January 26, 2013 

Holocaust drama opens this week at Burning Coal

C.P. Taylor’s Holocaust drama, “Good,” opens Thursday at Burning Coal Company.

The story centers on a professor who writes a book about helping a dying parent pass peacefully, gaining favorable notice from the German Nazi party in 1930s. He is encouraged to work with the regime on “medical matters,” and despite the strong objections of his Jewish friends, he decides to stay in the country and attempt to positively influence the regime.

Ian Finley, recent Piedmont Laureate, directs, and Steven Roten plays Professor Halder.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 7-9 and 14-16; and at 2 p.m. Feb. 3, 10 and 17 at the Murphey School.

Tickets are $25; $20 for seniors; $15 for students and active military. Thursday performances are $10, and Feb. 3 is “pay what you can day.”

Info: 919-834-4001 or

Theater honors

The N.C. Theatre Conference will present its Community Theatre Award to Raleigh Little Theatre Friday night.

In selecting RLT, the judges noted that it is one of the nation’s oldest continuously producing theater companies. Under artistic director Haskell Fitz-Simons and executive director Charles Phaneuf, it produces 11 main stage shows each season, along with educational and outreach programs. RLT also won the award in 1992.

The presentation will come during opening night of “Bus Stop” at Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, where it runs through Feb. 24. Tickets are $20 for adults; $16 for seniors and students; $12 for all on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Raleigh Little Theatre is at 301 Pogue St.

Info: 919-821-4579 or

Author lecture

Paul Reid, author of the concluding installment in “The Last Lion” trilogy begun by William Manchester, speaks at Burning Coal Theatre Company at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets to the lecture are $10 or free to anyone holding a ticket to Thursday’s performance of “Good.”

The trilogy is the story of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Reid, who lives in Tryon, took over the project after a pair of strokes left Manchester unable to complete the final installment. The book, released last fall, shows how Churchill shaped World War II, British domestic politics and, to a large extent, the U.S. movement onto the world stage.

The talk is at the Murphey School auditorium, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. Tickets will be available at the door.

Info: 919-834-4001 or

Art exhibition

“Serenity: the Carolina Landscape,” paintings by Judy Crane, are on exhibit in the Betty McCain Gallery at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts through March 2.

Her oils aim to capture the “beauty, serenity and joy” that Crane has come to know since moving to Raleigh in 1980.

Progress Energy Center is at 2 E. South St.

‘My Princess Bride’

“My Princess Bride,” a one-man stage show inspired by a classic cult film, opens Thursday at Common Ground Theatre in Durham.

The production is conceived and performed by Joe Brack. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Feb. 8-9 and 14-16. Matinees are scheduled Feb. 10 and 17. Tickets are $17.

Common Ground Theatre is at 4815-B Hillsborough Road.


Gallery anniversary

A five-artist group show is on tap Friday to mark the fifth anniversary of Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh.

Featured artists will be Joshua Flint, John Gall, Will Goodyear, Wayne Trapp and Tisha Weddington. The anniversary celebration is open to the public during First Friday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m.

The gallery, operated by Adam and Cindy Cave, is at 115-1/2 E. Hargett St., second floor. It is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Info: 919-838-6692 or

Emerging artists

Ten of the most recent members of the Regional Emerging Artist program at Artspace will be featured in “Looking Back III,” which opens Friday.

Their work includes paintings, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. See it at First Friday Art Walks in February and March, 6-10 p.m., and during regular hours through March 30.

The featured artists are Tanya Casteel, Julia Clift, David Eichenberger, Lincoln Hancock, Janelle Howington, Shaun Richards, Pete Sack, Garrett Scales, Megan Sullivan and Sarah West.

Artspace, at 201 E. Davie St. in downtown Raleigh, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and until 10 p.m. first Fridays. Admission is free.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

Musical benefit

Old-time bands Tim Wells & Friends and The Hushpuppies and songwriter Mary Rocap perform Saturday in Hillsborough to benefit the Episcopal Church of the Advocate.

The concert and silent auction, 4-8 p.m. at The Depot, are to help the church ready a 121-year-old chapel it has moved to Chapel Hill from Forsyth County. The church needs money for site improvements and to bring the former St. Philips Chapel building up to code for use as permanent worship space.

The silent auction is 4-7 p.m. Items include a pew from the historic chapel.

The Depot is at 204 S. Nash St. in Hillsborough.


Call for entries

Got a story to tell? Entries are being accepted for the 2013 Carteret Writers’ Contest through March 12. The contest is open to all writers.

The categories are flash fiction (750 words or less); fiction (3,000 words or less); nonfiction (300 words or less); poetry; and writing suitable for children under age 13. Winners in each category will receive cash prizes.

For rules and an application form, visit

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