Entertainment briefs

Dec. 05, 2013 @ 09:37 AM

DFT to hold auditions for new musical
DURHAM -- Durham Family Theatre will hold auditions for adults, teenagers and children for the new play “Brigid Without a Story.” Auditions for actors, singers and dancers will be held Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. and Monday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Central Park School for Children, 724 Foster St.
The new play is a musical, written and directed by Jennifer Justice. Music director is Joy Harrell Goff, with musical arrangements by Michael D. Jones Sr.
Shows will be held Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15.
To find out more about the parts, download a sample script from durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com. For more information, contact Jennifer Justice at
durhamfamilytheatre@gmail.com or call 919-286-5717.

Arts Council to hold open house
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop helps kick off Hillsborough's Holiday Weekend with a Holiday Open House today from 6 to 9 p.m. Festivities include the lighting of the town tree at 7 p.m. Visitors can view the gallery's current monthly exhibit “Line, Texture, Pattern” featuring collage artist Linda Ide, and potter Evelyn Ward. Hillsborough pianist Stephen Smith will play holiday music and other songs including some originals.
Refreshments will be served.
The Arts Council is at 102 N. Churton St., across King Street from the Town Tree on the Old Courthouse lawn. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The Gallery and Gift Shop will also be open additional hours during the Holiday Home Tour Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 22-24 from noon to 4 p.m. For information, call 919-643-2500 or visit hillsboroughartscouncil.org.

Brit Floyd to return to DPAC
DURHAM -- The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, Brit Floyd, returns to the Durham Performing Arts Center on May 9. The band will present a new, three-hour chronological concert spanning the entire recording career of Pink Floyd from 1967 to 1994.  
Tickets go on sale Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC box office at  919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com..

NCSSM dance group to perform
DURHAM -- The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics’ Dance Ensemble will present its third annual Holiday Dance Concert Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the ETC Auditorium at NCSSM, 1219 Broad St.
The concert will feature original modern, jazz, ballet, tap, swing, bhangra, and Korean pop dances by NCSSM students as well as dance instructor Kathy Berberian. Admission is free.

Rags to Riches to present ‘Gingerbread Boy’
DURHAM -- Rags to Riches theater will present "The Gingerbread Boy" at all of the branches of the Durham County Library next week.
Here is the schedule. Admission to all performances is free.
-- Main Library. Saturday,  3:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
-- Bragtown  branch. Monday, 10:30 a.m.
-- South Regional. Monday,  6 p.m.
-- Stanford L. Warren. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.
-- Southwest Regional. Tuesday, 4 p.m.
-- East Regional. Wednesday, 10:30  a.m.
-- North Regional. Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Library to host gentrification discussion
DURHAM – A discussion of “Gentrification or Economic Growth: Good or Bad?” will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Stanford Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St.
Durham, like many urban areas, is experiencing commercial growth and changing demographics. What can Durham learn from Brooklyn, N.Y? This event will include a screening of Kelly Anderson's documentary film “My Brooklyn: The Real Story Behind the Gentrification of America's Hippest City.”
A Q&A session will follow the film screening (about 75 minutes). Guests will be Kevin G. Montgomery, Brooklyn native and architect at O'Brien/Atkins Associates, PA;  Sendolo Diaminah, community activist and organizer, People's Durham; and Jarvis Hall, associate professor of political science at N.C. Central University.
Anderson recently completed “My Brooklyn.” The film premiered at the 2012 Brooklyn Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for documentary, and it recently won Best Director and Best Documentary at the Red Hook International Film Festival.

Pinhook to hold drag competition
DURHAM -- Ms. Vivica C. Coxx, a “fierce female impersonator,” will perform during an amateur drag competition at The Pinhook at 10 p.m. Saturday.
The competition, with a cash prize, will be followed by a dance party with DJ Yammy. For information about competing, visit http://goo.gl/148jiP.
For tickets, visit thepinhook.com. The Pinhook is at 117 W. Main St.

--From staff reports