Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen and Jake Fussell will perform Friday in the Freight Train Blues Series. This free concert begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. in the Carrboro Town Commons (Farmer’s Market location). More information can be found at musicmaker.org, townofcarrboro.org, or by calling 919-643-2456.
Shiloh Hill will perform Friday in the Bynum Front Porch Series, at the Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road. All performances run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the outdoor stage. Although tickets are not required, a hat is passed and a $5 to $7 donation is encouraged to compensate the performers. For information, visit www.bynumfrontporch.org.
Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, along with John Dee Holeman, will perform at Friday’s Blues on the Plaza event at Northgate Mall. This free concert begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 p.m. Beer and food will be available. For information, call 919-286-4400 or visit northgatemall.com.
Soprano Susannah Rhodes Stewart, currently a senior at Carrboro High School, will perform with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W. Morgan St. The orchestra also will perform the entire score of Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite,” with narration by David Hammond. The Kidznotes Octet and The Concert Singers of Cary also will perform. For tickets, call 919-560-3030 or visit www.carolinatheatre.org.
Guitarists Scott Sawyer and the Keith Ganz Quintet will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Durham Jazz Workshop/Sharp 9 Gallery, 4608-L Industry Lane. For tickets, visit www.DurhamJazzWorkshop.org.
Manbites Dog Theater will present the world premiere of a new adaptation of Nick Cave’s novel “And the Ass Saw the Angel,” by John Fidel Justice and Jaybird O’Berski. The play is described as “a lyrical Southern Gothic about a closed-minded town of damned souls and the wretched boy who fights to stay alive among them.” Shows begin Thursday and continue through June 6 at the theater, at 703 Foster St., Durham. For tickets and more details, visit manbitesdogtheater.org/tickets/ or call 919-682-3343.
Comedian Joe Zimmerman has appeared on “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson, season eight of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and a Comedy Central special. Zimmerman will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at DSI Comedy Theater, 462 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. For tickets, call 919-338-8150 or visit www.dsicomedytheater.com.
Banda Magda, founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, will perform at 9 p.m. Thursday at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham. For tickets, visit motorcomusic.com.
The Tibetan Buddhist Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery will return to the ArtsCenter in Carrboro to construct a sacred sand mandala to show their appreciation for the ongoing support of the Chapel Hill Carrboro community. The group will construct a mandala beginning Monday in the Nicholson Art Gallery at the Arts Center. The opening ceremony for the mandala construction is scheduled for Monday at noon and will continue for 90 minutes. Construction will continue from May 19 to 22 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.artscenterlive.org.
“Butterflies are Free: Women in Photography,” an exhibit of photographs by Barbara Tyroler (whose work is in this photo), Tama Hochbaum, Leah Sobsey and Sarah Cioffoletti, will open Friday with a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Light & Design gallery at Greenbridge, 601 W. Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill. The exhibit will be on view through July 3.
Sunday will kick off the second year of BazaART on Iredell series. This event will be held on the 3rd Sunday of the month through October from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This year, HappymessART Supply Shop and Studios, located at 718 Iredell St. in Durham, will partner with Naomi Studio and Gallery at 711 Iredell St. to present this free outdoor art-based happening. BazaART is a family friendly event with live performances and fun interactive activities for everyone that will be held rain or shine.
Fireships, the new band from Honey Brothers founder and indie veteran Andrew Vladeck, released their self-titled debut last month. They will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Local 506, 506 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. For tickets, call 919-842-5506 or visit www.local506.com.