Entertainment briefs

Jan. 16, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

ArtsCenter to present one-act plays
CARRBORO – “Bad Thing,” by playwright Mark Cornell, will be part of 3 X 3, an evening of one-acts presented by the Playwrights Roundtable, The ArtsCenter’s play development lab.
Rounding out the lineup for 3 X 3 are two premiering plays: “In and Out,” by John Paul Middlesworth, winner of the 2013 Play Slam, and “Heritage Speaking,” by Paul Newell, author of “Mark Twain Now.” These playwrights, along with Cornell, are the founding members of the Playwrights Roundtable, which has been presenting new works at The ArtsCenter since 2005.
Actors will include LaDawna Akins, Bob Butts, Lisa Levin, Quinn Morris, John Murphy, Carol Oleson, Abby Overton, Brandon Rafalson, and Victor Waddell.
The plays will be presented at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St. General admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased at 919-929-2787 or at www.artscenterlive.org.

Glasper cancels Art of Cool date
DURHAM – Robert Glasper, one of the artists announced for the April Art of Cool Festival, has had to cancel his visit, festival organizers announced this week.
Festival organizers said they are working to book artists in Glasper’s place. The festival will be presented April 25 and 26 in venues in and around downtown Durham.
For updates, visit www.aocfestival.org.

Hudson featured soloist for chamber trio
DURHAM -- Soprano Marlissa Hudson will join members of the Duke University music faculty for a concert of chamber trios, including a world premiere by Scott Tilley and works by Schubert, Brahms, and Valerie Capers. This concert will be presented at 8 p.m. today in Baldwin Auditorium on East Campus.
Other soloists include Duke faculty members Susan Dunn (soprano), Sandra Cotton (mezzo-soprano) and Jason Karn (tenor).
Hudson has collaborated with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Choralis, St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and the Prince George's Philharmonic. She received her formal training at Duke University, where she studied with Susan Dunn, and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
Admission is free.

Central Park to present winter ‘rodeo’
DURHAM -- Durham Central Park will present a Winter Food Truck Rodeo Jan. 26, under Durham Central Park’s Pavilion and along Foster Street, from noon to 4 p.m. The “rodeo” is a gathering of 40 of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks.
Durham Parks and Recreation will transform the green space that climbs the hill between The Leaf and the skate park into a place for sledding, using artificial snow.
The quartet Skinny Bag of Sugar, fronted by guitarist Hugh Swaso, will perform rock ’n’ roll and R&B in the Sister City Grove.
The Food Truck Rodeo will happen, rain or shine. Snow and sledding are dependent on weather. Visitors may bring a blanket or a lawn chair.  For information, visit www.durhamcentralpark.org.

Rob Thomas coming to DPAC
DURHAM -- Rob Thomas’ monthlong North American tour will come to the Durham Performing Arts Center May 1.
Thomas is known for his work as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty, as well as for his solo work and collaborations with other artists. In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame presented Thomas with its first ever “Starlight Award” – created to recognize a songwriter in the early years of his career who has already made a lasting impact.
Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m., and are available at www.DPACnc.com, at the ticket center at 919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.

Celtic Woman adds matinee
DURHAM – Celtic Woman has added a 3 p.m. matinee to their March 8 date at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Tickets for the added performance are now on sale at www.DPACnc.com, at the ticket center at 919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.

DAC to present new Aldrich sculptures
DURHAM -- The Durham Arts Council will present “The Still Life Reimagined,” by Cynthia Aldrich in the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery.  The public is invited to the free opening reception for this exhibit today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. 
Aldrich’s past work was inspired by her research on prehistoric art from all cultures, with a primary focus on images of ancient goddesses.  Using these ideas, she created goddess forms that were not only objects of beauty but also reflected the artist’s views on social issues regarding women.  Her recent sculptural work has been more contemporary in design and surface treatment, and “The Still Life Reinterpreted” is a reflection of this change.
The Durham Arts Council’s galleries are open during building hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Monday-Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 

-- From staff reports