Chris Tucker at DPAC
DURHAM – Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for comedian and actor Chris Tucker’s performance April 19 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St. Tucker starred in “Rush Hour,” “Friday” and most recently, “Silver Linings Playbook.” Get tickets at www.dpacnc.com, 919-680-2787 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Food Network star coming to DPAC
DURHAM – The North Carolina Science Festival is bringing Alton Brown, host of the Food Network’s “Good Eats,” to Durham Performing Arts Center on April 18. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today at www.dpacnc.com, 919-680-2787 or www.ticketmaster.com.
“An Evening with Alton Brown: The Science of Cooking” will feature Brown’s kitchen science with comedy, culture and cooking, followed by a question and answer session with the audience. A question-and-answer session with audience members will follow Brown’s performance.
U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus perform free concert Saturday
DURHAM – The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus from Washington, D.C. will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, 1219 Broad St., Durham. The concert is free, but tickets are required. To reserve and print tickets, visit www.armyfieldband.com/tickets. The 65-member concert band performs marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic songs and instrumental and vocal solos. For more information about Saturday’s concert, contact Aaron Plourde at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-416-2872.
Blue Ribbon Healers string band plays The Depot, The Cave and Motorco
Blue Ribbon Healers, whose members describe it as a “swinging string band with a sound that’s as much grassy and down-home as it is sultry and exotic,” will perform at three venues in Durham and Orange counties within a week. First up is a free show from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Depot in Hillsborough, then a $5 show at 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Cave in Chapel Hill, and finally a free show from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 17 during Motorco Music Hall’s Bloody Sunday brunch in Durham. For information, visit www.blueribbonhealers.com.
The Real Laww at Wounded Warrior benefit concert
DURHAM – The Real Laww will perform for the 2nd Annual Wounded Warriors Benefit Concert Feb. 16 at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham. The Wounded Warriors Projects raises awareness and helps injured military service members. Other musical performers include Toon, The Chit Nasty Band, Jessica Long and The New Kind and DJ Shahzad. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. all ages show. Tickets are $10 advance/$15 day of show. Free for military with valid ID. For information, visit http://motorco-wounded-warriors.eventbrite.com.
Music and the Global American South conference at UNC
CHAPEL HILL – Music and the globalization of the American South will be the topic of a two-day conference at UNC Chapel Hill today and Saturday. “Southern Sounds/Out of Bounds: Music and the Global American South” will explore culture, values and practices surrounding southern music through a variety of free programming. It is hosted by the Center for Global Initiatives and the Center for the Study of the American South, in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts. For information and schedule, visit cgi.unc.edu/gas. There are also two concerts related to the conference. For tickets to concerts by Carolina Chocolate Drops and Vusi Mahlasela tonight or Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch with Wu Fei on Saturday, visit www.carolinaperformingarts.org or call 919-843-3333.
Archbishops of Blount Street play Feb. 16
DURHAM – The Triangle ska band, Archbishops of Blount Street, will perform at 11 p.m. Feb. 16 at Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St., Durham. Bob Funck opens at 10 p.m. For tickets, visit http://thebroadstreetcafe.com.
Entries sought for Grossman photo competition
DURHAM – Through This Lens gallery is taking submissions for the first Will Grossman Photo Award. The exhibition opens March 23 and selected works will be displayed through May 4. Cash awards are $500, $250 and $100, with additional prizes for Peoples Choice and Honorable Mention. The theme is The Triangle and may include photographs made within the past five years in Durham, Orange, Chatham, Wake, Vance, Granville or Person counties. Any photographic process or combination of processes may be used. Mixed media is allowed, as long as the photographic process is dominant.
Grossman, longtime Durham resident, business owner, community activist and artist, passed away in 2012. A photo competition in Grossman’s name will be held each year in remembrance of him and his work, and to promote photography in the Triangle. For details, contact Roylee Duvall, director of Through This Lens, at 919-687-0250 or email@example.com. For contest rules, visit www.throughthislens.com/grossmanphotocompetition/. Through This Lens is located at 303 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham.
Museum observes Forensic February
DURHAM – It’s Forensic February at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. For the entire month, visitors to the Museum’s Lab will be asked to help solve crimes by using the same forensic tools as real crime scene investigators.
