LUNCH BOX CONCERT SERIES: The Carrboro Century Center’s free Lunch Box Concert Series of performances from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, starting Jan. 7, 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.
‘VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES’: UNC-Chapel Hill’s festival of works by local playwrights about veterans and their families will be from Jan. 8 through Jan. 23. bit.ly/1V912F3.
‘FAR AND NEAR’: An exhibition of watercolor landscapes by Eng Pua will be on display at the Community Church of Chapel Hill from Sunday, Jan. 10, through Feb. 28, at 106 Purefoy Road.
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.
‘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.
‘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.
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. Jan. 8, back room: Mark Holland, Jphono1, Magnolia Collective. Jan. 9, back room: Au Pair. Jan. 15, back room: Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Feb. 18: Dressy Bessy. 919-967-9053, catscradle.com.
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. Jan. 8: Peter Filene, Linda Prager, “Layer Upon Layer.” 6-8 p.m. Also Jan. 8: “The Human Touch: Portraits of Care.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4135, frankisart.com.
HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE: 610 E. Rosemary St. Jan. 10: Peg Bachenheimer, Lew Graham, Carol Retsch-Bogart, “Letters at Play: Text in Wax.” 2-4 p.m. 919-942-7818, preservationchapelhill.org.
THEATER, COMEDY, DANCE AND FILM
PLAYMAKERS: Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill. Jan. 20-Feb. 7: “Three Sisters.” 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.
PlayMakers presents ‘Highway 47’
PlayMakers Repertory Company begins the new year with “Highway 47,” a theatrical exploration of family, community and the importance of place written and performed by KJ Sanchez, today through Sunday.
PlayMakers brings the acclaimed solo show to the Triangle as part of its PRC2 series, which features innovative, topical presentations coupled with engaging and insightful post-show discussions with the creative artists and expert panelists following each performance.
Sanchez spins a true tale of tangled history in the high desert town of Tome, New Mexico, where her family was among the original settlers under the Spanish Land Grants of 1734. Almost 300 years later, the community devolved into a maelstrom of disputed land rights and lawsuits with her father playing a prominent role. Personalized through the prism of a father-daughter relationship, “Highway 47” takes us through this riveting, little-known episode in the American story with its legacy of legal proceedings, class conflict and family resentments,.
Performer/playwright/director Sanchez is the founding CEO of American Records, a theater company devoted to making work that chronicles our time and serves as a bridge between people. The company’s flagship work is “ReEntry,” based on interviews with U.S. Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. “ReEntry” has been staged Off-Broadway, across the country, and at over 50 military bases and hospitals throughout the U.S., Germany and Italy. She also directs at theaters around the nation, and is the voice of many characters on Nickelodeon cartoons “Go, Diego, Go!” and “Dora the Explorer.”
The Chicago Sun Times has called Sanchez “a tour de force performer and powerful writer” and The Chicago Tribune agreed, describing her as “a hugely entertaining storyteller.”
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2 p.m. on Sundayin the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road. Tickets may be purchased at www.playmakersrep.org or by calling (919) 962-7529. Tickets are also still available as part of PlayMakers subscription packages.