Entertainment briefs

Jan. 30, 2014 @ 02:53 PM

Sweet Arts to celebrate 20 years
DURHAM – The Durham Art Guild will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its annual Sweet Arts Auction & Fundraiser Feb. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. This year, guests will be able to support their favorite art organization by bidding on original artwork, community goods and more. 
In addition to gathering artwork, Sweet Arts will have items for auction such as travel packages to New York City, Asheville, and Sedona; a VIP Durham Bulls package for six people, and other prizes.
This year’s event will be held on the upper level of the Durham Arts Council building at 120 Morris St. Advance tickets are $35 for individuals and $30 each for groups of two or more.
Tickets for Sweet Arts are available at dag20thannualsweetarts.eventbrite.com. For information, follow the Durham Art Guild on Facebook or Twitter, go to its website www.durhamartguild.org, or contact the gallery director, Katie Seiz, at 919-560-2713, or by email at gallerycoordinator@durhamartguild.org.

Izzard to perform at DPAC
DURHAM – Comedian Eddie Izzard will bring his “Force Majeure” world tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center on May 21.
Izzard has been awarded a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmys for “Dress to Kill,” two British Comedy Awards for Top Stand-Up Comedian, and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at  919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.

Scrap Exchange seeking submissions from artists
DURHAM – The Scrap Exchange is taking submissions for the exhibit “The ABCs of Reuse,” which will be on view in the Green Gallery Feb. 21-March 15.
“The ABC’s of Reuse” is the culmination of an artist residency program by mosaic artist Jeanette Brossart. Brossart is using broken ceramics, glass and pottery to create interactive alphabet mosaic tiles to spotlight the importance of literacy, a factor Brossart deems critical in the learning process.
Artists may submit a maximum of 3 pieces and should incorporate 75 percent reworked, repurposed, reused, or reclaimed material.
The opening reception for “The ABC’s of Reuse” exhibit will be Feb. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Opening night festivities are free to the public and will include refreshments and musical entertainment.
For submission guidelines and more information about this exhibit, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960, or send an e-mail to gallery@scrapexchange.org.

Hillsborough seeking ‘Last Fridays’ submissions
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Hillsborough Arts Council is seeking submissions for exhibitions in its art gallery during 2014. The gallery, in its fourth year of operation, is located at 102 N. Churton St.
Five shows are available as part of the Art Walk during “Last Fridays” in Hillsborough. 
The application deadline is 4 p.m. March 21. Artists living or who have studios in Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Caswell, Person or Wake counties are eligible.
For details and to download application forms, visit the Arts Council online at www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org. There is a $15 nonrefundable application fee.
If you have further questions, contact Jeanne Jepsen on 919.360.1879 or email us atgallery@hillsboroughartscouncil.org.

Tickets on sale today for Rivers’ return
DURHAM – Comedian and author Joan Rivers will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 8. Her first DPAC appearance in September 2012 sold out.
Rivers was the first woman to break the glass ceiling of late night television. After she was chosen to be the only permanent guest host on “The Tonight Show” for three years, she then went on to become the first woman ever to host her own late night talk show – “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers” on the Fox Network.
Tickets go on sale Friday (Jan. 31) at noon at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787 to at Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Happymess to celebrate third anniversary
DURHAM -- In celebration of Happymess Studio’s third anniversary, a Community Art Supply Swap will be held Feb. 8 from 1 ro 4 p.m. at 718 Iredell St.  Adults wanting to trade art supplies in unused or gently used condition are encouraged to drop off at least five items to Happymess Studios at 718 Iredell St. Feb. 6 or Feb. 7 between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Those who donates supplies will receive a ticket for every five items that will allow entry to the Art Supply Swap Feb. 8 between 1 and 4 p.m. 
Attendees of the Community Art Swap will also be the first to see and purchase items from the Happymess Art Supply Store which will hold its grand opening Feb. 9 from 1 to  5 p.m.
For information, contact holly@happymessart.com or call 919-286-9763.

DAC taking season grant applications
DURHAM -- Applications are now available for the Durham Arts Council’s Season Grants. These grants are designed to support arts activities occurring between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Nonprofit arts organizations or non-profits planning an arts activity may apply. An applicant must have nonprofit status or apply using a fiscal agent that has non-profit status.
The applicant organization must be based in Durham County or produce the majority of its programming in Durham County.
Applications must be delivered to the Durham Arts Council building at 120 Morris St. by 9 p.m. on March 3. Applications are available at the front desk of the Durham Arts Council or at www.durhamarts.org.

ADF auditioning for Six Week School
DURHAM -- The American Dance Festival will embark on a 14-city tour to audition dance students for the 2014 ADF Six Week School.
The 2014 ADF school, directed by Gerri Houlihan, coincides with ADF's 81st season held from June 12 to July 26.
Auditions in Durham will be held March 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios at 721 Broad St.
For an application and for audition information, visit www.americandancefestival.org.

Dowd to receive ADF award
DURHAM -- The American Dance Festival will award the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching to educator Irene Dowd in a ceremony June 15 at 3 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium on the campus of Duke University.
The Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey award was established in 1991 to honor educators who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of dance.
Dowd earned a BA in philosophy from Vassar College. Subsequently, she studied dance and choreography at the Juilliard School from 1968 to1970, where she performed under the direction of Anna Sokolow and José Limón. At the Juilliard School, she studied with and assisted Lulu E. Sweigard from 1968 to1974.
Simultaneously, she studied anatomy and neuro-anatomy through the School of General Studies at Columbia University's Presbyterian Medical School. She is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Hollins University. Dowd is the choreographer, director, and editor of a video-film series and is the author of numerous articles as well as the book, “Taking Root to Fly.”

--From staff reports