Pleiades Arts, Inc. in Durham presents SERVING LIFE a community call and response between public audiences and the most hidden members of our society. The public is invited to join us for this collaborative exhibit between Hidden Voices, men on death rows across the country, and artists, creating a project able to generate the civic will to revision justice. Hidden Voices’ mission is to challenge, strengthen, and connect diverse communities through the transformative power of the individual voice. Pleiades Arts, Inc. was awarded the Durham Arts Catalyst Grant in support of this exhibit. Pleiades Arts promotes discussion of important community issues through art and creates opportunities for individuals in the Triangle Area to develop and display their artistic talents. This exhibit runs from January 3-27. Join us for our Third Friday Reception January 18, 6-9pm.
Monday nights, 7:30-9:00
January 14 to February 18
Stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop off and your original face will appear.
— Master Dogen
Zen Meditation, or zazen, is the simple practice of being present with our experience. We hear the instructions in a matter of minutes, but spend a lifetime learning the practice. This class will introduce participants to meditation and give them support as they develop a daily sitting practice. It will also introduce them to other aspects of practice at the Chapel Hill Zen Center.
The first night will begin with meditation instructions and a short period of sitting. Each week we will continue to sit for a period at the beginning of class, gradually increasing the time. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and raise concerns about their practice. As the weeks proceed we will study other aspects of Zen practice, including walking meditation, protocol around the zendo, and the service of bowing and chanting. But the focus will be on zazen, and participants’ actual practice as it unfolds. The content of the class will emerge from participants’ questions and concerns.
Cost is $60, payable the first night, and will be contributed to the Zen Center. Partial scholarships are available. For more information, or to sign up, please contact David Guy at (919) 641-9277 or email@example.com.
David Guy has been practicing meditation since 1991, and regularly gives sitting instruction. He has co-authored two books with Larry Rosenberg of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center — Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation and Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Truly Alive. In 2008 he published Jake Fades: A Novel of Impermanence. David’s Blog can be found at www.davidguy.org
Americana triumvirate The Devil Makes Three — featuring Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean – will be headlining the Haw River Ballroom on January 16 as part of their much-anticipated Winter 2019 Tour. Supporting the recent release of their album Chains Are Broken, which debuted in the Top 10 Bluegrass Album Charts and Paste Magazine hailed as “an album imbued with solid hooks, catchy choruses and irresistible refrains,” this promises to be one show music lovers won’t want to miss.
The Chains Are Broken is the first record of original songs since 2013’s I’m a Stranger Here, which was their first appearance on the Billboard Top 200.
The Devil Makes Three’s journey could be deemed worthy of a novel. Their self-titled 2002 debut album yielded the classic “Old Number Seven,” “Graveyard,” “The Plank,” and more as they organically attracted a diehard following through constant touring. Longjohns, Boots and a Belt arrived in 2003, followed by 2009’s Do Wrong Write.
2013’s I’m a Stranger Here marked their first appearance on the Billboard Top 200. 2016’s Redemption & Ruin heralded the group’s second #1 bow on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums Chart, and fourth consecutive top-five debut on the respective chart. The latter garnered widespread acclaim from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, American Songwriter, The Boston Globe and more. Over the years, they’ve cast an unbreakable spell on audiences everywhere from Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hangout Fest and Shaky Knees.
Bamboo Wind is a collaborative performance installation at The Fruit, Durham’s newest art space and creative warehouse complex.
Bamboo Wind is many things. It is an evening length dance production based on the poem, “Bamboo Wind,” choreographed by ShaLeigh Comerford and performed by her company of ten dancers. The dance is set to live original music composed and played by Robbie Link. There will be three photographic essays inspired by the poem and projected on large screens. These have been produced by noted local photographers Catharine Carter, Lynne Feiss Necrason, and Wojtek Wojdynski. It will all take place within a bamboo labyrinth of several thousand square feet filled with bamboo sculptures created by Coke Ariail as well as hanging banners of the poem.
Bamboo Wind, a fusion of Poetry, Photography, Sculpture and Dance, will create a forest of traditionally lashed bamboo sculptures where program attendees will experience an evening of multiple art forms coalescing to create a complete and engrossing world in a wilderness of green bamboo. The shows will take you physically through a three thousand square foot labyrinth of hanging bamboo canes filled with bamboo sculptures, photography and poetry and deliver you finally into an evening length dance concert. It will be a world of images and passions all derived from the seven canto poem, “Bamboo Wind.”
When the audience finally arrives in the last space it will open to reveal a large stage area where on stage, the Poet and Poetess will recite the poem as the dancers create a series of seven dances, one for each Canto. Based on ideas derived from the poem and in collaboration with Mr. Ariail, the dances will be choreographed by ShaLeigh Comerford, an internationally trained and recognized dancer and choreographer with her own dance company, ShaLeigh Dance Works, and a noted rising presence in the Triangle.
There will also be a printed booklet of the poem for audience purchase to use when viewing the spaces.
The exhibition and photography slide show will open a 7pm. The dance performance is at 8pm.
The entire production is sponsored in part by a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
Advance Tickets: General – $20, Senior & Student – $18
Tickets at the Door: General – $24, Senior & Student – $22
Ariail Images and ShaLeigh Dance Works present Bamboo Wind, an evening of Dance, Sculpture, Photography & Poetry. The ambitious collaborative effort has commissioned 20 local artists for a multi-media performance installation. The shows will take you physically through a labyrinth of hanging bamboo canes filled with bamboo sculptures, photography and poetry and deliver you finally into an evening length dance performance. January 17 through 20 at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm for Photo & Sculpture Exhibition. The Fruit, 305 S Dillard Street, Durham NC.
