Weekend at a Glance: French Art, Film Scoring and Remembering Frederick Douglass

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Musician Tim Carless will perform a live score for Charlie Chaplin’s famous silent film “The Kid” Saturday at The ArtsCenter. (Photo by Regan Lunn)

Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour – Thursday, 7pm – Don’t miss your last chance to celebrate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. The ArtsCenter in Carrboro hosts poet Nathan Richardson for a free, educational performance sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission.

Spring Book Sale – Friday-Monday – Browse books, DVDs and more at the Friends of the Orange County Library’s Spring Book Sale at the main library in Hillsborough. For those seeking a great deal, stop by on Sunday for the bag sale where you’ll pay only $5 for a full bag of books!

Dangerous Liaisons – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm – Join Jessica Tanner, French Professor at UNC, for a few glasses of wine and a discussion about Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ book “Dangerous Liaisons.” Following the talk, attendees are invited to a tour of the “Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment” exhibit led by Ackland’s Director of Academic Programs Carolyn Allmendinger. Tickets: $40; includes copy of novel. Online registration recommended.

Tasting Tour – Saturday, 10am – Explore historic Hillsborough by tasting all of the fresh, gourmet food the town has to offer. Participants will have a chance to meet area farmers, chefs and restaurant owners. Featured menu items include handcrafted chocolates and pastries, artisan sandwiches, housemade pizza and organic wine. Space for the tour is limited, so reserve your spot and purchase your tickets online now. Tickets: $55.

Art Adventures – Saturday, 10:30am-12pm & 1-2:30pm – Come to the Ackland Art Museum for a morning or afternoon session of crafting. Children ages 6-9 are invited to create Mondrian hearts or pastel self portraits inspired by the museum’s “Become a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment” exhibit. Tickets: Free for members, $5 for non-members. 

Drawing for Tweens – Saturday, 10:30am-12pm – Artists age 10-13 are invited to the Ackland Art Museum to view the gallery’s many works and create drawings inspired by the artists’ techniques. Gallery teachers will provide instructions and materials.  Tickets: Free for members, $5 for non-members. 

Live Film Rescoring – Saturday, 8pm – Local musician Tim Carless created an original score for Charlie Chaplin’s famous silent film “The Kid.” Stop by The ArtsCenter in Carrboro to see him play his original tunes set to the 1921 film. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 for children.  

Dolores O’Riordan Tribute – Saturday, 9pm – Cat’s Cradle hosts several local bands and musicians for its tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan, former lead singer of The Cranberries. A portion of the proceeds goes to Girls Rock NC, which provides music-oriented summer camps and after-school programming for girls and transgender youth. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 

Author John Hart – Sunday, 2pm – Join author John Hart at Flyleaf Books for a discussion of his newest thriller “The Hush.” The story takes place in the North Carolina setting established in Hart’s earlier novels and like his previous books, “The Hush” has garnered praise from readers and critics alike. Free.

Chapel Hill Philharmonia – Sunday, 3pm – The Chapel Hill Philharmonia will perform a free concert in Moeser Auditorium on UNC’s campus. Pieces include Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture,” Mozart’s “Oboe Concerto” and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” Free.

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