Lifestyles: Entertainment

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 08:53 PM

BEAVER QUEEN: Pageant abuzz at Duke Park as Mz. Polly Nator wins Ellerbe Creek fundraiser

Part dance party, part double entendre contest, part outlandish costume display, the 11th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant brought a crowd of hundreds to Duke Park on Saturday evening.

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 04:42 PM

Greek Orthodox Church hosts weekend of dancing, food, culture

Several hundred people came to the Durham Greek Festival on Saturday to get a taste of Greek food, music, dancing and culture at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church. The festival continues Sunday, June 7.

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

DANCE REVIEW: Renay Aumiller’s ‘Blood Moon’

Renay Aumiller Dances premiere of Aumiller’s “Blood Moon” offered an evocative evening of dance Friday at the Cordoba Center for the Arts.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

Aumiller’s ‘Blood Moon’ premiers at Cordoba

Renay Aumiller’s new work, “Blood Moon,” gives dancer Amanda Beaty a chance to fulfill a dream she has had since childhood. The show runs Friday through Sunday, June 5-7 at the Cordoba Center for the Arts at the Golden Belt complex in downtown Durham.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

STEELY DAN TO MOTOWN: Michael McDonald to perform at Carolina Theatre

To many listeners, Michael McDonald is the distinctive, high-pitched voice singing harmony on the classic 1970s albums of Steely Dan. When McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers in the mid-1970s, his lead vocals gave the group a different kind of sound, one more married to soul and rhythm and blues. McDonald also has had an extensive solo career, and in 2003 released his interpretations of the Motown song catalogue.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 03:17 PM

Briefly: Temptations, Four Tops, 'Star Trek' coming to DPAC

The Temptations and The Four Tops will perform their classic Motown hits when they return to the Durham Performing Arts Center Aug. 29. ... “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage” is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center Feb. 4, 2016. The live event brings five decades of “Star Trek” to concert halls for the first time.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Sam Frazier Jr. joins Music Maker roster

Singer and harmonica player Sam Frazier Jr. recalled the time in the 1960s when he went to audition for a talent show held at Sonny Duke’s country music club in Birmingham, Alabama. Frazier was one of the few African-Americans who was playing country music, and this particular night he was the only black person in Duke’s.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 03:01 PM

Parenting podcast live at Motorco: Slate editors will be joined by Mac McCaughan of Merge Records

In the Slate podcast “Mom and Dad Are Fighting,” Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk about parenting with humor, news and a bit of advice. Benedikt and Kois are also parents themselves — she a mom of three and he a dad of two — and share their “triumphs and fails” in the podcasts recorded every two weeks. They’re also both editors at Slate, an online magazine. On Sunday, June 7 they’ll take their podcast on the road for its first live recording, to be held here in Durham at Motorco Music Hall.

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

REVIEW: Extra! Extra! ‘Newsies’ is great

Should people who have worked at newspapers see “Newsies”? Yes, of course, it’s about newspapers. Should people who haven’t worked at newspapers see “Newsies”? Yes, of course, it’s about newspapers. And labor and history and New York City, too. And the dancing, oh the dancing.

May. 28, 2015 @ 04:47 PM

Preparing ‘bribes’ for annual Beaver Queen Pageant

The annual Beaver Queen Pageant — a combination cabaret show, pun festival, dance party and benefit for Ellerbe Creek — takes on a Bollywood theme this year when five contestants will compete for the title.

May. 28, 2015 @ 05:07 PM

Entertainment briefs: What's happening around the area

Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle returns to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 7. LaBelle’s last performance at DPAC in 2014 was a sellout.

May. 28, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

‘NEWSIES’ AT DPAC: Jacob Kemp in musical about 1899 newsboys’ strike

“Newsies” will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center June 2-7 to close out DPAC’s 2014-15 Broadway season.

May. 27, 2015 @ 12:14 PM

REVIEW: Whitworth’s latest a fresh take on roots

Fans of Shannon Whitworth from her Biscuit Burners days will be happy to hear her lovely voice on her latest and fourth solo effort, “High Tide.” Her tour comes to the ArtsCenter in Carrboro Thursday, May 28.

May. 23, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

REVIEW: ‘Birth’ offers mixed messages

Anjanée Bell’s latest incarnation of her “Birth of Existence Project — Bridge of Light” offered highlights in the debut of her two hour-long, multi-media work Friday night at Reynolds Industries Theater. The work also suffered from an abundance of riches.

May. 23, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

Blue Greenberg: Hillsborough’s thriving visual art scene

Hillsborough is no longer the sleepy little town in the shadow of Chapel Hill and Durham. It is an art destination with galleries, festivals, gardens, restaurants, a world-class auction house and published authors everywhere.