Entertainment briefs

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 12:01 AM

Bennett returning to DPAC
DURHAM -- Tony Bennett, the 17-time Grammy-winning singer whose career in popular music has spanned more than six decades, will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center for a concert Feb. 11. Bennett’s previous concert at DPAC in February 2013 was a sellout.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the ticket center at 919-680-2787, in person at the DPAC box office, or through Ticketmaster.com.

Franklin’s ‘Inspiration’ tour coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Kirk Franklin’s “Celebration of Inspiration” concert will come to the Durham Performing Arts Center Aug. 30. Erica Campbell of the gospel group Mary Mary will open the concert at 7 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale today at noon at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the DPAC Ticket Center at 919-680-2787.

Todd to perform at Bynum series
BYNUM -- Rebekah Todd, a singer and songwriter from Raleigh, will perform at today’s Bynum Front Porch music series from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road.
The Friday Night Music Series runs through the end of August from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday night. Although tickets aren’t required, a $5 to $7 donation is suggested to   compensate the performers. Barney’s Famous Hot Dogs & Snacks and Little Dippers Italian Ice will be on site to provide cool drinks and tasty treats. Shows go on rain or shine.
For information about future concerts, visit www.bynumfrontporch.org.

Learn about the history of drag
DURHAM – The Durham County Library will host Michelle Robinson for a talk on the history of drag at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St. A performance will follow featuring local drag entertainers Vivica C. Coxx, Spray J., Jazmine Brooks and Vivian Vaughn.
Robinson, assistant professor of American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, will offer a brief history of drag in the 20th and 21st centuries, including “voguing” and the ballroom scene, drag performance on the American stage and the work of female impersonators inside Hollywood and out. She will examine some of the many varieties of American drag, from the House of Xtravaganza in New York City's West Village to Justin Vivian Bond's performances in Kiki and Herb, from the popular reality show “RuPaul's Drag Race” to Hattiesburg, Mississippi's, annual "Miss Dixie" competition. The presentation will also address how the creative contexts and inventive uses of drag open up opportunities to re-think what we know about identity, gender and contemporary life.
Admission is free.

Tour historic Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will present several walking tours.
On July 4 at 11 a.m., Alliance volunteer and local historian Steve Peck will guide a group through the Old Town Cemetery, one of the most historic cemeteries in the state. Visitors will learn about Hillsborough’s most famous residents, including a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a North Carolina governor, in addition to lesser-known citizens.
On July 12 at 10 a.m., Peck will present “Ghosts of the Confederacy,” an hourlong guided tour of the Confederate dead buried at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church cemetery. 
Finally, on July 25, the Alliance will present a 45-minute tour of historic sites downtown.
Most tours are $5 per person and tickets may be purchased in advance at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King St., or by calling (919) 732-7741. 
The Alliance also offers private group tours by appointment only. For information, visit www.visithillsboroughnc.com/content/tours.

--From staff reports