Weekend Best Bets: Beatles, Beethoven and Basketball

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Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Carolina Performing Arts co-comissioned this piece titled GYMNOPÉDIES, a Greek word meaning either a war dance, a dance done by children, or a dance involving nudity. Photo by Sylvie-Ann Paré

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading – Thursday 7-8:30pm – Mark Smith-Soto and Janice Moore Fuller, the featured poets of the night, will read for 20 minutes each and then it’s time for open mic poetry. Participants will gather at The Root Cellar next door prior to the reading. 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd; Free; 919-942-7373; flyleafbooks.com

Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto – Thursday 7:30-9:30pm – The North Carolina Symphony is joined by pianist Inon Barnatan to present Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”. The program also features two additional pieces by Brahms and Andrew Norman. A pre-concert talk will be held in Gerrard Hall. 114 E. Cameron Ave; tickets start at $14; 919-733-2750; ncsymphony.org

Winter Movie Series – Friday 6:30-8pm – Cuddle up as you watch the penguins of Madagascar on screen during the Chapel Hill Community Center movie night. Feel free to bring your own pillows and blankets, whatever makes you comfortable! Snack on free popcorn while supplies last. 120 S. Estes Dr.; Free; 919-968-2790; townofchapelhill.org

Little River Trail Runs – Saturday 9 and 9:30am – Here’s your chance to participate in either a 7k or 10 miler through the scenic Little River Regional Park. Let the views of the river relax you as you run to raise money to benefit the park. Packet pickup is Friday at Fleet Feet in Carrboro. 301 Little River Parkway, Rougemont; $40; littlerivertrailruns@gmail.com; trailheads.org

UNC Men’s Basketball – Saturday 12-2pm – Come out to support the Tar Heels as they defend their 4-0 conference record against the Wolfpack at the Dean E. Smith Center. If you can’t make it to Chapel Hill, the game will be live on ESPN. 300 Skipper Bowles Dr.; $65; 800-722-4335; goheels.com

Movies at the Library – Saturday 2:30-4:35pm – Join the Chapel Hill Public Library for a classic 1980 film detailing the life of Loretta Lynn. Coal Miner’s Daughter will be screening as part of the library’s weekly movies for adult audiences. No reservations necessary. 100 Library Dr.; Free; 919-968-2780; chapelhillpubliclibrary.org

Abbey Road LIVE! – Saturday 4 and 8:30pm – Witness the tribute act that the U.S. News & World Report called “one of the world’s premier Beatles cover bands”. Expect more than simply Beatles look-alikes in this act featuring more than 100 songs made classics by the original four. Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; $10 advance, $13 day of show; 919-967-9053; catscradle.com

Choral Festival – Saturday 5:30-7:30pm – The final concert of the All-Carolina Invitational Male Choral Festival culminates in a union of the UNC Men’s Glee Club and male chorus members from high schools across the state. Carol Beynon of London, Canada will direct the combined chorus. 125 S. Columbia St; $5; 919-962-1039; music.unc.edu

GYMNOPÉDIES – Saturday 8pm Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Carolina Performing Arts co-comissioned this work whose title comes from a Greek word meaning either a war dance, a dance done by children, or a dance involving nudity. Though this is not a show meant for families, prepare to be awed by the provocative and sometimes disturbing choreography. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.; tickets start at $19, $10 for students; 919-843-3333; carolinaperformingarts.org

UNC Women’s Basketball – Sunday 12:30-2:30pm – What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than cheering on the lady Tar Heels with your friends and family? Not to mention it’s Kids Day at Carmichael Arena! To celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day, kids can enjoy free food, face painting and autographs while they watch the team take on the Miami Hurricanes. 301 South Road; $7; 800-722-4335; goheels.com

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