Ackland to display McCrindle collection
CHAPEL HILL -- Philanthropist and publisher Joseph F. McCrindle devoted his life to his passions: literature and art. The founder and editor of the Transatlantic Review, McCrindle amassed a collection of thousands of works of art during his lifetime, and more than 450 were given to The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Beginning Friday, about 130 of the prints, drawings and paintings received by the Ackland will be on display in an exhibition titled “An Eye for the Unexpected: Gifts from the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.” The works on view will be arranged into three thematic sections: Studies; Environments: Landscape and Genre Scenes; and Stories.
For information about McCrindle and the exhibition, see ackland.org.
Arts Council announces July meeting
HILLSBOROUGH – The public is invited to attend the Hillsborough Arts Council’s next meeting July 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the Hillsborough Arts Council’s office and gallery, 102 N Churton St.
The general meeting provides an opportunity for the public to learn about Hillsborough Arts Council’s programs, present ideas for developing new programs and improving current programs. The Board of Directors meets immediately after the General Meeting.
For more information, contact Gail Cooley, Gail@hillsboroughartscouncil.org
Warehouse Blues Series announced
DURHAM – The annual Warehouse Blues Series begins July 11 with a free performance by Jon Shain, Melissa Swingle & The River Otters. The series continues for three more consecutive Fridays.
Other performers in the series are Selwyn Birchwood Band (July 18), Lakota John & Kin (July 25), and Justin Johnson (Aug. 1)
Concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m. in Durham Central Park. For information, visit www.durhamcentralpark.org.
Summer Youth Conservatory to perform ‘Hairspray’
CHAPEL HILL -- A cast of young student actors will perform the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” July 16-20 at UNC Chapel Hill during the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s annual Summer Youth Conservatory.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. July 16-20 and 2 p.m. July 20 in the Paul Green Theatre inside the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road.
High school actors in the Theatre Intensive program get to train, rehearse and perform “Hairspray” in PlayMakers’ professional theater space. Participants in TheatreTech get training in scenic, costume and lighting production.
Tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18, may be purchased by calling (919) 962-PLAY (7529), online at www.playmakersrep.org or at the PlayMakers box office.
‘Ghost Brothers’ tickets on sale Friday
DURHAM – Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a Southern gothic musical written by best-selling author Stephen King, with music by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, and musical direction by Grammy Award-winning T-Bone Burnett. The show will come to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 14.
This collaboration, 16 years in the making, is a tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, made up of members of Mellencamp’s band. The staging of “Ghost Brothers” is an amalgam of different styles – both old fashioned, resembling an old-style radio show, and modern in its interactive use of storytelling, music and singing to move the macabre story forward.
Tickets are available at www.dpacnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.
Last Friday Art Walk in the works
HILLSBOROUGH – The 2014 season of the Hillsborough Arts Council’s Last Fridays Art Walk continues June 27. Art galleries, artist studios, jewelers, boutique shops and restaurants will be participating.
Many venues will have artist and opening receptions from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Brochures with a map of the Last Fridays Art Walk are available at any of the participating venues. More information is available at www.lastfridaysartwalk.org. For general information on the Last Fridays Art Walk contact the Hillsborough Arts Council at 919-643-2500, www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org or the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough/Orange County Visitors’ Center at 919-732-7741 or www.visithillsboroughnc.org.
Rostagni to open new exhibit
DURHAM -- Jean-Christian Rostagni of The Church of Photography will open a new exhibit at Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits at 106 W. Parrish St.
The opening for this exhibit will take place during Third Friday Durham events June 20 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Rostagni created his Church of Photography, an open art studio in his house. Rostagni’s art and studio are chronicled in “Monsieur Contraste,” the Rodrigo Dorfman film.
DSI to present new sketch revue
CHAPEL HILL -- DSI Comedy Theater is kicking off the summer with a new, locally inspired sketch comedy revue. “Local Buzz, Triangle for Squares” will run Friday nights at 7 p.m. at DSI’s new space at 462 W. Franklin St.
This new show is a social media-inspired sketch comedy revue that gently pokes fun at living in the Triangle in 2014. “Local Buzz, Triangle for Squares,” is comedy for people who treat their Facebook news feed like it's the only news they need. It is full of passionate characters and will feature interactive short-form improv games, inspired by popular social media sites in between sketches. This new show will also mark the return of DSI Witness News.
Tickets cost $10 and are available online at www.dsicomedy.com or by phone at 919-338-8150.
‘Processing’ to open at Golden Belt
DURHAM – “Processing,” an exhibit of new work by Juliana Rodríguez and Martha Thorn, will open Friday at Building 3 in Golden Belt, 807 E. Main St., with a free, public reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Rodriguez uses Barbie dolls to create film stills for her five-year project called “Revolver Dolls.” Thorn creates lush, tactile paintings through the process of searching for an authentic image.
Carrboro Film Festival seeking submissions
CARRBORO -- The Carrboro Film Festival is now accepting submissions until Sept. 30 for its ninth festival, to be held Nov. 22 and 23 in downtown Carrboro.
The festival is accepting films of any length and any genre.
Full details can be found at www.carrborofilmfestival.com.
-- From staff reports