Stand against HB2 Concert
You’ll have to rush out the door for this one, if you’re not already in Carrboro. The Cat’s Cradle opens at 11: 30 a.m. Sunday for a concert to benefit for North Carolina Musicians United for EqualityNC and QORDS and the fight against the state’s “bathroom” bill, HB2. The music starts noon and the line-up includes The Love Language, the Veldt, Foxture, Hendrain, Olsen Twins, My 3 Sons, the Fabulous Knobs, the dB’s, 6 String Drag, Tres Chicas, Robert Kirkland, Rod Abernethy, Ur Mom and Someone’s Sister. Tickets are $20 at the door. The Cradle’s at 300 E. Main St. in Carrboro. For a full list of bands go to www.catscradle.com.
Picking up where they left off from their summer production of “Henry VI,” Bare Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” The same cast members play the surviving characters as Edward of York’s deformed brother Richard begins to plot against his brothers to gain the throne of England. Fridays-Sundays in November at Sonorous Road Productions, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. www.baretheatre.org.
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Hip Hop Nutcracker
There are at least a half-dozen performances of “The Nutcracker” coming our way in December, but you can get a jump on them all with an urban twist on Tchaikovsky’s classic. MC Kurtis Blow, one of the founding fathers of hip hop, kicks off the show with a short set before rapping the introduction. The show’s at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at DPAC, 123 Vivian St. in Durham. Tickets start at $33. Details at www.dpacnc.com.
The holiday season starts for many with the symphony’s annual holiday pops concert. David Glover conducts such classics as “Silver Bells” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas. There will be dancing by the Triangle Youth Ballet, songs from the Raleigh Boychoir and Santa will be in the lobby. Patrons who bring “soup-to-go” for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies program will receive a a coupon for $20 off a January concert. It’s a great way to get in the holiday spirit. The shows: A Kids’ Christmas, 3 p.m. Nov. 23, Holiday Pops, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 and 3 p.m. Nov. 26 at Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. For more details: www.ncsymphony.org or call 919-733-2750.
The Paderewski Piano Festival
Never heard of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the Polish piano wunderkind who thrilled millions with his performances in the early 1900s? It’s time to change. The short bio: He made his musical debut in Vienna in 1887 and his concerts were acclaimed wherever he went. In World War I, he took a break from music to become politically active and represented Poland at the Paris Peace Conference. After the war, he returned to music, touring the U.S. in a private rail car, and sold out Madison Square Garden. Raleigh’s annual festival celebrates his music with performances by acclaimed musicians. Jean Dubé of France performs at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Alexia Mouza of Greece and Venezuela performs at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 and Janusz Olejniczak at 2 p.m. Nov. 13; both concerts are in the auditorium of the N.C. Museum of Art on Blue Ridge Road. There’s also a screening of “The Pianist,” the 2002 Oscar-winning film starring Adrien Brody as a Polish Jewish musician struggling to survive in the Warsaw ghetto during War War II. Olejniczak performed the soundtrack and those are his hands playing the piano during Brody’s closeups. The movie is at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at The Cary Theater. For more details about the performances go to http://paderewski-festival.org/.