Students from Western Carolina University’s Local History class, taught by Rob Ferguson, have been conducting research on Appalachian women musicians all semester. At 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2, the students – Ashley Berry, Annalee Blanks, Autumn Chandler, Rene Cote and Brandi Delp – will present their research to the public at the Appalachian Women’s Museum in Dillsboro. It is free with donations accepted.

Local band JR Junior will be releasing their first CD, “Waiting for Sally,” at The Cut Cocktail Lounge at 8 p.m. Friday. The show will feature special guest Bird in Hand. Darnell Farms will return to the Cut on Saturday as pat of Greening Up the Mountains. They’ll open at 11 a.m. with strawberries, chili dogs and cupcakes as well as the regular menu. The Cut is at 610 W. Main St. in Sylva and on Facebook.

The Mad Batter in Sylva will screen “A Dog’s Way Home,” at 7:30 p.m. today (Thursday) and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Bella becomes separated from her owner and soon finds herself on an epic 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. “Bumblebee” shows at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Transformer Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. The films are free at 617 W. Main St.;; 586-3555.

Enjoy a concert with Somebody’s Child at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. today (Thursday). Ashley Claxton and Cola Williamson are Somebody’s Child, from Tuckasegee. It’s free.

Scott Baker returns to the Paper Mill with musical artist Geoff McBride for a night of rock and R&B at 8:30 p.m. Friday at 513 Mill St. in Sylva.

Enjoy a free showing of the movie “At Eternity’s Gate,” at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library at 3:45 p.m. today (Thursday). Willem Dafoe and Oscar Isaac star in a look at the life of Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour 50 minutes. Popcorn and water will be provided. Next week’s movie is “White Boy Rick.” For more information call the Library at 743-0215.

Balsam Falls Brewing Co. welcomes Troy Underwood to the stage at 8 p.m. Friday. Underwood sings original songs closely linked to Appalachia. Balsam Falls is at 506 W. Main St. in Sylva and on Facebook.