Smithsonian acquires Carrboro artist’s sculpture
CARRBORO -- A ceramic trompe l’oeil sculptural teapot by Eric Serritella was recently acquired by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The piece titled “Charred Split Log Birch Teapot” will reside as part of museum’s permanent collection in Washington, D.C.
Serritella is a ceramic artist specializing in hand-carved trompe l’oeil vessels transformed into birch trees and weathered logs. He moved to Carrboro in 2012 after beginning his life as a full-time artist in central New York state after a 16-year corporate career in marketing. His works have been exhibited in the region at North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, Claymakers in Durham, FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, and GreenHill in Greensboro.
Durham Community Concert Band seeks musicians
DURHAM -- The Durham Community Concert Band, an all-volunteer concert band, will begin rehearsals for its season Thursday evenings at the Durham Arts Council at 120 Morris St. from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. The concert band performs a large variety of music written and transcribed for band.
For information about joining the band, call director Thomas Shaffer at 919-489-1051, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, visit durhamband.org.
Satirist John Oliver coming to DPAC
DURHAM -- John Oliver, the host of the HBO series “Last Week Tonight,” will visit the Durham Performing Arts Center Dec. 5. His last two appearances at DPAC in 2011 and 2013 sold out.
Oliver is an Emmy and Writer’s Guild Award-winning writer. His HBO show “Last Week Tonight” presents a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.
Tickets go on sale Friday (Aug. 15) at noon at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.
Elite Band to perform at ‘Soul Souvenirs’ exhibit
DURHAM -- Johnny White and the Elite Band will be live and onstage as part of “Soul Souvenirs: Durham’s Musical Memories of the 1960s and 1970s,” beginning at 6 p.m. Friday (Aug. 15) at the Durham History Hub, 500 W. Main St.
White will perform at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Between sets there will be a panel discussion by three musicians from the 1970s: Charles Bailey (the Black Experience Band), Vernelle Mack (Positive Approach, The Essence of Truth) and Stanley Saunders (Duralcha, Family Sircle).
The Durham County Library has launched a companion “Bull City Soul” online exhibit at its website, durhamcountylibrary.org. The ongoing exhibit at the History Hub looks at Durham’s history of soul and rhythm and blues music.
Admission to this and all History Hub events is free.
Historic Hillsborough tours outlined
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough is offering tours throughout the year. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased in advance at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King St., or by calling 919-732-7741. All tours depart from the Visitors Center.
On Wednesday at 3 p.m., the tour will explore Hillsborough’s early inhabitants and its role in North Carolina and U.S. history.
The Aug. 29 tour coincides with the Hillsborough Arts Council’s Last Fridays Art Walk and free concert series. The tour will depart from the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 4:30 p.m. and visit several downtown landmarks.
For information about Historic Hillsborough guided tours, visit www.visithillsboroughnc.com/content/tours.
Arts board seeking new members
HILLSBOROUGH – The Hillsborough Arts Council is looking for new board members. Board members serve three-year terms, attend monthly board meetings, and serve on at least one committee.
Those interested in joining the board may submit a statement of interest to email@example.com, and include your name, address, phone number, email address, and why you would be a good board member.
Nominations are being accepted through August.
For information about Hillsborough Arts Council, visit www.HillsboroughArtsCouncil.org.
Dance finalists coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Finalists from the 11th season of “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Emmy Award-winning show, will perform Nov. 12 at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
The Top 10 finalists are Bridget Whitman, Casey Askew, Emilio Dosal, Jacque LeWarne, Jessica Richens, Ricky Ubeda, Rudy Abreu, Tanisha Belnap, Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart.
Tickets go on sale Friday (Aug. 15) at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at www.dpacnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Bee Gees show coming to DPAC
DURHAM – “The Australian Bee Gees Show,” the world’s leading Bee Gees show, makes its debut at the Durham Performing Arts Center March 24.
Annerin Productions, creators of “RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles” and “PFX – The Pink Floyd Experience,” will present “The Australian Bee Gees Show,” a celebration of the music of The Brothers Gibb – Barry, Robin and Maurice. During their career, the Bee Gees wrote classics like “To Love Somebody,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” and many other tunes.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at www.dpacnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Blues jam has new location
DURHAM -- The first Sunday Triangle Blues Society monthly open jam has relocated to The Blue Note Grill in Durham after the recent closing of Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse, where the jam had been hosted.
The open jam, held on the first Sunday of every month, runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Amplifiers and PA are provided. Musicians wishing to participate should bring their instruments and sign-in on arrival. There is no cover charge.
Upcoming open jam dates are Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.
The Blue Note Grill is at 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. For information, call 919-401-1979 or visit www.thebluenotegrill.com.
Carrack presents ‘Conversations on Human Art’
DURHAM – Dan Smith’s exhibit “Bare: Conversations on Human Art,” an interactive gallery installation combining video and fine art photography, is now on view at The Carrack Modern Art, 111 W. Parrish St., through Aug. 23.
Through photography and interviews, Smith explores the reaction to the art nude and how those reactions impact the experiences and identities of those currently involved in creating and experiencing art.
A free opening reception will be held Friday (Aug. 15) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Carrack. Smith will give an artist’s talk at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and participate in an open forum discussion at 7 p.m.
For information, visit thecarrack.org.
Discovery Nook is Saturday
DURHAM -- Northgate Mall and Durham County Library will present the next Discovery Nook event for children Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Northgate Mall.
Located in Northgate’s Children’s Alleyway in Suite 123 between entrances 2 and 4, the Discovery Nook is a dedicated kid-friendly, educational zone featuring books, stories, drama, local authors and activities related to science, technology, engineering and math.
Attendees will receive free books provided by Reading Is Fundamental and $1 off Northgate’s newly opened Safari Adventure Train at Macy’s Court when they present their Discovery Nook sticker.
For updated event information, visit www.northgatemall.com. All Discovery Nook events are free and open to the public.
Free gospel sing on Burwell School lawn
HILLSBOROUGH — The Burwell School Historic Site and Mt. Bright Baptist Church’s Gospel Choir will present a summer concert during Hillsborough Arts Council's Last Friday event Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
The choir will sing gospel music on the front lawn of the Burwell School. Visitors may bring seating and blankets. Punch will be supplied, but no alcoholic beverages are permitted at this event.
The event is free and open to the public. For information, please call 919-732-7451.
Saxophonist Brown coming to Beyu
DURHAM -- Saxophonist Ezra Brown will perform at 8 p.m. Friday (Aug. 15) at Beyu Caffe, 335 W. Main St.
Brown is a saxophonist, keyboardist, music director and arranger. He has taught clinics at Mississippi Children's Museum, the Fadcanic Music Project and Moravian High School in Bluefields, Nicaragua. He recently completed a six-month world tour.
For information, visit beyucaffe.com or call 919-683-1058.
-- From staff reports