Weekend Best Bets: Baseball, Bramble Rose & Birthday Bash

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PlayMakers Repertory Company production of We Are Proud To Present... CREDIT: Jon Gardiner
PlayMakers Repertory Company production of We Are Proud To Present…
CREDIT: Jon Gardiner

Wine & Beer meet Cheese Fundraiser – Thursday, 6:30-9pm – Help a child attend Aldersgate Church preschool while tasting carefully selected pairings curated by Alexander Kast of Goat Lady Dairy and Elizabeth Cooper of Southern Season. The tastings will be followed by a fun social hour with drinks and The Guilty Pleasures Bluegrass Band. Tickets are limited. The Parlour at Manns Chapel, 175 Poythress Rd.; $40; eventbrite.com

We Are Proud to Present… – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm – An emotional piece that explores ingrained prejudices and a little-known episode of early-20th-century genocide. Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Rd.; $15+; 919-962-7529; playmakersrep.org

The Knights with Gil Shaham – Thursday, 7:30pm – The Knights, an orchestra known for its diverse repertoire, join up with Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham for a collaboration worthy of some of the world’s greatest concert stages. Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Ave.; $19; 919-843-3333; carolinaperformingarts.org

UNC Baseball – Friday, 3pm; Saturday, 2pm; Sunday, 12pm – Come support the Tar Heels during their first weekend at home! Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack; they’ll only be $1 on Friday! The Heels will be hosting Oklahoma State. Boshamer Stadium, 235 Ridge Rd.; $5; goheels.com

Family Movie Matinee – Friday, 4pm – Kick off your weekend watching Disney’s Aladdin with the whole family! Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr.; Free; 919-968-2777; chapelhillpubliclibrary.org

Last Fridays Art Walk – Friday, 6-9pm – Take a walk downtown while enjoying live music, tasty eats and local art. The walk will offer a variety of visual arts and fine crafts. Look online for a full map. Downtown Historic Hillsborough; Free; 919-643-2500; hillsboroughartscouncil.org

Tift Merritt at Cat’s Cradle – Friday, 8pm – Tift Merritt and band celebrate the re-release of her 2002 debut album, Bramble Rose, with this Cat’s Cradle performance. 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; $25; 919-967-9053; catscradle.com

Griffin House at Cat’s Cradle – Friday, 8pm – This Nashville-based singer-songwriter has headlined for big names like Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney and The Cranberries. 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; $15-18; 919-967-9053; catscradle.com

In The Pocket with The Beast at Haw River Ballroom – Friday, 8:30pm – Durham-based The Beast first developed their jazzy hip-hop sound at UNC. They will team up with In The Pocket, Durham Academy’s premiere music ensemble, in this dynamic live show for all ages. 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Rd., Saxapahaw; $12; 336-525-2314; hawriverballroom.com

Franklin 5k – Saturday, 9:30am – “Think Pink” and join UNC’s Zeta Tau Alpha for their biggest philanthropic event of the year that benefits many local organizations. The course will run through the UNC Campus and surrounding neighborhoods, with prizes, food and local talent after the race. Bynum Circle on UNC’s campus; $20; franklin5k.com

TEDxUNC Conference – Saturday, 12-5pm – This local extension of the TEDx program is independently organized and ran by students at UNC. The theme reflects this year’s title, “Bodies: Being Human.” The highly anticipated lineup includes a speed climber, podcast comedians, dance and circus groups, local artisans, and UNC students and faculty. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.; Free; tedxunc.com

PTA Thrift Shop Birthday Bash – Saturday, 7-10pm – Join parents, teachers and community members to celebrate the nonprofit that’s been serving our schools for more than half a century. Enjoy live music, delicious food, a silent auction and much more at the Carolina Club. 550 Stadium Dr.; $50 or $90/couple; 919-962-1101; ptathriftshop.org

Allan Gurganus at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts – Sunday, 4-6pm – This Hillsborough author will be reading from his newest book, “Lost Souls,” amid the gallery’s featured art show inspired by stories within it. 121 N. Churton St.; Free; 919-732-5001; hillsboroughgallery.com

Sommelier Competition – Sunday, 6-9pm – Some of North Carolina’s most talented sommeliers vie for your taste buds during this fun evening of exceptional cuisine and wine. Garden House, Fearrington Village; $250; 919-542-2121; fearrington.com

Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience – Sunday, 7:30pm – In celebration of Black History Month, this concert featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman and Leyla McCalla will explore the profound history of musicians of color in the United States, from the first inhabitants to recent immigrants. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.; $19; 919-843-3333; carolinaperformingarts.org

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