Lifestyles: Entertainment

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

The Pressure Boys, The Connells, Let’s Active play Be Loud! 14

Picture it: Chapel Hill, the 1980s. Prominent on the music scene was The Pressure Boys, a high energy ska-pop band that made it big in and out of town. They broke up in 1988 and moved on, reuniting just two times in the decades since – first in 2008 for a benefit concert, and now, this weekend for a different benefit concert.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Bands join for IFC benefit concert at Cat’s Cradle

The address 300 E. Main St. in Carrboro is a familiar one to music fans from near and far. It’s the location of Cat’s Cradle, the renowned music venue. The ArtsCenter is there, too, serving as a hub for performances. And there’s Amante Gourmet Pizza for the hungry artists and concertgoers. Several bands that include members who have worked at all three businesses have come together for a benefit concert that will be performed, naturally, at Cat’s Cradle.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • Bolton coming to DPAC
  • The Rosebuds at Cat’s Cradle
  • Triangle Opera Studios to present concert
  • Third Date improv at Common Ground
  • 2CELLOS coming to DPAC in May
  • Merle Haggard, Tift Merritt to headline folklife fest

​And more ...


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 12:15 AM

Bull City Music Awards expands

Eric Monte, who has written scripts for the film “Cooley High,” and television shows “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons,” will be honored for his work at the 2nd annual Bull City Music Awards.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

REVIEW: ‘On Their Bodies’ a highlight of ADF season

The “On Their Bodies” program of solos definitely ranks as a highlight of the American Dance Festival’s 81st season. In these solos, performed Tuesday and Wednesday at Durham Performing Arts Center, Shen Wei, Doug Varone, Stephen Petronio and Ronald K. Brown offer evocative performances full of power, grace, heart and wisdom.

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

The Shilohs bring jangle-pop to Local 506

Johnny Payne has done everything you can do working at a record store, plus one more: forming a band. Payne sings and plays guitar in The Shilohs, a jangle-pop band from Vancouver, British Columbia. They’re playing with The Fresh and Onlys Friday at Local 506 in Chapel Hill.

Payne’s record store co-worker was Daniel Colussi (vocals, bass). In 2008, they started to form The Shilohs. Payne had seen Mike Komaszczuk (vocals, guitar) playing country music in a bar, got his number and asked him. Payne had jammed with drummer Ben Frey before, and asked him, too. In 2010, The Shilohs released their first EP, and their self-titled sophomore album came out in May on Light Organ Records.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Musicians compete in Triangle Blues Challenge

The Bull Durham Blues Festival arrives in September, but blues fans who need their spirits stoked can attend the Triangle Blues Society’s Blues Challenge on Saturday at Hayti Heritage Center.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • ‘Phantom’ tickets go on sale Saturday
  • Percussion concert to benefit NCCU jazz studies
  • Roots music show to celebrate anniversary
  • Author Hickman to appear at library branch
  • Kenny G tickets on sale for December DPAC concert
  • Local 506 to present ska show
  • Beyu to host jazz workshops
  • Panel to discuss Watergate 40th

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 02:07 PM

Saltzman: 'I’m not an artist; I’m a painter'

Marvin Saltzman (b. 1931) and I have known each other more than 35 years.  We never met in the classroom, however; he was teaching studio and I was studying art history.  But since I have been writing about art, we have spent many hours discussing the state of art in general and his art in particular.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

Entertainment briefs, July 18

Filmmaker to present ‘fracking’ documentary

DURHAM -- Filmmaker and journalist Melissa Troutman will show her film "Triple Divide," about fracking in the Marcellus Shale, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Durham Friends Meeting House, 404 Alexander Ave.

The screening is free and open to the public. This film examines how Pennsylvania's regulations on fracking have failed to protect people, communities, and the environment.

Sharon Brown, a health care provider from Pennsylvania and expert in environmental health policy, will share her knowledge on the health care effects of hydraulic fracturing. Hope Taylor of Clean Water for N.C. will update the audience on the latest in North Carolina policy and rulemaking.

Ackland to complete digital archiving

CHAPEL HILL -- The Ackland Art Museum will complete the digitization of its collection of 89 Asian screens and scrolls through a recent fundraising campaign that gathered $2,864 for the project. The funds were pledged by donors through Power2Give in addition to a match offered by the N.C. Arts Council.

The funds will go towards creating professional, high-resolution, digital images of its Asian screens and scrolls, which are considered some of the most fragile works of art in the Ackland’s collection. The images will be added to the museum’s online collection database for use by anyone at any time worldwide.

The Ackland’s Asian art holdings total more than 1,200 works of art dating from 2500 BCE to the present. The collection is unique in North Carolina and one of the strongest Asian art collections in the southeastern United States. The Ackland’s total holdings consist of more than 17,000 works of art.

