Weekend Best Bets: Folk Art, Fannie Breeze and “Wine and Cheese, Please”

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Skylar Gudasz debuts her full-length album at Flyleaf Books on Friday. Photo by Shelby Duncan

39th Carolina Jazz Festival – Thursday through Saturday, 11am – From jazz improvisation to the UNC Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the Carolina Jazz Festival has something for everyone. The event will culminate in a performance by the Count Basie Orchestra joined by Dianne Schurr and the New York Voices. Check online for a schedule of events and locations, including which events require tickets. music.unc.edu 

Lunch Box Concert Series – Thursday, 12pm – Bring your lunch to Century Center to enjoy a meal and a show, not to mention free coffee provided by Open Eye Cafe. This week’s performer will be Nancy Middleton. The Durham-native folk singer is known as an iconic songwriter and will be singing songs from her new album “Loaded.” 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro; Free; 919-918-7392; carrbororec.org

Just say “Wine and Cheese, Please” – Thursday, 6pm – Have you ever wondered if you’re pairing the right wine with your cheese platter at a dinner party? Well then this Southern Season class is for you, my friend. Learn the right pairings while you make recipes such as grilled chicken with apples and brie and baked pear with blue cheese. Seating availability is limited so call ahead. 201 S. Estes Dr.; call for pricing; 877-929-7133; southernseason.com

Skylar Gudasz – Friday, 6pm – Flyleaf Books is hosting Skylar Gudasz to debut her much-anticipated album, “Oleander”, featuring an in-store performance preview. The rising star’s first single from the album is “I’m So Happy I Could Die”. 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; Free; 919-942-7373; flyleafbooks.com

Parlor Concert Series – Friday, 7pm – Nashville songwriters Sarah Aili and Eric Erdman will be performing at the historic home of David and Elizabeth Hayes as part of the parlor concert series promoting fine music in an intimate setting. The two met in Nashville in 2013 and experiment with jazzy melodies. Tickets are available at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery. 324 W. King St., Hillsborough; $22; hillsboroughartscouncil.org

Love & Valor – Friday, 7pm – An indie band based out of Burlington, NC, Love & Valor is known for their ability to cover popular songs from bands including Mumford and Sons, Coldplay and Foster The People. Now they’ve decided to take a crack at songwriting themselves. Each member of the band brings a unique perspective to their compositions. Johnny’s Gone Fishing, 901 W. Main St., Carrboro; Free; 919-932-5070; johnnysgonefishing.com

Campfires and Constellations, Silver Dollar Switchblade – Friday, 9pm – Local 506 hosts three bands you simply must know. Campfires and Constellations was founded by two guitarists from Dunn, NC. Silver Dollar Switchblade has been called “a beer-battered, country-fried, rock and roll good time.” The opener, Amigo, plays music to comfort people. What a musical combination! Doors open at 8pm. 506 W. Franklin St.; $7; 919-942-5506; local506.com

Kappa Delta’s 23rd Annual Shamrock ‘N’ Run 5K – Saturday, 9am – Last year, the chapter raised more than $30,000 for the prevention of child abuse. Help them exceed that goal this year by running, walking, buying a t-shirt or attending the pre-race dinner on Friday night. The race starts at the Kappa Delta house on Franklin Street and winds through campus; there will be post-race snacks and an award ceremony at the house following. 219 E. Franklin St.; prices vary; sportoften.com

UNC Men’s Basketball – Saturday, 1pm – Cheer on the Tar Heels in their second-to-last home game of the season as they take on the Hurricanes from Miami. The game will also be live on CBS for those who aren’t lucky enough to make it to the Dean E. Smith Center. 300 Skipper Bowles Dr.; prices vary; 800-722-4335; goheels.com

“Distinct Voices from Around the Globe” – Saturday, 7-9pm – Tyndall Galleries hosts an artists’ reception for artists from Canada, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States. Come meet the artists and marvel at the realistic landscape paintings and the intricate clay kimonos, to name a few. 201 S. Estes Dr.; Free; 919-942-2290; tyndallgalleries.com

Seratones at Cat’s Cradle – Back Room – Saturday, 8pm – Seratones are beasts of the Southern wild. The four-piece rock band, hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, play rocking, swinging, soul-stirring tunes that are uniquely their own. Spend the evening rocking out to their great music! 300 East Main, Carrboro; $10-12; 919.967.9053; catscradle.com/event

The Chuckle & Chortle Comedy Show – Saturday, 8:30pm – Let your laughter warm you up this February as your host Michelle Maclay welcomes four local comedians to the ArtsCenter. Each of these comedians has something unique to offer as well as a local edge. 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro; $7; 919-929-2787; artscenterlive.org

Fearrington’s Annual Folk Art Show – Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm – Discover the works of Southern artists deeply rooted in folk traditions as they convene at the Big Barn at Fearrington Village. There will be whimsical paintings, pottery and more! Don’t miss the Collector’s Preview on Friday. 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro; $5; 919-542-4000; fearrington.com

Fannie Breeze Homestead History Hike – Sunday, 2pm – This three-mile hike will educate hikers about the life of Fannie Breeze, a former slave and midwife of the Eno Valley. Hike to her homesite while looking out for Spring’s first daffodils in bloom. 4404 Guess Rd., Durham; Free; 919-620-9099; enoriver.org

The Murals of Chapel Hill – Sunday, 3pm – Michael Brown, a Chapel Hill native and UNC alumnus, will be sharing his vision and motivation behind some of his most famous murals; he has painted more than 20 in Chapel Hill alone. 100 Library Dr.; Free; 919-968-2780; chapelhillhistoricalsociety.org

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