Arts Listings, Feb. 26

February 25, 2014 

Tommy Edwards was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist and has recorded or performed live with an array of bluegrass greats, including Jimmy Martin, Bobby Hicks, Peter Rowan, Jimmy Mills, Dan Crary, Jack Lawrence and Mike Cross.


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    Bluegrass: Real good and for free

    You’ll have to ship out to Raleigh this week to see two generations of the tight-knit Piedmont bluegrass community’s best, Tommy Edwards and Andrew Marlin together.

    Closer to home, Edwards joins the Leroy Savage Group for their gig every Wednesday at the Q Shack, and Edwards preforms as one of the Carolina Lightnin’ trio.

    Poet Harriet Monroe wrote, “I used always to think of some big strong tree with lighting playing around it.”

    That strong tree, if you ask other others in this rich area for bluegrass, is Tommy Edwards.

    He has mentored some of our brightest young players, including Marlin and Emily Frantz (“Mandolin Orange”) and their friends the Big Fat Gap.

    He can remember Miles Andrews in diapers (that’s hard to imagine) and a teen-aged Tony Rice.

    He repairs their instruments. He books them gigs at the Pittsboro Roadhouse. He passes on the music the best way it’s always been done, by show-and-tell.

    He minds his store, next to Circle City Books in Pittsboro, and does his Bluegrass Saturday Night radio show for WLHC-FM 103.1.

    And he just sold Marlin a guitar, a beautiful Gibson. If anyone can make it sing, it’ll be Andrew.

    When: Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Where: The Original Q Shack, 2510 University Drive, Durham

    Tickets: Free

    Info: 919-402-4227

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell


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

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,

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.

LAST FRIDAYS ART WALK: The Hillsborough Arts Council’s Last Fridays Art Walk will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

OFF THE WALL: FRANK Gallery’s Off the Wall fundraising gala will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Ticets cost $250 each. 919-636-4135,

HILLSBOROUGH DOWNTOWN ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: The Hillsborough Downtown Arts and Crafts Show will be on Saturday, April 12, at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King St.


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. 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. 919-929-2787,

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. March 6: Delta Rae. March 19: RAC, Reuben and the Dark, NO, The Darcys. March 21: Armon Jay. April 13: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. April 18: The Zombies. May 11: Spirit Family Reunion. June 14: The English Beat. 919-967-9053,

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

KENAN MUSIC BUILDING: UNC campus. March 21-22: Louise Toppin, Marquita Lister, “The New Generation Project: Art Songs on African-American Themes.”

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. Feb. 27: Graham Colton, Cumulus. Feb. 28: Almost People. March 1: Don Dixon, Robert Kirkland. March 2: Show tha Product, Caskey. March 4: The Belle Game, Ski Lodge, Starlight Girls. March 5: Rotting Out, No Bragging Rights, The Beautiful Ones, Heart to Heart. March 6: Born Cages, Vinyl Thief. March 7: Oberhofer, Small Black. 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.

ST. MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. March 1: Andrea Edith Moore, David Heid, “Shakespeare: Music’s Muse.” 919-732-9308,

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. March 14: Sally Terrell, “The Colors and Textures of Connemara.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4557,

ENO GALLERY: 100 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. Feb. 28: Robert Johnson, “Real and Surreal.” 6-9 p.m. 919-883-1415,

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

HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE: 610 E. Rosemary St. March 2: Elin O’Hara Slavick. 2-4 p.m. 919-942-7818,


ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. May 9-11, 15-18: “Gem of the Ocean.” 919-929-2787,

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. March 7: “Broad City Live.” 919-967-9053,

DEEP DISH THEATER COMPANY: University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive. Feb. 28-March 22: “Arcadia.” May 2-24: “Life is a Dream.” 919-968-1515,

HILLSBOROUGH ARTS COUNCIL: 102 N. Churton St. March 6: “Arts Alive! Pages and Stages: Homeplaces Seen, Heard and Sung.”

PLAYMAKERS: Center for the Dramatic Art, UNC campus. Feb. 26-March 16: “Love Alone.” April 2-20: “Assassins.” Sept. 17-Oct. 5: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Nov. 1-Dec. 7: “Into the Woods,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Jan. 21-Feb. 8: “Trouble in Mind.” Feb. 21-March 15: “An Enemy of the People.” April 1-19: “4000 Miles.” 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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