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.
Eric Monte, who has written scripts for the film “Cooley High,” and television shows “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons,” will be honored for his work at the 2nd annual Bull City Music Awards.
The “On Their Bodies” program of solos definitely ranks as a highlight of the American Dance Festival’s 81st season. In these solos, performed Tuesday and Wednesday at Durham Performing Arts Center, Shen Wei, Doug Varone, Stephen Petronio and Ronald K. Brown offer evocative performances full of power, grace, heart and wisdom.
Johnny Payne has done everything you can do working at a record store, plus one more: forming a band. Payne sings and plays guitar in The Shilohs, a jangle-pop band from Vancouver, British Columbia. They’re playing with The Fresh and Onlys Friday at Local 506 in Chapel Hill.
Payne’s record store co-worker was Daniel Colussi (vocals, bass). In 2008, they started to form The Shilohs. Payne had seen Mike Komaszczuk (vocals, guitar) playing country music in a bar, got his number and asked him. Payne had jammed with drummer Ben Frey before, and asked him, too. In 2010, The Shilohs released their first EP, and their self-titled sophomore album came out in May on Light Organ Records.
The Bull Durham Blues Festival arrives in September, but blues fans who need their spirits stoked can attend the Triangle Blues Society’s Blues Challenge on Saturday at Hayti Heritage Center.
Marvin Saltzman (b. 1931) and I have known each other more than 35 years. We never met in the classroom, however; he was teaching studio and I was studying art history. But since I have been writing about art, we have spent many hours discussing the state of art in general and his art in particular.
Filmmaker to present ‘fracking’ documentary
DURHAM -- Filmmaker and journalist Melissa Troutman will show her film "Triple Divide," about fracking in the Marcellus Shale, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Durham Friends Meeting House, 404 Alexander Ave.
The screening is free and open to the public. This film examines how Pennsylvania's regulations on fracking have failed to protect people, communities, and the environment.
Sharon Brown, a health care provider from Pennsylvania and expert in environmental health policy, will share her knowledge on the health care effects of hydraulic fracturing. Hope Taylor of Clean Water for N.C. will update the audience on the latest in North Carolina policy and rulemaking.
Ackland to complete digital archiving
CHAPEL HILL -- The Ackland Art Museum will complete the digitization of its collection of 89 Asian screens and scrolls through a recent fundraising campaign that gathered $2,864 for the project. The funds were pledged by donors through Power2Give in addition to a match offered by the N.C. Arts Council.
The funds will go towards creating professional, high-resolution, digital images of its Asian screens and scrolls, which are considered some of the most fragile works of art in the Ackland’s collection. The images will be added to the museum’s online collection database for use by anyone at any time worldwide.
The Ackland’s Asian art holdings total more than 1,200 works of art dating from 2500 BCE to the present. The collection is unique in North Carolina and one of the strongest Asian art collections in the southeastern United States. The Ackland’s total holdings consist of more than 17,000 works of art.
Papa Mojo’s presents Ori Naftaly, Rockin’ Jake
DURHAM – The Ori Naftaly Band from Israel, and Rockin’ Jake will perform this weekend at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse.
The Ori Naftaly Band will perform today. The band has toured the United States three times and the Netherlands, won the Israeli Blues Challenge Competition, and was the first Israeli band ever to have reached the semi-finals of the International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. (Ori Naftaly also will perform at the Bull Durham Blues Festival in September.)
Harmonica player Rockin' Jake will perform Saturday. Based out of New Orleans since 1990, Rockin' Jake relocated since being flooded out by Hurricane Katrina, and then settled in St. Louis and now lives in Southern Florida. He immersed himself in the thriving regional blues scene, which boasted such talents as Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard and Sugar Ray. Primarily self-taught, Jake briefly studied with Jerry Portnoy, harmonica player for Muddy Waters.
For tickets to these concerts, visit www.papamojosroadhouse.com or call 919-361-2222. Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse is in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410-Y N.C. 55.
