THREE THINGS TO DO: Story of civil-rights campaigner/singer Paul Robeson plays Surrey stage

Also: Surrey Muse anniversary event, holiday market at Surrey Arts Centre

Tayo Aluko plays Paul Robeson in “Call Mr. Robeson: A Life

1. On Friday night (Nov. 25), the turbulent life and times of actor, singer and civil-rights campaigner Paul Robeson is brought to Surrey’s Centre Stage in “Call Mr. Robeson: A Life, With Songs.” Written and performed by Tayo Aluko, a Nigerian-born artist who now lives in Liverpool, England, the award-winning show includes bursts of fiery oratory and some of Robeson’s famous songs, including a rendition of the timeless “Ol’ Man River.” Show time is 8 p.m. on Friday, and more details are posted at Tickets.Surrey.ca. Seats range from $25 to 30.

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2. The poetry/music gathering known as Surrey Muse celebrates its fifth anniversary during an event on Friday (Nov. 25) at Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., starting at 5:30 p.m. The three-hour shindig will feature author Farah Tejani, poet Betsy Warland and an extended open-mic that includes the talents of Nayden Pollasari, Sonja Grgar, Sana Janjua, Parabjot Kaur, Manolis Magnus and others. Look for more event details at Surreymuse.wordpress.com.

3. If you’re looking to shop local this holiday season, check out the Heart to Home Holiday Market happening Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 26-27) at Surrey Arts Centre. The facility’s Studio Theatre will be transformed into a “fun and festive market featuring fine art and handmade crafts by renowned local artists.” The annual event is hosted by those who care for the Surrey Art Gallery Association gift shop, also located at 13750 88th Ave.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

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