From staff reportsJuly 12, 2009 

10-minute theater

Short-attention-span theater is back with the 10 By 10 Festival in the Triangle, under way this weekend at the ArtsCenter in Chapel Hill. Ten new 10-minute plays will be performed, including some from local playwrights, chosen from nearly 400 scripts submitted. Chapel Hill musician Billy Sugarfix will also perform. For show and other details:, 929-2787.

Change at Full Frame

Peg Palmer is stepping down as executive director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival after two years in charge. She'll continue to work with the festival on fundraising. In a letter to festival supporters, Palmer said the organization is financially sound, and she called this past season a success. A search for her replacement will begin soon.

Downtown salon tonight

An evening of music, dance and theater is planned at the Meymandi Theater at Murphey School in Raleigh this evening. Among the songs by the female vocal quartet Fleur de Lisa will be the premiere of one based on the lyrics of N.C. Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer. Dance solos by Carol Finley, Meredith Dance Theater's director, and student Matney Murad will be performed, and local actors will do their favorite monologues. Details: 810-2863, 834-4001 or

Artful butterflies

The Umstead Hotel & Spa's art and nature lecture series continues Thursday evening with entomologist and artist Christopher Marley, who travels the world in search of artful butterflies and insects. It's a ticketed event. Reserve by calling 447-4065 by Tuesday. More:

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