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Satch Hoyt

Liberty Arts—Satch Hoyt is a man of many talents. As an artist, he paints, draws and sculpts (among other things) and mixes in sound for an aural experience. As a musician, Hoyt has worked with Grace Jones and art-world legend Louise Bourgeois. He's also acted as musicologist for the BBC's "Music About Us" series. His mixed ancestry laid the groundwork for themes of the African diaspora, and his art also finds metaphor in sports. Hoyt comes to Durham as a resident artist at Duke's Nasher Museum to create, with his assistants, an 18-foot canoe entitled "Celestial Vessel." The installation will be part of next summer's The Record, which opens Aug. 19, 2010 (mark your calendars). Tonight he'll be at Liberty Arts, located at 401-B Foster St. in Durham's Central Park, to field questions from visitors. Starting at 6 p.m., members of the museum and of the Duke community can enjoy an exclusive visit with Hoyt. At 7 p.m., the event is open to the public for the requisite meet-and-greet. For more info, visit —Sarah Ewald

Hoppin' John Old Time and Bluegrass Fiddler's Convention

Shakori Hills—There's nothing like a little friendly competition to keep roots music vibrant. Structured around individual and group contests with open registration, this weekend of playing (Friday and Saturday) awards winners with bragging rights and $3,550 in total prizes. Old-time and bluegrass fiddle and banjo are the main events during the day, but individuals can also compete for the top spot in guitar, mandolin and bass. Bands take over in the evening before the night closes the competition with celebratory square dancing. Camp overnight in the cooling air, and be sure to catch The Red Hots' 12:30 a.m. dance late on Saturday. Hearty and fast, the quartet pumps adrenaline like an old-time Red Bull. Tickets are $8-$18. Visit for more info on this third annual event. —Andrew Ritchey

The Grinning Man

Meredith College—Meredith College premieres a nightmarish new work by Alex Smith, produced by the Stillwater Theatre Company. A married couple who run a flower shop together close up to await the arrival of an old friend, but find themselves menaced by a mysteriously grinning customer who threatens to bring old secrets to light. Who is he, and what does he represent? Find out tonight, tomorrow and Sept. 22-26 at 8 p.m., and Sept. 20 and 27 at 3 p.m., at Studio Theatre in Jones Hall. Tickets are $10-$15 (or free for Meredith faculty, staff and students). Call 760-2840 or visit —Zack Smith

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