American Tobacco moving free concert series
DURHAM – American Tobacco’s Music on the Lawn summer concert series is moving across the street – from American Tobacco lawn to Diamond View Park – to accommodate bigger crowds, longer concerts and added attractions this year.
The series also gets a new name – Center Stage – to reflect a partnership between American Tobacco and the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Concerts begin May 17. Here's the lineup:
-- May 17: Solas with the Freighthoppers
-- June 7: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band w/ Ironing Board Sam
-- July 4: Art of Cool featuring The Beast + Big Band
-- Sept. 20: TBD
-- Oct. 4: IIIrd Tyme Out
Concerts will begin at 6 p.m. each evening and will last until 9 p.m. New this year are more fun activities for people of all ages. Kids can play in the bounce house or with available hula hoops.
Admission to all concerts is free.
Artist Holsenbeck opening new shows
DURHAM – Environmental Artist Bryant Holsenbeck has two new exhibits opening this month. “If I Had Wings,” an installation sponsored by the Bull City Arts Collaborative and Horse & Buggy Press, celebrates the arrival of spring with more than two dozen sculptures of birds. The opening reception will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Horse & Buggy Press at 401-B1 Foster St.
The second exhibit, “Plastic Bottles: River of Life,” draws from the artist’s years of documenting waste by collecting discarded items, such as bottles and caps, and making art with them. The opening reception will be at the Cary Arts Center, April 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
Comedian Ron White to return to DPAC
DURHAM – "Blue Collar" comedian Ron White will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 22.
“Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” tour. His routines relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to joining the ranks of some of the most successful comedians in America.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.
Dance troupe Los Pleneros returns to Stone Center
CHAPEL HILL – Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance group Los Pleneros de la 21 will return to UNC’s Stone Center for two days of workshops and performance.
Los Pleneros, a Spanish Harlem-based ensemble that performs traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance, will perform in the Stone Center Auditorium Saturday at 7 p.m. The Stone Center is hosting LP21 for a two-day residency that will include a free workshop today.
Today’s 7 p.m. workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP at email@example.com or call 919-962-9001. The Saturday 7 p.m. performance tickets are free for UNC Students with valid student ID, and $5 for all others.
For more information on the LP21 programs, call 919-962-9001, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://email@example.com.
KidZNotes, Symphony team up
DURHAM – The Durham Symphony Orchestra and KidZNotes will present a free and open concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Emily K Center, 904 W. Chapel Hill St.
Side by side with professional musicians, KidZNotes students will perform an arrangement of the “Finale” to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and a world premiere, written for the Durham Symphony Orchestra and KidZNotes, by Duke University composer Stephen Jaffe, “Three Pieces From Still Life with Blue.”
An instrument petting zoo courtesy of High Strung Violins & Guitars will be available 30 minutes before the concert starts and for 30 minutes after it ends. The petting zoo is an opportunity for budding musicians of all ages to learn what it feels like to play a variety of stringed instruments.
N.C. Jazz Ensemble coming to Hayti
DURHAM – The North Carolina Jazz Ensemble joins the 2013 Heritage Music Series at The Hayti Heritage Center April 28 from 4 to 6 p.m.
The N.C. Jazz Ensemble has performed concerts and educational programs for schools, festivals, and parks throughout the state, often in locales where jazz is not typically found.
Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased online through Etix at www.hayti.org or by calling 919-683-1709.
Museum to hold shark tooth hunt
DURHAM – The Museum of Life and Science, home of the Triangle’s Dinosaur Trail and Fossil Dig Site, will receive 300 tons of fresh fossil material to refresh its popular Dig Site. PotashCorp-Aurora, Norfolk Southern Railway Company and the city of Durham are helping provide tons of fossil hunting fun when they come together in a huge “bucket brigade” to transport “fresh” fossil dirt for a spring refresh of the Museum’s Fossil Dig Site, a key component of the Museum’s Dinosaur Trail.
A kickoff event, the Megalodon Shark Tooth Hunt, will be held Saturday and Sunday, continuing April 26-27 and May 5-6.
