Northgate opens Discovery Nook
DURHAM -- Northgate Mall and Durham County Library have partnered to produce free, kid-centered educational reading events at the mall with the launch of the Discovery Nook May 17.
Located in Northgate’s Children’s Alleyway between entrance 2 and 4, the Discovery Nook features books, stories, drama, local authors and fun with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
The first event celebrates National Children’s Book Week, May 12-17. It is scheduled for May 17 at 10:30 a.m., and features science-based stories read by Durham County Library Youth Partners.
All participants will receive a free book to continue the reading fun at home.
During National Children’s Book Week, the Discovery Nook will feature book displays and information about the Summer Reading Program and other Durham County Library events.
For updated event information, visit www.northgatemall.com. All Discovery Nook events are free and open to the public. Northgate Mall is at 1058 W. Club Blvd.
NCMA presents ‘Sacred Motherhood’
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Museum of Art will present “Sacred Motherhood: Mother-and-Child Representations from the Permanent Collection,” a free exhibition featuring works from ancient Egypt to the 21st century. The exhibition includes artifacts, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, and lithographs that depict mother and child. The 13 works in the exhibition examine multiple facets of motherhood — from pregnancy to the pain of separation at death.
Sacred Motherhood is now on view. The museum invites mothers and their children to visit the exhibition and continue exploring the theme of motherhood in the permanent collection galleries of the museum’s West Building. The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road.
Caught A Ghost, Wild Belle to play Motorco
DURHAM -- Caught A Ghost will be playing at Motorco Music Hall with Wild Belle at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Caught A Ghost is the combined efforts of Jesse Nolan and Tessa Thompson. Thompson is also an actress and stars in the Sundance Jury Prize 2014 winner, "Dear White People." The Los Angeles-based band's debut album “Human Nature” came out April 1.
Wild Belle is the brother and sister duo of Elliot Bergman and Natalie (Belle) Bergman. They have recently put the finishing touches on “Isles,” the first full-length album of music written and performed by the siblings under the band name Wild Belle.
For tickets and information, visit motorcomusic.com.
LUEWWD to hold 10th fundraiser
DURHAM -- The League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham, or LUEWWD, will host its 10th fundraiser May 17 at 9 p.m. at Social Games and Brews, 1007 W. Main St. Proceeds from the event will be given to Durham Connects, which provides in-home nurse visits free of charge to all parents of newborns in Durham County.
LUEWWD Inc. hosts theatrical women’s arm wrestling fundraisers to raise funds for women and girls in Durham. The organization has raised more than $50,000 since the first event in 2010 for local organizations including Durham Crisis Response Center, InStepp, Girls Engineering Change, Girls Rock and other non-profits.
Admission fee is $5. Doors will open at 7:30 and guests can play pool, shuffle board, foosball and other video games available at Social. Kocina food truck will also be ready to serve guests.
If you are interested in donating to this event or sponsoring a contestant, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer for this event, visit email@example.com.
The Bar to hold benefit
DURHAM -- The Bar, at 711 Rigsbee Ave., will present a dance and benefit for iNSIDEoUT, a youth-led network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and straight allied youth and Gay-Straight Alliances (school-based clubs). The event will be held Saturday beginning at 9 p.m.
This fundraiser will help iNSIDEoUT expand its efforts to provide a safe space for all youth to form life-long friendships and develop their leadership skills.
This event includes a DJ, dancing, drinks and a raffle. Visitors must be 18 or older to enter, 21 or older to drink alcohol. Cover charge is $5, but no one will be turned away.
For information, visit www.iNSIDEoUT180.org.
Groups present ‘Moral Movies’ series
DURHAM -- The N.C. Justice Center, the N.C. NAACP and Working Films will present the Moral Movies film series to promote dialogue and action on social, economic, and environmental issues.
Moral Movies will take place the last week of each month through July.
After the screenings representatives from the NCAE and Tar Heel Alliance of Classroom Teachers will be on hand to share more about how to get involved and support public education in North Carolina.
