2013 Fall Arts Preview: Returning favorites come back for an encore

CorrespondentAugust 24, 2013 

Jake Shimabukuro will play Nov. 20, 2013 at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.


Some established performers return to the Triangle repeatedly over their careers, while others come several years running when their popularity is peaking. Both categories are well represented this fall, including these highlights:

Loudon Wainwright III (Sept. 4-8, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill. $15-$40; playmakersrep.org) For the singer-songwriter’s third local appearance in the last four years, he’ll perform his own stage piece, “Surviving Twin,” a tribute to his late father, focusing on issues of birth, self-identity, loss and mortality.

Lily Tomlin (Oct. 10, Carolina Theatre, Durham. $37-$77; carolinatheatre.org) – Now in her fifth decade of performing, this beloved comedienne and actress returns to the Triangle after a hiatus with an evening of her endearing characterizations and pithy observations.

Jake Shimabukuro (Nov. 20, ArtsCenter, Carrboro. $31-$35; artscenterlive.org) – The Triangle can’t seem to get enough of this wizard of the ukulele. He’s back to show off his amazing range, which can conjure the sounds of mandolin, banjo and guitar.

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