Arts Listings, June 13

June 13, 2014 


Surrounded by 18 bears, Todd Alexander, center, asks a coworker to pull a power cord to him during while assembling the animatronic Leonard Bearstein Orchestra last year at Northgate Mall.


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    The Bears are back in town

    The Leonard Bearstein Orchestra, an 18-piece animatronic symphony orchestra of bears, returns to Durham’s Northgate Mall this summer beginning Monday through July 18 at Center Court.

    These delightful interactive characters are displayed in beautiful seasonal surroundings, performing music and interacting with the audience. This summer’s theme will be a patriotic Independence Day-style tribute with music inspired by Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops.

    The 42-minute program will run continuously during mall hours featuring Maestro Leonard Bearstein conducting his 18-piece symphony orchestra and the Not So Bearly Singers trio. Traditional flag waving music is set to original scores and scripts and brings this group to life for children of all ages to enjoy.

    Designed by Mad Magic of Charlotte, the orchestra sections consist of a string section (violins, cellos, and bass), brass section (trumpets, French horn), woodwinds (clarinet and saxophone) and percussion section (drummers and chime) with the vocalists providing much of the banter during the program.

    Children can learn more about orchestral instruments by picking up an educational worksheet featuring an instrument word search, match the bears with their instrument and coloring fun, available at Northgate’s Customer Service Center during the orchestra’s run.

    “Northgate’s family-friendly events are always striving to be educational wherever possible, in this case around music education, and we are happy to bring these loveable bears back this summer to entertain our shoppers,” says Melodie Pugh, the mall’s director of marketing.

    Northgate Mall is located at 1058 W. Club Blvd.


AUDITIONS: Deep Dish Theater Company of Chapel Hill will hold general auditions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 16. Auditions are by appointment only. Bring a picture and resume and prepare a two- to three-minute monologue. The theater also seeks technical, design and management personnel. 919-968-1515,

LIVE & LOCAL MUSIC & ART: The Live & Local Music & Art series will be from 6-9 p.m. Fridays through June 27 at The Plaza at 140 West Franklin in Chapel Hill.

BYNUM FRONT PORCH: The Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series will feature performances from 7-9 p.m. Fridays through the end of August at 950 Bynum Road, Bynum.

SOUTHERN VILLAGE MUSIC AND MOVIES: Southern Village will host musical performances at 6 p.m. Sundays through the end of September at 600 Market St. Movies will be screened for $4 at dusk Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Sept. 13. There will be music before movies at 6 p.m. Fridays in June.


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. June 12: Beppe Gambetta, Jack Lawrence. June 15: Burning Bridget Cleary. June 19: Clarke Buehling. June 20: David Wilcox. June 21: Red June. June 22: Bill Kirchen. June 28: Kenny Roby and Michael Rank. 919-929-2787,

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. June 11: Dr. Dog, The Districts, The Hawks. June 12: Cut Copy, Classixx, Melanie Martinez. June 13: First Aid Kit, Willy Mason. June 14: The English Beat. June 21: Bombadil. June 22: Say Anything. June 27: Jefferson Hart and The Ghosts of the Old North State, Doug Prescott Band, Ume, Circa Survive. July 11: Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys. July 23: Us The Duo. Aug. 1: Boris. Aug. 22: Clockwork Kids, Ghostt Bllonde, Body Games. Aug. 23: Kevin Gates. Oct. 7: Afghan Whigs. Nov. 8: Rachael Yamagata. 919-967-9053,

HAW RIVER BALLROOM: 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw. June 18: Sleeper Agent, Grouplove.

JOYFUL JEWEL: 44-A Hillsboro St., Pittsboro. June 21: Brenda Linton and Tony Sullivan. 919-883-2775,

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. July 18: Voices, “American Songs, Poems & Spirituals.”


ARTSCENTER: Nicholson Gallery, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. June 13: Mezzanine, “Mezzmerizd: Dreaming Awake.” 6-8 p.m. 919-929-2787,

CHAPEL HILL ART GALLERY: 1215 E. Franklin St. June 13: Ruthananda, “The Field and Knower of the Field.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4557,

HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. June 27: Garry Childs, Chris Graebner, Jude Lobe, “Intersections: Painter, Potter, Painter.” 6-9 p.m. 919-732-5001,

WOMANCRAFT: 370 E. Main St., suite 170, Carrboro. June 13: Dale Morgan, “The Hive and the Honeybee.” 6-9 p.m. 919-929-3300,


DEEP DISH THEATER COMPANY: University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive. Aug. 29-Sept. 20: “A Kid Like Jake.” Oct. 31-Nov. 22: “The Landing.” Feb. 27-March 21: “Journeys End.” May 1-23: “The Liar.” 919-968-1515,

DSI COMEDY THEATER: 200 N. Greensboro St. June 13: “RISK!” 919-338-8150,

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

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