Weekend at a Glance: Author Talks, Auctions and Acting

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Ambrose Akinmusire of the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet is headlining the Carolina Jazz Festival this weekend.

Book Drive – Thursday, 4pm – Stop by Ben & Jerry’s on Franklin Street with a used book to receive a free scoop of ice cream! Books will be donated to inmates through the Prison Books Collective. Bring a dictionary and get two scoops. This March Madness Book Drive lasts until March 15, but drop in early to help Prison Books race to beat its goal.

Silent Art Auction – Thursday, 6-9pm – Head to LIGHT Art + Design for an art auction benefiting the UNC Department of Art & Art HistoryEnjoy works from current MFA students and notable MFA Alumni. Enjoy snacks and a wine and beer bar while you peruse paintings.

PopUp Broadway – Thursday, 7pm – Whether you’re a regular chorister or part-time shower singer, there’s a place for you at The ArtsCenter’s PopUp Chorus Broadway. No audition or commitment is required – just stop in and sing! Learn popular Broadway hits like “I Got Rhythm,” “Falling Slowly,” “My Funny Valentine” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.” The evening is conducted by Dr. Allan Friedman, the music director at Durham’s Judea Reform Congregation, artistic director of Women’s Voices Chorus and former choral conductor for Duke Chapel Music.

Bart Ehrman – Thursday, 7pm – The New York Times bestselling author of “Misquoting Jesus” and “How Jesus Became God” comes to Flyleaf Books to discuss his most recent book, “The Triumph of Christianity.” His book demonstrates how Christianity grew from a religion of twenty or so peasants in rural Galilee to the dominant religion in the West in less than four hundred years. Pick up one of Bart’s 30+ books while you’re there.

Carolina Jazz Festival – Thursday, 7:30pm & Feb. 23-24 – Make your way to Memorial Hall to kick off Carolina Jazz Festival’s 41st annual fest! The Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet headlines the evening. Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is hailed as “a thrilling young trumpeter and astute bandleader with a unique spark in his playing” by The New York Times. The following weekend features performances by trumpeter Alphonso Horne; Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer and band leader Patrick Bartley, Jr.; the UNC Jazz Band and the UNC Jazz Combos.

Living History Day – Saturday, 10am-4pm – Join the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough for its annual Revolutionary War Living History Day. Events are hosted at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, the Burwell School Historic Site and The Orange County Historical Museum. Expect Revolutionary War reenactors, a colonial tea room, live music, crafts and storytelling. Enjoy a book signing with Suzanne Adair, author of “Paper Woman” and “The Blacksmith’s Daughter,” and view cotton spinning demonstrations. 

Acme’s 20th Anniversary – Saturday, 8:30pm-12:30am – Party like it’s 1998 with Acme Food & Beverage Co. Help the Carrboro favorite celebrate its 20th anniversary with drinks, snacks and dancing. Guarantee your spot at the party with a $20 minimum donation to the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, which supports young adults with cancer at UNC Hospitals.

LIGHTUP 2018 – Sunday, 11am-6pm – Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Friday Center. Bring your family for a dragon dancing workshop, breakout sessions in Chinese calligraphy and traditional painting. Enjoy performances of folk dances, music ensembles and Peking opera. Whether you’re watching acupuncture, eating authentic Chinese food or decorating a lantern, there’s lots of fun to be had at this Year of the Dog celebration.

Backstrap Weaving Family Workshop – Sunday, 2-4pm – Take the family to visit the Carrboro Branch Library for an afternoon of experimenting with art. Learn to weave on a backstrap rigid heddle loom, try out colored and textured yarns and take your work home with you. No experience or materials needed – just register and show up ready to have fun!

“Black Beach/White Beach” and “Wilmington on Fire” – Sunday, 5pm – Speller Street Films presents a double film screening of two documentaries at Cat’s Cradle. The first, at 5pm, showcases the tensions and differences between two national motorcycle festivals held at Myrtle Beach – one predominantly black and the other predominantly white. “Wilmington on Fire,” starting at 7:30pm, focuses on director Christopher Everett’s amassed rare photographs, original research, and testimonies from historians and descendants of the victims of an attack on black Americans during in the post-Reconstruction South.

Feb 48 – Sunday, 7:30pm – Come out to The ArtsCenter for the 14th year of its 48-hour, one-act play festival presented by One Song Productions. On Friday night, writers are given prompts and by Saturday morning, actors have scripts to work with. Actors then rehearse as much as possible until they perform for you on Sunday night. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

Bluegrass Jam – Monday, 5:45pm – Whether you’re a music aficionado or just a beginner, grab your instrument and head to the The ArtsCenter’s Gallery to hone your skills. Meet musicians, play bluegrass tunes and have an all-around great evening! Bring your banjo, guitar or mandolin down for a jammin’ good time.

Tayari Jones – Monday, 7pm – Head to Flyleaf Books for an author talk on Tayari’s newest novel, “An American Marriage.” This author of four novels also holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University and the University of Iowa. Her latest work deals with themes of injustice, betrayal, love, the American Dream and the New South. Come out to enjoy a discussion on her complex masterpiece.

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Editorial Intern Kristi Piechnik is a foodie through and through. When she's not writing for Chapel Hill Magazine, she's on the hunt for the world's best carrot cake.
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