Entertainment briefs

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 05:59 PM

DSA to present ‘Wizard of Oz’

DURHAM -- The Durham School of the Arts Theatre Department will present the stage musical adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” March 14, 15 and 16  at 7:30 p.m., and March 16 at 3 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium at 400 N. Duke St.

The familiar story begins as Dorothy, a curious farm-girl who stumbles into the magical land of Oz by way of a phantom tornado that turns her life upside-down. The production features a fresh, young cast of actors headed by Angeline Fuqua and including Wilson Plonk as the Scarecrow, Christian Scales as the Tin Man, and Elijah Fox-Peck as the Cowardly Lion.  Add together Munchkins, Winkies and other assorted Ozians and the show’s ensemble balloons to over a hundred talented actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and technicians.

Tickets are $12 in advance online http://www.seatyourself.biz/dsa and $15 at the door.

South to present CD release party

DURHAM -- Elizabeth South, a teacher at Durham Academy, will celebrate the release of her CD “I Love You” (which features a song with Vince Gill) in a concert Saturday at 6 p.m. at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 3741 Garrett Road.

Jill and Mark Boliek (piano and guitar) will appear with her. The opening act will feature Kandis Florian. 

James to return; tickets on sale today

DURHAM – Comedian Kevin James will be returning to the Durham Performing Arts Center June 5. Following his 2012 sellout show at DPAC, James is back by popular demand with new material.

Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at 919-680-2787 and at Ticketmaster.com.

James is a producer, co-writer and star of the hit comedies “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009), “Zookeeper” (2011) and his latest film, “Here Comes The Boom.” James starred with Adam Sandler in Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster “Grown Ups” (2010) and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” (2007).

Stein to perform one-woman play ‘Etty’

DURHAM -- New York actress Susan Stein will perform her one-woman play “Etty”  March 17 at 4 p.m. at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road. The performance is sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Durham Holocaust Speakers Bureau and the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill as a part of the Jewish community’s monthlong commemoration of the Holocaust.

“Etty” is based on the letters and diaries of 29-year-old Dutch Jew, Etty Hillesum. Adapted and performed by Stein and directed by acclaimed actor, director and playwright Austin Pendleton, this one-woman play is a portrait of Etty’s struggle to declare her humanity in the face of Nazi brutality.

Tickets are available by contacting the Levin JCC at 919-354-4936.  Advance tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, teachers and JCC members.

Arts Council opening new shows

DURHAM -- The Durham Arts Council will present “The Geometry of Hope,” by Jeanne Heifetz in the Allenton Gallery and “Resolving the Disquiet,” by Jan Ru-Wan, Jody Cassell, Megan Bostic and Samantha Pell in the Semans Gallery on view from March 15 through May 5.

“With These Hands: Quilting as a Spiritual Odyssey,” by Sauda Zahra, remains on view in the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery through July 14. 

The public is invited to the free opening reception on Third Friday,  March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The galleries are open during building hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 

Carol Joy Shannon’s “Journeys and Destinations, paintings of urban landscapes,” remains on exhibit in the Durham Convention Center pre-function corridor through April 15.  The Durham Convention Center is located next to the Carolina Theatre and the Durham Marriot at 201 Foster St.

Film series to present ‘Bringing Pedro Home’

DURHAM – “Bringing Pedro Home," a just-released full-length documentary filmed in Durham, will be screened for the public at 3 p.m. March 17, at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. A $5 donation is suggested.

"Bringing Pedro Home" is the fourth film in the Peaceful Means Film Series. This twice-monthly Sunday matinee series showcases films depicting ordinary people making a world of difference through peaceful means.

Only 8 years old when brought to the United States, Pedro (now married and with a son of his own) was arrested by U.S. immigration authorities in Durham County and detained for 19 months. This documentary tells one family's real-life story of courage and determination to fight the injustice of current U.S. immigration policies.

Conductor Curry to discuss Elgar work

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina Symphony Resident Conductor William Henry Curry  will discuss the symphony’s upcoming performance “Elgar’s Enigma” at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Seymour Center Auditorium, 2551 Homestead Road.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Maestro Curry will speak about his upcoming production of “Elgar’s Enigma,” plus will share personal stories about his life and art. The lecture is sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Office of Public and Cultural Arts in collaboration with the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center.

Grossman competition exhibit to open

DURHAM – The opening reception for the Will Grossman Photo Competition exhibit will be March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Through This Lens gallery, 303 E. Chapel Hill St.

Selected works will be displayed through May 4, 2013.

Award winners will be announced at 7 p.m. the night of the opening reception. The Peoples’ Choice Award will be announced once votes are gathered.

