Entertainment briefs

May. 29, 2014 @ 11:18 AM

Tickets on sale for Triangle Rising Star
DURHAM – The Triangle Rising Star Live Showcase and Awards show will take place at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m. starring the student finalists from Triangle-area high school musical productions.
Triangle Rising Star is a regional qualifying program for the National High School Musical Theater Awards. The Triangle Rising Star Best Actor and Best Actress scholarships will be awarded following a final closed audition process and several days of workshops and rehearsals to take place leading up to the showcase ticketed event Monday.
As a regional qualifier program, The Triangle Rising Star Best Actor and Best Actress recipients will also be invited to attend the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City June 25 to July 1. This trip allows students from across the country to train with Broadway actors, directors and producers.
Tickets, starting at $10, are on sale now at www.DPACnc.com, at 919-680-2787 and at Ticketmaster.com. All ticket sales support the Triangle Rising Star program.


McLendon to celebrate recording release
DURHAM -- Durham native and Nashville recording artist Erin McLendon will celebrate the release of her debut album “Fire & Wine” with a release party at Motorco Music Hall at 8:45 p.m. Saturday. She will be accompanied by current students, fellow alumni, and some of her favorite teachers from her alma mater, Durham Academy. Tickets for this all-ages show are $10.
McLendon has found her inspiration in artists ranging from Jimmy Buffet to Aretha Franklin.  Exposed to such diverse artists as the Beatles, Tina Turner, Journey and Reba McEntire in her youth, her musical style reflects sounds spanning across multiple genres. Country music has always been her first love and heavily influences her writing and performances.
She credits her Easley Elementary School music teacher, Judy McCarson Hilliard, for convincing her to step out in front of the choir and sing solo. She has been writing songs since 10th grade, when she wrote a song about the Vietnam War for a history project.
McLendon’s debut album can be found on iTunes and all other streaming sites.
For more information, visit motorcomusic.com.

Mangum exhibit opens today
HILLSBOROUGH -- The exhibit “William Goodson Mangum, 1924-2013 – Person, Place, Thing: Portraits” opens today with a free, public reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery, 102 N. Churton St. The exhibit will be on view through June 21.
During World War II, Mangum flew as a member of a B-24 bomber crew with the 8th Air Force in England. After the war, he studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, and at the Art Students League in New York where he excelled as a portrait artist. He later taught at Western Carolina University and Salem College.
This exhibit will include sculptures, paintings and drawings.


Straight No Chaser tickets on sale today
DURHAM – A cappella group Straight No Chaser will bring its Happy Hour Tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 13.
The tour comes on the heels of the release of “Under the Influence,” the group’s fourth album release through Atlantic Records. The album features contributions from Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins and Dolly Parton.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.


Little Windows to perform
DURHAM -- Mark Weems and Julee Glaub Weems, also known as Little Windows, create a mix of Appalachian and Irish music, and traditionally based originals, with a special focus on unaccompanied ballads.
They will be performing Saturday at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse, 2700 North Roxboro St. Concert and desserts are by donation. For information, visit www.sacredgroundscoffeehouse.org.


Pianist Tyson to perform at St. Stephen’s
DURHAM – Pianist Andrew Tyson will be giving a recital Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive.
A Durham native, Tyson was a winner at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition and the winner of the Leed’s Halle Orchestra Prize for his outstanding performance of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto.  He is a 2013 winner of the Avery Fisher career award.  At Sunday’s concert, he will perform works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schumann.
Tickets, sold at the door, are $21. Admission is free for audience members 18 and under.

Pop Up Chorus to perform
CHAPEL HILL -- DSI Comedy Theater will present Pop Up Chorus, an ad hoc vocal ensemble that welcomes people to show up and sing, for its local debut Monday. The chorus will take the stage at the newly opened DSI Comedy Theater, 462 W. Franklin St.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the chorus takes the stage at 6:30 p.m.
The chorus is open to anyone regardless of ability and without an audition. It has exploded in popularity and attendance since its inception in January at Motorco in Durham. The chorus will be singing “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie and “Daunting Friend” by Lost in The Trees.  Ari Picker and Emma Nadeau from Lost In The Trees will be at the concert as guest chorus members. 
Tickets cost $5 and are available online at www.dsicomedy.com.


Elks to present dance, car fundraisers
DURHAM – The Bull City Elks Club will present “Show & Shine Car, Truck and Motorcylce Show” Sunday at 2 p.m. at Harbor Freight Tools Parking lot, 2000 Avondale Drive. Car, truck, and motorcycle owners are welcome to participate in this open-class car show to benefit the Elks scholarship program. 
Admission for presenters is a $10 donation to the scholarship program. Judging begins at 5 p.m., with the winners announced at 6.  This event is free for spectators.
The club also will present an Old School Dance Fundraiser for the scholarship fund beginning at 9 p.m. today at the Bull City Elks Lodge Hall, 2311 S. Alston Ave.
For information, email Planevents4U@yahoo.com, or call 919-452-1981.


Library to host ADF discussion
DURHAM – The Durham County Library will host Jodee Nimerichter, Allen Roses, Arthur Rogers and Gaspard Louis for a discussion of the American Dance Festival at 7 p.m. Monday at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St.
Nimerichter is the director of ADF and serves on the boards of Arts North Carolina, Durham Central Park and Emory College Center for Creativity and Arts. Roses is the chairman of the ADF Board, as well as Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine. Rogers serves on the ADF Board and runs Eno Ventures, LLC, a developer and re-developer of properties. Louis is ADF’s director of creative movement outreach and is the founder and artistic director of Gaspard & Dancers in Durham.
Admission is free.


Impromptu Players to perform
DURHAM – The Durham County Library will host the Impromptu Players for a performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.
The Impromptu Players use songs, music, poetry, dance and other kinds of movement to tell their own and audience members’ stories. InterPlay combines movement, improvisation and play to help create connections between people, their bodies, their art and their stories.
Admission is free.


Tickets for Isbell concert on sale today
DURHAM -- Recently nominated for three 2014 Americana Music Awards, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 6. Isbell will be joined by country artist Sturgill Simpson, one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know.”
Tickets go on sale today at noon at DPACnc.com, at 919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.


Different Drum to perform on Weaver St. lawn
CARRBORO – Alex Weiss and Different Drum will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday during the After Hours on the Lawn series at Weaver Street Market. Listeners are invited to bring a lawn chair or a blanket for listening, dancing and socializing as the sun sets.
On June 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., Different Drum will provide music for travelers at the Terminal 2 baggage claim area at Raleigh Durham International Airport.
For information visit www.differentdrum.us.


Deep Dish to hold annual auditions
CHAPEL HILL -- The Deep Dish Theater Company will hold its annual general auditions June 14 and 16.  Auditions are by appointment only, which can be made by emailing the theater at auditions@deepdishtheater.org and specifying when you are available. Appointments will be scheduled June 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Auditioners should bring a picture and resume and prepare a two- to three-minute monologue. If you have questions, you can call 919-968-1515. Auditions will be held in the theater at University Mall, at U.S. 15-501 and Estes Drive.
The theater is also looking for technical, design and management personnel. Interested individuals should send resumes to the email address above.
For information about the Deep Dish Theater Company, visit  www.deepdishtheater.org.

-- From staff reports