Entertainment briefs

Oct. 10, 2013 @ 02:38 PM

Liberty Arts picks Freelon as sculpture juror
DURHAM -- Liberty Arts has named Philip Freelon, founder and president of The Freelon Group, as its juror for the Bull City Sculpture Show.
Liberty Arts volunteers are launching this first annual outdoor sculpture celebration and are making plans to bring 12 large-scale pieces from all over the United States to downtown Durham for six months beginning in May of 2014.
Freelon will select those 12 sculptures. One sculpture will be purchased for Durham and displayed permanently in the Bull City. In addition, a People’s Choice Award sculpture will be chosen and will stay in the city on loan for one year.
More information on the Bull City Sculpture Show and its fundraising campaign can be found at www.kickstarter.com.

Orange Community Players to hold auditions
HILLSBOROUGH -- Orange Community Players will hold auditions for their winter show, "Steel Magnolias," Oct. 22-23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Exchange Club Building at 331 Exchange Park Lane.
Performance dates are Feb. 13-16.
For information contact Lisa Woodward at 919-732-9895.

New show opening at SPECTRE
DURHAM – SPECTRE Arts will present a new exhibit by Margaret Porter-Daniel titled "Body, Geography and the Plants that Heal" Oct. 18.
Porter-Daniel says her art “is about plants, the medicine they provide, how plants restored my health, the building of community with and through plants and the building of self-reliance.”
There are three installation pieces that range from 6-feet-by-7-feet to 5-feet-by-6-feet in height and length. The maps and artwork are assembled from found papers, donated and discarded supplies.  All the materials in this exhibit are found or recycled.
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 during Third Friday Durham events. SPECTRE Arts is at 1004 Morning Glory Ave.

New shows at Pleiades
DURHAM -- Pleiades Gallery will present new works by painter Darius Quarles and sculptor Renee Leverty. The show "Meta-Crylic Vibration” is a fusion of art in two- and three-dimensional media and is now on view through Oct. 27.
A reception for the artists will be held during Third Friday Durham events Oct. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
In his paintings, Quarles creates surreal and realistic scenes using an array of colors that are harmonious and unique. For this show he created pieces including “The Palm Bridge Motel and Resort,” “Roped Ego,” and “Old Key, New Lock.” Leverty both molds and welds metal to create three-dimensional forms that express her belief that art can transform the viewer, as well as a room.  For this show she focused on work that embodies the energy of transformation, inner knowing, and beauty.
Pleiades Gallery is at 109 E. Chapel Hill St. All Pleiades Gallery events are free and open to the public. For information visit www.pleiadesartdurham.com or call

DFT to present ‘The Mousetrap’
DURHAM -- Durham Family Theatre will begin its fourth season with a production of
Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.” Shows run Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16.
In Christie’s play, eight strangers are stranded in a snowbound country guesthouse; one of them is a murderer seeking revenge. Who is killing the guests at Monkswell Manor? You’ll be surprised, and surprisingly moved, when the murderer is revealed.
Durham Family Theater is a community nonprofit theater organization. All Durham Family Theatre shows are cast multi-racially, with actors of varying ages. Shows are at 8 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. show on Nov. 16 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St.
Ticket price is a suggested donation of $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
(All DFT tickets are by suggested donation and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.)
Tickets may be purchased in advance at durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com, though the mail with a check to DFT, PO Box 61894, Durham, NC 27715, or at the box office 45 minutes before show.

Pixies tickets on sale today
DURHAM – The Pixies’ 33-city, coast-to-coast North American tour will come to the Durham Performing Arts Center Jan. 31.
Pixies – Black Francis (guitars, vocals), Joey Santiago (guitar), David Lovering (drums), and touring bassist Kim Shattuck – are on the road in support of the band’s first collection of new music in more than 20 years that began with the surprise release of the single “Bagboy” on June 28. That was followed by the four-track EP that came out of the blue on Sept. 3. 
The band will perform at DPAC with guests Cults. Tickets go on sale to the public today at 10 a.m. at livenation.com, at www.dpacnc.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets also will be available at the DPAC box office, or by phone at 919-680-2787. 
Gillette to perform benefit for Arts Council

