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Peter Serkin
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Peter Serkin

Duke University's Reynolds Theater—Peter Serkin joins Duke Performance's Piano Recital series to share selections from his five-century-spanning repertoire this weekend. A third-generation world-class musician (his grandfather was violinist Adolf Busch and his father, pianist Rudolf Serkin), Serkin offers insightful interpretations of classics and embraces modern works, too. Hailed for his precision and subtlety, Serkin's approach is rooted in a combination of an analytical ear and emotional connection—that is, smart but with feeling. His esteemed musicianship has translated into performances at the nation's most revered venues, acclaimed record releases and teaching positions at Julliard, his alma mater of the Curtis Institute and currently Bard College Conservatory of Music. Tonight he offers a solo recital before appearing with the Orion String Quartet tomorrow. The programs include Brahms, Debussy, Bach and Kurtág. Tickets are $30 or $5 for Duke students. Visit —Ashley Melzer

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Raleigh Ensemble Players—In 1971, this was only the second off-Broadway play to have ever won the Pulitzer Prize. Paul Zindel's domestic drama, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, has been compared with the work of Tennessee Williams for its largely unblinking assessment of how a dysfunctional family's past can cripple its future. The metaphor's embedded in the title: Like herbaceous plant seeds exposed to Cobalt 60, children exposed to parental abuse grow up differently than the ones who aren't. Still, Zindel's play ultimately inquires into the resilience of both kids and flowers. Jesse Gephart directs Whitney Griffin, Lori Ingle, Karen Stallings, Sandi Sullivan and Alex ter Avest in what has to be an intimate Raleigh Ensemble Players production, upstairs in their new studio theater at 213 Fayetteville St. Seating's limited, and the run lasts each weekend through the end of the month. Call 832-9607 or go to for reservations. —Byron Woods

Blood Done Sign My Name

Temple Theatre—Shortly after the premiere of the trailer of the film based on Duke University professor Tim Tyson's acclaimed memoir (with Rick Schroder as the minister!) hits the Internet, Mike Wiley revives his one-man stage production of the story. The Indy's Byron Woods gave the production four stars, stating "Wiley remarkably solves the cutting issue through very skillful editing, daringly breaking the story apart and then rearranging sections, paragraphs and sometimes individual sentences from completely different parts of the book together to make a new and, for the most part, seamless work." The production concludes Feb.7. For more information, visit or call 774-4155. —Zack Smith

Mama Juggs

Common Ground Theatre—'rie Shontel likes boobies. In fact, she named this show after a popular term for the body parts and also the name of a notorious girlie mag. It's not just for cheap kicks, though: With her one-woman show, Shontel wants to spread the word about female body awareness through portrayals of four women in different stages of life. She promises "an intimate view of a woman's body image," along with a cappella breast-feeding songs passed down to her from her great-grandmother. The event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Proceeds will go toward aiding the Tikar people, from whom Shontel is descended and with whom she'll exchange art forms when she visits Cameroon in July. Visit or call (800) 838-3006. —Sarah Ewald

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