Weekend at a Glance: Cajun Music, Cooking and Crafts

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Festival-goers flocked to last year’s Festifall Arts Festival.

REFUGEE Art Exhibit – Thursday, 8am-8pm; Friday, 8am-5pm; Sunday, 1-7pm – Stop by the UNC William and Ida Friday Center to view their free ongoing film and photography exhibition centered on the lives of refugees displaced around the world. Check out the exhibit website to stay updated on additional weekly programming dedicated to further exploring the refugee crisis.

The Cake – Thursday-Sunday – Last chance! Get your fill of comedy and drama in this original play written by UNC alumnus and “This Is Us” screenwriter Bekah Brunstetter, that made its regional premiere at PlayMakers Repertory Company and ends this weekend. 

Two Nights of NC Music – Thursday & Friday, 8pm – The ArtsCenter is hosting two nights of contemporary homegrown music this weekend. On Thursday, hip-hop artists Mykki Blanco and ZenSoFly will perform under the theme “Raise Up (Hip Hop Beyond Boundaries)”; Friday, Jake Xerxes Fussell & Nathan Bowles, House and Land and Trío Huracán Hidalguense will represent the theme “Roots Uprooted (North Americana String Bands in North Carolina).” Tickets: $25 each night.

Cold Mountain, The Opera – Thursday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm – In honor of the best-selling novel by UNC alumnus Charles Frazier, The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Minnesota Opera and North Carolina Opera have joined forces to reimagine the tale in music form, to be performed at Memorial Hall courtesy Carolina Performing Arts.

Hillsborough Last Fridays Art Walk – Friday, 6pm-9pm – Enjoy a showcase of local artists through a walking tour of Downtown Historic Hillsborough, featuring art galleries, jewelry boutiques, children’s workshops and more.

The Hot At Nights & Matthew Stevens – Saturday, 8pm – Join The ArtsCenter for a night of contemporary jazz and improvisation, with The Hot At Nights, a trio inspired by the forces of change through jazz history, and Matthew Stevens, a Berklee College of Music graduate who has been praised for his experimental and cross-genre sound.

Festifall Art Festival – Sunday, 12pm-6pm – Celebrate and interact with the local art community by browsing the Handmade Art Market; watching more than 25 dance, comedy and music performances; or making art through a variety of activities for both the young and the young-at-heart. And come visit the Chapel Hill Magazine booth to color in our monster-size mural!

From Seed to Table – Sunday, 2pm – North Carolina Botanical Garden plays host to Crook’s Corner chef Bill Smith and gardner Betsey Elliot as they walk you through heirloom seed selection, the growing process and how Bill utilizes these vegetables on Crook’s menu. Cooking demonstrations and a tasting are included. Tickets: $20-$22.

Saved: Objects of the Dead – Sunday, 2pm-4pm – As part of the Triangle-wide CLICK! Photography Festival, artists Jody Servon and Lorene Delany-Ullman collaborated on this photographic and poetic exploration of our experiences of death and memory, through the material possessions we leave behind. Check out the exhibit at the Horace Williams House this weekend.

Masters of Cajun Accordion – Sunday, 5:30pm – Celebrate the release of Yep Roc Records and UNC Southern Folklife Collection’s album “Swampland Jewels,” a compilation of classic Cajun, Zydeco and swamp pop, through a night of lectures and music. Cajun music scholar Barry Jean Ancelet of University of Louisiana will speak and there will be live music from Jo-El Sonnier with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.


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Connie Jin

Connie is currently a junior at UNC-CH studying journalism, computer science and studio art. Check out her website at conniehanzhangjin.com.
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