LUNCH BOX CONCERT SERIES: The Carrboro Century Center’s free Lunch Box Concert Series of performances from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays will continue through the last Thursday of February. carrbororec.org.
FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIES: Bynum Front Porch’s Friday Night Music Series concerts will be from 7-9 p.m. Fridays on the outdoor stage at the Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road. bynumfrontporch.org.
‘ALMOST, MAINE’: Orange High School students’ play “Almost, Maine” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at 500 Orange High School Road, Hillsborough. Tickets are $5.
ART TALK: Curator Kenneth Silver will discuss “Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Hanes Art Center, 121 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill.
‘SHIMMER: THE ART OF LIGHT’: Light projections and illuminated art instalations and programs will be on display from Carrboro’s ArtsCenter to Graham Street during February’s Second Friday art walk on Feb. 12. The art walk starts at 6 p.m. shimmerevent.com.
GRAFFITI VALENTINES: A Valentine’s Day event for ages 6-9 inspired by Hofmann’s murals is 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. Register for $5 online: bit.ly/1TGERqZ.
BALLET: Chapel Hill Dance Theater presents five original ballets at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Hanes Theater at Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Road.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for students. They are available at the door and at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill, 1603 E. Franklin St.
CHAPEL HILL PHILHARMONIA: The Chapel Hill Philharmonia will perform music by Ravel, Mozart and Wagner at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the auditorium at Carrboro High School, 201 Rock Haven Road.
‘SACRED SOUND’: Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church will show the documentary at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough.
NORTH CAROLINA COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL: The festival continues until Sunday, Feb. 14. A complete schedule is online. nccomedyarts.com.
MURALS OF CHAPEL HILL: Michael Brown will discuss the murals he has painted in Chapel Hill and his paintings throughout the state at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. 919-929-1793.
‘SIDE ROADS’: “Side Roads: Folk Art from Mike’s Art Truck,” a 50-piece exhibition, will be on display at the Orange County Public Library through Feb. 26 at 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough.
‘FAR AND NEAR’: An exhibition of watercolor landscapes by Eng Pua will be on display at the Community Church of Chapel Hill through Feb. 28, at 106 Purefoy Road.
HIP MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Historically Informed Performance Music Festival continues until Sunday, Feb. 28, in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. mallarmemusic.org.
PRESERVATION CHAPEL HILL EXHIBITION: Paintings by Janet Cooling will be on display until Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill.
FIRST SUNDAY TRIANGLE BLUES SOCIETY: The First Sunday Triangle Blues Society Open Jam will be from 7-10 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at The Blue Note Grill, 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. triangleblues.com.
‘SIMPLE WAYS’: “Simple Ways: Folk Art by Leonard Jones” will be on display at the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough, until Thursday, March 17.
POET LAUREATE: Applications and nominations for Poet Laureate of Carrboro will be accepted until Saturday, April 30. Submit a cover letter, 250- to 350-word statement on the role of poetry in Carrboro, three to five poems (up to five pages) and information on any poetry that has been published. RTrost@townofcarrboro.org.
ALOFT CHAPEL HILL: 1001 S. Hamilton Road. Tuesdays: Bibis Ellison and Dante. W xyz bar. 8-10 p.m. 919-932-7772.
CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. Feb. 18: Dressy Bessy. Feb. 19: The Pinkerton Raid. Feb. 26: Tift Merritt. Feb. 26, back room: Griffin House. April 5: Sean Watkins. April 14: Run River North. 919-967-9053, catscradle.com.
LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. Feb. 14: Lazy Circle, Them Damn Bruners, Adam Fenton. Feb. 16: Timmy’s Organism, Video, Regression 696. Feb. 18: Agent Orange, In the Whale, Heavyweights. Feb. 19: The Collaboration. Feb. 19: Campfires and Constellations, Silver Dollar Switchblade, Amigo. Feb. 20: Vinyl Theatre, Finish Ticket, Irontom. Feb. 21: City Below, Ghosts of the Kodiak, Honey Magpie. 919-942-5506, local506.com.
SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar.
ACKLAND ART MUSEUM: 101 S. Columbia St. Feb. 12: “Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann.” 5-9 p.m. ackland.org.
FRANK GALLERY: 109 E. Franklin St. Feb. 12: Harriet Bellows, Mark Elliott, Bill McAllister, “Morphology and the Biomorphic Impulse.” Mirinda Kosoff, Mary Stone Lamb, “Texture Transformed.” Norma Hendrix, “A Thousand Mornings.” 6-9 p.m. March 10: “Meet Our Heroes.” 5-8 p.m. 919-636-4135, frankisart.com.
HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE: 610 E. Rosemary St. March 6: Jina Valentine, “Aporia.” 2-4 p.m. 919-942-7818, preservationchapelhill.org.
SONJA HAYNES STONE CENTER: UNC-Chapel Hill. Feb. 11: “La Sombra y el Espiritu IV: Figurative Visions and Collective Histories - The Work of Stefanie Jackson.” 7 p.m. 919-962-9001, unc.edu/depts/stonecenter.
THEATER, COMEDY, DANCE AND FILM
PLAYMAKERS: Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill. Feb. 24-March 13: “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.” March 30-April 23: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a Musical Thriller.” April 27-May 1: “The Real Americans.” 919-962-PLAY, playmakersrep.org.
Folk art from Mike’s Art Truck
The Orange County Public Library is hosting a 50-piece exhibition of folk art curated by the owners of Mike’s Art Truck, a virtual gallery based in Hillsborough.
“Side Roads: Folk Art from Mike’s Art Truck” will be displayed on the ground floor of the Main Library in Hillsborough through February. The exhibit features artwork by nine self-taught artists, including Carrboro’s St. George (above) and Hillsborough’s Sam Ezell. Self-taught artists Charlie Lucas, Michael Banks, Buddy Snipe, bailey jack, Bob Hart, Bennie Morrison, and Leonard Jones are also represented.
Longtime collectors of “outsider art” & friends of many artists, Greg and Karen Mack founded Mike’s Art Truck to promote and sell the work of self-taught living artists. Mike’s Art Truck has no physical gallery location, and the truck is only an imaginary one driven by their cat Mike. Artwork is shown through cooperation with other businesses and public spaces and is displayed and sold online. Since moving to Hillsborough in 2012, the Macks have curated folk art shows for the Orange County Public Library, the Chapel Hill Public Library, the Hillsborough Visitors Center, and the Orange County Historical Museum.
Exhibition artwork is available for purchase directly through Mike’s Art Truck and can be picked up after the conclusion of the show. Contact Mike’s Art Truck for information by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.mikesarttruck.com.
The OCPL Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Free parking is available.