Arts Planner

otaylor@thestate.comJanuary 27, 2013 

After a midseason break, “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on Feb. 10. But local fans of the post-apocalyptic society terrorized by zombies don’t have to wait two weeks to see the undead do what they do best: make people scream.

On Friday, High Voltage Theatre will premiere “Night of the Living Dead,” a two-act play based on George Romero’s 1968 cult classic, at Tapp’s Arts Center. The stage version was adapted by Chris Cook, who will also direct the production.

In October, High Voltage celebrated its 10-year anniversary by refining the theater’s mission statement, which now reads, “We seek to present the genre of horror and the macabre to mainstream as well as alternative audiences.”

“Night of the Living Dead,” a spooky and frightening film, seemed like a no-brainer to Cook, High Voltage’s artistic director.

“Zombies have never been more in the public conscience than they are now, and their popularity in our world culture shows no signs of waning,” Cook, who has met Romero, said.

When it was released, the low budget “Night of the Living Dead” was criticized because of its explicit content. Guess people were pretty sensitive about zombies 45 years ago. Now it seems like TV and film producers — and the viewing public, of course — can’t get enough of the flesh-eating monsters. The plot of “Living Dead” was simple: five people trapped in a rural farmhouse try to fend off zombies, which can be a never-ending task as “Walking Dead” fans can attest.

“Night of the Living Dead” will run at Tapp’s through Feb. 16. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16. Tapp’s is at 1644 Main St. $15, and seats must be reserved in advance; (803) 429-8839

Science on Screen, a Nickelodeon Theatre community film forum series that pairs USC scientists with films that relate to their field, begins Monday with Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds.” Loren Knapp, an associate professor in the department of biological sciences, will give a talk about migratory patterns, among other things, before the film. Also part of the series: “Blade Runner,” “Gattaca,” “There Will Be Blood,” “The Perfect Storm” and “The Man with the Golden Arm.” “The Birds” will be screened at 5:30 p.m. The Nick is at 1607 Main St. $10;

USC’s School of Music will honor former marching band director James K. Copenhaver at 5 p.m. Tuesday. At the ceremony, the university’s marching band facility will be named the Copenhaver Band Hall, honoring Copenhaver’s 34 years as the director of bands. Copenhaver also conducted the university’s wind ensemble and symphonic band and taught undergraduate and graduate wind instrument classes. The dedication is at 5 p.m. at the band hall, 324 Sumter St.;

“volumes: women bound by art,” an exhibition of books altered by local artists, will be exhibited at the Lexington County Public Library’s main branch. The show runs Saturday-Feb. 28. The art exhibition includes a collection of 13 repurposed books created by Eileen Blyth, Cynthia Colbert, Jessica Cruser, Janette Grassi, Doni Jordan, Susan Lenz, Susan Livingston, Yukiko Oka, Kay Reardon, Liisa Salosaari Jasinski, Virginia Scotchie, Lani Stringer and Laura Windham. The library is at 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington; (803) 785-2600

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