Entertainment briefs

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Bolton coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Grammy-winning singer Michael Bolton is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center on March 4. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday online at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC Ticket Center at 919-680-2787, 123 Vivian St., and Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
Bolton has sold more than 53 million records around the world and tours annually. Eight of Bolton’s studio albums have ranked in the top 10, with nine number one singles. In 2013, Bolton released his autobiography, “The Soul of it All,” as well as a new studio album “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville USA.”

The Rosebuds at Cat’s Cradle
CHAPEL HILL – The Rosebuds -- Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp -- will perform Saturday at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.
The duo is from North Carolina and recorded their sixth full-length album, “Sand + Silence” in the studio of Justin Vernon, their former bandmate turned producer. The new album will be released on Western Vinyl on Tuesday.
The new songs are described as weaving “the hooky songcraft of classic jangle-pop, the cagey romanticism of new wave, and a refined yet full-hearted sensibility all their own.” Vernon is featured on guitar along with drummer Matt McCaughan, both of Bon Iver, and Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn is featured on bass.

Triangle Opera Studios to present concert
DURHAM — Triangle Opera Studios will present “An Evening of Operatic and Oratorio Favorites” at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St.
The concert will be performed by soprano Stephanie Thurm and tenor Jianghai Ho, accompanied by Duke University’s David Heid, pianist. It will feature works by Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Bizet, Menotti and Rossini and is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support Triangle Opera Studios.
Thurm is a graduate of the Meredith College Music Department where she was active as a singer and a stage director. Ho, a native of Singapore, has studied singing with Susan Dunn and Sandra Cotton at Duke University. He presently studies with Christine Weidinger. He is a doctorate student at Duke in microbiology. Heid comes to North Carolina from a career in New York City as a vocal coach and accompanist. Also a composer, arranger and conductor, he made his Lincoln Center debut in Alice Tully Hall in 1994. He is currently an accompanist and piano instructor at Duke.
Triangle Opera Studios provides singers not yet on the professional circuit with opportunities to study complete operatic roles in depth and perform them before the public providing an essential bridge for aspiring professional singers through performance opportunities and master classes. For information, visit www.triangleoperastudios.org.

Third Date improv at Common Ground
DURHAM -- Third Date returns to Common Ground Theatre with a unique improv show to close out the summer.
In “The Guy Show,” Third Date regulars Dan Sipp and J Chachula are joined by former members of Transactors Improv Company, Tim Johnston and Eric Singdahlsen, for two performances that explore friendship, careers, love and what it means to be a man in the world today.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, with Aug. 23 including a talkback with the cast after the show. Tickets are $12. For reservations or information call 919-943-6373, or buy tickets on-line at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/791349.

