Weekend at a Glance: Performances, Parks and Puppets

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Enjoy a fun weekend in Chapel Hill by listening to local musicians, reading with critically acclaimed authors and playing outside

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Hear from New York Times bestselling author Kwame Mbalia as he speaks about his latest book, “Last Gate of the Emperor,” during a virtual conversation hosted by Flyleaf Books.

Compiled by Chiara Evans

Friday

Freight Train Blues Concert Series 
The Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department and Music Maker Relief Foundation present a virtual Blues and Roots concert series every Friday evening featuring performances from Alexa Rose, Amythyst Kiah, Johnny Ray Daniels, The Hamiltones and Harvey Dalton Arnold. 

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: Abundance
Scottish musician Alasdair Fraser and American cellist Natalie Haas perform songs from their fifth album, “Abundance,” in a virtual concert. Guests can attend via Zoom. 

Peter Dugan and Joshua Bell
Join pianist Peter Dugan and violinist Joshua Bell for a livestreamed performance hosted by Carolina Performing Arts. Enjoy pieces by Beethoven, Brahms and Bloch. Guests must register for the event by noon on Friday. 

Saturday

Hillsborough Garden Club 2021 Garden Tour
The Hillsborough Garden Club hosts a socially distanced, self-guided tour of 12 residential gardens in the Forest Ridge subdivision and historic downtown Hillsborough. 

Last Gate of the Emperor’
Flyleaf Books hosts this conversation between Atlanta-based author Karen Strong and authors Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen – great-grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia – for a conversation on their newly released Afrofuturist book following a mythical Ethiopian empire.

Saturday-Sunday 

An Upcoming Society
Join 1,2,3 Puppetry for “An Upcoming Society.” The performance will involve multiple theatrical elements and shares a message on social and environmental justice. Guests can sit in pods with up to five people. 

Sunday 

Midway: A Virtual Tour of the Black Financial District 
Danita Mason-Hogans, a local historian and project manager for the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, provides a virtual tour of the Black financial district in Chapel Hill. Danita will share stories about Midway, a business and social hub for Black families. 

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