May. 16, 2013 @ 08:15 PM

Symphony to present pops concerts
DURHAM – The Durham Symphony will present two free outdoor pops concerts this weekend. The concerts, titled “The Music of the Night,” will include music of “Phantom of the Opera,” “Nutcracker,” “Carmen” and music of Duke Ellington.
The orchestra will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Park (rain location Watts Elementary School gymnasium). The symphony will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in Cameron Park, 240 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough (rain location is Cameron Park Elementary gymnasium).
High Strung Violins & Guitars will present instruments for handling at both concerts.
KidZNotes to give annual concert
DURHAM – KidZNotes will present its third annual spring concert Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Holton Career and Resource Center Auditorium, 401 N. Driver St.
Some 200 Durham kindergarten through fifth-grade children will play the classical music skills they’ve learned through a local program inspired by El Sistema, a world-renowned music for social change program. A family and friends pot luck lunch will directly follow the concert.
Established in September 2010 in East Durham, KidZNotes serves students from five low-income Durham elementary schools. Enrolled students receive 10 hours of free music instruction weekly, and, on Saturdays, all students come together for large ensembles and group instruction.
Admission to this concert is free.
Animal rescue to hold auction
PITTSBORO – Chatham Animal Rescue & Education Inc. will present the 10th Annual Bash and Auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Shady Wagon Farm in New Hill. This auction raises funds to support the organization’s targeted spay/neuter program and continuing effort to find homes for homeless cats and dogs.
The evening will be filled with food and music. Shady Wagon Farm has a covered pavilion, pond, and a barn. Enjoy a chicken dinner or vegetarian option catered by Carolina Brewery & Grill in the dining pavilion. Beer and wine will be available at the cash bar.
Tickets are available in advance for $12 at www.chathamanimalrescue.org or $15 at the door.
Manbites extends production run for ‘The Homosexuals’
DURHAM – Because of audience demand and consistently sold-out performances, Manbites Dog Theater is extending “The Homosexuals” through May 25.
In honor of the extension, playwright Philip Dawkins will be flying in from Chicago to see the play and participate in a post-show conversation following the performance on May 24. This special event is free to those who attend that evening’s performance.
General admission tickets are $17 Friday-Sunday, $12 Wednesday and Thursday. Manbites Dog season vouchers are accepted for all shows. Order online at www.manbitesdogtheater.org or by calling 919-682-3343. Manbites Dog is at 703 Foster St.
Comedian Kevin McDonald coming to Cat’s Cradle
CARRBORO – DSI Comedy Theater will bring Kevin McDonald, of the sketch comedy group Kids in the Hall, to Cat’s Cradle this summer. On Friday, June 21, McDonald takes the mic and the stage at the Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St. He will be joined by a line-up of North Carolina stand-up comedians and improvisers.
The show starts at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. They are available at www.catscradle.com and www.dsicomedy.com.
DSI announces summer classes
CARRBORO – DSI Comedy Theater is giving adults two weeks of intensives to complete the theatre’s full improv curriculum this summer. The first week gives adults a chance to complete levels 101 and 201 and the second week moves on to levels 301 and 401.
The first week starts July 1 and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The second starts July 8. Each session costs $250.
More information and registration is available online at www.dsicomedytheater.com. DSI is located at 200 N Greensboro St.
Tickets for Lewis Black show on sale today
DURHAM – Comedian Lewis Black will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets for this event go on sale today at 10 a.m.
Black, a Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, performs more than 200 nights a year to sell-out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and United States. He is one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theatres including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center, the Main Stage at the Mirage in Las Vegas and most recently a sold out Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC.
Tickets may be purchased at DPACnc.com, at 919-680-2787, or at the box office at 123 Vivian St.
Gallery to open Herrera exhibit
DURHAM – Through This Lens gallery will present an opening reception for the exhibit “Vaudeville – Photographic Work by Dan Herrera,” from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the gallery, at 303 E. Chapel Hill St.
Herrera will discuss his work during this reception. “Vaudville” is a one-person show including “Continuity” and several other 40-by-30-inch gum-bichromate prints by Herrera. The images are fantasy and craft combined. All are five-color over cyanotype.
The exhibit continues through July 13. This event is free and open to the public.
Fearrington to present ‘Art in the Village’
PITTSBORO – Artist Studios at Fearrington Village will present “Art in the Village” June 2 in the village center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A special feature for this show will be wood-fired pizzas prepared by Pittsboro’s Capp’s Apizza-Artisan Wood-Fired Pizza.
For more information, visit fearringtonartists.org/.
Organist Reed to perform music of Bach
DURHAM – Organist Jacob Reed will give a complete performance of Part III of J. S. Bach’s Clavier-Ubung Sunday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Dr. The concert will begin at 4 p.m., preceded by a half hour discussion at 3 p.m.
Reed, 17, studies organ with Dr. Wylie Quinn, organist and choirmaster at the Chapel of the Cross. He also has studied at the International Organ Academy in the Netherlands, the Oberlin High School Organ Academy, and the AGO Pipe Organ Encounter/Advanced in Boston.
The concert is presented by St. Stephen’s Concert Series. Admission is free. For information, call 919-493-5451 or email office@ssecdurham.org.
Poets to perform at Scrap Exchange today
DURHAM – The filmmakers of the upcoming spoken word poetry documentary film “Truth Underground” will present live poetry at The Scrap Exchange today during Third Friday Durham. The event begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 9.
The poets will be the evening’s entertainment in support of the Green Gallery’s “Friends and Family” community art show at The Scrap Exchange.
Poets from the spoken word poetry team, The Sacrificial Poets, along with local student poets from Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro schools will be presenting.
The Scrap Exchange is at 923 Franklin St. in the Cordoba Center for the Arts.
Liberty Arts to open new show
DURHAM – Liberty Arts will present an opening reception for a new show “Mighty Fresh,” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the organization’s space at the Cordoba Center for the Arts, 923 Franklin St.
The reception will include live demonstrations. Visitors also can stroll through the gallery, meet the artists and sidle up to the newly “scavenged” bar.
Casbah goes unplugged
DURHAM – Touring New Yorker Daryl Shawn joins area artists Anthony Neff and the duo of Adam Lane and Jeff Mullins for a night of unplugged acoustic music in Durham’s Casbah June 12.
An alumnus of Boston’s Berklee College of Music who went on to develop his craft during five years in Oaxaca, Mexico, Shawn combines his taste for unusual chords with the guitar-thumping techniques of flamenco and rhythms culled from African music.
Neff ‘s first album, “Chase Your Burden”, earned four stars from the Roots Music Report.
The duo of Adam Lane and Jeff Mullins first made a dent in the local music scene as members of the Brothers Grim.
Casbah is at 1007 W. Main St. Music begins at 8 p.m., and entry is limited to those 18 and over, or any age if accompanied by an adult. Cover charge is $5. For information, call 919-687-6969 or visit casbahdurham.com.
—From staff reports