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Jen Kirkman will perform at The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Nov. 1st (photo by Robyn Von Swank)

Women’s Voices Won’t Be Silenced: Jen Kirkman Plays Whack-a-Troll on Nov. 1st at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

Editor’s Note: Click here to read Dustin K. Britt’s preview of Jen Kirkman: The “All New Material, Girl” Tour 2017. A man sits in the front row of The Carolina Theatre of Durham. His arms are folded, and he is displeased. Stand-up comic Jen Kirkman is shouting at him from the stage. “Why don’t you… Read More ›

Jen Kirkman will perform at The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Nov. 1st (photo by Robyn Von Swank)

Jen Kirkman Will Perform All-New Material on Nov. 1st at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

Motorco Music Hall of Durham, NC, NS2 of Nashville, TN, and The Carolina Theatre of Durham will jointly present Jen Kirkman: The “All New Material, Girl” Tour 2017 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1st, in Fletcher Hall at The Carolina Theatre. A long-time writer/guest on E!’s Chelsea Lately, Jen Kirkman is known for regular… Read More ›

Sarah Vowell is an author, historian, and social commentator (photo by Owen Brooker)

Sarah Vowell Discussed the Constitution, Hate Speech, and That Guy in Charge on Oct. 9th

I check my Twitter app one last time before the lights dim. Just to be sure that my internal political rage is operating on the most recent information. A new insane tweet just came from the “adult day care center” on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But I can’t think about that right now. I’m here to… Read More ›

Master Storyteller John Waters Gets Even Filthier at Durham’s Carolina Theatre

“We should be using humor as terrorism — embarrass the enemy into submission.” Indie filmmaker John Waters is only partly joking when he says this on Thursday, March 9th, during John Waters: This Filthy World: Dirtier & Filthier, presented by NS2 of Nashville, TN and The Carolina Theatre of Durham in Fletcher Hall at The… Read More ›

RuPaul’s Drag Queens Delivered and Delighted on Jan. 17th at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

With appropriate swagger and in outrageously high heels, Bob the Drag Queen (Christopher Caldwell), winner of Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, opened Murray & Peter Present’s production of Season 8: The Queens. Love Across America on Tuesday, Jan. 17th, at The Carolina Theatre of Durham. The laughs began the moment that his foot stepped… Read More ›

Nine Entertainment presented 1964 The Tribute, which recreates a Beatles concert from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, Nov. 4th at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

1964 The Tribute Rocked The Carolina Theatre Nov. 4th with a pre-Sgt. Pepper Beatles Concert

To borrow a line from The Beatles’ 1963 chart-topper, “Do You Want to Know a Secret?,” written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon (not Lennon-McCartney, as they are usually billed) and their first Top 10 hit to feature George Harrison on lead vocals: “Listen (do dah do), do you want to know a secret (do… Read More ›

On Oct. 16th, Henry Rollins Came Crashing Through Durham’s Carolina Theatre

The arena lights dim. The audience for The Henry Rollins Spoken Word Tour, presented by AEG Live and The Carolina Theatre of Durham, begins to cheer. ROL-LINS, ROL-LINS, ROL-LINS. A guitar screeches; the volume is almost unbearable. A fog of cannabis creeps across the room as Henry Rollins kicks in a brick wall and comes… Read More ›

On Friday night, Kathleen Madigan slayed the audience at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

Kathleen Madigan Brought the House Down on Oct. 7th at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

Missouri native Kathleen Madigan has been working in stand-up for over 25 years, appearing on every late night show that you can imagine and winning the 1996 American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic. With 5 albums, 3 DVD releases, and 10 specials under her belt, she continues to garner big numbers on iTunes… Read More ›

Wil Baptiste (left) plays viola and Kev Marcus plays violin; together they comprise Black Violin

Black Violin’s Fresh, Modern Sound Electrifies The Carolina Theatre of Durham on April 5th

Combine classic training with a hip hop sound, pair a violin with a viola, put them both on stage in the hands of young Black men, and you have music that is fresh, modern, classic, and just plain enjoyable. Black Violin (a.k.a. Kev Marcus and Wil B) brought their unique sound to The Carolina TheatreRead More ›

The Carolina Theatre of Durham presented the Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars on Saturday, Feb. 27th, in Fletcher Hall as part of Series 26

On Feb. 27th, the Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Offered a "Whitman’s Sampler®" of Delights

On Feb. 27th, The Carolina Theatre of Durham hosted a crowd-pleasing performance of the Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Concert Series, as part of its Series 26. Pianist/M.C. Brent Funderburk described their offerings as “a potpourri of [their] favorites.” And we were treated to 19 well-chosen, well-performed songs from various operas and musical theater. In addition… Read More ›

Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Brought the Sexy Back to The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Dec. 5th

Last Saturday night, when Italian actress/model/filmmaker/author Isabella Rossellini walked onto the stage at The Carolina Theatre of Durham to launch into Isabella Rossellini presenting Green Porno, a live version of the videos that she’s been creating for the Sundance TV for the past, those in the audience unfamiliar with the award-winning online series didn’t know… Read More ›

Isabella Rossellini will present Green Porno live at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5th, at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

Isabella Rossellini Will Present Green Porno Live at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5th, at The Carolina Theatre

The Carolina Theatre of Durham will present Isabella Rossellini presenting Green Porno at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5th. Born on June 18, 1952 in Rome, Italy, 63-year-old Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini is the daughter of Swedish actress and three-time Oscar® winner Ingrid Bergman (1915-82) and director Roberto Rossellini (1906-77), who won the Grand… Read More ›

Steven Wright Remains at the Top of His Game

A blast from the past walked through the doors of The Carolina Theatre of Durham last Saturday night. Steven Wright made a name for himself in the 1970s as a deadpan comic with a delivery so monotone that you often wondered if he was awake. But his jokes can be so clever that you quickly… Read More ›

The Carolina Theatre of Durham will present stand-up comedian Steven Wright at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10th, in Fletcher Hall in downtown Durham

Steven Wright Will Bring His Whimsy and Deadpan Delivery to The Carolina Theatre at 8 p.m. Oct. 10th

The Carolina Theatre will present award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, and author Steven Wright at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.10th, in the 1,016-seat Fletcher Hall in downtown Durham, NC. Wright is famous for his whimsical sense of humor and deadpan delivery, and his trademark long curly hair is instantly recognizable. With his untamed locks bouncing beneath… Read More ›

The Carolina Theatre of Durham presented virtuoso jazz guitarist, singer, and songwriter George Benson on Thursday, Sept. 17th (photo by Josh Hofer)

George Benson, Virtuoso Guitarist and Singer, Wowed The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Sept. 17th

Grammy Award winner, multi-platinum album producer and Hollywood Walk of Fame member George Benson thrilled a packed house with his own inimitable brand of jazz at The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Thursday, Sept. 17th. Playing both his hits, as well as covers by other artists, the 72-year-old virtuoso jazz guitar player, singer, and songwriter… Read More ›

The Flying Karamazov Brothers: Funny Jugglers in Kilts Invade The Carolina Theatre of Durham

The stage was full of cardboard boxes as the audience waits for The Flying Karamazov Brothers’ act at The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Saturday, Aug. 1st. Kids in the theater wandered the aisles, excited for the night and curious about the boxes. They talked about the possibilities, wondering whether the brothers will pop out… Read More ›

The Carolina Theatre will present The Flying Karamazov Brothers at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1st

The Zany Juggling Flying Karamazov Brothers Will Play Two Shows on Aug. 1st at The Carolina Theatre

The Carolina Theatre of Durham will present the fabulous Flying Karamazov Brothers, winners of a 1981 OBIE Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway Theatre and an International Jugglers Association Award of Excellence in 2004, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1st, in Fletcher Hall in the heart of the Bull… Read More ›

Tiny Engine Sputters with “5 Lesbians”

Tiny Engine Theatre Company, one of the many new theater companies popping up in the Triangle in recent time, is presenting its third offering to audiences: Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood’s farcical romp and 2012 New York International Fringe Festival winner, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, which will play from July 30th through Aug. 2nd… Read More ›

The cast of "5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" includes (clockwise from left) Liz Webb, Erica Heilmann, Laurel Ullman, Noelle Barnard Azarelo, and Pimpila Violette (photo by Sylvia Freeman)

Tiny Engine Theatre Company’s Rendition of “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” Is Absurdly Delightful

Just when you thought you had attended every type of meeting of every type of society, you find yourself invited to the 1956 Annual Quiche Breakfast of The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein! And they even give you a name tag! On opening night for Tiny Engine Theatre Company’s July… Read More ›

Jim Breuer kept the house in stitches all night long (photo by Josh Hofer)

Jim Breuer and Rich Aronovitch Tore Up The Carolina Theatre of Durham Last Friday Night

We anticipated a high-energy, laugh-filled evening with Jim Breuer at The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Friday, May 8th. What we didn’t expect was one-two punch of two truly first-rate comedians. As expected, Breuer kept the house in stitches. His anecdotes are especially funny, because they keep us off-balance with one laugh after another. His… Read More ›

