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Cockroach Theatre, Open Air Printers

Photo by Ryan Reason
Photo by Ryan Reason

[CULTURE] Friday, Sept. 21, Saturday, Sept. 22

It’s a biggish weekend for the little elbow of roadway behind the Arts Factory, where Boulder Avenue meets First Street. Both are welcome additions to the cultural vibrancy of the Charleston-Main area. On one side of First, Open Air Printers is grand-opening its new printmaking facility. A project of the Goldwell Open Air Museum, a terrific arts center near Beatty, it will offer equipment and classes for people who want to learn printmaking or expand their skills. The equipment? “Three large intaglio and lithography presses.” Impressive! Even better: It’s a nontoxic process. In addition to classes and workshops, you can buy a studio membership. The Goldwell people say it’s the only facility like it in town. Go to for more. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, 1039 S. Main Street, Suite 150.

A few steps across the street, the risk-taking and formerly nomadic Cockroach Theatre debuts in its new home in Art Square. In its decade of tackling challenging and overlooked theater, Cockroach has performed in every sort of venue imaginable. Now it has a permanent theater, which it’s christening with a production of Nurture, by Johnna Adams. It’s a “dark comedy” about bad parents, bad kids and the urge to create families. Upcoming highlights of the 2012-2013 season are The Mineola Twins (“a comedy in six scenes, four dreams and seven wigs”) and Gruesome Playground Injuries (about childhood friends). Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m., Oct. 4, 8 p.m., through Oct.7; 1025 S. First St.,, $18.