April Family Exhibits and Performances in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

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Long-Running Events for April 2012
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 April 1
The Little Mermaid
Carolina Ballet presents this enduring fairy tale, which features a thrilling blend of dance, theater and music. $. A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-719-0900. www.carolinaballet.com.

April 1-May 6
20th Annual Parade of Playhomes
The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham counties’ annual fundraiser for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Features three play homes built by Saussy Burbank, Builders FirstSource and the Professional Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association. $. The play homes are at the Streets at Southpoint, 6910 Fayetteville St., Durham, until April 7 and will continue to be on display on the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham April 9-May 6. 919-493-8899. www.paradeofplayhomes.org.

Through April 8
11th Annual Birdhouses on Parade
Showcases uniquely handcrafted birdhouses and feeders by North Carolina artists. The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-2001. www.carolinainn.com.

Through April 15
Screened: New Work by the Printmakers of North Carolina
This exhibit features a collection of screen prints from 18 North Carolina artists. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787. www.durhamarts.org.

April 17-22
Bring It On: The Musical
Set against the world of competitive cheerleading, this musical hilariously proves that winning isn’t everything when it means losing something – or someone – you really care about. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. $. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 919-680-2787. www.dpacnc.org.

April 20-29
Steel Magnolias
The quintessential story of family and friendship in a unique Southern sisterhood set in a small-town beauty parlor. $. A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-831-6941. www.nctheatre.com.

Through July 15
Looking Closely, Sixteen Slices of Love, The Salvage Series and Transluclandia
Four artist exhibits feature abstract quilts inspired by nature, photographs of people in urban settings, paintings inspired by metal salvage areas and dump yards, and abstract mixed media wall hangings. Durham Arts Council,120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787. www.durhamarts.org/exhibits.html.

April 25-29
A woman’s ex-husband reappears after 20 years, suffering from brain damage. A veteran of modern war, he doesn’t know who he is. She doesn’t know who he has become. She reads aloud from The Odyssey and, in the journey of Homer’s masterpiece, finds a way into her former husband’s memory through the terror and trauma of war. Performed to the live accompaniment of a string quartet. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. $. Kenan Theatre, 120 Country Club Rd.,  Chapel Hill. 919-962-7529. www.playmakersrep.org.

Through April 30
Born Digital
This exhibit showcases art that is visitor-dependent without the use of specific interfaces like keyboards or touch screens. Movement-driven art empowers visitors to exercise creativity and act on curiosity. $. Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-513-0946. www.camraleigh.org.

Through June 17
Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy
This exhibit pairs 34 master works by modern sculptor Alexander Calder with work by seven young artists. $. Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr., Durham. 919-684-4444. www.nasher.duke.edu.

Through July 29
At the Speed of a Girl – Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting
This exhibit features the history of the Girls Scouts of America organization, founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Through July 29
El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You About Africa
This exhibit features 60-plus works by internationally celebrated artist El Anatsui, including driftwood pieces created in Denmark, metal sculptures constructed from thousands of Nigerian bottle tops, chainsaw-carved woodwork and more. Many works have never been seen outside of Africa. $. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262. www.ncartmuseum.org.

Through Summer 2012
The [R]evolution of Media
This exhibit explores the history of newspaper, radio and television in Raleigh. Raleigh City Museum, Historic Briggs Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-832-3775. www.raleigh citymuseum.org.

Through Sept. 30
Our State Dog: North Carolina’s Plott Hound
This 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. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.


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