Weekend at a Glance: Constellations, Cooking and Choreography

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Keep to those 2021 resolutions with educational events, exercise, and healthy food in and around Chapel Hill this weekend

weekend event at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center’s show, “Carolina Skies,” takes audiences through what’s visible in the North Carolina sky. 

Compiled by Madeline Taylor


‘Carolina Skies’
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center’s long-running show takes audiences through the North Carolina sky on that particular night. Learn what stars, planets and constellations are going to be visible, as well as stories and legends told by ancient civilizations in an effort to make sense of the cosmos.

Free Walking Tours of Chapel Hill
Sally Sockwell Smith leads free tours of downtown Chapel Hill. Tours begin at the sundial in front of Morehead Planetarium & Science Center and continue down Franklin Street and pass historic buildings, historical places of protest, museums, murals and more. Pre-registration and 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 at 6:30 p.m. Favorites include Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” on Thursday, “The Notebook” on Friday and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” on Saturday. Tickets are sold per person and must be purchased prior to arrival.


Carrboro United Local Food Hub 
This organization offers a rotating menu of family meals from local restaurants, farmers and business owners. Meant to reinvigorate the local restaurant industry, find food from Orange County mainstays such as Acme, Carrboro Coffee Roasters, Crook’s Corner, Glasshalfull, Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe and more.


Virtual Open Hearth Cooking
Orange County Historical Museum hosts the second part of its historical cooking demonstration led by Linda Ostrand, a trained historical interpreter. Featuring period costume and cooking tools and techniques, attendees will learn how to make a Monticello-inspired dish fit for personage of the early 19th century.

Lectures in Art History: Joan Neuberger
UNC Department of Art and Art History hosts the University of Texas at Austin professor of history for a discussion on Sergei Eisenstein’s 1945 essay “The Music of Landscape.” Joan will analyze how the immersion of nature pioneered the Soviet filmmaker’s ideas on self, art and radical politics. Attendees must register in advance. Registration closes Jan. 20, 5 p.m.


Philosophy Discussion Group
The UNC Philosophy Department leads a semi-monthly virtual discussion group hosted by the Seymour Center, focusing this January on the relationship between philosophy and current events. The event is open to those of all ages with registration.


Saturday Sweat
This free, donation-based virtual workout, hosted by Chapel Hill Training, offers a customized class at 10 a.m. with a live DJ. 


Sticks and Stones: British Women Fight for the Vote
Dr. Sylvia Hoffert, a former professor of history and women’s studies at UNC, examines the efforts of the often violent British suffrage movement. The lecture and Q&A, originally scheduled for 2020, celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America.

Virtual Family and Friends Sunday: Dance into Kusama’s World
Ackland Art Museum presents this monthly free event for kids and their parents to interact with current exhibitions, including this month’s “Yayoi Kusama: Open the Shape Called Love.” In addition to viewing the polka-dot enthusiast’s gallery, families can participate in storytime and make Kusama-inspired crafts. The event will also feature choreographer Killian Manning as she leads a movement workshop exploring Kusama’s artwork. The workshop is divided into two sessions, one for kids and families and one for adults. Registration is required.

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