The Carolina Brogue
UNC-TVHow many of you know people who’ve lived in North Carolina most of their lives but bear little vocal evidence of it? Television and our mobile society may be responsible, but there are still remote places where residents not only have distinctive indigenous accents but cling fast to the old country. Here and there on the North Carolina coast there are people who still speak with Scots-Irish brogues. It’s a remarkable phenomenon, one that linguist Walt Wolfram and filmmaker Neal Hutcheson have worked to document. Where did such dialects come from, and how have they survived in the Tar Heel state? Find out in this documentarygetting its television premiere on UNC-TV at 10 p.m.which explores the unique dialect of North Carolina’s Inner and Outer Banks, based on 15 years of research. For more information, visit Zack Smith

Exit the King
Sheafer Theater, Duke UniversityIn an odd coincidence, Duke’s production of Eugene Ionesco’s classic opens just a week after a new production starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon opened on Broadway. Those with a lot of time and money on their hands can try and catch both to do a comparison. The economic situation has made Exit the King quite popular with many theater groups across the country, and with good reason. The absurdist storyline is the conclusion of a trilogy of plays about a king named Berenger, who happens to be 400 years old and was once able to command the very elements, but who finds himself wandering in the ruins of his once-sprawling kingdom. His doctor and first wife try to convince him that he’s dying, but Berenger isn’t having it. You think there might be a metaphor in there? Ellen Hemphill directs Duke’s production at the Sheafer Theater in the Bryan Center, and the show features puppets by the renowned Basil Twist. General admission is $10, $5 for students and senior citizens. The show opens tonight and runs this weekend and next. For more information, call 684-4444 or visit Zack Smith