Papa Mojo’s presents Ori Naftaly, Rockin’ Jake

DURHAM – The Ori Naftaly Band from Israel, and Rockin’ Jake will perform this weekend at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse.

The Ori Naftaly Band will perform  today. The band has toured the United States three times and the Netherlands, won the Israeli Blues Challenge Competition, and was the first Israeli band ever to have reached the semi-finals of the International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. (Ori Naftaly also will perform at the Bull Durham Blues Festival in September.)

Harmonica player Rockin' Jake will perform Saturday. Based out of New Orleans since 1990, Rockin' Jake relocated since being flooded out by Hurricane Katrina, and then settled in St. Louis and now lives in Southern Florida. He immersed himself in the thriving regional blues scene, which boasted such talents as Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard and Sugar Ray. Primarily self-taught, Jake briefly studied with Jerry Portnoy, harmonica player for Muddy Waters.

For tickets to these concerts, visit or call 919-361-2222. Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse is in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410-Y N.C. 55.

"Between Intuition and Reason" to open at Scrap Exchange

DURHAM -- “Between Intuition and Reason,” a new  exhibit of paintings  by Allison Tierney, opens today in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange. In a body of work that combines both the abandon of Pollock and the precision of Escher, Tierney’s media are selected from a growing collection of discarded domestic materials and house paint.

 “Between Intuition and Reason” is the final exhibit at The Scrap Exchange’s current location. The Scrap Exchange will close from Aug. 11-15 as operations relocate to a permanent home at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham, and will reopen on Aug. 16.

An opening night reception for this exhibit will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. with music, refreshments and art making.  Green Gallery receptions and corresponding Third Friday activities are free and open to the public. The Scrap Exchange is at 923 Franklin St. in the Cordoba Center for the Arts. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

Stagville to present Jubilee Music Festival

DURHAM -- Historic Stagville will celebrate the African-American influence on music at the Jubilee Music Festival Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Visitors may brings blankets and chairs to sit and listen to live performances of gospel and blues music. Artists include Boo Hanks, The Branchettes, and Lakota John. The Bahama Volunteer Fire Department will sell hot dogs and burgers. In case of rain, the performances will take place in the visitor center.

For more information contact Historic Stagville at 919-620-0120. Historic Stagville State Historic Site is located at 5828 Old Oxford Highway. For more information about this and other events please visit

Summer Youth production of ‘Hairspray’ continues

CHAPEL HILL – The Summer Youth Conservatory of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s performances of the musical “Hairspray” continue through Sunday at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Paul Green Theatre inside the Center for Dramatic Art located on Country Club Road. Tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18, may be purchased by calling 919-962-7529, online at or at the PlayMakers box office.

Tickets for Swardson’s DPAC show on sale today

DURHAM – Comedian Nick Swardson’s tour will come to the Durham Performing Arts Center Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. 

Swardson is best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernadino in the comedy series “Reno 911!,” and this fall, he'll be embarking on his "Taste It" tour.

Tickets for his DPAC show go on sale today at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at,, and the DPAC ticket center at 919-680-2787.

-- From staff reports

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 10:20 AM

Learning from the masters

Guitarist Selwyn Birchwood learned the craft of the blues from Sonny Rhodes, a Texas-born guitarist who first recorded in the late 1950s. At age 19, Birchwood learned that Rhodes was his neighbor in his native Orlando, Florida, and took his guitar with him for a visit.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 08:40 AM

Hearing stories under the stars

A tobacco auctioneer replaced by a machine. Becoming the owner of a cat named Sir Spike Lee. An evangelical campus drug dealer. Childhood summers in Bragtown. These are a few of the stories being shared under the stars this summer by a group of independent audio producers who met at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

REVIEW: Rockers headlining All-Star Block Party have hit with ‘3rd’

The Baseball Project’s newest album, its third, is called, in an appropriate baseball reference, “3rd” (YepRoc Records). Because you’re reading this review of a baseball band at a baseball party in a newspaper, you’ll likely love the song “Box Scores.” A tribute to the printed box of stats from a baseball game, “Box Scores” sings the praises of the morning routine. 

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 10:57 AM

Review: Humor and athleticism in Jasperse piece

If you want an hour in the theater to pass quickly, spend time with work by modern dance choreographer John Jasperse. The American Dance Festival premiere of his ADF-commissioned work, “Within Between,” offered a memorable evening on Tuesday at Reynolds Industries Theatre.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

REVIEW: “Griot Classique” a classical music migration

Malian native and Durham resident Mamadou Diabate took home a Grammy Award in 2009 for the Best Traditional World Music Album. The best way to approach this kora virtuoso’s new recording, “Griot Classique” is to think of it as the classical music of his West African home. (John Coltrane is reputed to have said, when asked about his interest in classical music, whose classical music?)