Arts Listings, Jan. 1

January 2, 2014 

Kathleen Hanna

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    Kathleen Hanna’s fem-punk band, Bikini Kill, was a breakout success in the 1990s, a win for girl rockers, activists and lefty radicals of “Generation X.”

    Bikini Kill shunned major labels, spoke out politically, and were a big success anyway.

    When they broke up in late 1997, a depressed Hanna found herself in Durham, far away from home in the Pacific Northwest.

    “I took my broken heart to Durham,” Hanna wrote in a short autobio titled “My Herstory.”

    “My best friend Tammy and her girlfriend had started a record label down there called Mr. Lady and they were nice enough to let me move into their attic.”

    Less than a year later, Hanna left Durham to form a band that had much success, the political new-wave group Le Tigre.

    Now a film about her career is on view at Durham’s Carolina Theatre.

    “The Punk Singer,” directed by Sini Anderson, combines archival footage with interviews to present a musician whose influence spread to politics, feminism and self-empowerment.

    She hung with the agitprop Riot Grrrl movement, married Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys and was one of the first musicians to sign with the label Kill Rock Stars.

    Hanna is a wailer, not a crooner. And she has lots to shout about.

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

    When: Tonight and Thursday, 7 p.m.

    Where: Carolina Theatre, 309 W Morgan St., Durham

    Tickets: $9; ($7 student, senior, military)



HILLSBOROUGH DOWNTOWN ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: The Hillsborough Arts Council will accept artists’ applications with a $20 fee for the Hillsborough Downtown Arts and Crafts Show until Friday, Jan. 31. The show will be on Saturday, April 12, at the Hillsborough Visitors Center.


ARTSCENTER: Enrollment in winter art classes is open.


ALOFT CHAPEL HILL: 1001 S. Hamilton Road. Tuesdays: Bibis Ellison and Dante. W xyz bar. 8-10 p.m. 919-932-7772.

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. Jan. 3: Robin and Linda Williams. Jan. 6: Old-Time and Bluegrass Slow Jam. Jan. 7: Genticorum. Jan. 10: Nu-Blu. Jan. 11: Hot Club of Cowtown. Jan. 12: Dana and Susan Robinson. Jan. 13: Songwriters’ Circle. Jan. 16: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. Jan. 17: Frank Solivan, Dirty Kitchen. Jan. 18: Gangstagrass. Jan. 19: The Wailers. Jan. 20: Old-Time and Bluegrass Slow Jam. Jan. 23: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, Bevel Summers. Jan. 24: Chris Brashear, Alice Gerrard, Cliff Hale, Jim Watson. Feb. 22: Lucy Kaplansky. 919-929-2787,

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. Jan. 11: Spider Bags, Midnight Plus One. Jan. 12: Cate Le Bon, Kevin Morby. Jan. 19: Reggie and the Full Effect, Dads, Pentimento. Feb. 1: Maria Taylor. March 6: Delta Rae. 919-967-9053,

CHAPEL OF THE CROSS: 304 E. Franklin St. March 8: Cantari, “Gems from British Cathedrals.”

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. Jan. 4: Cruel Hand, Criminal Instinct, Blind Justice, Society Sucker. Jan. 7: Speedy Ortiz, Grass is Green, Blanko Basnet. Jan. 9: Lowland Hum, Look Homeward, Auburn Kettle. Jan. 11: Morning Brigade, LiLa, Matt Phillips & The Philharmonics. Jan. 12: Saintseneca, LVL UP. Jan. 18: The Farewell Drifters, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles. Jan. 19: Pentimento, Reggie and The Full Effect, Dads. Feb. 15: Into It. Over It. 919-942-5506,

MEMORIAL HALL: 114 E. Cameron Ave. May 31: Voices, “The Genius of Mozart.” 919-843-3333,

SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar. Jan. 3: Star Studies. Jan. 4: The Ends. Jan. 25: Swift Creek.

STEEL STRING BREWERY: 106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. Jan. 17: Swift Creek.

UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 150 E. Franklin St. Jan. 25: Women’s Voices Chorus, “Songs of My Sisters.” June 8: Cantari, “Vaughan Williams and Tavener: A Cosmic Cycle of Life and Death.” July 18: Voices, “American Songs, Poems & Spirituals.”

WILLIAM AND IDA FRIDAY CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION: 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill. Jan. 11: Daniel Wallace, Django Haskins. 919-962-3000,


CHAPEL HILL ART GALLERY: 1215 E. Franklin St. Jan. 10: Anna Nicholson, “My World in Watercolor.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4557,

HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. Jan. 17: Orange County Artists Guild, “RIVER.” 6-9 p.m. 919-732-5001,

HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE: 610 E. Rosemary St. Jan. 5: Murry Handler, “Big, Bold, Black & White.” 919-942-7818,


ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. Jan. 4: No Shame Theatre. Jan. 11: Paperhand Puppet Intervention, “The Big Reveal.” Transactors Improv, “For Families!” The Chuckle and Chortle Comedy Show. Jan. 19: Almost Ready Staged Reading. Jan. 25: Playwrights Roundtable. May 9-11, 15-18: “Gem of the Ocean.” 919-929-2787,

CARRBORO CENTURY CENTER: 100 N. Greenboro St. May 31: Triangle Guitar Society Benefit Concert.

DEEP DISH THEATER COMPANY: University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive. Jan. 15-19: New Play Workshop, “Debris.” Feb. 22-March 22: “Arcadia.” May 2-24: “Life is a Dream.” 919-968-1515,

PLAYMAKERS: Center for the Dramatic Art, UNC campus. Jan. 22-Feb. 9: “Private Lives.” Feb. 26-March 16: “Love Alone.” April 2-20: “Assassins.” 919-962-PLAY,

PRC2 : Center for Dramatic Art, UNC campus. Jan. 8-12: “The Story of The Gun.” April 23-27: “Hold These Truths.” 919-962-PLAY,

SWAIN HALL: 101 E. Cameron Ave. Jan. 17-18: “Mission of a Saint.”

TOP OF THE HILL BACK BAR: 100 E. Franklin St. Tuesdays: Back Bar Comedy, 9 p.m.

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