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.
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.
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.
SCRAPEL HILL: The Sixth Annual Scrapel Hill Art Competition & Exhibit is Thursday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 15, at University Place, 201 S. Estes Drive. A reception and awards ceremony is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.
CHAMBER MUSIC: A concert and fundraiser for Mental Health America of the Triangle’s fund for people with severe, persistent mental illness is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Admission is free.
LIVE & LOCAL: Concerts are 6-9 p.m. Fridays, through Nov. 6, at The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St. Season & Snare will play on Sept. 18.
SQUARE DANCE: A free square dance for beginners with Square Heels Square Dance Club is 8-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in the fellowship hall of Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill. The club’s classes will begin on Friday, Sept. 25, and 10 lessons cost $40. squareheels.org.
BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: The second annual Bluegrass Festival at Historic Moorefields will be 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at 2201 Moorefields Road, Hillsborough. Lawn seating tickets are $22 in advance and $27 the day of the festival (free for kids younger than 12). moorefields.org.
‘NATIVE FLOWERS’: A photography exhibit by John Pringle, “Native Flowers: Gifts of Pollinators,” will be on display through Sunday, Nov. 1, in the DeBerry Gallery of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill.
OPEN STUDIO TOUR: The Orange County Open Studio Tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 7, 8, 14 and 15. orangecountyartistsguild.com.
CARRBORO FILM FESTIVAL: The festival is Saturday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 22, at The ArtsCenter. Film submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 30. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Oct. 15. carrborofilmfestival.com.
ALOFT CHAPEL HILL: 1001 S. Hamilton Road. Tuesdays: Bibis Ellison and Dante. W xyz bar. 8-10 p.m. 919-932-7772.
SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar.
FRANK GALLERY: 109 E. Franklin St. Sept. 5: Book Arts Workshop. Noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 11: “CH, NC 27514, Water & Eart.” 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17: “Water & Earth” Artist Talk. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 9: “FRANK:inFocus, Women in Clay.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4135, frankisart.com.
JIMGIN FARM: 150 Wild Horse Run, Pittsboro. Sept. 5, 12 and 19: “Come Out and Play.” 3 p.m. carrboro.com/comeoutandplay.
THEATER, COMEDY, DANCE AND FILM
FOREST THEATERE: North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill. Through Sept. 7: “A Drop in the Bucket: The Big Dreams of Tiny Things.” paperhand.org.
PLAYMAKERS: Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill. 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.
Folk artist celebrate Hillsborough
The Orange County Historical Museum and Mike’s Art Truck present “Picture Hillsborough: Folk Art by Sam Ezell” at the museum, 201 N. Churton St., Hillsborough through Sept. 25.
Ezell is a resident of Hillsborough where he works handling maintenance at a local shopping center. Visitors can easily spot his studio/shop in Daniel Boone Village by looking for the fantastic birdhouses out in front. Also hard to miss is his panel truck covered with bright folk art paintings and Ezell’s phone number.
When Ezell first began to paint he didn’t believe he could do it. But he gave it a try to honor a promise to an old friend. Today his paintings regularly sell out at the annual FolkFest show in Atlanta. He is also a popular artist at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport, Alabama, held every October.
The subjects in “Picture Hillsborough” range from the obvious, such as The Burwell School, to the unusual, such as Latta Brothers Tractor Service.
Paintings are available for purchase directly from Mike’s Art Truck. Purchased artwork can be picked up at the conclusion of the show. Contact Mike’s Art Truck for sales information by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 678-345-2778. Visit their website at www.mikesarttruck.com.
The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 919-732-2201 for information. Or visit www.orangenchistory.org.
More of Ezell’s work can be seen at the Hillsborough Visitors Center in the exhibition, “Just For Fun: More Folk Art by Sam Ezell’ through Sept. 18.