Chapel Hill: Community

Arts Notes: Feb. 17



LUNCH BOX CONCERT SERIES: The Carrboro Century Center’s free Lunch Box Concert Series of performances from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays will continue through the last Thursday of February.

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.

CAROLINA JAZZ FESTIVAL: The Carolina Jazz Festival is Wednesday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 20. A complete schedule is online.

MURALS OF CHAPEL HILL: Michael Brown will discuss the murals he has painted in Chapel Hill and his paintings throughout the state at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. 919-929-1793.

‘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.

‘FAR AND NEAR’: An exhibition of watercolor landscapes by Eng Pua will be on display at the Community Church of Chapel Hill through Feb. 28, at 106 Purefoy Road.

HIP MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Historically Informed Performance Music Festival continues until Sunday, Feb. 28, in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh.

PRESERVATION CHAPEL HILL EXHIBITION: Paintings by Janet Cooling will be on display until Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill.

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.

‘SIMPLE WAYS’: “Simple Ways: Folk Art by Leonard Jones” will be on display at the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough, until Thursday, March 17.

POET LAUREATE: Applications and nominations for Poet Laureate of Carrboro will be accepted until Saturday, April 30. Submit a cover letter, 250- to 350-word statement on the role of poetry in Carrboro, three to five poems (up to five pages) and information on any poetry that has been published.



ALOFT CHAPEL HILL: 1001 S. Hamilton Road. Tuesdays: Bibis Ellison and Dante. W xyz bar. 8-10 p.m. 919-932-7772.

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. Feb. 21: “One Song Productions.” Feb. 26: Booker T. Jones. Feb. 27: Jeanne Jolly, Lacy Green. Feb. 28: Luther Dickinson and the Cooperators, Amy LaVere, Will Sexton. March 26: The South Carolina Broadcasters. April 2: Rebirth Brass Band. April 29: Tannahill Weavers. 919-929-2787,

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. Feb. 18: Dressy Bessy. Feb. 19: Dirty Bourbon River Show. Feb. 26: Tift Merritt. Feb. 26, back room: Griffin House. Feb. 27: The Black Lillies. April 5: Sean Watkins. April 14: Run River North. 919-967-9053,

HAW RIVER BALLROOM: 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw. March 5: Jennifer Curtis.

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. Feb. 18: Agent Orange, In the Whale, Heavyweights. Feb. 19: The Collaboration. Feb. 19: Campfires and Constellations, Silver Dollar Switchblade, Amigo. Feb. 20: Vinyl Theatre, Finish Ticket, Irontom. Feb. 21: City Below, Ghosts of the Kodiak, Honey Magpie. 919-942-5506,

MEMORIAL HALL: 114 E. Cameron Ave. Feb. 28: Rhiannon Giddens.

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. March 10: “Meet Our Heroes.” 5-8 p.m. 919-636-4135,

HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. Feb. 26: “It’s All About the Story, Volume IV - Allan Gurganus.” 6-9 p.m. A reading is 4-6 p.m on Feb. 28. 919-732-5001,

HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE: 610 E. Rosemary St. March 6: Jina Valentine, “Aporia.” 2-4 p.m. 919-942-7818,



ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. Feb. 20: “The Chuckle & Chortle Comedy Show.” Feb. 21: “The First Woman President.” March 19: Joshua Lozoff. 919-929-2787,

PLAYMAKERS: Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill. 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,

Folk art from Mike’s Art Truck

The Orange County Public Library is hosting a 50-piece exhibition of folk art curated by the owners of Mike’s Art Truck, a virtual gallery based in Hillsborough.

“Side Roads: Folk Art from Mike’s Art Truck” will be displayed on the ground floor of the Main Library in Hillsborough through February. The exhibit features artwork by nine self-taught artists, including Carrboro’s St. George (above) and Hillsborough’s Sam Ezell. Self-taught artists Charlie Lucas, Michael Banks, Buddy Snipe, bailey jack, Bob Hart, Bennie Morrison, and Leonard Jones are also represented.

Longtime collectors of “outsider art” & friends of many artists, Greg and Karen Mack founded Mike’s Art Truck to promote and sell the work of self-taught living artists. Mike’s Art Truck has no physical gallery location, and the truck is only an imaginary one driven by their cat Mike. Artwork is shown through cooperation with other businesses and public spaces and is displayed and sold online. Since moving to Hillsborough in 2012, the Macks have curated folk art shows for the Orange County Public Library, the Chapel Hill Public Library, the Hillsborough Visitors Center, and the Orange County Historical Museum.

Exhibition artwork is available for purchase directly through Mike’s Art Truck and can be picked up after the conclusion of the show. Contact Mike’s Art Truck for information by email at, or visit their website at

The OCPL Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Free parking is available.