Weekend at a Glance: Home Runs, History and Habitat for Humanity

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Jeff (left) and Alison Polish hosted last year’s Writers for Readers event while author Daniel Wallace, a Chapel Hill native and UNC Professor, emceed. (Photo courtesy of Orange Literacy)

Sounds of ’68: Revolution in the Air – Thursday & Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-1pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm – The year 1968 was a revolutionary for music. It’s when James Taylor went to Carolina in his mind and Johnny Cash recorded his concert at Folsom Prison. Experience and learn about these historic musical events and many more at Wilson Library‘s new exhibit, on display through April 22.

Writers for Readers – Thursday, 7pm – Enjoy appetizers, drinks and a discussion with renowned food writers at The Blue Zone. Orange Literacy’s 11th annual capstone event is critical in supporting the organization’s programs, which help adults improve their reading, writing, English language skills and more. Tickets: $100.

Frederick Douglass: Then and Now – Thursday, 7pm  – In celebration of Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday, Chapel Hill Public Library hosts a panel of scholars to discuss questions such as “What would Frederick Douglass think of 2018?” and “What was Douglass’s impact, then and now?” Stop by the library for what is sure to be a lively and interesting discussion on one of the country’s most transformative historical figures.

Appointed Rounds – Thursday, 7pm – Head over to Flyleaf Books to hear UNC Professor Michael McFee speak about his new essay collection, “Appointed Rounds.” The collection, which includes more than 50 essays, focuses on topics such as teaching, writing, the author’s native western North Carolina and books.

Gob Squad: We are Gob Squad and So are You – Thursday, 7:30 – If you’re looking for a playful, interactive night of self-reflection on truth, control, determination and more, head to CURRENT Artspace + Studio. This performance is put on by a collective of German and UK artists using text, video archive and soundtrack to get their message across. Tickets: $20.

Mixed Concrete Art Show – Friday, 5:30-7:30pm – Come support Habitat for Humanity of Orange County at this annual event hosted by the UNC chapter of the organization. More than 60 locally created pieces will be auctioned off at The Great Room at Top of the Hill. This year, the event also celebrates a $20,000 grant the UNC chapter received from State Farm to build a home for a university employee.

CHHS Hit-A-Thon – Saturday, 11am – Stop by the Chapel Hill High School baseball field to support JV and varsity athletes during this fundraiser. You can sponsor a player to help cover costs needed to operate the program. Tiger fans can even take part in the fun by donating $5 for 10 swings at the plate and a chance to win prizes!

Understanding Modern Slavery – Saturday, 2-4pm – Chapel Hill Public Library invites the nation’s top scholars to come and speak about their studies and passions as part of the “Discovery and Inspiration: Conversations with Scholars” series. This weekend, the library welcomes Laura Murphy, an associate professor in English Literature at Loyola University, to speak about her studies in historical and modern slavery.

Star Families: African Sky Stories – Saturday, 3:30pm – This series at the Morehead Planetarium is perfect for kids and their families to learn about astronomy together. Stop by on Saturday to learn about the current night sky through stories from various African cultures about the moon, planets and stars. Adults: $7.68. Children, students and seniors: $6.51.

Mobile Shakespeare – Saturday, 7:30pm – Have you ever wanted to see Shakespeare but found it to be too long, too expensive or too out of the way? PlayMakers, with the help of local non-profits and organizations, now presents stripped down versions of the Bard’s most famous plays for free. This weekend’s production is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the The ArtsCenter.

Mary D. Williams – Sunday, 3-5pm – Celebrate Black History Month at The Friday Center with Williams, a renowned gospel singer and adjunct professor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. The concert showcases protest songs from the Civil Rights Era and examines their connections to slavery and the Negro spirituals of that time. 

2018 Pauli Murray Award – Sunday, 3-5pm – Stop by the Whitted Building in Hillsborough on Sunday to celebrate this year’s award winners, Mariela Hernandez, a zone navigator with Orange County’s Family Success Alliance, and Kenzi Patrick, a senior at Orange High School. The Hal Engler Quintet will perform and food will be provided by Kelsey’s at this free event.

Wilson Caldwell Day – Sunday, 3-6pm – Starting at the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery and moving to the UNC School of Government, this event celebrates the first African American to be elected to any office in Chapel Hill.  In addition to the celebration, UNC student organizations will host a panel on race relations and how it affects communities both on and off campus.

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Molly Weybright

Molly Weybright is an editorial intern with a love for books and a passion for the written word. She is a senior studying Reporting and Fiction Writing at UNC where she plays the trumpet with the Marching Tar Heels.
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