Weekend at a Glance: Brahms, Brews and a Block Party

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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm – Travel through the tale of the murderous Sweeney and partner-in-crime Mrs. Lovett as they portray a dark drama of obsession and revenge to the sounds of a sonorous score within the walls of the Paul Green Theatre.

The Station Reopening – Thursday, 7:30pm – All aboard… The Station is making its comeback on Thursday, re-opening its doors with updated food, brews and live music. Check out their new website for a list of upcoming shows.

The Brahms Piano Quartets – Thursday, 7:30-9:30pm – Grammy-nominated Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes joins German violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Tabea Zimmerman and Austrian cellist Clements Hagen at UNC’s Memorial Hall to revisit the romantic sounds of Brahm.

Orange County Expo – Friday, 10am-2pm – More than two dozen Orange County departments set up booths to offer handouts, giveaways and general information to the community at University Place.

Spring Swing Kick Off – Friday, 6-9pm – Swing into spring (for free!) at The Plaza on Franklin Street with celtic tunes by the Thistledown Tinkers and interpretative dance by Studio A Dance Arts.

YCP’s Annual Silent Auction – Friday, 6-8pm – Celebrate the young talent of our community at the Youth Community Project’s Silent Art Auction, held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

Briar Chapel Earth Day 5K – Saturday, 9am – Run and raise awareness for sustainable energy at the Triangle’s largest green home community, with a 5k, kids’ run and awards ceremony to follow. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

UNC Science Expo 2016 – Saturday, 10am-3pm – Calling all science geeks! Morehead Planetarium partners with the University of North Carolina and the Town of Chapel Hill to bring you this science extravaganza, where entrance is FREE, and guests can enjoy hands-on activities and over 100 exhibitors, plus live animal entertainment by the Piedmont Wildlife Center and music by bluegrass artist Tim Stambaugh.

Cendrillon and The Telephone Children’s Matinee – Saturday, 10-11:30am – The UNC Opera performs a special matinee of Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon and Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone at Kenan Music Building, free for kids and accompanying adults.

Civil War Tour of Hillsborough – Saturday, 1-4pm – For just $12 a ticket, learn more about Hillsborough’s unique role in the Civil War by exploring the small town’s historic sites and hearing more about Antebellum North Carolina. The event is co-sponsored by Bennett Place State Historic Site and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough.

Carolina Brewery Free Tour – Saturday, 2pm – Enjoy a free tour (and taste!) at the Pittsboro brewpub for a behind-the-scenes look at how the beer is made.

Autism In Love – Saturday, 2-4pm – Celebrate Autism Awareness Month at Chapel Hill Public Library with a free film screening of Matt Fuller’s documentary “Autism In Love,” followed by a reception.

Gabriel Kahane & Timo Andres – Saturday, 8-10pm – UNC’s Memorial Hall hosts the dueling pianists as they perform what has been called a “quasi-live-mix tape,” fusing the classical sounds of Schumann and Bach with contemporary Western flare.

Carrboro Open Streets – Sunday, 12-4pm – Everyone is invited to Carrboro’s 4th annual block party, where people of all ages can enjoy rock climbing, yoga, smoothie-making, bicycle races and more.

19th Annual Community Dinner – Sunday, 1-3pm – Enjoy a celebration of Orange County’s cultural diversity with food and fellowship at McDougle Middle School for just $8 or $3 for kids.

Family Fun Day at Brumley Forest – Sunday, 1-4pm – Enjoy a free adventure for the whole family with a sneak peek at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve, sponsored by the Triangle Land Conservancy and Schoolhouse of Wonder.

Saludos Compay – Sunday, 6-8pm – Southern Village’s free outdoor summer concert series opens with Latin soul music by Saludos Compay.

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Caroline Roessler

Caroline is a third-generation Tarheel majoring in broadcast journalism and American history. Born in Alabama and bred in Arizona, she has maintained a steady affinity for both coasts. She has lopsided ears, a borderline religious reverence for Mr. Walker Percy and an unshakeable trust in the healing properties of Wild Turkey Bourbon. Caroline is a shameless daddy's girl who listens to an unreasonable amount of Simon & Garfunkel. In May, she will be walking the plank — graduating, that is. In the meantime, you can find her skipping down Franklin Street or devouring a Mookie at Al's Burger Shack.
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