In Italian comedy classics
Looney Tunes has already educated us on the most important aspect of opera: unforgettable lines from irresistibly catchy songs. Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (THE BARBER OF SEVILLE) brought the world "Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!" This weekend, the OPERA COMPANY OF NORTH CAROLINA--which brough us a stunning Salome in Feburary--brings us Barber, which might be the most popular comic opera ever written. Unrequited love, mistaken identities, twisting plots and perplexed lovers--this show's got everything you love about Friends, but with beautiful costumes and music that made Beethoven and Verdi tip their hats. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, so you won't miss a single joke, it plays Friday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 4 at 2 p.m. in MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM at Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Tickets start at $24 and are available through Ticketmaster at 834-4000. For more info, see www.operanc.com.
In dancing about architecture (and other ideas)
The hit of last week's Art in Motion Festival, the DANCE IN ACTION PAINTING COMPANY is a singularly intriguing Italian quartet that combines choreography, music, spoken word and painting in real-time performances that meditate upon the creative process. While choreographer Claudia Pelliccia and dancer Aida Laterza interpret the thoughts of Francesco Petrarca, St. Francis and Walt Whitman on Dario Arcidiacono's soundscapes, a pensive Cinzia Fiaschi choreographs her paints on canvas in an equally compelling dance. The result: A collaboration that veers from playful to passionate to soul-stirring. If you miss their Sunday, June 4 show at SOUTHERN VILLAGE PARK in Chapel Hill at 7 p.m., you can catch them next Friday, June 9, when they'll be at WEAVER STREET MARKET in Carrboro at 6 p.m. --Byron Woods
In home movies gone wild
Everyone likes surprises. Chapel Hill's home-grown film festival series FLICKER offers a full evening of surprises in its third annual ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT REELS. One Saturday last month, about 20 people showed up to a house in Durham to collect a single roll of Super-8 film per team. Each team had one afternoon to shoot a three-minute, 20-second movie. There was no editing--what they shot is what you see when those films are screened for the first time next Tuesday, June 6 at the CAT'S CRADLE. While no one has snuck any peeks, organizer Nicole Triche says she was told one of the films involves burning toys, and another follows the adventures of a gnome. Flicker's DIY ethos is infectious--chapters of the festival, which originated in Chapel Hill, have recently opened in Las Vegas and Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is your last chance to see what all the fuss is about until the new season starts this fall. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 8:30. Tickets are $3. For more info, see www.flickerfestival.com.
In Raleigh resurrections
Our April 7, 2004 cover story, "Bye-bye Brewery," proclaimed the death of the longtime Hillsborough Street rock haunt just before Tom Taylor, the publisher of Edge Magazine, decided to buy the place and give it another shot. Taylor has met snarky resistance from the Raleigh old guard bemoaning the punk and metal stylings he books at the BREWERY, but he's found a massive audience in Raleigh and its hinterlands, causing lines to stretch next door for at least half of their shows. Plus, Taylor has managed, for the most part, to preserve the all-ages, matinee-friendly atmosphere of the club's '80s heyday, giving kids a place to hang. The three-day birthday party for the resurrected 2-year-old begins on Friday, June 2 with THE MILE AFTER, FAREWELL, SCARLETT UNDERCOVER, MORELLO and 6 INCH VOICES (pictured). YEARLING, DAKOTA DARLING, ASHLEY RIVER RISING and ANNUALS play Saturday, June 3. Metal-hop pioneers STUCK MOJO swing by to cap off the festivities on Monday, June 5. Tickets for each show are $10. For more, see www.brewerync.com. --Grayson Currin
In one more good thing about Durham
There's always something growing in the Durham grassroots. SEEDS COMMUNITY GARDEN is a prime example of what happens when you mix kids with sun and vegetables and now ... hip hop! At the annual ART GROWS IN DURHAM festival, the SEEDlings Dancers, under the direction of Thad Bennett, will perform hip hop and African dance. Other offerings in this free outdoor event include the Mallarme Chamber Players, Southside Church of Christ's Chosen Vessel Choir (a women's a cappella group), a Durham Academy student band called The Twist, and a performance and parade by PaperHand Puppet Intervention, now a beloved tradition that wraps up the day. Ogle the plant sale, taste savory and sweet treats from the bake sale, make a natural-dyed egg, try a new Locopop flavor.
For more info, see www.seedsnc.org or call 683-1197. See you in the garden this Saturday, June 3 from 1-5 p.m. Get there before the mojito pops are all gone! --Maria Brubeck