Lifestyles: Entertainment

Sep. 25, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • Etheridge tour coming to DPAC
  • Fresh Docs to present ‘27 Months’
  • Brass band, Melies at Guglhupf
  • Audiences can judge Manhattan Short Film Festival
  • Boys Choir announces auditions
  • Concert to benefit N.C. Children’s Hospital
  • Latino Festival to be held Saturday
  • ‘Love It or List It’ seeking applicants
  • Chappelle returning to DPAC
  • Carole King musical coming to DPAC
  • Library to hold Maker Day
  • Tickets on sale for holiday storytelling

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 12:09 PM

A comedy inspired by Chekhov

You don’t have to know the work of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov to enjoy PlayMakers Repertory Company’s main stage opening play, but you might laugh more if you do, according to the creative team.

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

At CenterFest: Ricardo Diquez’s salsa fusion

When singer Ricardo Diquez talks about the salsa style of music, he speaks about a fusion of different rhythms that makes listeners want to move and dance. There also is another element – the communication among the musicians.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

At CenterFest: A band that ‘makes people happy’

On their ReverbNation page, The Chit Nasty Band says of its sound, “Plain and simple, this band makes people happy.”


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 09:53 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • DPAC hits season ticket milestone
  • ‘Little Night Music’ to benefit COT
  • Battle of Bands returns Saturday
  • Blues society presents ‘Road to Memphis’ fundraiser
  • Republik to feature Franco work
  • Sarah Borges to headline Last Friday events
  • McKinney to present clawhammer banjo style
  • Dance competition coming to DPAC
  • Celtic Woman anniversary tour coming to DPAC
  • Mellencamp tour coming to DPAC

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

REVIEW: ‘Dirty Dancing’ takes you back in time

The national tour of “Dirty Dancing – the Classic Story on Stage” not only takes audiences back to the 1963 story setting, but the 1987 film. It is on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday.
The movie’s soundtrack of classic and new songs was a theatrical musical waiting to happen. Well, it has happened, and while “Dirty Dancing” hasn’t made it to Broadway yet, it did gather many fans in London’s West End. There were a few technical glitches at opening night Tuesday – microphones briefly going silent and music volume being adjusted. But those are the kinds of things that happen opening night in a show that’s on tour in a new space. The audience may have cringed at the occasional mic static in the final scenes, but still rose to their feet to reward the cast with a standing ovation. And they deserved it. 

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 12:45 AM

Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s state of mind

Stephen Murray has to lean his phone on a corner of his porch and put it on speaker to have a conversation with good reception. The singer and guitarist of Holy Ghost Tent Revival recently moved to the North Carolina mountains, trading Greensboro for Asheville. Four out of the six members of the horn-driven rock band are in Asheville now.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • Tickets on sale for ‘Christmas Carol’
  • Arts Council to present ‘Facts and Fictions’
  • Off the Radar series presents new exhibit
  • Bright Star Theatre coming to Northgate
  • Carolina Tiger Rescue to present film fest
  • Church to present ‘Evening of Jazz’

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

‘Dirty Dancing’ from movie to stage

“Dirty Dancing” is a summer movie that has lived way beyond its 1987 release, becoming entrenched in pop culture for its love story, songs, dancing and setting. It was filmed at Lake Lure, North Carolina, and at Mountain Lake in Giles County, Virginia – both mountain settings filling in for the fictitious Kellerman’s resort in upstate New York. It’s the story of Baby, the teenage girl played in the film by Jennifer Grey, who falls in love with the dance instructor Johnny, played by Patrick Swayze in the film. It’s set in 1963 with music from that era along with new songs, making for a memorable soundtrack of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” “Hey Baby,” “Hungry Eyes” and “Do You Love Me,” which are all in the new musical.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

Greenberg: Examining Rauschenberg’s broad influence

There is some fascinating art at the Nasher Museum of Art, and the conversations between the works span decades and cross continents. The core of the show is 34 works of art by Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) on loan from the Rauschenberg Foundation. Those images have been juxtaposed with Russian art created during the 1980s and 1990s, which are part of the Nasher permanent collection. Added to this mix are 24 works from the newly acquired gift of more than 50 objects by San Franciscan Bruce Conner (1933-2008), photographer, videographer, collage artist and longtime friend of Rauschenberg.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • Group to pay tributes to Strayhorn, Coltrane
  • Mount Vernon to present ‘Youth Arts Explosion’
  • Bluegrass band to play Bynum benefit
  • Moorefields to present bluegrass festival
  • Cast from ‘Vanya’ to give talk
  • Through This Lens to open ‘People with Purpose’
  • Governor, guests to present ‘Surviving Grace’

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

Party time on Blackwell Street

American Tobacco Campus’ 10th anniversary celebration culminates Sunday afternoon with a street party featuring music, performances and food trucks from 1 to 5 p.m. downtown.
Starting off the musical performances Sunday will be the Heart of Carolina Chorus, a 25-member male barbershop chorus established 10 years ago, too, in Durham.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Ori Naftaly Band to perform at Bull Durham festival

The Ori Naftaly Band, who will perform on Saturday’s bill at the 27th Bull Durham Blues Festival, is another of countless examples of how musical influences migrate.

Guitarist Naftaly and vocalist (and instrumentalist) Eleanor Tsaig both grew up together in Israel, where they heard American blues, soul, funk and related styles.

Sep. 03, 2014 @ 12:56 PM

Blues Festival: Music ‘from his soul’

Phillip and Chuck Campbell, two members of the sacred steel band The Campbell Brothers, say audiences should come to their concert Friday at Hayti Heritage Center prepared to get involved with the music.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 06:53 PM

REVIEW: Intimate, thought-provoking work by DeFrantz, Stewart

At the Thursday performance of “where did I think I was going? [moving into signal],” performed and created by Thomas F. DeFrantz and  Kenneth David Stewart, the audience could ask the same thing. “Where did we, the audience, think we were going in this theater with a dancer and musician and a network of cables, cameras and laptop computers?”