Duo Montagnard (Joseph Murphy, saxophone & Matthew Slotkin, guitar) was formed in 2002 and has performed over 300 concerts in 49 states, eight Canadian provinces, and twenty countries on six continents. Festival performances include the Chautauqua Institution, Scandinavian Saxophone Festival, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, North-West University New Music Week (South Africa), UNC-Wilmington New Music for Guitar and Saxophone Festival, Radford University International Guitar Festival, and the Alexandria Guitar Festival. The duo has commissioned, premiered and recorded more than twenty works for guitar and saxophone by composers including James Crowley, Jonathan Elliott, Laura Kramer, John Anthony Lennon, John Orfe and Russell Peterson. This master class is free and open to the public.
Bamboo Wind is a collaborative performance installation at The Fruit, Durham’s newest art space and creative warehouse complex.
Over 18 artists come together to create an evening of Dance, Photography, Sculpture and Poetry based on the Seven Canto Poem, Bamboo Wind.
Bamboo Wind is a story of longing and desire, a love story, set in a mythical bamboo forest, conceived and produced by poet and sculptor Coke Ariail, choreographed by ShaLeigh Comerford, with photographic explorations and exhibitions by noted local photographers Catharine Carter, Lynne Feiss Necrason, & Wojtek Wojdynski, and with original music composed and played by Robbie Link.
Bamboo Wind will create a forest of traditionally lashed bamboo sculptures where program attendees will experience an evening of multiple art forms coalescing to create a complete and engrossing world in a wilderness of green bamboo. The shows will take place in The Fruit, a warehouse space in downtown Durham, and the experience will take you physically through a three thousand square foot labyrinth of hanging bamboo canes filled with bamboo sculptures, photography and poetry and deliver you finally into an evening length dance concert. It will be a world of images and passions all derived from the seven canto poem, “Bamboo Wind.”
Movie Loft checks out 2019 at Shadowbox Studio with a screening of ‘Party Girl’! It is 1995 and the wondrous Parker Posey is Mary, a highly fashionable Manhattan party-thrower that is bailed out of a bind by her godmother. To repay the favor, Mary takes up a job as a library clerk. Along the way there are fabulous club scenes, great music, oddball/high fashion, 90s hilarity, and a falafel subplot.
Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer, and with a cast also including Guillermo Díaz, Liev Schrieber, and the director’s mother, it is a must for all librarians and library denizens, especially those wistful of the Dewey Decimal days. Come revisit, or say “He-he-hello”, to this fun and endearing indie romp!
Music about and of “partying” will be spun, along with some jewels of the era, at 7. Hot dogs, and some sort of falafel, will hit the grill then too, with the movie beginning around 8ish. Stick around for more tunes afterwards.
Free, donations appreciated. BYO or sample what’s on-hand!
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana returns to Durham January 17-19th with a dynamic cast of world-renowned dancers and musicians from Spain and the US. Experience the dazzling footwork, sensual lyricism and intricate rhythms of this critically-acclaimed company in an intimate tablao (cafe-style) setting. Each performance promises to be spectacular, but join us on January 17th for a special appearance by guest artist Jose Maldonado, heralded by the New York Times for his “bursts of brilliance and uncommon invention.” There is a free pre-show chat on January 17th at 7pm open to same-day ticket holders.
Join us every Third Thursday from 8-9:30 pm for a special showcase put on by some our area’s own rising comedic talent. On January 17th, we have Max Isaacson, Iris Medina, Josh Rosenstein, Ben Malone, and Justin Scranton taking the stage for longer sets and even more laughs. Hosted by Rob Schneider (Not That One) Comedy. Grab your $5 tickets on Eventbrite or at the door before the show!
Coined one of the most electric performances by the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) for their live set during the 2018 ESSENCE Festival, the Louis York and The Shindellas live show is a magnetic experience that redefines an expression of freedom through the arts and music. Behind some of the biggest names and biggest songs of the last decade from Bruno Mars, Michael and Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, and many more, GRAMMY nominated songwriter and producer Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony of the progressive band Louis York have crafted an unforgettable night of original musical works. Its a genre bending, colorful, all inclusive experience that brings together an entire community.
Get tickets for yourself, someone special, and even the whole family today!
Registration Opens for Farm Classes at Old Mill Farm!
Spend an hour in the morning with your child, ages 1-5, while they explore the wonders of the farm! They will do everything from collecting eggs, learning to care for and handle the animals, build confidence, make farm crafts, and much more!
This is a weekly one hour class & parents or guardian must be present.
A conversation between award-winning choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland—at Duke to create a new dance on the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company—and the company’s artistic director, Sasha Radetsky.
Ruby Fridays are casual art talks offered at noon most Fridays during the semester in the Rubenstein Arts Center’s Ruby Lounge. Speakers include Duke faculty and students who are creating or exhibiting work in the Ruby, visiting artists from far and wide, and local creatives. Learn about the amazing art being created on Duke’s campus, the behind-the-scenes aspect of the creative process, careers in the arts, and more. A free lunch is included!
Every Friday in January from 5-7p, we’ll sample different styles of beer. This Friday will be dark/malty beers.
Please join us Friday, January 18th, 5:30-6:30 pm, for a very special Happy Hour at Vert & Vogue, as part of Third Friday Durham. This month V&V is thrilled to host North Carolina native and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and recording artist, Tift Merritt. Come learn about Merritt’s vibrant life as a creator and maker! Reserve your FREE ticket now.
PS – As always, drinks are on the house!