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Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Common Ground Theatre—Robert Altman's production of Ed Graczyk's play both helped to destroy and resurrect his career. After a series of flop films, Altman's stage direction of the material proved another humiliation, but his 1982 film of it helped gain him a new critical hit—and launch Cher's film career. The tale of three women in a James Dean fan club reuniting for a weekend of secrets, flashbacks and radically transformed identities comes to Common Ground in this new production from Ghost & Spice, directed by guest artist Tom Marriott. Will his stage version fare better than Altman's? Tickets are $16 for general admission, $14 for students and seniors. For more information, visit —Zack Smith


Marianne Gingher
Quail Ridge Books & Music—Television and comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan recently compared writing to the opposite of getting drunk—an act where you must endure a long, painful hangover for a brief feeling of ecstasy. Indeed, for every published novelist, there are a thousand people who must endure variations on that "How's your novel coming?" monologue from Family Guy. Marianne Gingher, a UNC-Chapel Hill professor of English, offers a different perspective in her memoir Adventures in Pen Land: One Writer's Journey from Inklings to Ink, where she recounts the long, often crooked path that led to the publication of her acclaimed first novel, Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit. Illustrated by Big Fish's Daniel Wallace, Pen Land offers fresh perspective for those who feel that their magnum opus may never be realized. Gingher will appear with Raleigh Write 2 Publish at 6:30 to promote her book and answer questions. The event is one of several local appearances by Gingher. For more information, visit —Zack Smith

Everybody Says Hello
A barn in Hillsborough—Sometimes the most ephemeral art experiences are the ones you remember best. Last year, I took the road trip out to the hinterlands of outer Hillsborough to check out the first iteration of this art presentation in a decrepit barn-like structure. The sky was ablaze with a sunset that cast the passing landscape in painterly hues. The barn itself was filled with lots of really DIY art projects, surreal sculptures cobbled together with Barbie dolls and farm implements, drawings in plastic bags hung from the rafters alongside decaying holiday decorations and plastic flowers. Most of the artists were from the art program at Piedmont Community College. This year's participants include Alex Hatchett, Jim Adams, Sebastienne Smart, Chance Murray, Darrol Johnson, Dillon Shambly and Miles Perry. This time, The Strangeletts will be playing on Saturday; the show will be up not just one but two days (both Saturday and Sunday); and, I hear this year they've put up some actual walls in the barn. Could be awesome. Today's opening reception runs from 6-9 p.m. and tomorrow the exhibit is open from 5-7 p.m. The address is 8800 Rapples Drive, Hillsborough. Contact Chance Murray at 619-6371 or for details. —Amy White

Earth Day: A Celebration of Art and Nature
N.C. Museum of Art—Today is the day to start your environmental journey as the N.C. Museum of Art opens its outdoor playground to those seeking to garner a green thumb and spirit at this locally fueled and globally influenced celebration of Mother Earth. You can play in the sun during a nature walk in the museum park, where 164 acres of woodlands, prairies, streams and walking trails nestle up to monumental works of art like Thomas Sayre's powerful ring sculpture Gyre and Chris Drury's magical camera obscura device Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky. Green activities for hands and ears include reduce, reuse, recycle relay games, mini-basket weaving with recycled bags, and sculpture building with supplies from the famous blue barrels of Durham's Scrap Exchange, while the sounds of local bands like Chapel Hill's orchestral pop sextet Old Ceremony, the Latin groove of Carnavalito and singalong kids group Sandbox provide the day's soundtrack.

Be sure to catch the City of Raleigh environmentalist's compost bin demonstrations, a museum-talk about redesign and development by Dan Gottlieb, and a lecture on the East Coast Greenway Trail, a developing trail system spanning nearly 3,000 miles from Canada to Key West. For hungry souls, healthy foods served with compostable materials will be provided by Blue Ridge, the museum restaurant, and LocoPops will be serving frozen fruit treats. Don't forget to treat your feet (or at least the feet of others) by bringing a pair of gently worn shoes to donate to Soles4Shoes, the Nashville-based nonprofit committed to recycling and reusing footwear worldwide. Like the blue skies and green grasses around us, Earth Day at the museum is free. For more information, call 839-NCMA or visit For more on Earth Day events around the Triangle, see this week's Living Green. —Kathy Justice


John Scofield
The ArtsCenter—Guitar master John Scofield may be jazz-oriented with a résumé of collaborations with legends like Miles and Mingus, but he's been around some other blocks, too, by working with Mavis, Mayer and Medeski, Martin & Wood. For his latest Piety Street gospel project, Scofield assembled a star-studded cast: Meters bassist George Porter Jr., Bonnie Raitt keyboardist/ vocalist Jon Cleary and drummer Ricky Fataar of the Beach Boys. This is one of a dozen dates with the Piety Street combo, which supplies the thick grooves upon which Scofield plays the blues. Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. show cost $39. —Spencer Griffith

Art Walk
Downtown Durham—Take a a peek into the future at this art tour of downtown Durham. From the historical legacy of Parrish Street to the newest urban establishments transitioning from workplace to habitation or a hybrid of the two, Durham's growing cityscape and artistic energy is full of innovation. From post-modern paintings to beaded jewelry to blown glass and graphic art there is something to satisfy everyone's artistic eye. This year's Art Walk highlights include a special presentation of the Durty Art collective, a group of former Durham School of the Arts students who put pen and paint to paper to create hype alongside skilled paintings, graphics and video installations. Catch this collaborative today at Dan Ellison's Art Place. The art walk is sponsored by the Durham Arts Council and is free and open to the public, but cash is a necessity for those looking to snag some artwork for their personal collection. The Durham Art Walk is open today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit —Kathy Justice

NCCU Jazz Festival
B.N. Duke Auditorium, NCCU—The N.C. Central Jazz Festival builds on reverence for the music's heritage and nods to its ongoing legacy through music education: This year's fest focuses on saxophonist and composer Jimmy Heath, a collaborator to Miles Davis and Milt Jackson who took the nickname Little Bird after switching from alto to tenor upon hearing Charlie Parker. Heath has a string of records both as a leader and as a Heath Brother, and he composed most of the 1956 Chet Baker and Art Pepper album Playboys. On Friday at noon, Heath gives a master class and lecture, followed that evening by Durham vocalist and jazz historian Lois Deloatch performing Heath numbers with the NCCU Jazz Ensemble and the NCCU Faculty Group. Saturday night, Jimmy Heath plays some of his tunes with the Jazz Ensemble and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Both evening shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, with students paying $10 and festival passes going for $25. The passes include a membership to NCCU's new Friends of the Jazz Studies Program. Heath's Friday class is free. —Chris Toenes

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