RTOOT announces auditions
CARY – The Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle (RTOOT) will hold open auditions for musicians who would like to join the orchestra for the spring 2013 season.
Auditions will be held Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, Paul Cooper Room, 101 Dry Ave. For information, call 919-469-4069.
To schedule an audition, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request an audition application.
Scheduled auditions will be 15 minutes long. Musicians will have the opportunity to play a prepared piece of approximately two to three minutes in length and two scales as well as being asked to sight-read a short piece.
Friends’ library sale begins today
CHAPEL HILL – The Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library will present the last big book sale in the library’s temporary location at University Mall. The library soon will move to its expanded, permanent space. The sale begins today from 3 to 5 p.m. The first day is a members-only sale, but Friends of the Library memberships will be on sale beginning at 2:15 p.m.
Saturday’s sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday is the bag sale, from 1 to 4 p.m. Bags will be provided at $3 per bag with no limit on the number of bags you may purchase.
Children’s book prices start at 50 cents; all others, at $1.
The sale location is in University Mall next to Southern Season.
DtownMARKET to present second fashion show
DURHAM – DtownMARKET will present its second fashion show today at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave. This runway exhibition, which features local fashion artists from the Triangle, begins at 7:30 p.m.
DtownMARKET’s goal is to curate an eclectic showcase of style and design in celebration of Carolina style, with an emphasis on refashioned fabrics and materials.
Tickets are $15 for seats closest to the runway. General admission tickets (includes bleachers and standing room) will be $7 advance, $10 day of show. To purchase tickets, visit dtownmarket.com.
Rags to Riches announces library shows
DURHAM – Rags to Riches theater for young audiences will perform the following free performances in various Durham County Library branches:
“The Frog Prince,” Saturday, 2 p.m. at South Regional Library.
“Rumplestiltskin,” Sunday, 3:30 p.m. at the Main Library.
“Rumplestitlskin,” Monday, 10:30 a.m. at the Bragtown Library.
“The Frog Prince,” Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. at the Stanford Warren Library.
“Rumplestitlskin,” Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at the North Durham Library.
“The Frog Prince,” Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at the East Regional Library.
“The Frog Prince,” Thursday, 10:30 a.m. at the Main Library.
“Rumplestiltskin,” Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Southwest Library.
“The Frog Prince,” Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at the McDougald Terrace Branch.
For more information, visit www.durhamcountylibrary.org.
Submissions being taken for Hillsborough Sculpture Tour
HILLSBOROUGH – Sculptors are invited to enter the Hillsborough Sculpture Tour 2013. This will be the second time outdoor sculpture is exhibited throughout downtown Hillsborough. The tour, sponsored by the Hillsborough Arts Council, will occur April 26, 2013, until April 2014.
The tour is open to all artists. Sculpture must be suitable for outdoor public display, stable and free-standing. Sculptor Patrick Dougherty will select six winning sculptures. Each winner will receive an honorarium of $800. At the closing of the tour the People’s Choice Award will be announced based on spectator votes.
Entry forms and additional information are available on the Hillsborough Arts Council’s website at www.HillsboroughArtsCouncil.org, and from the Tour Coordinator, Gail Cooley, at Sculpture@HillsboroughArtsCouncil.org.
Studio presents still-life drawing session
DURHAM – Mercury Studio, at 407-A N. Mangum St., will present an evening of different approaches to still-life drawing from 7:30 to 9 p.m. today. Participants will all work from the same still-life set-up. Visitors are encouraged to experiment with positive and negative space, composition, the role of color, and other elements.
Megan Jones, Mercury Studio’s art director, will guide the session.
For information, visit mercurystudiodurham.com.
Mipso to perform at Friday Center Saturday
CHAPEL HILL – Local bluegrass band Mipso will perform at the first Friday Center Concert Under the Atrium Saturday at UNC Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education.
Formed in 2010 by four current UNC students, Mipso has a sound rooted in the music of North Carolina’s mountains and Piedmont. With an old-school combination of fiddle, mandolin, bass, guitar and four voices in close harmony, Mipso mixes bluegrass ingredients with a healthy dose of 21st-century energy.
Doors for this concert open at 7 p.m., and food trucks will be in the parking lot starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door, and are available at the Carolina Union Box Office or by phone at 919-962-1449.
Hall & Oates returning to DPAC
DURHAM – Daryl Hall and John Oates will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center for the first time since 2011 on March 13. Their last performance sold out quickly and concert organizers say fans can expect this one to sell rapidly, too.
Hall & Oates have become such musical influences on some of today’s popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine’s headline read, “Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground.” Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.dpacnc.com, at 919-680-2787 or through ticketmaster.com.
Whispers, Dramatics to perform at DPAC
DURHAM – Rhythm and blues veterans The Whispers and The Dramatics will perform March 9 at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
One of R&B music’s most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers began their career in 1963. After two decades of hits, their first platinum album “The Whispers” (1980) highlighted their biggest hit “And The Beat Goes On” as well as “A Song For Donny,” a song written by Carrie Lucas in memory of Donny Hathaway. It was their most successful album (double platinum). The neoclassic “Lady,” written by group member Nicholas Caldwell, is still a favorite at concerts.
The Dramatics have been one of the most prolific groups of the last three decades. The Dramatics were a ’60s stand-up vocal group, specializing in romantic ballads, but ably made the transition to the disco era in the late ’70s with aggressive dance numbers. Their hits in the ’70s included “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” “In The Rain,” and “Hey You! Get Off My Mountain.”
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.dpacnc.com, at 919-680-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Salon sessions to focus on arts and the law
CARRBORO – The next two Artists’ Salons, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, will be a two-part series on arts law presented by North Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Chapel Hill Public & Cultural Arts Office.
Durham attorney Dan Ellison will be the presenter for this free series for visual artists.
The Feb. 1 session will focus on contracts. The May 3 session will focus on “Copyright and Controversy.”
Ellison has been working with artists and nonprofit arts organizations for more than 20 years. He is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of arts law issues.
Both sessions will be held at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St. Artists who want to attend are asked to RSVP to the Orange County Arts Commission at 919-968-2011 or email email@example.com.
Chorus to present ‘Gloria et Pax’
CHAPEL HILL – Women’s Voices Chorus will present “Gloria et Pax” Jan. 19 in Durham and on Jan. 20 in Chapel Hill. The concert springs, in part, from the chorus’ tour to Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy last summer.
Part of the mission of the chorus is to promote and perform compositions by women, and this program also features works by contemporary American and Canadian women composers, including the world premiere of Caroline Mallonée’s “Shine on, O Moon of Summer.”
The contemporary works reflect the themes of praise and peace that characterize Vivaldi’s “Gloria.” Though the “Gloria” has usually been sung by soprano, alto, tenor and bass choirs, or even all-male choirs, Women’s Voices Chorus will perform the piece as it was intended: with women’s voices and baroque orchestra.
The Jan. 19 concert will be at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham. The Jan. 20 concert will be at 3 p.m. at University United Methodist Church, 300 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, with group rates available in advance. Purchase tickets at the door, at www.womensvoiceschorus.org, or from a chorus member.
—From staff reports