The dance scene sizzles this spring as five presenters offer 13 different programs. Flamenco, Indian, contemporary dance, a collaboration between a choreographer and jazz pianist-composer are just some of the types of dance events headed our way. Venues range from traditional theater settings to a music and bar venue in downtown Durham.
It is that time of the year when lists appear about everything and, not to be outdone, here is one more. Looking at the last 12 months is a necessary exercise; it brings into focus the quality of art we see on a regular basis in the Triangle. That high standard includes local, national and international artists.
Hayti Heritage Center will celebrate Kwanzaa with a market, performances and opening ceremony Friday, Dec. 26. A holiday market, featuring local artisans and workshops for children, begins at 5 p.m. at the center at 804 Old Fayetteville St.
The Bull City and surrounding area have no official New Year’s Eve ceremonies, but there is no shortage of opportunities to welcome in 2015.
Local film fans will get a chance to see the political satire “The Interview” when it begins screening Christmas Day at Northgate Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall, one of about 300 independent theaters in the country that will show the film that has sparked a cyber attack and threats of retaliation.
Ken Bloom, the clarinetist and guitarist for the local band Mappamundi, leaps into a guitar solo on an Eastern European song titled “Opium,” a song which is not really about drugs but about love. The singer declares that “your love poisons me like opium.”
It’s impossible to talk about “Annie” without admitting up front when you first experienced John Huston’s 1982 film.
Say “The Nutcracker,” and for many, the strains of this music start dancing in the head. Say Triangle Youth Ballet’s production of this ballet to Tchaikovsky’s score, and images abound for countless audience members who have attended this performance over the past 19 years.
The audience will have a very close encounter with modern dance when Durham Independent Dance Artists presents the premiere of Justin Tornow’s work “No. 13” (aka “The Weights”) Saturday and Sunday at The Carrack Modern Art Gallery in downtown Durham. That’s because at times, dancers will be just six inches away from the audience.
Director Frank Capra’s 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life” certainly has nostalgia appeal and sentimentality, but it also has many layers. The film explores the loss of youthful dreams, the duty to one’s community and society. It’s arguably political, pitting George Bailey’s New Deal vision of the world with the unbridled Scrooge-like capitalism of Mr. Potter.
Hillsborough-based Yep Roc Records artists Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin have been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album for their release, “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.”
BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
DURHAM – Vibraphonist Roy Ayers and vocalist Anthony Hamilton are the headliner artists for the second Art of Cool Festival, to be held April 24-26, 2015. Organizers of the festival announced the artist lineup Wednesday night during Hamilton’s concert at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will present the premiere performance of Anita Woodley’s play “Boomerang” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.