The Durham Performing Arts Center has added a new show to its 2015-16 Broadway schedule, and it’s an encore of a popular Disney musical.
The streets of downtown were alive with residents walking to and from local shops and hotspots that opened their doors to the Durham Art Council’s Art Walk on Saturday. The event continues Sunday, May 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. The two-day event is held twice a year — spring and fall — as a way to bridge the gap between local artists and the community.
It’s no whim that choreographer ShaLeigh Comerford chose to have the audience sit in a circle for the premiere of her evening-length work, “Aló.” That premiere, presented by Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA), takes place Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at Reality Ministries in Durham.
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At the Durham Art Walk and Spring Market Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, visitors can purchase goods by local artists, and get a look at some of the process that goes into painting, jewelry making, textiles and other forms of visual art.
On Saturday, Bennett Place was filled with some 400 re-enactors and hundreds of visitors during the first day of the weekend-long remembrance events of the April 26, 1865 surrender of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston to Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. Visitors were able to witness what the the final negotiations would have been like back 1865 — lack of electricity and all. During the day both the Union and Confederate States of America armies conducted drill demonstrations.
Four North Carolina bands will be competing for a chance to perform at this year’s Tour de Fat. Dark Water Rising of Chapel Hill, Spaceship Days of Durham, Falling Through April of Charlotte, and songwriter Nick Driver of Raleigh will perform at Motorco Music Hall for the first round Thursday, April 30. Two finalists will be chosen from the Motorco event. Representatives of New Belgium Brewing Co., which sponsors Tour de Fat, will pick a winner based on audience applause and participation.
If they could tap to it, no doubt the N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble would have used Sly and the Family Stone’s “We Are Family” in one of their shows over the years. That’s because family figures into both the ensemble’s make-up as well as how members and founder Gene Medler think of it.
With bass player Sean Geist of The MPS Project playing the opening notes to the Miles Davis tune “So What,” the second annual Art of Cool Festival got underway Friday afternoon with a free concert in Durham Central Park.
Fans of the Beatles who saw the Broadway tour of “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” at the Durham Performing Arts Center in 2012 will see a revamped show if they go see it again April 29 and 30.
Jazz pianist Kris Bowers, classically trained and ’90s hip hop-influenced, performs Friday, April 24 during the Art of Cool Festival.
One of the goals of the Art of Cool Festival, and the Art of Cool organization that produces the festival, is to expose more listeners to jazz and related styles. Snarky Puppy, a 13-piece ensemble that will perform Saturday during the festival’s second year, is arguably a prototype for the festival, and an example of how a younger generation is shaping jazz.
The Friends of the Durham Library Spring Book Sale begins Friday, April 24 with an evening preview sale for Friends members only from 4 to 7 p.m. Prices start at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardcover books. Everyone is encouraged to join the Friends — annual memberships may be purchased at the door.
Durham native Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham is best known for his judge character, which reached a wide audience in the late 1960s when Markham performed his “Here Comes the Judge” sketch on the then popular “Laugh-In” comedy show.
Precious Boyd, 14, of Roxboro, is preparing to compete in July at the amateur night at The Apollo Theater in Harlem. She got the opportunity after competing in last year’s Amateur Night at the Hayti and making her way to the finals.