Entertainment briefs

Feb. 20, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

Poets to present ‘The Originals’
DURHAM –  “The Originals: Gil Scott-Heron & Oscar Brown Jr.” will be presented at Spartacus Restaurant at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Poets Dasan Ahanu and Tai Allen will perform during this Black History Month event.  Both artists are experienced performers, published poets and musicians.
The will perform poems and songs by Scott-Heron and Brown.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Spartacus Restaurant is at 4139 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Tickets may be purchased at www.blackpoetrytheatre.com.

Transactors to present ‘Spring is Sprouting’
CARRBORO -- "Spring is Sprouting" is the theme when Transactors Improv’s “For Families!” show returns to The ArtsCenter March 8. This unscripted theatrical performance is based on audience suggestions and intended for families with children in elementary through middle school.
The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steven Warnock.
Show time is 6 p.m. General tickets are $9, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students and ArtsCenter Friends. The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St. For tickets, visit www.artscenterlive.org or call 919-929-2787.

Ian Anderson coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Flutist and songwriter Ian Anderson will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center Oct. 4, supporting the release of a new studio album “Homo Erraticus.” The recording continues the story of the classic recording “Thick As A Brick.”
Anderson will be performing with guitarist Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara and drummer Scott Hammond.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.DPACnc.com, at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.

Art gallery to present ‘Mind and Spirit’
HILLSBOROUGH -- Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery will present "Mind and Spirit:  Color Poems on Canvas," featuring artwork by Alexander (Sandy) McBride Feb. 28- March 22.
The public is invited to meet the artist and view the show at an opening reception Feb. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Hillsborough's Last Friday festivities. The gallery is at 102 N. Churton St. across from the Wooden Nickel. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For information, call 919-643-2500 or visit hillsboroughartscouncil.org.

Northgate to celebrate Seuss
DURHAM – Visitors are invited to grab a hat or come dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character when The Cat in the Hat comes to Northgate Mall March 1.
Educator Terri Morley will come dressed in character and lead children and their families in three interactive shows, including reading, singing and dancing. 
All March 1 events are free and open to the public, with shows at Northgate’s Center Court at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
March 2 marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday (1904-1991) and has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative to encourage childhood reading, created by the National Education Association.
Also on March 1, Stadium 10 Theaters at Northgate will present a screening of the film adaptation of “Cat in the Hat” at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $1.

Art of Cool adds VIP ticket
DURHAM -- The Art of Cool Festival has added a VIP experience to the festival, which will be held April 25 and 26.
Through PNC Bank’s support, the festival will have a limited number of tickets for the two-day VIP experience. These tickets include an opening party at the Nasher Museum of Art on April 23, access to VIP lounges and secret VIP venues, along with priority access to all shows and a swag bag.
Ticket prices start at $65 for a one-day pass; a two-day pass can be purchased for $120. The VIP packages are available for $275. Tickets can be purchased at www.aocfestival.org.

ADF seeking ‘Screendance’ film submissions
DURHAM -- The American Dance Festival is accepting submissions for the 19th Annual International Screendance Festival that will take place during the festival's 81st season June 12-July 26. Since its inception, the ISF has played a significant role in investigating and promoting the relationship between dance and cinematography.
All applications and video submissions must be made online. Applications can be submitted at www.regonline.com/ISF2014, and links to YouTube, Vimeo, or other video hosting sites should be provided within the application.
The early deadline for submissions is March 14, and has a discounted entry fee of $30. The final deadline for all submissions is April 11, and the entry fee is $40. Questions should be directed to Jenny Fornoff at adf@americandancefestival.org 
or 919-684-6402.

DAC taking grant applications
DURHAM – The Durham Arts Council is now accepting applications for the
Organization’s season grant program.  The deadline for applications is 9 p.m. March 3.
For more information about the program and the application process for activities occurring between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, contact Margaret DeMott at 919-560-2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org.
The arts council also will honor this year's Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant recipients at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. Past recipients will perform at this event.
For information, visit www.durhamarts.org.

New collages by slavick
CHAPEL HILL— The Horace Williams House will present “Heterotopias,” an exhibit of new collages by elin o’Hara slavick, beginning March 2 and continuing through March 30.
A free, public opening reception for the artist will be held March 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Horace Williams House is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The house is at 610 E. Rosemary St. For information, call 919-942-7818.

--From staff reports