Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hanging With the Rev

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Durham has become a hotspot for entertainment. Folks are flooding the Bull City to take part in the good stuff at the Carolina Theatre and the Durham Performing Arts Center. A few weeks back we had Eric Benet and Aretha Franklin on the same night - one at the Carolina Theatre and the other at the DPAC. Don’t be fooled into thinking those are the only places jumping. It’s hard to keep up with all that’s going on.

As a service to those in search of a place to hang, the Rev-elution is dedicating each Thursday to Hanging with the Rev, a listing of events in Durham, NC.

We begin with the play featured on the Rev-elution on February 17. This is one that you simply can’t miss. Tell the ladies at the hair salon to pack the house to see I Love My Hair When It’s Good & Then Again When It Looks Defiant & Impressive. Written by Chaunesti Webb, the play is certain to get folks talking about the drama black women face due to their hair. If you don’t know, show up. If you know, well show up anyhow. It takes place at the Manbites Dog Theatre, March 8-17. Manbites is at 703 Foster Street.

If you love that time of year when the American Dance Festival is in town and need a fix, Gaspard & Dancers has a treat for you. Durham-based modern dance choreographer Gaspard Louis and his company will feature a powerful new work at the company’s third annual concert on March 13 and 15 at the Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University.

Haitian-born Louis will present the world premiere of Souke, the latest in a series of exciting new works he has created in the Triangle since the founding of Gaspard&Dancers in 2009. Souke, which means “to shake” in Haitian Creole, captures both the chaos of the tragic 2010 earthquake and the courage of the Haitian people—courage that unites them in rebuilding their devastated country. Proceeds from the concert support those efforts.

In addition to four works by Louis, Gaspard&Dancers will perform a world premiere by Amanda K. Miller as well as Mark Dendy’s 1985 groundbreaking athletic tour de force BEAT. Dendy has launched and directed two acclaimed dance companies and created numerous award-winning works for theater and television. His choreography has been honored with an Emmy, an Obie, a Bessie, and the Alpert Award.

For those interested in stimulating their minds, The Pauli Murray Project is holding a series of discussion focused on Amendment One. The next event is a speech on Theological & Biblical Perspectives on Amendment One (Marriage Equity) at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road. The speech will be given by Mary Mclintock Fulkerson, professor of theology at Duke University. The event begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 8:30.

If you love the genre of music some call Neo Soul (I hate the term because you can’t make a new soul), keep your calendar set for the Beyu Café on the fourth Saturday of each month. Grammy nominated singer Yazarah will set the stage on fire each month with an event called the Yazarah Love Series. I spoke to Yaz on yesterday and she has plans to bring some of the biggest names in the biz to Durham. It’s her way of showing love to the city she calls home. The only problem is the lack of space at the Beyu, so get those tickets early!

Finally, it’s time to renew our vows. On last year, I performed the ceremony that had people come out to Marry Durham. On Saturday, March 17, we will remember that day by affirming our commitment to keep our streets clean and safe, protect our natural resources, shop locally, support the arts and local non-profit organizations, cherish diversity and elect responsible leadership. It kicks off at 2:30 pm and will last until 5:30 pm. Like last year’s wedding, there will be food trucks, entertainment and a parade. Meet me at the 700 Block of Rigsbee Avenue (between W. Geer & Corporation Streets) to say I do again or for the first time.

Sponsored By: Motorco, The Bar, Surf Club, Lloyd’s Lounge and Fullsteam

Oh yeah, good things are happening in Durham. Come Hang out with the Rev.

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