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.
By LINDSEY BAHR
AP Film Writer
For a movie that's more paint by numbers than Picasso, "Penguins of Madagascar" begins with something completely unexpected: a Werner Herzog voiceover.
DURHAM -- The American Tobacco Campus is set to ring in its 10th holiday season in 2014. The season begins with the tower lighting Dec. 5. Other events include a reunion of former factory workers, a campus block party, Music on the Lawn concerts and the launch of Bee Downtown.
DURHAM -- Durham Parks and Recreation is presenting many opportunities to celebrate the season. Here is the lineup:
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host a screening of excerpts from the award-winning film “American Promise” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
DURHAM – Durham’s three state historic sites host annual Christmas events to show what life was like during their historic time periods.
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.