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Ken Farmer of Antiques RoadShow

When: Fri., Nov. 4, 7 p.m. 2016

STAGE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Ken Farmer of Antiques RoadShow

The sight of regular Americans rendered speechless by the news that they can now retire on a weird painting bequeathed by an eccentric aunt accounts for the enduring appeal of Antiques Roadshow. But along with the comforting notion that riches may await us in some old steamer trunk, the show also educates, with a sharp, sometimes quirky array of experts who school an object's owner, as well as the viewing audience, about the history and value of the item in question. Ken Farmer, a Virginia-based antiques maven and a regularly featured guest on the show since its inception in 1996, possesses expertise far beyond the world of antiques; in one episode, he appraised a turn-of-the-century banjo and then played it. No doubt Farmer's had some strange and wonderful objects proffered to him for appraisal over the years; on Friday he'll share stories about people he's met and memorable manmade treasures he's seen. And please, if you're thinking about breaking out that weird painting bequeathed by your eccentric aunt ... no. —David Klein

PAGE-WALKER ARTS & HISTORY CENTER, CARY

7 p.m., $25, www.townofcary.org

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