Book to stage: Raleigh Little Theatre presents the musical “Mirandy and Brother Wind.”
“This adaption of a popular children’s book follows Mirandy as she tried to catch Brother Wind in South Carolina in 1906. He’s elusive, though, even as she and her friends come up with their best tricks. The show is part of RLT’s “Connecting Theatre to 20th Century African-American Experiences” program. $14 adults and teens/$10 children, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. 919-821-3111 or raleighlittletheatre.org.
The singer-songwriter aims for lyrics that bring hope, define love and share joy with influences including The Civil Wars, Amos Lee, Gungo and Billie Holiday. Read has been singing since age 9 and experimenting with her repertoire all along the way. Free, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sola Coffee Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh. solacoffee.com.
It’s a 1980s-themed murder mystery night at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. The dinner theater show stars the Juggernauts of New Wave who have just arrived in town for a totally radical concert. Too bad one of them is a murderer. Ages 8 and up. $30 advance/$35 day of (dinner included), 6:15 p.m. Saturday, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. wakeforestnc.gov/renaissance-centre.aspx.
It’s more than just food. Enjoy live music, children’s activities and local craft beer while walking through downtown. An added bonus: discount bowling at Brooks Street Bowl. Free admission, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest.
“State of Dance,” the world premiere of six short dance pieces, is the culmination of a monthlong collaboration between Burning Coal Theatre Company and NCSU Dance. Six young choreographers created new work during that time, and dancers learned it for the stage. A panel discussion with the choreographers follows Friday’s performance. $10 door, 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St., Raleigh.