DAC announces festival awards
DURHAM -- The Durham Arts Council presented four merit awards to outstanding visual artists selected by the CenterFest judges during the recent festival’s juried art show.
Best in Show went to Jean Yao, a basket weaver from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Richard Wilson, a pastel artist from Greenville, N.C., won first place. Luis Enrique Gutierrez, a ceramics artist from Zebulon, was awarded second place, and Paul Shatz, a photographer from Charleston, S.C., was awarded third place. The Durham Coca-Cola Citizen's Choice Award went to painter Andria Linn.
Guess to give readings
DURHAM -- Janice Mack Guess will give two readings Saturday from her book "Little Colored Girls Want to Wear Pearls Too," about school integration in Durham during the 1960s.
Guess will read from 10 a.m. to noon at the Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, and from 2 to 4 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St., Durham.
Duke Theater Studies to present Sontag drama
DURHAM -- The Theater Previews New Works Lab program in the Duke University Department of Theater Studies will present Sibyl Kempson’s “Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag” today and Saturday in Sheafer Theater in Duke’s Bryan Center.
Kempson has been on the Duke campus for two weeks to work on the play, which is a work-in-progress for the American Playwrights Division of New York City Players. The play is, according to Kempson, an examination of the collision of aesthetics and ethics when difficult situations such as the abject conditions of poverty are articulated in a mode of high art.
Kempson is using the work of American photographer Walker Evans as source material. Evans’ critically acclaimed work “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” documented families in the Depression-era South. Essayist and author Susan Sontag more recently wrote extensively on photography and on Evans.
Both shows are at 8 p.m. Admission is free. For information, visit theaterstudies.duke.edu .
Dance Alliance to hold annual event
DURHAM -- The North Carolina Dance Alliance will announce its annual honorees for the 2013 Annual Award and the 2013 Choreographer Fellowship at the 2013 Annual Event, to be held Oct. 12 and 13 at the Durham School of the Arts.
The 2013 NCDA Annual Award recipient is Avis Hatcher-Puzzo of Fayetteville, and the 2013 NCDA Choreography Fellowship recipient is Sherone Price of Boone. The NCDA Annual Award honors an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to the growth and development of dance in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Dance Alliance is the state’s leading membership group serving and supporting the development of dance in North Carolina.
This two-day event is a gathering of dancers that features workshops, master classes, performances and more. To register or to find more information, visit ncdancealliance.org.
Orange County announces arts awards
CHAPEL HILL -- The Board of County Commissioners honored the Orange County Arts Commission's spring 2013 arts grant recipients at their Sept. 17 regular meeting.
Spring 2013 arts grant recipients are The ArtsCenter, Carrboro Elementary School, Cedar Ridge High School, Chapel Hill Carrboro Children's Museum, Deep Dish Theater Company, Ephesus Elementary School PTA, Estes Hills Elementary School PTA,
Franklin Street Arts Collective (FRANK Gallery), Glenwood Elementary School PTA, Hillsborough Arts Council, McDougle Middle School PTA, North Carolina Symphony, Orange Charter School, Orange High School, Sacrificial Poets,
A.L. Stanback/C.W. Stanford/Gravelly Hill Middle Schools Coalition, Town of Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department, Barbara Tyroler.
A total of $30,726 in state Grassroots Program funds from the North Carolina Arts Council was awarded to schools, arts organizations and nonprofit organizations sponsoring art projects in this grant cycle. Another $1,000 in county funds was also awarded to an individual artist.
Library to screen ‘The Virgin Appears’
DURHAM – The Durham County Library will host a showing of the film “The Virgin Appears in La Maldita Vecindad” Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. The program is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.
This documentary brings together several distinct celebrations of the Virgen de Guadalupe in Durham, including those occurring outside a Durham apartment complex known as “la Maldita Vecindad” which is composed mainly of Mexican and Central American immigrants. Other celebrations include midnight processions, Mass and a relay run from Mexico City to New York City that passes through Durham. The documentary also explores Latin American immigrants in the United States.