Magnetic powder will be used to dust for prints. Microscopes and dye will be used to analyze which fiber suspects were wearing. “Visitors will also experiment with chromatography, examine notes left at crime scenes and learn about handwriting analysis,” said museum lab educator Anna Engelke. Forensic February is held Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All forensic activities are free with museum admission. For more information, visit www.lifeandscience.org or call 919-220-5429.
Scrap Exchange seeks ‘Friends and Family’ submissions
DURHAM – The Scrap Exchange is seeking artists of all ages, mediums and skill levels to participate in its annual Friends and Family show that celebrates the art of creative reuse happening throughout the community. “Friends and Family” will open April 19 in The Scrap Exchange’s Green Gallery. The non-juried, open hanging show is a chance for artists of all ages, experience, styles and mediums in the Triangle to participate in an art show. “Friends and Family” will be open in the Green Gallery from 6-9 p.m. April 19-May 11. Artists may submit up to three pieces, ready to hang or display. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960 or visit www.scrapexchange.org.
Stone Center presents ‘Bloodlines’
CHAPEL HILL – Los Angeles multi-media artist Toni Scott’s show “Bloodlines” is now on view through April 26 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC. “Bloodlines” is a personal exploration into the historical foundations of African-Americans and their interest in recovery, remembrance, reconnecting and re-visioning. Through sculpture, painting and digital renderings, real stories of courage, survival and racism are explored. Scott’s work ranges from lifelike sculptures cast in bronze and fiberglass, to carvings in marble, alabaster, soapstone and Douglas fir – wood from which she carves totem poles which stand more than 9 feet tall. For information, call 919-962-9001, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.unc.edu/depts/stonecenter.
Liberty Arts presents ‘Architecture of Oppression’
DURHAM – Artist Joe Bigley will present a series of sculptures titled “Architecture of Oppression,” at Liberty Arts, Cordoba Center for the Arts, 923 Franklin St., Durham. An opening reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15 and feature music by Robert Trowers and the NCCU Brass Ensemble, steel drumming by Wilton DuBois and storytelling from Carolyn Evans. This exhibition runs through April 6. Visit Liberty-Arts.org for details. Group and school visits can be arranged by appointment at 919-680-0668.
Five Oaks series presents April Verch
DURHAM – Fiddler, step dancer and singer April Verch and band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Five Oaks Clubhouse, 5109 Pine Cone Dr., Durham, as apart of the Forty Acres Concert Series. Verch and her band will be previewing music from her upcoming release, “Bright Like Gold.” Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For information, visit fiveoaksclub.com.
Hulett to present pottery exhibit
DURHAM – Local potter, ceramic artist and Durham Arts Council instructor Becca Hulett brings her fine hand-thrown stoneware and clay art to the BASEMENT gallery on Third Friday, Feb. 15, from 6-9 p.m. Hulett will launch her new dinnerware line “table4four” at the event. The pieces feature experimental shapes and glazes alongside her classic styles. The BASEMENT is at 305 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham (enter from alley behind the building). This exhibit will be on display through Feb. 28. For more details, call 919-289-9893 or visit www.susanfrosch.com.
Singer-storyteller performing at Open Eye
CARRBORO – Pittsboro songwriter and storyteller Eric Bannan and Harmonica Man Dan will perform at Open Eye Café at 8 p.m. Saturday. Bannan is a storyteller, performing songwriter, back country adventure racer, husband, father and mountain biker. His music is a brew of blues roots, stories and grooves. His new CD is “Wild Places.” Open Eye Café is at 101 S. Greensboro St. For information, call 919-968-9410.
Song writing winner to perform at Fullsteam
DURHAM – Aaron Burdett, whose bluegrass-inspired “Going Home to Carolina” won the prize in Our State magazine’s Carolina Songs competition, will perform the winning song and others from his previous albums at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham. Burdett, of Saluda, N.C., is a regular in the Asheville music scene, having recently released his fourth album, “Breathing Underwater,” which was voted No. 10 in top regional releases and No. 51 overall on WNCW’s Top 100 list of 2012. He has collaborated on past albums with members of Big Daddy Love, Acoustic Syndicate, Free Planet Radio, and Snake Oil Medicine Show. He has also opened for the Avett Brothers.