Lifestyles: Entertainment

Apr. 15, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

REVIEW: Graham Dance takes Chapel Hill by storm

Heavy rain pelted the Memorial Hall dome Tuesday night while inside, the Martha Graham Dance Company took the audience by storm.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 08:36 PM

Blue Greenberg: By all measures, sculpture show a huge success

Downtown Durham has enjoyed outdoor sculpture placed at strategic locations for almost a year. Those who walk past them regularly may already feel they belong, and the occasional visitor, especially to the Durham Performing Arts Center or the American Tobacco complex has to believe these works of art indicate a city interested in the arts. The sculpture is all part of the Bull City Sculpture Show which opened in May 2014.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

‘Train the instrument’: Vocalist-educator gives master class at NCCU

Vocalist and educator Trineice Robinson-Martin sings the tune “At Last” to illustrate two different styles of singing. She first belts it out in voice with lots of chest support, then turns it around and sings in a more relaxed way.

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 02:58 PM

Moral Mondays featured in 'Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation'

As the four-day downtown Full Frame Documentary Film Festival came to a close Sunday, one of the invited films showed a different media medium. “Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation” is a new documentary by Barbara Kopple about the liberal weekly print magazine as it reaches a milestone anniversary.

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

Full Frame winners: ‘Kings of Nowhere,’ ‘(T)ERROR’

Two films — “Kings of Nowhere” and “(T)ERROR” — took home the Grand Jury Prize Sunday during the final day of the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The downtown festival concluded Sunday.

Apr. 11, 2015 @ 06:01 PM

Two racers join filmmaker at Full Frame

In 2009, audiences met three tween go-kart drivers who were top in their competitive racing class in Marshall Curry’s documentary “Racing Dreams.” Curry is the subject of Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s tribute programming, and “Racing Dreams” was screened Saturday during the festival, which ends today in downtown Durham.

Apr. 11, 2015 @ 05:21 PM

Full Frame screens Mavis Staples film

Listeners of a certain age know the music of singer Mavis Staples through the radio hits she recorded with her family, The Staple Singers, led by her father Roebuck “Pops” Staples — “Respect Yourself,” “I’ll Take You There,” and more. Before the hits, “Pops” and his daughters Mavis, Cleotha, Pervis and Yvonne sang gospel music, and during the folk revival became part of the civil rights movement.

Apr. 10, 2015 @ 07:10 PM

FULL FRAME: Two women, a mountain and the legacy of coal

Filmmaker Chad A. Stevens spent seven years filming in West Virginia coal mining country, before and after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 miners. His documentary film, “Overburden,” premiered Friday at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in the Durham Convention Center.

Apr. 11, 2015 @ 04:52 PM

FULL FRAME: Audience sees chaos of Afghanistan war

A packed house at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Friday saw the North American premiere of “Tell Spring not to Come This Year,” a film that chronicles the everyday lives and dangers faced by the 3rd Battalion of the Afghan National Army in their quest to defend their country against Taliban insurgents.

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 08:06 PM

FULL FRAME: Ariely’s Dis(Honesty) a ride down slippery slope of lying

FULL FRAME: The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival continues through Sunday at a wide array of downtown venues, among them the Carolina Theatre, the Durham Arts Council, the Full Frame Theater, Durham Central Park and the Durham Armory. ... For a complete schedule, tickets and information, visit

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 07:29 PM

Maysles’ film honors fashion improviser

In Albert Maysles’ new film “Iris,” the viewer sees Iris Apfel wearing her characteristic big glasses, large bracelets and necklaces, and clothes with colorful patterns that she has collected from a lifetime of travel. She refers to them as “things I’ve collected over the years.”

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 07:27 PM

Cory Booker film premiered at Full Frame in 2005

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival began its tribute programming to filmmaker Marshall Curry with a fight — a screening of his Oscar-nominated documentary “Street Fight,” about Cory Booker’s first campaign for mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 03:36 PM

Entertainment briefs: Morrissey at Carolina Theatre

Morrissey’s summer tour will make a stop at the Carolina Theatre June 15 at 8 p.m.

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Party for American Girl Addy: Doll’s story linked to Historic Stagville

Addy Walker, the American Girl character with her own doll and books, is based on a real life Walker who was a former slave who escaped from the Stagville Plantation in northern Durham County. Historic Stagville will host a birthday party for Addy on Saturday, April 11.

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 03:17 PM

ANALOG ARTISTS: Big Mean Sound Machine to play at Shakori Hills festival

When Andrew Klein speaks of the many influences of the band Big Mean Sound Machine, he mentions the music of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and his longtime drummer Tony Allen, along with Mulatu Astatke, creator of a style called Ethio-jazz, among others.