Entertainment briefs

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 04:31 PM

Duke Theater Studies to present ‘Lear’

DURHAM -- The Duke University Department of Theater Studies will present Young Jean Lee’s “Lear” Thursday through April 14 in Sheafer Theater in Duke’s Bryan Center. Jody McAuliffe, chair of theater studies and professor of the practice of theater studies and Slavic and Eurasian studies, is directing the play.

New York playwright Young Jean Lee has written a postmodern take on Shakespeare’s greatest play, “King Lear.”  As Lee describes her version: “The kids are in the palace, they’ve just kicked the fathers out into the storm; they pretend they’re fine, then realize they’re not.”

Show dates and times are April 4-6 and 11-13 at 8 p.m. and April 7 and 14 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for students and senior citizens. To purchase tickets, visit tickets.duke.edu or call 919-684-4444.

Hillsborough presents Last Friday Walk

HILLSBOROUGH – The Hillsborough Arts Council’s Last Friday Art Walk continues today from 6 to 9 p.m. at various downtown venues.

Daylight at 21 W. Margaret Lane will present “American Faith” by Christopher Churchill. The Eno Gallery at 100 S. Churton St. presents “Up Close and Far Away” featuring paintings of up-close abstractions and far away vistas of the landscape by Michael Brown. 

Brochures with a map of the Last Fridays Art Walk are available at any of the participating venues or at www.lastfridaysartwalk.org, or call 919-732-7741.

New stage play to debut

DURHAM -- A new play, “Perception the stage play”  will have its debut performance  at 8 p.m. today at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.

This play by Dee Dee Hedgepeth is based on the lives of two couples whose marital problems force them to change into different people in order to cope with the realities of life. Two couples (Hamilton, Margaret, Diane, and Carlton) struggle with the issues of death and the true meaning of marital bliss. The couples also have various family members and friends who have their own interpretation of relationships and how they need to be implemented.

Tickets are $12 per person or 2 tickets for the price of $20. For information, visit  www.kylekeyepresents.com.

Takacs Quartet to give master class  

DURHAM -- Members of the Takacs Quartet will give a chamber music master class Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building.

In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takacs was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takacs Quartet performs 90 concerts a year worldwide, throughout Europe as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

Admission is free. For information, call 919-660-3333.

Trumpeter Faddis to perform with Duke ensemble

DURHAM – Trumpeter Jon Faddis will be the guest artist for the Duke Jazz Ensemble’s concert at 8 p.m. April 12 in Page Auditorium, on Duke University’s East Campus.

Faddis is a conductor, composer and educator. After joining Lionel Hampton's big band, Faddis worked as lead trumpet for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra at the Village Vanguard, formed his own quartet, and soon began directing big band orchestras, including the Grammy-winning United Nations Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie 70th Birthday Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (1992-2002), and the successor to the CHJB, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York (2003-present).

The Duke Jazz Ensemble is directed by John Brown.

Tickets are $10. To purchase, call 919-684-4444 or visit tickets.duke.edu.

Curator to discuss ‘Light Sensitive’ exhibit

DURHAM -- Juline Chevalier, curator of education at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, will present a discussion and slide lecture on the current exhibit “Light Sensitive” Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Drawn from leading public and private North Carolina collections, the exhibition investigates the history of photography through the ways that artists can alter the medium using a wide variety of tools and techniques.  The exhibition includes more than 100 works and aims to challenge the widespread notion of the photographic medium as a form of mere realism.

Admission is free.

Ackland store to present kit-making workshops

CHAPEL HILL – The Ackland Museum Store will host a series of kite-making workshops for children ages 5-12. At the workshops, kids will be provided with a Tyvek kite and a wide assortment of materials for decorating it.

Workshop dates and times are April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m.; April 7 from  noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All kites will hang on display in the gallery at the Ackland Museum Store from April 8 through April 19.  The kites’ artists are also invited to a group-launch of their kites on April 20 (rain date, April 27), time and location TBD.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $5 per workshop per child. Payment may be made on the day of the workshop. For more information or to register, call the Ackland Museum Store at 919-962-0216.

The store is on the southeast corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets.

--From staff reports