Whether you drink hot tea or not, having it poured from a teapot makes the experience about more than just having a drink.
There’ll be some cigarette-smoking, eating, knife display, singing – and, oh yes, dancing, when Ishmael Houston-Jones & Emily Wexler make their American Dance Festival debuts in their duet, “13 Love Songs: dot, dot, dot.”
They perform at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Durham Art Council’s PSI Theater.
Although separated in age by three decades – he’s in his 60s, she’s in her 30s – they discovered a common ground when they started talking about heartbreak. They also agree that pop love songs are corrosive.
The American Dance Festival’s second week brings Latin-influenced and homegrown dances to town.
Ballet Hispanico makes its American Dance Festival debut with a program that includes two works by Cuban-American choreographers, Rosie Herrera and Eduardo Vilaro.
Israeli dancers Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor not only inhabit “Two Room Apartment,” they construct it.
With metronome keeping tempo, Stuart Robinson plays a note from a chord that he and the other members of Bombadil are trying to perfect. “Let’s do that ‘aahh’ again,” he says, and they launch into another try at the vocal harmonies for “I Am.”
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Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of “Bikes, Beer and Bemusement” will return to Durham on Saturday for an afternoon of fun at Diamond View Park at American Tobacco Campus.
The Campbell Brothers, a “sacred steel” ensemble, will mark the 50th anniversary of saxophonist John Coltrane’s recording “A Love Supreme” with a concert Sept. 5 at Hayti Heritage Center. The Campbell Brothers’ concert is among six world premieres that Duke Performances has commissioned for its 2014-2015 season.
In October 2013 the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture was established, but the organization is not a federal agency, nor does it get government dollars. Organizers say the name is intended to spark discussions about the relationship between the arts and public policy.
To quote from its website, the USDAC seeks “to harness the power of art and culture to engage millions in envisioning and creating a more just and sustainable world.”
A coalition of environmental groups has responded to the February spill of coal ash from a retired power plant into the Dan River in Eden, North Carolina, with a series of film screenings about coal-related pollution. Organizers want viewers of “Coal Ash Stories” screenings to lobby state legislators for stricter regulation of coal ash.
N.C. WARN and other environmental groups will present eight screenings of “Coal Ash Stories” at different locations in the state. One of those screenings comes to Durham Tuesday night at Motorco Music Hall.
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“Farmland,” a film by documentary director James Moll, follows six farmers and ranchers, all in their 20s, in their daily work growing food. Most of the farmers in this film represent the fourth or fifth generation of a family that has run a farm.
One of those farmers is Ryan Veldhuizen, who along with his brothers and sisters runs a hog farm in Edgerton, Minnesota. His great grandfather, who immigrated from the Netherlands, started the farm about 1906, Veldhuizen said in a phone interview. Successive generations have continued to raise hogs, as well as grow corn and soybeans to feed the hogs, on the land.
Hillsborough is less than 30 minutes from Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh and is a destination with a vibrant art scene, good food and a nationally famous auction house; on the fourth Friday of the month, its downtown takes to the streets. Although we have missed May’s excitement, the galleries are open and the exhibitions invite a visit.
Three women artists hone in on the figure at the Eno Gallery.
Molly Cliff-Hilts paints seascapes with small figures enjoying the beach. Alicia Armstrong also paints vast spaces, probably near the ocean, with one or at most two strongly defined figures, who seem involved in fantasy happenings. Tinka Jordy sculpts female figures out of clay; they are substantial forms and fit in with nature rather than stand outside it.
In Russian-Polish filmmaker Ladislas Starewicz’s 1912 silent, stop-action animation film “The Cameraman’s Revenge,” Mr. and Mrs. Beetle are “restless” in their domestic bliss, and have extramarital affairs. They, along with various grasshoppers and dragonflies, are played by real insects that Starewicz manipulated. The insects ride bicycles, carry briefcases, paint at an easel, set up cameras, fight and make up.
The short film will be screened at the fifth annual Strange Beauty Film Festival June 14, with live accompaniment to a new, original score that Carrboro-based ensemble Felix Obelix will perform. Felix Obelix is a rotating ensemble led by composer Wendy Spitzer.