- The Abundance Project
The Abundance Project
Golden Belt Arts—Money's in the news every day, but are you thinking about how your money could be used? The abundance project is an interactive experience that involves "three actors, 24 characters and 50,000 tulips." It was written by Cheryl Chamblee and Tamara Kissane, the duo behind both hands theatre company, with contributions of text and ideas from 30 community members. Chamblee directs and the cast features LaMark Wright, Laurie Wolf and Thaddaeus Edwards. The show runs through June 12 on the third floor of Building 2 of Golden Belt. Admission is $10 on Thursday and $15 on Fridays-Sundays. Both hands tends to create short shows, and this one's no exception with a run time of approximately 65 minutes with no intermission. For more information, visit www.goldenbeltarts.com or call 226-2002. —Zack Smith
Lessons Learned from Oakwood Cemetery
Oakwood Cemetery—Lessons, Burning Coal's fifth collaboration with Oakwood Cemetery, takes you into the history of Raleigh. The production features an original script by Ian Finley filled with stories from Oakwood's past, including the story of the founding of N.C. State University, the lives of coaches Wallace Riddick and Jim Valvano, and the struggle toward the city's first schools for women and African-Americans. The performance will take place at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., and features actors from Burning Coal Theatre Company. Performances are May 29-30 at 6:30 p.m. and May 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20 for general admission and $10 for students. Call 834-4001 or visit www.burningcoal.org. —Zack Smith
- Mello Mike
Carolina's Funniest Comic
DSI Comedy Theatre—Who is the funniest person in North Carolina? Most people would say, "My friend ___, after he's had several beers." But DSI Comedy Theater wants to make things official, which all comes down to the final round of their Carolina's Funniest Comic competition. Four comedians will do a 15-minute set each, with $1,000 and bragging rights on the line. The four finalists—Mary Kate Wise, Mello Mike, Greg Brainos and John Betz Jr.—worked their way through grueling preliminary rounds to get to this stage. All sets are being recorded for www.rooftopcomedy.com. You might see the breakout performance of the next Jerry Seinfeld or the next (ugh) Larry the Cable guy. Ten bucks gets you in at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.dsicomedytheater.com or call 338-8150. —Zack Smith
Carolina Inn—With the start of summer and baseball in the air, the Gravy Boys represents the utility player of Americana music. Songs alternate between hobo folk, honky-tonk crooning and roots rock. Whether channeling the Carter Family or Uncle Tupelo, the band offers clean vocals, high energy and a full acoustic sound featuring guitar, mandolin and bass. The quintet released their second album, Dust Bowl Lover, just last week and should be featuring many of the songs from the effort tonight. As part of the Fridays on the Front Porch series, the Gravy Boys takes the field at 5 p.m. for a refreshing and free show. —Andrew Ritchey
Goodnight's Comedy Club—Called "England's Funniest Export" in hopeful promotional materials (John Cleese? Ricky Gervais?), BBC comedy writer Scott Angrave has appeared on The Johnboy and Billy Show and Comedy Central. Though he's not heavily known on this side of the Atlantic, Angrave has built a following for routines comparing U.S. and U.K. traditions. If you ever find it odd that the U.K. emergency number is "999," this might be for you. Tony Deyo also appears. This gig runs through May 31; Thursday's performance features a special dinner and show for two for $30. For more information, visit www.goodnightscomedy.com. —Zack Smith
Pirates and Ninjas and Shakespeare—Oh My!
Common Ground Theatre—Who doesn't love swordplay coupled with wordplay? Nonprofit theater company Turbulence brings just that with the Sharp Edge Swashbucklers, a troupe specifically dedicated to movement and comprised of members adept at theater staples such as sword choreography and dance.
The show encompasses everything from Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night) to Star Wars. Created in the same vein as The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), the show changes every time it's performed, buoyed by a basic script that allows for copious amounts of actor improvisation. Each of the nine actors onstage embodies a stereotypical theatre character, ranging from the Shakespearean actress to the Man in Black. The humor arises from the way in which characters interact to tell the story.
We're told the show is suitable for all ages, but expect jokes that will sail over the heads of the little ones. General admission tickets are $10, with student and senior tickets $8. Today's and tomorrow's shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Visit cgtheatre.org. —Sarah Ewald
The Berkeley Café—The Beehive Collective invites those who missed their high school prom, or are hoping to relive it, to don their snazziest or funkiest formalwear (blue ruffled tuxedos accepted) for the Bee Ball: a second chance prom. Complete with a prom court election—vote for king and queen for $1—a photo booth and a cash bar, the women behind The Beehive Collective are putting together a full-on high school experience. Acting as entertainment and dancing fuel are The Atomic Rhythm All Stars, an early jazz and swing band, and DJ Drew Diggle, who will play club music. Proceeds of the fundraising event support The Beehive Collective's 2009 focus on the issue of economic security and financial literacy for young people and low-income individuals. Tickets are $10 and the event runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit thebeehivecollective.org. —Allyson Helmers