Want to start an argument? Have a discussion about the meaning of the 1960s. Something did happen during that decade that many can agree on. The decade produced some great music, during a time when we Americans began to appreciate our music – country, folk, jazz, blues, gospel, rock and roll.
Joseph Cox has been using his skills in dance, acrobatics and other movement arts as a member of the Marvel Comics pantheon of heroes and villains. Cox, who grew up in Durham, will play both types of roles in the touring show of “Marvel Universe Live!,” which comes to PNC Arena this month.
The show features martial artists, aerialists, acrobats, precision bike riders, stunt performers and more. “I come from a dance background,” Cox said, and he also practices parkour (a type of movement based on military obstacle courses). Before signing on to the Marvel show, he was an acrobat in “Pirates Voyage” in Myrtle Beach, and he danced in the Broadway tour of “The Lion King.” “I was brought on primarily because of my background with acrobatics and martial arts,” Cox said. “All of these disciplines I get to utilize in the show.”
The Bull City will celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and a free, public concert in American Tobacco.
The celebration begins at 6 p.m. at the water tower at American Tobacco. Mickey Mills will perform music on the steel drums until 9 p.m.
The duet, “13 Love Songs: dot, dot, dot,” performed by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Emily Wexler, came across as a cautionary tale at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. performance at Durham Arts Council’s PSI Theater.
Whether you drink hot tea or not, having it poured from a teapot makes the experience about more than just having a drink.
There’ll be some cigarette-smoking, eating, knife display, singing – and, oh yes, dancing, when Ishmael Houston-Jones & Emily Wexler make their American Dance Festival debuts in their duet, “13 Love Songs: dot, dot, dot.”
They perform at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Durham Art Council’s PSI Theater.
Although separated in age by three decades – he’s in his 60s, she’s in her 30s – they discovered a common ground when they started talking about heartbreak. They also agree that pop love songs are corrosive.
The American Dance Festival’s second week brings Latin-influenced and homegrown dances to town.
Ballet Hispanico makes its American Dance Festival debut with a program that includes two works by Cuban-American choreographers, Rosie Herrera and Eduardo Vilaro.
Israeli dancers Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor not only inhabit “Two Room Apartment,” they construct it.
With metronome keeping tempo, Stuart Robinson plays a note from a chord that he and the other members of Bombadil are trying to perfect. “Let’s do that ‘aahh’ again,” he says, and they launch into another try at the vocal harmonies for “I Am.”
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Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of “Bikes, Beer and Bemusement” will return to Durham on Saturday for an afternoon of fun at Diamond View Park at American Tobacco Campus.
The Campbell Brothers, a “sacred steel” ensemble, will mark the 50th anniversary of saxophonist John Coltrane’s recording “A Love Supreme” with a concert Sept. 5 at Hayti Heritage Center. The Campbell Brothers’ concert is among six world premieres that Duke Performances has commissioned for its 2014-2015 season.