiller” at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Jan. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The documentary explores the subject of third-trimester abortions in the aftermath of the 2009 assassination of practitioner George Tiller. The film is an early favorite to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature Film.
A panel discussion featuring experts in the fields of reproductive rights and health will follow this screening.
All ticket proceeds will benefit the Carolina Abortion Fund, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that helps those who would choose an abortion in North Carolina but cannot afford the full cost. For tickets, visit www.carolinaabortionfund.org.

Turner Trio to perform at Workshop
DURHAM – The Ernest Turner Trio will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Sharp Nine Gallery, at 4608-L Industry Lane.
The Ernest Turner Trio is Turner on piano, Larry Q. Draughn on drums, and 
Kenny Phelps-McKeown on bass.
General admission tickets are $15. For information, visit www.durhamjazzworkshop.org. 

‘Mods & Rockers’ at Pinhook
DURHAM – The Archbishops of Blount Street, The Kinksmen and London Dungeon will perform a “Mods & Rockers Revue” at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., at 10 p.m. today. This show will feature music from the English pop scene during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
London Dungeon will open the show playing a variety of British rock. The Kinksmen will fill the center slot, performing their tribute to the music of The Kinks. Archbishops of Blount Street will close out the evening's festivities.
Tickets are $5. For information, visit www.thepinhook.com.

Comedy night to benefit cancer foundation
CARRBORO -- Michelle Maclay will host a showcase of comedy stars for a special Pablove Foundation benefit at 8 p.m. Saturday at The ArtsCenter.
Tickets are $5 general admission. The Pablove Foundation (www.pablove.org) fights childhood cancer. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.artscenterlive.org or call the box office at 919-929-2787. The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St.

Weezer coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Grammy-winning American rockers Weezer will be in concert at the Durham Performing Arts Center June 5. Tickets for this concert go on sale today at 10 a.m.
To date, Weezer has released nine full-length albums, six EPs, and a DVD. Their debut album “Weezer” (often called “The Blue Album”), produced by Ric Ocasek, has been certified triple platinum in the United States, and remains the band’s all-time best seller. With help from the Spike Jonze-directed video, the single "Undone (The Sweater Song)" became a hit in the fall of 1994.
Tickets are available at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.

FatMouth to present ‘You’re the Boss’
DURHAM -- FatMouth Improv will present its "You’re the Boss of Us” show. During this night of improvised comedy, the audience will tell the performers what games and long-form pieces to perform. 
The show begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Common Ground Theatre. Tickets are $10 (cash or check only) and are available at 7:30 p.m. at the theatre, 4815-B Hillsborough Road. For directions, go to www.cgtheatre.com; for more information, go to www.fatmouthimprov.com.

Walking tours of Hillsborough available Saturday
HILLSBOROUGH – The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will hold a one-hour guided walking tour at 11 a.m. Saturday.  The tour begins at the Alexander Dickson House at 150 E. King St., and will travel throughout the downtown historic district. 
Other important Hillsborough landmarks visited will include the Hughes Academy, the Regulator Marker, the Old Town Cemetery, and the Inn at Teardrops.
Tours cost $5 per person (ages 12 and older).  For information, call the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough at 919-732-7741.

Transactors to present ‘For Families!’
CARRBORO -- Winter fun is the theme when Transactors Improv’s “For Families!” returns to The ArtsCenter Saturday. This unscripted theatrical performance is based on audience suggestions and intended for families with children in elementary through middle school.
The cast includes Anoo Brod, Dan Sipp, and Steven Warnock.
Show time is 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $8, $6 for seniors, and $5 for students and ArtsCenter members.
The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St. For tickets, visit www.artscenterlive.org or call 919-929-2787.

-- From staff reports