‘Jersey Boys’ to return to DPAC
DURHAM – “Jersey Boys,” the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center April 7-12, 2015.
Tickets will go on sale to the public on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Groups of 10 or more may begin purchasing tickets Friday, and may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 919-281-0587.
“Jersey Boys” is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
Concert Band, Durham Jazz to perform
DURHAM – The Durham Community Concert Band and guests Durham Jazz will perform Saturday at Durham Central Park starting at 4 p.m.
The theme of the concert is patriotic music, and music related to Fathers’ Day. Special selections from the concert include “American Salute,” “Red’s White and Blue March,” “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and other patriotic melodies. Children will be invited to come up and sing Selections from “Frozen” and also help conduct the band during marches. A salute to fathers will include a vocal soloist in “You Raised Me Up.”
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Durham Crisis Response Center, a non-profit agency that helps abused family members with counseling and prevention.
Food trucks will be available, but the audience is allowed to bring their own picnic and lawn equipment. In case of rain the concert will be held under the shelter at the park. This is the band’s final concert of the year. Concerts will resume in the fall in Central Park with “Come Dance With the Band.”
Durham Jazz is conducted by Taylor Savage, and the Durham Community Concert Band is directed by Tom Shaffer.
Gospel sing and benefit Saturday
DURHAM – Friends & Co. of Durham and other North Carolina Gospel choirs will perform during a fundraiser and benefit Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 2311 S. Alston Ave. Proceeds from the concert will benefit organizations that help the homeless and less fortunate.
Doors will open at 3 p.m. for this 5 p.m. concert. For information, call 919-949-2944.
Shakori Hills to hold ‘Carolina Luau’
SILK HOPE -- The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center will present “A Carolina Luau” June 21. The luau will be a fundraiser to benefit the organization and will feature The Krektones, The HuLaLas, DJ HiLo & other musical acts. There will also be DJs spinning vinyl, dancers, and general Hawaiian and North Carolinian fun.
Shakori Hills will be serving up a luau plate which will include pork cooked on site and sides made with local ingredients, Shakori Hills's famous pizza, and other snacks and beverages. Carolina Brewery will be serving beer. Attendees are encouraged to camp. This event is family-friendly. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and music starts at 7. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate.
Tickets and more information are available at shakorihillsgrassroots.org/events or at 919-542-8142.
Boneslinger, Beauty Operators to perform
DURHAM -- Dave Wright, vocalist and trombonist formerly of The Countdown Quartet and The Squirrel Nut Zippers, will bring his latest band Boneslinger to Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse Friday. Staying true to Wright’s old-school R&B and New Orleans jazz roots, Boneslinger brings a fresh brew of original music.
Saturday, the Durham-based blues band The Beauty Operators will perform. Members of the band are Leslie Land, lead vocals and bass; Sandee Washington on vocals, harmonica and accordion; Darby Odom , lead guitar; Maria Linck, rhythm guitar; and Lori Baron on drums.
Tickets to both shows are $8. For tickets, visit www.papamojosroadhouse.com or call 919-361-2222. Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse is at 5410-Y N.C. 55 in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center.
Edmonds, Benét coming to DPAC
Ten-time Grammy-winning artist, songwriter and producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will come to the Durham Performing Arts Center Aug. 10, with R&B crooner Eric Benét.
Vocalists who have recorded Edmonds’ songs include Whitey Houston, Boyz II Men, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Eric Clapton and Mary J. Blige. Edmonds is the recipient of numerous awards, including Soul Train Music Awards, BMI Awards, NAACP Image Awards and American Music Awards.
Benét has successfully released six albums and was also nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for his single “Sometimes I Cry." He has also been active as an actor and most recently starred in his first lead role in the feature film “Trinity Goodheart.”
Tickets for this concert go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at www.dpacnc.com or call 919-680-2787.
Bearstein Orchestra to return
DURHAM -- The Leonard Bearstein Orchestra, an 18-piece animatronic symphony orchestra of bears, returns to Northgate Mall this summer beginning Monday and continuing through July 18 at Northgate’s Center Court.
