“Kings of the Mic’ coming to DPAC
DURHAM -- LL Cool J and DJ Z-Trip will headline the “Kings of the Mic” Tour, which will visit the Durham Performing Arts Center June 16. Other artists on this tour will be Public Enemy, Ice Cube and De La Soul.
The tour will come on the heels of the release of LL’s 14th new studio album, “Authentic.”
Tickets go on sale today at noon. Tickets are available at DPACnc.com, at the ticket center at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.
Celebrate spring with ‘OSTARA’
CARRBORO -- Sirona von Sirius, producer of “APOCALESQUE,” is bringing another burlesque-inspired show based on the spring equinox. The show, “OSTARA,” will take place at the ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., 8 p.m. today.
Performers will include host Virginia Scare, and the Onyx Club Boys and their gypsy jazz. This event also includes live music, singing, burlesque, belly dance, aerial dance, acrobatics and more. A raffle will benefit both performers and non-profits.
For tickets, call 919-919-2787 or visit www.artscenterlive.org.
Sridhar to perform at Valhalla Center
CHAPEL HILL -- K. Sridhar will perform a concert of traditional Indian music April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barn at the Valhalla Retreat Center six miles west of Carrboro. Sridhar’s improvisations on the sarod will be accompanied on tabla by Krishna Ramdas. Tickets are $18 at the door and students with valid ID can enter for $10.
The Barn is at 1050 Duffys Way. For information, call 919-929-2045.
Common Ground announces new performances
DURHAM -- Common Ground Theatre, at 4815B Hillsborough Road, will present the following performances in April. For tickets, call 919-698-3870.
-- A new company called Third Date joins the Triangle’s improv scene with its premiere performances April 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. Directed by Chapel Hill native Dan Sipp, Third Date brings together a different group of actors for every production, creating a one-of-a-kind show each time.
Tickets are $12.
-- Owl Tree Theater for the People Presents “Paregoria,” April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 at 8 p.m. In this play, angels are real; they surround us, giving comfort and aid. Jesse A. Lowe’s "Paregoria" is the journey of a mortal man, broken and hurting, who holds hostage an angel of comfort, using her exclusively to ease his own pain.
A portion of proceeds will benefit InterAct of Wake County, "to provide safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault."
Mallarmé to perform work by competition winner
DURHAM – UNC Greensboro music student Trevor Bumgarner is the 2013 winner of the Mallarmé Chamber Players Edging the Cut composition contest. Mallarmé will perform the composition at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at Casbah, 1007 W. Main St.
Bumgarner’s work “As It Exists,” for four bassoons, will be on the concert program “How Low Can You Go?” featuring music for solo and multiple bassoons.
Performers include bassoonists Rachael Elliott (Duke), Michael Harley (University of South Carolina), Peter Kolkay (Vanderbilt), Saxton Rose (UNC School for the Arts) and Michael Burns (UNC Greensboro).
Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mallarmemusic.org or call 919-560-2788.
Judea Reform to present ‘Art I Have Loved Sale’
DURHAM – Judea Reform Congregation will present an “Art I Have Loved Sale” Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Judea Reform, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road, in Levin Social Hall.
The sale will include framed artwork, posters, artifacts and art books, all during a wine and cheese reception, with music provided by Dick Levin and company.
The Arts & Acquisitions Committee is sponsoring this free, public event.
All proceeds will benefit Judea Reform. Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted for purchases.
For information, call 919-489-7062 or visit www.judeareform.org.
Hip-hop, R&B fusion artists coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Guy, with special guest Bell Biv DeVoe, will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center May 31.
Guy was one of the pioneering groups in hip-hop to sport the “new jack swing sound,” a movement that blended traditional soul vocals into hip-hop beats, with credit for the genre’s invention going to group founder and producer Teddy Riley.
Formed in Harlem in 1987 by Riley, the original members of Guy included Riley and R&B singer-songwriters Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling. Their self-titled 1988 debut album went triple platinum, producing significant R&B hits hits “I Like,” “Groove Me,” “Spend the Night,” and “Teddy’s Jam.”
Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ron DeVoe, better known as BBD or Bell Biv DeVoe, bridge the gap between hip-hop and R&B. An offshoot of the popular '80s vocal group New Edition, BBD fused hip-hop beats and R&B harmonies.
Tickets go on sale March 29 at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.
Whole Foods to present Whole Planet benefit
CHAPEL HILL -- Whole Foods Market in Chapel Hill is having a benefit concert for the Whole Planet Foundation Sunday at Nightlight in Chapel Hill.
Money raised from the $5 tickets goes directly to the Whole Planet Foundation, which donates 100 percent of its funds to third-party microcredit lending organizations, which in turn provide loans for entrepreneurs in the countries from which Whole Foods sources its products.
The evening will feature performances from Junkyard Apocalypse, Subaphonic, Johnny Staxx and the Durty Boyz, See No Weevil, Barleycorn & Rye, and He Who Walks Behind The Rows, as well as karaoke.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 8. The event will go until 12:30 a.m.
Nightlight is at 405 ½ W. Rosemary St.
Chatham Arts announces ClydeFEST
BYNUM – The Chatham County Arts Council’s 12th Annual ClydeFEST Kids’ Carnival of Folk Art Fun will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 at the Bynum Ballpark.
This festival will feature live music, food trucks, hands-on art activities and children's games inspired by Clyde Jones, the "CritterMaster" of Bynum and internationally known folk art hero. There will be a critter-making demo, a chance to win a critter at the big critter auction and critter raffle, too.
On the stage, sponsored by Bynum Front Porch, there will be music from bluegrass legend Tommy Edwards, 13 year-old fiddler Nathan Aldridge, Alice and Rick Zincone, and the Northwood Jazz Band; international dance with Takiri Folkloriko Dance Academy; moves from The Bouncing Bulldogs rope jumping team; tales from storyteller Cynthia Raxter; and magic and balloons from Happy Dan the Magic Man and Mr. Rainbow the Clown.
Bynum is midway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, just off U.S. 15-501. Rain date for the event will be April 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. For information and updates, www.chathamarts.org.
Egge to play UMD benefit
DURHAM -- Ana Egge will perform April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St.
Egge’s teenage apprenticeship with a local luthier in her Silver City, New Mexico, town culminated in creating her own custom guitar. Since then she and that guitar have traveled many miles, touring with the likes of Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Iris Dement, Ralph Stanley and many other musicians.
On "Bad Blood," her seventh release, she addresses a loved one's mental illness.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door ($8 for youth; professional childcare is available on site). Tickets may be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com, by phone at 919-682-5708 or by mail.
Tickets paid for in advance will be available at the "will call" table at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the concert. Call 919-682-5708 for more information. This is a Strings Attached Production, and all profits benefit Urban Ministries of Durham.
Ackland to present ‘ekphrastic theater’
CHAPEL HILL -- By popular demand, the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is again presenting “ekphrastic theater” in its galleries. Through an upcoming series of live theater performances titled “ACTIVATED ART,” works of art in the Ackland’s permanent collection may be experienced in unexpected and thought-provoking ways.
Written by four North Carolina authors — Dana Coen, Howard L. Craft, Ian Finley and Marianne Gingher — and the first-place winner of a student play-writing competition, Wynton Wong, these original plays construct dramatic narratives perceived in painting and sculpture, capturing the art works’ most essential nature.
The plays will be performed in the Ackland’s galleries, in front of the art that inspired them. A discussion with the playwrights and directors follows the two Friday evening performances.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. April 5 (a discussion with the playwrights follows this evening’s performances), 8 p.m. April 5, 6 p.m. April 7, 8 p.m. April 10, 8 p.m. April 11, 8 p.m. April 13, 6 p.m. April 14, 8 p.m. April 19 (a discussion with the playwrights follows this evening’s performances), 6 p.m. April 20, and 8 p.m. April 21.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Ackland Museum Store, on the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets, in downtown Chapel Hill, or by phone at 919-962-0216.
--From staff reports