Weekend Best Bets: Pumpkins, Plays and Pork

Weekend Best Bets: Pumpkins, Plays and Pork

Celebrate a local legend, raise a glass to a new brewery and take a walk around downtown this weekend.

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Mariza visits Memorial Hall on Saturday. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Mariza visits Memorial Hall on Friday. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Beer Premiere – Thursday, 11:30am-11:30pm – Come out to try one, two or all three Regulator flagships on tap in Hillsborough for the first time. Regulator launch t-shirts & some swanky glassware will be available for purchase, in addition to the beer. The Wooden Nickel Pub, 105 N Churton St.; regulatorbrewing.com

Jazz Cabaret – Thursday, 6pm – Check out the brand-new Silverspot Cinema at while enjoying an evening of live jazz music featuring Al Strong & Zoocru and refreshments. Take photo in front of the backdrop, upload it on social media and enter to win prizes like a private screening for 20. Silverspot Cinema, University Place, 201 S. Estes Dr.; universityplacenc.com

“Seminar” – Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 7:30pm and Sunday, 2:30pm – This hit Broadway comedy is a story of blood, sweat and tears in the writer’s den. Four aspiring young writers ante up big bucks to learn from a legendary novelist, but their fiction and their egos will be unsparingly dissected before he’s through. Ferociously fun and fast-paced with sparkling wordplay, “Seminar” takes no prisoners. Paul Green Theater, Country Club Rd.; $15+; playmakersrep.org

“Who Put the Monkey in the Driver’s Seat” – Friday, 11am  – Are you really in charge of your decisions? Why do you make the decisions you do? Let TED speaker and Duke professor Dr. Dan Ariely answer these questions and others as he speaks on his specialities: psychology and behavioral economics. Celebration Assembly of God Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Rd., Country Club Rd.; Free; danariely.com

Priceless Gem Tour – Sunday, 3-4pm – You don’t have to be a prospective student to enjoy a campus tour! Get a history lesson during “The Stories Behind the Asphalt, Mortar and Steel: Anecdotes about Carolina’s Campus” led by Freddie Kiger. Reservations are encouraged. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St.; Free; 919-962-1630; unc.edu

Fridays on the Front Porch – Friday, 5-8pm – Walk on over to the Carolina Inn, loosen your tie and kick off your work shoes on the lawn. The Morning After will perform, accompanied by food truck favorites Baguettaboutit and AmigoSan. 211 Pittsboro St.; free; carolinainn.com

Live and Local Music – Friday, 6-9pm – Singer/songwriter Jon Sebastian travels from Raleigh to play tunes on the plaza. Want to know what you’re in for? Take a listen here140 W. Franklin St.; Free; 140westfranklinplaza.com

Porkapalooza – Friday, 6:30pm – If you dig the pig, reserve your seat at the largest Porkapalooza yet! You’ll enjoy nine courses (including bacon, apple and pork meatballs and fried ravioli stuffed with Southern-style BBQ pork) plus Double Barley Brewing beer and wine from Advintage. The Root Cellar, 750 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tickets $55, RSVP to 919-967-3663

Outside Mullingar – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 3pm – Deep Dish Theater Company wraps up their 15-year stint at University Place with a rotating repertory of Anton’s Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, two plays about “life, love and real estate.” Deep Dish Theater Company, 201 S. Estes Dr.; Tickets $28; deepdishtheatre.org

Mariza – Friday, 8pm – The Fado music diva revisits Chapel Hill to display the world music style that combines Arabic cadences, African and Brazilian rhythms, and Portuguese poetry and music. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.; Tickets $10 and up; 919-843-3333; carolinaperformingarts.org

The Cherry Orchard – Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm – Deep Dish Theater Company wraps up their 15-year stint at University Place with a rotating repertory of Anton’s Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, two plays about “life, love and real estate.” Deep Dish Theater Company, 201 S. Estes Dr.; Tickets $28; deepdishtheatre.org

Local Lit – Sunday, 2-4pm – Celebrate literary legend Elizabeth Spencer and her work along with speakers and fellow writers Lee Smith and Allan Gurganus. Watch the documentary “The Landscape of the Heart: the Elizabeth Spencer Story” about her life and after, hear from the director of the film. Burrell School Historic Site, 300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough; Tickets $10; burwellschool.org

Family-Friendly Concert  – Sunday, 4-6pm –Enjoy musical depictions of fantastic holiday characters, eg. goblins, skeletons and Caribbean pirates, at the Chapel Hill Philharmonia’s free classical music concert designed for children and parents. Kenan Music Rehearsal Building, 125 S Columbia St.; Free; chapelhillphilharmonia.org

Pumpkin Party – Sunday, 4-6pm – It’s the spookiest time of the year! Celebrate with face painting, pumpkin decorating and carving and a fall-themed buffet at Weathervane. Advanced reservations are encouraged. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Adults $19, children $15; southernseason.com