Blue Note to present third “Newtonanny”
DURHAM – The Blue Note Grill will present the third annual “Newtonanny” Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Newtonanny was created by Triangle musician Rebecca Newton (Hi-Tones, Girl Trouble and various other musical adventures) and her two daughters, Abby Sheriff-Newton and Louise Newton (of Girls Rock NC and Janzig). The 2012 rhythm section includes Leslie Land-Newton (Chicken Fried Blues) and John Worthington-Newton (Girl Trouble, Mystery Hillbillies). There are rumors of Jeff Hart playing the Charlie Brown Christmas theme, as well.
The Newtonanny is a sing-a-long of seasonal songs with a bit of a country-coated flavor. One of the all-time favorite sub-events is the “Hideous Christmas Couture” contest, where Triangle residents sport their finest (or worst) seasonal clothes.
The Blue Note Grill is at 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
Library to present 1948 film screening
DURHAM – The Durham County Main Library will present a screening of the 1948 promotional film, “Negro Durham Marches On,” and a conversation about life in Durham’s African-American Hayti neighborhood. The program will be held Saturday at 3 p.m.
Sunday, the library will welcome back the Triangle Jewish Chorale for a concert of Jewish music of the stage from Yiddish theater to opera at 3 p.m. The group will be performing selections by Verdi, Copeland, Gershwin and Bernstein, and even some Broadway show tunes. The Triangle Jewish Chorale features 30 voices from across the region, directed by Dr. Lorena Guillen.
Admission to these programs is free.
Hillside to present ‘Black Nativity’
DURHAM – The annual production of “Black Nativity” celebrating the birth of Jesus will be held Dec. 21-23 at Hillside High School Theater, at 3727 Fayetteville St.
Each year new features are added to this production originally written by Langston Hughes and first performed off Broadway in 1961. The play tells the story of the nativity and features traditional carols sung in a gospel style.
Shows will run Dec. 21 at 8 p.m., Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Dec. 23 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and are available at www.blacknativitydurham.com or at the Hillside High School Box Office. Group tickets to the performance are available by contacting director Wendell Tabb at 919-906-0840 or Xavier Cason at 919-451-4753.
Cable Guy and Engvall coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Comedians Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall will perform two shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., April 13.
Larry the Cable Guy has created The Git-R-Done Foundation, and is currently the host of “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy” for the History Channel, which has been ordered for a third season. Engvall is the host on the game show “Lingo” for GSN.
Larry and Engvall just completed “Them Idiots Whirled Tour,” with Jeff Foxworthy.
Tickets for this concert go on sale Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. and are available at www.dpacnc.com, by phone at 919-680-2787 or through ticketmaster.com.
Local artist in running for Fluevog prize
DURHAM – Art by Durham artist Tom Buhrman was selected for the final round of the Fluevog Creative Contest. Designers submitted work to announce a new style of Fluevog shoe coming out in 2013, the Desmond Presence.
The winner will receive $1,000 in shoe credits from Fluevog, and Buhrman has promised to share $300 with one of the voters who supports him. If you vote for Buhrman, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know. To cast a vote, visit the Fluevog website at www.fluevog.com/FluevogCreative/index.html.
Fluevog is a company that creates and sells vintage-style shoes.
Children’s Choir to present ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’
DURHAM – The American one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian-Carlo Menotti will be presented Jan. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. All performances will be held at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St.
The production is co-sponsored by Durham Children’s Choir and Duke Memorial. Grey Lehman of the Durham Children’s Choir sings the role of Amahl, with other choir members as villagers, along with members of the Duke Memorial Sanctuary Choir. Also appearing: Elizabeth Linnartz, Mother; Blayne Ziegenfuss, Markos Simopoulos, Lewis Moore, Kings; Stephen Pysnik, Page. Music director is Cyril Murphy of Duke Memorial and stage director is Jane Williams, theatre director at Orange High School in Hillsborough. The producer is Scott Hill, founder and director of the Durham Children’s Choir.
Tickets for the production will be $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Tickets will be available for purchase from the church and the Children’s Choir after Dec. 14 or at the door.
Barleycorn & Rye to play holiday show
DURHAM – Irish band Barleycorn & Rye will be playing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at The Broad Street Cafe, 1116 Broad St. The band also will have an informal holiday drop-in from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20.
For information, call 919-416-9707.
Lozoff to perform at Siena
CHAPEL HILL – The Siena Hotel will present parlor magic and dinner theater, featuring a performance by magician Joshua Lozoff. This event will be Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Lozoff, who has been studying and sharing magic around the world for the past decade, is regarded as one of the top close-up magicians working today. Last year he performed more than 200 private and public performances at events ranging from wedding receptions and small private parties, to corporate banquets and gala balls. In 2005, Lozoff performed at the World’s Fair in Japan as the featured performer for the USA Pavilion.
Cost for this evening is $75 per person. To make reservations, call The Siena Hotel at 919-929-4000.
Spiralfire to headline Toys for Tots benefit
CHAPEL HILL – Emerging Chapel Hill rock band Spiralfire will host a “Christmapocalypse” video release party and concert as a benefit for Orange County Toys for Tots at Local 506, 506 W. Franklin St., Dec. 21.
The showcase will feature performances by Jonas Sees in Color and Alex Lawhon of Colourslide before the midnight premiere of Spiralfire’s new music video for “Road Rising,” the first single from their upcoming self-titled album.
All donations—new, unwrapped toys or cash—will go to the Orange County Toys for Tots Campaign. Last year, the charity collected and distributed more than 8,300 toys to some 3,300 children in need. The bands are waiving all performance fees for this free event.
Doors open at 9 pm, and the first act will take the stage at 9:30. The bands will play short 30-minute sets with DJ music between each act. The raffle will take place just before the video premiere at midnight.
--From staff reports