In the depths of the Durham Arts Council building last week, the Durham Symphony Orchestra gathered to rehearse its upcoming “A Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.”
It was a weeknight, and the musicians who came were volunteers and paid professionals, some in jeans and T-shirts, others in the business casual they wore all day at an office.
There is nothing that beats the downer of a gray day than looking at art and, last Thursday, Chapel Hill had much to lift the spirits. At the Frank there is a group of glass artists from the North Carolina mountains plus a couple of local ones; at Jane Tyndall, Gayle Lowry’s paintings are a travelogue of desire — the viewers, through the artist’s eyes, can only see in. They are not allowed inside. And at Light Art+Design Casey Cook uses modest materials to make large paintings and monumental sculpture;
DURHAM – The North Carolina Central University Department of Music Jazz Studies program will host the 15th Annual Fall Guest Artist series with composer and trumpeter Wallace Roney at 8 p.m. today in the B.N. Duke Auditorium. The Phillip O. Berry High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of NCCU music alumnus Walter Suggs, also will perform.
From staff reports
By Cliff Bellamy
DURHAM – Mike Stern compares the tour that he and guitarist Eric Johnson are undertaking to promote their release “Eclectic” to “a conversation of two different points of view, under the umbrella of being eclectic and with a lot of freedom.”
One hundred years after the start of World War I, undergraduates in UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art will premiere a restored version of playwright Paul Green and composer Kurt Weill’s 1936 musical set during that war, “Johnny Johnson.”
In Jacques Nyemb’s comic book “Not So Super,” Daniel Douglas is given super powers with a catch: The powers keep changing, and Douglas does not know when the powers appear or disappear. His life becomes chaotic as he tries to figure out what gave him his powers.
Kecia Lewis grew up with a familiar notion of the role of a Fairy Godmother: a kind-hearted older woman who listened to you and helped wishes and dreams come true. If she had a Fairy Godmother as a little girl, Lewis would probably have wished for siblings, she said in a phone interview with The Herald-Sun.
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PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC Chapel Hill is presenting two plays that interact with themes of the forest and wishes and dreams. Their production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods” trades stage time with William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through Dec. 7 in the Paul Green Theatre at the UNC Center for Dramatic Art.
It seemed like just a matter of time before Cherry Poppin’ Daddies would release a tribute to the Rat Pack, and it is a success with “Please Return the Evening: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies … salute the music of the Rat Pack!”
PlayMakers Repertory Company has established a rotating rep as tradition once a season, performing two different plays in conversation with one another. This fall it’s Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods” and William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Both have themes of the forest, and what dreams might be. Opening day is Saturday at the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Dramatic Art, in the Paul Green Theatre. PlayMakers is a professional theater company in residence at UNC.
Want a break from political debate? Here is one possibility. During the eighth “Murphey School Radio Show” this weekend, “Kay Hagan” and “Thom Tillis” will channel Sonny and Cher, and, singing lyrics to the tune of “I Got You, Babe,” put the recent, expensive election behind them.
Members of Brazil’s Companhia Urbana De Danca are literally making something of their lives. This eight-member troupe from Rio de Janeiro draws from life experiences in Rio’s favelas (slums) to create something new artistically and change their lives in the process. “We’re making a revolution in dance,” longtime company member Tiago Sousa has said.
“A Will for the Woods,” the documentary that won the Audience Award and Environmental Award at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, is returning to Durham this weekend for screenings at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus. On the weekend of Halloween and All Saints’ Day, the film reminds viewers of what kind of legacy they want to leave on the earth.
“A Will for the Woods” is a moving, thought-provoking look at the idea of green burials, a growing trend across the country for those who wish to be buried in a more traditional, environmentally friendly way. There’s no machine to fill in the grave, people with shovels do that. There’s no metal coffin, but rather reclaimed wood. There’s no embalming fluid. No usual cemetery, but one that preserves nature.