Ghost & Spice members moving on
DURHAM – Ghost & Spice Productions, a long-running member of the Triangle theater community, will be canceling the remainder of its season. The run of “Harold and Maude” in October was the group’s final production.
Company director Rachel Klem, who also manages Common Ground Theatre, cites new and exciting opportunities as the principal reason for the departure. “Three of our members got new jobs, other members were getting enticing offers from other companies, and we felt the company had creatively run its course,” she stated in a press release.
Previous and current company members Klem, Jordan Smith, Jeff Alguire, Lenore Field, Melissa Lozoff, John Murphy, Tracey Coppedge, Rus Hames, Jennifer Evans, Shelby Hahn and Amanda Hahn will all remain in the area and continue working in theater and film. Common Ground Theatre, which served as home to Ghost & Spice for eight years, will continue to operate as a theater venue.
For 11 years, Ghost & Spice delivered a “small but mighty” approach to local theater, putting special emphasis on high standards of acting and directing while minimizing production costs. Its rich storytelling brought audiences varied, engaging and affordable professional theater.
S.C. rockers coming to DPAC
DURHAM – South Carolina natives Needtobreathe, along with supporting act Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center on April 10.
With their third album “The Outsiders” hitting No. 9 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart and Top 20 on the Top 200, they sold out numerous venues across the country and have scored placements in films and prime-time television shows.
Hailing from Possum Kingdom, S.C., the Rinehart brothers, Bear and Bo, joined bass player Seth Bolt to record their most recent album, “The Reckoning,” at their Plantation Studios in Charleston. In the end, the band surfaced with a timeless album rooted in classic American rock ‘n’ roll.
Tickets for this concert go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC tickets center at 919-680-2787, and at Ticketmaster.com.
Sacrificial Poets to hold showdown
CARRBORO – The Sacrificial Poets will conduct a three-round poetry showdown Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St.
Youths from across the Triangle will compete in the showdown.
Admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults. Participating poets enter free of charge. Youths ages 13-19 can participate but all are welcome and encouraged to attend.
For competition rules, email email@example.com. For tickets, visit www.artscenterlive.org or call 919-929-2787.
Harris-Crowell tickets on sale today
DURHAM – In celebration of a new collaborative album to be released Feb. 26, “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are embarking on a series of tour dates this spring with Richard Thompson Electric Trio, including a stop at the Durham Performing Arts Center March 30.
“Old Yellow Moon,” the 12-track duets album, features four songs written by Crowell as well as interpretations of songs such as Hank DeVito’s “Hanging Up My Heart,” Roger Miller’s “Invitation to the Blues,” and Allen Reynolds’ “Dreaming My Dreams.” “Old Yellow Moon” is the first official collaboration from the duo since Crowell joined Harris’ Hot Band as guitarist and harmony singer in 1975.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the ticket office 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.
Tickets for Nas concert on sale Saturday
DURHAM – Nas, one of hip-hop’s most influential MCs and lyricists, will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center March 1.
Nas’ acclaimed career includes seven platinum albums, Top 5 rankings on MTV’s 10 Greatest MCs of All Time, and The Source’s Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. In recent years, though, Nas has transcended mere rapper status and engaged in greater levels of philanthropy. The rapper is an avid UNICEF supporter, helping to raise funds for the East African region Horn of Africa and teaming up with the family of George Harrison for the organization’s Month of Giving. The rapper also donated all proceeds of “Distant Relatives,” his 2010 collaboration with longtime friend Damian Marley, to help end poverty in Africa.
Tickets for this concert go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the ticket office at 919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Next ‘Murphey School’ show coming in February
DURHAM – Bassist John Brown, novelist Michael Parker and Elizabeth Hudson, editor of Our State magazine, will join an all-North Carolina troupe for the next “Murphey School Radio Show” Feb. 23.
This show will benefit SEEDS and Book Harvest, two local nonprofit agencies.
In the tradition of the “Grand Ole Opry” and “Prairie Home Companion,” the “Murphey School Radio Show” will feature music, comedy and readings by local musicians and writers. It is billed as “A Celebration of Triangle Wit, Lit and Music.”
Musical guests include Robert Griffin, Jennifer Evans, Jay Cartwright, STELLA and John Claude Bemis.
This is the fifth all-volunteer radio show produced by Shared Visions Foundation and Minnow Media. Since October 2011, the project has raised more than $60,000 for nonprofit agencies serving Orange and Durham counties.
Two performances are planned for Feb. 23 – a matinee
at 3 p.m. with a repeat performance at 7 p.m. The evening performance will be recorded for broadcast on WCHL 97.9 FM.
The Historic Murphey School is located at 3729 Murphey School Road. Tickets and more information are available at http://murpheyschoolradio.net.
Tickets on sale for ‘The Love Show’
CARRBORO – Transactors improv troupe will present “The Love Show,” an improvised exploration of the joys and sorrows of l’amour Feb. 1 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
“The Love Show” is made up of two acts. First is a series of scenes focusing on the theme of romantic love, specifically barriers to it. The second act is a musical version of “Gender Bender,” a spontaneous play in which four actors (two men and two women) each play two primary characters (a man and a woman).
The cast for “the Love Show” includes regular Transactors members Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Steven Warnock, and Annie Zipper with Mike Beard improvising technical effects.
Show time is 8 p.m. General tickets are $14 in advance or $10 day-of-show. The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St. Call 919-929-2787 or visit www.artscenterlive.org for tickets and directions.
Artists practice ‘Art of Self-Control’
DURHAM – Dan Ariely and The Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University will hold an artist reception Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Center for Advanced Hindsight, 2024 W. Main St., Bay C.
The reception is for artists participating in the exhibit “Restraining Order: The Art of Self-Control,” on view through Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Twenty-five artists were invited to create innovative and engaging artwork, ranging from painting to photography to short films to installation, after a discussion with Ariely on his research into the techniques for developing self-control. An exercise in self-control was built into the creative process as artists also had to submit images of their weekly progress, which are displayed alongside their finished artwork.
For more information, visit advanced-hindsight.com/.
—From staff reports