For live music, there's a variety of venues in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. On Franklin Street, check out Local 506 and the Cave for local jazz and indie bands, while the Cave features more Jammy types.  Beyond TempleBall, a small hippie joint if there ever was one (it's a head shop in front and an intimate concert venue in the back), you'll find a small strip mall with two local gems.  At  venerable Cat's Cradle old favorites come back because they love to play, and up-and-comers show up to try and make it.  The Cradle became a no-smoking venue a few years ago (smokers, there's still a back porch). Only two doors down from the Cradle is the Carrboro Arts Center. Check their calendar for a wide variety of shows, plays, and dance performances at

The Carolina Performing Arts at UNC's Memorial Hall offers an incredible assortment of internationally acclaimed programs.  This coming season's line-up includes Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev and the New York Philharmonic with music director and conductor Lorin Maazel, jazz legend Ornette Coleman and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with special guest Sweet Honey in the Rock.  The season also includes pianist András Schiff, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter with Camerata Salzburg, and zydeco legend Buckwheat Zydeco.  One annual highlight is the Carolina Ballet's Nutcracker. All tickets are available online at, by phone at (919) 843-3333, or at the Memorial Hall Box Office on Cameron Avenue (open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F).  UNC-Chapel Hill student tickets are $10 for all performances.