Editors’ Picks: What To Do in Orange County This Weekend

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Attend a theater show, get a history lesson and much more

Photo courtesy of Carrboro Film Fest

Compiled by Valeria Cloës

All Weekend

Carrboro Film Fest
Returning for its 17th year, this film festival is one of the largest in the South. Celebrate cinema of all genres at The ArtsCenter and meet the talent behind the films at Q&A sessions. The weekend also includes workshops, networking opportunities and parties in downtown Carrboro. Admission cost varies per film block.

Shop Outside the Box
The United Church of Chapel Hill hosts an alternative gift market to showcase goods from around the world: crafts from Nicaragua, Palestinian olive oil, hand-made scarves from India and much more. Proceeds support the Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry, Church World Service, Habitat for Humanity and the IFC’s Family Support program.
The church will also host a concert featuring the Duke University String School-Ciompi Quartet Collaborative to benefit the Carrboro-Chapel Hill Peacemaking Scholarship Fund at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.


Papa’s Pop-Ups – Tuki Tapas
Come out to Mel’s Commissary and Catering at 7 p.m. to enjoy chef Papa Assane Mbengue’s six-course meal showcasing African and Latin American flavors, plus wine pairings. All proceeds will benefit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools‘ Newcomer Program, which aims to create a supportive environment for English learners.

It’s the opening weekend for PlayMakers Repertory Company‘s modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic 1815 novel in the Paul Green Theatre. The comedy focuses on young Emma Woodhouse, an expert matchmaker who learns there’s more to love than she once thought. The production runs until Dec. 4.


‘Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed’
Using live video, dance and performance, Carolina Performing Arts artists in residence Marcella Murray and David Neumann create an intimate staged conversation about race at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday.


Paw Prints Art Show Fundraiser
Paws4ever hosts a night of live jazz music, poetry recitation, desserts, auctions and an art sale at Extraordinary Ventures. Proceeds will support the organization’s mission to create lifelong relationships between people and pets. VIP happy hour starts at 5 p.m. and general admission at 6 p.m.

Florence Dore at The Station
A UNC English professor by day and rock star by night, Florence Dore takes the stage at The Station with a special guest Sam Frazier for their pre-holiday rock show. Tickets start at $15, and doors open at 8 p.m.


Arts on Market
The semiannual Arts on Market at Southern Village offers art and gifts for sale from local artists, artisans, bakers and makers, plus live music. 

Storytelling Under the Stars
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center presents its annual storytelling show at 6 p.m. Sit under the stars in the fulldome theater as students from UNC Professor Brian Sturm‘s storytelling class tell stories about the night sky.

Chapel Hill Historical Society Monthly Program
The Society hosts Courtney Smith, the exhibit and programs coordinator at the Orange County Historical Museum, as she gives a lecture about “Everything You Should Have Learned in High School About the Declaration of Independence.”

Looking for more events? Check out our community calendar!

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