Entertainment briefs

Jul. 04, 2013 @ 11:02 AM

’10 By 10’ starts today

CARRBORO – The ArtsCenter will present “10 By 10 in the Triangle,” the international festival of new 10-minute plays, beginning today and continuing through Sunday. The festival continues July 11-14 and July 18-21. 

More than 750 scripts were submitted for this year’s festival from all over the United States and the world, with the 10 very best original plays selected for this production.

Shows are at 8 p.m., except for Sundays, when the ArtsCenter will present 3 p.m. matinees. General admission tickets are Fridays and Saturdays, $16 in advance, $18 day of show; Thursdays and Sundays, $14 in advance, $16 day of show.

To purchase tickets or for more information go to www.artscenterlive.org, visit The ArtsCenter Box Office at 300-G E. Main St., or call 919-929-2787.

State Fair concerts feature Sister Hazel, McCreery

RALEIGH – The 2013 State Fair fall concert lineup will feature performances by rock, country, contemporary Christian and bluegrass musicians, along with a unique Michael Jackson tribute band.

Sister Hazel will kick off the series Oct. 17. The alternative rock band has been entertaining since 1993 and has created such hits as “All for You” and “Change Your Mind.” North Carolina’s own country star, Scotty McCreery, will perform Oct. 21 and 22. McCreery shot to fame by winning "American Idol" and followed up with several Country Music Association and Country Music Television awards.

The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, Who’s Bad, also native to North Carolina, will perform on Oct. 24.

All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 1 online at www.ncstatefair.org. Prices are outlined below.

Here is the complete schedule:

Oct. 17: Sister Hazel, $5

Oct. 18: Francesca Battistelli and Building 429, $10

Oct. 19: Joe Nichols, $10

Oct. 20: TBA

Oct. 21: Scotty McCreery, $25

Oct. 22: Scotty McCreery, $25

Oct. 23: Dailey and Vincent, $5

Oct. 24: Who’s Bad, $5

Oct. 25: MercyMe, $15

Oct. 26: Randy Houser, $10

Oct. 27: Eli Young Band, $15

Music and tours highlight Family Fun Day

HILLSBOROUGH -- The Orange County Main Library and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will host Family Fun Day July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Hillsborough.  Family Fun Days are held the second Saturday of the month from June through September.  Each Family Fun Day includes guided history tours, children’s activities, a farmers market, shopping and dining. 

Visitors can pick up a map of historic sites at the Orange County Main Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane.  Maps will be available starting at 10 a.m.

The event will include a variety of activities for kids of all ages such as a musical performance by Ubuntu Marimba Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 150 E. King Street.  The Ubuntu Marimba Ensemble is a Hillsborough group.  Children can pick up a scavenger hunt to complete for a stamp on their passports. 

A “Ghosts of the Confederacy” tour of the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church cemetery’s Civil War dead will take place at 2 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Hillsborough Visitors Center or by calling 919-732-7741.  The tour will begin at the center. 

For more information about Family Fun Day, visit www.visithillsboroughnc.com/calendar/2013-07.

Bradshaw Quartet to play free concert

HILLSBOROUGH -- The Bradshaw Quartet will be at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. July 14 for an afternoon concert.  The quartet was founded in 2003 to further extend the musical fellowship they enjoy as the rhythm section for the United Voices of Praise Gospel Choir.  Charles Bradshaw (keyboards), Matthew Busch (tenor and soprano saxophone), Brad Kintner (upright and fretless bass) and Odessa Shaw (drums) each bring more than 20 years of musical experience and training from a broad range of musical styles. 

The quartet showcases selected jazz standards, new interpretations of R&B and pop classics and original compositions.

Admission to this concert is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10. Ice cream cones will be available after the performance.  St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is at

210 St. Mary’s Road. For information, call 919-732-9308.

Stagville to present Jubilee Music Festival

DURHAM – Musicians will perform blues, bluegrass and traditional African drumming  at the Jubilee Music Festival at Historic Stagville July 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's the second of the summer's 2nd Saturdays programs being presented at state historic sites and museums this summer.

Renowned bluesmen Boo Hanks, Ironing Board Sam and Big Ron Hunter are headliners for this free program.

The program will highlight the African-American influence on music with traditional drummers from Akapoma African Music and Dance, and the bluesmen playing bluegrass. Widely used in country music, the banjo was first fashioned by Africans in colonial America based on instruments from the African continent.

Visitors may bring a picnic basket, blanket or lawn chairs to the festival. Kids can make a drum or banjo craft. The Kona Ice Truck will have free shaved ice also. For information call 919-620-0120. Historic Stagville is located at 5828 Old Oxford Highway.

PlayMakers, Triad Stage collaborate on new play

CHAPEL HILL -- This fall, PlayMakers Repertory Company and Triad Stage will co-produce the regional premiere of “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall. The play focuses on the last night in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

It is the theater companies’ first collaboration of this kind. PlayMakers, the professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present the play as its Mainstage Season opener Sept. 18-Oct. 6. Then the production will move to Greensboro to be presented by Triad Stage Oct. 20-Nov. 10.

“The Mountaintop” premiered in London (2009) to great critical acclaim, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play. A hit Broadway run followed, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.

The PlayMakers performances will be in the Paul Green Theatre at UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art, 250 Country Club Road in Chapel Hill. For information, call 919-962-7529 or visit www.playmakersrep.org. Tickets are currently available as part of PlayMakers’ 2013-2014 subscription packages. Single tickets will go on sale in late July.

Triad Stage performances will be at The Pyrle Theater, 232 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro. For information, call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160 or toll-free at 866-579-8499.

--From staff reports