Entertainment briefs

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 08:38 AM

Threshold Choir to hold gathering
CHAPEL HILL – The Southeastern Threshold Choir Gathering will be held Nov. 15-17 at Camp New Hope, 4805 N.C. 86 South.
Visitors will be able to sing with and learn from Threshold Choir founder Kate Munger.
Threshold Choirs honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides
of people on the thresholds of life, offering comfort and compassion through song.
All current and prospective Threshold Choir members are welcome to attend. Cost is $45 if paid by today, $55 after today.
Register and pay online at http://thresholdsingersnc.org/gathering.reg.htm, or fill out the registration form online and pay by check.
For information, call 919-636-9245 or email: thresholdSEgathering@gmail.com.


‘Murphey School Radio’ returns Saturday
DURHAM – Novelist Allan Gurganus and poet Phillip Shabazz will be headliners in another benefit variety show at the historic Murphey School on Saturday.
In the tradition of the “Grand Ole Opry” and “Prairie Home Companion,” the “Murphey
School Radio Show” features music, comedy and readings by local musicians and
writers.
Special musical guests for November include Mary Johnson Rockers and her band.
Regular performers will return: Robert Griffin, Jennifer Evans, Jay Cartwright, Rick
Keena, Leslie Land, STELLA, and the Piedmont Players, and others.
This show is a benefit for Hidden Voices and Partners for Youth, two nonprofit agencies serving the Triangle.
Two performances are planned – at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The evening performance will be
recorded for broadcast on WCHL 97.9 FM. Murphey School is on N.C. 10 in Durham.
For tickets and information, visit http.murpheyschoolradio.net.


Craft group presents holiday show
CHAPEL HILL -- Womancraft Handcrafted Gifts, a Chapel Hill cooperative, will present a holiday ornament event Nov. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Artists in the co-op create holiday ornaments for this event, ranging from Santas painted on dried okra by Dale Morgan, to Nora Castillo's fused glass. More than 20 local artisans will be represented.
Womancraft is in Eastgate Shopping Center, 1800 E. Franklin St., Suite 18B.


ECHHS to host jump ropers
CHAPEL HILL -- Elite jump ropers from around the world will perform during the 24th International Jump Rope Spectacular Show at 7 p.m. Saturday at East Chapel Hill High School.
The special guest for this event is designer Alexander Julian, who was the first to design professional and college sports uniforms, including those for the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team and NBA's Charlotte Hornets. At this event, Julian will be revealing his latest design -- the new team uniforms for the Bouncing Bulldogs.
The performances fuse double-dutch jump rope with hip-hop dance and gymnastics. More than 14 teams from across the world will be performing.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Children under 6 will be admitted free of charge.


Patti LaBelle returning to DPAC
DURHAM -- Grammy Award winner Patti LaBelle will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center Jan.11. Tickets for this concert go on sale today at 10 a.m.
LaBelle has spent more than 50 years in the music industry. She is best known for her hit songs, including the groundbreaking "Lady Marmalade," as well as "When You Talk About Love," "New Attitude," and her duet with Michael McDonald, “On My Own.”
Tickets are available online at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC box office at 919-680-2787, in person at 123 Vivian St., or through Ticketmaster.com.


Arts Council to hold monthly meeting
HILLSBOROUGH – The Hillsborough Arts Council’s general meeting will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., at Hillsborough Arts Council’s new office and gallery, 102 N. Churton St.
The general meeting provides an opportunity for everyone to learn about Hillsborough Arts Council’s programs, to present ideas for development of new programs and improvement of current programs. The board of directors meets immediately after the general meeting.
For information, contact Gail Cooley, Gail@hillsboroughartscouncil.org


Artist to sign ‘Luv this Place’ calendars
CHAPEL HILL -- Award-winning textile collage artist Elaine O’Neil will sell limited-edition 2014 “Luv This Place” calendars to benefit the N.C. Cancer Hospital now until Jan. 24.
The calendar features 12 of North Carolina’s most celebrated places. A portion of the proceeds from this calendar will help fund patient support programs at the N.C. Cancer Hospital for the fourth consecutive year. Calendars are available for purchase for $30 plus shipping at O’Neil’s website (www.elaineoneil.com) and at local retailers, including Flyleaf Books, Thimble Pleasures, McIntyre’s Bookstore, Quail Ridge Books, NOFO, N.C. Craft Gallery, FRANK, Be Our Guest, Johnny T-Shirt, and A Southern Season.
The artist will sign calendars at the following events:
-- Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Calendar kick-off event during the “Orange County Artist Open Studio Tour,” open house at Elaine O’Neil’s studio 4121 Oak Hill Road, Chapel Hill.
-- Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30p.m. Calendar signing at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill.
-- Nov. 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Calendar signing at the Happy Holiday Group Show house at Elaine O’Neil’s studio 4121 Oak Hill Road, Chapel Hill.
-- Dec. 2. Crook’s Corner. Solo show opening reception featuring original works from the 2014 calendar, 610 Franklin St.


DFT announces acting classes
DURHAM – Durham Family Theater is offering acting classes for different age groups.
Below are brief descriptions. For more information, contact Jenny Justice, artistic director, Durham Family Theatre, durhamfamilytheatre@gmail.com, 919-286-5717, or DFT P.O. Box 61894, Durham, NC 27715.
-- Embracing Character Roles, ages 12 to adult, Jan. 2 – Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
-- The Magic Brocade, ages 9 to 12, Jan. 3 – Feb. 21, 4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.; or Jan. 7 - Feb. 25, 4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
-- Caribbean Trickster Tales, ages 5 to 8, Jan. 4 – Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


Hodgson to discuss Chinese opera
DURHAM – The Durham County Library will partner with Sister Cities of Durham to host Lydia Hodgson Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Hodgson will discuss the music and costumes of Chinese opera, and will present excerpts from “The Peony Pavilion,” one of China's best-loved classical operas.
Kunqu Opera has been the foremost Chinese operatic performing art for the past 600 years. Originating in Kunshan, Durham’s sister city, this art form is considered a perfect combination of poetry, music, dance and drama. In 2001, UNESCO proclaimed it a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. “The Peony Pavilion” was written by Tang Xianzu in the Ming Dynasty and first performed in 1598.
This program is co-sponsored by Durham Library Foundation and Zhuzhou Committee of Sister Cities of Durham. For information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.
Admission is free.

Voices kicks off season
CHAPEL HILL -- Voices, one of the Triangle’s oldest choral groups, kicks off its 2013-2014 performance season Saturday with “Sing Joyfully!” Cantari, Voices’ select ensemble, will perform selections by Renaissance composers William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons as well as motets by Johann Sebastian Bach at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Worship Center, 300 E. Rosemary St. at 7:30 p.m. 
Conducted by Sue Klausmeyer and accompanied by organist Andrew Pester, the choir also welcomes cellist Lisa Ferebee and bassist Allison Portnow.
Tickets are $15 and $6 for students. Tickets may be purchased from chorus members, at the door the night of the event, and through the chorus’ website at www.voiceschapelhill.org. 
Following Cantari’s concert, Voices will present holiday performances Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. in Hill Hall auditorium on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.
For a list of the complete season, visit www.voiceschapelhill.org. 

--From staff reports