Entertainment briefs

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 05:04 PM

Carne, Helm to perform at Hayti

DURHAM – Jean Carne, known for her hits “Closer Than Close,” “Free Love” and “Don’t Let it Go to Your Head,” will perform two shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. Vocalist Lenora Zenzalai Helm, who teaches at North Carolina Central University, also will perform.

Tickets are $20, To purchase, visit www.hayti.org or call 919-683-1709.


Folklife Institute among grant recipients

DURHAM – The North Carolina Folklife Institute of Durham has received a $10,000 grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council for the 2013 Statewide Traditional Arts Summit and Folklife Celebration.

The summit will bring traditional artists, cultural organizations, academic programs, folklorists, arts councils, and local documentarians from across the state together to train, share, teach, exhibit, and perform North Carolina’s diverse cultural traditions. The North Carolina Folklife Institute and the North Carolina Folklore Society, in collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of American Studies, will host the summit and festival September 26-28 in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $44,952 in grants to different organizations for projects in the humanities. All funded programs are free and open to the public.

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Liberty Arts to present new shows

DURHAM – Liberty Arts will present an opening reception for a new show, “The Truck Series,” by Jenny Blazing, today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cordoba Center for the Arts, 923 Franklin St.

Blazing, a Durham resident, is showing “The Truck Series: Jerome, Arizona.” These paintings of dilapidated vehicles make a vibrant case for the wonder found in otherwise forgotten environments.

There will also be special glass pieces available from George-ann Greth. Proceeds from the sale of these items will raise money for student hand tools to be used in Liberty Arts glass-blowing classes.

Designer, builder, maker and Liberty Arts’ artist Elijah Leed recently returned to Durham from displaying his work at the 25th International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. Friday he will be showing his modern wooden and metal furniture. Metal sculpture and furniture maker Jackie MacLeod will be showing her recycled auto-industrial and agricultural metal furniture.

Admission to this reception is free.


Common Ground announces events

DURHAM – Common Ground Theatre will present the following events in August. The theater is at 4815B Hillsborough Road. For information, visit www.cgtheatre.com or call 919-698-3870.

-- “Richard III,” directed by Anya Josephs. Aug. 1-3, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $5-$10 suggested donation.

-- Common Ground Performing Arts Camp presents “Fiona and the Four Seasons” adapted by Rachel Klem. Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets: $5. For reservations, call 919-698-3870.

-- Wind & Fire in concert: Mark Holland (Native American flutes) and N. Scott Robinson (world percussion). Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 at the door.

-- Common Wealth Endeavors and The Delta Boys Theatre Company present “Bully Boy” by Sandi Toksvig. Aug. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $5 with an additional suggested donation of $5 to $25. Tickets go on sale July 22. Reservations: 919-410-8631

-- Summer Sisters Presents: “Tangles.” Aug. 29, 30, and 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10.

Reservations: (919) 698-3870

Tickets on sale for Jeselnik

DURHAM – Comedian Anthony Jeselnik will perform at The Carolina Theatre Sept. 28.

Jeselnik, a stand-up comedian, is most famous for “The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump” and “The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.” He has performed on “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and other late night television shows. Jeselnik was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central’s Hot Comics in 2009.

Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.carolinatheatre.org, or at 919-560-3030.


Motorco to present doc screening

DURHAM – “Story of America: A Nation Divided,” will be screened at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave. Filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler will be at the screening for a discussion of the film.

With North Carolina as its centerpiece, filmmakers Park and Byler use the power of dialogue and storytelling to explore how to heal the political, economic and cultural polarization of today’s America.

Admission is a $10 suggested donation.

Space is limited. To register, visit http://motorcomusic.com/story-of-america.


Group announces ‘Bucket List’ contest

DURHAM -- Local startup company Offline is presenting the Bull City Bucket List Contest.

Offline has compiled a list of 10 unique experiences that they call the Bull City Bucket List. Contestants are rewarded for “checking off” these items between July 17 and Sept. 4. The list includes instructions for “checking off” each item (take a picture with the Tonga Soa Sign, for instance), and participants provide photo evidence using Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

Prizes increase as participants check off more items, and there will be bonus points awarded for checking off a certain number of items within a weekend.

For more information on how to participate, visit BCBucketlist.com.


Scrap Exchange to present ‘Remix Redux’

DURHAM – The Scrap Exchange will open “Remix Redux,” its next show in the Green Gallery, with a free public opening reception today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The reception will include refreshments, free art-making and music by DJ Sean Thegan. “Remix Redux” combines interactive media stations inviting viewer participation, together with online content curated to explore how artists and the public have been reusing, replaying, remixing and reinventing electronic media throughout history.

Media stations within the gallery will include vintage and retro audio-visual equipment such as a record turn table, slide projector, multi-channel audio mixer, overhead projector, and other equipment.

“Remix Redux” runs through Aug. 10. The Green Gallery is open seven days a week during regular Scrap Exchange store hours. The Scrap Exchange is at 923 Franklin St. at the Corboba Center for the Arts. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.


Squier Red to perform at Bynum

BYNUM -- Squier Red & The Blues Band will perform in the Bynum Front Porch Series at Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, today from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Friday Night Music Series runs from May through the end of August every Friday night. Although tickets aren’t required, organizers pass the hat and encourage a $5 to $7 donation to compensate the performers.

For information, visit www.bynumfrontporch.org.


Cinematheque presents two-screen shows

DURHAM -- Durham Cinematheque will present multiscreen film programs at Supergraphic July 30 and 31. The programs will start at 8 p.m. Admission is $8; $5 for students. Supergraphic is a print studio located at 601 Ramseur St.

The program is called “ON TIME.” The first half of the program is different each night.

The first half of the July 30 program is a two-screen film called "Short Intervals of Time with Wanda Landowska." Landowska was a very popular concert hall artist responsible for bringing the harpsichord back to prominence in the world of classical music. A 1953 documentary about her is paired with an educational film about measuring short intervals of time.

The first half of the July 31 program is a two-screen film called "Making Art with Chaim Gross and Glen Alps." Gross was a sculptor and is featured in a 1938 film by Lewis Jacobs, "From Tree Trunk to Head." With a model in the studio, Gross takes a large piece of wood and transforms it into a sculptural portrait. Alps was a printmaker who pioneered the collagraph, and he is seen in a documentary about that unusual technique.

The second half of the program each night is “ON TIME,” a suite of short multiscreen films.

Doors open at 7:30, and the public is invited to come early to view work by Supergraphic printmakers on display.


Swift Creek announces tour dates

DURHAM -- Swift Creek will tour Piedmont venues this summer and fall. Here are some local dates on the tour:

-- July 27. Pittsboro Roadhouse, 39 West St, Pittsboro, 8 p.m.

-- Aug. 10. Carolina Brewery, 120 Lowes Drive, Pittsboro, 7 p.m.

-- Aug. 25. Steel String Brewery, 106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro, 3 p.m.

-- Sept. 8. Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, 5 p.m.

-- Oct. 26. The Depot at Hillsborough Station, 246 S. Nash St., Hillsborough, 8:30 p.m.

--From staff reports