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May 18, 2013 

Watergate exhibit opens in Raleigh

“Watergate: Political Scandal and the Presidency,” a new exhibit marking the 40th anniversary of the scandal that derailed Richard M. Nixon’s presidency, has opened at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

It runs through Aug. 10, 2014, a day after the anniversary of Nixon’s resignation. Admission is free.

The exhibit highlights the role of Sen. Sam Ervin Jr., the North Carolina Democrat who chaired the Senate Select Committee that investigated Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign, and other Tar Heels who played important roles.

“Artifacts, photographs, video clips and a 1970 living room setting will intrigue both younger visitors and those who recall this transformative time in our nation’s history,” RaeLana Poteat, the museum’s curator of political and social history, said in a statement

The free exhibit follows the scandal that began with a break-in on June 17, 1972, at Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., and culminated with Nixon’s resignation and subsequent pardon by President Gerald R. Ford.

Among the artifacts on display are a memo and page from the Nixon administration’s so called “enemies list”; a handwritten draft of the opening statement Ervin delivered on the first day of the Watergate hearings; the gavel Ervin used while chairing the committee; a subpoena for recordings of Nixon’s White House conversations served to his lawyers by North Carolinian Rufus L. Edmisten, deputy chief council to the Senate committee. Edmisten, a Raleigh attorney who has served as state attorney general and secretary of state, spoke Friday at the formal opening of the exhibit.

The museum, at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

Auction for Habitat

A prize-winning pavilion designed by two N.C. State University students is being auctioned online to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s Wake chapter.

The “LightWall” pavilion, made entirely of salvaged materials including hundreds of reused beer bottles from downtown bars and restaurants, is 18 1/2 feet long, 11 1/2 feet wide and 11 feet tall. It could become a gazebo-like structure in your landscape, or an artist’s studio, playhouse or meditation retreat.

Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler, who are studying environmental design in architecture, designed the outbuilding, which was built by Habitat volunteers.

The structure won a recent ReSpace Design competition sponsored by Habitat’s Wake chapter, the American Institute of Architect’s Triangle section and Architecture for Humanity in Raleigh.

The salvaged materials include maple gym flooring from Chapel Hill High School and pallet packing from Habitat’s Raleigh ReStore.

See the structure from 9 to 11 a.m. June 1 at the ReStore, 2420 N. Raleigh Blvd.

Bids are being accepted at until 8 p.m. June 11.

Theater + circus

It will be part theater, part circus starting Friday when three local performance groups collaborate on an unusual version of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.”

Bare Theatre’s managing director, G. Todd Buker, reimagines the tale of two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, in the world of an old-fashioned circus. Adding to the confusion of mistaken identities are quirky jugglers, trapeze artists and fire eaters from Cirque de Vol Studios. Performances will take place on Raleigh Little Theatre’s outdoor stage.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and May 31-June 1, with pre-show circus entertainment at 7:30 p.m. Audience members are invited to pack a picnic or sample local food trucks that will be on hand.

Raleigh Little Theatre is at 301 Pogue St. Tickets are $15.

Info: 919-821-3111 or

Quilt symposium

“Home is Where The Heart Is” is the theme of the N.C. Quilt Symposium Thursday through May 26.

Nationally known instructors in quilting and fiber/art will give lectures and workshops, and dozens of quilts will be on display, including a special exhibit of hand-pieced and quilted Best of Show quilts by Anne Francis. Vendors will also be on hand.

The event is at the March F. Riddle Athletics Center at Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Doors will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 9 a.m.-noon May 26. Tickets are $6.

To register for workshops or get more information, visit


Raleigh artist Jean Cheeley, who teaches at the N.C. State University Craft Center, won the grand prize in “Carolina’s Got Art!” – a juried show at Charlotte’s Elder Gallery.

From 2,000 entries, 129 were chosen for the show. See Cheeley’s prize-winning entry at … There is still time to register for summer arts classes at Artspace in Raleigh. Classes begin June 17 and include a variety of college prep classes for rising ninth- through 12th-graders, including a new offering in Performance Video taught by Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet. Students will work as a group to make up their own group video. Artspace also offers summer classes for rising third- through eighth-graders. Youth classes begin June 17. Info: 919-821-2787 or … “ Friends and Family,” the annual exhibit where Durham’s Scrap Exchange shows off the works of artists who incorporate strong elements of reuse, has been extended through June 15. The exhibit is at the exchange’s Green Gallery, 923 Franklin St. Info:

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