Shakespeare & Originals Theatre Company presents a world premiere translation/adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, a feverish love story in which a restless intellectual finds himself obsessed with a pious pauper girl. Abetted by a demon who has made a wager for his soul, Faust travels through bizarre, hostile landscapes in search of life's meaning only to find star-crossed love. April 21-24, 8 p.m., Chatham Mill, 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro; April 27-May 1, 8 p.m., 111 Parrish St., Durham. www.newfrequency.org. $12.
Local rockers The Rosebuds, Destroyed by Kittens and Little Miss Messy are giving it their all to benefit the Durham Crisis Response Center. You can do your part to end violence toward women and eat the best fries in the Triangle, all in the same evening. 9 p.m., Joe & Jo's Downtown, 427 W. Main St., Durham. 688-3322. $5.
Ballethnic Dance Co. presents The Leopard's Tale, the story of a leopardess and her brood in Western Africa. It's the culmination of a 12-week partnership between the Atlanta-based professional company and Durham's Hayti Heritage Center, who chose more than 50 local dancers to take part in the production. Fri. & Sat., April 30 & May 1, 8 p.m., Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham. 684-4444. $15, $8 students.
We've heard about the healing power of words. This weekend at Duke, the spotlight is on poetry, with Vital Lines, Vital Signs: A Conference on Poetry and Medicine. Distinguished poet Lucille Clifton gives a free reading at Reynolds Theater. Clifton, the Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is also a survivor of three cancers, kidney failure and dialysis. 8 p.m., Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham. poetryandmedicineconference.mc.duke.edu, 668-9007.
Groundless is the result of a year celebrating, questioning and honoring flight by Even Exchange Dance Theater. The work highlights partnerships with community groups such as the Raleigh Vet Center, Rainbow Dance Company and an aeronautical engineer. Sat., April 24, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., April 25, 2 p.m., Kennedy Theater, BTI Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $15. The Sat. 2 p.m. show will be audio described and sign interpreted.
The Innocents exposes the failings of the criminal justice system using photographs and video of individuals who served time in prison for violent crimes they did not commit. Through May 31, Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St, Durham. 660-3663. Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.
Colored Pictures is seeking short films of any genre and original format for this summer's festival of films by and about people of color. Learn how to take part in year two of the festival by contacting www.coloredpictures.com. Deadline is May 15.