Triangle band battle to benefit EDCI
DURHAM – Seven local bands will perform Saturday during the 2013 Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands. Now in its sixth year, the 2013 battle will take place at the American Tobacco Campus lawn at 7:30 p.m.
The following company bands will perform: Cormetech (CleanAirCats), Duke University (London Dungeon), Elster Solutions (Killa Wattz), Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P.A. (Lawyers, Guns & Money), MetaMetrics (The Psycho Metrics), Summit Design and Engineering Services (Salt Bodyne) and SunTrust (Rock SOLID).
All proceeds from the event will benefit East Durham Children’s Initiative and its programs and services to help children living in East Durham succeed.
The annual battle has raised more than half a million dollars for local charities and nonprofits, including See Saw Studios, Communities in Schools, Center for Child & Family Health, Operation Literacy, North Carolina Arts in Action and KidZNotes.
For information about VIP tables and tickets, visit trianglebattle.com.
MGMT coming to DPAC
DURHAM -- In celebration of their new self-titled album out now, MGMT will hit the road for a North American headlining tour that will kick off Nov.10 with a special appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin.
The tour comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 29. Tickets go on sale to the public Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com, the DPAC box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone 800-745-3000.
Hillsborough Jazz Festival is Saturday
HILLSBOROUGH – The 2013 Hillsborough Jazz Festival will be held Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at Moorefields Estate, 2201 Moorefields Road.
Guest artists for the festival are Yolanda Rabun, Jo Gore & the Alternative, Capital Transit, Stacy Looman Trio, Robert (Griffanzo) Griffin with Taz Halloween, and Serena Wiley.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at hillsboroughartscouncil.org/hillsboroughjazzfestival.
‘Metamorphosis’ opens at Scrap Exchange
DURHAM -- The next exhibit in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange features mixed media art from returning artists Ruth Warren (a Scrap Exchange staff member) and Lee Stadler. The exhibit, titled “Metamorphosis,” opens today and runs through Oct. 12.
This exhibit explores creative re-use through the lens of butterflies and the process of metamorphosis and change. Warren and Stadler collaborated on a previous exhibit at The Scrap Exchange in June 2012. That exhibit, titled “A Legacy of Thrift,” paid homage to their parents’ lifetime of thrifty living, and was later named one of the 11 best art exhibits in the Triangle in 2012 by Herald-Sun art critic Blue Greenberg.
An opening reception for “Metamorphosis” will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. The reception includes refreshments, art-making and music. Green Gallery receptions are free, open to the public and sponsored by PBR.
The Green Gallery is inside The Scrap Exchange at 923 Franklin St. in Durham. For information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.
Underhill Rose to perform at Southpoint
DURHAM – Asheville-based trio Underhill Rose will be playing Durham's Streets at Southpoint's Music on Main Concert Series Saturday at 6 p.m.
Underhill Rose is Molly Rose (guitar), Eleanor Underhill (banjo, harmonica) and Salley Williamson (upright bass). They are known for their harmonies and their sound, which they call "heartfelt country soul," a mix of Americana, bluegrass, country, R&B and soul.
Their second album, "Something Real," was released May 31 and climbed to No. 18 on the Americana chart (it has remained in the top 100 for 10 weeks straight).
UNC to present Process Series
CHAPEL HILL -- The 2013-2014 Process Series will feature seven new artistic works-in-development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, beginning today.
A performance of “Flying Erase Head,” by INVISIBLE, will be held at 8 p.m. today and Saturday in Gerrard Hall. INVISIBLE is a collaboration between artists Mark Dixon and Bart Trotman. “Flying Erase Head” features “Elsewhere’s Roof,” an original percussion device that uses leaky lab glass to create complex phasing rhythms.
Roxana Pérez-Méndez, a UNC art teacher and video performance and installation artist, will present “En Mi Espejo, Veo Tu Cara” (“In My Mirror, I See Your Face”) Oct. 25 and 26. The event begins at Morehead Planetarium and travels through campus to Gerrard Hall.
All shows are at 8 p.m. and are free to the public. For information about other events in this series, visit processseries.unc.edu and http://iah.unc.edu.
