Lifestyles: Entertainment

May. 14, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

Choreographer Marrone takes to big screen

Durham’s Natalie Marrone makes her choreographic film debut in “Alto.” She will be at its New York premiere today at the 15th Annual VisionFest Film Festival.

May. 14, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

MC Lyte, DJ Kool headline Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival Saturday

Durham Parks and Recreation’s 46th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival will be held all day Saturday, May 16 at Rock Quarry Park, with veteran hip-hop artists MC Lyte and DJ Kool headlining the musical performances.

May. 14, 2015 @ 12:01 PM

Oh! What a war of contradictions

Hope Alexander compares the process of directing ArtsCenter Stage’s production of Joan Littlewood’s “Oh! What a Lovely War” to leading a circus.

May. 14, 2015 @ 10:51 AM

3 who changed American music: A tribute to Joplin, Parker, Robeson

Since he became director of the Durham Symphony Orchestra, William Henry Curry has committed to performing at least one work by an American composer at each concert. Sunday, May 17, the symphony will perform a tribute to three American artists — composers Scott Joplin and Charlie Parker, and singer, actor and political activist Paul Robeson.

May. 13, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

REVIEW: The unexpected with ‘Pippin’

When you step back and look at an entire season of Broadway shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center, you see the range of productions. There’s usually at least a Disney musical, a jukebox musical, a nostalgic musical, a revival and something new.

May. 12, 2015 @ 05:14 PM

Music Maker artist ‘Captain Luke’ dies

Luther “Captain Luke” Mayer, known for his deep baritone voice, and one of the first artists that Music Maker Relief Foundation recorded, died Tuesday at age 87 in Winston-Salem.

May. 09, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

PIERCING ‘SHRIMP’: N.C. chef to be featured at Read Local Book Festival

If Jay Pierce grew up in Maine, he thinks he would love lobster. If it was Idaho, potatoes then, he said. But Pierce grew up on the Louisiana gulf coast, so he loves shrimp.

May. 09, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

WRITERS IN THE RING: Six word slingers to draw down

Durham’s inaugural “Writers in the Ring” competition will be held Sunday, May 17 at Motorco Music Hall during the Read Local Book Festival.

May. 07, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

JIM BREUER: Comedian, actor and soon to be rocker

Jim Breuer is the kind of comedian that makes you laugh before he even talks. Not just because, as he has joked, he naturally looks wasted. He makes you laugh because the sight of him is a reminder of all those comedy bits he’s done that make you laugh out loud again and again. And again. He’ll bring his humor to the Carolina Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8.

May. 07, 2015 @ 03:02 PM

LISA LOEB: Singer/songwriter coming to Carolina Theatre

Fans of singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb know her for her several pop albums, including lots of children’s songs that adults enjoy, too. Her new song “3,2,1, Let Go” is on the soundtrack of the new film “Helicopter Mom.” Others can pinpoint the moment in time she captured Generation X with a song she wrote and sang on another soundtrack, “Reality Bites,” in 1994. In “Stay (I Missed You)” her memorable song includes an often homaged and parodied video of her walking around an apartment.

May. 07, 2015 @ 11:56 AM

Entertainment briefs, May 8

  • Four Seasons tickets on sale Friday
  • Ramblers to perform at cancer benefit
  • Concert pays tribute to Robeson, Parker, Joplin
  • Singer Scott coming to DPAC
  • Cedar Ridge to present pops concert
  • Concert to celebrate music of George Jones

May. 06, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

JAZZ & RELIGION: Examination of music, faith and ‘conversion’

Many listeners of jazz speak of their first encounter with the music in terms of a conversion experience. One hears stories, from listeners and musicians, of a particular recording or performance that drew them into the music, and transformed their way of listening.

May. 05, 2015 @ 04:54 PM

‘Beauty and the Beast” added to DPAC season

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.

May. 02, 2015 @ 04:58 PM

PICTURE PERFECT: Spring Art Walk brings community, artists together

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.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

Choreographer stresses human connections

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.