Entertainment briefs

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Happymess to present BazaART 
DURHAM – HappymessArt will present the first of four remaining BazaART events July 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.  BazaART is a free outdoor monthly art-based happening featuring locally made art, music and food held on the third Sunday of each month (March through October) in the HappymessArt rear parking lot at 718 Iredell St.
BazaART is open to the public, and is held rain or shine. BazaART is a family friendly, grassroots event with performances and fun interactive activities.
Those who have locally made artwork, products, crafts, music and food are encouraged to participate. Space for vendors is $20. Vendor information and registration details can be found at  www.facebook.com/events/741671535866777/.
For information about BazaART, contact Holly Phelan Johnson at HappymessArt Supply at holly@happymessart.com or call 919-286-9763.

ADF presents two free events
DURHAM -- Two free events are part of the American Dance Festival’s presentation of work by choreographer Tere O’Connor.
Both events, open to the public, take place at The Ark on Duke University’s East Campus. His dance, “Sister,” will be performed at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday. O’Connor will talk about his work at 8 p.m. Thursday.
These two events are part of a four-day presentation that includes 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. performances of O’Connor’s “poem” and “Secret Mary” on Tuesday and “BLEED” on Wednesday at Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University. For tickets, call 919-684-4444 or go to www.americandancefestival.org.

Northgate to present reading discovery events
DURHAM -- Northgate Mall and Durham County Library will present the next Discovery Nook event for children July 19 at 12:30 p.m. at Northgate Mall.
Located in Northgate’s Children’s Alleyway in Suite 123 between entrance 2 and 4, the Discovery Nook is a dedicated kid-friendly, educational zone featuring books, stories, drama, local authors and fun with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
The July 19 event will open with the library’s Youth Partners reading stories at 12:30 p.m., followed by Rags to Riches Theatre at 1 p.m. Rags to Riches is a Durham-based traveling theater troupe showcasing stories pulled from history, literature and fantasy. For this event, the troupe will perform “Hansel and Gretel,” the beloved German fairy tale.
Free books will be given away to each child with opportunities to enter a drawing for carousel rides and mall prizes.
For updated event information, visit www.northgatemall.com. All Discovery Nook events are free and open to the public. Northgate Mall is at 1058 W. Club Blvd.

DSI to present evening with Kaplan and Sherwin
CHAPEL HILL -- DSI Comedy Theater will present at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 rising comedy stars Myq Kaplan (“Last Comic Standing”) and Zach Sherwin (“Epic Rap Battles of History”) at its new home at 462 W. Franklin St.
The evening will feature stand-up and rap. Kaplan (whose first name is pronounced “Mike”) was a 2010 “Last Comic Standing” finalist. He has appeared on the “Tonight Show,” the “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Comedy Central Presents” and other shows.
Sherwin is a staff writer for “Epic Rap Battles of History,” which has more than 1 billion YouTube views. He performs regularly in the videos and has appeared as Albert Einstein, Sherlock Holmes and Doc Brown. 
Tickets cost $14 are available at www.dsicomedy.com or by phone at 919-338-8150.

Voices Chorus to present American songs and spirituals
CHAPEL HILL -- Voices Summer Chorus will perform “American Songs, Poems and Spirituals” July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St.
This performance is a celebration of American choral music including sentimental favorites from Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and Randall Thompson, along with songs from hit musicals (George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Irving Berlin), new works by today’s composers and arrangements by masters of the American spiritual. 
Natalie Sherman Jollis, winner of Voices’ high school poetry competition, will recite her poem “American Dream,” along with three additional guests reciting poems by American poets. 
Tickets are $17, and $7 for students. They can be purchased online at www.voiceschapelhill.org/buy or at the door.

Arts group to hold Handmade Parade workshops
HILLSBOROUGH – The Hillsborough Arts Council will present a Handmade Parade Leadership Workshop July 26 and 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Eno River Mill, 437 Dimmocks Mill Road.
Participants will learn the skills and techniques to lead your “krewe” in creating a parade ensemble with lightweight costumes and giant puppets.
This leadership workshop is intended for artists, teachers and any individual willing to learn new skills and then share those skills with others to assist in creating giant puppets for the Hillsborough Handmade Parade. The parade rolls this year Oct. 19.
These workshops will help participants develop a theme and choose the best techniques to bring your creation to life.
Cost is $5 per person, for adults 14 years and older. To register, visit   www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org.

--From staff reports