Entertainment briefs

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 09:53 AM

SDF to present ‘Concerto for Two Brothers’
DURHAM – The Southern Documentary Fund will present a free screening of “Concerto for Two Brothers,” a new work in progress from Charlotte filmmaker Cristina Cassidy, today at 7 p.m. at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St.
Cassidy’s documentary chronicles the lives of brothers Christopher Rex and Charles Gordon Rex Jr, both symphony musicians. Christopher Rex has been principal cellist with the Atlanta Symphony since 1979. Charles Rex was associate concert master for the New York Philharmonic under conductor Zubin Mehta, and continues to play violin in the orchestra.
The filmmaker will be at this event to take questions.


Hillsborough seeks art submissions
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Hillsborough Arts Council seeks submissions for exhibitions in its art gallery during the second half of 2014 and early 2015.
The gallery will accept work in a variety of art forms. Opening receptions are held on the last Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. and coincide with the Last Friday celebrations.
The application deadline has been extended to April 25 by 4 p.m. Artists living or who have studios in Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Caswell, Person or Wake counties are eligible.
Application forms can be found at www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org and can be submitted online. Late submissions are not accepted and incomplete applications will not be reviewed. There is a $15 nonrefundable application fee.
For information, contact Marion Jackson on 919-294-8308 or email the Gallery at gallery@hillsboroughartscouncil.org. 


DSA theater endowment seeks funds
DURHAM -- Several parents of Durham School of the Arts students are joining forces to launch the “My kingdom for a horse” campaign in support of the school’s theater department.  The campaign’s title is taken from the school’s recent production of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III.”
Founded in 2004 by another group of DSA parents, the fund is named the Carl Martin Theater Fund for Durham School of the Arts and is housed at the Triangle Community Foundation. It is named in honor of Martin, the school’s longest-serving theater teacher, who directed “Richard III.” The fund is used to pay theater production expenses, such props, costumes, royalties, and guest artist fees.
Donations may be made online at trianglecf.org or by contacting Libby Long Richards at Triangle Community Foundation at 919-474-8370.


‘For Sale’ to explore sex trafficking
CHAPEL HILL -- Maya Lea Osterman will present “For Sale,” a one-woman show exploring the issue of sex trafficking in America. The characters, although fictitious, are based on six years of research with much of the information gained through firsthand interviews.
A question-and-answer session will follow the performance.
This event will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC.
Admission is free and open to the public.


Bell tour coming to DSI
CHAPEL HILL -- DSI Comedy Theater is set to kick off the spring with an appearance by W. Kamau Bell on his “Oh, Everything!” tour. The tour follows the end of his critically acclaimed half-hour FX/FXX late night series “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.”
He will perform April 4 at 9 p.m.  Tickets cost $15 and are available in advance at www.dsicomedy.com.
DSI Comedy intends on having this event open its new space on 462 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill. However, if the space isn’t ready the event will be moved to DSI’s current space at 200 N. Greensboro St. in the Carr Mill Mall.
Bell has emerged as the post-modern voice of comedy. Named an Ambassador of Racial Justice by the ACLU, “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” premiered in August 2012.


Theater to present ‘Amadeus’
DURHAM -- Leviathan Theatre Company will present “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer at Common Ground Theater.
Productions will be April 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 at 8 p.m. and April 6 at 2 p.m.
Winner of seven Tony awards, including Best Play, “Amadeus” is a tale of power, jealousy, and a war between man and God. Antonio Salieri, the most powerful composer of his time, is confronted with the crude and infantile genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who rewrote the way music would be understood. Obsessively jealous of Mozart's gifts, Salieri realizes that his talent is no match for Mozart's. So he sets out to destroy his rival.
Jay O’Berski will direct this production. Tickets are $15 general admission. To purchase, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/537241, or visit www.amadeusdurham.com.
Common Ground Theater is at 4815B Hillsborough Road.


New paintings by Fletcher
HILLSBOROUGH -- Award-winning emerging artist Amy Fletcher will open her solo exhibition “Between the Silence:  Exploring Color Through Music” with a reception today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery. A panel of jurors from the Hillsborough Arts Council selected Fletcher’s work for a solo show in an annual call for artists last year.
Fletcher works in oil, acrylic and encaustic and spans styles from abstract to impressionistic and expressionistic. 
The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery is at 102 N. Churton St. The regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.  For information, call the gallery at 919-643-2500 or visit hillsboroughartscouncil.org.


