Weekend Best Bets: Gershwin, Gullah Art and Good Night, and Good Luck

Weekend Best Bets: Gershwin, Gullah Art and Good Night, and Good Luck

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“Granpa & Granma Tison” by Irene Tison
“Granpa & Granma Tison” by Irene Tison

Music on the Porch — Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m. — Bring a picnic blanket, settle in and enjoy sounds from the Eric Przedpelski Quartet, one of the hottest jazz acts in the Triangle, as they celebrate the release of their new album. Love House & Hutchins Forum; 410 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; Free; south.unc.edu

McIntyre’s Books Author Event: Joseph Burgo — Thursday, 6:30 p.m. — Clinical psychologist Joseph Burgo’s will speak about his book, The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me World. Using topical examples, such as Donald Trump, Burgo offers a guide to help identify, disarm and coexist with extreme narcissists in today’s social society. McIntyre’s Books; 220 Market St., Fearrington Village, Pittsboro; Free; fearrington.com

Disgraced — Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. — This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama by Ayad Akhtar follows the life of a man who loses touch with his Muslim heritage as he navigates the business world. He must face the consequences of his distractions at a dinner party where friendly conversation quickly takes a serious turn. PlayMakers Repertory Company, 250 Country Club Rd.; $15+; playmakersrep.org

Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays Gershwin — Thursday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. — The North Carolina Symphony’s Chapel Hill Series will open with a concert featuring Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F and favorites from Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber, with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill; Tickets start at $18; ncsymphony.org

Gullah Memories: Folk Art by Irene Tison — Friday through November 19 — Self-taught artist Irene Tison shows off 17 pieces inspired by her Gullah roots. Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough; Free admission; visithillsboroughnc.com

Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn — Friday, 5-8 p.m. — Kick back and relax by listening to live music. The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St.; Free; carolinainn.com

Last Fridays — Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. — Hillsborough’s Last Fridays will feature a concert on the old courthouse lawn from Shana Tucker, a singer/songwriter and cellist,  food vendors, artists, musicians and craftspeople. Downtown Hillsborough; Free; hillsboroughartscouncil.org

Relay For Life’s Kickoff Concert — Friday, 7 p.m. — The annual concert kicks off the year of fundraising for Relay For Life of UNC and will include performances by The Clef Hangers, Achordants, Arpeggios and Kamikaze. Forest Theater, 123 S. Boundary St., Chapel Hill; $5; relayforlife.org/uncnc

Kick Off Party — Friday, 7-9 p.m. — Chapel Hill Public Library’s popular Banned Books Trading Cards are back for the third year! Get an exclusive sneak peek at the winning submissions, meet the artists, and celebrate the opening of the exhibit. Come for wine and desserts and for a chance to see all of the works that were submitted to the project. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill; chapelhillpubliclibrary.org

The Historic Speedway Group’s 9th Annual “Celebration of the Automobile” Racers Reunion & Car Show — Saturday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. — The 9th annual event includes a car show, food and souvenirs, a 50/50 drawing and more. The Racers Reunion & Car Show will be honoring Mr. Walter ‘Bud’ Moore, who served under General George Patton. Mr. Moore is a decorated World War II veteran with 5 purple hearts and 2 Bronze Stars for Valor. Occoneechee-Orange Speedway; 320 Elizabeth Brady Rd., Hillsborough; Free; historicspeedwaygroup.org

Wonderfest Saturday, 5:30-8 p.m. — Fit right in among the garden’s verdant scenery with a magical costume (think pixies and princesses) and enjoy enchanted activities like building fairy and gnome homes, planting seedlings, interacting with live animals and constructing marshmallow catapults with ambassadors from the NC State School of Engineering. Bluegrass band Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends will provide tunes while guests play and picnic (bring your own food, or purchase from on-site food trucks) in the garden. North Carolina Botanical Garden; 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill; Admission $20 per family; ncbg.unc.edu

Carrboro Music Festival — Saturday and Sunday — With more than 150 acts, the 18th annual festival in downtown Carrboro is sure to have something for everything, from rock to bluegrass, and country to jazz. Various Carrboro locations; Free; 919-918-7364; carrboromusicfestival.com

UNC Football vs. Delaware —Saturday, 12-3 p.m. — The Tar Heels will take on Delaware this weekend. Come for a day of football, food and fun! Kenan Memorial Stadium, 104 Stadium Dr., Chapel Hill; Ticket prices vary; goheels.com

Jenny Elder Fitch Lecture — Sunday, 2-4:45 p.m. — As part of The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s series of programs examining the benefits of our pollinators and concerns for their future, Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, co-authors of The Living Landscape, will speak about rebuilding nature’s relationships and designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden. North Carolina Botanical Garden; 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill; Free, pre-registration required; ncbg.unc.edu

Movies @ the Library — Sunday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. — Chapel Hill Public Library will host a free showing of the critically acclaimed, Good Night, and Good Luck, a film that takes place during the early years of broadcast journalism. Meeting Room B. 100 Library Dr.; Chapel Hill; Free; chapelhillpubliclibrary.org

PepperFest 2015 — Sunday, 3-7 p.m. — Top chefs from across the state will show off their best pepper-centric dishes at the 8th Annual Pepper Festival. More than 45 top chefs, brewmasters and local artisans will attend the event. Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel, 185 Granite Mill Blvd., Chapel Hill; adults, $25-35, children under 12, free; pepperfestnc.org