Weekend at a Glance: Ice Cream Scoops, Improv Sketches and Impromptu Choruses

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Raise your hands (and cones!) high for National Ice Cream Day at Maple View Farm. Photo by Briana Brough


Secrets of Ice Cream Science – Thursday, 4-5pm – Discover the science behind this classic summertime treat, and then make your own delicious dessert at the Orange County Public Library. Designed for kids in grades 3-5.

Second Thursday Poetry – Thursday, 7-8:30pm – Featured poets Andrea Fry and Lauren Moseley will read selections from their books on the small stage at Flyleaf Books. Following a short book signing, attendees are invited to take part in an open mic reading. Before you head to the bookstore, stop by The Root Cellar at 6:30 pm to meet other poetry enthusiasts.

Int’l Plaguers Anthem / a comic book release party – Thursday, 7 pm – Carrboro native and cartoonist Max Huffman will release his adventure comic book as four local electronic bands perform on the Cat’s Cradle stage. Tickets include the comic.


Weaver Street After Hours – Friday, 5-7pm – Relax on the patio at the Southern Village location with the sounds of guitarist Pete Pawsey.

2nd Friday ArtWalk – Friday, 6-9pm – Explore a variety of arts venues and enjoy tasty treats at this monthly opportunity to dive into our city’s creative arts scene. Meet Grace Van Fleet, this month’s featured artist and printmaker, at WomanCraft to learn about her pieces printed and hand-colored on Japanese paper.

[TGI] Friday on the Green – Friday, 7pm – Armand & Bluesology brings high energy blues and R&B to the Southern Village Green.

Charley James at Local 506 – Friday, 8pm – After the recent release of his debut EP, the Chapel Hill-based producer and multi-instrumentalist will share his deeply personal tracks with a familiar audience. Tickets are available here.

Improv Percolator – Friday, 8pm – Local improv students and teams – new and experienced – entertain audiences with ad lib comedy at The ArtsCenter. Grab your tickets here.

Fridays on the Front Porch – Friday, 5-8pm – Enjoy an evening of the blues as Lee Gildersleeve and the Bad Dogs perform live at The Carolina Inn’s outdoor soiree. Take your pick from a wide variety of tasty meatballs from Barone Meatball, this week’s featured food truck.


Doodle Day: Beginner’s Drawing Workshop with Nancy Ellen Walker – Saturday, 10am-12pm – Develop confidence in your drawing skills as you learn how to observe as an artist does and grasp the basics of how to draw in pencil and graphite. This workshop designed to get your creative juices flowing will take place at the Margaret Lane Gallery.

Family Friendly Transactors Improv: Wonder Women – Saturday, 6pm – Celebrate girl power at this improv show presented by an all-female cast. Composed of individual scenes of about 5-10 minutes, the performance based on audience suggestions will have adults and kids alike cracking up. Tickets are available here.

Outdoor Movie on the Village Green – Saturday, 8:30-10:30pm – Set up your blankets and coolers on the Southern Village Green to catch an evening showing of The Sting. Bring a group of friends out to enjoy this film about two partners in crime who seek vengeance for the murder of their mutual comrade.


Concert on the Green – Sunday, 6-8pm – For music lovers young and old, the RPMs will perform covers of pop and rock songs on the Southern Village Green. Picnics, free will tips for the musicians and food donations for TABLE are encouraged.

National Ice Cream Day – Sunday, 12-8pm – Cool off from the summer heat with a few scoops of your favorite flavor of ice cream at Maple View Farm. Featuring live music, face painting, lawn games, a visit from a calf and more, the annual celebration offers fun for the entire family.

Music in the Galleries: Sing Simon & Garfunkel and Bat for Lashes – Sunday, 2-5pm – Live out your musical dreams as Flash Chorus makes it way to the Ackland Art Museum. Regardless of singing experience or ability, all are invited to rehearse and perform two songs selected by directors Seamus Kenney and Kerri Lockwood.

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