Library to celebrate Voter Registration Day
DURHAM – The Durham County Library will host a screening of “Iron Jawed Angels” at the South Regional Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday to celebrate National Voter Registration Day. After the film, Judge Willis Whichard will lead a discussion. South Regional Library is at 4505 S. Alston Ave.
The film depicts the struggle of women as they fought to gain the right to vote. It dramatizes the story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns who ignited the suffragist movement using peaceful tactics before the 19th Amendment was finally enacted in 1920. The film stars Hillary Swank, Frances O’Connor and Anjelica Huston.
Merge announces new releases, tours
DURHAM – Merge Records artist Richard Buckner has released his new album “Surrounded” and is on tour with Califone.
Here are some other releases coming from Merge:
King Khan & The Shrines released their Merge debut “Idle No More” this month. The full Shrines band live experience is heading to the U.S. next month, too.
Due for October release is the debut album from Saint Rich and a brand new Polvo album. Saint Rich is the musical partnership of “Delicate” Steve Marion and Christian Peslak. Polvo’s new recording is titled “Siberia.”
Superchunk continues to support their critically acclaimed new album “I Hate Music.” The full Superchunk band will perform on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Sept. 27. Other fall tours on the way include William Tyler, Eleanor Friedberger, The Love Language, Mount Moriah, Radar Brothers, Telekinesis & Destroyer.
For details, visit www.mergerecords.com.
Performing arts event to install new UNC chancellor
CHAPEL HILL -- “The World Comes Here: Celebrating the Performing Arts at Carolina,” will be presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in Memorial Hall. The event is part of a four-day weekend to celebrate the installation of Chancellor Carol Folt at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The 90-minute program will feature performances from members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Don Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, pianist and composer Jason Moran, UNC’s David Garcia and his Charanga Carolina, UNC’s Bhangra Elite and student a cappella group The Clef Hangers, as well as remarks from Folt.
Admission for the performance is free, but tickets are required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.carolinaperformingarts.org or the Carolina Performing Arts box office to reserve tickets or contact the box office by phone at 919-843-3333.
Professor to perform and discuss work of Rumi
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host Professor of Islamic Studies Omid Safi for a discussion and performance of the poetry of Rumi. The performance will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road.
The works of Jalaluddin Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, have been translated into many languages, and he is one of the most widely read poets in the United States. His messages about the power of love, the connection of all people and the dignity of human life have a universal appeal, regardless of one’s religion or background.
For more information, contact Jennifer Lohmann at 919-560-8594 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.
Nasher representatives to discuss ‘Shangri La’ exhibit
DURHAM – The Nasher Museum of Art’s Juline Chevalier and Katie Adkins will present a slide lecture on the museum’s exhibit “Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art,” which highlights the collection of American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke. The program will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Internationally known for her wealth and style, Duke amassed one of the nation’s most important private collections of Islamic art over a period of more than 50 years, beginning in 1935 at Shangri La, her private residence outside Honolulu.
For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.
Pinhook to present short film fest
DURHAM -- Film aficionados can unite with more than 100,000 film lovers worldwide when the 16th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival takes place at the Pinhook Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
This year, the festival received a record breaking 628 short film entries from 48 countries, with films from Finland, U.K., Australia, France, Ireland and the United States, making up the 10 finalists. Audiences at each cinema will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they think should win. The winner will be announced at ManhattanShort.com Oct. 6 at 10 p.m.
The Pinhook is at 117 W. Main St. Tickets are available at thepinhook.com.
Opera group to present DSA benefit
DURHAM -- Triangle Opera Studios, a performance resource for area opera singers with potential for careers as professionals, and the Durham School of the Arts Foundation will present an afternoon of vocal performances to benefit DSA’s Save Our Steinways project. This event will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the School of the Arts’ Weaver Auditorium. The performance is admission-free and open to the public. However, donations to support the Save Our Steinways project are welcome.
The benefit performance features local artists Monifa Harris, Keely Phillips, John Sierra, Tony Olivos, Allyn Hunt, Marie Miller, Andrea Radford, Jianghai Ho, Summer Kinard, Bill Moran, Bert Bridger, Kurt Melges, Stephanie Thurm, Janie Imperial, Jean Jamison, Faith Houck and Ryan Rowe. Selected students from Durham School of the Arts will join them with Triangle Opera Studios founder and president Christine Weidinger.
--From staff reports