Apr. 25, 2013 @ 04:08 PM

Beaver Queen Kickoff Party is Saturday
DURHAM – The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association will hold its 4th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant Kickoff Party at the Casbah Durham, 1007 W. Main St., Saturday. The Kickoff Party is a benefit dance party for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, and will feature two bands – Radar’s Clowns of Sedation and the Bulltown Strutters.
This year’s Beaver Queen Pageant Contestants will make their debut at the event. The Kickoff Party fundraiser runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, and has a suggested donation of $20 at the door.
The Beaver Queen Pageant will be held June 1 at 4 p.m. in Duke Park. The pageant was started by Duke Park neighbors in response to plans to destroy some local beaver dams. The event has grown over the years from a “neighborhood-spun” party, to a much-anticipated event with contestants, judges, and attended by over 500 people last year.
The purpose of the spectacle is to raise awareness of the community’s waterways, and pockets of nature, and to raise money to help protect and restore these resources.
Outsiders to present ‘Art for the Animals’
DURHAM – Outsiders Art & Collectibles will present “Art for the Animals: A Teen Show and Sell” at the gallery, 718-C Iredell St., Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
This event will include original art by five Duke School eighth-graders, music by The Duke School Jazz Rock Combo, the Waggin’ Wagon food truck. A portion of sales will go to Paws4Ever, a local no-kill animal shelter.
Artists whose work will be on view and for sale will be Carrie Young, Katelin Yee, Cammie Albert, Annika Nyberg and Alon Greyber.
This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served.
Duke presents ‘CANE’
DURHAM – Duke professor of African American Studies and Dance Thomas F. DeFrantz announces performances of “CANE,” an original dance work inspired by the 1923 Harlem Renaissance novel by Jean Toomer. “CANE” explores memories of African-American sharecropping.
Performances are at 8 p.m. and continue Friday, and Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Performances are in Sheafer Laboratory Theater on the Duke campus. Tickets are $12 general admission, $5 for students.
The project is a collaboration of SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, the group DeFrantz formed at MIT where he was professor for many years, and Wideman-Davis Dance, founded in 2003, explores contemporary performance in relation to history, memory, gender and identity.
Century Center presents ‘I Am Saved!’
CARRBORO – “I Am Saved!”, a new exhibit, opens in the Century Center Gallery Wednesday. This exhibit is by Kimberley Pierce Cartwright, a local artist who experiments with a wide variety of media, including fiber, wood, ceramics and paint. For this exhibit, Cartwright used discarded wood to create impressionable works of art.
All of the artwork in “I Am Saved!” is made from reclaimed materials. The exhibit will run in the Century Center Gallery from May 1 through June 30. An opening reception will be held on May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Century Center. The Century Center Gallery is located inside The Century Center at 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510. The gallery is open to view any time during regular business hours. Admission is free.
Women’s Empowerment event announced
DURHAM – Patricia A. Crisp will be the guest presenter at this year’s Wholistic Women’s Empowerment Expo, to be held from 1 to 7 p.m. May 4.
Crisp specializes in wellness, teaching people how to use natural approaches to encourage the body’s health-building potential.
The expo also will have food, group meditation, a fashion show, yoga, courses in financial planning, and more.
Single tickets are $15. The expo will be held at 1000 E. Forest Hill Blvd. (Delta House). For information, contact Goddess Deborah H. Webb at 919-489-2722.
Art of Cool announces ‘The Stack’
DURHAM – American Tobacco and Art of Cool will launch a new live music series “The Art of Cool @ The Stack,” a new outdoor music venue on the campus, on May 16.
Art of Cool will program four Thursday programs (May 16-June 6) from 5 to 7 p.m. with live music, DJs, food and drink.
The Stack is located directly behind American Tobacco’s Lucky Strike smoke stack.
The schedule for the Spring Music Series is:
May 16: DJ Jamad.
May 23: LiLa
May 30: DJ Rasta Root
June 6: Al Strong (June 13- Rain Date)
The events are sponsored by Mims Distributing and Railhouse Brewery.
Poets to hold Grand Slam Finals
CARRBORO – Sacrificial Poets will present the 5th annual Grand Slam Finals at The ArtsCenter Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The top 12 youth poets from the Triangle will compete on one stage for a chance to represent the community at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam in Chicago this August.
Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students. To purchase tickets or for more information, go to www.artscenterlive.org, visit the box office at 300-G E. Main St. in Carrboro, or call 919-929-2787.
Tickets on sale today for Bill Maher visit
DURHAM – Comedian and satirist Bill Maher will take the stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center Aug. 10 as part of Cool Summer Nights at DPAC.
First on “Politically Incorrect” and for the last seven years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 21 Emmy nominations. Maher also produced the 2008 swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” directed by Larry Charles (Borat). The documentary has gone on to become the seventh highest grossing documentary ever.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC Ticket Center at 919-680-2787, or at 123 Vivian St.
dtownMARKET is Saturday
DURHAM – The dtownMARKET is showcasing another round of vendors at Motorco Music Hall Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
The market will highlight a selection of crafters, designers, vintage tastemakers, and more. Visitors are likely to find quirky note cards for any occasion, screen printed T-shirts, hand crafted jewelry, pottery, vintage and remade fashions for men and women, tarts and other pastries from scratch.
Motorco Music Hall is at 723 Rigsbee Ave.
Holley to perform UMD benefit
DURHAM – Claire Holley will perform a benefit concert for Urban Ministries of Durham May 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St.
