Lifestyles: Entertainment

May. 12, 2015 @ 05:14 PM

Music Maker artist ‘Captain Luke’ dies

Luther “Captain Luke” Mayer, known for his deep baritone voice, and one of the first artists that Music Maker Relief Foundation recorded, died Tuesday at age 87 in Winston-Salem.

May. 09, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

PIERCING ‘SHRIMP’: N.C. chef to be featured at Read Local Book Festival

If Jay Pierce grew up in Maine, he thinks he would love lobster. If it was Idaho, potatoes then, he said. But Pierce grew up on the Louisiana gulf coast, so he loves shrimp.

May. 09, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

WRITERS IN THE RING: Six word slingers to draw down

Durham’s inaugural “Writers in the Ring” competition will be held Sunday, May 17 at Motorco Music Hall during the Read Local Book Festival.

May. 07, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

JIM BREUER: Comedian, actor and soon to be rocker

Jim Breuer is the kind of comedian that makes you laugh before he even talks. Not just because, as he has joked, he naturally looks wasted. He makes you laugh because the sight of him is a reminder of all those comedy bits he’s done that make you laugh out loud again and again. And again. He’ll bring his humor to the Carolina Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8.

May. 07, 2015 @ 03:02 PM

LISA LOEB: Singer/songwriter coming to Carolina Theatre

Fans of singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb know her for her several pop albums, including lots of children’s songs that adults enjoy, too. Her new song “3,2,1, Let Go” is on the soundtrack of the new film “Helicopter Mom.” Others can pinpoint the moment in time she captured Generation X with a song she wrote and sang on another soundtrack, “Reality Bites,” in 1994. In “Stay (I Missed You)” her memorable song includes an often homaged and parodied video of her walking around an apartment.

May. 07, 2015 @ 11:56 AM

Entertainment briefs, May 8

  • Four Seasons tickets on sale Friday
  • Ramblers to perform at cancer benefit
  • Concert pays tribute to Robeson, Parker, Joplin
  • Singer Scott coming to DPAC
  • Cedar Ridge to present pops concert
  • Concert to celebrate music of George Jones

May. 06, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

JAZZ & RELIGION: Examination of music, faith and ‘conversion’

Many listeners of jazz speak of their first encounter with the music in terms of a conversion experience. One hears stories, from listeners and musicians, of a particular recording or performance that drew them into the music, and transformed their way of listening.

May. 05, 2015 @ 04:54 PM

‘Beauty and the Beast” added to DPAC season

The Durham Performing Arts Center has added a new show to its 2015-16 Broadway schedule, and it’s an encore of a popular Disney musical.

May. 02, 2015 @ 04:58 PM

PICTURE PERFECT: Spring Art Walk brings community, artists together

The streets of downtown were alive with residents walking to and from local shops and hotspots that opened their doors to the Durham Art Council’s Art Walk on Saturday. The event continues Sunday, May 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. The two-day event is held twice a year — spring and fall — as a way to bridge the gap between local artists and the community.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

Choreographer stresses human connections

It’s no whim that choreographer ShaLeigh Comerford chose to have the audience sit in a circle for the premiere of her evening-length work, “Aló.” That premiere, presented by Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA), takes place Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at Reality Ministries in Durham.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 03:08 PM

Entertainment briefs: A look at what's coming up

Regulator Bookshop ... PlayMakers ... DPAC ... ArtsCenter

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 05:49 PM

CITY OF ARTISTS: 22 venues open for weekend’s Durham Art Walk

At the Durham Art Walk and Spring Market Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, visitors can purchase goods by local artists, and get a look at some of the process that goes into painting, jewelry making, textiles and other forms of visual art.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

LIVING HISTORY: Re-enactors relive 1865 surrender talks

On Saturday, Bennett Place was filled with some 400 re-enactors and hundreds of visitors during the first day of the weekend-long remembrance events of the April 26, 1865 surrender of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston to Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. Visitors were able to witness what the the final negotiations would have been like back 1865 — lack of electricity and all. During the day both the Union and Confederate States of America armies conducted drill demonstrations.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:32 PM

Bands battle Thursday for slots at Tour de Fat

Four North Carolina bands will be competing for a chance to perform at this year’s Tour de Fat. Dark Water Rising of Chapel Hill, Spaceship Days of Durham, Falling Through April of Charlotte, and songwriter Nick Driver of Raleigh will perform at Motorco Music Hall for the first round Thursday, April 30. Two finalists will be chosen from the Motorco event. Representatives of New Belgium Brewing Co., which sponsors Tour de Fat, will pick a winner based on audience applause and participation.

Apr. 24, 2015 @ 07:11 PM

FAMILY TIES: N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble: It’s in the genes

If they could tap to it, no doubt the N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble would have used Sly and the Family Stone’s “We Are Family” in one of their shows over the years. That’s because family figures into both the ensemble’s make-up as well as how members and founder Gene Medler think of it.