ADF tickets go on sale Monday
DURHAM – Tickets for the 2013 American Dance Festival 80th Anniversary Season will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. The 2013 ADF will feature six and a half weeks of performances by 25 companies, among them Shen Wei Dance Arts, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Pilobolus.
Companies who will debut at ADF this season are LeeSaar The Company, Camile A. Brown & Dancers, Canada’s The 605 Collective, Ireland’s ponydance, and many more.
Tickets for ADF@DPAC performances will be on sale through the Durham Performing Arts Center Ticket Center at 919-680-2787 or at www.dpacnc.com. Tickets for ADF@DUKE and ADF@OFFSTAGE performances will be on sale through the Duke University Box Office at 919-684-4444. Performances will be presented at DPAC, Reynolds Industries Theater, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and Motorco Music Hall from June 13-July 27. Tickets will be available for purchase in person, by phone, by mail, and online for each venue.
For more information and for a season schedule, visit www.americandancefestival.org.
Eno Association to present ‘Big Splash’
DURHAM – The Eno River Association will present “Big Splash on the Eno,” a free event, Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at West Point on the Eno City Park.
This time of year the association usually hosts an annual spring picnic, but this year the organization is presenting its first Big Splash on the Eno.
Activities include paddling canoes and kayaks, hiking, fly fishing demonstrations, and learning about the Eno’s water quality and wildlife. Live music also will be presented.
Food trucks will be selling local food, or visitors may bring a picnic.
For information, visit EnoRiver.org, or call 919-620-9099.
Rosenthal being honored in Ireland
CHAPEL HILL – Award winning singer and songwriter Tokyo Rosenthal will be honored by Ireland’s The Gathering Clare today in Killaloe, County Clare, for writing and recording “Killaloe.” Rosenthal wrote and recorded the tune about the town that his aunt and uncle called home in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Rosenthal returned there this past September for a live performance that inspired the song which appears on his latest CD, “Tokyo’s Fifth.”
“Killaloe” made its international radio debut on Jan. 5 on Clare FM Radio. The album subsequently hit No. 4 on the Euro Americana Chart, Rosenthal’s highest position to date on that chart. At today’s ceremony, Rosenthal will also play a free solo concert that will kick off a two-week Ireland-UK tour for Rosenthal, his sixth such tour.
Children’s Choir announces auditions
DURHAM – Auditions for the 2013-2014 10th anniversary season of the Durham Children’s Choir will be held at the following times and locations:
-- May 21 Durham Arts Council, IBM Room 4-5:30 p.m.
-- May 23 Hillandale Elementary, Music Room 4-5:30 p.m.
-- May 28 Durham Arts Council, IBM Room 4-5:30 p.m., or by appointment with the director.
Two choirs are open by audition to all singers ages 8-14, or grades 3-9: Cantare Choir, grades 3-5, and Concert Choir, grades 5-9.
For further information, contact Scott Hill at email@example.com or at 919-489-1451.
Piano Guys coming to DPAC
DURHAM – The Piano Guys will perform their classical crossover music Nov. 5 at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation by way of their series of self-made music videos; their YouTube channel boasts 1.6 million subscribers. Their blend of classical music with pop brought them to their major label debut album, “The Piano Guys,” released on Sony Masterworks in 2012. “The Piano Guys 2” is set for release this month on Sony Masterworks.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com or at 919-680-2787.
Films of Beery in Second Sunday series
CARRBORO – The ArtsCenter will screen several short films by Nic Beery during its monthly Second Sunday series at 4 p.m. Sunday.
A former Ringling Bros. circus clown, Beery now prefers to be behind the camera. His films have been in more than 65 festivals from Cannes to New York City, and have won numerous awards, including a recent Emmy nomination and the 2009 Indie Arts award winner for The Independent. Nic is the owner of BeeryMedia.com and is the co-founder and chair of The Carrboro Film Festival, now in its eighth year.
For tickets, visit www.artscenterlive.org or call 919-929-2787.
Historical Society to present library history program
CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Historical Society will present a history of the Chapel Hill Public Library May 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Conference Center at the newly re-opened Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive. A reception immediately follows the talk. The event, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library (http://www.friendschpl.org/), is free and open to the public.
The panel includes two past Chapel Hill Public Library directors, the current interim director, and an employee of the original library, located in an old house on West Franklin Street.
For more information on this event, call the Chapel Hill Historical Society at 919-929-1793, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, email: email@example.com.
Museum to observe Bear Awareness Week
DURHAM – The Museum of Life and Science, home to four rescued American black bears, will celebrate National Bear Awareness Week with special free programming highlighting the care, training and behavior of the museum’s black bears and the role the museum plays in rescue efforts. The celebration begins Sunday and continues through May 18.
The bear keepers will give free, public talks at 2 p.m. during the week.
For more information, call 919-220-5429 or visit www.lifeandscience.org. The museum is at 433 W. Murray Ave.
Town Mountain to perform at Merritt’s Store and Grill
CHAPEL HILL – Asheville-based bluegrass band Town Mountain is touring in support of their fourth album, “Leave the Bottle,” which was released in the fall of 2012 on Pinecastle Records. The album was produced by Grammy award-winner Mike Bub (Del McCoury Band) and engineered by banjoist Scott Vestal (Sam Bush Band) at his own Digital Underground Studio in Nashville.
Town Mountain is Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, and Jake Hopping on upright bass.
Town Mountain will perform at 7 p.m. today at Merritt’s Store and Grill, 1009 S. Columbia St. (A meet-and-greet will be held at 6 p.m.)
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For information, visit www.merrittsstoreandgrill.com.
DAC announces new exhibits
DURHAM – The Durham Arts Council will present selected works by Nancy Tuttle May in the Allenton Gallery and “Our House: The Durham Arts Council School Annual Faculty and Student Exhibition” in the Semans Gallery. Both exhibits will be on view from May 15 through July 14.
“With These Hands: Quilting as a Spiritual Odyssey” by Sauda Zahra remains on view in the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery through July 14.
The public is invited to the free opening reception on Third Friday, May 17, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Durham Arts Council is at 120 Morris St. All galleries are open during building hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Stonehill to perform at Christian Assembly
DURHAM – Christian music legend Randy Stonehill will be in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Christian Assembly Church, 5516 N. Roxboro Road. Billboard magazine calls Stonehill, “one of CCM’s elder statesmen.” Christianity Today.com says he is “one of Christian music’s best live entertainers…the quintessential troubadour.”
The concert is free but a love offering will be taken. For information visit www.cadurham.org or call 919-471-0220. Seating is first-come, first-seated. Doors open at 7 p.m.
—From staff reports