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Weekend Best Bets: Bill Nye, Broadway and Brewconomy

Don't miss the Carrboro Film Festival, a tree lighting in Pittsboro and more!


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Third Thursday Indoor Pop-Up Market – Thursday, noon-2pm – The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market moves inside for a special Thursday market. Stop by for fall produce and hand-crafted goods, samples of a fall salad and recipes. University Place, 201 S. Estes Dr.; universityplacenc.com

Jazz Cabaret Evening – Thursday, 5:30-9pm – Spend an evening shopping and listening to Capital Transit, a six-piece band that performs vocal jazz with a backbeat. Stores will be open and serving refreshments. University Place, 201 S. Estes Dr.; universityplacenc.com

Meet the Artist –  Thursday, 6pm – Renowned American artist Annette Lemieux discusses her decades-long career creating works of art from paint, photography and more. Her work has been displayed in the Guggenheim, the Met and now in the Ackland Art Museum’s exhibition “Testing Testing.” Hanes Art Center Auditorium, 121 E. Cameron Ave., Free; ackland.org 

Peter and the Starcatcher –  Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm – Experience the journey of a novice Starcatcher and an orphan traveling the high seas in what’s been called a grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan. Featuring more than 100 memorable characters, this play is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and is sure to entertain all ages. PlayMakers Repertory Company, 250 Country Club Rd.; $15+; playmakersrep.org

Bill Nye the Science Guy – Friday, 6:30pm – Hear from The Science Guy himself! “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World” is his new book and he’ll give a brief talk about it before signing books. McIntyre’s Books, 220 Market St., Pittsboro; Free entry for two with book purchase; fearrington.com

Carrboro Film Festival – Saturday, 9:30am-9pm; Sunday, 12:30pm-9pm – The annual film festival is back for its 10th year with more great movies. Learn the ins and outs of indie filmmaking, hear from a successful film editor and more during workshops and then stick around to watch films like “Brewconomy – a documentary about NC Craft Beer.” The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro; Some workshops are free; $15 for a one-day pass; carrborofilmfestival.com

Open Studio 2015 – Saturday, 11am-5pm – Four local artists will display their work during an open studio event. Farley Bernholz’s mixed media art and hand-crafted note cards, Beverly Dyer’s watercolor art, Ginger Holler’s mixed media and collage art and Daphne McLeod’s watercolor and alcohol ink art are not to be missed. 11 Balthrope Place; facebook.com/fbernholz

300 East Main “Frozen” Holiday Open House  – Saturday, 2-6pm  – You already know all the words to “Let It Go” so head to The Hampton Inn for an afternoon open house centered around the Disney movie “Frozen”. The film will be shown at 2pm with free refreshments and characters from the movie will be on hand for a photo op. Kids and their parents can participate in hands-on crafts and games. The Hampton Inn & Suites, 370 E. Main St., Unit 100, Carrboro; Free but bring a canned good for TABLE; 300eastmain.com

Holiday Open House – Saturday, 3-6pm – Enjoy 20% off ornaments, cards, novelties and more plus sip on eggnog or wine while you check off a few people on your holiday shopping list! New Horizons Trading Company, 52 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro; 919-542-7366; newhorizonstrading.com

Jewelry Holiday Party – Saturday, 5:30pm – Enjoy Ko Kyu Barbeque, cigars from Bull City Cigar Co. plus 15% off the largest selection of William Travis Originals ever! William Travis Jewelry, 201 S. Estes Drive Suite 400 D.; 919-968-0011; williamtravisjewelry.com

OCRCC 28th Annual Holiday Auction – Sunday, 5-8:30pm – It’s the Orange County Rape Crisis Center’s largest event of the year to benefit their programs and services. Kicking off with a reception and silent auction, the event continues with a banquet dinner and special guest speaker. Stick around for the signature dessert auction and the live auction. Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel, 1 Europe Dr.; Tickets $75; 919-968-4647; ocrcc.org/auction

Tree Lighting Ceremony – Sunday, 5-7pm – Head to Pittsboro for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration featuring school choirs, carolers, shopping and more. Festivities culminate with the lighting of a 15-foot Christmas tree at the historic Chatham County Courthouse and oh, Santa Claus will be there. Downtown Pittsboro, shoppittsboro.com

Jessica is the Executive Editor for Chapel Hill Magazine. As a 2010 grad of UNC, she's happy to be back in town writing, editing and eating around the Triangle.