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Written by:  Janice Lewine
Date: November 1, 2011

Long-Running Events for November 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.

Nov. 3-26
Western Wake Artists' Studio Tour
Professional artists display paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, digital media and more. Features a show Nov. 3-26 at Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex, and another show through Nov. 13 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. www.wwast.org.

Nov. 4-20
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona
Strega Nona is planning her traditional Christmas Eve feast for the Italian village of Calabria. She vows to do it all without magic, believing that Christmas has a magic of its own, but thanks to the well-meaning, yet bumbling Big Anthony, the feast almost doesn't happen. This holiday musical is based on the story by Tomie dePaola. $. Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. 919-821-3111. www.raleighlittletheatre.org.

Nov. 5-Jan. 15
Carolina Wonderland Express
This 2,200-square-foot indoor exhibit features model locomotives that chug through a snowy       Carolina traversing mountains, crossing bridges and disappearing through tunnels. Trains traverse the Blue Ridge Parkway and journey to popular landmarks such as Kitty Hawk, the State Capitol Building and Jennette's Pier. $. Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham. 919-220-5429. www.lifeandscience.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. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-733-7450. www.naturalsciences.org.


Nov. 10-27
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The beloved New York holiday production makes its Triangle debut with a cast and crew of more than 100, including the world-famous Rockettes, Santa and his elves, dancing teddy bears and flying reindeer. $. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 919-680-2727.  www.dpacnc.com.

Through 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.

Opens Nov. 18
At the Speed of the Girl — Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting
This exhibit features the history of the Girls Scouts organization, founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. www.ncmuseum ofhistory.org.

Nov. 23-27
Stravinsky: Concerto for Two Solo Pianos and Cinderella
A one-hour version of Cinderella is set to an original score by Karl Moraski, which is played live. This is followed by Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss's new version of his ballet set to Igor Stravinsky's "Concerto for Two Solo Pianos." Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-719-0900. www.carolinaballet.com.

Nov. 29-Dec. 4
A Christmas Story, The Musical!
The 1983 holiday film comes to life on stage as Ralphie Parker mounts his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 800-345-8000. www.ticketmaster.com.

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. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Through 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.

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. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. www.ncmuseumof history.org.







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