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The PRC production of My Fair Lady stars (from left) Ray Dooley as Colonel Pickering, PRC newcomer Mia Pinero as Eliza Doolittle, and Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Henry Higgins (photo by Jon Gardiner)

The Fairest of Ladies

April 17, 2017

PlayMakers Repertory Company once again has produced a spectacular performance in their rendition of the classic My Fair Lady. It is clear that the cast was chosen carefully not only to portray each character perfectly, but also to display a unique chemistry between themselves. Mia Pinero performed splendidly in her PlayMakers debut, her voice alone… Read More ›

Cast of "THE WINNER OF OUR DISCONTENT"

Winning… in the Second City

World famous comedy club and Chicago institution, The Second City presents the 105th Mainstage Revue, “THE WINNER… OF OUR DISCONTENT.” The politically themed show debuted just over a month after the most recent election and reflective of its title, the performers project the feelings of disappointment, anger, and fear that the current administration has aroused…. Read More ›

Curtis Elleer's American Circus

A Banjos & Beer Benefit

In 2015, Hiroshima, Japan native Hiroshi Arakawa moved to Raleigh, NC to study English and learn bluegrass. A lifelong fan of the genre, he soon gained a following as a top notch string player. Unfortunately, 2 months ago a car crash took the life of his girlfriend and left him hospitalized and comatose. Having since woken, Arakawa is still… Read More ›

Christian Cool Collective

Chill vibes and good spirits surfed into town Saturday night as Switchfoot and Relient K hit The Ritz in Raleigh, NC. Opening act Relient K has been a chameleon of sorts, switching genres from the spiritual Christian rock to the secular alternative rock. Hailing from Canton, Ohio, the band are the type of act you would… Read More ›

The Raleigh Ringers Holiday Concerts

The Raleigh Ringers handbell ensemble returns to Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh this December for three holiday concerts. Performed with expert musicianship and a unique sense of levity, the mixture of traditional and contemporary holiday tunes are appropriate for concert goers of all ages. The group also performs a selection of original pieces and even… Read More ›

Good Goings with The Goo Goo Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls rocked the city Saturday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Having 1st seen them live at the very same venue back in 2011, their performances still gives me butterflies. As the lyrics to their 2013 song “Rebel Beat” goes: “There’s no worries, there’s no care, feel the sounds that’s everywhere.” That… Read More ›

No rain on Gavin’s parade

An early onset of drizzle during the opening acts played no factor Friday night in the kickoff concert of the weekend Rock n Roll Marathon Series, operated by the City of Raleigh and presented by WRAL. “I don’t want to be anything other than me” sang the crowd of the Red Hat Amphitheater in chorus with show headliner,… Read More ›

Tell The Tale of Sweeney Todd

“…The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” wails a corralled cast of characters to the crowd, breaking from the performance at various points. The haunting melody describes a murderous barber and his quest for vengeance, all the whilst compiling a body count of those unfortunate enough to find themselves in the barber’s chair of Sweeney Todd,… Read More ›

The Miss North Carolina Organization Hosts Miss America 2016,

On January 24, 2016, The Miss North Carolina Organization recently hosted “An Afternoon with Miss America,” a special event that was actually the end to a long and eventful weekend in which Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell, visited the state. While she was here, she made a visit to the North Carolina Children’s Miracle Network… Read More ›

Twice the delight from Rob Thomas & Plain White T’s

Unexpected circumstances didn’t deter those immersed in Charlotte’s Uptown Amphitheater at NC Music Factory Tuesday night from coming to see Grammy Award winning artist and lead singer of pop rock multi-platinum superstars Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas. Apart of The Great Unknown Tour supporting the album released this year and bearing the same name, the show… Read More ›

The 90’s ARE all that as Dashboard Confessional & Third Eye Blind will attest

Alt met Emo as two of the biggest acts from the late 90’s/early 00’s joined together for a co-headlining extravaganza Tuesday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Roots rock band Augustana started off the show, playing to the crowd by swapping out the names and places referenced in their songs with the city of Raleigh…. Read More ›