Fossil hunters at the museum’s site can find special golden-colored “treasure teeth” – that’s your ticket to win one of several colossal megalodon teeth.
The Megalodon Tooth Hunt and all fossil hunting at the Dig Site are free with admission to the museum, at 433 Murray Ave. For information, call 919-220-5429.
Walltown to hold fundraiser
DURHAM – Walltown Children’s Theatre will present “A Noche Feliz” today beginning at 5 p.m. This event is night of food, conversation, raffle prizes, a Latino cultural fashion show and dance, Latino style.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3-12). Raffle ticket sales have begun at Walltown and will be sold at the event for $5.
Walltown Children’s Theatre is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the lives of youth and young adults of Durham through programs in the arts. WCT provides youth with after-school arts programming, academic tutoring, teaching and leadership opportunities.
The theater is at 1225 Berkeley St. For more information call 919-286-4545 or visit
www.walltownchildrenstheatre.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets available for third KidZNotes Gala
DURHAM – KidZNotes will present its Third Annual Gala: El Sistema Around the World May 1 at the Carolina Theatre.
The evening will begin with a social hour including chefs’ tastings from local restaurants featuring food from several countries where the El Sistema movement has taken root. Throughout the event, guests will have the opportunity to place bids on silent auction items. Following the social hour, the highlight of the evening will be a performance in the main theater featuring the KidZNotes Orchestra with special guest Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Durham Academy’s In The Pocket ensemble led by guest conductor, Scott Laird of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics.
KidZNotes, which is modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema program, uses the transformational power of classical music to help build new futures for children, targeting those who would otherwise be blocked by economic and social barriers.
Tax-deductible tickets to the gala are $100 each and sponsorship opportunities are still available starting at $500. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at www.kidznotes.org or by sending a check to 120 Morris St., Durham, NC 27701. All proceeds from the KidZNotes gala will go towards funding the future of the KidZNotes program in Durham.
Cat’s Cradle to present free block party
CARRBORO – Cat’s Cradle will present Carrboro Block Party, a free concert in its parking lot at 300 E. Main St., May 5. Lost in the Trees, The Love Language, and Loamlands will perform. In addition to the main stage entertainment, the community festival will include additional live music inside Cat’s Cradle and The ArtsCenter, food trucks, beer and fun.
The gates open at 4 p.m. and the music begins at 4:30pm.
While the event is free to the public, vouchers guaranteeing entry will be available at www.carrboroblockparty.com. There is a limit of two vouchers per person and the voucher guarantees entry to its holder before 6 p.m.
In addition to music on the main stage, Carrboro Block Party will feature a stage sponsored by ReverbNation inside Cat’s Cradle. Local artists are encouraged to submit their music for consideration on ReverbNation.com at http://bit.ly/YLSLII. Two acts will be chosen to perform by Cat’s Cradle and Trekky Records representatives
For more information, please visit www.carrboroblockparty.com.
Liberty Arts to host LUEWWD event
DURHAM – Liberty Arts in conjunction with The Scrap Exchange and the Cordoba Center for the Arts will be hosting the League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham’s arm wrestling match.
The match is April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, and all proceeds support scholarships to classes at Liberty Arts and The Scrap Exchange. Liberty Arts is in the Cordoba Center, 923 Franklin St.
Slam teach to hold finals
DURHAM – Twelve poets will vie for a spot on the 2013 Bull City Slam Team at the Jambalaya Soul Slam at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Saturday. The slam begins at 8 p.m. Winners of the Grand Slam Finals will represent the Triangle in regional and national competition this summer.
Hosted by Dasan Ahanu, this slam also will feature Roscoe Burnems from Richmond, Va.
Tickets are $7 general admission at the door.
Fearrington to present ‘Art in the Village’
PITTSBORO – Artist Studios at Fearrington Village will present “Art in the Village,” an outdoor exhibit and sale showcasing visual artists who live and create in Fearrington. This exhibit will be held April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy exhibits by local, regional and nationally-known artists and purchase their original artworks.
Admission is free. For more information, visit fearringtonartists.org/.
--From staff reports