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Community Calendar: 11/15/07

Special Events

Bluegrass Experience 36th Anniversary Show – Double feature with Tommy Edwards & Friends Christmas CD release party. Fri, Nov 16, 7pm at The Barn at Fearrington Village. For ticket info, visit www.chatamarts.org or call 542-0394.

Alternative Christmas Market – Handicrafts, services & food items benefiting local & global causes of human rights, disaster relief, sustainable development & promotion of local arts. 9am-1pm, Sat, Nov 17, and Sun, Nov 18. United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill. 942-3540, www.unitedchurch.org.

Potluck Dinner & Open-Mic – 30th Annual. 5pm, Thanksgiving Day at The Cave. 452 1/2 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill. www.caverntavern.com.

Country’s Largest Vegetarian Thanksgiving – Hosted by the Triangle Vegetarian Society. Thanksgiving Day, 12:30-4pm at Café Parizade, 2200 W Main St, Durham (Erwin Square). For tickets, menu, and raffle info, visit www.trianglevegsociety.org/thanksgiving07.

Local Fashion Show – Clothing & large-scale art installations by local designers: The Merch, Sladesign, Mini Cassettes & Sarah Mclane Clothing, plus DJ & live music. Fri, Nov 23, 9pm. Free. Donations given to the Greenspace Fund of Carrboro. Cat’s Cradle, 300 E Main St, Carrboro. 967-9053, www.catscradle.com.

Kids

Toddler Time – At the Carrboro Branch Library. Every Thursday at 4pm. Nov 15: Miz Moon leads us in sharing what we are thankful for; Nov 29: Native American stories. All toddlers are invited to this free program. For more info, call 969-3006.

The Amazing Castle – Hands-on exhibit welcomes children to step back in time & experience life in a medieval castle. Kidzu Children’s Museum, 105 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 933-1455, www.kidzuchildrensmuseum.org. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. $4 ages 2+; memberships available.

Express Yourself! – Art program for ages 3-8 & their caregivers. Allows children & adults to explore their own creative paths through open-ended weekly art projects; registration requested. Saturdays, 10:45-11:15 & 11:30am-noon. $2. Kidzu Children’s Museum, 105 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 933-1455, www.kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.

Volunteers

Goathouse Cat Refuge – Seeks volunteers to help with rescued cats & kittens. For more info, call Bonny at 545-2825 or email her at rooze@ipass.net.

Ronald McDonald House – Seeks volunteers for tasks around the house, cooking dinners for families & community service projects. 101 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill. 913-2040, www.chapelhillrmh.net.

Classes & Lectures

Contact Improv Workshops – Learn the basics of contact improv. Sundays, 12:30-2pm at the Balanced Movement Studio; $12. Call Erika at 384-6092 to register. Remaining dates are Dec 2 and 9. All classes will focus on the fundamentals but each class will be different.

Writers’ Workshops – Chatham Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Writers’ Series. 6 inspiring workshops for writers of all skill levels. In the Conference Room, Bldg 2, at Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro. $25. For dates and times and to register, call 542-0394 or email molly.matlock@chathamarts.org.

Meditation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism – Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm, through Dec 19. Piedmont KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 35 Perkins Dr, Chapel Hill (off Weaver Dairy Rd across from Timberlyne Shopping Center). All are welcome! www.piedmontktc.org, 933-2138.

Outdoor Drama – Scott J Parker, Director Emeritus, & Rob Franklin Fox, Director of the Institute of Outdoor Drama, discuss some of the 45 historical outdoor dramas occurring across the US. Sun, Nov 18, 3pm. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill. 968-2780, www.chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.

Conversation with Ted Turner – Former PBS President Pat Mitchell interviews Ted Turner, founder of CNN, about his life and work. Mon, Nov 19, 4pm. Free. UNC Campus: Memorial Hall, 114 E Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill. Tickets 843-3333, www.carolinaperformingarts.org.