Comedian and author Paula Poundstone will perform in Fletcher Hall at The Carolina Theatre of Durham at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1st (photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

“Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me’s” Resident Smart-Aleck, Paula Poundstone, Returns to Durham on May 1st

At 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1st, The Carolina Theatre of Durham will present whimsical comedian and author Paula Poundstone, who is a resident smart-aleck on “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” on National Public Radio. The 55-year-old Huntsville, AL native is a single mother who once described herself as “Stand-up Comic-Mother-Writer.” Poundstone is famous for… Read More ›

Cassandra Wilson Celebrated Billie Holiday on April 4th at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

Anyone who wants to challenge nature and embody the works of Billie Holiday has a mountain to scale but when that person is Cassandra Wilson, the mountain becomes a mole hill and Holiday smiles from the great beyond. On April 4th, Wilson took the challenge at The Carolina Theatre of Durham; and as a part… Read More ›

Boney James Blows The Carolina Theatre Away

The Carolina Theatre of Durham is the perfect venue in the Triangle to provide an intimate and unique musical experience, and Boney James filled every inch of the space on Friday, April 3 when he arrived with his explosive saxophonic style and his winning personality. Bouncing on the stage in his trademark fedora, black jacket,… Read More ›

Cassandra Wilson will celebrate jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday in "Coming Forth by Day" at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4th, at The Carolina Theatre of Durham (photo by Mark Seliger)

Cassandra Wilson Will Perform “Coming Forth by Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday” on April 4th

Grammy Award-winning 59-year-old Jackson, MS-born jazz vocalist, musician, songwriter and producer Cassandra Wilsonwill perform Coming Forth by Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4th, at The Carolina Theatre of Durham, as part of the Duke Performances series. According to Duke Performances: “Cassandra Wilson, perhaps the greatest living jazz singer,… Read More ›

Four-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney james will perform in Durham at 8 p.m. on April 3rd

Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist/Songwriter Boney James Returns to The Carolina Theatre on April 3rd

The Carolina Theatre of Durham will present 43-year-old Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist and songwriter Boney James at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd. (James previously performed at the theater on April 20, 2013.) According to The Carolina Theatre: “Four-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic futuresoul. Fusing… Read More ›

Durham Savoyards’ Performance of “Utopia Limited” Captivates Queen Victoria (and Her Subjects)

“Corporations are people!” may be current, but the concept of limited legal exposure and a certain degree of personhood in the organization of business was the subject of the penultimate collaboration between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. In Utopia, Limited, or The Flowers of Progress, which premiered in October 1893, Zara, the daughter of the… Read More ›

The Saturday, Feb 28th, Performances of The Flying Karamazov Brothers Have Been POSTPONED

The Carolina Theatre of Durham’s 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28th, performances of The Flying Karamazov Brothers, have been postponed. According to the official announcement on the theater’s website “… No new dates have yet been set for these performances. Ticket holders will be notified via e-mail when The Flying Karamazov Brothers performances… Read More ›

The Carolina Theatre presented the "David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown" on Dec. 11th

David Benoit’s “Charlie Brown Christmas” Tribute to the Music of Vince Guaraldi Was Effortless and Fun

David Benoit has been charming audiences with his jazzy Mr. Rogers-like personality for more than 40 years; and though he’s charted over 25 albums, it appears the sounds and music of Charlie Brown have his heart — and that heart is what he gave to The Carolina Theatre’s audience during his Christmas Tribute to Charlie… Read More ›

Brian Culbertson brought his 20th anniversary tour to The Carolina Theatre in Durham on Nov. 21st

Brian Culbertson Cuts It Up at The Carolina Theatre

Every once in a while, there’s a Friday night in Durham that reminds us of how funky and jazzy this town is. When The Carolina Theatre welcomed Brian Culbertson and his bandmates on Friday, Nov. 21st, the town bopped and snapped and jumped up to dance. And we were reminded that this is Durham, home… Read More ›

Duke Performances and The Carolina Theatre of Durham presented the "Oh Yeah! Tour," starring legendary New Orleans musicians Allen Toussaint (left) and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, on Nov. 6th in Fletcher Hall at The Carolina Theatre

Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Rocked The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Nov. 6th

During the first five minutes of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s performance on Thursday, Nov. 6th, it was obvious that Duke Performances and The Carolina Theatre of Durham had hit a good ol’ American home run by scheduling the Oh Yeah! Tour, starring Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s. The musicians stroll onto… Read More ›