Fall Arts Preview

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Photo by Steven Sebring // Southern-born, Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow will perform at the Haw River Ballroom on September 22.
Photo by Steven Sebring // Southern-born, Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow will perform at the Haw River Ballroom on September 22.

N.C. Stars in the Round — Sat. Aug. 29

This evening of music features performances from talented local artists covering a wide variety of genres. It’s a family-friendly excuse to spend the night dancing (and even to camp out overnight). Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro; $15; 919-542-1746; shakorihills.org 

An Evening with the Watkins Family Hour — Thu. Sept. 10, 7pm

Singer-songwriters Sean and Sara Watkins of bluegrass group Nickel Creek bring together a variety of their musician friends for monthly jams in LA. Taking their show on the road, they’ve invited Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg and more to join them for unscripted evenings all over the country. Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; $15+; 919-967-9053; catscradle.com 

Best Coast — Mon. Sept. 14, 7pm

The rock duo travels to North Carolina just a few months after the release of their newest album, California Nights, to offer fans a psychedelic account of nightlife in The Golden State. Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Rd., Saxapahaw; $20+; 336-525-2314; hawriverballroom.com 

Disgraced — Sept. 16-Oct. 4

This drama by Ayad Akhtar examines the life of a man who loses touch with his Muslim heritage as he navigates the business realm. He must face the consequences of his distractions at a dinner party where friendly conversation quickly takes a serious turn. PlayMakers, 250 Country Club Rd; $15+; 919-962-7529; playmakersrep.org

Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention — Sept. 17-19

The ninth annual bluegrass convention includes contests, square dances, cook-offs, crafts and more. This year, the convention features new instructional workshops and musician showcases. Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro; $22; 919-542-1746; shakorihills.org

The Lone Bellow — Tue. Sept. 22, 7pm

Foreign Fields and Kristin Diable open for the group known for their soulful sound or as they call it, “Brooklyn country music.” They’ll play songs from recent release, Then Came The MorningHaw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Rd., Saxapahaw; $20+; 336-525-2314; hawriverballroom.com

Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays Gershwin — Thu. Sept. 24, 7:30pm

Join Hollywood Bowl of Fame inductee Thibaudet as he performs a George Gershwin piano concerto.Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.; $18+; 919-733-2750; ncsymphony.org 

Carrboro Music Festival — Sat. Sept. 26 & Sun. Sept. 27

Whether you like rock or bluegrass, jazz or country, you’ll surely find something you’ll love listening to at the 18th annual festival that always brings more than 150 acts to downtown Carrboro. Various Carrboro locations; Free; 919-918-7364; carrboromusicfestival.com 

Rotating Repertory — Oct. 2-Nov. 14

Deep Dish Theater Company will wrap up their 15-year stint at University Place with a rotating repertory of Anton 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.; $28+; 919-968-1515; deepdishtheater.org 

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance — Oct. 8-11

Join more than 60 bands at this jam-packed festival that goes beyond music and dance by celebrating arts and education. Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro; Youth tickets $16+, adult tickets $27+; 919-542-1746; shakorihills.org 

Antigone — Oct. 9-10, 8pm

Witness Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche in one of Sophokles’ classic Greek tragedies as she plays a woman tangled in politics, individual rights and the death of her brother. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.; $25+; 919-843-3333; carolinaperformingarts.org 

Noah Gundersen — Sat. Oct. 10, 7pm

Fresh off of the release of his sophomore album, Carry The Ghost, the indie singer-songwriter returns to Chapel Hill to showcase his new music expressing existentialism and self-discovery. Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; $15+; 919-967-9053; catscradle.com 

Seminar — Oct. 14–Nov. 1

Follow playwright Theresa Rebeck’s story of young ambitious writers who seek out guidance from a well-known novelist who schools them in art, sex and power. PlayMakers, 250 Country Club Rd.; $15+; 919-962-7529; playmakersrep.org

West End Poetry Festival — Oct. 16-17

Enjoy poetry readings at the 10th annual festival featuring several well-known and promising poets of the Southeast region who deliver various poetic styles. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro; free; 919-944-1075; westendpoetryfestival.org 

Mariza — Fri. Oct. 23, 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.; $10+; 919-843-3333; carolinaperformingarts.org 

An Evening with Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane — Mon. Oct. 26, 7:30pm

This talented father and son make a stop in town to play the piano concerto of Maurice Ravel and musical selections from The Gershwin Songbook. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.; $18+; 919-733-2750; ncsymphony.org

Umusuna, Memories Before History — Fri. Nov. 6, 8pm

Sankai Juku, a company known for their unique dance style called butoh that encompasses theatrical elements, talc-covered dancers and abrupt movements, will captivate the audience. Their show, created by choreographer, director and designer Ushio Amagatsu, examines the formation of the world and its related mysteries. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.; $19+; 919-843- 3333; carolinaperformingarts.org 

Peter and the Starcatcher — Nov. 18–Dec. 12

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 over 100 memorable characters, this play is based on the novel Peter and the Starcatcher by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. PlayMakers, 250 Country Club Rd.; $15+; 919-962-7529; playmakersrep.org 

Carrboro Film Festival — Sat. Nov. 21 & Sun. Nov. 22

Aside from local, national and international film screenings, those attending this 10th annual event can hear from special guests, participate in workshops and more. Carrboro ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro; Ticket prices vary, but numerous events are free; 919-929-2787; carrborofilmfestival.com 

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 — Sun. Nov. 22, 7:30pm

Join the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra as they play music written by the Russian composer. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.; $18+; 919-733-2750; ncsymphony.org

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Lanier Gray

Lanier Gray is a Journalism major and Hispanic Studies minor at the UNC-Chapel Hill, Class of 2018. Through coursework and extracurricular activities, Lanier explores and develops her passions for reporting, advertising and public relations. At UNC-CH, Lanier is involved with the Campus Y: UNC’s Center for Social Justice, Admissions Ambassadors, Her Campus Chapel Hill, North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, Natura Magazine and more. In her free time, she enjoys photography, sports, finding new music, watching movies and trying new foods.
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