Through September 3
Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns for its 19th annual puppet pageant of unlikely proportions with shows Friday-Sunday and Labor Day in the Forest Theatre. Mask and dance, shadow puppetry and stilt-walking unite as cardboard comes to life and papier-maché flies to the band’s music. In the Heart of the Fire explores the paradoxical gift of fire and asks, “What makes us who we are? Is it our cleverness, the machines we forge and the towers we build? Or is it the stories we share and the fire in our hearts?” The show includes tales of fire, of giants and trolls, of trickster creators and how we came to be human. General admission, $15 for adults and $8 for children. For show times, visit paperhand.org/summer-show/.
Carolina Public Humanities is teaming up with the Ackland Art Museum for an exploration of portraiture in contemporary art and literature. Join Geovani Ramírez, doctoral candidate in English and comparative literature, in a robust discussion of Monkey Hunting, Cristina García’s poetic novel about immigration, assimilation and the prevailing integrity of self. The book talk will be followed by a close look at the National Portrait Gallery’s touring exhibition, The Outwin: American Portraiture Today, led by Carolyn Allmendinger, director of academic programs at the Ackland. Registration and a $30 fee are required for the event, which includes a copy of the book and light snacks. Seats are limited to 20 participants, so sign up early to reserve a spot. The Outwinexhibition continues at the museum through Aug. 26. For more information, visit ackland.org/.
Kick the season off right at PlayMakers by joining in an open house at the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art. Doors will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for backstage tours, actors’ meet and greet, live music and kids’ workshops. Food trucks will be parked nearby for lunch
It’s an event primarily meant for students, but the whole Carolina community is invited to FallFest on Hooker Fields. About 25,000 people are expected to attend this free, alcohol-free event where guests can find out more about student organizations, play games, hear music performances and pick up free food and swag. The fun starts immediately after convocation, at about 8:15 p.m.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy Sunset Serenadeand the sounds of some of Carolina’s best a cappella groups in the beautiful setting of Polk Place at 7 p.m. Presented by the Student Alumni Association, the outdoor concert is part of theGAA’s welcome to Carolina events. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit alumni.unc.edu/events/sunset-serenade/.
Join Mitch Prinstein, author of the 2018 Carolina Summer Reading selection, Popular, for insight into the book and how it connects to being a college student today. The author, who is also John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the director of clinical psychology at Carolina, will begin his talk at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
Poetry, rap, and storytelling join forces in Temples of Lung and Air, a tale of race, language and hip hop as a global community. Writer-performer and Carolina alum Kane Smego draws on his experience as an international touring poet, hip hop artist, youth educator and native of the American South in this virtuosic one-man show. In addition, after select performances, Kane shares the stage with various performance poetry groups from Durham, Chapel Hill and Greensboro for a 30-minute. Performances at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets start at $15. Call the box office at 919-962-7529.
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