Full Frame Documentary Film Festival began its tribute programming to filmmaker Marshall Curry with a fight — a screening of his Oscar-nominated documentary “Street Fight,” about Cory Booker’s first campaign for mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
Morrissey’s summer tour will make a stop at the Carolina Theatre June 15 at 8 p.m.
Addy Walker, the American Girl character with her own doll and books, is based on a real life Walker who was a former slave who escaped from the Stagville Plantation in northern Durham County. Historic Stagville will host a birthday party for Addy on Saturday, April 11.
When Andrew Klein speaks of the many influences of the band Big Mean Sound Machine, he mentions the music of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and his longtime drummer Tony Allen, along with Mulatu Astatke, creator of a style called Ethio-jazz, among others.
The only goal The Rolling Stones have left in their career to rock on till the wheels fall off. ... “The only goal left is to see how far we can run the string,” Keith Richards, 71, said. “The band feels great about playing. I mean, you couldn’t get these guys to do anything if they didn’t wanna. It’s what we do, so we’re just hoping for a great summer.”
“Tocando La Luz” is about three blind Cuban women and their different journeys to find independence. The film by director and producer Jennifer Redfearn and co-producer and photography director Tim Metzger will have its world premiere Saturday at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which runs today through Sunday at a wide array of downtown Durham venues.
OPENING DAY: The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival kicks off today (Thursday, April 9) and runs through Sunday, April 12 at a range of downtown Durham venues including the Carolina Theatre, the Durham Convention Center, the Durham Arts Council, the Power Plant at American Tobacco, Durham Central Park, the Durham Armory and The Plaza at the corner of Morgan and Foster streets. ... For complete schedule, tickets and information, visit www.fullframefest.org online.
Hit songs, great story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: It’s been a couple years since the Broadway tour of “Jersey Boys” came to the Durham Performing Arts Center, and even if you saw it before, it’s worth an encore experience. A musical that tells the real back story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the story is far from squeaky clean.
The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’s final tour will come to the Carolina Theatre Oct. 26 as part of the theater’s “Series ’26” announced this week.
Local organizers have launched an online campaign to raise money to expand a documentary about North Carolina music that aired in January into a series.
In his story “What I Learned,” from his 2008 collection “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” humorist David Sedaris discusses his beginnings as a writer. “It wasn’t much, at first: character sketches, accounts of my day, parodies of articles in the alumni newsletter,” he writes in this address to a Princeton graduating class. Later, he “began crafting little stories about my family.”
Author Frances Mayes, New York Times bestselling author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” will read from her memoir “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 6 at the Durham Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Road.
The art deco Hill Building at the corner of West Main and Corcoran streets has been resurrected. It is now the 21c Museum Hotel. Besides its new life as a hotel, it is also an art museum which is accessible seven days a week, whether you have booked a room or just want to come in and look.
In the documentary “Barge,” audiences take a trip down the Mississippi River with a towboat and the men who work on it. From afar, they might look like slow moving water versions of tractor-trailers, but on the boat there is always work to be done. And it takes a particular kind of worker to do it well, as viewers learn. “Barge” screens April 10 during the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in downtown Durham.
The Broadway hit “Jersey Boys,” the back story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is returning for a second run at the Durham Performing Arts Center April 7-12.