2CELLOS coming to DPAC in May
DURHAM – Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, are coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center for a concert on May 6.
2CELLOS rose to fame in 2011 with their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” on YouTube, resulting in a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on tour.
2CELLOS released their second album, “In2ition” in 2013, featuring vocal and instrumental guests including Elton John, Steve Vai, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera and Zucherro.
Tickets go on sale at noon Friday online at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC Ticket Center at 919-680-2787, 123 Vivian St., Durham, and Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Merle Haggard, Tift Merritt to headline folklife fest
CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has announced the schedule for the 25th anniversary celebration of its Southern Folklife Collection. Events will be held on campus and at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro from Aug. 21-23 to commemorate the archives of Southern vernacular music, art and culture.
The festival will include musical performances, lectures and readings, and will provide an in-depth look at the collections and work of the SFC. The festivities will culminate with a headline concert by Tift Merritt and Country Music Hall of Fame’s Merle Haggard.
Festivities begin Aug. 21, when the Friends of the Library hosts an all-star benefit concert and dinner in the Wilson Special Collections Library from 5:30-11 p.m. Merritt (UNC ’00) will perform following a Sophisticated Southern Supper Menu created by James Beard Award-winning chefs Ben and Karen Barker, Ashley Christensen, Andrea Reusing and Bill Smith.
Top of the Hill Distillery will provide its signature cocktails. Tickets are $250 per person and table sponsorships are available.
Also on Aug. 21, a retrospective exhibit will open in Wilson Library’s Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room. It will highlight the history, collections, and work of the Southern Folklife Collection.
The Aug. 22 schedule includes a New Orleans Brass Band Symposium, Rebirth Brass Band and Dumpstaphunk.
Matt Sakakeeny, assistant professor of Music at Tulane University, will participate in a 6 p.m. discussion with members of the Rebirth Brass Band at Wilson Library. A Rebirth Second Line Parade to Memorial Hall will start at 7:30 p.m. from Wilson Library. Memorial Hall hosts an 8 p.m. concert by the Rebirth Brass Band and Dumpstaphunk. Another concert featuring Big Star’s #1 Record and Third/Sister Lovers with special guests begins at 9 p.m. at Cat’s Cradle.
There will be more performances at Cat’s Cradle on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 pm., with Sierra Hull, Dex Romweber Duo and Flaco Jimenez with Los Texmaniacs’ and lectures by authors Peter Guralnick and Holly George-Warren.
Haggard and Merritt will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 in UNC’s Memorial Hall. For details about the festival, visit http://sfc25th.web.unc.edu/.

Final Audio Under The Stars event
DURHAM -- Audio Under The Stars: A Community Listening Party will have its final installment of the summer series from 8-10 p.m. Aug. 15 at SPECTRE Arts, 1004 Morning Glory Ave.
The storytelling event is free. The theme this month is “Feast or Famine: Stories of Abundance and Need,” with stories about satisfaction, obsession, desires, necessity and excess. Audio stories are curated by local audiophiles at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. Audio Under The Stars will be held rain or shine, in the garden or gallery at the building near the Golden Belt complex. For information or to suggest a story, visit www.facebook.com/audiounderthestars, or email audiounderthestars@gmail.com.

N.J. band to perform at Local 506
CHAPEL HILL -- Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why, a band described as a “soul-meets-funk-meets-rock outfit from New Jersey,” will perform Wednesday at Local 506, 506 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $9 advance/$11 at the door. For tickets, visit http://ticketf.ly/1qHLsoJ.

Two win awards in theater competition
DURHAM -- English Bernhardt and Matthew Washington took home the 2014 Triangle Rising Star awards for best actress and best actor at the sixth annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards held in New York City on June 30.
Bernhardt was awarded Best Performance in an Ensemble and Washington was awarded the Spirit of the Jimmy Awards, two of only five awards given out among the 56 national finalists.
The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, known as the Jimmy Awards after Broadway producer James N. Nederlander, were held at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. The finalists, including Bernhardt and Washington, all won top honors at their respective regional competitions and competed for the best actor and actress titles.
The Jimmy Awards were the finale to conclude a weeklong intensive, where the students met with industry professionals, received private coaching and attended a Broadway show.
Students and schools interested in applying for the 2015 Triangle Rising Star awards will be able to begin submitting their applications in August for high school musicals starting in the fall. For information about how to get involved in the Triangle Rising Star Program, visit www.dpacnc.com/trs

Hear stories about the Orange County Speedway
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Orange County Historical Museum and Historic Speedway Group will be hosting a “Stores and Stories” event at the Big Barn Convention Center Aug. 17. The event will feature speakers presenting the history of the track and their memories of the races held there. Presenters include Gene Hobby, local race car driver, Frank Craig, founder of the Historic Speedway Group and Bill Blair Jr., son of NASCAR driver Bill Blair.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. inside the Big Barn at Daniel Boone Village, 388 Ja-Max Drive. Following the presentation, the speakers will be available for questions and provide an insider’s look at the vintage race cars parked outside. There are no admission fees. In conjunction with this program, “From Horses to Horsepower: History of the Occoneechee Speedway” is open at the Orange County Historical Museum through Oct. 31.