Admission to this screening is free. For information, contact Judy Quijano at 919-560-0157 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.
Lance to perform at Last Friday event
HILLSBOROUGH – Today is the final edition of the Hillsborough Arts Council’s Last Fridays series. The event will resume in April.
Cyril Lance & Band will perform a free concert on the lawn of the historic Old Courthouse from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Weaver Street Market will have live music by New Town Drunks from 6 to 8 p.m. Hillsborough Presbyterian Church’s “Tryon Street Stage” will feature live music by Dr. Drill and the Bits. Church members will also scoop up free ice cream cones for all to enjoy.
Billsborough Music Hall will have live music by Tea Cup Gin with MickXer at 8 p.m.
For information on Last Fridays, contact the Hillsborough Arts Council at 919-643-2500, www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org or the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough/Visitors Center at 919-732-7741 or www.visithillsboroughnc.org.
Musical event to benefit Equality NC
CHAPEL HILL -- Richard Wall, Chapel Hill-based musical director and singing coach, will present two free benefit performances featuring a number of guest artists.
"Broadway Sings for Equality NC" will be performed at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.
Musical selections will span the best of Broadway including hits from such shows as ‘In The Heights,” “Book of Mormon,” “Damn Yankees” and more. Performers donating their talent include Jenny Anderson, Max Bitar, Mason Cordell, Steve Dobbins, Nicole Graziano, Raleigh Mann, Dennis Payton, Jeri Lynn Schulke, Gayle Triplett, and Carol Troutner with Richard Wall, host and pianist.
Admission is free. Donations will be accepted and encouraged to benefit Equality NC, a statewide agency dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender North Carolinians.
Hillsborough to celebrate Fresh Roots festival
HILLSBOROUGH -- Fresh Roots, the daylong music, arts, and food celebration, has added Yep Roc recording artist Jonah Tolchin to its performance lineup.
Festival attendees will be able to enjoy a beer and wine garden – compliments of Mystery Brewing and Hillsborough Wine Company – and some of the area’s most popular food trucks.
Fresh Roots will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; bus transportation is available throughout the day.
Fresh Roots marks the Hillsborough community’s kickoff to autumn and is organized by Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough and Yep Roc records. The day’s schedule is as follows:
-- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities for children at the Eno River Farmers Market and on the Courthouse lawn.
-- 2 to 6 p.m. Music on the courthouse lawn with Kim Richey, Josh Rouse, Jonah Tolchin; beer and wine garden, food trucks.
-- 6 p.m. until. Fresh Roots after-party at Billsborough Music Hall, featuring The Skipperdees.
For information, go to FreshRootsFestivals.org.
Arts Council to present new works from Greenberg
HILLSBOROUGH – New works by Raleigh artist Julie Anne Greenberg will go on view beginning today at the Hillsborough Arts Council’s gallery space at 102 N. Churton St.
“Storms, Sand, Sticks and Rain” will remain on view though Oct. 19. The opening reception with the artist will be held during Hillsborough’s Last Fridays events today from 6 to 9 p.m. Greenberg’s artwork will be available for sale.
The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery, located at 102 N. Churton St. across from the Wooden Nickel, is a nonprofit gallery space that promotes the visual arts in Hillsborough and Orange County. For information about this exhibit, call the gallery at 919-643-2500 or visit hillsboroughartscouncil.org.
Performance to benefit DAC
DURHAM -- Soprano Louise Toppin will perform an intimate Sunday afternoon concert at the Treyburn home of Claire and Carl Williams. Taberna Tapas will cater a tapas buffet and sparkling wines. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the programs of the Durham Arts Council.
This concert will be held Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at
www.durhamarts.org or by calling 919-560-2708. (Directions to the Williams home will be provided following ticket purchase.)
--From staff reports