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Shen Wei
  • Shen Wei

In revisitations

Chinese expatriates are not always allowed to return to their homeland. But Shen Wei, clearly one of the top choreographers of our time, was permitted to travel to Tibet last August, to reunite with "the land, the people, the religion and the culture ... [that] has led and given breath to my recent journeys." What did he see, hear and learn? We find out in the American Dance Festival world premiere of Re--(Part 1), a quartet featuring Lindsay Clack, recent ADF student Dai Jian, Kate Jewett and Sara Procopio, set to haunting music by Buddhist nun Ani Choying Drolma. The concert also features Map, Shen's vision of Steve Reich's The Desert Music. At Reynolds Theater, Monday, July 3 through Wednesday, July 5. Tickets are $39; go to or call 684-4444. --Byron Woods

Festival for the Eno
  • Festival for the Eno

In the sounds of the river

Because the Festival for the Eno is all about preserving the land around the Eno River, it seems reasonable to equate the variety of species you might encounter along the river with the variety of sounds you might encounter along the festival grounds at the West Point on the Eno on July 1, 2 and 4. There'll be old-time (Joe Thompson & Bob Carlin, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Stillhouse Bottom Band), blues (Lightin' Wells, John Dee Holeman, Cool John Ferguson, Mighty Lester), bluegrass (Big Fat Gap, Bearfoot Bluegrass), folk (Dar Williams, Peter Siegel, Jamie Anderson) and the always-popular "what exactly would you call that?" (Donna the Buffalo, Baron Van Rumblebus). And we're still waiting on a category for one of Durham's favorite sons, Phil Lee. All that plus food, crafts and spontaneous--some might even say inexplicable--outbreaks of clogging. For all the details on the festival, including instructions on how to get tickets and how to volunteer, see --Rick Cornell

Melissa York Benefits
  • Melissa York Benefits

In help care

In a land far away, there are people smiling in the crisp air, happy that their government cares for them, happy that their government pays for their healthcare. In this utopia, musicians and artists alike even receive sizable government grants if they can show that they are trying to turn their creativity into their livelihood. No, this isn't Atlantis. It's Canada, the northern neighbor that has produced some of America's favorite bands in the past five years as America turns an increasingly blind eye toward its creative class. Melissa York--a drumming member of our creative class, an expatriate of Team Dresch, The Butchies and Gerty! and current third of The Ex-Members--is the recipient of such institutional indifference. A part-time graphic designer, York pays for her health insurance out of pocket, but the $2,500 deductible she had to meet for recent neck surgery and the lack of income that followed has left her funds depleted. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't live in Canada. But her friends have pulled together for a Cat's Cradle benefit on Saturday, July 1. The Moaners, Dirty Little Heaters, Midtown Dickens, Robo Sapien and DJ Kommittee hit the stage beginning at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $7. A simultaneous benefit for York with The Whole World Laughing, In The Year Of The Pig, It's Reigning Men and Upsidedown Stars happens at Nightlight at 10 p.m. --Grayson Currin

Kelly Popoff-Punches
  • Kelly Popoff-Punches

In baby love

Rebus Works closes a show on Saturday, July 1 with an artist's talk that should engage women artists trying to continue their careers through that complicated time of new motherhood, juggling art-making with responsibilities that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Kelly Popoff-Punches will talk about life with an 8-month-old baby girl, the inspiration for her newest body of work, For Sleepyhead, made in precious spaces of private time "in between her naps and diaper changes." Previously, Popoff-Punches worked in large-scale oils, but concerns of fumes and toxicity forced her into the medium of watercolors and smaller oils, worked with turpentine-free solvents. On an intimate scale evoking certain works by Paul Klee, Popoff-Punches carves lines into gessoed surfaces, fills them with dark paint, and softly mottles paint in spaces circumscribed by lines. Her palette, suffused golden tan with pastel accents, and intuitive, loopy lines resembling a child's scribbles, seem to gently cradle central images such as the serene, sleeping baby in "Still Breathing II." The talk is at 4 p.m. Rebus Works is at 301-2 Kinsey St. in Raleigh, just off S. Boylan Ave. For more info, call 754-8452 or visit --Michele Natale

In last hurrahs

In 2001, a small but important local film festival began. Geared toward works by and about women, Ms. Films was intended as a film and media educational project as well as a film showcase. Along the way, Ms. Films has toured the country and created the invaluable Ms. Films DIY Guide to Film and Video, a handy spiral-bound resource published and distributed by Parcell Press. The festival has been a local treasure, but after six years, Ms. Films will be putting on its final show in Durham this Friday, June 30. Next month, the festival and its curator Niku Arbabi will relocate to Austin, Texas. The lineup of 12 films includes such subversive sounding titles as The F.E.D.S., Knospen wollen explodieren (Exploding Buds) and old favorite The Devil Makes Her Own Dessert. The screenings start at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 30 at 305 South, 305 S. Dillard in Durham. For a full schedule, visit --David Fellerath

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