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.
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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.
CONTRA DANCE: The Triangle County Dancers’ contra dance season begins with a lesson at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for visitors. tcdancers.org.
MUSIC IN THE MEADOW: A concert by LEGGZ is 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Briar Chapel, 16 Windy Knoll Circle, Chapel Hill. Admission is free and event organizers are collecting canned food donations for CORA Food Pantry.
CONCERTS FOR A CAUSE: A concert to support Musical Empowerment is 5-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at The Plant, 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and free for ages 12 and younger. bit.ly/1Ode9Bt.
THE VILLAGE BAND OPEN REHEARSALS: Open rehearsals are 7:30-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, and Monday, Sept. 21, at East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Road. There are open seats in the flute, clarinet, trumpet and percussion sections. thevillageband.org.
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.
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.
‘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.
LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. Sept. 9: The Rocketboys, LightWorks, Oceans. Sept. 10: SiBANNÄC, Raw Dog, Heavyweights. Sept. 11: Time Sawyer, Texoma, Joe Romeo. Sept. 12: Kevn Kinney. Sept. 13: East Chapel Hill High School Ukulele Orchestra. Sept. 14: Toxic Holocaust, Lord Dying, Suppressive Fire, Gorbash. Sept. 15: Hardworker, Kollin Baer, BrokeDown Dixon. Sept. 16: Sam Burchfield. Sept. 17: Junior Astronomers, Totally Slow, Naked Naps. Sept. 18: Benji Hughes, Stephaniesid. Sept. 19: Gentleman Contender, Ace Henderson, Nance, Danny Blaze, Thomas Dixson. 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.
ST. MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. Sept. 13: David Arcus. 919-732-9308, stmatthewshillsborough.dionc.org.
FRANK GALLERY: 109 E. Franklin St. 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. 12 and 19: “Come Out and Play.” 3 p.m. carrboro.com/comeoutandplay.
PRESERVATION CHAPEL HILL: 610 E. Rosemary St. Sept. 13: Leigh Suggs. 2-4 p.m. preservationchapelhill.org.
THEATER, COMEDY, DANCE AND FILM
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.