Here are some Halloween events in Durham and the surrounding communities:
Shawn Luby took up the guitar at age 4, was classically trained and competed, but instead of going to a conservatory, he chose a path in science. Now he’s back to music and still in science, working in the McLendon Clinical Laboratories at UNC Hospitals. His band is called Humble Tripe, and is celebrating the release of a second record with a concert Saturday at The Pinhook in downtown Durham.
Gaspard&Dancers’ program Oct. 18-19 at Reynolds Industries Theater represents an expansion of the continued growth of the Durham-based, modern dance company since its inception in 2009. The depth and breadth of Gaspard Louis’ choreography, the number of accomplished dancers and collaborations with artists in other fields reaches a new level in this program.
The plight of Haitians three years after the devastating, Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake continues to haunt native son Gaspard Louis. For proof, look no further than his new dance, “Annatations,” included in the Gaspard & Dancers program at 8 p.m. today (Oct. 18) – Saturday (Oct. 19) in Reynolds Industries Theater.
Not many today can say they learned Talley Beatty’s 1947 solo “Mourner’s Bench” from Beatty himself. But Durham native Gregory Hinton can. Beatty not only taught it to Hinton but gave this dancer permission to perform it from then on, Hinton said in a recent phone interview. As guest artist with Gaspard&Dancers, Hinton will perform the solo Friday (Oct. 18) and Saturday (Oct. 19) at Reynolds Industries Theater.
In one of the final scenes in Matthew Lopez’s play “The Whipping Man,” Simon (played by Phillip Smith), a former slave, is preparing to leave Richmond to search for his wife and child. As Simon prepares to leave, he looks at ex-slave John (played by Alphonse Nicholson), and Caleb DeLeon (played by Victor Rivera), the wounded son of a plantation owner, and says, “Looks like the two of you need each other.”
Before she became a singer and theater performer, Melba Moore taught music in grades K-12. Today, Moore spends most of her time singing and performing, but still teaches on occasion. “I do some master classes now. People want to know, how do I hold this note?” she said in a phone interview.
Comedian Colin Quinn talks fast, peppers his language with salt, and gives audiences the dry wit and working class guy they ask for, and he is. Well, except for the lengthy career in showbiz. He started in stand up, gained fame on the MTV game show “Remote Control,” and went on to do a lot more television, film and solo shows.
“Accidentally acoustic” is how Nathan Spain, who plays drums in the Chapel Hill sextet Morning Brigade, describes the sound of the ensemble.
This group of UNC students, most of whom will graduate this coming spring, have self-released two song collections – “The Crow, The Fish, and the Mirror” and “Above Our Heads.”
Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Chic Gamine’s press materials tout the group’s “’60s girl group vibe,” but don’t expect a replica of Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” when you hear this vocal ensemble. Their music comes from different influences, notably their French-Canadian ancestry, and the “girl group vibe” is perhaps another way of saying this is music that makes you feel good.
Comedian, singer and actress Sandra Bernhard’s new stage tour is named “Sandyland.” She’ll bring the show of theater, rock and roll, stand-up, burlesque and cabaret to the Carolina Theatre Oct. 11.
The Broadway tour of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has returned to the Durham Performing Arts Center, and judging by opening night, delights again. The audience included many children as well as those old enough to remember when the animated film came out in movie theaters in 1991. The Disney film has likely worn out many a VCR and now, DVD players. Belle is immersed in Disney princess products, though she doesn’t become a princess until after the curtain closes. As in the cartoon, Belle is a woman of her own mind, is well-read and sacrifices herself to save her father. She’s pretty brave. And in the musical production, which sticks pretty closely to the animated film’s plot, she’s pretty funny, too.