It seemed like just a matter of time before Cherry Poppin’ Daddies would release a tribute to the Rat Pack, and it is a success with “Please Return the Evening: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies … salute the music of the Rat Pack!”
PlayMakers Repertory Company has established a rotating rep as tradition once a season, performing two different plays in conversation with one another. This fall it’s Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods” and William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Both have themes of the forest, and what dreams might be. Opening day is Saturday at the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Dramatic Art, in the Paul Green Theatre. PlayMakers is a professional theater company in residence at UNC.
Want a break from political debate? Here is one possibility. During the eighth “Murphey School Radio Show” this weekend, “Kay Hagan” and “Thom Tillis” will channel Sonny and Cher, and, singing lyrics to the tune of “I Got You, Babe,” put the recent, expensive election behind them.
Members of Brazil’s Companhia Urbana De Danca are literally making something of their lives. This eight-member troupe from Rio de Janeiro draws from life experiences in Rio’s favelas (slums) to create something new artistically and change their lives in the process. “We’re making a revolution in dance,” longtime company member Tiago Sousa has said.
“A Will for the Woods,” the documentary that won the Audience Award and Environmental Award at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, is returning to Durham this weekend for screenings at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus. On the weekend of Halloween and All Saints’ Day, the film reminds viewers of what kind of legacy they want to leave on the earth.
“A Will for the Woods” is a moving, thought-provoking look at the idea of green burials, a growing trend across the country for those who wish to be buried in a more traditional, environmentally friendly way. There’s no machine to fill in the grave, people with shovels do that. There’s no metal coffin, but rather reclaimed wood. There’s no embalming fluid. No usual cemetery, but one that preserves nature.
The Orange County Open Studio Tour marks its 20th anniversary this year. Tours of artists’ studios throughout the county begin Saturday and Sunday, and continue Nov. 8 and 9. On Saturdays, studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
“Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” is “a play with music” more than a traditional musical, with inspiration from authors such as Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Arthur Miller. The description comes from songwriter John Mellencamp, who collaborated with author Stephen King and music producer T Bone Burnett on the production, which comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 14.
Anita Woodley compares the process of writing her new one-woman show to channeling. Woodley has been listening to tapes of African-American men who participated in focus groups to discuss their experiences with medical issues. The people in the tapes are anonymous, but Woodley has given their stories faces and names like “B.B. Blues” and “Conscious Rap” in her show “Bucking the Medical and Mental Bull,” which she will premiere Tuesday at the Carolina Theatre.
Get a spooky jump on Halloween when A Night of Local Horror brings local short horror films to the screen on Tuesday night at Motorco Music Hall. Eight films will be shown, including film festival winners and premieres.
The Durham Farmers’ Market will present its first Vendor Costume Contest on Saturday. Many of the vendors will be coming to market in costume to sell their goods. Customers can vote for their favorites. This event will be a fundraiser for the Farmers’ Market’s Double Bucks Program.
Yes, it’s not even Halloween yet, but you can still mark your calendars for Durham’s biggest holiday parade: Dec. 6. There are a few changes to the Parkwood Christmas/Holiday Parade this year, including the name. It added “Christmas” and kept “Holiday” but has moved from a Sunday afternoon parade to Saturday.
In the liner notes to his 1960 album “Change of the Century,” saxophonist Ornette Coleman wrote, "Some musicians say, if what I'm doing is right, they should never have gone to school." He also stated that there is “no single right way to play jazz” and that his group was “attempting to break through to a new, freer conception of jazz.”
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