Ali Rockett

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	Sacrificial Poets, a performance team, conduct outreach workshops to local schools to teach poetry. Here the 2009 teams poses in Chicago. Courtesy of Will Mcnerney

Sacrificial Poets revive the art of oral verse

The oral tradition of reciting poetry dates back thousands of years — before written language or printing presses, when stories were crafted in poetic form, memorized and recited before crowds. UNC senior Will McInerney is trying to revive that idea with Chapel Hill’s Sacrificial Poets. Drawn to the spoken word, McInerney hopes to move a crowd with his words.


	A cappella group Harmonyx performs a song for the reopening of the Historic Playmakers Theatre on Tuesday. The night was celebrated with poetry readings put on by CUAB, Ebony Readers Onyx Theater and others. Def Jam poet Shihan Van Clief presented open-mic poets.

'A Night of Poetry' reopens historic Playmakers Theatere

The reopening of the Playmakers Theatre was nothing short of poetic. The nearly 150-year-old building, renewed by a fresh coat of paint and red velvet cushioned seats, was filled with students’ voices raised in song, dissent, praise and laughter as part of “A Night of Poetry,” the event celebrating the theater’s reopening.


	The Historic Playmakers Theatre on Cameron Avenue will reopen after renovations to the carpeting and seating on Tuesday night for A Night of Poetry with Def Poet Shihan Van Clief.

PlayMakers Theatre to reopen

After four years of collecting dust, the Historic Playmakers Theatre will reopen tonight — temporarily. While original renovation plans for the space called for a complete historic reconstruction, recent financial difficulties forced the University to reexamine its priorities for the shuttered theater in the center of campus.


	The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill and Deep Dish Theater Company are hosting tours of the Old Chapel
Hill Cemetery tonight. Tour guides will be telling a variety of tales about those buried in the cemetery. —Courtesy of the Chapel Hill Preservation Society

Cemetery tours revive dead

On Sept. 28, 1798 — just three weeks after arriving at the University — 19-year-old George Clarke, of Bertie County, died. His body now rests in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill and Deep Dish Theater Company will bring this cemetery to life tonight with “Voices from the Grave,” a haunted walking tour.


	Sisters Dallas, April and Haily Ivey color and create paper jack-o-lanterns with ArtHeels at the UNC Children’s Hospital Tuesday afternoon. ArtHeels is a student volunteer organization that brings art and activities to pediatric and geriatric patients at UNC Hospitals.

Students use art to relieve minds of patients at UNC Hospitals

ArtHeels, a UNC student volunteer organization, is making UNC Hospitals a little bit brighter. The group brings craft projects, coloring books, bubble blowers, music and even clowns to entertain pediatric and geriatric patients. It’s a scene straight out of elementary school as children huddle around a table and craft and color paper plate jack-o’-lanterns.


	Duke sophomore psychology major Courtney Liu and NC State junior biological business major Kathryn Daniel particiapte in the ballet class Thursday.

New York-based Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet company is bound to please

Contortionists, yogis and modern dancers will take the stage of Memorial Hall tonight—all within the confines of a 15-person ballet company. All 15 dancers of the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet are formally trained in classical ballet, but the company explores movement beyond traditional dance. “Cedar Lake is one of the hot, young darlings of contemporary ballet,” said Sean McKeithan, marketing and communications coordinator for Carolina Performing Arts.


	Tonya Suggs, the string orchestra educator at Wake County Public Schools, demonstrates the proper technique for holding a violin as part of the KidZNotes program to give needy children musical training.

Nonproit gives gift of music

The music room at Durham’s Holton Career and Resource Center buzzed with excitement on Saturday. As almost 40 children clamored to try their hand at holding a violin in the proper fashion, their parents jumped in to help out — even though some knew just as little about the instruments as their children.


	Happy Days

Beckett's 'Happy Days' honors the absurd

“Happy Days” depicts a typical day in Winnie’s desolate life. PlayMakers has not produced a Samuel Beckett play in more than 20 years. It was time for the company to share Beckett’s work with the community, said PlayMakers’ producing artistic director Joseph Haj.



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	Notre Dame’s Jessica Schuveiller (12) chases the ball while defending UNC’s Kealia Ohai. Schuveiller scored one goal for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame’s Jessica Schuveiller (12) chases the ball while defending UNC’s Kealia Ohai. Schuveiller scored one goal for the Fighting Irish.


	Sisters Dallas, April and Haily Ivey color and create paper jack-o-lanterns with ArtHeels at the UNC Children’s Hospital Tuesday afternoon. ArtHeels is a student volunteer organization that brings art and activities to pediatric and geriatric patients at UNC Hospitals.

Sisters Dallas, April and Haily Ivey color and create paper jack-o-lanterns with ArtHeels at the UNC Children’s Hospital Tuesday afternoon. ArtHeels is a student volunteer organization that brings art and activities to pediatric and geriatric patients at UNC Hospitals.


	Student dancers audition for the American Dance Festival’s “Past/Forward” performance last month. The performance will premiere Monday night.

American Dance Festival

Student dancers audition for the American Dance Festival’s “Past/Forward” performance last month. The performance will premiere Monday night.


Lost in the Trees Plays a Crowded House

From the time the doors opened Saturday to late into the night, Cat’s Cradle buzzed with anticipation for Lost in the Trees’ first performance in several months. Any mention of the band or Ari Picker, the band’s front man, and the crowd erupted into cheers.