Arts Listings, Feb. 26

February 24, 2014 

Tommy Edwards was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist and has recorded or performed live with an array of bluegrass greats, including Jimmy Martin, Bobby Hicks, Peter Rowan, Jimmy Mills, Dan Crary, Jack Lawrence and Mike Cross.

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    Bluegrass: Real good and for free

    You’ll have to ship out to Raleigh this week to see two generations of the tight-knit Piedmont bluegrass community’s best, Tommy Edwards and Andrew Marlin together.

    Closer to home, Edwards joins the Leroy Savage Group for their gig every Wednesday at the Q Shack, and Edwards preforms as one of the Carolina Lightnin’ trio.

    Poet Harriet Monroe wrote, “I used always to think of some big strong tree with lighting playing around it.”

    That strong tree, if you ask other others in this rich area for bluegrass, is Tommy Edwards.

    He has mentored some of our brightest young players, including Marlin and Emily Frantz (“Mandolin Orange”) and their friends the Big Fat Gap.

    He can remember Miles Andrews in diapers (that’s hard to imagine) and a teen-aged Tony Rice.

    He repairs their instruments. He books them gigs at the Pittsboro Roadhouse. He passes on the music the best way it’s always been done, by show-and-tell.

    He minds his store, next to Circle City Books in Pittsboro, and does his Bluegrass Saturday Night radio show for WLHC-FM 103.1.

    And he just sold Marlin a guitar, a beautiful Gibson. If anyone can make it sing, it’ll be Andrew.

    When: Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Where: The Original Q Shack, 2510 University Drive, Durham

    Tickets: Free

    Info: 919-402-4227

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

Festivals/Events

SWEET ARTS

The Durham Art Guild’s 20th annual Sweet Arts Art Auction and Fundraiser will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at 120 Morris St. Tickets cost $35 individually or $30 each for two or more. bit.ly/20thsweetarts.

DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL SEASON GRANTS

The Durham Arts Council will accept applications for the Season Grant program until 9 p.m. Monday, March 3. durhamarts.org/artistinfo_seasongrant.html.

SHOW CHOIR COMPETITION

The William Peace University North Carolian Show Choir Competition includes a regional competition at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Shepard Magnet Middle School, 2401 Dakota St. ncscholastic.org/index.php/showchoir.

EMERGING ARTISTS AWARDS

The Durham Arts Council’s 30th annual Emerging Artists Awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at 120 Morris St. durhamarts.org.

FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be from Thursday, April 3, to Sunday, April 6, in Durham. fullframefest.org.

DURHAM ART WALK SPRING MARKET

The Durham Art Walk Spring Market will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, downtown. Artists may register online until Monday, Feb. 24. durhamartwalk.com, durhamartwalk.com/artists/artist-registration.

Music

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. Feb. 28: The Mavericks. March 2: The Durham Symphony. March 14: Rosanne Cash. March 18: Eddie Money. March 20: Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle. 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 UNIVERSITY

All shows at Reynolds Industries Theater unless otherwise noted. March 2: Mallarmé Chamber Players. April 6, Page Auditorium: Kidznotes, Duke Chamber Players. 919-684-4444, dukeperformances.duke.edu.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. 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 6: Ledisi, The Robert Glasper Experience. May 9: Brit Floyd. May 11: Jaheim. June 5: Weezer. June 22: Ringo Starr, All Starr Band. Aug. 20: Tori Amos. Oct. 4: Ian Anderson. dpacnc.org.

Receptions/Openings

BULL CITY ARTS COLLABORATIVE

401-B Foster St. March 21: Jessica Ullom, “Hawks and Doves.” 6-9 p.m. 919-949-4847, bullcityarts.org.

CRAVEN ALLEN GALLERY

1106 1/2 Broad St. March 8: “Homecoming.” 5-7 p.m. 919-286-4837, cravenallengallery.com.

VEGA METALS

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

Theater/Dance/Comedy

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. March 10-11: Aziz Ansari, “Modern Romance.” March 12: Scott Simon. March 13: Jim Jefferies. March 21: The Upright Citizens Brigade. 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. 28, March 1: Third Date. 919-698-3870, cgtheatre.com.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. March 11-16: “Evita.” March 28: Jay Leno. April 5: Chelsea Handler. April 26: The Tenderloins. May 10: Brian Regan. May 21: Eddie Izzard. Oct. 25: Bill Cosby. Nov. 8: Joan Rivers. dpacnc.org.

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