Entertainment briefs

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

Bell choir and vocal group to perform
CHAPEL HILL  — A bell choir and a cappella ensemble will present a joint concert at 8 p.m. April 11 at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The concert will feature performances by the Bronze Voices bell choir and the Chamber Singers, two United Church musical groups that regularly provide music for worship. The ensembles will perform both together and separately in the program that includes music ranging from the Renaissance to the present.
Admission is free. An offering will be collected to support NAACP of North Carolina.

Mary Roach to speak at Carolina Theatre
DURHAM -- New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach will appear at The Carolina Theatre in Durham April 13 at 7 p.m. in a conversation with Frank Stasio, host of WUNC’s “The State of Things.”
Roach is the author of books that tackle taboo subjects, including “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife,” “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science,” and several others.
General admission tickets are available at The Carolina Theatre box office at 309 W. Morgan St. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the box office also opens one hour before showtime. Tickets are $22 when purchased at the box office, $25 when purchased by phone 919-560-3030, and $27.50 when purchased through Ticketmaster at www.carolinatheatre.org.

Rock & Shop to celebrate 10 years
DURHAM – The Rock & Shop Market, an indoor shopping, food and music market, will celebrate its 10th year Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St., in conjunction with Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Admission at the door is $5, with access to booths for fashion, art, jewelry, stationery, furniture and more. Tunes will be provided by North Carolina bands Saints Apollo, Naked Gods and The Lollipops.

DMTA to present fundraiser
DURHAM -- Northgate Mall will present a day of free musical performances featuring local piano students, as part of its bi-annual fundraiser Playathon organized by the Durham Music Teachers Association April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Northgate Mall’s Macy’s Court. 
Students will perform every half hour. Donations are welcome, and will go to support need-based scholarships for deserving students.
This event is free and open to the public.

Deep Dish to present ‘Life is a Dream’
CHAPEL HILL — Destinies clash, honor is betrayed and a battle for power may bring down the realm in Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s mystical masterpiece, “Life is a Dream,” presented by the Deep Dish Theater Company May 9-31. Directed by Marc Williams, the play will conclude the company’s 13th season at University Mall.
Dramaturg Jenni Rajewski will present a pre-show "Meet the Play" talk May 16 at 7 p.m. Post-performance discussions will take place May 11, May 18 and May 22. The Deep Dish book selection, “A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin, will be discussed May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
Performances begin Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays (matinee) at 2 p.m. Deep Dish is in Chapel Hill's University Mall, on Estes Drive and U.S. 15-501.
Tickets are $24 for adults and $21 for seniors, with a $2 discount for Wednesday and Thursday shows. Student tickets are $16 for all shows. Call 919-968-1515 for ticket reservations, and for information visit www.deepdishtheater.org.

Ekphrastic theater returns to the Ackland
CHAPEL HILL -- Ekphrasis is a rhetorical device in which one artistic medium attempts to define the essence of another. For the third straight year, the Ackland Art Museum at UNC Chapel Hill will present “Activated Art,” a series of live ekphrastic theater performances that enables art at the Ackland to be experienced in unexpected and thought-provoking ways.
Each performance of Activated Art is made up of five 10-minute plays, each play inspired by different works of art in the Ackland Art Museum’s permanent collection and performed in front of those works in the museum.
The five plays to be presented are “Stealing Sight” by Miriam Angress,
“Emeraldine” by Bronwen Clark, “Unnoticed” by Mark Cornell, “Bronze” by Ian Finley,
and “A Pocket Guide to Achieving Sainthood and Unleashing Your Inner Ascetic” by Jonathan Fitts.
Performance dates are today and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 6 p.m., April 11 at 8 p.m., April 12 at 8 p.m., and April 13 at 6 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale at the Ackland Museum Store, and may be purchased in person or by phone at 919-962-0216. Tickets are $20 general admission.

Photos being accepted for Grossman Award
DURHAM -- For the second year, friends and family of Will Grossman, along with Through This Lens gallery, are requesting photographs of people, places or things made in North Carolina for the annual competition. This year cash prizes will be awarded for The Will Grossman Award, as well as second and third prizes and a People’s Choice Award. For specific requirements, visit throughthislens.com/grossmanphotocompetition2014.html, or call Roylee Duvall, director of Through This Lens, at 919-687-0250 or email throughthislens@gmail.com.

Arts Commission accepting grant applications
CHAPEL HILL -- The Orange County Arts Commission announces a May 23 deadline for receipt of grant applications for the spring cycle. As in the past, arts grants are available to nonprofit organizations, schools and individual artists.
All applications must be received by May 23 by 5 p.m. at the Arts Commission office at 501 W. Franklin St. This is not a "postmark" deadline.  
Applications are now available for downloading at www.artsorange.org. Paper copies are available at the Arts Commission office, at all Orange County Public Libraries, and at the Chapel Hill Public Library. 

ArtsCenter announces photo contest
CARRBORO – The ArtsCenter is accepting entries for its 21st Annual Community Photography Contest. Entries will be accepted for the juried show beginning Monday and continuing through April 28. Selected photos will be on exhibit in The ArtsCenter’s Nicholson Gallery during May. Winners will be announced at the exhibit’s opening reception on May 9, coinciding with Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk.
Photographs may be listed for sale during the exhibition. All photographs must be ready for hanging. For information, contact Phaedra Kelly at 919-929-2787 ext. 207, or ArtSchool@ArtsCenterLive.org, or visit www.ArtsCenterLive.org to download a copy of the contest rules and entry form.

-- From staff reports