Arts Listings, Jan. 1

December 31, 2013 

Kathleen Hanna

  • Carolina screens ‘The Punk Singer’

    Kathleen Hanna’s fem-punk band, Bikini Kill, was a breakout success in the 1990s, a win for girl rockers, activists and lefty radicals of “Generation X.”

    Bikini Kill shunned major labels, spoke out politically, and were a big success anyway.

    When they broke up in late 1997, a depressed Hanna found herself in Durham, far away from home in the Pacific Northwest.

    “I took my broken heart to Durham,” Hanna wrote in a short autobio titled “My Herstory.”

    “My best friend Tammy and her girlfriend had started a record label down there called Mr. Lady and they were nice enough to let me move into their attic.”

    Less than a year later, Hanna left Durham to form a band that had much success, the political new-wave group Le Tigre.

    Now a film about her career is on view at Durham’s Carolina Theatre.

    “The Punk Singer,” directed by Sini Anderson, combines archival footage with interviews to present a musician whose influence spread to politics, feminism and self-empowerment.

    She hung with the agitprop Riot Grrrl movement, married Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys and was one of the first musicians to sign with the label Kill Rock Stars.

    Hanna is a wailer, not a crooner. And she has lots to shout about.

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

    When: Tonight and Thursday, 7 p.m.

    Where: Carolina Theatre, 309 W Morgan St., Durham

    Tickets: $9; ($7 student, senior, military)

    Info: www.carolinatheatre.org

Festivals/Events

HIP MUSIC FESTIVAL

The HIP (Historically Informed Performance) Music Festival will be from Tuesday, Jan. 21, to Friday, Feb. 7, in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. mallarmemusic.org.

Classes

DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL

Registration for winter and spring classes is open. durhamarts.org.

Music

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. Jan. 16: Bettye LaVette. Jan. 18: Carolina Idol talent competition. Jan. 25: “A Cappella Jam.” Feb. 5: America. Feb. 7: Travis Tritt. Feb. 9: Buddy Guy. Feb. 12: Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, Giulio Carmassi. Feb. 13: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Valerie June. Feb. 14: Jon Batiste. Feb. 15: The Wailin’ Jennys. Feb. 16: “Romantic European Riches.” Feb. 24: Brett Dennen. Feb. 28: The Mavericks. 919-560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. Jan. 11: Patti LaBelle. Jan. 31: Pixies, Cults. Feb. 8: Gov’t Mule. March 8: Celtic Woman. March 18: The Moody Blues. March 20: The Ten Tenors-On Broadway. March 24: Crosby, Stills and Nash. March 27: Zakir Hussain. April 6: Get The Led Out. May 9: Brit Floyd. dpacnc.org.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

305 E. Main St. Jan. 26: Women’s Voices Chorus, “Songs of My Sisters.” Feb. 2: Mallarmé Chamber Players, “Baroque Hipsters.”

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL

723 Rigsbee Ave. Jan. 3: Ray Dafrico and the Ray City Rollers, Drunken Prayer, The Piedmontsmen. Jan. 5: Ex Friends, Headfirst for Halos, Awkward Friends. Jan. 15: The Commanders. Jan. 23: Lowland Hum, Look Homeward. Jan. 24: Django Haskins, Gary Louris. Jan. 26: Anna Rose Beck. motorcomusic.com.

PINHOOK

117 W. Main St. Jan. 1: Bit Brigade, The Bronzed Chorus. Jan. 2: Fanghole, Furnace Head, Thera Roya. Jan. 4: Five Points Rounders, “Rowdy Square Dance.” Jan. 8: “Molina - A Memorial Electric Co.” Jan. 9: Totally Slow, The Bastages, The B-Side Project. Jan. 10: “Mods & Rockers Revue.” Jan. 29: Ras Kass, Copywrite. Jan. 31: Le1f. 919-667-1100, thepinhook.com.

SHARP NINE GALLERY

4608 Industry Lane. Jan. 11: Ernest Turner Trio, Larry Q. Draughn, Kenny Phelps-McKeown. Jan. 18: Scott Sawyer, Dave Finucane Duo. Jan. 21: North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Feb. 8: Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz Duo. 919-486-5299, durhamjazzworkshop.org.

Receptions/Openings

DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL

120 Morris St. Jan. 17: “Silvia Heyden and Edith London: Together Again.” 5-7 p.m. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.

VEGA METALS

214 Hunt St. Saturdays: Art Market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 919-688-8267, www.vegametals.com.

Theater/Dance

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St.Jan. 11: Drew Carey. Jan. 18: “Ridin Wit’ Joe Crack.” Feb. 8: “Defending the Caveman.” March 12: Scott Simon. March 13: Jim Jefferies. March 27-30: “The Sorcerer.” March 28: Jay Leno. April 8-13: “The Wizard of Oz.” April 29-30: “American Idiot.” May 3: Carolina Ballet, “Romeo and Juliet.” May 10: Brian Regan. May 13-18: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” May 30-June 1: “Mamma Mia!” 919-560-3030, carolinatheatre.org.

CARRACK MODERN ART

111 Parrish St. Jan. 18: “Experiments.” 919-295-0176.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. Jan. 21-26: “Once.” Feb. 1-2: “Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned.” Feb. 11: “The Book of Mormon.” March. 11-16: “Evita.” March 28: Jay Leno. May 10: Brian Regan. dpacnc.org.

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