Live music, plays, receptions and openings in the Chapel Hill area.
‘DECISION HEIGHT’: The inaugural Women’s Theatre Festival presents “Decision Height” Aug. 18-21 at the ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For more information about the play and to purchase tickets, go to artscenterlive.org or call the box office at 919-929-2787.
FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIES: Bynum Front Porch’s Friday Night Music Series concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at 950 Bynum Road. bit.ly/1rqkVi6
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HANDMADE PARADE: Registration is under way for the Handmade Parade Making Workshop from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Whitted Building, 300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough. Cost: $5. For children ages 14 and older and adults. The Hillsborough Handmade Parade is Saturday, Oct. 15. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/XfOjIQ.
‘APORIA’: A reception is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, for the drawing and mixed media exhibit “Aporia” by Jina Valentine, who is an assistant professor of art at UNC-Chapel Hill. The exhibit is on display through Sunday, Aug. 28. 919-942-7818, preservationchapelhill.org
SUNDAYS IN HILLSBOROUGH: The Mason Lovette Band performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, as part of the Sundays in Hillsborough Concerts and Carriage Rides series of free concerts. The event will be held on the lawn of the courthouse, 106 E. Margaret Lane.
The 12-week series, which runs through Oct. 30, will feature concerts, carriage rides and activities at participating art galleries, historic sites and eateries. Carriage rides are from 1-4 p.m. from the Hillsborough Visitor’s Center; cost: $10 per person. For more information, go to bit.ly/2aAsRby.
THELONIOUS: The a cappella group performs an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, latin and pop at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. Cost: $10. For more information, call 919-732-9308 or go to stmatthewshillsborough.org.
BANNED BOOKS ART: The Chapel Hill Public Library celebrates intellectual freedom and Banned Books Week with a call for artists. Local artists from Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham and Alamance counties are asked to create small works of art (5 inches wide by 7 inches tall) inspired by a banned or challenged book or author. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Aug. 22. For more information and an entry form, go to bit.ly/1JUFh9R.
PLAYMAKERS: PlayMakers Repertory Co., 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, opens its 2016-17 season with the world premiere of “Draw the Circle” on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The performance runs through Sunday, Aug. 28. For more information and tickets: 919-962-7529, playmakersrep.org.
LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL: The Latin American Festival is from 12:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, on West Weaver Street in Carrboro. The event will feature live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, entertainment, food and more. If it rains, the festival will move to the Carrboro Town Commons. 919-945-0132
ARTSCENTER SEASON: The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main St., Carrboro launches its first performance season with a diverse range of acclaimed local and national performers. Some of the featured musical acts include Jim Lauderdale, Leo Kottke, Alejandro Escovedo, Robin and Linda Williams, and Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas.
The season kicks off with the Manhattan Short Film Festival Sept. 23-24. For information on the season’s lineup and tickets, go to artscenterlive.org.
POET LAUREATE: Award-winning poet Gary Phillips is Carrboro’s new poet laureate. He will serve through June 30, 2018. bit.ly/2b9bpuX
EMERGING ARTIST GRANTS: Applications for the Durham Arts Council’s 2017 Emerging Artist Grants are available on the council’s website. Artists of all art forms who have lived in Durham, Orange, Chatham, Person or Granville counties for at least one year are eligible to apply for the career development project grants. The application deadline is Sept. 23. For more information: 919-560-2787, bit.ly/29IosVJ, durhamarts.org
BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: The third annual outdoor Bluegrass Festival is from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Moorefields Historic Site, 2201 Moorefields Road, Hillsborough. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Rain date is Sept. 11. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 teens ages 13-17 and free for children ages 12 and under. For the performance schedule and to purchase tickets, go to moorefields.org.
MOVIE AT RIVER PARK: The Movie in the Park series screens the film “Tomorrowland” at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, on the lawn of River Park, South Churton Street, Hillsborough. The free outdoor series screens family-friendly films the second Saturday of the month. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information: bit.ly/1PNxTg5, bit.ly/29b4Es4.
POETRY FESTIVAL: The 11th annual West End Poetry Festival is Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15, in Carrboro. The event will feature readings, workshops, discussions and more. westendpoetryfestival.com
ACKLAND ART MUSEUM: 101 S. Columbia St. Aug. 21: The Carrborators. ackland.org.
HAW RIVER BALLROOM: 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw. Aug. 25: Hard Working Americans. Sept. 17: William Tyler. Sept. 24: The Deslondes. Sept. 30: Real Estate. Nov. 18: Mandolin Orange. hawriverballroom.com.
ACKLAND ART MUSEUM: 101 S. Columbia St. Aug. 19-Jan. 8: “ART& - An Experiment in Art & Community.” Through Sept. 11: “All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle.” Artist’s talk 5:30 p.m. Sept. 1. ackland.org.
FRANK GALLERY: 109 E. Franklin St. Through Sept. 4: “All That Glitters”: Ceramics by Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke; paintings by Gordon Jameson; jewelry by Sheila Stillman. 919-636-4135, frankisart.com
HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. Through Aug. 21: “Colorful Language” by Nell Chandler, Ali Givens and Michele Yellin. Aug. 22-Sept. 25: “Dreaming in Color”: Paintings by Lolette Guthrie, textile art by Alice Levinson and blown glass by Pringle Teetor. Reception 6-9 p.m. Aug. 26. 919-732-5001, hillsboroughgallery.com
HILLSBOROUGH VISITORS CENTER: 150 E. King St. Through Sept. 22: Exhibit by Eric Legge. Reception from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. 919-732-7741, visithillsboroughnc.com
HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE: 610 E. Rosemary St. Through Aug. 28: “Aporia” by Jina Valentine. 919-942-7818, preservationchapelhill.org
SKYLIGHT GALLERY: 102 W. King St., Hillsborough. “Memories in Black and White: the Photographs of Bennie Culp.” 919-929-6728.
THEATER, COMEDY, DANCE AND FILM
ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. Through Aug. 21: Women’s Theatre Festival: “Decision Height.” Aug. 28: POMS. 919-929-2787, artscenterlive.org
PLAYMAKERS: Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill. Aug. 24-28: “Draw the Circle.” Sept. 14-Oct. 2: “Detroit ‘67.” Oct. 19-Nov. 6: “The Crucible.” Nov. 23-Dec. 11: “The May Queen.” Jan. 11-15, 2017: “De Profundis.” Jan. 25-Feb. 12, 2017: “Intimate Apparel.” April 5-29, 2017: “My Fair Lady.” April 26-30, 2017: “Mr. Joy.” 919-962-7529, playmakersrep.org, unc.live/1Xu022h.
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