Actress to do benefit for Arts Council
DURHAM -- Anita Gillette, a film and television actress and Tony nominated star of Broadway shows, will perform a benefit for the Durham Arts Council at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the PSI Theater at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
Gillette’s Broadway credits include “Gypsy,” and a Tony nominated performance in Neil Simon’s comedy “Chapter Two.” Her television credits include “30 Rock.”
Tickets also are available for a private, VIP dinner with Gillette at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Washington Duke Inn’s Fairview Dining Room. This ticket includes VIP seats at the performance and a backstage toast with Gillette.
Tickets to the Nov. 1 performance are $25. Tickets to the VIP dinner and other benefits are $125.
Gillette will perform her one-woman show “After All,” which reprises her roles from Broadway, films and television. For ticket information, visit www.durhamarts.org or call 919-560-2787.

Sixth Murphey School show planned
DURHAM – Novelist Allan Gurganus and poet Phillip Shabazz will be headliners in another benefit variety show at Murphey School Nov. 2.
In the tradition of the “Grand Ole Opry” and “Prairie Home Companion,” the “Murphey
School Radio Show” features music, comedy and readings by local musicians and
writers. Returning performers will be Robert Griffin, Jennifer Evans, Jay Cartwright, Rick Keena, Leslie Land, STELLA, and the Piedmont Players.
This is the sixth all-volunteer radio show since October 2011. Proceeds go to local nonprofit organizations.
Seating is limited to 150 in the auditorium of Murphey School, 3717 Murphey School Road in Orange County. Two performances are planned Nov. 2 – a matinee at 3 p.m. with a repeat performance at 7. The evening performance will be recorded for broadcast on WCHL 97.9 FM.
Tickets and information are available at murpheyschoolradio.net.

Dance Extravaganza to be held today
DURHAM -- Residents can dance to the sounds of the 1960s and 1970s during the Dance Extravaganza sponsored by W.D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville St. The event is free and will be held today from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The twist, the boogaloo, the jerk, and the hustle are among the many dances that will be featured during the extravaganza. Many of the dances are fun and will give participants a cardio workout at the same time.
For information, call (919) 560-4292.  

Barnett-Murphy to perform new dance work
DURHAM -- Christiana Barnett-Murphy will present the premiere of “Burning: A Dance Performance” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Durham Arts Council PSI Theater, with pre-performance installation at 6.
In her newest work, Barnett-Murphy, a Durham Arts Council Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant Award Recipient, explores suffering as a process of sanctification.  Based on her personal experience when her family home burned down in 2002, this dance explores the complexity of suffering through vibrant and passionate choreography.

NCCU to present Neal exhibit
DURHAM -- The North Carolina Central University Art Department will present “Quintin D. Neal: Experience the Variety,” a collection of 30 works by the North Carolina artist.
The art exhibit will be on view at the Millennium Hotel, 2800 Campus Walk Ave., from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third floor, Sunday. Neal will graduate from North Carolina Central University in December.
Neal’s art is celebrated as influential, bold, colorful and geometric. His art is a vast variety of portraits, still life, and abstract paintings. For more information, email the artist at quintinneal@yahoo.com.

Poet and composer to present new song cycle
HILLSBOROUGH – A performance of “Call and Response: A Song Cycle,” with poetry by Jerry Eidenier and music by Megan Whitted, will take place at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The performance will include commentary on the collaboration of poet and musician and musical support from Mary Rocap, Lise Uyanik, Cindy Stevens, and the St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle.  Eidenier is the author of “Draw Flame,” “Catch Fire” and “Sonnets to Eurydice,” and is in the process of publishing a new collection of poetry. He and Whitted began collaborating in 2010, when he shared six poems that he thought would lend themselves to a musical setting. The completed cycle of 10 songs and poems is called “Call and Response” as it reflects the conversation between two creative voices.
There will be at a reception following the performance.

Registration opens for Holiday Market
DURHAM – The Durham Arts Council is accepting applications for the Durham Holiday Market, to be held Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 24 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Durham.
Deadline to register is Oct. 18. The market allows local artists to sell their works at the Durham Arts Council and other downtown Durham locations. The DAC will be hosting artist vendors inside the building, and will encourage other downtown Durham galleries and shops to participate.
To register, visit www.durhamarts.org.

--From staff reports