Entertainment briefs

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 01:13 PM

Lynyrd Skynyrd coming to DPAC
DURHAM -- Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd, known for songs like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird,” will perform at Durham Performing Arts Center on Nov. 7.
Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlock (guitar), Skynyrd’s latest album, Last Of A Dyin’ Breed, continues to build on the legacy that began more than 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Fla. Joining them in the studio and on the road are new bassist Johnny Colt (Black Crowes, Train) guitarist Mark “Sparky” Matejka (a “Nashville cat, just a pickin’ fool,” according to Rossington), and keyboardist Peter Keys, who replaced Powell on the God & Guns tour.
Tickets go on sale Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC box office at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.


Durham Family Theatre to hold auditions
DURHAM – Durham Family Theatre will hold auditions for its first production of the season, Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” Sept. 14 from noon to 2 p.m., and Sept. 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Central Park School for Children, 724 Foster St.
The cast is five men (ages 20s to 70s) and three women (ages 20s to 70s).  The company   has a "rainbow" casting policy, which means shows are cast inclusive of all races and ethnicities. Actors auditioning should be prepared for “cold” readings, and should bring a photo and resume.
Performances will be Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16.
For information, contact Jenny Justice, artistic director, at durhamfamilytheatre@gmail.com, or at 919-286-5717


Organist Timothy Olsen to perform
CHAPEL HILL -- The Durham-Chapel Hill chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill will present a concert featuring organist  Timothy Olsen Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St.
Olsen is the Kenan Professor of Organ at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and associate professor of organ at Salem College in Winston-Salem, Olsen will be performing works by Joseph Bonnet, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, Aaron Travers, and Georges Bizet.
Admission is free, and a free-will offering will be collected to benefit the Durham-Chapel Hill AGO’s scholarship and development programs. For information, contact  Chapel of the Cross at 919-442-2570.


Ten Tenors coming in March
DURHAM – The Durham Performing Arts Center will present “The Ten Tenors: On Broadway” March 20.
Tickets are now on sale at DPACnc.com, at the box office at  919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.


DPAC to host ‘Return of the Legends’
DURHAM -- Ten hip-hop and R&B favorites will perform live in concert as part of “The Return of the Legends,” a two-night concert and after-party event Oct. 18 and 19 at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Rakim will headline Oct. 18 with special guests Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Lords of the Underground, Nice and Smooth, and Camp Lo. Bell Biv Devoe will headline Oct. 19 with special guests EPMD, Brand Nubian, Pharcyde, and DAS EFX.
Hosted by Durham’s own 9th Wonder, “The Return of the Legends” is an official alumni event of N.C. Central University’s Homecoming weekend.
Tickets are now on sale at DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.


Hillsborough Arts Council announces meeting
HILLSBOROUGH – The Hillsborough Arts Council’s next meeting will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the council’s new office and gallery, 102 N. Churton St.
The general meeting provides an opportunity for the public to learn about Hillsborough Arts Council’s programs, to present ideas for development of new programs and improvement of current programs, and to become involved in the council. The Board of Directors meets immediately after the general meeting.

Eno Gallery to present ‘Dreamscapes’
HILLSBOROUGH -- Eno Gallery will present an opening reception for Vicki Grant’s new exhibit “Symphonic Dreamscapes,” today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery at 100 S. Churton St. This exhibit will be on view through Sept. 22.
This exhibit incorporates low voltage and fiber optic lighting within Grant’s wall sculptures. The exhibition will include pieces from Grant’s “Symphonic” series. Working collaboratively with sound designer, composer and audio engineer Jason Wagonner and light engineer Art Robinson, Grant has created wall sculptures that incorporate fiber optic lighting with an aural component.
For more information, visit www.enogallery.net.


Common Ground to present Ionesco play
DURHAM -- Common Ground Theatre’s “Small Series” will present “The Chairs,” by Eugene Ionesco, Sept. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at the theater, at 4815B Hillsborough Road.
“The Chairs,” an absurdist farce by playwright Eugene Ionesco, takes the audience on a frantic journey through an evening in the life of two 90-year-olds as they welcome a large audience into their home to witness their final message to the world.
This production features Jeff Alguire and Rachel Klem with support by Amanda and Shelby Hahn.
Common Ground Theatre’s “Small Series” presents classic one-act plays. With little to no technical aspects to get in the way, artists are free to connect with the text and create moving theatre for the public to experience.
General admission tickets are $12. For information and reservations, call 919-698-3870  or www.cgtheatre.com.


Ackland to present ‘Sahmat Collective’ works
CHAPEL HILL – The Ackland Art Museum will present “The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989.”
In the first major exhibition about the group organized for U.S. audiences, “The Sahmat Collective” will be on display Sept. 13-Jan. 5, and will present more than 60 artists, including Manjeet Bawa, Atul Dodiya, Subodh Gupta, Zarina Hashmi, Rummana Husain, Bharti Kher, Pushpamala N., Nalini Malani, Gigi Scaria, Nilima Sheikh and Vivan Sundaram.
For more than 20 years, the influential, Delhi-based artist collective Sahmat has enabled Indian artists in all media to create and present works that engage in important political and social debates.
The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs alongside collaborative works, performances and rich interpretive materials.
For information about this exhibit, visit ackland.org/exhibition/sahmat/. The Ackland Art Museum is at 101 S. Columbia St.

Stagville to present Harvest Festival
DURHAM -- Storytelling, foodways, and genealogy are just a few of the events that will take place at the Harvest Festival at Historic Stagville on Sept. 7.
The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
This program, hosted by the Historic Stagville Foundation, focuses on the links between the culinary traditions of Africa and America. Mike Twitty, culinary historian and chef, will lead a discussion on cuisine of the African Diaspora and also demonstrate 19th century food preparation, with samples available.
The Historic Stagville Foundation will also be holding a fundraising dinner prepared by Twitty that evening at Horton Grove. More information about Mike Twitty’s research on the culinary heritage of Africa and America can be found on his blog: http://afroculinaria.com/.
A list of activities can be found on Historic Stagville’s website: www.stagville.org. For more information, call 919-620-0120.

--From staff reports