The Decemberists: All grown up and still with the whale

Despite clouds and precipitation, attendees at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC Wednesday night were treated to the one-two punch of Shovels and Rope & The Decemberists. From neighboring Charleston, South Carolina, Shovels and Rope are the husband and wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, who combined their individual solo careers to… Read More ›

Kayleigh Elizabeth Collett Crowned 2015-2016 Grand Majestic Little Miss and Teen Miss Johnston County

There are a lot of very gifted, very seasoned pageant girls out there- girls who work hard and win lots of titles. But, as we all know, sometimes a new girl just has “it”- that special spark that allows her to come in and sweep a whole pageant. That’s what happened to pageant newcomer Kayleigh… Read More ›

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” a Russian Roulette of emotions

Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a hybrid outing, injecting the aura of Russian dramaturge, Anton Chekhov, within the realm of a comedic drama. Attendees of the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, need not to be educated on Chekhov nor be a patron of the arts to enjoy this farcical tale of characters vastly different in behavior and thought, yet parallel to… Read More ›

An evening with Rob Thomas proves both personal and entertaining

A mixed crowd of fans, young and old, assembled into Durham’s Performing Arts Center and erupted into boisterous, unison applause for Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Rob Thomas as he took the stage and began to croon, “Don’t you wanna go for a ride/Just keep your hands inside”

Durham Symphony Goes to the Movies

– Join the Durham Symphony, under the direction of Maestro William Henry Curry, for a fun filled family concert featuring music from the movies on Sunday, April 6, 2014, 3 PM, at Riverside High School, 3218 Rose of Sharon Road, Durham. Concert goers will enjoy music from John Williams’ Star Wars, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite… Read More ›

Lebanese musician Naji Hilal

Free Concert Celebrating Lebanese Immigrant Culture in NC on April 13 at NC Museum of History

On Sunday, April 13, Lebanese musicians Naji Hilal and Christopher Saleh combine their considerable musical talents in a unique program highlighting Lebanese culture in North Carolina. This concert coincides with the NC Museum of History’s ongoing exhibit Cedars in the Pines, which showcases the history and contributions of Lebanese immigrants who have made North Carolina their home since the 1880s.

Stars of rhythm tap to share the stage in a unique performance

North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival Faculty Concert  Take advantage of the rare opportunity to see some of the best tap dancers in the world together on one stage at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 pm. The performance is part of the annual North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, a collection of masters… Read More ›

Leipzig celebrates its famous son Richard Wagner in 2013

  Leipzig is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, who was born here on 22 May 1813. Whoever wants to understand the young Wagner must come to Leipzig, especially in the anniversary year 2013: 137 events have been scheduled in Wagner’s honour, 70 of which during the City of Leipzig Richard Wagner… Read More ›

"Gifted in Red" by Linda Carmel

The Art of Giving

Artwork for the holiday season by the 22 local artists at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. Opening reception Friday, November 25th 6-9pm. The show runs through January 8th. Located at 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, the five year old gallery is owned and operated by 22 local artists and features painting, metal sculpture, photography,… Read More ›

Promo picture for Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) 2011 tour.

Live Review: Steve Earle and the Dukes and Duchesses @ DPAC 9/17/11

Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) delighted both purists and casual fans at DPAC last Saturday with 2 sets, each over a dozen songs long, and 2 encores.

“Explorations” paintings by Chris Graebner and Lolette Guthrie, blown glass by Pringle Teetor at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts

“Explorations” Paintings by Chris Graebner and Lolette Guthrie, blown glass by Pringle Teetor at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts Seprember 26 through October 23. Opening reception Friday September 30th 6-9pm. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC. www.HillsboroughGallery.com

Promo picture for Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers show at DPAC 5/21/11

Live Review: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers @ DPAC 5/21/11

“Tonight I get to do 2 of my favorite things, comedy and charging people money for music.” – Steve Martin on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center last Saturday night.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

A scientist and an artist walk into a bar… this is the set-up for Steve Martin’s play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile—in production March 25-April 3 at The ArtsCenter. It just so happens that the scientist in question is Albert Einstein and the artist is Pablo Picasso. In Martin’s scenario, the year is 1904, and… Read More ›