Entertainment briefs

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Student art show to benefit Habitat
CHAPEL HILL – “Mixed Concrete,” a student art show that raises money for the local Habitat for Humanity organization, will be held this weekend. This silent auction of student artwork begins today from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. and continues Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until midnight at TRU Deli + Wine at 114 Henderson St. 
The event serves as a gallery and professional launch pad for UNC student artists, as well as a fundraiser for the UNC Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Money from the auction helps to fund the chapter’s construction of numerous houses in Orange County.
TRU will remain open until 2 a.m. Saturday night and 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday for the purchase of prints, posters, jewelry and other items. These items will also be on sale throughout the silent auction.

Duke to present South Asian Film Festival
DURHAM -- The North Carolina International South Asian Film Festival celebrates its second year by screening a slate of free films today and Saturday at Richard White Auditorium on Duke University’s East Campus.
Both feature length and short films will be included. The feature titles include “As River Flows,” “Blood Brother,” “Hair India,” and will be accompanied by programs of short features: “Enthenthadooram” (“Distant Dreams”), “Table for Three,” “To Be Free,” and other films.
The festival is co-sponsored by the Duke University Arts of the Moving Image Program and Screen Society. The festival opens today at 7 p.m. The opening night film is “Blood Brother,” the story of an AIDS hostel in India.  The festival closes on Saturday night, with audience choice awards and festival committee awards at the conclusion of screenings.
Complete schedule, film summaries and ticket information are at www.ncisaff.org/schedule.html.

UNC to honor violinist Richard Luby
CHAPEL HILL -- UNC’s  Department of Music will present a memorial concert to honor violinist and music professor Richard Luby on the one-year anniversary of his death. This concert will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 2 in Hill Hall Auditorium.
Performers will include alumni violinists, faculty, students, friends, and family, with all proceeds going to the Professor Richard Luby Scholarship Fund. General admission tickets ($10; $5 students, UNC faculty and staff) are available at the door or via the Music Department office at 919-962-1039; or at music.dept@unc.edu.

Theater to present Genet’s ‘The Maids’
DURHAM -- Common Ground Theatre’s “Small Series” will present “The Maids,” by Jean Genet Feb. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. The production will be at Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Road.
Two maids plot the demise of their egotistical madame in this suspenseful and sexy French classic by Genet. The themes of class unrest and fame-seeking violence keep this script current as the audience is taken on a fantastical funhouse ride through the outsider world of Genet.
This productions features Mary Guthrie, Amanda Hahn and Sheryl Scott, and is directed and designed by Rachel Klem.
Common Ground Theatre’s “Small Series” is an innovative theatre offering by many of the best performers in the Triangle area. Selected artists are encouraged and supported by Common Ground Theatre to find classic one-acts to rehearse and present. With little to no technical aspects to get in the way, artists are free to connect with the text and create moving theatre for the public to experience.
For information and ticket reservations, call 919-384-7817 or visit www.cgtheatre.com.

SDF to present work-in-progress screening
DURHAM – The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund will present a screening of filmmaker Olympia Stone’s work in progress, the documentary film “Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck,” at 7 p.m. today at the Full Frame Theater in the American Tobacco Campus, 320 Blackwell St.
Beck combines sculpture, painting, textiles and mechanics, creating animals, people and scenes that are humorous and profound. The film will follow Beck’s career chronologically, culminating in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s recent commissioning of two works from the artist.
Stone is the director of this documentary, which she plans to finish editing in fall 2014.
Admission is free.

Stagville to present evening of stargazing 
DURHAM -- Historic Stagville and Morehead Planetarium will present a night of stargazing Feb. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Road.
The Black History Month program will focus on astronomy and myths and legends from African cultures, along with related stories told by scientists today.
Visitors will learn how their ancestors studied the night sky in the shadows of original historic structures.
The free program will start with storytelling, and afterward guests can peer through the planetarium's telescopes at the moon and Jupiter.
For information, call 919-620-0120 or visit www.stagville.org.

Ray to perform from new release at Motorco
DURHAM – Amy Ray will perform music from her upcoming release “Goodnight Tender” at 9 p.m. Saturday at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave. Heather McEntire will open for Ray.
Ray’s new recording explores her Southern musical roots growing up listening to country and roots music. Recorded last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville with guests Justin Vernon, McEntire (of Mt. Moriah), members of Megafaun and vocal appearances by Kelly Hogan and Susan Tedeschi, this collection features 11 originals by Ray, along with a cover penned by McEntire. These sessions included fiddle, banjo, dobro, pedal steel, guitar, mandolin, bass and drums.
Tickets are $15. For information, call 919-901-0875 or visit ; motorcomusic.com.

Kidznotes announces concert schedule
DURHAM – Kidznotes, a nonprofit music education organization, has announced its performance schedule for 2014:
-- Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. Beethoven Choir Side by Side with the Duke Chapel Choir, at Duke Chapel
-- March 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Kidznotes performs at Durham Food Truck Rodeo, Durham Central Park
-- April 6 at 4 p.m. Beethoven orchestra side by side with Duke Chamber Players and N.C. School of Science and Mathematics at Duke's Page Auditorium 
-- April 12 at 3 p.m. Kidznotes side by side with the Durham Symphony Orchestra at the Emily K Center
-- April 24 (time to be determined). Kidznotes gala at the Durham Convention Center
-- May 3. Kidznotes hosts the East Coast Seminario at the Holton Career and Resource Center
-- May 17 at 10 a.m. Kidznotes Durham and Raleigh Spring Concert
For updates, visit www.kidznotes.org.

Pinhook to present Future Shorts festival
DURHAM – The Pinhook, at 117 W. Main St., will present the Future Shorts Film Festival at 7 p.m. Feb. 6. The evening will include an intermission performance by the TripKnight band, a local trio that includes visual projections with their musical performance. Food will be provided by Kokyu.
The festival will screen six films from France, Poland, Serbia, Finland and Afghanistan. Audience members may vote for their favorite film. The results will be sent to the Future Shorts headquarters in London, where the winner will be announced later in February.
For information, visit www.thepinhook.com.

N.C. Arts Council taking organization grant applications
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Arts Council is taking applications for 2014-2015 grants from arts organizations.
The Arts Council's grant programs are designed to sustain and advance the state's arts industry, to enhance the education of the state's children and youth, and to ensure that all North Carolina citizens have access to a wide range of high quality arts programs.
To be eligible for Arts Council grants, an organization must have non-profit status, have been producing arts programs for at least two consecutive years, and have prior-year organization cash operating expenses of at least $20,000.
Information about grants for organizations is available at the Arts Council website, http://ncarts.org/grants/grants-for-organizations/. The grant deadline is March 3.

--From staff reports