The Durham Performing Arts Center and The Carolina Theatre will present a live an uncensored performance by eyebrow-raising stand-up comedienne and actress Kathy Griffin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10th, at DPAC. The 51-year-old Oak Park, IL native and two-time Emmy® winner and bestselling author will headline the 10-day North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF), presented Aug. 10-19 by The Carolina Theatre.
According to the Durham Performing Arts Center:
“‘We are thrilled to add Kathy Griffin to our unmatched 2012 comedy lineup,’ said Emily Dahl, marketing director of Concerts and Comedy for DPAC. ‘I look forward to hours of laughs as Kathy shares her uncensored take on the latest in pop news to politics. Kathy Griffin will be the perfect kick-off to the annual North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, hosted in downtown Durham. Along with our friends at the Carolina Theatre, we look forward to presenting superstar entertainment that will bring thousands of visitors to our community this summer.’
“‘We expanded the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival to 10 days in order to grow the festival outside the walls of the Carolina Theatre and to create more opportunities to partner with other venues,’ said Carolina Theatre president/CEO Bob Nocek. ‘NCGLFF is one of downtown Durham’s signature events, and bringing DPAC into the festival only helps to increase the festival’s presence throughout the state and the Southeast.’
“Kathy Griffin is a multifaceted performer with rapid-fire wit. She is a two-time Emmy winner, for ‘Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List’; a New York Times bestselling author, with her tell-all autobiography entitled, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin; and a Grammy® nominee for her comedy albums ‘For Your Consideration,’ ‘Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt,’ and ‘Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant.’ She has been making audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders.
“Griffin’s new one-hour weekly talk show ‘Kathy’ premiered on Bravo to great reviews. The show encompasses all the things Kathy loves; stand-up, pop culture, politics, and a sprinkling of her beloved mom Maggie Griffin.
“Kathy is very involved with the gay and lesbian community and was presented with the prestigious Vanguard Award at the 2009 GLAAD Media Awards. The Trevor Project awarded Kathy with Lifetime Honoree status at the 2011 gala for her tremendous work with the GLBTQ [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer] community.
“[Griffin] won the 2009 Gracie Award for Outstanding female lead in a Comedy Series. She was the 2007 GAVYN Awards Honorary Gay [and] the recipient of the 2006 Ladies’ Home Journal Funny Ladies We Love Award; and in 2005 she received the Lambda Legal Liberty Award.
“Other honors include 2003 Toys for Tots Commander’s Award, Women’s Night Special Comedic Award, Lucie Award, and 2005 Aid for AIDS Friend of the Year; and in 2007 [Griffin] was voted one of the Top 100 Irish Americans in Irish American Magazine. Kathy has also been nominated four years in a row for the Television Producer of the Year in Non-Fiction Television PGA Award.”
For a complete schedule of the movies that will be screened during the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, click http://www.carolinatheatre.org/ncglff/schedule. Click here for a brief description of each film: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/ncglff/films. To purchase, NCGLFF tickets, click http://www.carolinatheatre.org/ncglff/tickets.
SECOND OPINION: Aug. 8th Durham, NC Independent Weekly preview by Craig D. Lindsey: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/d-lister-kathy-griffin-talks-about-the-wealth-of-topical-material-shell-bring-to-dpac/Content?oid=3121125.
The Durham Performing Arts Center and The Carolina Theatre present KATHY GRIFFIN at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10th at DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
TICKETS: $67-$109 (including fees).
DPAC Ticket Center: 919-680-2787 or http://www.dpacnc.com/events/how_to_buy_tickets.
Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/845308.
VIDEO PREVIEW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNgT2h060CM.
THE KATHY GRIFFIN CHANNEL: http://www.youtube.com/user/MegaKathyGriffin.
Durham Performing Arts Center: http://www.dpacnc.com/.
The Carolina Theatre: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/.
Kathy Griffin: http://www.kathygriffin.net/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Griffin (Wikipedia).
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/ncglff/ (official web page).
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