SWEET CAROLINA CONCERT SERIES: University Place’s Sweet Carolina Concert Series is 6-9 p.m. Thursdays through July 30 in the parking lot by the intersection of Estes Drive and Willow Drive.
FRIDAYS ON THE FRONT PORCH: Live music and food trucks will be at the Carolina Inn at 5 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 23 at 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. carolinainnevents.com.
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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.
VIVA ITALIA: A TASTE OF ITALY: Italian short films will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, July 17, at an event hosted by FRANK Gallery and the Siena Hotel at the Varsity Theatre, 123 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Tickets cost $20 each or $50 for a pair. frankisart.com/viva-italia.
LAST FRIDAYS CONCERTS: The Last Fridays Art Walk includes concerts from 6-9 p.m. the last Friday of each month on the lawn of the old Orange County Courthouse.
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.
MUSIC IN THE MEADOW: Great Meadow Park in Briar Chapel hosts a series of free concerts from 5-8 p.m. on the second Saturday of July and August at 16 Windy Knoll Circle, Chapel Hill. Signs will give directions to the park. Admission is free; organizers request donations of canned food for CORA Food Pantry.
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. July 13-14: What’s Eating Gilbert, Anthony Raneri. July 17: The Old Ceremony, Skylar Gudasz. July 18: The Pietasters, Guttermouth, Corporate Fandango. July 21: Ike Reilly. July 31: The Appleseed Cast. Aug. 11: Brick & Mortar. Aug. 29: The Good Life, Big Harp. Sept. 10: Watkins Family Hour. Sept. 22: Pokey Lafarge. 919-967-9053, catscradle.com.
LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. July 15: Hollywood Ending, 7 Minutes in Heaven, The Big Time, Six Stories Told. July 16: Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey, Mat Phillips. July 17: Årabrot, Ghold, Pinkish Black. July 18: Happyness, Michael Rault, Sunshine Faces. July 20: Lenka, Nick Howard. July 21: High Bushy Tails, Smoke n’ Mangos, Honey Magpie. July 23: Great Caesar. July 29: Concord America. 919-942-5506, local506.com.
OPEN EYE CAFE: 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. July 24: Caveman Dave. Aug. 22: Anne E DeChant. 919-968-9410, openeyecafe.com.
SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar.
ST. MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. July 19: Lois Deloatch. 919-732-9308, stmatthewshillsborough.dionc.org.
THEATER, COMEDY, DANCE AND FILM
ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. July 16-19, 23-26: “10 by 10 in the Triangle.” 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org.
FOREST THEATRE: UNC-Chapel Hill campus. July 24-25, July 30-Aug. 1: “Macbeth.” baretheatre.org.
PLAYMAKERS: Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill. July 15-25: “Guys & Dolls.” Sept. 16-Oct. 4: “Disgraced.” Oct. 14-Nov. 1: “Seminar.” Nov. 18-Dec. 12: “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Jan. 20-Feb. 7, 2016: “Three Sisters.” Feb. 24-March 13, 2016: “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, 2016: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a Musical Thriller.” April 27-May 1: “The Real Americans.” 919-962-PLAY, playmakersrep.org.
Art meets ecology in Scrap Exchange show
The Cameron Gallery inside The Scrap Exchange presents the art of Denise Hughes, whose work brings the problem of plastic in our oceans into sharp focus.
Hughes’ large murals feature vibrantly colored maritime creatures created with plastic bottle caps. In the wild, sea creatures often mistake floating plastic caps for fish and either eat the caps themselves or feed them to their young. The plastic particles build up in the animals’ stomachs without providing nourishment. In Hughes’ work, the sea creatures’ forms are ironically composed of the same materials that contribute to their demise.
Hughes uses her murals to educate the public about our overproduction and overconsumption of plastic. She urges community members to send bottle caps to her studio that she then uses in her murals. In this way, Hughes both draws attention to this problem as well as removes these products from the waste stream by repurposing them in art.
The Scrap Exchange creative reuse arts center is located at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. For more information, call 919-688-6960.