In re-rewinding (2.2, 2.17 & 3.23)
Did you happen to miss the one-night-only premiere of REWIND late last year in Carrboro? No trepidation necessary, the play that illuminates a cheerleader’s path to becoming N.C. prison inmate No. 0423358 is all about second chances. That’s right, the story of REGINA WALTERS returns to the Triangle thanks to the success of the sold-out debut. Her steps from ballerina to convict are traced by local playwright LYNDEN HARRIS, director KATHRYN WILLIAMS and actors HOPE HYNES and JERI LYNN SCHULKE. Incorporating narratives, projections and photographs, Rewind reconstructs the circumstances and events that led to Walters’ incarceration. The show raises questions about the economic, emotional and racial factors contributing to her saga within the criminal justice system, so stay for the reception and discussion with the cast after the performance. The show is Friday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. at SAINT MARY’S SCHOOL in Raleigh (424-4063); Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. at THE ARTSCENTER in Carrboro (929-ARTS); and Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m. at A NEW DAY in Durham (560-0500). Admission is by donation. Ashley B. RobertsIn homegrown banjo pickin’ (2.3)
The 2007 edition of the American Roots Series at THE ARTSCENTER in Carrboro rolls on, and one of the series’ many admirable qualities is its support of homegrown artists. The latest local hero in the American Roots spotlight is Durham-based ALICE GERRARD, who’s not only an extremely gifted old-time and bluegrass (and, when the Weems/Gerrard Band convenes, honky tonk) player and captivating vocalist but also a bona fide chronicler of the mountain music scene. Musically, she’s known for her collaborations with Hazel Dickens and fellow vintage-tune travelers Tom Sauber and Brad Leftwich, through her most recent partners are Gail Gillespie and Sharon Sandomirsky. The three teamed up for The Road to Agate Hill, the release of which will be celebrated at an ArtsCenter concert on Saturday, Feb. 3. Tommy Goldsmith and Elizabeth Bahnson joining Gerrard. Tickets are $13. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Rick CornellIn beer, brats and bobbitt holes (2.4)
Indianapolis and Chicago may be united by their mutual love of beer and brats, but when Feb. 4 rolls around they’ll be enemiesat best. For this year’s SUPER BOWL XLI showdown there’s a party in every town. SHORTY’S GRILL AND BAR (932-9941) in Chapel Hill and BROAD STREET CAFE (416-9707, www.broadstreetcafe.org) in Durham will both hold parties starting at 6 p.m. RALEIGHWOOD CINEMA GRILL (847-8370, www.raleighwoodmovies.com) will also have a party, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets for this event are $20, which includes access to Raleighwood’s giant screen as well as an all-you-can-eat buffet.
For those who think the bears and colts are just animals, ENO RIVER ASSOCIATION in Durham is holding a hike at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4 as part of their free WINTER HIKE SERIES. Every week they explore a new section of the Eno River park, and this Sunday’s excursion will take intrepid non-football fans to BOBBITT HOLE TRAIL. For more information, call 620-9099 or visit www.enoriver.org. Megan SteinIn attendance should be taken (2.2 ~ 2.3)
WKNC’S FOURTH ANNUAL DOUBLE BARREL BENEFIT at KINGS in Raleigh is a Class-A1 convocation of what we’ve been screaming about for the past several years. A fantastic introduction to local music, it’s full of names familiar on a national level and acts with the talent and imagination to become as much: Consider the lineup on Friday, Feb. 2, headlined by THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, now of Durham. John Darnielle is the one with the tightly suggestive words and the guitar, and Superchunk’s Jon Wurster is the trusted face on drums. Then there’s THE OLD CEREMONY, one of the most inviting local acts in memory, their sweeping flair and tight-as-a-tie McCartney melodies given wings by a love for Sinatra grandeur. MEGAFAUN isn’t quite as inviting, but their improvisational inquiries into a union of folk idioms and free-jazz iconoclasm may leave you inquisitive for a liftetime. THE PRAYERS AND TEARS OF ARTHUR DIGBY SELLERS is led by Perry Wright but claims larger membership in the Bu Hanan Records, a Chapel Hill case study in pooled resources and doing it yourself, even if that means a little extra work or a house with no heat. And that’s just night one: Night two (Saturday, Feb. 3) pulls from ANNUALS, THE NEIN, TIGER BEAR WOLF and FUTURE ISLANDS. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 on the day of the show. Each show starts at 9 p.m.Grayson Currin
Megafaun, live performance in IndianapolisIn keeping it real (1.31 ~ 2.1)
Just because the Full Frame Documentary Festival isn’t until the spring doesn’t mean there aren’t any great documentary showings going on now. The CENTER FOR DOCUMENTARY STUDIES is hosting its 11th ANNUAL DOCUMENTARY HAPPENING from Jan. 31-Feb. 1. CDS teaches filmmaking techniques and presents documentaries that are relevant to today’s culture. This festival is no different. Two of the major feature films of the festival are ROCATERRANIA, a portrait of the life of Renaldo Kuler, a scientific illustrator and visionary artist, by Brett Ingram (Monster Road), and THE UPRISING OF 1934, an examination of past and present effects of the Southern labor movement, by George Stoney, Judith Helfand and Susanne Rostock. Rocaterrania will show in the Richard White Lecture Hall (East Campus of Duke University) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 following a reception at 6 p.m. The Uprising of 1934 will show the next day at 7:30 p.m. There is a $5 fee for individual sessions or a $50 registration fee for all events. For more information, call 660-3663 or visit cds.aas.duke.edu. Iesha Brown