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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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” 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.
Art is meant to be admired.
“Curtain!” yelled an actor from the stage, prompting a deafening and incoherent clamor of numbered requests from the audience. Another actor said, “I heard 20, 20!” Play No.
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Red carpet. Paparazzi. Martinis and Models.
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet led a lively evening of dance Friday evening in Memorial Hall. Ali Rockett gives her impressions on the night.
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.