Jan. 31, 2013 @ 03:34 PM

Blue Note to feature Western swing
DURHAM – The Carolyn Martin Band swings into The Blue Note Grill on Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. There is no cover charge.
Martin was named 2010 Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, and her band successfully mixes swing from classic western and big bands of the 1930s to the ’50s. She also was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2011.
Martin will be joined by Rory Hoffman, a Nashville-based guitarist, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist, along with Dave Martin on bass and Martin Parker on drums.
The Blue Note Grill is at 4125 Chapel Hill Blvd. For information, visit www.thebluenotegrill.com.
Date changed for Nas concert
DURHAM – Nas live in concert with special guest DMX has been rescheduled to March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Durham Performing Arts Center. This concert was originally scheduled for March 1.
All tickets previously purchased for the original date will be honored at the concert on March 3. For information, please contact DPAC Ticket Center by phone 919-680-2787 or by e-mail at customerservice@dpacnc.com.
Website seeking love song submissions
CARRBORO – Bill McCormick (aka Billy Sugarfix), founder of Custom Serenade, a
song-for-hire service, has unveiled a revamped website just in time for Valentine’s Day.
To celebrate the website’s redesign, McCormick is holding a love song lyrics contest.
Now through Feb. 10, anyone can submit original, romantic lyrics through the
customserenade.com website. The winner will receive a high-quality recording of his or her song with original music composed by Custom Serenade at no cost.
The winner will be announced Feb. 14. The contest is open to anyone and there is no entry fee, and all entrants will receive the opportunity to have their lyrics set to music and recorded at a 50 percent discount.
To submit a song, visit customserenade.com.
Political satirist Stewart coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Political satirist Jon Stewart, the anchor of “The Daily Show,” will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center March 2.
Stewart is one of America’s top social and comedic voices. To date, Stewart and “The Daily Show” have received 40 Emmy Award nominations and won 16, including the longest streak in Emmy history for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.
Stewart is also a best-selling author. In 2004, Warner Books published “America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction,” which immediately topped The New York Times Best Seller List.
Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC ticket office at 919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Cinematheque to present ‘Multiple Sidosis’
DURHAM – Tom Whiteside and Skip Elsheimer will present the program “Diagnosing Multiple Sidosis” at Durham Cinematheque Saturday. The program is about the short film “Multiple Sidosis” made by amateur filmmaker Sid Laverents in 1970.
Elsheimer, the Raleigh film collector who runs AV Geeks, recently acquired some original 16mm outtakes from the film. Whiteside, a filmmaker and director of Durham Cinematheque, will give a demonstration on in-camera film editing and discuss how this film was made.
The program will be presented 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations are required as space is limited. To make a reservation send an email to DurhamCinematheque@gmail.com or call 919-688-0965. There is no admission charge but donations are welcome.
Durham Cinematheque is at 305 E. Chapel Hill St.
Encounters series to present music premieres
DURHAM – The Duke University Department of Music’s contemporary music series, “Encounters: with the music of our time,” will present a concert featuring the world premieres of Ph.D. dissertations by doctoral students Tim Hambourger, Dan Ruccia, and Paul Swartzel.
The concert will feature the New York-based Wet Ink Ensemble, in residence at Duke for the 2012-13 season; mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek from the early music vocal group Anonymous 4; and members of the North Carolina Symphony and other local musicians, conducted by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant.
The concert will be held March 3 at 8 p.m. in the Sheafer Lab Theater in the Bryan Center on Duke’s West Campus. Admission is free. The concert will also be simulcast at www.ustream.tv/channel/duke-university-department-of-music.
Hayti presents Peaceful Means Film Series
DURHAM – “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” an award-winning film depicting the dramatic success of the women’s peace movement of Liberia, will be screened for the public at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. A $5 donation is suggested.
The winner of numerous international film awards, including the Best Film of the 2009 Tri-Continental Film Festival, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” is the first in the Peaceful Means Film Series. This twice-monthly Sunday matinee series will showcase films depicting ordinary people making a world of difference through peaceful means.
The series also includes:
-- Feb. 17: “The Good Soldier”
-- March 3: “Run Granny! Run!”
-- March 17: “Bringing Pedro Home”
-- April 7: “Bringing Down a Dictator”
-- April 21: “Sir! No Sir!”
-- May 5: “The Take”
-- May 19: “We Women Warriors”
All showings begin at 3 p.m. Discussion will follow and refreshments will be available.
Quartet Il Divo coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Il Divo, the world’s foremost classical crossover quartet, will bring their new “Best of Il Divo” tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center May 7.
This new show will see Il Divo perform, with a full orchestra, their signature classical interpretations of popular songs across their whole career catalog.
Il Divo – Urs Buhler, Carlos Marin, David Miller and Sebastien Izambard – have sold more than 26 million albums. The quartet has appeared at the opening and closing ceremony of the 2006 Fifa World Cup, toured as special guests to Barbra Streisand, performed in 2009 at President Obama’s Purple Inauguration Ball and recently at a special concert for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.
‘Almost Andy’ to appear in ‘Remembering Mayberry’
Art Fettig of Hillsborough, also known as “Almost Andy,” will be among the performers in “Remembering Mayberry,” opening Saturday and Sunday and continuing Feb. 9 and 10 at the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St. in Benson.
Scott Epperson of Benson, as Barney, travels throughout the country with his authentic replica squad car, entertaining audiences with his Barney impersonation. Fettig was constantly mistaken for Andy Griffith until Griffith’s death last year.
Both Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. For more information and tickets, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.
—From staff reports