FROM STAFF REPORTSJanuary 5, 2013 

Songs of Africa

A children’s choir formed to raise awareness about the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa has four concerts scheduled this month in the Triangle.

Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir have each lost one or both parents and live in Watoto children’s Villages. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution aimed at helping the youngsters grow up a productive citizens of their own country.

The choir performs original African music, dance routines and stories; the Triangle stops are part of a five-month-long tour of the Eastern U.S. that began in October. The local performances, which are free and open to the public, are:

• Thursday at 7 p.m. Salem Middle School, 6150 Old Jenks Road, Apex.

• Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., Durham.

• Jan. 19 at 4:15 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., and on Jan. 20 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., at Hope Community Church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh.

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Pianist in Durham

Andrew Tyson, an award-winning piano prodigy, will play a recital Sunday afternoon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in his hometown of Durham.

Now 26, Tyson won the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. This past September, he reached the winners’ circle of the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition. It’s a prestigious contest held every three years in England, and Tyson placed fifth alongside pianists from China, Australia, Latvia, Switzerland and Italy.

Sunday’s show features Tyson and violinist Nicholas Kitchen, with a program including three Beethoven violin sonatas. Show time is 4 p.m., with a pre-concert discussion by the artists at 3 p.m. Tickets are $21 at the door; free under 18.

Info: 919-493-5451 or

At PlayMakers

Actor-playwright-composer Rinde Eckert’s “And God Created Great Whales” opens Wednesday for a five-day run in Chapel Hill.

The latest offering of PlayMakers Repertory Company, it will feature original cast members Eckert and Nora Cole. The musical is about a composer with a degenerative disease and his struggles to create an opera based on “Moby Dick.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Tickets are $25 to $40.

Info: 919-962-7529 or

Photo exhibition

“Picturing Our People” is a free program Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer José Galvez will discuss his efforts since 1004 to capture the everyday lives of North Carolina’s Latino community.

His photographs, which show Latino Tar Heels working, worshiping and celebrating, are featured in the museum’s exhibit “Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina,” on view through April 28. It is the museum’s first bilingual exhibit.

Galvez’s talk begins at 2 p.m. The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

New at Artspace

A pair of new exhibits opened Friday at Artspace in Raleigh.

“Figure Study Exhibition” will be on view through Jan. 19. It showcases work by participants of Artspace’s Figure Study programs, including life drawing, long pose figure study and adult figurative classes.

“The Game of Politics” is Susan Farrar Parrish’s humorous and satirical look at problems in the nation and world with caricatures of many major political figures. Her exhibit features found objects, hand-built ceramic pieces and other mixed media. It will be on view through Jan. 26.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. First Fridays. Admission is free.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

‘Cosmic Mass’

Cosmic Mass is an interfaith dance and worship event and it’s coming to the Triangle Saturday with “Shared Beginnings: Creating Community Ritual.”

Cosmic Mass integrates ancient forms of worship(dance, song, music, communal grieving) and modern multimedia (DJ music, lights, projected visuals and the like).

Its development is credited to writer and priest Matthew Fox, and most of the 100+ masses held since 1996 have been on the West Coast, though Asheville and the Washington, D.C., area have also hosted.

Saturday’s free event is at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., from 6:30-9:30 p.m.; doors close at 7, and seating is first-come first-served.


‘GWTW’ extended

“Real to Reel: The Making of Gone With The Wind,” the N.C. Museum of History’s popular exhibit about how Margaret Mitchell’s unforgettable 1939 novel became a classic motion picture, is getting an extended run.

Originally slated to close Jan. 13, it will remain open through April 14.

The exhibit includes costumes worn in the movie by Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and others. More than 120 items from the collection of James Tublin, former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department, are on view.

Admission and weekend parking are free. The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

Laureate deadline

Friday at 4 p.m. is the deadline for applications to be the 2013 Piedmont Laureate.

This year’s laureate will be a children’s author; residents of Alamance, Durham, Orange or Wake counties who have written for children 18 and under are eligible. Laureates serve for one year, promoting the literary arts.

They receive a $6,500 honorarium.


‘Living Wage Art’

Dan-o Parrish paints and draws pop-art illustrations and images on cardboard and then prices them at a minimum-wage labor rate plus materials for his “Living Wage Art” series.

It will be on exhibit at The Green Gallery at Durham’s Scrap Exchange through Saturday. The Scrap Exchange is at 923 Franklin St.

Info: 919-688-6960 or

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This is the final day for “A Season of Japan,” an exhibit of 86 Japanese posters from the mid-1950s to the 1990s at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum.

Admission is free. The Museum is at 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. It is open from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Staff reports

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