Arts Listings, Jan. 31

January 31, 2014 

  • ‘The Wiz’ puts black spin on Baum classic

    And now, a keynote film of the “Black is Beautiful” decade, the 1970s.

    Music snappier than MGM’s snow-white “The Wizard of Oz,” the all-black version of Frank L. Baum’s uniquely American story: “The Wiz.”

    Songs were by R&B guru Quincy Jones with help from Motown friends Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Ross plays an adult Dorothy and Jackson, the Scarecrow.

    Two beautiful jazz singers, legendary Lena Horne and Thelma Carpenter, split the role of the Good Witch, whom Billie Burke played in the 1939 film.

    Horne has a story. A black woman, she lands an MGM contract for 1943’s “Cabin in the Sky,” and becomes a smash singing “Stormy Weather” in a film of the same title.

    But MGM clips her scenes from movies distributed in the South, fearing backlash from racist theatergoers.

    “The Wiz” was black-conscious: instead of Flying Monkeys, filmmakers spoofed the racial anthropomorphism of Dumbo’s crowbird pals in the Walt Disney film.

    Carpenter and Nipsey Russell, the “Tin Man,” would later make guest appearances on mainstream television.

    But “The Wiz” was something else: a celebration of blackness and self-affirmation that made the ’70s a golden decade for African-American cinema.

    When: Sunday, 2 p.m.

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

    Tickets: Free

    Info: www.carolinatheatre.org

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

Festivals/Events

ARTIST TALK

Pleiades Gallery artists will talk about their new show, “transFORM,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 109 E. Chapel Hill St. 919-797-2706, pleiadesartdurham.com.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Durham Arts Council’s deadline for applications to exhibit during 2014-2015 is Friday, Jan. 31. durhamarts.org/exhibits_chosen.html.

HIP MUSIC FESTIVAL

The HIP (Historically Informed Performance) Music Festival continues through Friday, Feb. 7, in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. mallarmemusic.org.

Music

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. 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. March 2: The Durham Symphony, “Music and Musicians of N.C.” March 14: Rosanne Cash. March 22: Arturo Sandoval. March 23: The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, The Concert Singers of Cary, “A Touch of Neo-Classicism.” April 10: Jesse Cook. April 18: Ben Sollee. May 11: The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, “The Past Meets the Present.” 919-560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org.

DUKE CHAPEL

401 Chapel Drive. Feb. 9: Kidznotes, Duke Chapel Choir. 919-660-3333, music.duke.edu.

DUKE UNIVERSITY

April 6, Page Auditorium: Kidznotes, Duke Chamber Players. 919-684-4444, dukeperformances.duke.edu.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. 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 1: Rob Thomas. May 9: Brit Floyd. June 5: Weezer. dpacnc.org.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

305 E. Main St. Feb. 2: Mallarmé Chamber Players, “Baroque Hipsters.”

HAYTI HERITAGE CENTER

804 Old Fayetteville St. Feb. 5: Angélique Kidjo. 919-683-1709, hayti.org.

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL

723 Rigsbee Ave. Jan. 31: Curtis Eller’s American Circus. Feb. 23: The Recently Deceased, Motorbilly. Feb. 25: Augustines. motorcomusic.com.

PINHOOK

117 W. Main St. Jan. 29: Ras Kass, Copywrite. Jan. 31: Le1f. 919-667-1100, thepinhook.com.

SHARP NINE GALLERY

4608 Industry Lane. Feb. 8: Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz Duo. 919-486-5299, durhamjazzworkshop.org.

Receptions/Openings

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. Feb. 8: “Defending the Caveman.” March 10: Aziz Ansari, “Modern Romance.” 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.

COMMON GROUND THEATRE

4815-B Hillsborough Road. Feb. 6-8, 13-15: “The Maids.” 919-698-3870, cgtheatre.com.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. 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. April 5: Chelsea Handler. May 10: Brian Regan. Nov. 8: Joan Rivers. dpacnc.org.

FULL FRAME THEATER

Power Plant at American Tobacco Campus, 320 Blackwell St. Feb. 6: “Shored Up.”

HISTORIC STAGVILLE

5828 Old Oxford Highway. Feb. 21-March 1: “Let Them Be Heard.” baretheatre.org.

TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

215 N. Church St. Feb. 7-8, 14-15: “Brigid Without a Story.” durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com.

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