Entertainment briefs

Jul. 11, 2013 @ 03:57 PM

Ward returns to DSI Comedy Theater
CARRBORO-- Zach Ward, founder, owner, and executive producer of DSI Comedy Theater, has stepped down from his position at ImprovBoston and has returned to North Carolina.
For the past two years, Ward has lived in Boston and worked as the managing director at ImprovBoston, a nationally renowned 30-year-old comedy theater. Since Ward’s departure, Paula Pazderka has led the theater. With Ward’s return, Pazderka will remain DSI Comedy Theater’s artistic director and the school manager. Kit FitzSimons joins the staff as production manager and Vinny Valdivia has also joined the staff as theater administrator.
With his return, Ward will be working developing DSI Comedy’s Touring Company, corporate training and community outreach. Ward has already started a yearlong partnership with the town of Chapel Hill to host and emcee public events. DSI Comedy has provided hosts at the N.C. Science Festival and at the town's annual Fourth of July celebration at Kenan Stadium.


Casbah announces July concerts
DURHAM -- Casbah, at 1007 W. Main St., will present the following artists in July. For more information, visit casbahdurham.com:
July 17: Colfax, with Grip of the Gods, Blue Suits, On The Record, 9 p.m.
July 18: Wyatt Easterling, with The Gallery and Disappearing Cowboy, 9 p.m.
July 19: Brendan James with Brett Young, 9 p.m.
July 20: Lockdown Blues Band, 9 p.m.
July 22: Liz Frame and The Kickers, with Old Saw (House Show), 8 p.m.
July 23: Andrew Belle, with Trent Dabbs (presented By Cat's Cradle), 8:30 p.m.
July 24:  J-Memory, with Main Vein, Major Green, 9 p.m.


Tickets on sale today for Alabama
DURHAM – Alabama will celebrate 40 years of making music with the Back to the Bowery Tour, which will make a stop at the Durham Performing Arts Center Sept. 28.
The Back to the Bowery tour marks the first time ALABAMA has announced an extensive run since 2002. To commemorate this occasion, they have chosen to perform in smaller, more intimate venues.
Alabama has 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, 43 No. 1 singles and more than 73 million records sold during the band’s career. The band has received more than  150 industry awards, including eight country music “Entertainer of the Year” honors, two Grammy Awards, and two People’s Choice Awards.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.


Carrboro Film Festival taking submissions
CARRBORO -- Submissions are now open for the Carrboro Film Festival, to be held Nov. 23 and 24 at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.
This year, the festival is accepting films of any length, from anywhere in the world. Submission fee is $10. Films will be accepted until Sept. 30.
For information, visit www.carrborofilmfestival.com.


Bethesda Bluegrass to perform at Bynum
BYNUM – Bethesda Bluegrass will perform today at 7 p.m. at the Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series at Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road.
Bethesda Bluegrass is made up of the Hagwood brothers, Caleb (19) on bass and vocals, Jackson (17) on banjo and vocals, Connor (15) on mandolin and vocals. From Durham, these brothers deliver hard-driving rhythms on traditional and non-traditional bluegrass tunes.
The Friday Night Music Series runs from May through the end of August from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Although tickets aren’t required, the organizers encourage a $5 to $7 donation to compensate the performers. Barney’s Famous Hot Dogs & Snacks and Little Dippers Italian Ice will be on site to provide cool drinks and treats.  Shows go on rain or shine.


Mandolin Orange will present CD release at Cradle
CARRBORO -- Cat's Cradle will be hosting Mandolin Orange's record release party for “This Side of Jordan” at 9 p.m. Aug. 23.  The recording’s release date is Aug. 20. For more information about the recording, visit www.mandolinorange.com.
Here are some more shows coming to Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St. For tickets, call 919-967-9053 or visit www.catscradle.com.
-- Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band will perform Sept. 21
-- The July 4 Connells/ Old Ceremony/ Chris Hendricks show that was postponed has a new date, April 26, 2014, Earth Day weekend. Existing tickets will be honored for the new date, or refunds will also be made.
-- Toad the Wet Sprocket, July 17
-- Kurt Vile and The Violators, July 18
-- Girls Rock NC Showcase, July 20
The Love Language, July 26
The Psychedelic Furs, July 30.