These interactive characters are displayed in seasonal surroundings, performing music and interacting with the audience. This summer’s theme will be a patriotic Independence Day-style tribute with music inspired by Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops.
The 42-minute program will run continuously during mall hours featuring Maestro Leonard Bearstein conducting his orchestra and the Not So Bearly Singers trio.
Children can learn more about orchestral instruments by picking up an educational worksheet featuring an instrument word search, available at Northgate’s Customer Service Center during the orchestra’s run.
Live screening and live music at Scrap Exchange
DURHAM -- Durham Cinematheque and Arrows Out will present an outdoor screening of "Circle Spiral Slow" June 20 at The Scrap Exchange. This experimental three-screen show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free, but the hat will be passed to help pay for electric power.
Cinematheque director Tom Whiteside has assembled an archival film program of subjects that are circular, spirally or slow. The oldest films on the program are more than 100 years old, including "Coney Island at Night" (Edwin S. Porter, 1905) and "Whence Does He Come?" (Ferdinand Zecca, 1903). Also on the program is the only film made by Dada master Marcel Duchamp, "Anemic Cinema" from 1923. Other archival material, from the 1940s to the 1970s, includes industrial motion studies, basketball drills, the earth in space, and knot tying techniques.
Arrows Out, an instrumental quartet based in Durham, will perform a live soundtrack as the images move around the three screens. The show will be projected on the large freestanding structure outside, near the main door of Scrap Exchange.
The screening of "Circle Spiral Slow" will follow the opening of "In Pursuit of Shadows," an exhibition of sculptures by Christopher Kearney in the Scrap Exchange's Green Gallery. The opening is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Scrap Exchange is at 923 Franklin St.
Aerial troupe, visual art at ArtsCenter
CARRBORO -- Mezzmerizd: Dreaming Awake will present Christine Geiger of New York and the aerial theater troupe Cirqusoria performing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St.
This one-night performance will include a champagne intermission in the fine art gallery with visual art by the performers. Visual art by Mezzanine (Wendy Kowalski) will be on view in the ArtCenter gallery.
General admission is $35. For tickets, visit www.artscenterlive.org or call 919-929-2787.
Author Senehi to read from novel
DURHAM – Author Rose Senehi will read and sign copies of her novel “Dancing on the Rocks” Friday beginning at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5400 New Hope Commons.
The novel weaves through the network of memories, secrets and mutual dependencies holding together Chimney Rock. Thousands of visitors stream through the tourist destination every week. But in reality, the people in the town have only each other.
Admission is free.
Chapel Hill to observe Juneteenth
CHAPEL HILL – Members of the public are invited to “Juneteenth, a Day of Remembrance from Freedom to Empowerment,” a free event that will feature food vendors, health screenings, games, voter registration, health insurance enrollment, entertainment and remarks from government, civic and religious leaders.
The event will take place June 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Phoenix Academy High School, 750 S. Merritt Mill Road.
Entertainment will include a Chapel Hill High School Basketball Champions Expo, the Sacrificial Poets, the Bouncing Bulldogs, the Jammers Cheerleaders and the First Baptist Praise Dancers. There also will be a bounce house for children.
Juneteenth is a celebration that originated in Galveston, Texas, when Union soldiers arrived on June 19, 1865, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves. Juneteenth, a shortening of “June 19,” is the oldest known holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.
The June 21 celebration in Chapel Hill will include remarks from John Williams, principal of the Phoenix Academy; the Rev. Rodney Lavon Coleman, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church; the Rev. Robert Campbell of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP; state Rep. Graig Meyer; and former state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird.
For information, call 919-933-8494 or visit www.piedmonthealth.org.
Keyshia Cole tickets on sale Friday
DURHAM -- Four-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Keyshia Cole brings her “Point of No Return Tour” to the Durham Performing Arts Center Aug. 8.
Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. Tickets are available at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.
--From staff reports