Theater in Chapel Hill
“Trojan Barbie,” Christine Evans’ play based on Euripides’ “Trojan Women,” will be performed Thursday through April 19 at Swain Hall on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill.
Directed by Joseph Megel, the play concludes the 2014-15 season for StreetSigns, a Chatham County-based performing arts and educational center.
“‘Trojan Barbie’ was among the first plays developed in the Process Series and has gone on to productions all over the world,” said Megel, head of the Process Series, which encourages development of new works. “We are thrilled to bring it back to Chapel Hill and to spend a semester examining its context in class.”
The production is a collaboration among UNC’s departments of Communication Studies and Performance Studies and StreetSigns.
Students of UNC’s Advanced Projects in Performance Studies class are working with outside actors Jade Arnold, Elisabeth Lewis Corley, Bonnie Gould and Amber Wood to bring Evans’ play to life. UNC students Grace Brewer and Rachel Davis are assisting Rob Hamilton with the set design and props.
A pay-what-you-can preview is on tap at 8 p.m. Wednesday, with other performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and April 16-18; and at 3 p.m. April 18-19. Tickets are $10-$20 at http://nando.com/si or http://nando.com/13h
A reception is on tap Friday for the three artists whose new installations will be on view on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street through the end of June.
The reception is from 6-8 p.m. at Zog’s Art Bar & Pool Hall, 108 Henderson St.
This year’s installations are:
▪ “Inside the Microcosm” by Teddy Devereux, at 108 E. Franklin St. Devereux’s abstract glass art often has biological themes and has evolved from flatter, textured work to more sculptural pieces.
▪ “Color It Positive” by Helen Seebold, on the railings at 409 W. Franklin St., an interactive, modern twist on traditional Tibetan Prayer Wheels.
▪ “Cowboys” by Greg Carter, 104 W. Franklin St., a reconfiguration of four large cowboy heads shown last year in Raleigh, where they held six guns and were shooting each other. Now, they are holding small forest animals and chatting with other.
Music at lunch
Enjoy Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique on your lunch hour Friday at Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall.
The N.C. Symphony performs at noon as part of its Friday Favorites series, and again at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Michael Francis conducts. The evening program will also include Olivier Messiaen’s Les offrandes oubliées and Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5, featuring concertmaster Brian Reagin.
Tickets to Friday Favorites are $28; evening performances range from $18 to $75. Student tickets for all performances are $10.
Meymandi Hall is part of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St.
Info: 919-733-2750 or ncsymphony.org
The N.C. Master Chorale is featured in the second installment of a short-form documentary project, “We R Raleigh,” by the Raleigh-based film production house roguemark.
The film captures an insider’s view of the 180-member group as choir and orchestra prepare for a performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C at Meymandi Hall.
The project, launched last May, will showcase a series of people and groups over the next three years.
“Master Chorale is at once embedded in the fabric of the region, yet very different from other organizations, and this matched the goal we have for the We R Raleigh series to showcase a cross-section of the rich Raleigh lifestyle,” said Alexandru Panait, CEO of rougemark.
See the 4 minute 23 second film at werraleigh.roguemark.com.
The N.C. Museum of Art has added two concerts to its outdoor summer lineup.
Guitarist-singer-songwriter Gary Clark Jr. will perform at 8 p.m. June 17.
Singer-songwriter Neko Case will perform at 8 p.m. June 19.
Performances are in Museum Park, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Tickets for the entire summer concert series are on sale through the museum box office.
Info: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org
Llewellyn adds a job
Grant Llewellyn has added a music directorship in Europe to his ongoing leadership of the N.C. Symphony.
Starting in September, Llewellyn will assume the post of music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, headquartered in Brittany, France.
Llewellyn, who continues to reside in his native Wales, was attracted to the French symphony’s mission within Brittany.
“This is an exciting new opportunity for me to collaborate with an orchestra based on a very similar model, with a close relationship between its region and people,” Llewellyn said in an announcement. The Symphonique brings its music to Brittany’s cities and villages and champions the region’s music at national and international festivals.
Llewellyn has a contract with the N.C. Symphony through 2018. He has been its music director since 2004.
Alice Gerrard show
Grammy-nominated singer Alice Gerrard performs at a free concert April 12 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
Even though admission is free, tickets are required and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis in the museum lobby beginning at 2 p.m. April 12. The concert, which will also feature Triad-based instrumentalist Scott Manring and Clayton-based musician Cliff Hale, begins at 3 p.m.
Gerrard was nominated for a Grammy in the Folk Album category this year for her latest album, “Follow the Music.” Thirty tickets are available for a post-show meet-and-greet at Natty Greene’s Pub for $15 plus tax. These tickets – which can be reserved at http://nando.com/13f or through the museum’s gift shop – also guarantee seating for the free concert.
The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St.
Info: 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory.org/
▪ A romantic comedy made by Raleigh-based independent filmmakers Jon Lance Bacon and Steven P. Neilson won the Lou Costello Award for Comedy Short at the recent Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City, N.J. “Oh Crappy Day” is about a young man with obsessive-compulsive disorder on a blind date. It was filmed at several Raleigh locations. The film premiered at the Siouxland Film Festival in Iowa in February and is scheduled to screen again this spring in Houston and Georgia.
▪ Singer-songerwriters Eli Conley and Laila Nur appear in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at 1005 Wellness Center in Durham. Suggested donation is $10 at the door. The performance is at 1005 Broad St., and will follow a pre-show potluck at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome.
▪ Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers perform with the N.C. Symphony on April 15 at Durham Performing Arts Center. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and at dpacnc.com.
▪ A new show is on view at Tipping Paint Gallery in Raleigh through April 25. The gallery, at 311 W. Martin St., is open 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 6-9 p.m. First Fridays.
▪ Photographer Scott Garlock shares his passion for North Carolina’s old, abandoned structures at a bring-your-own-lunch session of History a la Carte from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History. Beverages will be provided. “Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place” is on view at the museum, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.
Info: 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory.org