Jan. 17, 2013 @ 03:19 PM

Tickets on sale today for Burnett’s DPAC show
DURHAM – Carol Burnett will return to DPAC May 12 for “Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett: A Conversation with Carol where the Audience Asks the Questions.”
Burnett, award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work on stage and screen, most notably “The Carol Burnett Show.” Named in 2007 by Time magazine as one of “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” “The Carol Burnett Show” ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers a week, and received 25 Emmy Awards. As a highly-acclaimed actress for her comedic and dramatic roles on television, film and Broadway, Burnett has been honored with 12 People’s Choice Awards, eight Golden Globes, six Emmy Awards, the Horatio Alger Award, the Peabody Award for “Friendly Fire,” and the Ace Award for “Between Friends” with Elizabeth Taylor.
Tickets for Burnett’s DPAC performance go on sale today at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC ticket center at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.
DAC to open new exhibits
DURHAM – The Durham Arts Council will open three new exhibits today: “Half-Awake Dream Series” by Chung Chak in the Allenton Gallery, “Platonicz” by Wendy DesChene in the Semans Gallery and “With These Hands: Quilting as a Spiritual Odyssey” by Sauda Zahra in the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery. “With These Hands” will be on view through July 14. The other exhibits continue through March 3.
The public is invited to the free opening reception today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
For more details phone 919-560-2787 or visit www.durhamarts.org.
Percussionist to teach Sound Empowerment
DURHAM – Jim Donovan, teacher and founding member of the band Rusted Root, will host his Sound Empowerment Training, an Introduction to Teaching Rhythm, Breath and Sound as Tools for Wellness Jan. 26 at the Rolling View Community Building in Falls Lake State Park, 201 Baptist Road.
Sound Empowerment is a one-day training session that teaches participants to use sound as a tool for transformation with any group or individual.  During the training, participants will learn methods for group and individual rhythm and drumming techniques, voice and vocal toning for everyone, and breath work with simple movement.
The event is open to anyone regardless of prior musical experience. Beginners are welcome.
Registration is $99 in advance, or $129 on the day of the event. To register, visit www.jimdonovandrums.com.
Montessori students to perform “Puss ‘N Boots”
CARRBORO – Montessori Community School will present a production of Steph DeFerie’s “Puss ‘N Boots” starting Wednesday. The performances will take place at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., with a cast of seventh- and eighth-grade students.
“Puss ‘N Boots” will be performed Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.
Regular tickets are $8 and a family four-pack is available for $25. Call Cindy Zajic at Montessori Community School at 919-493-8541 or visit www.artscenterlive.org to order tickets.  Walk-up ticket sales will be available in the lobby of The ArtsCenter starting one hour before each performance.
Papa Mojo’s to feature Painter, Lyerly 
DURHAM – The Willie Painter Band will perform today at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse, 5410-Y N.C. 55 in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center. The Willie Painter Band consists of four veterans of the Triangle music scene. Willie Painter (guitar) and Craig Dittmar (bass) were members of the Boomers, who played for more than 20 years in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina. John Hanks (drums, Web master) currently freelances with the North Carolina Theater and played with the N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the Gregg Gelb Swing Band for 15 years. Bill Newton (saxophone, harmonica) is a founding member of two Triangle musical institutions: Rebecca and the Hi-Tones and Bill Newton’s Big Blues Quartet.
Saturday, American roots musician Bill Lyerly will perform.
For tickets and information about these concerts, call 919-361-2222 or visit www.papamojosroadhouse.com.
Scrap Exchange opens ‘Versions’ exhibit
DURHAM – The Scrap Exchange will present a new exhibit in The Green Gallery beginning today. This exhibit, titled “Versions,” features art by Cody Tyler. The work includes a collection of mixed media pieces using found or handmade materials to provide a canvas for drawings and collage art, which Tyler refers to as “stories.”
“Versions” will run in the Green Gallery through  Feb. 8.  An opening reception will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. The reception will include free art making, music by DJ NoneOne, refreshments, and PBR beer.  Green Gallery receptions are free and open to the public.
The Scrap Exchange is located at 923 Franklin St. in Durham.
Liberty Arts presents ‘Making It Happen’
DURHAM – Liberty Arts will present “Making It Happen” today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the organization’s studio at the Cordoba Center for the Arts, 923 Franklin St. 
For centuries craftsmen (and women) have been using the same techniques to make things – forging, blowing glass, hot type printing, welding and other arts. Liberty Arts specializes in taking those ancient techniques and adapting them to create art.
Visitors at this event will be able to talk with Liberty Arts artists as they demonstrate what they do.
Admission to the studio and demonstrations is free.
Donna the Buffalo to perform
SAXAPAHAW – Donna the Buffalo, an Americana band and frequent guests at the Shakori Hills Festival and other local venues, is celebrating 20 years of songwriting and music-making.
The band will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Haw River Ballroom,  1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 the day of the show. To purchase, call 336-525-2314 or visit www.hawriverballroom.com.
Quartet to play arts council benefit
DURHAM – The Ciompi Quartet will perform a concert to benefit the Hillsborough Arts Council Jan. 26 at historic St. Matthew’s Church in Hillsborough at 210 St. Mary’s Road.
This is a limited seating event, with a catered reception.
Tickets are $25. For more information and for tickets, visit Hillsboroughartscouncil.org/Concerts.html or call 919-643-2500.
Swift Creek to play Pittsboro Roadhouse
PITTSBORO – Swift Creek will perform Jan. 31 at The Pittsboro Roadhouse, 39 West St.
Swift Creek’s name pays homage to the origins of the band, formed about two years ago in central North Carolina. Swift Creek’s debut CD, “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner,” was produced at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill and released in August 2012.
The band will perform from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. For information, visit pittsbororoadhouse.com or call 919-542-2432.
— From staff reports