Arts Listings, April 16

April 18, 2014 

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“Assassins” combines Stephen Sondheim’s signature stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it.

JON GARDINER — PlayMakers Repertory Company

  • Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ make no apology

    American history has no femme fatale quite like “Squeaky” Fromme.

    Lynette got her nickname from Charles Manson. She was a member of his “Family” of wayward youths, a weird and lethal coterie whose dossier swelled after their leader went to prison.

    She didn’t kill Sharon Tate, but she tried to shoot President Ford in 1975, dressed like a nun.

    Squeaky earned a place in the footlights; Sondheim’s musical “Assassins” is the latest from PlayMakers.

    The Paul Green presents unique staging questions for musicals, said director Mike Donahue. An audience on three sides requires that actors play to the whole house.

    “When you’re in a (conventional) proscenium house, sometimes it can be very hard to break through that wall and directly engage to the audience,” Donahue said.

    Maren Searle plays Squeaky in this droll pageant that follows the seedy and psychopathic in their search for the American Dream.

    “The reasons they’re chasing after it are very human,” Donahue says. He advised his actors never to judge the dubious characters they play, but to find the things inside them that are universal.

    For instance, Squeaky joins John Hinckley in one number. They sing a tender duet, but it's not to be. For his love notes go out to Jodie Foster ... and hers, to Charlie.

    When: Though Sunday

    Where: Paul Green Theatre, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill

    Tickets: $15 and up

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

Festivals/Events

“FRIENDS AND FAMILY”

The Scrap Exhange will celebrate its 23rd year with Customer Appreciation Week events on Friday, April 18, at 923 Franklin St. There will be a reception for the “Friends and Family” show in the Green Gallery from 6-9 p.m. There will be live music by Tiny House and poetry reading by Hugh Giblin, Martha Dill, Preston Martin and Arnie Johanson. 919-688-6960, scrapexchange.org.

HILLSBOROUGH ARTS COUNCIL

The Hillsborough Arts Council is looking for submissions for art gallery exhibitions in 2014 and 2015. Artists who live or have a studio in Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Caswell, Person or Wake counties are invited to apply with a $15 fee by 4 p.m. Friday, April 25. hillsboroughartscouncil.org.

ART OF COOL

The Art of Cool Music Festival will be Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St. Tickets cost $65 to $275. theartofcoolproject.com, aocfestival.org.

A GOSPEL XTRAVAGANZA

STEP Entertainment will present “A Gospel Xtravaganza” on Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, in the O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium at North Carolina Central University, 1801 Fayetteville St. Yolanda Adams, Deitrick Haddon, Fred Hammond, James Fortune, Marvin Sapp and other artists will perform. 919-630-7103.

Music

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. April 16: Rusted Root. April 18: Ben Sollee. April 25: Maceo Parker. April 28: Gillian Welch. May 7: Red Baraat. May 11: The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, “The Past Meets the Present.” May 28: Maysa. May 30: Chatham County Line. April 7: Todd Rundgren. July 13: Marc Cohn. July 19: Procol Harum. 919-560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org.

DUKE UNIVERSITY MUSIC DEPARTMENT

April 25, Biddle Music Building: Duke Chorale. 919-660-3333, music.duke.edu.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. 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. 9: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Aug. 20: Tori Amos. Sept. 26: The Temptations and The Four Tops. Oct. 4: Ian Anderson. dpacnc.org.

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL

723 Rigsbee Ave. May 10: Caught A Ghost, Wild Belle. motorcomusic.com.

Receptions/Openings

BULL CITY ARTS COLLABORATIVE

401-B Foster St. April 18, May 16: Roger May, “Testify.” 6-9 p.m. 919-949-4847, bullcityarts.org.

PLEIADES GALLERY

109 E. Chapel Hill St. April 18: “Local Flavor.” 6-9 p.m. 919-797-2706, pleiadesartdurham.com.

SCRAP EXCHANGE

923 Franklin St. April 18: “Friends and Family.” 6-9 p.m. 919-688-6960, scrapexchange.org.

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. 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!” May 31: Mike Birbiglia. June 12: “Farmland.” June 15: Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood. 919-560-3030, carolinatheatre.org.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. April 26: The Tenderloins. May 10: Brian Regan. May 21: Eddie Izzard. Sept. 16-21: “Dirty Dancing.” Oct. 8-19: “The Phantom of the Opera.” Oct. 25: Bill Cosby. Nov. 8: Joan Rivers. Nov. 18-23: “Cinderella.” Dec. 9-14: “Annie.” Feb. 17-22: “Motown the Musical.” March 10-15: “Kinky Boots.” May 12-17: “Pippin.” June 2-7: “Newsies.” dpacnc.org.

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