Entertainment briefs

Feb. 28, 2013 @ 03:55 PM

Nick Jr. to re-broadcast Manning performance

DURHAM – Durham native, NCCU graduate and Boston-based comedian Corey Manning was featured recently on Nick Jr’s “Nickmom Night Out.” Manning’s performance on “NickMom Night Out (Chicago Episode 5) Season 1, Episode 19” re-airs Saturday at 11 p.m.

“NickMom Night Out Comedy” is a stand-up comedy show that takes moms out for a night of laughter at the comedy club. As a comedian, Manning has worked or toured with comedians such as Kevin Hart, Bobbie Collins, Mo'Nique, Jim Florentine, Tracey Morgan and Bill Burr.

He also provides workshops on substance abuse prevention to teens and adults around the world.

Event to honor artist Stu Martell

DURHAM -- Local artist Stu Martell will be honored at a one-day exhibition at Outsider’s Art and Collectibles, at 718-C Iredell St.  in Durham Saturday.

“Art Outside the Frame: the Work of Stu Martell” features a retrospective of Martell's lifetime of artistic accomplishment together with several new works. Martell is a  stonemason, woodworker, leather sculptor, house carpenter and innovator in glass, tile and other media.

The event is free and open to the public from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and will feature live music by Corn and the Colonels and food from Pie Pushers. For more information and a schedule of the event, visit the website: www.outsiders-art.com.

A cappella group to perform benefit

DURHAM -- The a cappella group Committed will perform the annual benefit concert for Durham Nativity School at 8 p.m. April 25 at The Carolina Theatre.

Tickets for this concert go on sale Monday at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Carolina Theatre box office at 309 W. Morgan St., www.carolinatheatre.org or 919-560-3030.

The benefit concert will kick-off the school’s 2013 campaign for scholarship funds.

Based in Huntsville, Ala., Committed is made up of six young men who began performing together in 2003 at Forest Lake Academy and solidified their sound while attending Oakwood University in Huntsville.  They were champions of NBC's popular talent show "Sing Off" second season.

Committed released its first album for the Sony Epic label in August 2011.  The vocalists in Committed are Maurice Staple, Alain "Tommy" Gervais, Theron "Therry" Thomas, Robbie Pressley, Dennis "DJ" Baptiste and Geston Pierre

ArtsCenter, dance group ink partnership

CARRBORO -- The ArtsCenter and the Carrboro Modern Dance Company have announced an agreement by which Carrboro Modern Dance Company has become an independent component of The ArtsCenter.

"The arrangement will permit Carrboro Modern Dance Company to become part of The ArtsCenter while retaining its own brand and board," ArtsCenter Executive Director Art Menius stated in a press release.

“This is Carrboro Modern Dance Company's first step to becoming an integral part of dance and arts in the state of North Carolina,” said Carrboro Modern Dance Company executive director Beven Ramsey, who serves on The ArtsCenter board.

Carrboro Dance Company, founded in 2011, has already presented two major events at The ArtsCenter, an ongoing series of Sunday dance open houses and classes within The ArtSchool.

Arts Council general meeting is Tuesday

HILLSBOROUGH – The Hillsborough Arts Council next general meeting is  Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the council’s new office and gallery, 102 N. Churton St.

The general meeting provides an opportunity for the public to learn about Hillsborough Arts Council’s programs, present ideas for development of new programs and improvement of current programs, and become involved in the council. The board of directors meets immediately after the general meeting.

For more information, contact Gail Cooley, Gail@hillsboroughartscouncil.org

Quilt Circle celebrating 15 years

DURHAM – The African American Quilt Circle will celebrate its 15th anniversary festivities with a quilt exhibit, “Our History in Stitches,” which is open and continues through March 10 at the Carrack Modern Art Gallery, 111 W. Parrish St.

The opening reception for this exhibit will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. A performing artist program is also planned for March 8 and 9. 

The exhibit will showcase artwork inspired by the quilters’ interpretation of people, places and events that shaped the quilt circle’s history.

All events will be at the Carrack Modern Art Gallery and are free and open to the public.

