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by Keith Barber

With Halloween rapidly approaching, the Piedmont Triad will play host to a number of celebrations of the holiday most closely associated with the Celtic festival of Samhain. The DADA Spooktacular will be held in Winston-Salem’s Downtown Arts District Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Downtown Art District Association will sponsor the ghoulishly good time for children of all ages near the intersection of Trade and 6th streets.

Evil Dead: The Musical continues its run at the Brown Building Theatre on the campus of UNCG this week with shows nightly through Nov. 1. Directed by Jim Wren, Evil Dead: The Musical features blood, guts and singing zombies. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, students; $12 for groups of 10 or more and UNCG alumni; $10 for UNCG students. The musical is not appropriate for children under 17.

In celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, the Greensboro Playwrights Forum presents An Evening of Horror Plays: Stage Fright Thursday through Nov. 1 at the Greensboro Cultural Center. Stage Fright is a series of eight short plays designed to “chill the spine and raise the hair on your neck.” All eight plays were written by local writers to celebrate Halloween.

In other local arts news, six films by UNCG students, alumni and professors will be shown during the 15th annual Cucalorus Film Festival Nov. 11-15 in Wilmington. Michael Frierson, an associate professor of media studies, will screen his film FBI KKK at Cucalorus. Also screening at Cucalorus this year, is Cara Clark’s 6-minute documentary “Sylvia and George”; Kenneth Price’s 77-minute dramatic narrative work, “Americatown,” along with his five-minute narrative film “The Late Mr. Mokun Williams.” Debra Sea’s four-minute experimental short “Balance” will be screened at Cucalorus, along with Christopher Holmes’ 12-minute experimental film, “Sapsucker.”

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