Lifestyles: Entertainment

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 04:55 PM

GET THE ‘LOWDOWN,’ LIVE! Valentine’s Day-themed variety show at Motorco

Tracey and Matthew Coppedge are taking their online variety show live for a Valentine’s Day-themed event Tuesday at Motorco Music Hall. “The Lowdown Show LIVE!” will include performances by singer Yolanda Rabun, Dan the Animal Man, a magic show and a house band — Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos. Ron Livingstone will offer love advice and Reverend Eryk will officiate weddings and vow renewals.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 04:05 PM

‘Kindly Rooted’ dance premieres Friday at DAC

A late-night conversation between two friends, Durham natives Allison R. Daniels and Kristin Taylor, inspired their new dance, “Kindly Rooted.” The 15-minute work, performed by KINDLY ROOTED DANCE, premieres Friday and Saturday (Feb. 6-7) at Durham Arts Council’s PSI Theatre as part of Durham Independent Dance Artists’ first season.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 03:36 PM

BLACK IRISH dance company to premier ‘ORGAN’

Ronald West wanted to make a dance that would connect people by showing what they have in common. So, he settled on what enables people to breathe, see, hear and perform other biological functions — in other words, our organs. He calls his new work “ORGAN.”

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 10:35 AM

Health care system focus of Hayti Film Festival

“The Healthcare Movie,” a documentary comparing the medical care systems in the United States and Canada, will be the opening film for this year’s Hayti Heritage Film Festival.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 10:32 AM

Entertainment briefs: 'Duke-UNC: The Blue Blood Rivalry' screening

A look at some highlights of entertainment options in the area .

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 05:22 PM

Ferguson response: Community actors take to stage

The police shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City last year prompted protests nationally, many in sympathy with the victims, others in sympathy with the police. A group of local theater artists is inviting local audiences to reflect on those and similar incidents, and create a new, original dramatic work.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 04:42 PM

Different Drum hopes to play Fiesta del Fuego in Cuba

Music listeners often can hear cornet and conga player Alex Weiss and members of his group Different Drum playing in schools, community centers, and local clubs and festivals. Weiss and his ensemble, who have been playing together since 1992, are now raising money to perform at Fiesta del Fuego in July in Santiago de Cuba.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Maria Bamford, Emo Philips headline Comedy Arts Festival

Stand-up comedian Maria Bamford will headline the 15th N.C. Comedy Arts Festival. Bamford will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

Entertainment briefs: Concerts, films, Mardi Gras, more ...

St. Matthew’s Faith & the Arts program will present a free advanced screening of the documentary-in-the-making “Sacred Sound” Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. This documentary movie is being produced by parishioner Robin Arcus.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 04:19 PM

Staying with patients ‘through sunshine and rain’

Tina Staley, one of the founders of the Pathfinders cancer program, explains her role to one of the cancer patients in Theodore Bogosian’s documentary “What Love Is: The Duke Pathfinder 50.”

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 02:31 PM

TV sitcom icon Alan Thicke hosts tour of ‘Dancing Pros: Live’

Taking competitive dance television shows on the road, the “Dancing Pros: Live” brings together dancers from “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” for live competitions with audiences voting on the winners.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

A different texture: Zola Jesus tour comes to Motorco

 On her latest release “Taiga,” Zola Jesus, the musical project of Nika Danilova, has created finely crafted songs and compositions that are sometimes dreamy, but also percussive and danceable. On “Taiga,” synthesizers and drumbeats skillfully interweave with the sounds of a string quartet and brass instruments.

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 04:04 PM

Carolina Theatre records surplus for 2nd straight year

For the second consecutive year, the Carolina Theatre of Durham recorded a financial surplus, according to audited financial statements presented to its board of trustees Tuesday. The nonprofit recorded a surplus of $40,838 in fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 06:53 PM

Entertainment Briefs: Benefits, performances on tap

The student radio station at N.C. State University, WKNC 88.1 FM, will hold its annual Double Barrel Benefit concert Feb. 7 at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh and Feb. 14 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 06:41 PM

‘Trouble in Mind’: A play within a play about racism and theater

Kathy A. Perkins, the lighting designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company’s presentation of “Trouble in Mind,” was a friend of its playwright, Alice Childress. Perkins said that Childress’ “Trouble in Mind” was performed off-Broadway but while it was optioned for Broadway, it didn’t go forward because Childress said no to changing the ending.