Here is a list of the remaining screenings in Durham:
-- “American Winter,” May 29, 7 p.m. Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus, 320 Blackwell St.
-- “Freedom Summer,” June 26, 7 p.m. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
-- “Inequality For All,” July 31, 6:30 p.m. Durham County Library Auditorium, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Author to discuss ‘In the Meantime’
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host Sarah Sharma for a reading from her book “In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics,” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St.
“In the Meantime” focuses on how we, as a society, view time, especially the assertion that “the world is getting faster. Sharma researched and interviewed people whose jobs or hobbies involve a persistent link to time: taxi drivers, frequent-flyer business travelers, corporate yoga instructors and devotees of the slow-food and slow-living movements.
Sharma is associate professor of media and cultural studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Admission is free.
Choir to present sacred Orthodox music
DURHAM -- The Triangle Orthodox Chorale will present a concert titled Sacred Orthodox Music of the Ecclesiastical Year at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church at 7 p,m. Saturday. The church is one-half mile south of Interstate 40 Exit 274 at 8306 N.C. 751.
Under the direction of Elia Nicholas and accompanied by organist Irina Monzolevskaya, the 40-voice Chorale will perform a selection of hymns celebrating major Christian holy days.
There is no concert admission charge, but a donation of $15 is suggested. Proceeds will benefit the chorale’s ministry and the Saint Barbara Church Building Fund. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to be assured of a seat; doors will open at 6:15 p.m.
A reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the concert. Orders for concert CDs will be accepted. For information, contact Helen Paliouras at 919-942-4229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chorus sponsoring a poetry contest
DURHAM -- Voices, the Chapel Hill chorus, is holding a poetry competition for unpublished high school age poets living in Orange, Chatham and Durham counties. Entries must be based on the topic “American Dreams.” Entries will be accepted until May 15.
The results of the competition will be announced May 31 at the Voices concert, “The Genius of Mozart,” at Memorial Hall on the UNC campus. The winning poems will be performed July 18 at the Summer Voices concert at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill.
To submit a poem, send an email to email@example.com.
‘American Idol’ tour coming to DPAC
DURHAM – The top 10 finalists of “American Idol” will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center on July 13.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787 or in person as 123 Vivian St.
COT to present ‘Past Meets Present’
DURHAM -- The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle will finish its 31st concert season with a performance Sunday at the Carolina Theatre at 3 p.m.
Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, piano, will be the featured artist for the concert, titled “The Past Meets The Present.” Schwizgebel-Wang will play classics and new works. Featured pieces include Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2, Mozart's Symphony No. 35 (nicknamed “The Haffner”), and “Nine Symphonic Pictures” by Andreas Gies, which won the Spoleto, Italy, Competition.
To emphasize its commitment to engaging young people with classical music, the orchestra provides free seating at every concert to students of all ages.
General admission tickets are $20. Tickets are available in person at the Carolina Theatre box office or by calling 919-560-3030.
RTOOT to perform spring concert
CARY – The Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. May 19 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
The RTOOT will provide a combination of orchestral music and unexpected humor. For more, visit www.rtoot.org.
Tickets are $9 and may be purchased at The Cary Arts Center box office or online at www.etix.com.
Transactors to present two family shows
CHAPEL HILL -- Transactors Improv will present two shows -- one about families and one for them -- at Common Ground Theatre May 16 and 17.
Transactors will get ready for summer break by presenting “Family Vacation,” an homage to long auto trips, May 16. This improvised piece will be based on audience suggestions.
Show time for “Family Vacation” is 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 general admission, $10 for students and senior citizens. Advance tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/665380.
The next day, May 17, “For Families!” takes the Common Ground stage. This energetic, fun show is intended for children, adults and everyone in-between. Watch improv games based on audience suggestions. This show will be at 1 p.m. in Common Ground Theatre. Tickets are $9 general admission, $6 for students. Advance tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.come/event/665387.
Common Ground Theatre is at 4815B Hillsborough Road.
-- From staff reports