Lifestyles: Entertainment

Mar. 11, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

REVIEW: 'Kinky Boots' features fabulous shoes, heartfelt message

A fun, inclusive way to usher the brightness of spring to Durham after this extended winter, “Kinky Boots” is at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday. The 2013 winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, “Kinky Boots” is fun, flirty, heartfelt and a good time. There’s dancing on a shoe factory conveyer belt. There’s a message of “Be who you want to be.” There are, indeed, boots.


Mar. 06, 2015 @ 09:08 PM

‘If/Then,’ ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ coming to DPAC for 2015-16 season

Three recent Broadway hits are among the upcoming tours coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center for the 2015-16 season. “If/Then,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” are all part of the next season.


Mar. 06, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

PlayMakers announces 2015-16 season

“Disgraced,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, and Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sweeney Todd” will highlight the six-play 2015-2016 main-stage season from PlayMakers Repertory Company. ... The theater will also present three shows in its PRC2 second-stage season.


Mar. 05, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

PERFECT ECLECTICISM: Becca Stevens Band to perform at Motorco

Ask vocalist, composer and guitarist Becca Stevens about musical influences, and you’ll get a wide-ranging answer. Billie Holiday and Miles Davis were, respectively, her first vocal and instrumental jazz artists whose recordings were in her collection. She also lists Joni Mitchell, Radiohead and Bjork as musicians she admires.


Mar. 05, 2015 @ 03:33 PM

Entertainment briefs: Ben Folds and yMusic to launch tour

Ben Folds and the group yMusic, Duke Performances’ ensemble in residence, will begin their world tour with a concert April 22 at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke University’s East Campus.


Mar. 05, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

‘KINKY BOOTS’: J. Harrison Ghee steps into spotlight

The star of the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” has stepped into some fabulous, red, shiny, tall boots during a tour he began as an understudy.


Mar. 03, 2015 @ 04:45 PM

ADF to dedicate 2015 season to Chuck Davis

The American Dance Festival will dedicate its upcoming 82nd season to teacher, choreographer, and ambassador for dance, Charles “Chuck” Davis. The ceremony honoring Davis will be held June 11 at 7 p.m. prior to the season opening performance of Shen Wei Dance Arts at the Durham Performing Arts Center.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

‘The Passion of Flamenco’ comes to Motorco

“The Passion of Flamenco” features three performances by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana at Motorco Music Hall Friday through Sunday, Feb. 27-March 1, and a free, public symposium and flamenco dance class on Saturday, Feb. 28 on Duke University’s East Campus.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:03 PM

SOUNDS OF AMERICA: Burt Bacharach at Carolina Theatre

Composer Burt Bacharach’s catalogue of melodies is now part of the American songbook even if listeners cannot readily name the composer : “Baby, It’s You,” “Walk on By,” “I Say a Little Prayer for You,” “That’s What Friends Are For." He will be in concert Wednesday, March 4 at the Carolina Theatre.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

A PLAY FOR ALL TIMES: PlayMakers to present ‘An Enemy of the People’

In “An Enemy of the People,” Dr. Stockmann, a respected member of his community, comes across information that the water in a project considered crucial to the town’s livelihood is contaminated. Stockmann’s intent to publish that information in the local newspaper runs against the wishes of his brother Peter, also the town’s mayor, who argues against disclosure because of possible harm to the town’s economy.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

Entertainment briefs: A look at upcoming area events

“Mixed Concrete” is back to raise money, awareness and support for families with inadequate housing in Chapel Hill.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 02:28 PM

Calendar: Week of Feb. 27 through March 6

What's happening in the area over the next week.


Feb. 19, 2015 @ 06:16 PM

Carolina Theatre to get new seating

The Carolina Theatre has surpassed its Kickstarter campaign goal of $25,000, collecting $32,395 in pledges, and will be getting new seats.


Feb. 19, 2015 @ 03:54 PM

REVIEW: ‘Motown the Musical’ a hit of hits

Get ready, cause here they come. Dozens of hits from the iconic Motown label and legends are packed into a lively, wonderful performance in “Motown the Musical,” on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday. The show is sold out. From the sound of the first beat of the first number, “Motown” takes you back and brings you up.


Feb. 19, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

EDUCATION IN JAZZ: Masters Whitaker, Charles hand down some lessons

Bassist Rodney Whitaker and trumpeter Etienne Charles are this year’s guest artists for the UNC Music Department’s annual Carolina Jazz Festival. Friday’s headline performer is percussionist Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band. Blade will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in Memorial Hall. Whitaker and Charles will perform with the UNC Jazz Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Kenan Music Building.