May. 02, 2013 @ 04:08 PM

Get a free comic book Saturday
CHAPEL HILL – Superheroes, zombies and well-meaning sponges are just some of the stars of comic books that will be given away free as part of the 12th annual “Free Comic Book Day.”
A variety of free comics, featuring characters ranging from Spongebob Squarepants to the heroes of “The Walking Dead” will be available at comic book stores throughout the world Saturday.
More than 4.6 million free comic books are expected to be given away at more than 2,000 participating locations. The local comic book shop pays for these books at a discounted rate to give away to clientele.
Locally, these comics can be found at Chapel Hill Comics, 316 W. Franklin St., and
Ultimate Comics, 6120 Farrington Road in Chapel Hill.
Deloatch, Tymas to perform at benefit
DURHAM – The Center for Child & Family Health will present its second
annual Starry Nights fundraising event May 16 at Dame’s Chicken and Waffles in Durham. This event, titled “Harlem Night: An Evening of Love Songs & Ballads” will feature singer Lois Deloatch, accompanied by guitarist Baron Tymas.
The center’s mission is to restore stability and hope for children and families through defining, practicing and disseminating the highest standards of prevention and treatment for childhood trauma through a community-based and academic approach.
Tickets are $500 per host couple, $350 per couple, or $175 per person.
Seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at www.ccfhnc.org/donate or mail checks to The Center for Child & Family Health, 411 W. Chapel Hill St., Suite 908, Durham, NC 27701.
Carolina Ballet to perform ‘Giselle’
DURHAM – The Carolina Ballet will present “Giselle,” a romantic classical masterpiece, at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium May 16-19 and at Durham Performing Arts Center May 23.
“Giselle,” performed by every major ballet company in the world, debuted in Paris in 1841 and is considered the touchstone of ballet for the Romantic era. The ballet tells the story of a young peasant girl with a strong passion for dancing who falls in love with a nobleman in disguise and dies of a broken heart. Carolina Ballet’s production will feature music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli, with modifications by Robert Weiss, company artistic director.
The performance at DPAC will be at 8 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Carolina Ballet box office at 919-719-0900, through Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787, or at Carolina Ballet’s website, www.carolinaballet.com.
McDonald coming to DPAC
DURHAM – Five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald will perform “This Christmas, An Evening of Holiday and Hits” at the Durham Performing Arts Center Dec. 1.
McDonald will sing his hits from his vast catalog, plus classic holiday tunes.
McDonald is best known for his work with the Doobie Brothers, where his vocal chops were heard on “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin.’ ” McDonald also recorded two highly-acclaimed Motown cover albums. In 2005, he partnered with Hallmark for a special Christmas album, “Through the Many Winters,” which sold 500,000 copies in its first two weeks.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, or at the DPAC ticket center at 919-680-2787. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster.com.
Comedian Notaro to perform at Carolina Theatre
DURHAM – Tig Notaro will perform her stand-up comedy at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Carolina Theatre. Notaro has become a favorite and regular on both NPR’s “This American Life,” and on “Conan.” Her sophomore album “LIVE” sold more than 100,000 units in just 6 weeks.
In 2012, Notaro booked a series regular role on the pilot “Susan 313” for NBC and supporting roles in feature films such as “In a World” opposite Lake Bell, “Shreveport” opposite Ryan Phillippe and “Walk of Shame” opposite Elizabeth Banks.
For tickets, call 919-560-3030 or visit www.carolinatheatre.org.
Mercury Studio to present ‘Continuing the Dream’
DURHAM – Mercury Studio will present an opening reception for “Continuing the Dream,” an inclusive art exhibit showcasing the work of George Mitchell and other artists with disabilities, sponsored by Arts Access and First In Families of North Carolina.
Mitchell is a Durham artist with a BA in fine arts from N.C. Central University and an MFA in sculpture from UNC Chapel Hill, where he showed his work and also taught for 12 years. In 2003, he was the victim of gun violence, which left him paralyzed.
The opening is today from 6 to 8 p.m. Mercury Studio is at 407-A N. Mangum St. For information, visit mercurystudiodurham.com.
Guitarist Mitchell to perform at Blue Note
DURHAM – The Blue Note Grill will present The Larry Mitchell Band Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, he skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.
Mitchell is currently touring with his own trio as well as with Shelley Morningsong, Dawn Avery, Joy Harjo and Robert Mirabal.
Cover charge is $6. Blue Note Grill is at 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. For information, call 919-401-1979.
Ackland store to present Steampunk show
CHAPEL HILL – “Steamworks: Art, Stories, & Adornments,” an exploration of the thematic genre of Steampunk, will open May 10 at the Ackland Museum Store at the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets. “Steampunk” is the Steam Age (late 17th century to early 20th century) with its modern and never-before-seen technologies reimagined.
The show opens May 10 with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., featuring a performance by local musician Katharine Whalen at 7 p.m.
“Steamworks” features retro-inspired hats and fascinators by Whalen; mechanized insect sculptures and photographs by Mike Libby of InsectLab Studio; originals and prints by collage artist Ramona Szczerba; and watercolor illustrations by Polish artist Elwira Pawlikowska.
Other events will include a talk and book signing with John Claude Bemis, author of “The Clockwork Dark” trilogy, at 7 p.m. May 23.
This exhibit is on view through July 13. For further details, please contact the Ackland Museum Store at 919-962-0216.
DAC seeks CenterFest submissions
DURHAM – The Durham Arts Council is seeking submissions from artists, musicians, vendors and other participants for the 39th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival, to be held Sept. 21 and 22.
The 2013 CenterFest will be located in downtown Durham in the area that includes Morris, Main, and Chapel Hill Streets, Five Points and CCB Plaza. The site configuration will reflect downtown's many new retail, restaurant, streetscape and public spaces.
Deadlines are listed below. For more information, visit www.durhamarts.org.
-- Artist applications due May 31
-- Performer applications due June 21
-- Creative community applications due July 12
-- Nonprofit booth applications due July 19
-- Food vendor applications due July 20
Volunteer registration will open soon.
RTOOT to pay tribute to academia
CARY – The Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle (RTOOT) will perform their spring concert, “In the Halls of Academia,” in the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., at 7:30 p.m. May 20.
The arts center was formerly Cary Elementary School, and in celebration of that history the RTOOT will wander into the halls of academia with Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture,” Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” and a Beatles medley.
Tickets are $7 and may be purchased from orchestra members, at The Cary Arts Center Box Office or online through the Town of Cary’s Etix service at www.etix.com.
Transactors to present ‘For Families!’
CARRBORO – “Transactors Improv: For Families!” returns to The ArtsCenter on May 11. This unscripted theatrical performance is based on audience suggestions and intended for families with kids in elementary through middle school.
The cast includes Anoo Brod, Dan Sipp, and Steven Warnock with Mike Beard improvising technical effects.
Show time is 6 p.m. General tickets are $8 in advance or $10 day of show. The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St. Call 919-929-2787 or visit www.artscenterlive.org for tickets and directions.
—From staff reports