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Arts Listings, April 16

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“Assassins” combines Stephen Sondheim’s signature stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it.

JON GARDINER — PlayMakers Repertory Company

  • Sondheim’s ‘Assassins‘ make no apology

    American history has no femme fatale quite like “Squeaky” Fromme.

    Lynette got her nickname from Charles Manson. She was a member of his “Family” of wayward youths, a weird and lethal coterie whose dossier swelled after their leader went to prison.

    She didn’t kill Sharon Tate, but she tried to shoot President Ford in 1975, dressed like a nun.

    Squeaky earned a place in the footlights; Sondheim’s musical “Assassins” is the latest from PlayMakers.

    The Paul Green presents unique staging questions for musicals, said director Mike Donahue. An audience on three sides requires that actors play to the whole house.

    “When you’re in a (conventional) proscenium house, sometimes it can be very hard to break through that wall and directly engage to the audience,” Donahue said.

    Maren Searle plays Squeaky in this droll pageant that follows the seedy and psychopathic in their search for the American Dream.

    “The reasons they’re chasing after it are very human,” Donahue says. He advised his actors never to judge the dubious characters they play, but to find the things inside them that are universal.

    For instance, Squeaky joins John Hinckley in one number. They sing a tender duet, but it's not to be. For his love notes go out to Jodie Foster ... and hers, to Charlie.

    When: Though Sunday

    Where: Paul Green Theatre, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill

    Tickets: $15 and up

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

FESTIVALS/EVENTS

CARRBORO LOOKS FOR LOCAL ARTISTS: The town of Carrboro invites residents to submit their artwork for local exhibitions. ci.carrboro.nc.us/AdvBoards/Art/ArtistInfo.htm.

HAIKU EXHIBIT: The Chapel Hill Public Library is accepting haiku submissions for National Poetry Month through Thursday, April 17, on the themes of “Lives Change @ Your Library,” reading, writing and libraries at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill.

HILLSBOROUGH ARTS COUNCIL: The Hillsborough Arts Council is looking for submissions for art gallery exhibitions in 2014 and 2015. Artists who live or have a studio in Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Caswell, Person or Wake counties are invited to apply with a $15 fee by 4 p.m. Friday, April 25. hillsboroughartscouncil.org.

LIVE & LOCAL MUSIC & ART: The Live & Local Music & Art series will be from 6-9 p.m. Fridays from April 25 through June 27 at The Plaza at 140 West Franklin in Chapel Hill. 140westfranklinplaza.com.

SOCK HOP: The Orange County Department on Aging and the Friends of the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center will host the Fun-Feisty 50s Sock Hop from 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. There will be beer and wine tastings, a silent auction and music by Dick Levin and Friends and Sylvia Kaler. Tickets cost $20 each or $35 per pair. 323-762-5467.

LOCAL ROOTS CRAFT FESTIVAL: The Local Roots Craft Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. There will be jewelry, pottery, knitwear, soap, candles, toys, baked goods and more by 25 local artists. The Parlour Ice Cream Bus and other vendors will sell food and there will be a trunk show and crafts for all ages. Admission is free.

CLAYWORKS GUILD SPRING SALE: The ClayWorks Guild Spring Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. ncclayworks.org.

FESTIFALL: Applications for artists for the 42nd annual Festifall Arts Festifall will be accepted with a $25 fee through Friday, May 30. Festifall will be Sunday, Oct. 5. townofchapelhill.org/festifall.

MUSIC

ALOFT CHAPEL HILL: 1001 S. Hamilton Road. Tuesdays: Bibis Ellison and Dante. W xyz bar. 8-10 p.m. 919-932-7772.

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. April 16: Paddy Keenan. April 24: Dale Baker, Tim Carless, Casey Toll, Whit Wright, “The General.” May 1: Cathie Ryan. May 2: April Verch Band. May 9: Rolling Roots Review. May 11: Tret Fure. June 6: Songs from the Circle 3. June 8: Jeannette and Johnnie Williams, Louisa Branscomb. June 15: Burning Bridget Cleary. June 19: Clarke Buehling. 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org.

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. April 18: The Zombies. April 25: Jimbo Mathus, Fantastico! April 26: Sleigh Bells. May 8: The Gaslight Anthem. May 11: Spirit Family Reunion. June 14: The English Beat. June 22: Say Anything. 919-967-9053, catscradle.com.

THE CAVE TAVERN: 452 1/2 W. Franklin St. April 24: Aloud. 919-968-9308, caverntavern.com.

HAW RIVER BALLROOM: 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw. May 7: Greensky Bluegrass. May 18: Deer Tick. hawriverballroom.com.

HILL HALL: UNC campus. May 16: Women’s Voices Chorus, “The Long Bright.” 919-962-1039, womensvoiceschorus.org, music.unc.edu.

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. May 1: Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas. 919-942-5506, local506.com.

MEMORIAL HALL: 114 E. Cameron Ave. April 24-26: Yefim Bronfman, North Carolina Symphony. May 31: Voices, “The Genius of Mozart.” 919-843-3333, ncsymphony.org, carolinaperformingarts.org.

SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar. April 29, May 13, May 27, June 3: Jazzbeau.

UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 150 E. Franklin St. June 8: Cantari, “Vaughan Williams and Tavener: A Cosmic Cycle of Life and Death.” July 18: Voices, “American Songs, Poems & Spirituals.” voiceschapelhill.org/buy.

RECEPTIONS/OPENINGS

EAST CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL: 500 Weaver Dairy Road. April 28: “The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs and Germany.” 4-6 p.m. 919-969-2482.

HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. April 25: Nell Chandler, Ali Givens, Ellie Reinhold, “DWELL.” 6-9 p.m. 919-732-5001, hillsboroughgallery.com.

THEATER/DANCE

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. April 18-19: “Ivy Rowe.” April 23: Sacrificial Poets Grand Slam Finals. May 9-11, 15-18: “Gem of the Ocean.” 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org.

CARRBORO CENTURY CENTER: 100 N. Greenboro St. May 31: Triangle Guitar Society Benefit Concert. footnotestapensemble.org, rhythmandsoleshow.eventbrite.com.

CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL: 1709 High School Road. April 24-26: “Legally Blonde the Musical.” hanestheatre.org.

DEEP DISH THEATER COMPANY: University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive. May 9-31: “Life is a Dream.” 919-968-1515, deepdishtheater.org.

PLAYMAKERS: Center for the Dramatic Art, UNC campus. Through April 20: “Assassins.” 919-962-PLAY, playmakersrep.org.

PRC2 : Center for Dramatic Art, UNC campus. April 23-27: “Hold These Truths.” 919-962-PLAY, playmakersrep.org.

TOP OF THE HILL BACK BAR: 100 E. Franklin St. Tuesdays: Back Bar Comedy, 9 p.m.

FOR KIDS

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. April 26: “SuperFun Show: Once Upon a Time.” 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org.

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