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February 11, 2010

YPAC: Show Choir Class


The Youth Performing Arts Conservatory held a weeklong show choir class (like in Glee!) for teens, and I got to go to their performance of a medley from “Bye Bye Birdie” on Sunday. The class was so good, there’s talk of forming a traveling troupe that would perform in the area. Photos below!

–Lisa

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November 24, 2009

Backstage at The Arts Center: The CD Playing In My Car 30 Minutes To Work And Back This Week, by Tess Mangum Ocana (Concerts & Facility Director)


Tess circa 1978!

We’re starting something new! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Backstage at The ArtsCenter, a new series of posts written by members of the ArtsCenter staff, talking about things they see at The ArtsCenter, why they do what they do, and what that whole “arts” thing means, anyway.

Our very first post is by Tess Mangum Ocana, the concerts and facility director at The ArtsCenter. You may have seen Tess introducing a band at a concert or heard her on 1360 WCHL’s The Arts Spot.

Let us know what you want to hear about the ArtsCenter by commenting on this post!

–Lisa

The CD Playing In My Car 30 Minutes To Work And Back This Week
Tess Mangum Ocana

I live in Durham, so the drive to Carrboro takes a while.  I’ve discovered a new “back way” that seems to not zap my soul as much as the chain stores, car dealerships and construction on 15-501 but I’m not going to give away the secret because it will become like 15-501.  Anyway, what I’m listening to this week is Ray Lamontagne’s debut album, Trouble.  He played here back in ’05 and I still remember the energy in the air as people took their seats in the Earl & Rhoda Wynn Theater.  Women were especially excited to see their bearded, beautiful lumberjack-looking Montagne.  I was running back and forth between my office, the gallery and backstage but remember listening to Van Morrison’s Veedon Fleece as my own mood music.  Music critics were going nuts about Montagne, saying how brilliant his first release was, and that it sounded like Neil Young and Van Morrison.  It does, but only musically.  Vocals are his own.  Some tracks sound like The Band, which ain’t a bad thing either.  Listen carefully for Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins (who played this year’s American roots Series) on fiddle and vocals.

November 21, 2009

Amanda Palmer and Nervous Cabaret

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 1:02 am

Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls played tonight, with Nervous Cabaret opening and backing her up. They also wore really cool hats.

Check out the photos below–as always, more after the page break!

–Lisa

Amanda Palmer (of the Dresden Dolls) sings as she plays piano during her show Friday night. More photos after the break!

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November 2, 2009

Halloween at the ArtsCenter

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Tags: , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 10:24 pm

The ArtsCenter had a teen party for Halloween with horror movies, bands, a costume contest, and a dance party. Shots are below–more after the page break!

–Lisa

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Halloween partygoers stand in line to get in to the ArtsCenter.

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October 30, 2009

Transactors Improv with Killer Filler

Filed under: Music, Theater — Tags: , , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 10:41 pm

Transactors Improv put on a spooky Halloween-themed show tonight, with Killer Filler providing some eerie tunes. Lots of stabbing, lots of fun. I’m trying something new… more photos after the page break (on the bottom left at the end of the post)!

Happy Halloween!

–Lisa

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Transactors improv company members playing evil child spirits surround and torment a company member playing a child.

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October 28, 2009

Mike Doughty with Andrew “Scrap” Livingston

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 12:03 am

Mike Doughty and Andrew “Scrap” Livingston played a (mostly) acoustic set tonight, answering questions from the audience throughout the “Question Jar” show. Here are some shots!

–Lisa

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Mike Doughty plays his indie/alternative rock on his acoustic guitar.

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Andrew "Scrap" Livingston takes a break from playing cello and electric guitar to answer audience questions.

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Doughty is lost for words as her attempts to answer an audience member's question.

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Audience members laugh at Doughty's answers to some questions, which asked him to name 25 Jennifers (based on a Doughty song title), to explain complex topics in physics and how he established his musical style.

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Doughty throws an answered question, written on a slip of pink paper, over his shoulder.

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Crumpled up answered questions lie on the floor behind Livingston's electric guitar.

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Doughty sings as he plays guitar in one of his indie/alt rock songs.

Livingston plays cello, seen from backstage (with a starburst effect overhead!)

October 18, 2009

Reader contributions

Filed under: Reader photos — Tags: , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 10:13 am

Pete Seeger performing in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., last Saturday at Vassar College. Herman Tempelman, the photographer, writes: Pete held the audience in his hands for a whole hour. Only him on the stage.

Pete Seeger performing in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., last Saturday at Vassar College. Herman Tempelman, the photographer, writes: Pete held the audience in his hands for a whole hour. Only him on the stage.

Did you know we love getting reader contributions for our photoblog?

Send us your photos of ArtsCenter-related events, performances, etc and you might just see them on this blog!

Go to our “Handy Links” page to find out where to send them.

This photo was taken by Herman Tempelman from Clinton Corners, N.Y. Thanks for your submission!

–Lisa

October 8, 2009

The Cowboy Junkies

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 10:39 pm

The Cowboy Junkies came all the way from Canada to play their alt rock at the ArtsCenter, with Lee Harvey Osmond opening. The best part of the show? They’re playing again tomorrow night. Tickets are $32, get them here!

I had to miss Lee Harvey Osmond, but here are some shots from the Cowboy Junkies–including some from backstage!

–Lisa

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Cowboy Junkies

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Cowboy Junkies audience

Cowboy Junkies audience

Cowboy Junkies bass pegs

Cowboy Junkies bass pegs

Cowboy Junkies drums

Cowboy Junkies drums from backstage

Cowboy Junkies soundboard from backstage

Cowboy Junkies soundboard from backstage

Cowboy Junkies piles of stuff backstage

Cowboy Junkies piles of stuff backstage

October 2, 2009

International Festival


The International Festival in Raleigh is this weekend! It started today and goes through Sunday. There’s dancing, music, kids’ activities and food from all around the world. Adult tickets are $6, kids 12 and under are free. It’s at the new Convention Center in Raleigh (500 South Salisbury St.). I’m shooting it for the festival, here are some shots!

–Lisa

The International Festival, in its 24th year, is in its second year in the ballroom of the Convention Center.

The International Festival, in its 24th year, is in its second year in the ballroom of the Convention Center.

A festival-goer shows her love for face paint and pirates.

A festival-goer shows her love for face paint and pirates.

Marionette dolls hang for sale at the Mexican booth.

Marionette dolls hang for sale at the Mexican booth.

A woman writes a festival-goer's name in Chinese at the Chinese booth.

A woman writes a festival-goer's name in Chinese at the Chinese booth.

Sir Walter Raleigh sports a spiffy new hat and cape for the International Festival.

Sir Walter Raleigh sports a spiffy new hat and cape for the International Festival.

September 23, 2009

Interesting Link Wednesday


Wednesdays are pretty slow days at the ArtsCenter, so I’m going to start linking to the outside world of photography.

This week’s link is a slideshow. Last semester in my photojournalism class, we used to look at MSNBC.com’s Photos of the Week in almost every class. I saw this slideshow covering the last decade in 59 images yesterday, and it hit me pretty hard.  I think it shows the huge scope of photojournalism, from the cutesy pictures of animals and kids (and nuns!) to images of war zones and natural disasters. It’s intense.

Some of the images are really graphic (MSNBC tells you which ones), so be warned.

Tomorrow: Lyndsay covers the Great Big Gone outdoor concert.

–Lisa

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