Hayti Series to present ‘Run Granny Run’ doc

DURHAM – “Run Granny Run," a film hailed as both "funny and perceptive," will be screened for the public at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. A $5 donation is suggested.

 "Run Granny Run" tells the story of Doris (“Granny D”) Haddock, who walked across America at the age of 89 to rally against the influence of big money in American  elections, and is the third film in the Peaceful Means Film Series. This twice-monthly Sunday matinee series showcases films depicting ordinary people making a world of difference through peaceful means.

All showings begin at 3 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month at the Hayti Heritage Center. Discussion will follow and refreshments will be available.

For information, visit www.hayti.org.

The Bar to hold LGBTQ youth fundraiser

DURHAM – The Bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave., will present a party for grown-ups to benefit queer youth beginning at 9 p.m. March 9. This event will have a DJ, dancing, drinks and a raffle.

All proceeds will benefit iNSIDEoUT, a youth-led network of LGBTIQS (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and straight allied) youth and Gay-Straight Alliances (school-based clubs) in the Triangle. iNSIDEoUT also provides a safe space for all youth to form life-long friendships, create and take on projects and develop their leadership skills.

This party is for adults 18 and older (must be 21 to drink).

Orange County honors arts recipients

The Orange County Commissioners recently honored the Orange County Arts Commission's Fall 2012 arts grant recipients.

The recipients are:

-- The ArtsCenter

-- Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc./North Carolina Botanical Garden

-- Cedar Ridge High School

-- Chapel Hill High School/Carrboro High School/Phoenix Academy Coalition

-- Estes Hills Elementary School PTA

-- Extraordinary Ventures

-- Franklin Street Arts Collective dba FRANK Gallery

-- Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library

-- Hillsborough Arts Council

-- Michael Roy Layne dba Legacyworks

-- McDougle Elementary School PTA

-- McDougle Middle School PTA

-- One Song Productions

-- Phillips Middle School PTSA

-- SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals

-- St. Joseph's Historic Foundation (fiscal agent for Sacrificial Poets)

-- Mary Carter Taub

-- Town of Carrboro Arts Committee

These awards represent $26,749 in Orange County funds awarded to these artists, schools, arts organizations and nonprofit organizations sponsoring art projects during calendar year 2013.

Manbites to present ‘Lee and Lee’

DURHAM -- Adam Sobsey’s new play, “Lee and Lee” will be presented at Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., at 7:30 p.m. Monday.  

In “Lee and Lee,” the Chinese Lee (really “Li”) and Jewish Lee (née Leibowitz) really will show you how to make two traditional dishes from their respective cultures: fried rice and lokshen kugel. They will also show the audience why the King of Siam once called the Chinese in and around his country “The Jews of Asia”; why there is a whole book about the similarities between the Chinese and the Jews called Essential Outsiders; and other historical facts.

This is a staged reading of a work in progress, performed by Tamara Kissane and Yin Song.  Admission is free.

Exhibit to benefit wildlife rehab center

CHAPEL HILL -- Beginning today and continuing through March 31, Chapel Hill Art Gallery will present the works of more than 40 local artists to benefit the Triangle Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic.

TWRC is a volunteer-operated clinic that treated more than 2,000 injured or orphaned songbirds, eagles, turtles, mammals and other wildlife in 2012.

To help, visit Chapel Hill Art Gallery any day in March, and purchase an original piece of art, a print reproduction, or a greeting card. Attend one of the receptions on March 8 and 9, meet artists and rehabilitators, and buy a glass of wine to benefit the clinic.

The Chapel Hill Art Gallery is at 1215 E. Franklin St. Receptions are March 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. and March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Ensembles team up to celebrate Wagner

DURHAM -- Mallarmé Chamber Players and the Greensboro Symphony Chamber Players will present a concert program of music by three German composers, including Richard Wagner, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated this year.

The Mallarmé Chamber Players, in collaboration with the Greensboro Symphony and music director and violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky, will present two concerts: today at 8 p.m. at the UNC Greensboro School of Music Recital Hall, and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Kirby Horton Hall at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. 

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information, visit www.mallarmemusic.org.

-- From staff reports