September Family Exhibits, Performances in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill
Long-Running Events for September 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 Sept. 5
The Serpent's Egg
Paperhand Puppet Intervention combines masks, giant and shadow puppets, stilt walkers and live music for its 12th annual summer spectacle that explores the cyclical nature of the universe through the lens of humanity. $. Performances are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. with a pre-show beginning at 6:20 p.m. The Forest Theater, 300 N. Boundary St., Chapel Hill. 919-923-1857. www.paperhand.org.
Sept. 7-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 from Sept. 7 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 four acres of flower and vegetable gardens, are offered on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. from Sept. 28 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.
Through music, dance, movement, puppets and video elements, experience the story of one of the most heinous crimes of the 20th century: the Enron Corporation's decline from the very top of American business to a collapse of unprecedented proportions. Some material may not be appropriate for young children. Performance dates and times vary. $. Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. 919-834-4001. www.burningcoal.org.
Sept. 15-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.
Through Sept. 25
Circus: Costume, Prop and Baggage
This exhibit features 13 large-scale acrylic paintings by Cheryl Myrbo that provide glimpses into the world of the circus performer. Two other exhibits run through Sept. 25, including "Quasi-Botanics," which features surreal organic oil paintings by Charles Geiger, and "A Cultural Landscape – N.C. Mountain Counties," which showcases idiosyncratic photographs of the Appalachian area by Artie Dixon. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787. www.durhamarts.org/exhibits.html.
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. 27
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.