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Family Picks: Catch the Paperhand Puppet Intervention in Carrboro

CorrespondentJanuary 9, 2014 

Paperhand Puppet Intervention will present a one-hour show called “The Big Reveal” at Carrboro’s ArtsCenter Saturday.


If you’ve never seen one of Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s summer shows, this weekend offers an opportunity to get a taste of what this unusual puppet troupe is all about. And if you have seen Paperhand before, then you know it’s always fun to see them again.

On Saturday at 11 a.m., this group of Triangle-based puppeteers, artists, dancers and activists will present a one-hour show called “The Big Reveal” at Carrboro’s ArtsCenter.

Paperhand shows don’t have typical plots, but they tell stories through evocative music, poetic narration and giant handmade papier mache puppets that bear no relation to the small hand puppets you see at many children’s shows.

They are billing “The Big Reveal” as a “vigorous variety show perfect for all ages.” It will include rod puppets mounted on tall poles, giant puppets and live music. They promise stories, adventure, comedy and inspiration.

Paperhand has been around since 1998 and is made up of an eclectic group of volunteers who work together to build puppets from recycled materials. They tell stories, play instruments and create elaborate shadow plays. Many of their shows have environmental themes, and they say their ultimate goal is to make the world a better place.

Tickets are $10 each or $32 for a family of four. To get tickets, go to or call the box office at 919-929-2787.

Family Science Olympiad

This Saturday is also the Family Science Olympiad at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. It will be held 1-4 p.m. and is included with the $5 per person admission.

The event is intended to give kids and parents a low-pressure taste of the kinds of challenges they might face if they participated in the true Science Olympiad, a rigorous competition held on school campuses and intended to encourage students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

At Marbles, parents and children can work together to build rockets, bridges and other structures. They can learn about genetics, construct a skeleton and meet an employee of NASA.

Families can work at their own pace on any or all of the Science Olympiad activities scattered throughout the museum and facilitated by Science Olympiad coaches.

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