Golson, Allen, free events at NCCU Jazz Festival
DURHAM – The 23rd Annual N.C. Central University Jazz Festival will feature performances by saxophonist Benny Golson and the Carl Allen Quartet. The festival, from April 15-20, will also include performances by the NCCU Jazz Ensembles, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the NCCU Jazz Faculty group, student combos and the UNC Chapel Hill faculty jazz group.
Except for the concerts by Golson and Allen, other performances and events during the week are free. Here is the schedule for the festival:
-- Monday. NCCU Jazz Combos II, III and IV and Big Band II, 7 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium. Free admission, no ticket required.
-- Tuesday. NCCU Vocal Jazz Summit, featuring NCCU Vocal Jazz Combo and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and additional performances by high school students, 7:30 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium. Free admission, no ticket required.
-- Wednesday. NCCU Faculty Jazz Group and UNC–Chapel Hill Faculty Jazz Group, 8 p.m., B.N. Duke Auditorium. Free admission, no ticket required.
-- Thursday and Friday. Master class workshops, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday, NCCU Jazz Band Room. No ticket is required.
-- Friday. Performance featuring Benny Golson with the NCCU Jazz Ensemble; Opening performance by NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m., B.N. Duke Auditorium. Tickets $15.
-- April 20. Performance featuring Carl Allen Quartet; Opening performance by the NCCU Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m., B.N. Duke Auditorium. Tickets $20 (Combo ticket for both nights $30).
Tickets are available at the NCCU Ticket Office, 919-530-5170.
Second Sunday Series features short films
CARRBORO – The ArtsCenter’s Second Sunday Film Series begins at 4 p.m. Sunday with a screening of “About Time,” a short film directed by Joseph Megel and written by Elizabeth Lewis Corley.
The series shows a new line-up of locally made films each month, followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Tickets are $5 general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.artscenterlive.org, visit the box office at 300-G E. Main St. in Carrboro, or call 919-929-2787.
Other short films that will be screened Sunday are “Baby Shoes,” by Michael Howard; “The Silver Key,” by David Richardson; “Penny,” by Mary Cates; and “Grace Running,” by Jim McQuaid.
Library’s Spring Book Sale begins today
DURHAM – The Friends of the Durham Library Spring Book Sale begins today and continues through Sunday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Twice a year, the Friends present these book sales, offering a wide variety of authors and literary genres, as well as audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. Items are categorized for easy shopping in the library’s auditorium and garage, and under tents set up for the event. Book prices start at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hard covers. Parking is free. Proceeds support Durham County Library programs and services.
The Spring Book Sale begins today with a Friends of the Library members-only evening from 4 to 7. Memberships can be purchased at the door beginning at 2 p.m. All are welcome Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. for the $7 bag sale (bags supplied by the Friends). Debit and credit cards are accepted at this sale.
Jeanne Jolly to perform at Local 506
CHAPEL HILL – Raleigh-based singer Jeanne Jolly and her band, who have been touring in support of their new release “Angels,” will be at Local 506, 506 W. Chapel Hill St., at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The band is Jolly on vocals, baritone ukulele and acoustic guitar; Chris Boerner on vocals and guitar; Allyn Love on pedal steel; E. Scott Warren on bass; Nick Baglio on vocals, drums and keyboards.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For information, call 919-942-5506 or visit www.local506.com.
Ballet to present ‘Fancy Free’ and ‘Carolina Jamboree’
DURHAM – The Carolina Ballet will present “Fancy Free/Carolina Jamboree” in two locations this spring. “Fancy Free” was the first ballet choreographed by Jerome Robbins, which became the basis for the movie “On The Town.” The second half of the show, “Carolina Jamboree,” will feature choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, the resident guest choreographer for Carolina Ballet, and music by The Red Clay Ramblers, a Chapel Hill-based bluegrass band.
Performances will be at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium beginning Thursday and continuing through April 21, and at the Durham Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. April 26.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Carolina Ballet box office at 919-719-0900, through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787, or at Carolina Ballet’s website, www.carolinaballet.com. Tickets may be purchased in person at any Ticketmaster Ticket Center location or the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2 E. South St. in Raleigh.
Knight, O’Jays coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Gladys Knight and The O’Jays will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center when their Family Reunion Tour arrives June 30.
Gladys Knight and The O’Jays are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, multiple Grammy nominees and humanitarians. Knight has enjoyed hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary including her mega-hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).”
The O’Jays – Eddie Levert Sr., Walter Williams Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant – have amassed 24 Top Ten hits and 59 total charted songs. Their hits include “Back Stabbers,” “For The Love Of Money,” “Love Train” and many more.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.
Blank Slate Dance presents ‘Heart to Heart’
DURHAM – Blank Slate Dance will present “Heart to Heart,” a benefit concert for families fighting cancer, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. following the Durham Art Walk.
This concert will be at Weaver Auditorium, Durham School of the Arts, 400 N. Duke St. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. For information, visit www.blankslatedance.com.
Playathon to benefit music students
DURHAM – Northgate Mall will present a full day of free musical performances featuring piano students as part of its bi-annual fundraiser PLAYATHON on behalf of the Durham Music Teachers Association, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Northgate Mall’s Macy’s Court.
Visitors to the mall can relax and enjoy student performances scheduled every half hour. Donations are accepted to support need-based scholarships for deserving students interested in pursuing a musical instrument.
Hamilton, Benet and Canty coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Anthony Hamilton, along with special guests Eric Benét and Marcus Canty, will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center June 8.
Fans began paying attention to Anthony Hamilton in 2002, when he sang the infectious hook on the Nappy Roots’ “Po’ Folks.” That performance netted the singer the first of 10 Grammy nominations for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
R&B crooner, songwriter and actor Benét has released six albums and was also nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for his single “Sometimes I Cry.” Canty is the 21-year-old who won the hearts of America on Fox’s “X Factor” talent show. In 2009, Canty was chosen over hundreds of high school seniors across the nation by the National Foundation for Advancement In The Arts – YoungArt and was inducted into the organization.
Tickets are now on sale at DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.
Museum to celebrate Gagarin’s achievement
DURHAM – Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space 52 years ago, and the Museum of Life and Science in Durham will celebrate with a world space party today from 6 to 9 p.m.
The museum and guests will celebrate with 200 groups from across the globe. Visitors can travel through space in the museum’s Digital Starlab, help NFL Science Cheerleader Lindsay Yoder swab the museum for microbes that may be sent up to the International Space Station, and other activities.
Tickets are $10, adults 21 and over. For more information, visit http://lifeandscience.org/visit/events/museum-afterhours.
— From staff reports