Paul Green Theatre
Now through April 24
Mon. to Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m.
Tickets from $10 to $45
Adapted from the Mark Twain classic “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Big River” tells a musical adventure of the young Huck Finn. Music for the play will be performed by The Red Clay Ramblers, who performed in previews of the original Broadway show.
The show closes Sunday, so catch it before it drifts away.
Read staff writer Nidhi Singh’s preview of the play here.
Read Arts Editor Nick Andersen’s review here.
UNC Music Department
UNC Symphony Orchestra with Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor, Andrew McAfee, horn.
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and $15
University Chamber Players
Person Recital Hall
Friday at 8 p.m.
Admission is free
North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra with Branford Marsalis
Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 to $85
Branford Marsalis — one of five brothers who all play jazz music — is finally uniting with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra to play what he expects to be excellent music.
Marsalis, who lives in Durham and teaches at N.C. Central University, is a three-time Grammy award winner. He and Jim Ketch, who teaches jazz studies at UNC and directs the N.C. Jazz Symphony, have been in talks to team up for a while.
This will be the last Carolina Performing Arts performance until September.
Read staff writer Tariq Luthun’s preview of the performance in Thursday’s print edition.
The Year of Magical Thinking
Wed., April 27 to Sun., May 1 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday.
Tickets are $10 to $35
Adapted by Joan Didion — who also wrote the novel on which the story is based — “The Year of Magical Thinking” details the journey of grief she took after the deaths of her husband and daughter.
Look for staff writer Katherine Proctor’s preview of the final PlayMaker’s performance of the season in next Wednesday’s print edition.
FedEx Global Center
March 17 to July 15
Admission is free
The art featured in “Living Kiberia” comes from photos of Kenyans living in the Nairobi slum over the last six years. The photos showcase the humanity of the area, looking at different people in the region through various mediums.
An opening reception will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 17. Visitors will have the chance to interact with the cultural aspect of the exhibit, building a typical Kiberan shack with recycled materials and crafting soccer rag balls.
The Magical Real-ism of Amy Sherald
Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery in the Sonja Hayes Stone Center
Mon. to Fri., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Feb. 3 – April 27
“The Magical Real-ism of Amy Sherald” continues to dazzle at the Sonya Hayes Stone Center.
Sherald’s artwork is a self-reflection of life as a Southern black woman through post-modern eyes. The work removes the idea of skin color, illustrating the race of her characters through physical characteristics instead. The images grew into fantastical portrayals, full of color and life.
Read staff writer Jess Broadbent’s story on the gallery here.
Ackland Art Museum
Gallery and Exhibits (10 a.m. – 8 pm Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday)
Two new exhibits focusing on pre-war European and post-war German art are opened last Thursday at the Ackland.
“DE-NATURED: German Art from Joseph Beuys to Martin Kippenberger” and “Romantic Dreams | Rude Awakenings: Northern European Prints and Drawings, 1840–1940” will both open at 5 p.m.
Ready staff writer Gloria Schoeberle’s preview of the exhibitions here.
And check out assistant arts editor Katelyn Trela’s review of the collections here.
In conjunction with the exhibits, the Varsity theatre will screen “Lessons of Darkness,” a 1992 film by German filmmaker Werner Herzog examining the wake of the 1990-1991 Gulf War, on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
The Ackland is also featuring a gallery with the works of Masters of Fine Arts students called “New Currents in Contemporary Art: MFA 2011.”
During Ackland’s extended-hours “Think Thursday” event, junior Rachel Fesperman will lead an Encounter Art tour, looking at works by seven of the artists featured.
On April 28, the Sacrificial Poets will grace the galleries to perform slam poetry. On April 30, the group will host a slam poetry workshop at the museum.
Nasher Museum of Art
Gallery and Exhibits
Ongoing, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m .Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
$5 general admission, $3 non-Duke students with I.D., free on Thursdays
The Nasher at Duke continues its musical methods with the opening of “The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965,” a beautiful collection of photography and recordings from a crucial era in the jazz scene.
Read staff writer Michelle Lewis’ story about the exhibition here.
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