"Between Intuition and Reason" to open at Scrap Exchange
DURHAM -- “Between Intuition and Reason,” a new exhibit of paintings by Allison Tierney, opens today in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange. In a body of work that combines both the abandon of Pollock and the precision of Escher, Tierney’s media are selected from a growing collection of discarded domestic materials and house paint.
“Between Intuition and Reason” is the final exhibit at The Scrap Exchange’s current location. The Scrap Exchange will close from Aug. 11-15 as operations relocate to a permanent home at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham, and will reopen on Aug. 16.
An opening night reception for this exhibit will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. with music, refreshments and art making. Green Gallery receptions and corresponding Third Friday activities are free and open to the public. The Scrap Exchange is at 923 Franklin St. in the Cordoba Center for the Arts. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.
Stagville to present Jubilee Music Festival
DURHAM -- Historic Stagville will celebrate the African-American influence on music at the Jubilee Music Festival Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
Visitors may brings blankets and chairs to sit and listen to live performances of gospel and blues music. Artists include Boo Hanks, The Branchettes, and Lakota John. The Bahama Volunteer Fire Department will sell hot dogs and burgers. In case of rain, the performances will take place in the visitor center.
For more information contact Historic Stagville at 919-620-0120. Historic Stagville State Historic Site is located at 5828 Old Oxford Highway. For more information about this and other events please visit www.stagville.org
Summer Youth production of ‘Hairspray’ continues
CHAPEL HILL – The Summer Youth Conservatory of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s performances of the musical “Hairspray” continue through Sunday at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Paul Green Theatre inside the Center for Dramatic Art located on Country Club Road. Tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18, may be purchased by calling 919-962-7529, online at www.playmakersrep.org or at the PlayMakers box office.
Tickets for Swardson’s DPAC show on sale today
DURHAM – Comedian Nick Swardson’s tour will come to the Durham Performing Arts Center Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Swardson is best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernadino in the comedy series “Reno 911!,” and this fall, he'll be embarking on his "Taste It" tour.
Tickets for his DPAC show go on sale today at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at www.DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster.com, and the DPAC ticket center at 919-680-2787.
-- From staff reports
A tobacco auctioneer replaced by a machine. Becoming the owner of a cat named Sir Spike Lee. An evangelical campus drug dealer. Childhood summers in Bragtown. These are a few of the stories being shared under the stars this summer by a group of independent audio producers who met at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
The Baseball Project’s newest album, its third, is called, in an appropriate baseball reference, “3rd” (YepRoc Records). Because you’re reading this review of a baseball band at a baseball party in a newspaper, you’ll likely love the song “Box Scores.” A tribute to the printed box of stats from a baseball game, “Box Scores” sings the praises of the morning routine.
If you want an hour in the theater to pass quickly, spend time with work by modern dance choreographer John Jasperse. The American Dance Festival premiere of his ADF-commissioned work, “Within Between,” offered a memorable evening on Tuesday at Reynolds Industries Theatre.
Malian native and Durham resident Mamadou Diabate took home a Grammy Award in 2009 for the Best Traditional World Music Album. The best way to approach this kora virtuoso’s new recording, “Griot Classique” is to think of it as the classical music of his West African home. (John Coltrane is reputed to have said, when asked about his interest in classical music, whose classical music?)
Is there something in the water here? What is it about North Carolinians who succeed on “American Idol,” the long-running competitive reality show? Scotty McCreery. Fantasia Barrino. Clay Aiken. Kellie Pickler. Chris Daughtry. Anoop Desai. Bucky Covington.
Dedicated to the 3.2 million nurses in the United States, the new documentary “The American Nurse” shows the life and death experiences of nursing professionals. The film’s North Carolina premiere will be screened Wednesday at Carmike Wynnsong 15 movie theater in Durham. Groups from UNC Hospitals and the UNC School of Nursing will attend the screening, and North Carolina Nurses Association President Megan Williams, MSN, RN, FNP, will participate in a post-screening question and answer session. Local nursing professionals can obtain continuing education credits for viewing the film. But beyond a must-see for those who are or have been nurses, “The American Nurse” is an important piece of work for all Americans to watch, as everyone comes in contact with a nurse at some point in their lives.