Betsy Polk and Maggie Ellis Chotas will discuss their book "Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together" today at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham.
The National Theatre of Scotland will perform “Dunsinane,” writer David Greig’s sequel to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” in Memorial Hall at UNC Chapel Hill. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday. For tickets, call 919-843-3333 or visit www.carolinaperformingarts.org.
Jake Xerxes Fussell will celebrate the release of his debut solo recording with a free concert at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Center for the Study of the American South, at 410 E. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill. For information, call 919-962-5665.
The Hillsborough Arts Council art gallery will host an opening reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., during the Last Fridays Art Walk for a group exhibition of quilts produced in Orange and Durham Counties by six artists. The exhibition “Local Quilts” will feature a variety of quilt making techniques with some innovative approaches to the folk art tradition. The Hillsborough Arts Council gallery is located at 102 N. Churton St. Gallery hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. For more information, call 919- 643-2500 or visit www.HillsboroughArtsCouncil.org.
Soprano Molly Quinn is the guest artist for Baroque & Beyond's winter concert of French baroque music on original instruments. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Tickets at the door are $20.
J. Alphonse Nicholson (in photo) performs Howard L. Craft’s newest one-person play, “Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green.” Performances continue through Saturday in Swain Hall, Studio Six, on the UNC campus. Performance times are 8 p.m. today and Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit www.piedmontperformancefactory.org.
Vocalist Nnenna Freelon will present “The Clothesline Muse,” an original multi-discipline theater project at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. Performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 the day of show, and may be purchased at the Hayti Heritage Center Box Office at 919-683-1709 or online at www.hayti.org.
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comic who has done standup on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and other shows. He will perform two shows, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Wednesday at DSI Comedy Theater, 462 W. Franklin St., Durham. For tickets, call 919-338-8150 or visit www.dsicomedytheater.com.
Durham-based photographer Marc Alan Sperber will unveil his photography in his first solo exhibition at The Carrack Modern Art, 111 W. Parrish St., Durham. This exhibit, “Solitude: Images/Sounds,” is made up of images Sperber captured in his free time during several work-related trips to China, Tanzania, New York City, and Amsterdam. The exhibit opens Tuesday and will remain on view through Jan. 31. Sperber will discuss his work and answer questions during a Q&A session at The Carrack Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
The International Contemporary Ensemble will perform composer David Lang’s “The Whisper Opera” Friday and Saturday in Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University. Because the audience is limited to 52, the 7 p.m. shows for both nights are sold out, but tickets are still available for the 9 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday. For tickets and updates, call 919-684-4444 or visit www.dukeperformances.org.
The January “Off the Radar” exhibit series at Golden Belt will feature the work of Eric Pickersgill, whose work “ENDEC” contains images and audio derived from his grandfather's autobiographical 8mm films. This exhibit will be on view from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Building 3 at Golden Belt, at 807 E. Main St.
Craven Allen Gallery in Durham will present the exhibit “Medici Schmedici: Demystifying the Artist/Collector Bond,” featuring art by Heather Gordon, Pamela Pecchio, Thomas Sayre, MJ Sharp and Bark Uzzle (whose photo “Danbury State Fair” is pictured above). An opening reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and the exhibit will remain open through March 28. Craven Allen is at 1106 1/2 Broad St. For information, call 919-286-4837 or visit cravenallengallery.com.