Entertainment briefs

Apr. 25, 2014 @ 12:42 AM

DBAP to hold All-Star fest and block party
DURHAM – The Durham Bulls will present an All-Star Fan Fest & Block Party, the official kick-off events for 2014 Triple-A All-Star Week festivities. All-Star Fan Fest will take place July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and will be followed by the All-Star Block Party later that evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Blackwell Street.
The Baseball Project, a baseball-focused rock supergroup featuring members of R.E.M. and The Dream Syndicate, will perform at the block party. Admission for both events will be free.
The Fan Fest will give fans an all-access pass to the newly renovated home of the 27th Triple-A All-Star Game. Beginning at 10 a.m., fans will be able to take batting practice on the field, get behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark, and participate in other activities.
During the block party, Blackwell Street will have food trucks and craft beer tents.
The All-Star Fan Fest & Block Party precedes the ticketed events of All-Star Week, which begin on July 14 with the Triple-A Home Run Derby. More details will continue to be announced for All-Star festivities in the coming weeks. Tickets for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby are now available to season ticket, mini plan, and group package holders. For ticket package or group information, call 919-956-2855 or visit www.durhambulls.com.


Garfunkel to perform at Carolina Theatre
DURHAM -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vocalist Art Garfunkel will perform at Fletcher Hall in the Carolina Theatre June 26 at 8 p.m.
During the "Intimate Evening," Garfunkel divides his time on stage between an acoustic performance of his greatest hits, a reading of anecdotes and prose and a question-and-answer session with audience members.
The Grammy-winning vocalist returned to the stage in late 2013 after a nearly four-year hiatus while dealing with paralysis of the vocal cords, a condition that forced a cancellation of a reunion with his longtime singing partner Paul Simon.
Tickets to see "An Intimate Evening With Art Garfunkel" start at $47 and go on sale today at 10 a.m. at the Carolina Theatre box office at 309 W. Morgan St., at www.carolinatheatre.org and through Ticketmaster.com.


Lovett to return for third DPAC appearance
DURHAM – Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will perform Aug. 27 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, marking Lovett’s third appearance at DPAC.
Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that breaks down barriers. Among his many accolades, besides four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician.
Tickets for this concert go on sale today at noon at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or in person at 123 Vivian St. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster.com.


Maxwell tickets on sale today
DURHAM -- Maxwell will bring his Summer Soulstice Tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center July 26.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or in person at 123 Vivian St. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster.com.


Jeanne Jolly to open Last Friday series
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Hillsborough Arts Council’s music and arts festival, Last Fridays, returns for a 16th season today. This event includes a free concert on the lawn of the historic Old Orange County Courthouse, a downtown-wide art walk, opening receptions for artists, craftspeople and vendors, extended hours for many of Hillsborough’s locally-owned shops and restaurants, and much more.
Jeanne Jolly and Band will be the featured artists for today’s concert. They will perform from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. The Roger Gupton and Allyn Love Duo will perform from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
For information about Last Fridays, contact the Hillsborough Arts Council at 919-643-2500 or www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org; or the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough/Visitors Center at 919-732-7741 or www.visithillsboroughnc.org. 


PlayMakers to present ‘Hold These Truths’
CHAPEL HILL -- PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of “Hold These Truths,” written by Jeanne Sakata. The production continues through Sunday and is part of the company’s PRC 2 series, which features performances of topical plays coupled with post-show discussions with the creative artists and other panelists.
Inspired by a true story, “Hold These Truths” takes place in Seattle during World War II, as University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights U.S. government orders to forcibly incarcerate people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road. Ticket prices start at $15 and may be purchased at www.playmakersrep.org or by calling 919-962-7529.


PlayMakers gets NEA grant
CHAPEL HILL – The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded PlayMakers Repertory Company a $50,000 NEA Art Works grant for its fall 2014 repertory productions.
The grant will support the theater’s pairing of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods” with William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” along with accompanying community outreach activities. The PlayMakers productions will be performed in rotating repertory Nov. 1 through Dec. 7.
This is the seventh consecutive season PlayMakers has received NEA awards.
Tickets for “Into the Woods” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are currently available as part of PlayMakers’ 2014-2015 season subscription packages. To purchase, visit www.playmakersrep.org or call 919-962-7529. 


Library to present ‘Sound Vision’ talk
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host Juline Chevalier and Trevor Schoonmaker for a discussion and slide lecture on the Nasher Museum of Art’s current exhibit, “Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
“Sound Vision” highlights recent acquisitions of contemporary art and other works from the Nasher Museum’s collection. It includes 37 works from both emerging artists, such as Njideka Akunyili and Dario Robleto, and established artists, such as Michelangelo Pistoletto of the Arte Povera movement and pop art icon Andy Warhol.
Paintings, photography, video and sculpture are all included. The exhibit will be on view until Aug. 3.
Admission is free and open to the public.


Library to screen Black Mountain documentary
DURHAM -- Filmmaker Cathryn Davis Zommer will host a screening of “Fully Awake: Black Mountain College,” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Durham County Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Black Mountain College was a progressive college in Black Mountain, N.C., between 1933 and 1957. It promoted a radical approach to arts education, believing that the arts are of central importance to a liberal arts education. It was highly democratic and faculty-owned, and is still praised for its influence on modern art and artists.
Zommer is a North Carolina native and current director of communications for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. She also is the founder of Danu Collaborative, which specializes in creative marketing and communications. “Fully Awake” is her first major film project.


DPAC adds ‘Move’ performance
DURHAM -- Due to popular demand, a matinee performance has been added for “Move Live on Tour” featuring Julianne and Derek Hough June 29 at 3 p.m. at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The evening performance is sold out.
Tickets for the 3 p.m. matinee performance go on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787 or in person as 123 Vivian St.


Northgate presents DPS art
DURHAM -- Northgate Mall is presenting a mall-wide display of artwork by the Durham Public Schools’ elementary and secondary school students through May 21. Organized by DPS’ K-12 Arts Education Department, the displays will feature works in oils, pastels, drawings and other media from art projects completed during the 2013-14 academic year.
Through May 5 the mall will feature about 400 works from area high school and middle school students; May 7-21 will showcase about 600 works from elementary school students.
This exhibit is free and open to the public. The displays will be located through Entrance 2 along Children’s Alleyway to Sears.
Northgate Mall is at 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham.

--From staff reports