Reflections of Africa
The Arts Council of Moore County presents an exhibition exploring the unique diversity of African culture and wildlife showcasing works by South African artist Garth Swift, Pinehurst artist Jessie Mackay, and artist and Sandhills native Patricia Thomas at the Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines. The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs from Feb. 1-22, 9 a.m.—5 p.m. The opening reception is Friday, Feb. 1 from 6-8 p.m. Weekend hours are Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.–4 pm. For more information call (910) 692-2787 or go to www.MooreArt.org.
Come join the Pinehurst Police Department for the annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics of North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Pinehurst Marina, 1 Denichilo Court in Pinehurst. The jump fee/donation is $50, and there will be a costume contest with prizes. For more information call (910) 417-7932 or visit www.vopnc.org.
Battle of Wills
Watch the works of William Shakespeare performed by Moore County high school students competing for a trip to New York City, hoping to join students from 54 other branches of the English-Speaking Union in its 36th annual Shakespeare Competition. The students will perform on Saturday, Feb. 16, at The Village Chapel in Pinehurst, from 3-5 p.m. Admission is free to the public, and a reception will follow the event. Also performing a selection of scenes from a Shakespeare comedy will be Dr. Jonathan Drahos and Carolanne Marano of Pinehurst. For more information contact Bob Roman at (910) 725-0333.
Writer in Residence
Georgann Eubanks will read from her book The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year at the Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. For more information call (910) 692-6261 or visit weymouthcneter.org.
The Bolshoi Live
A Gypsy, a rose, a tavern, a mountain hideaway and a bullfight. What’s not to love? Enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s HD Live Series showing of the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of Carmen at 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Sunrise Theater, 244 N.W. Broad St., in Southern Pines. For more information visit the Sunrise website at www.sunrisetheater.com.
Meet the Authors
Thursday, Feb. 7: Kimmery Martin: Queen of Hearts. 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Chanavia Haddock: Miracle. A children’s book geared to 3-8-year-olds. 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17: Sarah Edwards: What the Sun Sees. Poetry reading. 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21: Mesha Maren: Sugar Run. 5 p.m.
All events are at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. For more information go to www.thecountrybookshop.biz.
Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz
The Arts Council of Moore County presents vocalist and trombonist Aubrey Logan joining other world-class musicians in a celebration of three decades of great jazz at 8 p.m. on Feb. 16 in the Cardinal Ballroom of the Carolina Hotel, 80 Carolina Vista in Pinehurst. Tickets are $75 for VIP and $65 for preferred seating. For more information go to www.mooreart.org and purchase tickets at www.ticketmesandhills.com.
Great Room Concert
The Ciompi Quartet, comprised of Duke University professors Eric Pritchard, Hsiao-mei Ku, Jonathan Bagg and Caroline Stinson, will be joined by clarinetist Allan Ware for a performance on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Great Room at the Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Tickets are $30 for non-members; $20 for members. For more information call (910) 692-6261.
The Carolina Philharmonic performs a selection of the film scores and classic pop songs that helped define the Wild West. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. For more information call (910) 687-0287 or go to www.carolinaphil.org.
Learn how to use a compass and map to complete a scavenger hunt at the Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road in Southern Pines. Geared toward 6 to 10-year-olds, the Wildings program event begins at 10 a.m. on Feb. 23. For more information call (910) 692-2167 or go to www.ncparks.gov.
Friday, Feb. 1: Freddy and Francine. Fulltime pros, singing, writing and acting. Collaborators with Dead & Co. keyboardist Jeff Chimenti on the musical direction and casting for the 2017 off-Broadway musical Red Roses, Green Gold featuring the music of The Grateful Dead. Cost: $15.
Sunday, Feb. 10: The Contenders. Music and beautiful harmony infused with country and rock, folk and bluegrass. Cost: $20.
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Open mic with The Parsons. Cost: $5.
Thursday, Feb. 14: Seth Walker. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this blues singer, guitarist and songwriter. Flowers, cocktails and music. Cost: $20.
Sunday, Feb. 17: The Kennedys. At over a million miles of roadwork including two stints with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra, Pete and Maura Kennedy show no signs of slowing down. Cost: $15.
Thursday, Feb. 21: Asleep at the Wheel. A pair of fiddles, a bass, an acoustic guitar, songs and stories. Western swing isn’t dead, it’s Asleep at the Wheel. Cost: $69.
Saturday, Feb. 23: John Cowan and Darin and Brook Aldridge. The voice of Newgrass joins two-time International Blues Music Association vocalist of the year and her crazy good husband. Cost: $30.
Sunday, Feb. 24: Aaron Burdette. With lyrics that are witty and poetic all at once, his musical style is a seamless blend of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass and folk-rock. Cost: $15.
Thursday, Feb. 28: Jeanne Jolly. Artistry that encompasses the earthiness of American roots music, a hint of jazz and the emotionality of soul balladry. Cost: $20.
Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 6:46 at the Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Prices above are for members. Annual memberships are $5 and available online or at the door. For more information call (910) 944-7502 or visit www.theroosterswife.org or ticketmesandhills.com.