Entertainment briefs

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 12:52 PM

Casbah to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos
DURHAM -- Corn and the Colonels, a Durham-based band that plays traditional American music, will host an evening variety show at The Casbah, featuring live music, storytelling, and dance celebrating Día de Los Muertos (Nov. 1). The evening’s performances will center on remembering deceased loved ones and exploring the cultural mores and superstitions about death.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8.
Día De Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday with Aztec origins. Each year, celebrants welcome the deceased back to life with traditions including cleaning and decorated their graves, partying and sleeping in graveyards, and creating altars with photographs and keepsakes honoring the deceased.
Footnotes Tap Ensemble, Curtis Eller’s American Circus, Nicola Bullock, The Burke Sisters, Corn and the Colonels, Diane Freund, Coco Rosenblatt Farrel and Thibault Worth  will perform. Face painters will be on hand to paint faces as skeletons.  Attendees are asked to bring photos and flowers to place in a collective altar. 
Tickets for the performance are on sale at casbahdurham.com. Casbah is at 1007 W. Main St.


Annual pig pickin’ is Saturday
DURHAM – Liberty Arts will present the annual Jimmy Alexander Pig Pickin’ in the Park from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the George Watts Hill Pavilion, 501 Foster St.
Admission to this fundraiser for Liberty Arts nonprofit foundry and sculpture studio and Durham Central Park public art funding is $25 per person.
For information, visit liberty-arts.org.


ArtsCenter to present Civil War film screening
CARRBORO – The ArtsCenter will present a free film screening of “Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray” Saturday at 4 p.m. The 86-minute documentary will be followed by a panel discussion lead by Robert Marcus, Civil War historian, and Leonard Rogoff, Southern Jewish scholar. 
Brother against brother, Jew against Jew, 10,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the nation’s deadliest war, in numbers proportionally higher than other American groups. “Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray” explores the little known history of the Civil War Jews who fought on both sides of the battlefield — 7,000 for the Union and 3,000 for the Confederacy.
The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St. in Carrboro. For information, contact the ArtsCenter Box Office at 919-929-2787 or visit www.artscenterlive.org.


Ballard, Dalrymple featured in Eno Gallery
HILLSBOROUGH – Eno Gallery will present “On and off the wall,” featuring the work of Roger Dalrymple and Alice Ballard.
Ballard, a sculptor and ceramicist, has work in numerous collections, including The Renwick Collection at The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, The State Art Collections in South Carolina and Tennessee, The Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, and The American Embassy in Portugal.
Dalrymple, a ceramist and architect, says of his work: “My forms are an expression of my life long exposure to the American Indian tribes of the Plains and Southwest United States, the Haida and Aleut Tribes of the Pacific Northwest, the Inupiat, Eskimo and Athabascan Tribes of Alaska and the Maori, aboriginal people of New Zealand and Australia.”
Ballard and Dalrymple have been married and collaborating for 23 years.
Eno Gallery is at 100 S. Churton St. For information, call 919-883-1415 or visit www.enogallery.net.


yMusic sextet headlines Casbah events
DURHAM -- New York sextet yMusic will perform at Casbah, 1007 W. Main St., at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The sextet is comfortable in both the classical and rock musical spheres, bringing classical polish to indie rock artists from Sufjan Stevens to Dirty Projectors and indie rock fire to contemporary classical composers from Gabriel Kahane to Nico Muhly.
yMusic’s yearlong Duke University residency will feature two complementary concerts at Durham’s Casbah nightclub. During the Nov. 5 event, they perform new works from their forthcoming second record. In March, after working for a year with the Duke composition program, they play works by up-and-coming graduate composers.
Here are some other Casbah concerts coming in November. For a complete list, visit casbahdurham.com:
Nov. 7. The Stray Birds, with Steph Stewart and The Boyfriends.
Nov. 9. Joe Bell and the Stinging Blades, and Too Much Fun.
Nov. 15. Official Joshua Gunn “(Broken) Glass Half Full” album release party.


Hillsborough presents ‘Ghosts of the Confederacy’
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will present “Ghosts of the Confederacy,” an hourlong guided tour of the Confederate dead buried at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church cemetery, Nov. 9. The tour was created by alliance volunteer Steve Peck, and is one of the events being held by the alliance to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King St., or by calling 919-732-7741. The tour will begin at the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 2 p.m. For information about Hillsborough walking tours, visit www.visithillsboroughnc.com/content/tours.


Arts Council presents ‘Flesh and Spirit’
HILLSBOROUGH – The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery will present “Flesh and Spirit,” interpretations of the human figure by artists Cynthia Aldrich, Linda Passman, and Thomas Stevens, beginning today and continuing through Nov. 23.
The opening reception with the artists will be held during Hillsborough’s Last Friday events today from 6 to 9 p.m. Paintings, collages and sculpture will be available for sale.
The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery, at 102 N. Churton St., is a nonprofit gallery space. The gallery’s hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
For information about this exhibit, call the gallery at 919-643-2500 or visit hillsboroughartscouncil.org.

--From staff reports