Holley’s songs are steeped in the Southern gospel and country of her childhood mixed with the influences of her grown-up life in Chicago, North Carolina and Los Angeles. Since moving to LA, Claire’s put out three CDs, two children, and original film scores.
Children are always welcome at Strings Attached shows. While well-behaved children are encouraged to attend the concert, Strings Attached also offers professional on-site childcare for younger ones. Tickets remain $15 in advance ($20 at door) and $8 for youth.
Tickets are available securely online with a small convenience charge at ClaireHolleyDurham.brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 919-682-5708. Tickets paid for in advance will be available at the “will call” table at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.stphilipsdurham.org, email StringsAttachedDurham@gmail.com or call 919-682-5708.
Common Ground announces May events
DURHAM – Common Ground Theatre will present the following events in May. All events will be at the theater, at 4815B Hillsborough Road. For information, call 919-698-3870.
-- Studio A Presents “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose. Shows May 10 at 8 p.m., May 11 at 1:30 & 8 p.m., May 12 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10. Reservations: studioareservations@gmail.com
-- One Song Productions Presents “Language of Angels” by Naomi Iiuzka. Shows
May 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-$10 suggested donation
Reservations: onesongproductions@gmail.com
-- Wholesome Twins in association with Common Ground Theatre presents “Ron & Rhonda.... TOTALLY RAD!!!” Shows May 31 and June 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general admission. Advance tickets available online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/365247
-- The lobby of Common Ground Theatre will now be curated by Pam Gutlon of Outsiders Art & Collectibles. For more information, visit: www.outsiders-art.com or call Pamela at 919-451-3231.
Tickets on sale for Brew Durham 4
DURHAM – While April is N.C. Beer Month, The Scrap Exchange is extending the celebration into the month of May by hosting Brew Durham 4 May.
Brew Durham is a beer festival that celebrates the art and craft of making home brewed beer. This event was started in 2011 by local home brewer Keil Jansen as a fundraiser to benefit The Scrap Exchange, a nonprofit creative reuse arts center.
The festival takes place on Belt Line Station, an old train platform that has been converted to an outdoor event space at The Cordoba Center for the Arts in Durham. Attendees will be invited to taste 50 types of beer crafted by 25 local home brewers.
This event also will have food served by local restaurants.
Brew Durham 4 will have two tasting sessions, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
Advance tickets cost $35 per session, and can be purchased online at brewdurham4.eventbrite.com. Advance tickets for designated drivers (no alcohol) are available for $15. Small-bite snacks are available during the event for all ticket-holders. Tickets at the door will cost $40 for beer tasting tickets, or $20 for designated driver tickets. Proof of age is required for entry to the event.
For more information on Brew Durham 4, contact Jessica Moore at 919-213-1278.
Straight No Chaser coming to DPAC
DURHAM – A cappella vocalists Straight No Chaser will bring their “Under the Influence” tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 24.
“Under the Influence,” the group’s new release, sees the ensemble reimagining a selection of their favorite songs. Produced by Mark Kibble – a founding member of the a cappella group Take 6 and one of Straight No Chaser’s primary influences – the album includes collaborations with Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and others.
Tickets for the DPAC concert go on sale Tuesday at 4 p.m. at DPACnc.com, at
919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Next salon to discuss copyright for artists
CARRBORO – “Copyright & Controversy for Visual Artists” will be the topic for the May 3 Artists’ Salon, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission. Durham attorney Dan Ellison is the presenter for this free series for visual artists.
Artists’ Salons are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St. in Carrboro.
The purpose of the salon is to bring together artists of all disciplines in a casual setting to share ideas, concerns and information. Salons can serve as a place to get feedback from peers as well as to share all the problems and pleasures of being an artist.
Pianist Li to perform with chamber group
CHAPEL HILL – The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle finishes its 2012-2013 season with a performance from young concert artist George Li. This performance will take place 3 p.m. May 19 at the Carolina Theatre.
Tenth-grade wunderkind Li joins the orchestra on a musical journey. With performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Xiamen Philharmonic under his belt, the 17-year-old pianist was recently awarded a four-year scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Li and the orchestra will perform “Six Swedish Dances” by Max Bruch, Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in G, and Prokofiev’s Symphony no. 7 in E flat.
Tickets may be purchased at the Carolina Theatre of Durham box office, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, or by calling 919-560-3030. To emphasize its commitment to engaging young people with great classical music, the orchestra provides free seating at every concert to students of all ages.
Local readers contributing to ‘LTYM’
RALEIGH – Chapel Hill residents Michele Lynn and Debby Torres, and Durham residents Daniele Berman and Ronnie Bower will read and share stories during a performance of “Listen to Your Mother,” May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium, William Peace University.
“Listen to Your Mother” features live readings by local writers on motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day. Cast members for 2013 are Jane Albright, Daniele Berman, Ronnie Bower, Jmeka Cherrel, Ilina Ewen, KeAnne Hoeg, Erin Lane, Marty Long, Michele Lynn, Liisa Ogburn, Lindsay Onofrio, Dawson Roark, Cyndi Soter O’Neil, Debby Torres, and Jennifer Weickum.
The performance will take place May 8 in Kenan Hall on the campus of William Peace University at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be filmed to be shared on LTYM’s YouTube channel.
Tickets are general admission and are $15 each. They can be purchased at http://ltymrdu2013.eventbee.com.
—From staff reports