Arts Listings, Jan. 29

January 30, 2014 

  • ‘The Wiz’ puts black spin on Baum classic

    And now, a keynote film of the “Black is Beautiful” decade, the 1970s.

    Music snappier than MGM’s snow-white “The Wizard of Oz,” the all-black version of Frank L. Baum’s uniquely American story: “The Wiz.”

    Songs were by R&B guru Quincy Jones with help from Motown friends Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Ross plays an adult Dorothy and Jackson, the Scarecrow.

    Two beautiful jazz singers, legendary Lena Horne and Thelma Carpenter, split the role of the Good Witch, whom Billie Burke played in the 1939 film.

    Horne has a story. A black woman, she lands an MGM contract for 1943’s “Cabin in the Sky,” and becomes a smash singing “Stormy Weather” in a film of the same title.

    But MGM clips her scenes from movies distributed in the South, fearing backlash from racist theatergoers.

    “The Wiz” was black-conscious: instead of Flying Monkeys, filmmakers spoofed the racial anthropomorphism of Dumbo’s crowbird pals in the Walt Disney film.

    Carpenter and Nipsey Russell, the “Tin Man,” would later make guest appearances on mainstream television.

    But “The Wiz” was something else: a celebration of blackness and self-affirmation that made the ’70s a golden decade for African-American cinema.

    When: Sunday, 2 p.m.

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

    Tickets: Free


    Correspondent Tom Hartwell


CARRBORO LOOKS FOR LOCAL ARTISTS: The town of Carrboro invites residents to submit their artwork for local exhibitions.

EXHIBITING ARTIST TALK: FRANK Gallery will host a discussion with “A New Season” artists Katherine Armacost, Peg Gignoux, Michele Maynard, Ronan Peterson and Carol Retsch-Bogart from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

GUIDED TOURS: The Hillsborough Arts Council will give “Take a Closer Look” guided walking tours of local sculptures at 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March starting at the Hillsborough Arts Council, 102 N. Churton St. 919-643-2500,

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.

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

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.


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. 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,

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. Feb. 1: Maria Taylor. March 6: Delta Rae. March 21: Armon Jay. 919-967-9053,

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

HILL HALL: UNC campus. Feb. 2: “Richard Luby Memorial Concert.” 919-962-1039,

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. Jan. Jan. 30: Nikki Hill. Feb. 8: The Backsliders. Feb. 12: Alvvays, Yuck. Feb. 15: Into It. Over It. 919-942-5506,

THE MELLOW MUSHROOM: 310 W. Franklin St. First Tuesday of each month: Jazzbeau.

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.

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


CHAPEL HILL ART GALLERY: 1215 E. Franklin St. Feb. 14: David Taylor. 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4557,

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,

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

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY: Feb. 1: “Road Trip: Folk Art from Mike’s Art Truck.” 2-5 p.m.,


ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. Feb. 5: Tibetan Cultural Pageant. Feb. 7: Transactors Improv, “The Love Show.” Feb. 8: “The Chuckle and Chortle Comedy Show.” 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.

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,

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

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

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

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