Friday, April 27
5-8pm: After work, head to The Carolina Inn for the first Fridays on the Front Porch of the season. Eat, drink, chat with friends and listen to live bluegrass music by Big Fat Gap. What better way to kick off your weekend? Purchase your meal and drink tickets online here or get them at the door.
7:30pm: Through this weekend only, see PlayMakers' last performance of the 2011/12 season, Penelope, in Kenan Theatre at the Center for Dramatic Art. The play tells the story of a woman whose ex-husband reappears after 20 years, suffering from brain damage. As she reads aloud to him from Homer's The Odyssey, she is able to find a way into his memory through the terror and trauma of war. Call the box office at (919) 962-7529 for ticket information.
Saturday, April 28
9am, 10am and 11am: Explore one of Chapel Hill's best-kept secrets on The Uncommon Garden Tour, a fundraiser for The ArtsCenter. The whimsical, exotic garden, which is privately owned, is opened to the public for one day each year. Tickets are $30 each, and only 70 tickets are available per one-hour tour. Parking is available at Timberlyne Shopping Center with shuttle bus service to and from the garden. Guests should arrive at the parking area 30 minutes before their ticket time. Purchase tickets online here.
1-5pm: Today and Sunday, grab your friends and family and pile in the car for the 17th annual Piedmont Farm Tour, a chance to take a self-guided tour of 40 farms in Orange, Chatham, Durham, Alamance and Person counties to learn about the Triangle's organic farm and food scene and meet local farmers. The cost is $25 per carload. Click here to purchase tickets, download a brochure or plan your route using an interactive map. You can also learn more about the tour on our blog.
Sunday, April 29
10:30am: The "Ray of Hope" fundraising brunch and auction takes place at The Carolina Club to honor the memory of Jason Ray. Ray, who wore the Rameses costume as UNC's mascot, was killed in a hit-and-run accident at the NCAA Tournament Regionals in New Jersey in March 2007. Ray had signed up to be an organ donor, and his donation of organs and tissues received worldwide attention. Women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance will be the event's keynote speaker. The cost to attend is $100, which goes to the Jason Kendall Ray Memorial Fund at the UNC Center for Transplant Care. For registration information, call Kimberly James at (919) 428-8538.
2pm: See the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble perform their mix of contemporary choreography and traditional rhythm tap dance in "Gotta Dance" at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. Special guests Michelle Dorrance, NCYTE alumna and daughter of Anson Dorrance, and Travis Knights take the stage with the 41-member ensemble of dancers ages 8 through 18. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Buy them online here, at the Carolina Theatre box office, or at the front desk of the Ballet School of Chapel Hill. Read more about this event on our blog.