If Oktoberfest and the World Beer Festival leave you thirsting for more beer culture this month, Claymakers Gallery is opening an exhibit of new takes on an old German craft: beer steins.
“Steinzeugkrug: Present Day Interpretations” opens Friday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Claymakers Gallery on Foster Street, then will be on display during gallery hours through Nov. 16. It’s the first of what will be an annual exhibit.
Hilary Maiberger’s friends and family haven’t bombarded her with Belle gifts yet, so all the star of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on tour has so far is a little doll and a keychain.
Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown’s recent recording “Josh Billings Voyage” contains original songs and traditional music inspired by the character Billings, who travels by ship to India and other countries as part of the 19th-century cotton trade. Along the way, he hears the music of those cultures, and brings it back to the New England village of Pumpkintown.
The female nude in art elicits all sorts of responses. On one hand the classical nude, fashioned in marble, is a work of art -- no question. On the other hand, however, the nude in a photograph takes on the feel of reality.
A percussionist from Kenya, a violinist from the United States, and a pianist from Burma are among the members of OneBeat, a group of 25 musicians from around the world who are currently touring the East Coast, performing concerts and giving workshops. The tour comes to Durham today and Saturday for a series of workshops in schools and other venues, and three public concerts.
For $10, you can go watch 10 short films the same week they’re being watched at other venues across the globe.
In North Carolina, the Manhattan Short Film Festival is being screened in Charlotte and here in Durham, at The Pinhook downtown, on Oct. 2. Audiences vote for their favorite films and actors, and votes are tallied at the festival’s home base in Manhattan.
Charlie Lucas, using his hands and a pair of pliers, manipulates several pieces of scrap metal wire as he sits on the porch of Outsiders Art and Collectibles. When he finishes, Lucas has twisted and turned the wire to make two profiles of faces. He points out the shape of the nose, mouth, and hair.
A new Saturday evening after-party is one of the many events at the Durham Arts Council’s 39th annual CenterFest Arts Festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday.
The new show at the Ackland Art Museum is not the conventional exhibition with paintings on the wall and sculpture on pedestals. In this show the galleries are full of posters, signs reproduced on burlap, a motorized rickshaw, on-site photographs and lots of videos. This is pop art, that is the art of the people, and it speaks out against injustices in India. This is art by Indians about the freedom of expression in their own country. These are voices against secularism and censorship. Much of the art focuses on the enmity between Indian Hindus and Indian Muslims.
In “The Mountaintop,” Katori Hall’s play about the last night of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, just two actors are on stage for the 90-minute production. It’s quick and long at the same time, said Cedric Mays, the actor portraying King in the production by PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, opening Saturday night. Without an intermission, it just “goes, goes, goes” without even a water break, he said.
Vocalist Laurece West’s recording “Essence of Love” includes a track titled “Jasmine,” which West describes as a “sound collage.” Its lyrics are dedicated to Mehera Irani, a close disciple of Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba. West’s vocals and the music of guitarist Kevin Van Sant, percussionist Beverly Botsford, and bass player Doug Largent give this song an otherworldly feel.
The joy of living in her own place after years of homelessness came across when artist Inocente (Izucar) spoke by phone recently. “It’s been great having a place of my own,” she said. For about a year, she’s been in the small apartment she shares with pet “bunnies” Lunar and Bun-Bun. At 19, her life as an artist got a real boost earlier this year when “Inocente,” a documentary about her, won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short. She had tears in her eyes when she joined the film’s directors, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, onstage for the award presentation.