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Joseph Holston’s “Protection” introduces the viewer to his autographic style and begins his pictorial narration of the journey of African-Americans from their arrival on America’s shores through the dehumanization of slavery, their journeys of escape and, finally, their triumph of freedom. The artist depends on line, color and shape to tell his stories; his style falls within the rubric of cubist-abstraction. Faces are blank; bodies are curved and bent into shapes that show us fear, sorrow and happiness. Color is his key. For the visitors who walk around the gallery without stopping to read the labels Holston’s color moves them from the darkest, blues, purples, blacks, and magentas of anguish and violence, to the golds, yellows, pinks and pale blues of joy and jubilation.
The Pittsboro-based Carolina Tiger Rescue provides shelter for big cats who have been taken out of their natural habitat, or abandoned by their human owners or handlers. This weekend, the organization will present its first Friends of Wildlife Film Festival, which focuses not just on the plight of big cats, but other animals and conservation issues.
Now in its 14th year, contemporary Christian singer Andrew Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb of God” tour has become a Christmas tradition. It’s returning to Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham for a concert Saturday, and with each tour comes new musical guests. This tour will feature singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb. Previous guests on the tour have included Alison Krauss, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Buddy Miller, Sixpence None the Richer, David Wilcox, Mindy Smith and Brandon Heath.
Children laughed throughout “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” on opening night at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The Grinch stole laughs the way he stole Christmas decorations and presents from the Whos in Whoville in the national tour of a Broadway production on the holiday classic. It’s at DPAC through Sunday.
Two painters and two traditional commercial galleries; it is the way art used to be all the time. Lynn Boggess creates landscapes; Beverly McIver, people. Both slather oil paint on their canvases; the signs of their hands are everywhere. Boggess’ marks become streams, trees, and land. McIver’s become pigments of skin where certain colors show worry and others sparkles of joy.
The times they may be a changin’ again. The musicians who organized the N.C. Music Love Army last summer want their new collection of protest songs “We Are Not for Sale” to translate into change at the ballot box and in the halls of the Legislature.
At most homecomings, people generally bring food to share. But when a group of more than 40 people come home this time, they’ll bring only their shoes. Make that tap shoes.
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” brings the classic Seuss story we all know to the theatrical stage: friendly Whos in Whoville, the grumpy Grinch set on destroying Christmas, and the little girl who calls him out. The national tour is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center next week, Dec. 3-8.
Big Brother is watching us; never mind that George Orwell’s “1984” (written in 1949) was a work of fiction about a society that used technology to enable an oppressive government to monitor and control its citizens. Today “1984” seems too close to the truth to be comfortable.
The Eighth Annual Carrboro Film Festival has expanded to a two-day event at two different venues. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at the ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., and the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.