October Family Exhibits, Performances in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill
Long-Running Events for October 2011
Includes traveling exhibits, ongoing performances and other extended events. Special fees or admission policies apply to some exhibits and performances. Please call ahead to verify information.?
Through Oct. 2
Black and White Swan
Carolina Ballet's premiere of the" White Swan" and "Black Swan" pas de deux in their entirety uses Marius Petipa's original choreography and features four rotating casts of dancers. The program also includes works from the company's vast repertory of more than 100 ballets. Fletcher Opera Theatre, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-719-0900. www.carolinaballet.com.
Oct. 8-Jan. 22, 2012
RACE: Are We So Different?
This interactive exhibit tells the stories of race from biological, cultural and historical points of view, and brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, the role of science in that history and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations. $. Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham. 919-220-5429. www.lifeandscience.org.
N.C. State Fair
The fun returns for another year with big-name performers, rides, exhibits, games and more. $. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-821-7400. www.ncstatefair.org.
Wolf Awareness Week
Educational animal keeper talks daily at 2 p.m. and giveaways promote a greater understanding of the endangered red world population. The museum is currently home to one male and one female red wolf and plays an instrumental role in efforts to restore the red wolf population worldwide. $. Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham. 919-220-5429. www.lifeandscience.org.
Oct. 26-Nov. 13
The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the '61 Freedom Riders
This inspirational play uses music and original accounts to explore the struggles of the Freedom Riders during the Civil Rights movement. Appropriate for ages 10 and older. $. Paul Green Theatre, 150 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-7529. www.playmakersrep.org.
Through Oct. 27
Executive Mansion and Garden Tours
Experience North Carolina's 120-year-old Executive Mansion, which has housed the state's governors since 1891. Trained docents conduct guided tours of the Victorian-style mansion on Wednesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 27 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children's Garden Tours, in which docents lead children through the more than 4 acres of flower and vegetable gardens, are offered Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. through Oct. 26. $. Call Capital Area Visitor Services at 919-807-7950 or 866-724-8687 to schedule a tour, preferably two weeks in advance. Executive Mansion, 201 N. Blount St., Raleigh. www.nchistoricsites.org.
Oct. 28-Nov. 13
Western Wake Artists' Studio Tour Teaser Exhibition
Professional artists display paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, digital media and more in preparation for the Western Wake Artists' Studio Tour Nov. 12-13. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. www.wwast.org.
Through Nov. 1
Schoolhouses, Students and Slates: 19th Century Education
in Hillsborough and Orange County
Learn about the history of Orange County Schools and view photographs, diaries, letters and textbooks dating from the 1800s. Visitors can sit in a reproduction classroom and try their hand at 19th century penmanship. Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-732-2201. www.historichillsborough.org.
Through Nov. 6
Our Expanding Oceans: The Blending of Art and Science
This art and education exhibit created by artist Mary Edna Fraser and scientist Orrin Pilkey explores the major elements of global climate change and the greenhouse effect with an emphasis on melting ice and rising seas. More than 50 hand-dyed silk cloths depicting aerial, satellite and conceptual perspectives of the environment are on display. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-733-7450. www.naturalsciences.org.
Through Nov. 30
Cherokee Carvers: Tradition Renewed
This traveling exhibit from the Asheville Art Museum features 44 wood and stone carvings that illustrate centuries of continuity and change in Cherokee techniques. Ritual items, functional ware and pieces designed to be sold to tourists and collectors appear in the exhibit. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Through March 25, 2012
The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918
This exhibit documents the hazardous working conditions of children in the state's textile mills. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Through Sept. 30, 2012
Our State Dog: North Carolina's Plott Hound
Traveling exhibit from Western Carolina University explores the history and evolution of the Plott hound, a legendary hunting dog and the only dog breed known to have originated in North Carolina. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.