Entertainment briefs, July 18

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

Filmmaker to present ‘fracking’ documentary

DURHAM -- Filmmaker and journalist Melissa Troutman will show her film "Triple Divide," about fracking in the Marcellus Shale, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Durham Friends Meeting House, 404 Alexander Ave.

The screening is free and open to the public. This film examines how Pennsylvania's regulations on fracking have failed to protect people, communities, and the environment.

Sharon Brown, a health care provider from Pennsylvania and expert in environmental health policy, will share her knowledge on the health care effects of hydraulic fracturing. Hope Taylor of Clean Water for N.C. will update the audience on the latest in North Carolina policy and rulemaking.

Ackland to complete digital archiving

CHAPEL HILL -- The Ackland Art Museum will complete the digitization of its collection of 89 Asian screens and scrolls through a recent fundraising campaign that gathered $2,864 for the project. The funds were pledged by donors through Power2Give in addition to a match offered by the N.C. Arts Council.

The funds will go towards creating professional, high-resolution, digital images of its Asian screens and scrolls, which are considered some of the most fragile works of art in the Ackland’s collection. The images will be added to the museum’s online collection database for use by anyone at any time worldwide.

The Ackland’s Asian art holdings total more than 1,200 works of art dating from 2500 BCE to the present. The collection is unique in North Carolina and one of the strongest Asian art collections in the southeastern United States. The Ackland’s total holdings consist of more than 17,000 works of art.

Papa Mojo’s presents Ori Naftaly, Rockin’ Jake

DURHAM – The Ori Naftaly Band from Israel, and Rockin’ Jake will perform this weekend at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse.

The Ori Naftaly Band will perform  today. The band has toured the United States three times 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, Tennessee. (Ori Naftaly also will perform at the Bull Durham Blues Festival in September.)

Harmonica player Rockin' Jake will perform Saturday. Based out of New Orleans since 1990, Rockin' Jake relocated since being flooded out by Hurricane Katrina, and then settled in St. Louis and now lives in Southern Florida. He immersed himself in the thriving regional blues scene, which boasted such talents as Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard and Sugar Ray. Primarily self-taught, Jake briefly studied with Jerry Portnoy, harmonica player for Muddy Waters.

For tickets to these concerts, visit www.papamojosroadhouse.com or call 919-361-2222. Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse is in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410-Y N.C. 55.

"Between Intuition and Reason" to open at Scrap Exchange

DURHAM -- “Between Intuition and Reason,” a new  exhibit of paintings  by Allison Tierney, opens today in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange. In a body of work that combines both the abandon of Pollock and the precision of Escher, Tierney’s media are selected from a growing collection of discarded domestic materials and house paint.

 “Between Intuition and Reason” is the final exhibit at The Scrap Exchange’s current location. The Scrap Exchange will close from Aug. 11-15 as operations relocate to a permanent home at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham, and will reopen on Aug. 16.

An opening night reception for this exhibit will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. with music, refreshments and art making.  Green Gallery receptions and corresponding Third Friday activities are free and open to the public. The Scrap Exchange is at 923 Franklin St. in the Cordoba Center for the Arts. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

Stagville to present Jubilee Music Festival

DURHAM -- Historic Stagville will celebrate the African-American influence on music at the Jubilee Music Festival Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Visitors may brings blankets and chairs to sit and listen to live performances of gospel and blues music. Artists include Boo Hanks, The Branchettes, and Lakota John. The Bahama Volunteer Fire Department will sell hot dogs and burgers. In case of rain, the performances will take place in the visitor center.

For more information contact Historic Stagville at 919-620-0120. Historic Stagville State Historic Site is located at 5828 Old Oxford Highway. For more information about this and other events please visit www.stagville.org

Summer Youth production of ‘Hairspray’ continues

CHAPEL HILL – The Summer Youth Conservatory of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s performances of the musical “Hairspray” continue through Sunday at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Paul Green Theatre inside the Center for Dramatic Art located on Country Club Road. Tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18, may be purchased by calling 919-962-7529, online at www.playmakersrep.org or at the PlayMakers box office.

Tickets for Swardson’s DPAC show on sale today

DURHAM – Comedian Nick Swardson’s tour will come to the Durham Performing Arts Center Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. 

Swardson is best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernadino in the comedy series “Reno 911!,” and this fall, he'll be embarking on his "Taste It" tour.

Tickets for his DPAC show go on sale today at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at www.DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster.com, and the DPAC ticket center at 919-680-2787.

-- From staff reports