Weekend at a Glance: Theater, Tap Dance and Tar Heel Football

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Michelle Torrance“Detroit ’67” – Thursday through Saturday, 7:30pm & Sunday, 2pm – Called “mind-blowing,” by the Huffington Post, this latest show by Playmakers Repertory Company tells a story about two brothers facing adversity in their community, set to a Motown beat. The play will run until Oct. 2.

Dorrance Dance – Thursday, 7:30pm – Michelle Dorrance returns to perform in front of her hometown crowd at Memorial Hall with her dance company, honoring the beautiful history of tap dance.

Artist Reception – Thursday, 7-9pm – Landscape artist Sally L. Sutton shares the inspiration she gains for her works from her powerful connection with nature and celebrating the work of the farmer at Tyndall Galleries.

Ackland Film Forum – Thursday, 7pm – The Ackland Art Museum shows “The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?)” about the class barriers that are exposed within the home of a hard-working live-in housekeeper after her estranged daughter suddenly appears.

Educational Salon – Thursday, 6-8pm – As part of the “Turning the Lens on Learning” exhibit, FRANK Gallery hosts featured speaker Dr. Rae Pica, a noted education consultant and author of 19 books on early learning and play research.

Photography Exhibit – Friday, 5:30-7pm – The Center for the Study of the  American South‘s fall exhibit features photographs from William Ferris’ latest book “The South in Color.” He captures the daily lives of prison inmates, quilt makers and roadside vendors to highlight their intimate connections to their environments, family and friends.

Tar Heel Downtown – Friday, 6-9pm – Celebrate the return of Tar Heel football and head downtown to this family-friendly event, centered around 140 West Plaza on West Franklin Street. There will be performances by Big Fat Gap and the Tar Heel marching band, as well as face painting, concessions, kids games, Tar Heel cheerleaders and a chance to meet Rameses!

Carrboro Elementary Rock Bash – Saturday, noon-3pm – Jam out with the band Southern Culture on the Skids at Cat’s Cradle for the fourth annual Back to School Rock Bash. All proceeds go directly to arts programs at the school.

UNC Football vs. JMU – Saturday, 3:30pm – The Tar Heels will take on JMU this weekend at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Come out for an afternoon of football, food and fun!

Concerts for a Cause – Saturday, 5-8pm – Lupine Productions continues their family-friendly concerts for a cause series, featuring an evening of music from Salads Company, food trucks and a Fair Game distillery tasting room. Saturday night donations benefit the Zafer Julian Estill Memorial Fund.

The Monti: Season Opener – Saturday, 8pm – The Monti is a nonprofit organization with a mission of sharing stories to create community. The ArtsCenter hosts five storytellers who have four requirements their stories must follow: they must be true, told without notes, adhere to a twelve-minute time limit, and revolve around the theme (TBA).

Grand Opening Party – Sunday, noon-4pm – Chronic Tacos hosts a grand opening party to celebrate its first North Carolina opening. Head to the California-inspired Mexican grill for live music, free samples and a chance to meet professional skateboarder and television personality Jason “Wee Man” Acuña.

Beer Release  Sunday, noon-10pm – Fall is around the corner, meaning Oktoberfest is here! Celebrate the transition from summer to fall at Mystery Brewing Company‘s Public House, embracing German tradition with bratwursts from Fetch Hot Dog Co., festive music, glass Oktoberfest mugs and pretzels.

Maple View Farm Customer Appreciation Day – Sunday, 1-8pm – Maple View Farm is celebrating its customers, but also its owner Bob Nutter‘s 88th birthday! Grab your lawn chairs & blankets and head out to Maple View Farm for ice cream, live music, face painting, activities and a Philly Cheese Steak food truck. A percentage of sales will be donated to local charities, Sam’s Wish Fund and Kid’s Path of Hospice, and Little Pink Houses of Hope.

Sundays in Hillsborough – Sunday, 2-5pm – It’s the last concert in the series, so head out to the Courthouse Lawn in Hillsborough to enjoy an evening with events to please the whole family! Activities include a concert from Shame for Sydney Acoustic Experience, horse-drawn carriage rides and historic site tours.

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity  Sunday, 7:30pm – Ping Chong + Company‘s interview-based theatre production at Memorial Hall delves into the stories of Muslims living in post 9/11 New York City.

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