Weekend Best Bets: Puppies, Peppers and a Plant Sale

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NOTE: Events subject to change or cancellation due to weather. Stay dry!

Jon Fine at Flyleaf Books – Thursday, 7 pm – Inc. magazine’s executive editor, Jon Fine, and Merge Records’ co-founder and Superchunk’s ex-bassist, Laura Ballance, discuss his new book, Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear). The memoir follows Fine’s thirty years in the American independent underground rock scene and celebrates the staying power of indie culture. 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill; Free; flyleafbooks.com

Disgraced – Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturday, 2 pm, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2 pm – The Pulitzer Prize-winning play’s last weekend at PlayMakers. Called a “blistering social drama” by Variety magazine, Disgraced is the story of an upwardly mobile Pakistani-American lawyer who has distanced himself from his Muslim heritage. When he and his wife host a dinner party, friendly conversation about politics and religion turns into a dangerous situation. PlayMakers Repertory Company, 250 Country Club Rd.; $15+; playmakersrep.org

North Carolina Botanical Gardens Plant Sale – Friday (members only), 5-7 pm; Saturday (open to public), 9 am–noon – NCBG’s Save Our Pollinators exhibit comes to a close with its annual fall plant sale. Purchase sustainable and organically produced pollinator plants native to the southeast. Members’ night will include refreshments, music and discounts. 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill; Free; ncbg.unc.edu

Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn – Friday, 5-8 pm – Celebrate the beginning of fall – and the end of the workweek – on the Carolina Inn’s front porch, with live music from Big Fat Gap and fare from Bam Pow Chow and Baguettaboutit. 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill; Free; carolinainn.com

Scary Bad Movie Night at Cat’s Cradle – Friday, 7 pm – Start October with some of the scariest – and worst – scary movies in cinematic history. Sponsored by NCComicon, the event will include Halloween swag and other surprises; the first 50 attendees will receive an Ultimate Comics swag bag, and NCComicon will provide a raffle for 3-day passes to its upcoming con. 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; $7; catscradle.com

Lucinda Williams – Friday, 8 pm – Named America’s Best Songwriter by TIME magazine, Lucinda Williams has been an object of “cultish adoration” for the past 30 years. She brings her raw, honest lyrics and folksy, roots sound to the Carolina Performing Arts Center. 114 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill; $10 for students, $44+ for general public; carolinaperformingarts.org

People’s Peppers – Saturday, 8:30 am – Spice up your weekend with roasted, raw and fried peppers at Carrboro Farmers Market’s 2nd annual People’s Peppers event. Sheri Castle will prepare two finalist recipes from the 2015 People’s Peppers Cookbook; attendees will choose the champion. Proceeds from cookbook sales support the Gary Murray Memorial Scholarship Fund for new and beginning farmers. 301 W. Main St., Carrboro; Free; carrborofarmersmarket.com

Parade of Homes Tour – Saturday and Sunday (also Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18), noon-5pm – 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

Cole Park Veterinary Microchipping Clinic – Saturday, 2-4 pm – Never fret about losing Fido again – get your beloved pup fit with a movement-tracking microchip at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital’s clinic event. Dogs will be treated on a first-come, first-serve basis, at a cost of $40 per dog (which includes a one-time $17.99 microchipping registration fee). Five percent of proceeds will be donated to Paws4ever, Chapel Hill’s only guaranteed adoption animal sanctuary, who will be on hand to answer questions and to introduce you to puppies and dogs available for adoption. 55 Woodbridge Dr., Chapel Hill; $40; coleparkvet.com

4th Annual TIGER CHILL – Saturday, 4 pm – Come hungry to the annual event – there’ll be barbecue, hot dogs, pizza, snow cones, cotton candy and corn on the cob. You’ll be entertained the whole time thanks to performances by student and teacher garage bands, high school and middle school bands, tae kwon do, dance teams and more. Don’t miss mini golf, carnival games, a photo booth and more. Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Rd., Chapel Hill; Free entry; carnival tickets 50 cents each; chhs.chccs.k12.nc.us

Tyler Ward – Saturday, 8 pm – Singer-songwriter Tyler Ward is known as a social media pioneer, independently gaining a fan base of more than two million. He has collaborated with stars ranging from Jason Mraz to Earth Wind and Fire. He will visit Carrboro to promote his new EP Yellow Boxes on his first-ever solo acoustic tour. Doors open at 7 pm. Cat’s Cradle; $15-$18; catscradle.com

Binkley Preschool Anniversary Celebration – Sunday, 11 am – Binkley Preschool was founded on a mission of social justice, intentional inclusion, diversity and commitment to its scholarship program. The school’s commitment to its core values will be celebrated at its 50th anniversary party, which will include a church service and an ice cream social. 1712 Willow Dr., Chapel Hill; Free; binkleypreschool.org

American Girl Program – Sunday, 4 – 4:45 pm – Travel back in time as you learn about the cultures, customs and traditions of American Girl dolls’ worlds. Perfect for ages 6-12. 100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill; Free; chapelhillpubliclibrary.org

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER Festifall – Sunday, 12-6 pm – The 43rd annual Festifall Arts Festival brings a vibrant variety of performing arts and handmade artworks to Franklin Street. Enjoy local eats and entertainment as you join in the celebration of Chapel Hill’s arts culture. W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; Free; chapelhillfestifall.com





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