Week 4: Statewide Arts Celebration

Sandra K. Davidson

This fall, all 100 counties are celebrating the North Carolina Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary by dedicating arts events to the Statewide Arts Celebration. The final installment of our weekly Statewide Arts Celebration update includes modern dance, thrilling theater and space. That’s right, outer space. Visit ncarts50.org/events to explore the full calendar and find an event near you!

Wait Until Dark

Cape Fear Regional Theatre
Thursday Oct. 26; 7:30 p.m.
1209 Hay Street
Fayetteville, NC 28305

This play is best known for the 1967 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn. An apartment in 1960s Greenwich Village becomes the site of theater’s most terrifying game of cat and mouse. A group of con-men manipulate, Susy, an unsuspecting blind woman in an attempt to reclaim a very valuable doll they believe she is hiding. When the doll can’t be found, the situation spirals out of control. With murder afoot and suspense building, the woman deftly decides to wait until dark, in an attempt to outwit her assailants. The thrills begin when the lights go out, and the chilling conclusion is: what you can’t see can, indeed, hurt you. Cost: $15.

Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance

Appalachian State University: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, Oct. 26; 7 p.m.
733 Rivers St.
Boone, NC 28608

The talented dancers of Ailey II are renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances. Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, this critically-acclaimed company presents vibrant performances and innovative community programs across the country and internationally. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s outstanding emerging choreographers. Cost: $15 to $35.

Opening of the Space Exhibit with PARI

Transylvania Community Arts Council
Friday, Oct. 27; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
349 S. Caldwell Street
Brevard, NC 28712

Explore this dynamic exhibition of Astrophotos, 3D Planet Surfaces, Science Posters, Space Art, Minerals and space associated artifacts from Pisgah Astronmical Resarch Institue (PARI). This exhibition will also showcase unique photography of PARI’s 200-acre campus and former NASA tracking station in Pisgah Forest, Rosman, NC. Select items on display will be available for purchase, in addition to several unique surprises. Free.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Haunted Tales

Carolina Ballet: Fletcher Opera Theater
Saturday, Oct. 28; 2 p.m.
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Washington Irving’s bone-chilling tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, recounts Ichabod Crane and his doomed courtship with Katrina Van Tassel. After a party at the Van Tassel home ends in heartbreak, Ichabod heads for home in the dark. As he passes a church the citizens of Sleepy Hollow believe is haunted, he comes “face to face” with the terrifying specter of the Headless Horseman. At daybreak, Ichabod is gone, and the only thing the citizens can find is his tri-corner hat. Co-Artistic Director, Zalman Raffael, brings this macabre tale to the stage with a new ballet that has the right mix of fright and delight for fans of the supernatural, both young and old. This program also features two additional world premieres by Founding Artistic Director, Robert Weiss-The Lady in the White Veil and The Raven. Cost: $32 to $82.

Jeff Little Trio

Chapel of Rest Preservation Society
Sunday, Oct. 29; 4 p.m.
1964 NC-268
Lenoir, NC 28645

The Chapel of Rest is situated on a grassy knoll overlooking the Yadkin River in Happy Valley, in the foothills of western North Carolina. Made possible by a gift from Samuel Legerwood Patterson, the Chapel was built in 1887, and originally served as the chapel for the Patterson School for Boys. In 1922, a new chapel was built on campus, and the Chapel of Rest fell into disrepair. The Chapel of Rest Preservation Society was created in 1984 to preserve the historical integrity of the Chapel and to maintain the building and grounds. Open to the public during daylight hours, the Chapel of Rest is a place to pause, meditate and enjoy an extended view of the beautiful Happy Valley. Enjoy an intimate concert with the the Jeff Little Trio followed by a BBQ chicken & pork supper. Cost: $15.