Lifestyles: Entertainment

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

Explore Durham, with a smart phone

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.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

NCCU Theatre starts 65th season with ‘Leap of Faith’

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.”

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 11:46 AM

Parades, bands and more at 13th Phoenix Fest

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.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 11:41 AM

Entertainment briefs, Oct. 3

  • History Hub to present ‘D is for Denim’
  • Goat parade and more at Festifall
  • Scrap Exchange to hold grand opening
  • Xylouris White performing at The Carrack
  • Longleaf festival accepting films
  • ArtsCenter to present Rolie Polie Guacamole
  • Fearrington to present fall art show
  • Blues Society to hold fundraiser
  • Concert to celebrate C.P.E. Bach’s 300th
  • Tickets for “Wicked” on sale Saturday

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

Cupcake papers, aluminum cans and ingenuity yield clothing

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.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

‘Chico & Rita’ is a pure delight

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.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

More than 180 performers at free Carrboro Music Festival

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.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • Etheridge tour coming to DPAC
  • Fresh Docs to present ‘27 Months’
  • Brass band, Melies at Guglhupf
  • Audiences can judge Manhattan Short Film Festival
  • Boys Choir announces auditions
  • Concert to benefit N.C. Children’s Hospital
  • Latino Festival to be held Saturday
  • ‘Love It or List It’ seeking applicants
  • Chappelle returning to DPAC
  • Carole King musical coming to DPAC
  • Library to hold Maker Day
  • Tickets on sale for holiday storytelling

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 12:09 PM

A comedy inspired by Chekhov

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.

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

At CenterFest: Ricardo Diquez’s salsa fusion

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.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

At CenterFest: A band that ‘makes people happy’

On their ReverbNation page, The Chit Nasty Band says of its sound, “Plain and simple, this band makes people happy.”


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 09:53 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • DPAC hits season ticket milestone
  • ‘Little Night Music’ to benefit COT
  • Battle of Bands returns Saturday
  • Blues society presents ‘Road to Memphis’ fundraiser
  • Republik to feature Franco work
  • Sarah Borges to headline Last Friday events
  • McKinney to present clawhammer banjo style
  • Dance competition coming to DPAC
  • Celtic Woman anniversary tour coming to DPAC
  • Mellencamp tour coming to DPAC

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

REVIEW: ‘Dirty Dancing’ takes you back in time

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. 

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 12:45 AM

Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s state of mind

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.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • Tickets on sale for ‘Christmas Carol’
  • Arts Council to present ‘Facts and Fictions’
  • Off the Radar series presents new exhibit
  • Bright Star Theatre coming to Northgate
  • Carolina Tiger Rescue to present film fest
  • Church to present ‘Evening of Jazz’