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STORY OF HEALING Evie Fordham for Triangle Today
Delsin Jacobs is determined to be healed in the play “POOLED” by playwright Moses T. Alexander Greene. But the path to wholeness is not as simple as he thinks. As he waits by the pool, which is a contemporary iteration of the biblical Pool of Bethesda which had miraculous waters, Delsin (played by Greene) learns the stories of the others who are there. Many of them are as desperate or more than he. See the premiere of “POOLED,” Feb. 16 through 18 at the Kennedy Theatre in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. It’s directed by Deb Royals-Mizerk and presented in partnership with Theatre Raleigh. The theme of the play is one that is close to Greene’s heart. “Do we believe that people deserve second chances?” he
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asked. “The Bible, and this story in particular, demonstrates that there are no perfect people, but we all have something in us waiting for an answer — a job, a situation to be better or a change, so I think it is universal.” Greene is a man of many talents. He became the director of North Carolina State University’s African American Cultural Center in 2017. He’s worked in television, public affairs and education, including at historically black college St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh. He’s also on the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, and he’s all for bringing as much talent and diversity to Triangle theater as possible. “POOLED” was inspired by his favorite story in the Bible, John 5:1-15, in which Jesus heals a lame man who had waited nearly 40 years to walk and thought the Pool of Bethesda was his last hope. The story is one Greene remembers from his days growing up in New York. “I’ve been in the church, and a praise and worship leader, for years,” he said. “This really brings together both sides of me — my love for people, black culture and the arts.” Read the full story at triangletoday.com.
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Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton. Photo by Bill Steber. Hank, Pattie and the Current North Carolina’s Hank (Smith), Pattie (Hopkins Kinlaw) and the Current blend traditional bluegrass with progressive vision, resulting in original acoustic delights. Their show will feature selections from their latest CD, “Hold Your Head Up High.” The details: 9 p.m. Feb. 17. Cat’s Cradle Back Room, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-967-9053 or catscradle.com/events Larry and Teresa Larry Campbell, from Bob Dylan’s band to music director for Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, is a musician’s musician of the first degree. Campbell and his wife, Teresa Williams, serve up a sizzling menu of hard-driving rock, old-time folk and sanctified gospel. The details: 8 p.m. Feb. 22. Cat’s Cradle Back Room, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. $17-$20. 919967-9053 or catscradle.com/events Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton Jazz, blues, folk and country provide the inspiration for Paxton’s modern take on the old-time way. With instrumental wizardry and an encyclopedic repertoire, Paxton transports the listener back in time to the musically innovative decade of the 1920s. The details: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Fletcher Opera Theater, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $29-$31 for nonmembers. 919-664-8302 or pinecone.org
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PATRICK DOUGHERTY: STEP RIGHT UP Ackland Art Museum
Franklin St. | Chapel Hill, NC 27599, through Aug. 31 Last fall the Ackland Art Museum commissioned its first major site-specific, outdoor art installation in nearly 20 years: a “stickwork” by Chapel Hill-based artist Patrick Dougherty. The large-scale work is made entirely of tree saplings and constructed in front of the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The tree saplings, primarily maple and gum, used to make the piece were responsibly harvested from Duke Forest and Triangle Land Conservancy, organizations with which Patrick Dougherty has long relationships. Photos courtesy of Emily Bowles, stickwork.net
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Hundreds of visitors stopped by the new, $50 million Rubenstein Arts Center recently for the grand opening.
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