Entertainment briefs

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 02:57 PM

Papa Mojo’s announces August shows
DURHAM -- Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse will present the following artists in August. For information, visit papamojosroadhouse.com or call 919-361-2222. Papa Mojo’s is at Greenwood Commons Shopping Center.
Aug. 2. The Night Hawks
Aug. 4. Triangle Blues Society Jam /Rick Estrin & The Night Cats
Aug. 9. Jason Damico & the New Blue
Aug. 10. The Sauce Boss Bill Wharton
Aug. 16. Gravedigger Comedy Show, with Joe Torry
Aug. 17. The Low Counts with Matt Walsh
Aug. 23. Big Joe & The Dynaflows
Aug. 24. The Doug Prescott Band
Aug. 31. Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos


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. today 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.


Tickets on sale Friday for Natalie Cole concert
DURHAM – Vocalist Natalie Cole will make her debut at the Durham Performing Arts Center Dec. 10. The R&B and jazz vocalist will perform her fans’ favorite hits from her legendary career.
Cole won the first of her nine career Grammy Awards as Best New Artist of 1975, the year she debuted with the hit “This Will Be,” which also won for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In 1977, Cole scored a No. 1 R&B hit with "I've Got Love on My Mind" from her third release, “Unpredictable,” which became her first platinum album. In 1991, her tribute album to her late father Nat King Cole, “Unforgettable… With Love,” won Album of the Year and marked a mid-career comeback, selling more than 14 million copies worldwide.
In Cole’s most recent release “Natalie Cole En Español,” she revisits the repertoire of Latin standards.           
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at www.dpacnc.com, at the DPAC ticket office at 123 Vivian St., or through Ticketmaster.com.


Scrap Exchange seeks postal art
DURHAM -- The Scrap Exchange is seeking artists to participate in an upcoming exhibit featuring mail art. Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is an artistic movement centered around sending small-scale works through the postal service.  “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” will open in the Green Gallery Aug. 16 and run through Sept. 14.
Artists may submit a maximum of three pieces. The deadline is Aug. 13. Artwork should be submitted unwrapped through a postal mail service. The mailing address is The Scrap Exchange, 923 Franklin St.,  Bay 1, Durham, NC  27701.
For information, visit www.scrapexchange.org.


Eno to present Armstrong paintings
HILLSBOROUGH -- Eno Gallery will present an opening reception for the new exhibit, “Forward Genesis,” with works by Alicia Armstrong, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the gallery, 100 S. Churton St.
Armstrong says her oil on panel paintings are contemplative, sometimes playful takes on the often bewildering constructs and confines of postmodern life. Her work is often figurative and segmented, influenced by the compartmentalization and over-stimulation we experience daily.
This exhibit will be on view through Aug. 25. For information call 919-883-1415 or visit www.enogallery.net.


‘Within Reach’ to screen at Motorco
DURHAM -- Transition Durham, Sustain-a-Bull and Recyclique will present a screening of “Within Reach,” a documentary produced by Durham-based filmmaker Derek Alan Rowe, Monday at 7 p.m. at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave. 
In 2008, Ryan Mlynarczyk and Mandy Creighton set out from the San Francisco Bay area on their bicycles, after giving up their house, jobs and cars, in search of a sustainable life. “Within Reach” explores their pedal-powered search for a place to call home in a sustainable community.
Following the film screening, filmmaker Rowe and Amy Campbell, Sustain-a-Bull’s executive director, will lead a discussion focusing on how the film’s precepts can be applied here in North Carolina.
There will be a $5 suggested donation for attendees at the door to cover screening costs. For more information about “Within Reach,” visit www.withinreachmovie.com.


Neil Cribbs to play at Casbah
DURHAM -- Neil Cribbs, a blues and soul Americana musician based out of Atlanta, will be performing with his new side-project Split Kin at the Casbah in Durham  Aug. 8 with local group Project B. 
With more than 170 shows under his belt in 2012, he has continued to tour around the United States. Currently touring on his third album “To the Left,” produced by Simon Illa and Grammy award-winning engineer Sam Thomas, he furthers the limits of his style, including swing and infectious grooves. Cribbs will be performing as the Split Kin duo with his bassist Trey Lander on upright.
The doors for the concert open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Casbah is at 1007 W. Main St.


Library to begin ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ series
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host the first of a new monthly series, “Dungeons & Dragons in the Library,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Dungeon Master John Davis will present an introduction and demo of the game targeted at new and returning players. Patrons are then invited to return to participate each month.
First published in 1974, Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game where players take on the role of heroic characters like Bilbo Baggins (“The Hobbit”), Arya Stark (“Game of Thrones”), or Drizzt Do’Urden (“Dark Elf” trilogy), and work together to battle enemies, find treasure, and solve puzzles. It promotes collaboration, creative problem solving, and literacy.
For information, contact Davis at 919-560-0125 or jwdavis@dconc.gov, or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.


Library to present ‘Kernersville’ screening
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman for a screening of his documentary film “One Night in Kernersville.” The film tells the story of musician and band leader John Brown, an associate professor of music at Duke University, who is about to live out his lifelong dream: making a big band jazz recording.
The screening will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
‘Kernersville’ was the winner of the Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short and the Best Cinematography Award from the Charlotte Film Festival and has been shown around the world. Following the film, Dorfman will lead a discussion on the relationship between reality and fiction in documentary storytelling. All ages are welcomed and encouraged to attend.


Blue Note to present Pam Taylor Band
DURHAM --  The Blue Note Grill will present The Pam Taylor Band on their “Hot Mess” CD release tour today at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $8.
Songwriter and guitarist Taylor belts out straight-up blues with an old-style blues growl a la Ma Rainey. Taylor is backed by her father, Mike Taylor, on saxophone; Kyle Phillips on lead guitar; Rusty Gilreath on bass; and L.A. Freeman on drums.
Blue Note Grill is at 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. For information, visit www.thebluenotegrill.com.


NCCU to present jazz percussion fundraiser
DURHAM – Thomas Taylor, a jazz drummer and professor in N.C. Central University’s Jazz Studies Program, and some of his former students will present a concert and fundraiser in the B.N. Duke Auditorium on the campus of NCCU Aug. 25 at 6 p.m.
Before the concert, there will be music and percussion-centered workshops starting at 2 p.m., followed by a silent auction starting at 5 p.m. Auction winners will be announced at the evening concert. All proceeds will go to the Jazz Studies scholarship fund. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

--From staff reports