The Scrap Exchange will present the fourth annual Smashfest, an activity that offers an alternative to the consumerism of Black Friday. Smashfest will be held Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside in the parking lot of The Scrap Exchange, at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. Admission to the event is free for viewing or participating in non-smashing activities such as art-making. Attendees can purchase breakable items that the Scrap Exchange has collected throughout 2014 and either smash them to bits or rescue them from being smashed. For details, visit scrapexchange.org.
Independent Animal Rescue of Durham will present Black Cat Friday this coming Friday at Petco at South Square, 4011 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event encourages adoption of black cats, who, because of superstition and stereotypes, are far less likely than other varieties to be adopted. For more information, visit www.animalrescue.net.
Knoxville, Tennessee-based band The Black Lillies have released their album “Runaway Freeway Blues” and will bring their tour to Cat’s Cradle’s Back Room, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro, at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. For tickets, call 919-967-9053 or visit www.catscradle.com.
The current edition of The Time Jumpers includes 11 members, among them vocalist Vince Gill, “Ranger Doug” Green, Paul Franklin and Dawn Sears. The Time Jumpers will bring their western swing styles to the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, at 8 p.m. Monday. For tickets, call 919-560-3030 or visit www.carolinatheatre.org.
Comedian Kathleen Madigan’s many credits include the American Comedy Award and the Phyllis Diller award for Best Female Comedian. She brings her stand-up show to the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, at 8 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, call 919-560-3030 or visit www.carolinatheatre.org.
Students in North Carolina Central University’s Jazz Studies Program will present a concert of jazz standards today at 7 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium on the campus of NCCU. Admission is free.
EMPIRES will perform at 9 p.m. today at Cat’s Cradle’s Back Room in support of their new recording “Orphan.” For tickets, call 919-967-9053 or visit www.catscradle.com. Cat’s Cradle is at 300 E. Main St. in Carrboro.
Durham resident Christina Merrett will be a contestant today on the CBS game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” The show airs locally at 3 p.m. on WRAL.
Debi Drew will demonstrate polymer clay techniques Friday at WomanCraft, 307 E. Main St., Suite 170, Carrboro. Drew’s demonstration will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. as part of the Second Friday Artwalk. For information, call 919-929-3300.
Columbus band Saintseneca will be coming to Local 506, 506 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, at 9 p.m. Tuesday. The band will be performing in support for their latest release “Dark Arc.” Swarming Branch and JPhono1 will open the show. For tickets, call 919-942-5506 or visit www.local506.com.
The ArtsCenter will present a Celebration of N.C. Songwriting, with Laurelyn Dossett, Wyatt Easterling, Justin Johnson, Carrie Marshall, Kirk Ridge and Bill West performing original music at 7 p.m. today. The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St. in Carrboro. For tickets, call 919-929-2787 or visit www.artscenterlive.or
The Process Series at UNC will present a new play by Lauren Yee, titled “King of the Yees,” commissioned by the Goodman Theater in Chicago. The play will be performed today and Friday at 8 p.m. in Studio 6 in Swain Hall at UNC Chapel Hill. The performance is free and open to the public with a $5 suggested donation.
Lee Camp, the head writer and host of the TV show “Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp” and former contributor to The Onion, will perform Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at DSI Comedy Theater, 462 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at dsicomedy.com.