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THE MURDERED POETS

Stalin's Secret Pogrom
On Aug. 12, 1952, more than a dozen poets and intellectuals were executed in Moscow's Lubyanka Prison. Known as "The Night of the Murdered Poets," the date marked Stalin's campaign to eradicate Jewish life and culture in the Soviet Union. Duke University's Freeman Center for Jewish Life will commemorate the lives and work of the murdered poets in a memorial program scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20. Jane Peppler, of traditional Jewish music group Mappamundi, will sing songs in English, Yiddish and Russian; Dr. Warren Lerner of Duke University's History department will give a historical overview of Stalin's Pogrom and The Nakhiss Triangle Jewish Storytellers will discuss the trial poems, and stories of the murdered poets. 7:30 p.m. Swift Avenue and Faber Street, Durham. (919) 286-3628 or Hspeakup@aol.com. Free.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR

Blue Ribbon Fun
As Dorton Arena celebrates its 50th anniversary with a newly renovated North Lobby, the N.C. State Fair gets a facelift of its own. With the 2002 theme of "Blue Ribbon Fun at the New N.C. State Fair," the yearly festival--and one of the largest agricultural fairs in the nation--features a brand new midway, expanded Kiddieland, first-rate musical acts, including Elvis impersonator Keith Henderson, R&B crooner Jeffrey Osbourne, country songbird Pam Tillis and many more. In addition, there will be educational opportunities for students and teachers, a daily folk festival, petting zoo, art exhibits, an expanded array of games and rides--including The Tango, Evolution, Rock-n-Roll, Drop Tower and The Spinning Roller Coaster--and the traditional line-up of family-fun activities and mouth-watering rations. The fair has been known to draw some 750,000 festivalgoers in its past incarnations and with a new look, and added activities, Dorton Arena may very well be celebrating record-breaking crowds as well. Oct 18-27. Dorton Arena, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. 821-7400. www.ncstatefair.org. $1-$6.

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