Lifestyles: Entertainment

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 06:01 PM

REVIEW: A generation with ‘the audacity to believe’

Steven Channing and director Martin Brown’s new documentary for UNC-TV looks at the leaders who in the last century gave North Carolina its progressive reputation.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 04:31 PM

Carolina Theatre raising cash for new seats

The Carolina Theatre has begun a Kickstarter campaign to help replace the 21-year-old seats in its cinemas.

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:36 PM

ArtsCenter project hinges on hotel, public funds

Through an estimated $29 million project, The ArtsCenter is planning to move from its current location and establish a new center with the help of public money. Called The Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center, the 55,000 square-foot building would contain space for performances, education, galleries, a rooftop garden and also the Kidzu children’s museum.

Jan. 16, 2015 @ 05:32 PM

Joan Miró: Seeing in three dimensions

The Joan Miró exhibit at The Nasher Museum of Art is subtitled “The Experience of Seeing.” Friday, a group of museum visitors toured of the exhibit and got to express their personal experience of seeing by making sculptures using dried plants and other materials at the Sarah P. Duke gardens greenhouse.

Jan. 16, 2015 @ 03:59 PM


While dance performances can provide memorable, thought-provoking experiences, VECTOR upped the ante by adding audience interaction to its current production, “HABITUS.” The last of a six-night run takes place Saturday night, Jan. 17 at Manbites Dog Theater.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:55 PM

Clash of creative minds: Deep Dish presents workshop of ‘Native’

“Native,” Ian Finley’s play in progress, is based on the collaboration between playwright Paul Green and novelist Richard Wright, who in 1941 wrote the script for a Broadway play adaptation of Wright’s novel “Native Son.”

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:12 PM

Grassroots artifacts: Hats, masks, costumes on view at ‘Durham Sparkles’

Cathy Kielar and Paola Kipp sit at a table in The Scrap Exchange and unpack some hand-made artifacts. Among them are a Marie Antoinette dress and wig (made by Sally Hicks), several Durham Mardi Gras parade hats, and the original Beaver Queen Pageant crown, made of cardboard, paint, buttons, beads and fabric (by Joanne Andrews).

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

Entertainment Briefs: Blues Challenge champ at Blue Note

Guitarist Selwyn Birchwood, winner of the 2013 International Blues Challenge, is touring in support of his Alligator Records debut “Don’t Call No Ambulance.” Birchwood will perform at The Blue Note Grill at 9 p.m. Feb. 6.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:18 PM

Future bright for Varsity Theatre as it reaches $50,000 goal

For the Varsity Theatre in downtown Chapel Hill, the future looks bright. On Thursday, the theater announced on its Twitter that it had met its original $50,000 goal on its online “Go Digital or Go Dark” Kickstarter campaign.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:09 PM

DPAC ranks fourth in U.S. for theater attendance

The Durham Performing Arts Center announced Thursday that it is again ranked in the top five theaters in the nation for attendance. This is the fifth year DPAC has been in the top five.

Jan. 10, 2015 @ 09:28 PM

Blue Greenberg: Exhibition looks at film history of N.C.

The exhibition “Starring North Carolina: 100 Years, 3000 films” at the Museum of History in Raleigh through Sept. 6 is a survey about the movies and the important place North Carolina has in the industry.

Jan. 09, 2015 @ 02:15 PM

REVIEW: ‘Wicked’ at DPAC: Green is great

The first Broadway tour to come to the Durham Performing Arts Center for three extended runs, “Wicked” delivers its goodness of green — make that greatest of green — with a proven musical that excels in every aspect of performance. It’s not quite sold out yet, so get tickets while you can for its stay through Jan. 25.

Jan. 08, 2015 @ 06:49 PM

BEHIND THE SCENES: ‘Wicked’ takes 2-1/2 days to load-in

The first “Wicked” trucks headed to Durham before the tour in Detroit even wrapped up its run. The dragon arrived Monday, one of two the tour of the Broadway blockbuster has to keep the show on the road.

A key element of the set, the dragon was installed on the stage’s proscenium and clockwork set pieces hung from the rafters over the stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center. By Tuesday, 11 more trucks had traveled from Motor City to the Bull City.

Jan. 08, 2015 @ 06:40 PM

Entertainment briefs: Vince Gill headed to DPAC May 9

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Jan. 09, 2015 @ 02:36 PM

Different Voices: HABITUS to create memories

Audiences who go to VECTOR’s premiere of “HABITUS” can expect a moving experience. That’s because the work has audience members moving through this multi-media, interactive installation that takes place in “rooms” throughout Manbites Dog Theater.