10 by 10 in the Triangle
The ArtsCenter—This year's 10 by 10 in the Triangle features the usual 10 plays of a 10-minute length, four of which are world premieres. The 10 one-acts were chosen from 400 scripts submitted from around the world and feature local directors and actors. With 10 options, 10 x 10 is always enjoyable—even if you don't like all the plays, you're bound to like a few. This year's plays revolve around the theme of high-risk behavior, with mating insects and Mars-bound females on the schedule. The festival begins tonight at 8 p.m. and runs through July 20. Tickets are $10. For more info, visit www.artscenterlive.org or call 929-2787. —Megan Stein
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibit
Cameron Village Library—It's been more than 60 years since the bombs nicknamed "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" fell on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, effectively ending both World War II and an estimated 220,000 lives. Now, N.C. Peace Action is sponsoring a local display of the traveling national exhibit Hiroshima-Nagasaki: Images and Stories from Eyewitness Accounts, which tells the story of those terrible days through 30 large posters depicting scenes of the bombing.
Bill Towe of N.C. Peace Action recalls being a teenager in Wilson when he heard Hiroshima had been bombed. "It didn't have much of a sense of significance to me at the time," he admits. Now 75, Towe wants to use the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a way of preventing history from repeating. "We want to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction, and this not only related to our goal, but to the modern concerns of whether the U.S.A. will use atomic weapons against Iran," Towe says.
The exhibit is in Room 202 of the library and runs through July 20. The opening reception tonight at 6 p.m. features a talk by Hiroshima blast survivor Miyoko Watanabe at 7 p.m. A delegation from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which created the exhibit, will also attend. The event is free and open to the public, but due to its graphic nature, it is not recommended for children. A donation of $25 is suggested. For more information, call 469-0831 or 856-6703. —Zack Smith
Local 506—Young Nashville trio Paper Route gleans the everyman affability of The Postal Service (and the band's electro-driven pop) and the archromanticism of Coldplay, blending it all into three-minute carousels. Listen for the inner-workings beneath the pop veil, though: Dreamy synthesizers roll in glissando waves, chilling the beats for narcotic consumption. Fellow Music City songwriter Brooke Waggoner pairs a whispery diffidence with musical aplomb, her piano tunes and grand accompaniment twirling beneath her air in great big pirouettes. Listen at 9:30 p.m. for $8-$10. —Grayson Currin