Looking for something to do this weekend? Consider local theater – or check out a new book written with the help of more than two dozen area kids.

Earlier this year, author Sudie Wilde, textile artist Peg Gignoux, book designer Steve Godwin, and 30 local elementary-school ESL students came together to produce a new children’s book, “Planting Hope,” to benefit the local hunger-relief organization PORCH. “Planting Hope” is the story of a seed, the young girl who plants it, and the impact they make together on their community.

If you’d like to see artwork from the book, head to the FRANK Gallery on Franklin Street this Friday, December 9, during 2nd Friday Artwalk. On Sunday, December 11, FRANK will host a reception for the book from 2-4 pm, featuring many of the 30 young writers and illustrators who participated in its creation.

WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with PORCH founder Susan Romaine and author Sudie Wilde, who read a passage from “Planting Hope.”


Also this weekend, PlayMakers Repertory Company is wrapping up its run of “The May Queen,” the latest play in its 2016-17 theater season. Written by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Vivienne Benesch, and starring Nate Miller and Andrea Syglowski, “May Queen” tells the story of a group of people in an office – whose work world is turned upside down when a former high school sweetheart returns to town as a temp. (Benesch says it’s a perfect play for anyone who’s ever worked in an office – or gone to high school.)

Aaron Keck spoke with Benesch, Miller and Syglowski on WCHL; Miller and Syglowski performed a short piece from the play.


“The May Queen” runs through Sunday, December 11, at PlayMakers on the UNC campus. Visit this page for tickets and more information.