Davis to present guitar concert
DURHAM – Guitarist Larry G. Davis will perform an afternoon of guitar music at 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Davis, a former studio musician in Nashville, was encouraged to pursue a career in music by the late Chet Atkins. Davis has performed for two U.S. presidents: Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. He plays in many genres including classical, jazz, pop and bluegrass.
This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For information, contact Claudia Aleman De Toomes at 919-560-0116.


Museum to present ‘Close to Home’
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Museum of Art has amassed a collection of nearly 650 works by North Carolina artists. Beginning Aug. 18 the NCMA will present a selection of these acquisitions in its North Carolina Gallery.
“Close to Home: A Decade of Acquisitions” includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed-media works acquired by the museum in the last 10 years. 
The exhibit features work by Bob Trotman, Beverly McIver, and George Bireline alongside brand-new works on view for the first time by artists such as Linda Foard Roberts, John Rosenthal, Peter Glenn Oakley, and Anne Lemanski.
The exhibition will be presented in two rotations. The first rotation will be on view Aug. 18 to Feb. 9. The second rotation is on view Feb. 16, through Aug.10, 2014.


Jean Carne to perform at Hayti
DURHAM -- The Hayti Heritage Center will present vocalist Jean Carne as part of its Heritage Music Series. Originally from Atlanta, Carne showed exceptional musical talent at a young age, which further blossomed while she attended Morris Brown College.
Carne will perform at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., in the St. Joseph’s Performance Hall July 26 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Recording artist Lenora Zenzalai Helm, who teaches singing at North Carolina Central University, will open for Carne.
Carne’s recording career kicked off in 1969 with then-husband and jazz pianist Doug Carn, with whom she recorded three early albums on the Black Jazz Records label he founded: “Infant Eyes,” “Spirit of the New Land,” and “Revelations.” Carne then went on to collaborate with artists such as jazz legends Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie, R&B group Earth, Wind and Fire, The Temptations, Norman Connors and George Duke.
General admission tickets are $20. For more information on this concert, visit www.hayti.org, email info@hayti.org, or call 919-683-1709.


Leroux to perform at ArtsCenter
CARRBORO -- Eclectic French musician Jean Luc Leroux, joined by N.C. musicians  The Grass Strings, will perform at The ArtsCenter Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Leroux, a Frenchman living in New Caledonia, traveled to Nashville to record “Country Lagoon,” a Gallic take on country rock with strong swing and bluegrass influences. The Grass Strings is a bluegrass band from Kannapolis that formed in 1976.
General admission tickets are $9. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.artscenterlive.org, or call 919-929-2787. The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St.


ArtsCenter to present Songwriters in the Round
CARRBORO --  Four local singers and songwriters will come together for a musical evening at The ArtsCenter at 8 p.m. July 25.
Katharine Whalen, founding member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, will be joined by Justin Robinson of Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Shawn Luby of Humble Tripe, and Christy Smith of The Tender Fruit for a night of Songwriters in the Round.
Tickets are $10 general admission. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.artscenterlive.org, or call 919-929-2787. The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St.


Creative Food Drive seeking sculptors, designers
DURHAM -- MHAworks is looking for businesses, organizations and community members to design and construct sculptures out of non-perishable food items.
MHAworks will be hosting the third annual Creative Food Drive, a local food drive competition and community festival, at American Tobacco Oct. 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. This event will have music, local brewers, food trucks, and a kids’ zone.
Competing is free. Donations go to Housing for New Hope and the local Food Bank. For information, email cfd@mhaworks.com or visit www.creativefooddrive.com.


Southern Village series adds concerts
CHAPEL HILL -- Southern Village has announced some additional concerts to its annual Outdoor Music Series. The summer schedule includes the Sundays at Six Music Series, with live concerts every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. The series also has added Swinging Big Band Thursdays, featuring the 17-piece Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, at 7 p.m.  on the third Thursday of every month. All concerts take place on the Village Green in Southern Village, and all are presented with no cover charge.
Details of the July outdoor music schedule follow:
-- Sunday. Idlewild South (the band formerly known as Brother Esau), jam music from the Allman Brothers to Little Feat. The Carolina Brewery Brew Van will be on the Green for this concert, with their cold craft beers on tap.
-- Thursday. Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, Swinging Big Band Thursdays. This series of concerts will continue through Sept. 19.
-- July 21. Armand Lenchek & Danny Gotham.
-- July 28. Stan Lewis and the Rockin’ Revelers 
For information, visit www.southernvillage.com.

--From staff reports