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.
Stand-up comedian Maria Bamford will headline the 15th N.C. Comedy Arts Festival. Bamford will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham.
St. Matthew’s Faith & the Arts program will present a free advanced screening of the documentary-in-the-making “Sacred Sound” Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. This documentary movie is being produced by parishioner Robin Arcus.
Tina Staley, one of the founders of the Pathfinders cancer program, explains her role to one of the cancer patients in Theodore Bogosian’s documentary “What Love Is: The Duke Pathfinder 50.”
Taking competitive dance television shows on the road, the “Dancing Pros: Live” brings together dancers from “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” for live competitions with audiences voting on the winners.
On her latest release “Taiga,” Zola Jesus, the musical project of Nika Danilova, has created finely crafted songs and compositions that are sometimes dreamy, but also percussive and danceable. On “Taiga,” synthesizers and drumbeats skillfully interweave with the sounds of a string quartet and brass instruments.
For the second consecutive year, the Carolina Theatre of Durham recorded a financial surplus, according to audited financial statements presented to its board of trustees Tuesday. The nonprofit recorded a surplus of $40,838 in fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30.
The student radio station at N.C. State University, WKNC 88.1 FM, will hold its annual Double Barrel Benefit concert Feb. 7 at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh and Feb. 14 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.
Kathy A. Perkins, the lighting designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company’s presentation of “Trouble in Mind,” was a friend of its playwright, Alice Childress. Perkins said that Childress’ “Trouble in Mind” was performed off-Broadway but while it was optioned for Broadway, it didn’t go forward because Childress said no to changing the ending.
Steven Channing and director Martin Brown’s new documentary for UNC-TV looks at the leaders who in the last century gave North Carolina its progressive reputation.
The Carolina Theatre has begun a Kickstarter campaign to help replace the 21-year-old seats in its cinemas.
Through an estimated $29 million project, The ArtsCenter is planning to move from its current location and establish a new center with the help of public money. Called The Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center, the 55,000 square-foot building would contain space for performances, education, galleries, a rooftop garden and also the Kidzu children’s museum.
The Joan Miró exhibit at The Nasher Museum of Art is subtitled “The Experience of Seeing.” Friday, a group of museum visitors toured of the exhibit and got to express their personal experience of seeing by making sculptures using dried plants and other materials at the Sarah P. Duke gardens greenhouse.
While dance performances can provide memorable, thought-provoking experiences, VECTOR upped the ante by adding audience interaction to its current production, “HABITUS.” The last of a six-night run takes place Saturday night, Jan. 17 at Manbites Dog Theater.
“Native,” Ian Finley’s play in progress, is based on the collaboration between playwright Paul Green and novelist Richard Wright, who in 1941 wrote the script for a Broadway play adaptation of Wright’s novel “Native Son.”
Cathy Kielar and Paola Kipp sit at a table in The Scrap Exchange and unpack some hand-made artifacts. Among them are a Marie Antoinette dress and wig (made by Sally Hicks), several Durham Mardi Gras parade hats, and the original Beaver Queen Pageant crown, made of cardboard, paint, buttons, beads and fabric (by Joanne Andrews).