Offerings from a brand-new, Durham-based dance organization; two women – one from the Triangle, the other from India -- who are trailblazers in their dance forms; performers from Rio de Janiero; work by a Haitian-born, Durham resident; and a new, autobiographical dance by a Duke professor/dance scholar/performer liven up the dance scene this fall.
After the performance of humorist John Hodgman on Sept. 5, the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St. has a full schedule of comedy, concerts and other shows this fall. Here are some highlights:
John Hodgman became a household face, if not yet a name, when Apple commercials ran for years with him playing the nerdy PC. For the record, he’s actually a Mac man.
The Durham Performing Arts Center starts another fall off with Broadway tours and sold-out concerts. Here are some highlights of the schedule:
During its 2014-2015 season, Carolina Performing Arts will partner with the Institute of Arts and Humanities’ campuswide World War I Centenary Project, and will present a three-performance program in its inaugural Curatorial Fellowship through the Arts@TheCore program. The season also will include a number of free and public events.
The Mallarmé Chamber Players open their 2014-15 season with “American Mavericks,” at 3 p.m. Sept. 7 in PSI Theatre at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
Duke Performances will present six world premieres of commissioned works during its 2014-2015 season. 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, in conjunction with the Bull Durham Blues Festival. The Campbell Brothers’ concert is among six world premieres that Duke Performances has commissioned for its 2014-2015 season.
Fall is the season for music and street festivals. Here are a few highlights.
Themes attached to group shows make it much easier for the visitor to be a part of the process, and trees are a perfect example. We know what a tree should look like, and we can weigh our ideas against those of the artist; there is also the chance to compare one artist’s vision with another’s. And then there are the unending numbers of ways to present a tree through the medium of art.
A benefit concert to be held this weekend for NCCU’s Jazz Studies Program will draw attention to alumni who make their living playing drums and percussion, instruments so vital to so much American music, but arguably taken for granted.
The development of WNCU FM is “full of very interesting stories,” said Donald Baker, the station’s first general manager, at a reception this week to kick off the jazz station’s 20th year on the air. Baker told a few of those stories. The call letters for WNCU came from a decommissioned U.S. Navy U-boat, he said. And the late Jesse Helms, the longtime senator, also had a hand in expediting the station’s license, Baker said.
The Triangle has always had a hip-hop scene, but Durham hasn’t reached the national level beyond Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder and Little Brother. The Durm Hip Hop Summit is working to change that. It will be held at four locations Saturday in downtown Durham.
Three years ago, the annual summit grew out of a conversation with hip-hop artist Professor Toon’s fellow performer The Real Laww and a friend who did the booking for Casbah back when it was a music venue. They talked about the lack of large hip-hop festivals in the area, and how maybe they should be the ones to do it.
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"To Be Takei,” a documentary film about “Star Trek” actor George Takei, and “Born to Fly,” a documentary about choreographer Elizabeth Streb, are among the many films to be screened at the 2014 North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Documentaries, feature films and short films will be screened during the 10-day festival, which begins Friday and continues through Aug. 24 at the Carolina Theatre.