Weekend at a Glance: Black History Month, Bingo and ‘The Blacksmith’

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Celebrate Black History Month with bingo and a virtual lecture, or support the local arts with a number of virtual performances

weekend events – The Commons Festival
Poet Ayanna Albertson performs her piece “Lineage” on Friday at 5 p.m. Photo by Devonte Soileau

Compiled by Renee Ambroso

All Weekend

‘Blood Done Sign My Name’ 
PlayMakers Repertory Company presents an exciting virtual performance from Mike Wiley as he uses Tim Tyson’s childhood memories to dive into the murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow during this virtual performance, which is accompanied by powerful spirituals sung by Mary D. Williams.

The Commons Festival
Poet Ayanna Albertson performs her piece “Lineage” on Friday at 5 p.m. during the second weekend of this Carolina Performing Arts event. Registration for this event closes at noon on Friday. On Saturday at 1 p.m., Michaela Ashworth, event manager at Durham Performing Arts Center, leads a virtual seminar called “Cultivating Patron Connection” alongside Sean Wright, executive director of The Grand Theater in Wausau, Wisconsin, and Kate Lorenz, events and audience services director at the Lied Center of Kansas. Registration for this event is limited and intended for those working in the ticketing or customer service.

‘Coastal View’ at Margaret Lane Gallery 
Peruse a selection of ocean and seaside-themed work at this exhibit running through Feb. 21. The themed show can be viewed in-person, but masks are required.


The Drive-In at Carraway Village 
Enjoy a series of throwback movies on the big screen at the Drive-In at Carraway Village every day this weekend. Favorites include Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” on Thursday, “The Prince of Tides” directing and starring Barbara Streisand on Friday, and “School of Rock” on Saturday. Tickets are sold per person and must be purchased prior to arrival.


2021 Diaspora Lecture 
Joe W. Trotter, Jr., professor and founder of the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University, delivers a lecture exploring misconceptions of the Black working class from his most recent book “Workers on Arrival: Black Labor and the Making of America” during this Zoom event hosted by The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

Black History Month Senior Bingo
The Town of Carrboro hosts bingo for community members ages 50 and older from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration for the Zoom events can be completed by contacting Dana Hughes at dhughes@townofcarrboro.org or calling 919-918-7372. 

‘First Contact: Native Americans and Europeans in the Sounds, 1524-1650’ 
Tom Magnuson, founder of Trading Path Association, gives a virtual lecture, the first in a four-part series presented by the Orange County Historical Museum, to share the history on early trading path routes in the Southeast. Registration is required.


Livestream: Misc 
Misc, initially formed in 2011, performs its first live show as a full band in more than five years. The band will draw influence from bluegrass, Latin, metal and jazz in an oddly seamless and user-friendly fusion during a Facebook Live event hosted by The Cave at 8 p.m.


Live Score of ‘The Blacksmith’
Tim Carless performs a live score to Buster Keaton’s silent film, “The Blacksmith,” from 7 to 8 p.m. The ArtsCenter presents this pay-what-you-can livestreamed event. 

Carolina for the Kids Benefit Reception 
The 19th annual benefit reception on Zoom features live and silent auctions. The silent auction is open all day on Saturday and the live auction begins at 7 p.m. Families who have benefited from the organization’s efforts to support UNC Children’s Hospital will also share their stories. This year, Carolina for the Kids asks for a small donation of at least $20 to participate in the event.


Uli’s Raclette at Botanist & Barrel 
Uli’s Raclette returns to the cidery by popular demand, serving up artisan Raclette-style cheese that is melted and scraped from the cheese wheel to-order. Uli’s Raclette is a collaboration between Chapel Hill Creamery and Kast & Co., and offers cheese made by owner Alexander Kast.

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