Weekend Best Bets: Comedy, Canoes and Cops

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Ray Dooley; photo by Curtis Brown
Ray Dooley; photo by Curtis Brown

Meet the Author Tea – Thursday, 3:30pm – Dr. C. Nicole Swiner’s latest book, How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex, provides always insightful and frequently humorous advice. She suggests ways to work around, get over, go through, or simply ignore those life challenges that often lead to negative effects. 137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough; orangecountrync.gov

Fierce Reads Tour – Thursday, 7pm – Don’t miss out on the cross-country tour celebrating the newly released books of Josephine Angelini, Leigh Bardugo, Emma Mills, and Leila Sales! A panel discussion moderated by CHPL Teen Engagement Coordinator Stephen Ashley will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing! Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd; Free with the purchase of a book; flyleafbooks.com

Family-friendly Entertainment – Thursday, 7:30pm – The Rural Academy Theater, a collaboration of individuals both two-legged and four-legged brings performers, musicians, sculptors, and dancers to town greens, college campuses, riverbanks, and farms via horse-pulled wagon and bicycles. Afterward, enjoy a screening of Buster Keaton’s 1922 silent film Cops, accompanied live by The Rural Academy Orchestra. 140 West Franklin St; Suggested donation, $10; 140westfranklinplaza.com

Fall Colors Float – Friday, 1pm – Canoe upstream on the Eno River and view Occoneechee Mountain, the old quarry and remains of the railroad that served the quarry. Must be at least 8 years of age. Pre-registration required. Bring water, a snack, water shoes or hiking shoes and be prepared for the possibility of getting wet! 625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough; ncparks.gov

Eclectic Pop Covers – Local favorite Unifier’s own Aslan Freeman returns to downtown Chapel Hill to sing your favorite pop and rock covers. 140 W. Franklin St.; 140westfranklinplaza.com

West End Poetry Festival – Friday and Saturday, times vary – Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this local festival will bring together poets of different styles, ages, races and ethnicities, and stages of development to explore the themes of celebration, milestones, and marking time. Enjoy readings, workshops, open mic night, meet & greets and book signings. Various Carrboro locations; Free; westendpoetryfestival.org

Parade of Homes Tour – Friday through Sunday, noon-5pm – It’s your last chance to tour 56 beautiful homes throughout Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties! In its 32nd year of inviting the public to view some of the finest homes in the area, this HBA event showcases new home construction with innovative designs, products and technology. A variety of homes will be on Parade, meeting the needs of home buyers in all price ranges, from budget-conscious shoppers to those looking for a grand estate. Seventeen homes on Parade have met the stringent requirements of Home Innovations NGBS Green Certification. Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham, 919-493-8899; hbadoc.com

“Seminar” – Friday through November 1, showtimes vary – This hit Broadway comedy is a story of blood, sweat and tears in the writer’s den. Four aspiring young writers ante up big bucks to learn from a legendary novelist, but their fiction and their egos will be unsparingly dissected before he’s through. Ferociously fun and fast-paced with sparkling wordplay, “Seminar” takes no prisoners. Paul Green Theater, Country Club Rd.; $15+; playmakersrep.org

Chapel Hill Farmers Market – Saturday, 8am – Purchase crafts, fresh produce and other goods from local farmers and artisans plus enjoy live music from Mimosa Winds. 201 South Estes Drive; thechapelhillfarmersmarket.com

Cliff Cunningham – Saturday, 7pm – Known for performing at protests dating back to the 1980s, this Latin American singer-songwriter performs original folk songs. Oasis, 200 N. Greensboro Street Suite A5; Free; oasisincarrmill.com

UNC Football vs. Wake Forest – Saturday, 7pm – The Tar Heels will take on Wake Forest this weekend. Come out for an evening of football, food and fun! Kenan Memorial Stadium, 104 Stadium Dr., Chapel Hill; Ticket prices vary; goheels.com

Autumn Unplugged – Sunday, 12:30pm – Enjoy live music featuring Tim and Susan Wells, The Durham Ukulele Orchestra, The Hey Brothers and The NC Jazz Ensemble plus local food vendors and student art from Smith Middle School and Chapel Hill High School. Donations will be accepted to help provide affordable housing at St. Paul’s Village. The Episcopal Church of the Advocate, 8410 Merin Rd.; Free; theadvocatechurch.org

Poetry Reading: Beyond the Green Door – Sunday, 3pm – For poet Jeffery Beam, the spiritual journey has always been entwined with the meaning of the Creation. His poetry, intrigued by the minimalist exposure of the maximum, attempts to articulate the nearness of the inexpressible. This reading offers a range of poetry, songs, and reflection from throughout Beam’s career – from the age of 17 to the present – as well as poems and songs from others, to illuminate his life-long conversation with the Divine in Nature. 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough; stmatthewshillsborough.dionc.org

Empty Bowls – Sunday, 3:30pm – Enjoy live music and a meal served in a locally made, keepsake pottery bowl all while supporting the local childhood hunger relief efforts of TABLE. 203 Weaver St., Carrboro; $30; tablenc.org/empty-bowls

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