PlayMakers awarded grant for Shakespeare play
CHAPEL HILL -- Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts has announced that PlayMakers Repertory Company is one of 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies nationwide to be awarded a grant as part of the Shakespeare in American Communities program The program introduces middle and high school students to live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare.
The $25,000 grant will support the theater’s fall 2014 production and related educational activities, such as in-school residencies, workshops and post-performance discussions, for Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” PlayMakers will perform the romantic comedy Nov. 1 to Dec. 7 in rotating repertory with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods.”
Tickets for “Into the Woods” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are now available as part of PlayMakers’ 2014-2015 season subscription packages. Tickets to individual productions go on sale in mid-July.
To purchase tickets or for information, visit www.playmakersrep.org or call 919-962-PLAY (7529).
WomanCraft to present ‘Summer Harvest’
CARRBORO – WomanCraft gallery will present “Summer Harvest,” a group exhibit and live demonstration of crocheted market bags. A live demonstration will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 11 at the gallery, 370 E Main St., Suite 170.
The exhibit opens Thursday and continues through July 24. Iced tea and lemonade will be served on the sidewalk from noon to 9 p.m. July 11, noon to 6 p.m. July 12, and noon to 5 p.m. July 13.
More than 70 artists and artisans will have work in this exhibit.
For information, visit womancraftgifts.com.
Cinematheque to present ‘Around the World’
DURHAM -- Durham Cinematheque will present a Movies in the Park show Saturday at 9 p.m. "Around the World in 80 Minutes with Musical Interludes" is an outdoor program at Durham Central Park. Chairs and blankets are welcome. Admission is free, but the hat will be passed.
This program is an analog travelogue, with vintage 16mm film clips from around the world interspersed with musical performances by Dizzy Gillespie, Erskine Hawkins, Peggy Lee, Loretta Lynn and many more.
For information, write to DurhamCinematheque@gmail.com.
Duke Homestead to feature pork, pickles and peanuts
DURHAM – Duke Homestead will celebrate North Carolina’s food history and culture July 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with “Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina.” This free, family event focuses on everything that makes North Carolina taste great with the annual Barbecue Cook-Off followed by the Pie Competition.
Visitors can get a taste of the action themselves and help judge and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Those who are interested can enter the pie competition on the Duke Homestead website.
This year’s festival features musical guests Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends on the main stage. Also on the main stage guests catch the 1940s Tobacco Queen Mock Pageant.
Food continues to rule the day in our historic area as we explore North Carolina’s rich food history. There will be demonstrations of traditional pickling methods, a peanut boil and our favorite “Everything but the Oink” historic food program as costumed interpreters demonstrate traditional recipes for pork. Kids can try out 19th century games and toys, make and take a historic craft, and everyone will enjoy traditional banjo and fiddle music in the yard.
Duke Homestead is at 2828 Duke Homestead Road. For information contact 919- 477-5498 or visit DukeHomestead.org.
DSI presents Junior Varsity
CHAPEL HILL – DSI Comedy Theater will present the improv troupe Junior Varsity for two shows July 11 and 12 at 8:30 p.m.
Junior Varsity was formed by Armando Diaz at the Magnet Theater in 2007. They have taught and performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Rochester's Fall Back Festival, the New Orleans Improv Festival, Philadelphia Improv Festival, and other festivals.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online through dsicomedy.com or by phone at 919-338-8150. DSI Comedy Theater is at 462 W. Franklin St. between Carolina Brewery and Chapel Hill Tire.
--From staff reports