Local briefs

Sep. 10, 2013 @ 04:46 PM

Head of NAACP Legal Defense Fund to speak at NCCU

DURHAM – Sherrilyn Ifill, the seventh president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will speak on the current state of U.S. civil rights at the NCCU School of Law on Thursday.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Ifill is a national civil rights strategist who has worked at the LDF for five years under the leadership of former Director-Counsel Julius L. Chambers, who recently passed away and was honored as a former NCCU chancellor and prominent civil rights lawyer.

Ifill successfully litigated the landmark Voting Rights Act case, Houston Lawyers Association v. Attorney General of Texas, in which the Supreme Court held that judicial elections are covered by the provisions of section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in minority groups.

The discussion will take place at NCCU’s law school at 640 Nelson St.

DHS Class of ’58 holding 55th reunion

DURHAM -- The Durham High School Class of 1958 will celebrate its 55th reunion this weekend.

A picnic at the farm of classmate Larry Jones is scheduled Friday starting at 2 p.m. Croasdaile Country Club will be the site of a dinner-dance Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Classmates from other Durham High classes who wish to attend should contact Carol Stephenson at 336-364-1349.


Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle annual gala this weekend

CHAPEL HILL – The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (www.thecot.org), a performance-based organization in Durham County, is hosting its 16th annual fundraising gala Sunday. Proceeds from the event will benefit the orchestra and help underwrite its 2013-2014 season concerts.

The gala will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Whitehall at the Villa, 1213 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Ticket and additional information may be found by calling 919-360-3382.

“We are thrilled to once again host our spectacular gala,” says David Lindquist, board chairman for The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. “Each year friends of the orchestra gather for a delightful evening, and enjoy the light-hearted competition bidding on auction items.”

Titled “A Little Night Music XVI,” the event will feature an evening filled with chamber music, food, wine and a silent auction. Members of the orchestra will perform two delightful programs for guests.

The 2013-2014 Season will feature seven concerts. All performance will be held at the Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, unless otherwise noted.

Edison Johnson to host luau

DURHAM -- On Sept. 21, Edison Johnson Recreation Center (500 W. Murray Ave.) will host a Hawaiian Luau from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be Polynesian crafts, hula dancing, island games, a limbo contest, great music, food and fun. This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!

For details, call 560-4270.

Triangle Opera Studios plan benefit for DSA

Triangle Opera Studios, a performance resource for area opera singers with potential for careers as professionals, and the Durham School of the Arts Foundation present an eclectic afternoon of vocal performances to benefit DSA’s “Save Our Steinways” project Sept 22 at 2 p.m. at the School of the Arts’ Weaver Auditorium in downtown Durham.

The performance is admission-free and open to the public. However, donations to support the “Save Our Steinways” project are welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Bridging the gap between the voice studio and professional stage for aspiring professional singers through performance opportunities and master classes, Triangle Opera Studios’ vocalists are generously donating their talents for this concert and will perform a potpourri of musical styles from the opera stage, Broadway musicals, pop, rock and R&B.

Triangle Opera Studios was recently invited to make its home at Durham School of the Arts and plans active collaboration with DSA faculty to provide opportunities for their students to attend TOS rehearsals and participate in productions where possible and appropriate.