Arts Listings, Jan. 22

January 22, 2014 

  • PlayMakers presents stylish, sharp ‘Private Lives’

    Noël Coward was a mannered and modern Englishman, an Oscar Wilde for the 20th Century.

    UNC Playmakers this week opens “Private Lives,” a marriage comedy with some of Coward’s most beloved songs.

    Coward led a colorful life in love and literature. Playwright, composer and wit, he amused famous friends and worldwide audiences.

    Born in London, raised in high society and theater, Coward went from child actor to writer, one of the most popular of his time.

    Plays such as “Easy Virtue,” “Semi-Monde” and “Blithe Spirit” were stylish, modern and sharp. As a dramatist, he was not afraid to hit adult themes or to ring a political bell.

    His script for the WWII propaganda film “In Which We Serve” helped the Allied effort, but didn’t escape Hollywood censors who objected to the cuss words.

    His career took a uniquely modern trajectory. In later years he had a Vegas show and was an early TV personality.

    Coward’s impact on Broadway and movies was tremendous.

    “Private Lives” opens Wednesday and runs through Feb. 9. It is directed by Sean Daniels.

    A stepped-up “Café Society” ticket gets you a Prohibition “mocktail” (meh) and table seating before the stage.

    When: Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. Sat-Sun

    Where: Paul Green Theatre, Country Club Road, Chapel Hill

    Tickets: $15 and up

    Info: 919-962-7529

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

FESTIVALS/EVENTS

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. hillsboroughartscouncil.org.

HIP MUSIC FESTIVAL: The HIP (Historically Informed Performance) Music Festival continues through Friday, Feb. 7, in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. mallarmemusic.org.

LUNCH BOX CONCERT SERIES: The Town of Carrboro Parks and Recreation Department will host the Lunch Box Concert Series of free shows by local bands from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 27 at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.

CLASSES

ARTSCENTER: Enrollment in winter art classes is open. artscenterlive.org.

MUSIC

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. 23: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, Bevel Summers. Jan. 24: Chris Brashear, Alice Gerrard, Cliff Hale, Jim Watson. Feb. 1: Grace Pettis. Feb. 2: Martha Redbone Roots Project. Feb. 8: Joe Pug. Feb. 9: David Jacobs-Strain. Feb. 21: Ennis. Feb. 22: Lucy Kaplansky. Feb. 25: Clive Carroll. Feb. 28: Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas. March 9: Guy Davis. March 12: Rory Block. March 13: Paul McKenna Band. March 16: The Stray Birds. March 19: Pete and Maura Kennedy. March 21: Missy Raines and the New Hip. March 22: John McCutcheon. March 27: Archie Fischer, Garnet Rogers. March 28: Scott Ainslie. March 29: Foghorn String Band, Piney Woods Boys. April 4: Sultans of String. April 10: Drew Nelson. April 11: Seldom Scene. April 13: Brother Sun. April 16: Paddy Keenan. May 1: Cathie Ryan. May 2: April Verch. May 9: Rolling Roots Review. May 11: Tret Fure. June 6: Songs from the Circle 3. June 8: Jeannette and Johnnie Williams, Louisa Branscomb. June 15: Burning Bridget Cleary. June 19: Clarke Buehling. 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org.

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. Feb. 1: Maria Taylor. March 6: Delta Rae. 919-967-9053, catscradle.com.

THE CAVE: 452 1/2 W. Franklin St. Jan. 22: John Brodeur. 919-968-9308, caverntavern.com.

CHAPEL OF THE CROSS: 304 E. Franklin St. Jan. 26: Baroque & Beyond, “Zephyr - Gentle Winds.” March 8: Cantari, “Gems from British Cathedrals.” voiceschapelhill.org/buy.

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. Jan. 25: Totally Slow, Black Market, Gainsay. Jan. 30: Nikki Hill. Feb. 8: The Backsliders. Feb. 15: Into It. Over It. 919-942-5506, local506.com.

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

SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar. Jan. 25: 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.” voiceschapelhill.org/buy.

RECEPTIONS/OPENINGS

CARRBORO BRANCH LIBRARY: 900 Old Fayetteville Road. Jan. 26: “Life is a Beautiful Thing - A Tribute to Sophie Steiner and Her Peers.” 919-969-3006.

HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. Jan. 31: “TWENTY TWO SQUARED.” 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28: “It’s All About the Story.” 6-9 p.m. 919-732-5001, hillsboroughgallery.com.

HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE: 610 E. Rosemary St. Feb. 2: Gail Goers, “Before Dark.” 2-4 p.m. 919-942-7818, preservationchapelhill.org.

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY: Feb. 1: “Road Trip: Folk Art from Mike’s Art Truck.” 2-5 p.m. co.orange.nc.us/library/mainlibrary.asp, mikesarttruck.com.

THEATER/DANCE

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. Jan. 25: “Sacrificial Poets: Voicebox Youth Slam,” Playwrights Roundtable. Feb. 5: Tibetan Cultural Pageant. May 9-11, 15-18: “Gem of the Ocean.” 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org.

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

CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL: 1709 High School Road. Feb. 22: Chapel Hill Dance Theater, “Peter Pan.” 919-932-2676.

DEEP DISH THEATER COMPANY: University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive. Feb. 22-March 22: “Arcadia.” May 2-24: “Life is a Dream.” 919-968-1515, deepdishtheater.org.

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, playmakersrep.org.

PRC2 : Center for Dramatic Art, UNC campus. April 23-27: “Hold These Truths.” 919-962-PLAY, playmakersrep.org.

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

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