Arts Listings, May 7

May 6, 2014 

  • Motley: Master of the human mystery

    The Nasher Gallery’s remarkable show on Archibald Motley closes Sunday, and again we urge you to visit the works of this American painter.

    You simply must see this exhibit live to appreciate the power of life Motley’s portraits convey up close, the way you would like to meet a person.

    Motley exceeded Sargent in presenting, as Amy M. Mooney terms it, exterior signs to signal interior states of being.

    His subjects, whether low-born or high-bred, white and black (or like his masterful “The Octoroon Girl,” a little of both) are revealed in the mystery of their humanness.

    There is a room devoted to his season in Paris, 1929-1930, and one for early years in Chicago, where he painted black culture and café life along State Street.

    In these, Motley diverges from the Real and paints with fauvist color, making sly commentary on racial coding.

    From years when the minstrel show was still fading out, Motley’s work drew attention to paradoxes of race-perception in a way that strikes us as keenly “post-modern.”

    The collection leaves us for the Amon Carter in Fort Worth, the L.A. County Museum of Art, and the Whitney, where it will stay through fall of 2015.

    When: Through Sunday (hours vary)

    Where: Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Duke University

    Tickets: $5; (Thursdays free, 5 to 9 p.m.)

    Info: nasher.duke.edu/

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

Festivals/Events

FIND YOUR COOL

The Find Your Cool series of free concerts will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 8, May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, and July 10, 17, 24 and 31 and Aug. 7, at CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St. facebook.com/DowntownDurham.

BLUES ON THE PLAZA

There will be live blues music from 6-9 p.m. Fridays, May 9, 16, 23 and 30, on the Plaza at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd. northgatemall.com.

BACK PORCH MUSIC ON THE LAWN

The Back Porch Music on the Lawn series of free concerts will be at 6 p.m. Thursdays, May 15 and 29, June 12 and 26, July 31, Aug. 14 and 28 and Sept. 4, on the quad in the American Tobacco Historic District. americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com.

DURHAM CHILDREN’S CHOIR

The 10th anniversary concert of the Durham Children’s Choir will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke University’s East Campus. A $10 donation is suggested.

TRIANGLE RECORDER SOCIETY

The Triangle Recorder Society’s annual spring recital will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Ponder Auditorium at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway. To participate as a player, regester with Pat Petersen. patpetersen@earthlink.net, trianglerecorder.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.

ART CAMP

The Durham Arts Council will host summer art camps for kids from June through August. 919-560-2726, durhamarts.org.

Music

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. 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. June 26: Art Garfunkel. July 13: Marc Cohn. July 16: Deltron 3030. July 17: The Milk Carton Kids. July 19: Procol Harum. Oct. 19: Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, John Hammond, “The Blues Hall of Fame Tour.” Nov. 8: Rufus Wainwright. Nov. 12: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Nov. 13: Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam. Nov. 21: Brian Culbertson. Dec. 11: David Benoit, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Dec. 18: Sweet Honey in the Rock. 919-560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. May 9: Brit Floyd. May 11: Jaheim. June 5: Weezer. June 22: Ringo Starr, All Starr Band. July 26: Maxwell. Aug. 9: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Aug. 20: Tori Amos. Aug. 27: Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Sept. 26: The Temptations and The Four Tops. Nov. 16: Chris Botti. Oct. 4: Ian Anderson. Dec. 2: Mannheim Steamroller. dpacnc.org.

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL

723 Rigsbee Ave. May 8: Outside Soul. May 10: Caught A Ghost, Wild Belle. May 20: Deal’s Gone Bad. May 22: Paleface. motorcomusic.com.

PINHOOK

117 W. Main St. May 18: Ex-Cult. 919-667-1100, thepinhook.com.

Receptions/Openings

BULL CITY ARTS COLLABORATIVE

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

CARRACK MODERN ART

111 Parrish St. May 16: Elsa Hoffman, “Buried in Light and Shadow.” 7-10 p.m. thecarrack.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. 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. Sept. 5: John Hodgman. 919-560-3030, carolinatheatre.org.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. May 10: Brian Regan. May 21: Eddie Izzard. June 29: Julianne and Derek Hough, “Move Live on Tour.” 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.” Jan. 7-25: “Wicked.” 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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