Documentary filmmaker Elisabeth Haviland James remembers participating in a scavenger hunt in New York City when she lived there about 15 years ago. The search was fun, and she learned about parts of the city that were not familiar to her.
The N.C. Central University Department of Theatre is starting its season in a grand way – with a black-tie gala complete with red carpet for opening night Friday of “Leap of Faith.”
Phoenix Fest, the annual street festival that celebrates the cultural legacy of Durham’s Hayti community, will return for its 13th year Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For the second year in a row, Frank Gallery has invited students and professionals to create clothing that re-purposes discarded materials while thinking about sustainable design. Seventeen Orange County artists have used ingenuity, craftsmanship, talent, artistic ability, creativity and design to create wearable clothes from every imaginable material except cotton, linen or silk cloth. The results are fabulous. Beneath this offering of fashion is the other story -- consumerism and our total disregard for the environment.
Among the highlights of this year’s N.C. Latin American Film Festival will be a screening of Marcelo Machado’s documentary “Tropicalia,” about the Brazilian musical and political movement of the 1960s, and Rodrigo Villa’s documentary “Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America,” about Argentina’s influential musician Mercedes Sosa.
The 17th annual Carrboro Music Festival will present music of all styles from more than 180 performing artists at 25 different venues from 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.
You don’t have to know the work of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov to enjoy PlayMakers Repertory Company’s main stage opening play, but you might laugh more if you do, according to the creative team.
When singer Ricardo Diquez talks about the salsa style of music, he speaks about a fusion of different rhythms that makes listeners want to move and dance. There also is another element – the communication among the musicians.
On their ReverbNation page, The Chit Nasty Band says of its sound, “Plain and simple, this band makes people happy.”
The national tour of “Dirty Dancing – the Classic Story on Stage” not only takes audiences back to the 1963 story setting, but the 1987 film. It is on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday.
The movie’s soundtrack of classic and new songs was a theatrical musical waiting to happen. Well, it has happened, and while “Dirty Dancing” hasn’t made it to Broadway yet, it did gather many fans in London’s West End. There were a few technical glitches at opening night Tuesday – microphones briefly going silent and music volume being adjusted. But those are the kinds of things that happen opening night in a show that’s on tour in a new space. The audience may have cringed at the occasional mic static in the final scenes, but still rose to their feet to reward the cast with a standing ovation. And they deserved it.
Stephen Murray has to lean his phone on a corner of his porch and put it on speaker to have a conversation with good reception. The singer and guitarist of Holy Ghost Tent Revival recently moved to the North Carolina mountains, trading Greensboro for Asheville. Four out of the six members of the horn-driven rock band are in Asheville now.