Arts Listings, March 12

March 11, 2014 

The last Peter Sellers film to be released while he was alive, director Hal Ashby’s “Being There” garnered Sellers an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • ’70s double feature on the bill Friday

    The Carolina Theatre is celebrating a streak of dark comedy through American movies in the ’70s.

    “Harold and Maude,” the 1971 May-December classic, and “Being There” are a vintage two-fer showing Friday, more of the Retro Film Series.

    Based on a story by doomed author Jerzy Kosinski, “Being There” (1979) is an existential modern fairy tale.

    Peter Sellers plays a gardener whose distance from the world might label him autistic today.Through a chain of events, he rises socially as Chauncey Gardiner, adviser to the president.

    How? He echoes phrases he has heard on television, in a manner soft and gracious.

    Sellers was his era’s Chaplin or Cantiflas, an almost silent clown.

    Kosinski got his name from identity papers as a Jewish child hiding from Nazi discovery in Poland, when he was altar boy in a church. In 1957 he resettled in America, and left a complicated legacy when he died in 1991.

    His story blends theater of the absurd with the social commentary of Czech writer Milan Kundera.

    When: 7 p.m. Friday

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

    Tickets: $8 for 2


    Correspondent Tom Hartwell


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

HILLSBOROUGH ARTS COUNCIL EXHIBITIONS: The Hillsborough Arts Council is accepting submissions for this year’s gallery exhibitions. Apply with a $15 fee by 4 p.m. Friday, March 21, at

BOWBARR ART SHOW: Bowbarr will host a reception for the work of more than 30 artists at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at 705 W. Rosemary St., Carrboro.

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,

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.

FESTIFALL: Applications for artists for the 42nd annual Festifall Arts Festifall will be accepted with a $25 fee through Friday, May 30. Festifall will be Sunday, Oct. 5.


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. 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. 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,

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. March 13: Cracker and the Doctor, Barrett Brooks. March 15: Dirty Bourbon River Show, Ellis Dyson and the Shambles. March 16: JKutchma, Adam Faucett, Matthew Paul Butler. March 18: From Indian Lakes, The American Scene, Naive Thieves. March 20: La Femme, Wild Moccasins, Tescon Pol. March 21: Solids, PUP, Petey. March 22: Har Mar Superstar. 919-942-5506,

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

OPEN EYE CAFE: 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. March 28: The Commanderrs. 919-968-9410,

SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar.

THE STATION: 201-C E. Main St., Carrboro. March 29: Black Masala. 919-967-1967,

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,

FRANK: 109 E. Franklin St. March 14: “Let’s Be FRANK.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4135,

HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. March 28: Susan Hope, Eduardo Lapetina, Eric Saunders, “Flights of Fancy.” 6-9 p.m. 919-732-5001,

HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE: 610 E. Rosemary St. April 6: Dan Gottlieb. 2-4 p.m. 919-942-7818,

TYNDALL GALLERIES: University Mall. 201 S. Estes Drive. March 15: Jane Filer, “The Blue Earth.” 7-9 p.m. 919-942-2290,

VESPERTINE: 118 B E. Main St., Carrboro. March 14: Kim Hawks. 6-9 p.m. 919-356-6825,


ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. March 22: Sacrificial Poets, “Last Chance Slam.” May 9-11, 15-18: “Gem of the Ocean.” 919-929-2787,

CARRBORO HIGH SCHOOL: 201 Rock Haven Road. March 20-23: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

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

PLAYMAKERS: Center for the Dramatic Art, UNC campus. Through 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.


ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. March 22: “Are You My Mother?” 919-929-2787,

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