Lifestyles: Entertainment

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 02:31 PM

TV sitcom icon Alan Thicke hosts tour of ‘Dancing Pros: Live’

Taking competitive dance television shows on the road, the “Dancing Pros: Live” brings together dancers from “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” for live competitions with audiences voting on the winners.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

A different texture: Zola Jesus tour comes to Motorco

 On her latest release “Taiga,” Zola Jesus, the musical project of Nika Danilova, has created finely crafted songs and compositions that are sometimes dreamy, but also percussive and danceable. On “Taiga,” synthesizers and drumbeats skillfully interweave with the sounds of a string quartet and brass instruments.

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 04:04 PM

Carolina Theatre records surplus for 2nd straight year

For the second consecutive year, the Carolina Theatre of Durham recorded a financial surplus, according to audited financial statements presented to its board of trustees Tuesday. The nonprofit recorded a surplus of $40,838 in fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 06:53 PM

Entertainment Briefs: Benefits, performances on tap

The student radio station at N.C. State University, WKNC 88.1 FM, will hold its annual Double Barrel Benefit concert Feb. 7 at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh and Feb. 14 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 06:41 PM

‘Trouble in Mind’: A play within a play about racism and theater

Kathy A. Perkins, the lighting designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company’s presentation of “Trouble in Mind,” was a friend of its playwright, Alice Childress. Perkins said that Childress’ “Trouble in Mind” was performed off-Broadway but while it was optioned for Broadway, it didn’t go forward because Childress said no to changing the ending.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 06:01 PM

REVIEW: A generation with ‘the audacity to believe’

Steven Channing and director Martin Brown’s new documentary for UNC-TV looks at the leaders who in the last century gave North Carolina its progressive reputation.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 04:31 PM

Carolina Theatre raising cash for new seats

The Carolina Theatre has begun a Kickstarter campaign to help replace the 21-year-old seats in its cinemas.

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:36 PM

ArtsCenter project hinges on hotel, public funds

Through an estimated $29 million project, The ArtsCenter is planning to move from its current location and establish a new center with the help of public money. Called The Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center, the 55,000 square-foot building would contain space for performances, education, galleries, a rooftop garden and also the Kidzu children’s museum.

Jan. 16, 2015 @ 05:32 PM

Joan Miró: Seeing in three dimensions

The Joan Miró exhibit at The Nasher Museum of Art is subtitled “The Experience of Seeing.” Friday, a group of museum visitors toured of the exhibit and got to express their personal experience of seeing by making sculptures using dried plants and other materials at the Sarah P. Duke gardens greenhouse.

Jan. 16, 2015 @ 03:59 PM


While dance performances can provide memorable, thought-provoking experiences, VECTOR upped the ante by adding audience interaction to its current production, “HABITUS.” The last of a six-night run takes place Saturday night, Jan. 17 at Manbites Dog Theater.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:55 PM

Clash of creative minds: Deep Dish presents workshop of ‘Native’

“Native,” Ian Finley’s play in progress, is based on the collaboration between playwright Paul Green and novelist Richard Wright, who in 1941 wrote the script for a Broadway play adaptation of Wright’s novel “Native Son.”

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:12 PM

Grassroots artifacts: Hats, masks, costumes on view at ‘Durham Sparkles’

Cathy Kielar and Paola Kipp sit at a table in The Scrap Exchange and unpack some hand-made artifacts. Among them are a Marie Antoinette dress and wig (made by Sally Hicks), several Durham Mardi Gras parade hats, and the original Beaver Queen Pageant crown, made of cardboard, paint, buttons, beads and fabric (by Joanne Andrews).

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

Entertainment Briefs: Blues Challenge champ at Blue Note

Guitarist Selwyn Birchwood, winner of the 2013 International Blues Challenge, is touring in support of his Alligator Records debut “Don’t Call No Ambulance.” Birchwood will perform at The Blue Note Grill at 9 p.m. Feb. 6.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:18 PM

Future bright for Varsity Theatre as it reaches $50,000 goal

For the Varsity Theatre in downtown Chapel Hill, the future looks bright. On Thursday, the theater announced on its Twitter that it had met its original $50,000 goal on its online “Go Digital or Go Dark” Kickstarter campaign.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:09 PM

DPAC ranks fourth in U.S. for theater attendance

The Durham Performing Arts Center announced Thursday that it is again ranked in the top five theaters in the nation for attendance. This is the fifth year DPAC has been in the top five.