PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Second Stage Series begins today with Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show “Rodney King.” Ticket prices start at $15. Tickets may be purchased at www.playmakersrep.org or by calling 919-962-7529.
Pleiades Gallery will present “re:SCALE,” a gallery members’ exhibit examining life at different sizes. “Re:SCALE” will be at Pleiades through Oct. 4, 2014 with an opening reception Saturday from 6 p.m. to closing, as well as a Third Friday reception Sept. 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pleiades is at 109 E. Chapel Hill St. in Durham. For information call 919-797-2706 or visit pleiadesartdurham.com.
Two parents looking to place their son in an elite kindergarten find themselves with more than they bargained for in the comic drama “A Kid Like Jake,” which the Deep Dish Theater Company of Chapel Hill is presenting through Sept. 20. For tickets and times, call 919-968-1515 or visit www.deepdishtheater.org. Deep Dish Theater is in Chapel Hill's University Mall, on Estes Drive and U.S. 15-501.
Asheville native Duncan Trussell, who runs the podcast “The Duncan Trussell Family Hour” is touring with comedian Johnny Pemberton. Trussell, Pemberton and local host Zack Levine will present a night of comedy at 8 p.m. Sunday at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham. For tickets, visit motorcomusic.com.
The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery will present a new exhibit of paintings by artist Tom Willis. The Arts Council will host an opening reception Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the gallery at 102 N. Churton St. The exhibit will run through Sept. 20. Gallery hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and during special events.
Raleigh band Big Brotha Thunda will perform during the Labor Day Weekend Food Truck Rodeo in Durham Central Park. More than 40 local trucks will have their food available for purchase. The event begins at noon Sunday and ends at 4 p.m.
New Jersey-based band The Everymen recently released a new recording, “Givin’ Up On Free Jazz.” They will be at The Cave, 452 ½ W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. For information, visit caverntavern.com.
UNC's Process Series will open with “Dolly Wilde’s Picture Show” Thursday and Friday in Studio 6 of Swain Hall at UNC Chapel Hill. This work-in-progress by Rebecca Nesvet combines live performance, multimedia, and the photographic series “Oscaria/Oscar” (1994), by SPIR Conceptual Photography (María DeGuzmán and Jill Casid), to tell the story of Oscar Wilde’s supposedly identical niece, one of the First World War’s first female “motor-drivers.” Admission is free.
Donna the Buffalo returns to the area for a performance at The Haw River Ballroom at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 the day of the show. For tickets, call 336-525-2314 or visit www.hawriverballroom.com. The venue is at 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road in Saxapahaw.
Squier Red and the Blues Band will perform at Friday’s edition of the Bynum Front Porch Series, at Bynum General Store, at 950 Bynum Road in Bynum. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to $7. For information, visit www.bynumfrontporch.org.
Bob Zellner, historian and civil rights activist, will read from and discuss his memoir, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St. The event is in remembrance of Freedom Summer. This event is free. A book signing will follow the discussion.