Friday and Saturday, Carrboro’s ArtsCenter hosts the one-woman show “Ivy Rowe,” based on the character from Lee Smith’s novel “Fair and Tender Ladies.” Barbara Bates, who has toured the show for 25 years, embodies the spunky mountain woman as she tells about a life affected by everything from rural electrification and the Depression to three different wars. There will be a Q&A with Smith and Bates following the performance. 8 p.m. $14-$16 (students $12). 919-929-2787 or artscenterlive.org.
• N.C. Central University Theater finishes its run this weekend of the stage adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel “The Bluest Eye,” the story of an African-American girl looking for love and acceptance in the face of poverty and abuse. Details at nccu.edu.
• Hoof ’n’ Horn, Duke University’s student theater company, completes its run this weekend of Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s “Parade,” a musical about the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager accused of rape and murder. Details at tickets.duke.edu.