Health

Diabetes Awareness – The UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont will hold a series of lectures throughout the month of November to observe American Diabetes Month. Free and open to the public. For more info, call 966-5500 or visit www.uncwellness.com.

Museums

Planetarium & Digital Theater Shows – Science LIVE Demos. Ongoing. Morehead Planetarium, 250 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. Info hotline 549-6863, office 962-1236, tickets 843-7997. Thu-Sat 10am-5pm, 6:30-9:15pm. Tickets $5.25; $4.25 seniors, students & children. For more info, visit www.moreheadplanetarium.org.

Wilson Library – A Nursery of Patriotism: The University at War, 1861-1945. Exhibit on war’s historic impact on UNC-Chapel Hill. In the Manuscripts Dept (4th floor) at Wilson Library, UNC Campus, through Feb. www.lib.unc.edu/spotlight/universityatwar.html.

Theater

Seussical the Musical – Presented by The Community Church of Chapel Hill. Nov 16-18, $8-$12. 403-9207, CCSeussical@pizzadreams.com. Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Rd, Chapel Hill. 942-2050, www.mindspring.com/~c3h.

Tupelo: To Elvis & the Town He Left Behind – Up-from-the-trailer-park entrepreneurs risk all in a scheme to reinvent the humble Presley birthplace. Music, religion, race & money collide in this tale of small-town southerners with dreams of transforming their backwater into a world-renowned cradle of rock ‘n roll. Front & Center. Through Nov 18. $15; students $7. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787, www.artscenterlive.org.

Dance

Tango – Fri, Nov 16, 8pm. Learn and practice with the Triangle Tango Society. Open Eye Café, 101 S Greensboro St, Carrboro. 968-9410, www.openeyecafe.com.

Clogging – Free classes! Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm through Nov 19 at the Chapel Hill Teen Center, 179 E Franklin St. Dance to real live old time music, no partner or experience needed. For more info, call Elizabeth at 306-0951 or visit www.applechillcloggers.org.

Universal Peace – Sufi; no experience necessary. 3rd Saturdays, 7:30-9:30pm, $5. 361-2383. Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Rd, Chapel Hill.

Salsa/Mambo – 3rd Saturdays. Lesson 8pm, dance 8:30-11pm, $7. 358-4201, salsa_4u2@yahoo.com. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 4702 Garrett Rd, Durham (Hillsborough).

Comedy

Best Show Ever – All-star showcase featuring a rotating lineup of DSI’s finest improv teams. Saturdays, 9:30pm. $12, students $10. DSI Comedy Theater, 200 N Greensboro St, Ste B-11, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro. 338-8150, www.dsicomedytheater.com.

Student Showcase – Shows by DSI students & local high school teams. Sundays at 7:30pm, $5. DSI Comedy Theater, 200 N Greensboro St, Ste B-11, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro. 338-8150, www.dsicomedytheater.com.

Film

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib – 80-minute documentary, part of the Spotlight on Torture Project of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Thu, Nov 15 at 7pm in the OWASA Meeting Room, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, 942-2535.

Literary/Open Mic

Meet-the-Author Tea with Suzanne Adair – Author of Paper Woman. Fri, Nov 16, 3:30pm. Info: 968-2780. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, www.chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.

Leslie James Pickering – Mad Bomber Melville. Fri, Nov 16, 7pm. Internationalist Books, 405 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 942-1740, www.internationalistbooks.org.

Contemporary Fiction – What Is the What by Dave Eggers. Mon, Nov 19, 7pm. Carrboro Cybrary, Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St. 918-7387, www.co.orange.nc.us/library/cybrary.

John Headley – The Europeanization of the World: On the Origins of Human Rights & Democracy. Tue, Nov 20, 3:30pm. UNC Campus: Bull’s Head Bookshop, Daniels Building, 207 South Rd, Chapel Hill, 962-5060, store.unc.edu.

Open Mic – For poetry, music & short fiction. Tuesdays at 7pm, Market Street Books & Maps, Southern Village, 610 Market St, Chapel Hill. 933-5111, www.marketstreetbooks.com.

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