Lifestyles: Entertainment

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.

Jan. 10, 2015 @ 09:28 PM

Blue Greenberg: Exhibition looks at film history of N.C.

The exhibition “Starring North Carolina: 100 Years, 3000 films” at the Museum of History in Raleigh through Sept. 6 is a survey about the movies and the important place North Carolina has in the industry.

Jan. 09, 2015 @ 02:15 PM

REVIEW: ‘Wicked’ at DPAC: Green is great

The first Broadway tour to come to the Durham Performing Arts Center for three extended runs, “Wicked” delivers its goodness of green — make that greatest of green — with a proven musical that excels in every aspect of performance. It’s not quite sold out yet, so get tickets while you can for its stay through Jan. 25.

Jan. 08, 2015 @ 06:49 PM

BEHIND THE SCENES: ‘Wicked’ takes 2-1/2 days to load-in

The first “Wicked” trucks headed to Durham before the tour in Detroit even wrapped up its run. The dragon arrived Monday, one of two the tour of the Broadway blockbuster has to keep the show on the road.

A key element of the set, the dragon was installed on the stage’s proscenium and clockwork set pieces hung from the rafters over the stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center. By Tuesday, 11 more trucks had traveled from Motor City to the Bull City.

Jan. 08, 2015 @ 06:40 PM

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Jan. 09, 2015 @ 02:36 PM

Different Voices: HABITUS to create memories

Audiences who go to VECTOR’s premiere of “HABITUS” can expect a moving experience. That’s because the work has audience members moving through this multi-media, interactive installation that takes place in “rooms” throughout Manbites Dog Theater.

Jan. 01, 2015 @ 06:54 PM

Keillor, Sedaris to charm DPAC audiences

Writer and storyteller Garrison Keillor, best known for his radio series “A Prairie Home Companion,” will present an evening of storytelling and humor Jan. 29 at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Jan. 01, 2015 @ 06:44 PM

Duke Performances to present premieres

Duke Performances’ 2014-2015 season continues with the premiere of two original commissions. Singer, composer and violinist Jenny Scheinman will perform original music set to the films of H. Lee Waters during a March 20 concert at Reynolds Industries Theater.

Jan. 01, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

Robin and Linda Williams kick off ArtsCenter season

The ArtsCenter has created a niche by presenting Celtic, American roots and other forms of traditional music. The venue’s music season begins Jan. 9, when bluegrass, folk and country musicians Robin and Linda Williams perform.

Jan. 01, 2015 @ 06:31 PM

Tribute to Maya Angelou kicks off NCCU arts season

N.C. Central University’s Drama Department begins its 2015 season with a production of “God Spoke My Name: Maya Angelou.” This play, written by Asabi Howard and Samm-Art Williams, is inspired by the life of poet Angelou.

Jan. 01, 2015 @ 06:25 PM

Spring theater: ArtsCenter, Deep Dish plan festivals, workshops

The ArtsCenter will present “Redbird,” a one-act play festival March 13-15 and March 20-22 at the venue’s theater, at 300-G E. Main St.