The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

This competition will be held each year to celebrate the memory of Will Grossman, and has been funded by his friends and family, and by Through This Lens gallery. Grossman  was a photographer, painter, teacher, business owner and social activist. He was born in Czernowitz, Moldova and grew up in Romania, Israel and Brooklyn. After moving to Durham in the early 1970s, he was active in the arts and the community until his death in 2012.

For more information, call 919-687-0250 or visit www.throughthislens.com.

Library to present music by women

DURHAM -- In honor of Women’s History Month, Durham County Library will host the Chamber Choir of the Women’s Voices Chorus as they present a program of music and texts written by women. Under the direction of Allan Friedman, the chorus will sing classical, folk and gospel music selections that span the ages. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Women’s Voices Chorus is the Triangle’s only community-based classical chorus for sopranos and altos. The chorus sings classical sacred and secular music, folk songs, spirituals and a little bit of jazz. Half of the choir’s repertoire is by women composers. The chorus is made up of women of all ages and occupations.

Admission to this concert is free and open to the public.

Annual comedy competition begins today

CARRBORO – DSI Comedy Theater will once again host the competition for Carolina’s Funniest Comic. Now in its 6th year, this competition runs throughout the month of March. Shows are every Friday at 7:30 p.m. starting today.

Tickets to each round cost $12 and all shows run at DSI Comedy Theater, 200 N. Greensboro St. in the Carr Mill Mall between Elmo’s and Southern Rail. The finals will be April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

Tickets for all shows and more information can be found at www.dsicomedy.com.

COT concert features Schubert, Barber

DURHAM -- The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle continues its 2012-2013 seasib with two performances this weekend. The orchestra will perform Saturday at the Cary Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at the Carolina Theatre of Durham at 3 p.m.

For this concert, the Concert Singers of Cary Chorale with the orchestra, under the direction of Lorenzo Muti. Maestro Muti , a native of Spoleto, Italy, has guest conducted in London, Rome, the Netherlands and at the Washington Opera.

The orchestra and chorale will perform Franz Schubert’s Mass. Featured artists are          Andrea Moore, soprano; Mary Gayle Greene, contralto; Andrew Cane, tenor; and Larry Speakman, baritone. The orchestra and vocalists also will perform Samuel Barber’s “A Hand Bridge.”

Tickets for the Saturday concert may be purchased at the Cary Arts Center box office, 101 Dry Ave., on-line at www.concertsingers.org , or by phone through eTix 1-800-514-3849.                                         

Tickets for Sunday’s performance may be purchased at the Carolina Theatre of Durham box office, 309 W. Morgan St., or by calling 919-560-3030. To emphasize its commitment to engaging young people with great classical music, the orchestra provides free seating at every concert to students of all ages.

UNC to hold steel guitar symposium

CARRBORO -- The Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina’s Wilson Special Collections Library presents “The Steel Guitar,” a celebration of the iconic instrument of American roots music. This event will have performances and lectures on steel guitar styles by top musicians and leading scholars.

Beginning at 2 p.m. March 23 at The ArtsCenter, the series will present a steel guitar symposium featuring lectures by music scholars John Troutman, assistant professor of history and geography at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Tim Miller, a Ph.D. student in musicology at UNC. At 3 p.m., steel guitar artists Allyn Love and Cindy Cashdollar will demonstrate playing styles and techniques.

Also on March 23, an 8 p.m. concert will feature Chris Scruggs and His Steel Guitar, followed by Cindy Cashdollar with Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Concert tickets are required for the evening performances. Admission is $8 for ArtsCenter Friends and UNC students and employees, and general admission is $15 (advance) and $19 (day of show).  For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit artscenterlive.org/event/performance/2103.

Sliders to hold anniversary dance

DURHAM -- The Bull City Sliders Line Dance Group will celebrate their third anniversary March 23, with the theme of “March Madness” at Prince Hall Grand Lodge, 101 E. Main St.

This event will begin with a workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10.

The line dance will be held from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Cost for the party is $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show. Cost for the workshop and party is $25.

Ticket purchases are available at bullcityslidersanniversary2013.ticketleap.com/bull-city-sliders-anniversary-2013/.

Cinematheque to hold ‘3D Weekend’

DURHAM -- Durham Cinematheque will present  “3D Weekend” Saturday and Sunday. Stereographic views from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries will be displayed in a variety of formats. Durham photographers Karen and Chris Ciccone will be sharing their hand-held Viewmaster and Stereo Realist viewers and images and displaying their own 3D photographs as well as a wide selection of commercially produced images.

The daytime exhibit is exclusively still images.

As part of "3D Weekend," Durham Cinematheque will present a microcinema screening "Spectacle and Invention" March 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Hours for the still image exhibit are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9, and 1 to 5 p.m. March 10. Admission is free, but donations are requested. Durham Cinematheque is located at 305 E. Chapel Hill St.

For more information contact, DurhamCinematheque@gmail.com.

--From staff reports