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‘Final Gift' fundraiser is Sunday

Charlotte filmmaker Therese Bartholomew will hold a fundraiser for her project “The Final Gift” on Sunday at The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. The event will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with The Near Misses providing entertainment. Tickets are $25 at the door or in advance from www.the eveningmuse.com, and proceeds will be used to complete the project in 2009.

The writer-director's vision for the documentary grew out of her desire to better understand the person convicted of killing her brother. She says the film will “explore (my) internal conflict and examine the lives of others affected by the crime. (It will) question a justice system that releases offenders unprepared for life on the outside and ponder societal responsibility in dealing with crime, offenders and victimization.”

Director of photography Erik Murphy, who received an Emerging Artist Grant from the N.C. Arts and Science Council in 2007, will shoot it; crew members will donate time. To learn more, visit www.the finalgiftfilm.com.

A Peal heard in north

Minnesota's Commonweal Theatre Company will present a play by prolific Charlotte writer Stan Peal, co-founder of Epic Arts Repertory Theatre.

Peal's “Ice Maidens” is running now through Nov. 16 at the Lanesboro playhouse. It came out of Commonweal's New Play Development Program and was inspired by Peal's visit to his former home after living in North Carolina since 2001.

It's about an estranged daughter who returns to her Minnesota hometown to find the shadow of a tragedy hanging over the family. Wounds are reopened, secrets are revealed, and the household has a last chance to come together. To learn more, visit www.commonweal theatre.org.

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