Photographer Galvez to give presentation
DURHAM – The Durham County Library will host award-winning photographer José Galvez for a presentation honoring farm workers at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St.
Galvez’s photographs will be on exhibit at the Main Library through April 26. The exhibit focuses on the everyday lives of Latinos and combines his early work in Arizona and California along with more recent images in North Carolina and throughout the South. 
Galvez was part of the team of Los Angeles Times reporters and editors who won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for their reporting on southern California’s growing Latino community. His photographs are collected in four books, including a new autobiography, “Shine Boy,” and are exhibited throughout the United States. A book signing will follow the presentation.


Eno to open ‘Real and Surreal’
HILLSBOROUGH – A new exhibit of Robert Johnson’s work, “Real & Surreal,” will open today during a reception from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Eno Gallery, 100 S. Churton St.
Johnson is a visual storyteller whose interest in man's connection to the natural world is reflected in his evocative and often surreal work.
The Mike Acosta Jazz Duo will be performing during the reception.
For information, visit www.enogallery.net.


Anderson to release new CD
DURHAM – Saxophonist Marcus Anderson will celebrate the release his new CD, “Style Meets Substance” during a concert today at 7:30 p.m. at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
In addition to his new release, Anderson also will be spending the year on the road performing as a solo artist and with Prince and the New Power Generation.
Tickets are $25 general admission day of show. To purchase, visit www.hayti.org.


Congressional art competition opens
HILLSBOROUGH -- High school visual art students in Orange County who want to participate in the 2014 Congressional High School Art Competition may contact their high school art teacher or the Orange County Arts Commission for a student release form and guidelines. For information, visit www.artsorange.org/grants.html#congress.
Each member of Congress will bring a winning entry back to Washington, D.C., to be displayed in the corridor of the U.S. Capitol.
Orange County visual art students should bring their entries to the Orange County Arts Commission’s office at 501 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill by 5 p.m. April 11. For information, call 919-968-2011 or visit www.artsorange.org.


Concert to help build Habitat house
DURHAM -- Stella, a seven-woman a cappella singing group, and musical friends, will perform a concert to fund a house that Durham’s Habitat for Humanity will build.
Frank Stasio of WUNC will emcee this concert of music from the Great American Songbook, gospel, rock and jazz. 
The show will feature the talents of Callie Warner, guitarist Rick Keena and keyboard player Richard Tazewell of Southern Routes, gospel singer Jennifer Evans and fiddler Chris Mankoff.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., with pre-show music and information at 7 at Murphy School auditorium in the Shared Visions Retreat Center, 3717 Murphy School Road.
Admission is a $50 suggested donation. For information and tickets, visit events.durhamhabitat.org/durham/events/stella-friends-concert-to-build-habitat-home/e31270.


Couple to present ‘Sabbatical Sale’
CHAPEL HILL -- Artists Bill Neville and Betty Haskin will host a "Sabbatical Sale" April 4 and 5 at their home at 418 Whitehead Circle.
Art will be for sale April 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. and April 5 from noon to 4 p.m.
They are leaving in May to live abroad in Europe and this "Sabbatical Sale" will help empty their studio to make room for the new work over the coming years. At the event they will be selling more than 40 paintings by Haskin and wood turnings and wood furniture hand-crafted by Neville.
For information, email Cindy Campbell at cincam@aol.com by Wednesday to reserve a spot at either day of the sale.


Symphony to present music from movies
DURHAM -- The Durham Symphony, under the direction of Maestro William Henry Curry, will present a concert featuring music from the movies April 6 at 3 p.m. at Riverside High School, 3218 Rose of Sharon Road.
The orchestra will perform music from John Williams’ “Star Wars,” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” used in Disney’s “Fantasia.” And, in keeping with the symphony commitment to feature music by American composers, the concert will include Wayne Barlow’s “Winter’s Past” and the world premiere of the orchestra arrangement of Durham-based composer Steven Bryant’s “Ecstatic Fanfares.”
Joining the symphony will be Mary Catherine Cox, winner of the Durham Symphony’s 2013-2014 Young Artist Competition. The competition is held yearly for young musicians ages 13-21. Cox will play the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35.
General admission tickets are $15. Tickets are available through ETix on the Durham Symphony website or at the door beginning one hour before concert time.
For information, visit the Durham Symphony at www.durhamsymphony.org or call 919-491-6576.

--From staff reports