Lifestyles: Entertainment

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

‘Dirty Dancing’ from movie to stage

“Dirty Dancing” is a summer movie that has lived way beyond its 1987 release, becoming entrenched in pop culture for its love story, songs, dancing and setting. It was filmed at Lake Lure, North Carolina, and at Mountain Lake in Giles County, Virginia – both mountain settings filling in for the fictitious Kellerman’s resort in upstate New York. It’s the story of Baby, the teenage girl played in the film by Jennifer Grey, who falls in love with the dance instructor Johnny, played by Patrick Swayze in the film. It’s set in 1963 with music from that era along with new songs, making for a memorable soundtrack of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” “Hey Baby,” “Hungry Eyes” and “Do You Love Me,” which are all in the new musical.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

Greenberg: Examining Rauschenberg’s broad influence

There is some fascinating art at the Nasher Museum of Art, and the conversations between the works span decades and cross continents. The core of the show is 34 works of art by Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) on loan from the Rauschenberg Foundation. Those images have been juxtaposed with Russian art created during the 1980s and 1990s, which are part of the Nasher permanent collection. Added to this mix are 24 works from the newly acquired gift of more than 50 objects by San Franciscan Bruce Conner (1933-2008), photographer, videographer, collage artist and longtime friend of Rauschenberg.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • Group to pay tributes to Strayhorn, Coltrane
  • Mount Vernon to present ‘Youth Arts Explosion’
  • Bluegrass band to play Bynum benefit
  • Moorefields to present bluegrass festival
  • Cast from ‘Vanya’ to give talk
  • Through This Lens to open ‘People with Purpose’
  • Governor, guests to present ‘Surviving Grace’

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

Party time on Blackwell Street

American Tobacco Campus’ 10th anniversary celebration culminates Sunday afternoon with a street party featuring music, performances and food trucks from 1 to 5 p.m. downtown.
Starting off the musical performances Sunday will be the Heart of Carolina Chorus, a 25-member male barbershop chorus established 10 years ago, too, in Durham.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Ori Naftaly Band to perform at Bull Durham festival

The Ori Naftaly Band, who will perform on Saturday’s bill at the 27th Bull Durham Blues Festival, is another of countless examples of how musical influences migrate.

Guitarist Naftaly and vocalist (and instrumentalist) Eleanor Tsaig both grew up together in Israel, where they heard American blues, soul, funk and related styles.

Sep. 03, 2014 @ 12:56 PM

Blues Festival: Music ‘from his soul’

Phillip and Chuck Campbell, two members of the sacred steel band The Campbell Brothers, say audiences should come to their concert Friday at Hayti Heritage Center prepared to get involved with the music.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 06:53 PM

REVIEW: Intimate, thought-provoking work by DeFrantz, Stewart

At the Thursday performance of “where did I think I was going? [moving into signal],” performed and created by Thomas F. DeFrantz and  Kenneth David Stewart, the audience could ask the same thing. “Where did we, the audience, think we were going in this theater with a dancer and musician and a network of cables, cameras and laptop computers?”

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

Entertainment briefs

  • ‘Local Color’ to benefit arts program
  • Phillip Phillips tickets on sale today
  • Polyphonic Spree to play ArtsCenter
  • Mercury to host listening session
  • Hillsborough to present Colonial Kids Day
  • Town to observe final Last Friday event
  • Third annual ‘Freddie for a Day’ slated

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Fall preview: Century Center, Carolina Theatre, Full Frame present film series

The big film festivals – Full Frame and the N.C. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – take place in the spring and summer, but fall has several film series, and many of the screenings are free. Here are a few:


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 12:59 PM

Greenberg fall preview: This season, Rauschenberg, Miro and Rembrandt

The fall season is the busiest time of the year; school begins, the leaves turn and art in all its forms competes for our attention. This year is no exception. The next months will see art exhibitions of the giants from the golden age Dutch and Flemish artists of the 17th century to those of the 20th. And while modern painting was moving off the walls and out of the frame, a mechanical object called the camera was changing everything we thought we knew about the visible world and we’ll see what that looks like.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Fall preview: Dance increasing strong presence in arts scene

Offerings from a brand-new, Durham-based dance organization; two women – one from the Triangle, the other from India -- who are trailblazers in their dance forms; performers from Rio de Janiero; work by a Haitian-born, Durham resident; and a new, autobiographical dance by a Duke professor/dance scholar/performer liven up the dance scene this fall.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 10:58 AM

Fall favorites at the Carolina Theatre

After the performance of humorist John Hodgman on Sept. 5, the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St. has a full schedule of comedy, concerts and other shows this fall. Here are some highlights:

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 05:17 PM

From ‘The Daily Show’ to Carolina Theatre

John Hodgman became a household face, if not yet a name, when Apple commercials ran for years with him playing the nerdy PC. For the record, he’s actually a Mac man.

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Fall preview: ‘Phantom,’ Cosby and Manheim Steamroller at DPAC this season

The Durham Performing Arts Center starts another fall off with Broadway tours and sold-out concerts. Here are some highlights of the schedule:


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 09:58 AM

Fall preview: UNC to commemorate WWI through performing arts

During its 2014-2015 season, Carolina Performing Arts will partner with the Institute of Arts and Humanities’ campuswide World War I Centenary Project, and will present a three-performance program in its inaugural Curatorial Fellowship through the Arts@TheCore program. The season also will include a number of free and public events.