Entertainment Briefs

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 09:17 AM

McGarry to give workshops, concerts
CHAPEL HILL – Vocalist Kate McGarry will be the artist in residence this weekend for a series of workshops and conferences at UNC.
McGarry will perform with the UNC Jazz Combos in the Kenan Music Building rehearsal hall today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
She will give a jazz workshop Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kenan Music Building rehearsal hall. Admission is free.
Also Saturday, McGarry and the UNC Jazz Band will perform in the Kenan Music Building rehearsal hall Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
McGarry, who lives in Durham, has five critically acclaimed CDs and a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal CD. She tours nationally and internationally, and has served on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and is currently on the faculty of New England Conservatory. 

DFT’s ‘Mousetrap’ continues this weekend
DURHAM – The Durham Family Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” continues with performances today and Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St.
In “The Moustrap,” eight strangers are stranded in a snowbound country guesthouse; one of them is a murderer seeking revenge.
Shows are at 8 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. show Saturday.
All Durham Family Theatre shows are cast multi-racially. 
Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. All DFT tickets are by suggested donation and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com, or at the box office 30 minutes before show.

Roy Ayers to perform today
DURHAM – Vibraphonist and composer Roy Ayers will perform two shows today at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
Ayers has worked and collaborated with numerous musicians, among them bandleader Gerald Wilson, flutist Herbie Mann, and Fela Kuti. Many know him for his recordings with his band Ubiquity, which formed in 1970.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of the show. To purchase, call 919-683-1709 or visit www.hayti.org.

Jay Leno coming to DPAC
DURHAM – “Tonight Show” host and longtime stand-up comedian Jay Leno will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center on March 28.
Leno has served as the host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” since 1992. The show has received two Emmy Awards. In 1999 and 2000, “The Tonight Show” took home the trophy for Favorite Late Night Show in the annual TV Guide Awards determined by voting viewers.
Tickets for this concert go on sale today at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at DPACnc.com, at 919-680-2787, in person at 123 Vivian St., and from Ticketmaster.com.

Merge announces 25K run
DURHAM -- The first event of Merge Records’ 25th anniversary year will be the Merge 25K, a 25 kilometer (15.5 miles) road race on March 22.
The first point-to-point race of its kind, participants will convene at the starting line in Chapel Hill, where Merge had its beginnings, and race to the finish in the company’s current home in downtown Durham. Merge wants participants to generate donations for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and Habitat for Humanity of Durham and Orange County while marking the occasion of 25 years of Merge.
The Merge 25K is presented in partnership with Bull City Running Co.
Runners may register now at SportOften.com and visit www.mergerecords.com for details.
Merge also is taking subscriptions for the limited-edition “Or Thousands of Prizes” seven-inch subscription box set. All proceeds from “Or Thousands of Prizes” will go to Oxfam America, an organization working to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice.

Get the Led Out to perform
DURHAM – The Led Zeppelin tribute band Get The Led Out will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center on April 6.
Get The Led Out was formed in 2003 when a couple of Philadelphia-area musicians contacted Paul Sinclair about singing in a Led Zeppelin project they were trying to get off the ground. This is not an impersonator act but rather a group of musicians who were fans first, striving to do justice to one of the greatest bands in rock history.
Tickets for this concert go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, in person at 123 Vivian St., or through Ticketmaster.com /.

Scrap Exchange opens ‘Form and Function’
DURHAM -- In “Form and Function,” an exhibit opening today at the Green Gallery at the Scrap Exchange, a number of local and regional artists explore the terrain of creative re-use as repurposed car parts, found objects and items from everyday use become art with a practical purpose.
After working in kitchens for years, Durham artist Jenny Marsh traded one sweltering environment for another when she became a welder. Now the fruits of her labor are designed to last a lifetime. Local farmer and artist Maryah Smith-Overman has studied woodwork and design. An example of her work functions daily at Cocoa Cinnamon in Durham. Lance Ashley scours the state for objects to re-use in functional art. When his home grew full of the things he’d built, he decided it was time to start showing people his work.
This exhibit runs through Dec. 14. A free, public opening reception will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. and includes refreshments and music.
The Scrap Exchange is at 923 Franklin St. For information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

Transactors to present “For Families!”
CARRBORO -- Transactors Improv’s show “For Families!” returns to The ArtsCenter Saturday. This unscripted theatrical performance is based on audience suggestions and intended for families with children in elementary through middle school. Gratitude is the theme for this performance.
The cast includes Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steven Warnock with Mike Beard improvising technical effects.
Show time is 6 p.m. General tickets are $8, $6 for seniors, and $5 for students and ArtsCenter Friends. The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St. in Carrboro. Call 919-929-2787 or visit www.artscenterlive.org to purchase tickets.

COT to present ‘Bulls to Ballrooms’
DURHAM -- The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (www.thecot.org), a performance-based organization serving the Triangle community, continues its 31st concert season with a performance Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre.
The concert, titled “Bulls To Ballrooms,” will feature performances of music by J. Turina, Anton Webern, and Tchaikovsky.
Lorenzo Muti is artistic director and conductor of the orchestra.
For tickets, call 919-560-3030 or visit www.carolinatheatre.org. The Carolina Theatre is at 309 W. Morgan St.

ArtsCenter to present ‘Chuckle and Chortle’
CARRBORO – The ArtsCenter will present comedy the third Saturday of every month with The Chuckle and Chortle Comedy show. The showcase of local stand-up comedy will take place Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is $5, in advance or at the door, which opens at 8 p.m. The November edition will feature Cabell Wilkinson, Ryan Higgins, Jourdain Denzel Fisher, and Andy Rider, in addition to host Michelle Maclay, a local comic.

Violinist Curtis to give master class
DURHAM -- Violinist Jennifer Curtis will teach a master class at 5 p.m. Thursday in Bone Hall, Biddle Music Building at  Duke University.
Winner of Astral Artists Milka/Astral grand prize for violin and Artists International presentations, Curtis has performed with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela, The Knights Chamber Orchestra, and other ensembles. In addition to founding the group, Tres Americas Ensemble, her projects include solo and chamber music performances with John Adams at the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and serving as concertmaster of East Coast Chamber Orchestra's U.S. tour.
Admission is free.

Wind Symphony to perform music of Williams, Sousa
DURHAM – The Duke Wind Symphony, directed by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, will perform the music of John Williams, John Philip Sousa and other composers at 8 p.m. Thursday in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke’s East Campus.
Admission is free.

--From staff reports