Weekend Best Bets: Disney, Dr. Seuss & Downton Abbey

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Sports Writer John Feinstein at Flyleaf – Thursday, 7-8pm – Don’t miss the chance to get an inside scoop on ACC basketball’s greatest rivalry from #1 New York Times bestseller John Feinstein as he discusses his book The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; Free; 919-942-7373; flyleafbooks.com

ECHHS’ Beauty and the Beast – Thursday, 6:30pm; Friday, 7:30pm – Experience this classic Disney love story performed by the talented young actors of ECHHS’ performing arts department, accompanied by the student orchestra. East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Rd.; $8-$13; eastreservations.org

“Amuse Bouche” Climate Change Reception – Thursday, 6-8:30pm – Join the conversation on climate change at Abundance NC’s pre-conference reception featuring noteworthy thought-leaders Natasha Bowens, Laura Lengnick and Maurice Small. Hosted by WUNC’s Leonida Inge, this networking event is open to the public. There will be amuse bouche (bite-sized hors d’oeuvres) and a cash bar by Fair Game Beverage Co. Fearrington Barn, 2000 Fearrington Village Center; $5; 919-444-9300; abundancenc.org

Margaux Pop-Up Shop presented by J. McLaughlin – Friday, 10am-8pm – Bloggers Lauren Steele and Amy Loochtan invite you to indulge in a day of shopping and sipping at J. McLaughlin, featuring made-to-measure ballet flats from Margaux. There will be a cocktail reception from 6–8pm, and 15% of total sales will be donated to Healing Waters Charity. J. McLaughlin Boutique, 702 Meadowmont Village Cir.; free; JMcLaughlin.com

Documentary Screening: The Mask You Live In – Friday, 7-9pm – This compelling documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom of the Representation Project explores contemporary gender roles, specifically society’s definitions of manhood and masculinity. Emerson Waldorf School, 6211 New Jericho Rd.; free; 919-967-1858; emersonwaldorf.org

Annual Art Show: Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands – Friday, 7-10pm – The Compass Center hosts this vibrant exhibition for its 31st year, celebrating the creativity of local North Carolina female artists. This year’s show will feature new and old works of all sizes, with an anonymous collection of 5’ 7” paintings for sale. The evening includes a cocktail reception, raffle and silent auction. Top of the Hill’s Great Room, 100 E. Franklin St.; $60; 919-968-4610; compassctr.org

3rd Annual Ackland Artini – Friday, 7-9pm – Don’t miss the Ackland Art Museum’s third annual Artini! This year’s bash will be ‘60s-themed, inspired by the Ackland’s current exhibition, Walls of Color, which features the modernist flare of painter Hans Hofmann. Sip on signature cocktails from The Crunkleton, Jujube, and Lantern while enjoying live music, hors d’oeuvres and more. Guests must be 21+. Ackland Art Museum, 101 South Columbia St.; $45 members, $50 non-members, $25 UNC students; 919-962-0216; ackland.org

Hairspray the Musical – Friday-Sunday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm – Company Carolina presents the Tony Award-winning musical in all of its beat-boppin’, big-hair-rockin’ glory. Hairspray tells the tale of Tracy Turnblad, a 1960s Baltimore teen with big hair – and even bigger dreams. With classic tunes likeYou Can’t Stop the Beat” and “The New Girl in Town,” this show is fun for the whole family. The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main St.; $10; 919.929.2787; artscenterlive.org

4th Annual Climate Adaptation Conference – Friday, 8am-5pm – The focus is on “changing minds” at this year’s Climate Adaptation Conference, an event that seeks to support local farmers and educate the community on pressing environmental issues. The main event on Friday will feature over a dozen speakers covering a variety of topics, from food sovereignty to groundbreaking new climate tools. The 2016 keynote speaker is Natasha Bowens, an internationally-renowned author, farmer and political activist. Tickets sell out every year, so don’t wait to buy yours! Central Carolina Community College, 764 West St.; $45-$65; 919-533-5181; abundancenc.org

5th Annual Kappa Epsilon and Caring Community Foundation 5k – Saturday, 9am-12pm – Rise and shine for a good cause this weekend at the Caring Community Foundation 5k, which benefits cancer patients and their families. Both runners and walkers are welcome. The Old Well, E. Cameron Ave.; $25; runsignup.com

Dr. Seuss Celebration – Saturday, 10:30am-12pm – Calling all Dr. Seuss fans: The Orange County Public Library will be holding a Seuss Celebration in honor of what would be the author’s 112th birthday. There will be stories, games and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t forget to wear your party hat! Orange County Public Library, 137 West Margaret Ln.; free; 919-245-2525; orangecountync.gov

Cantari presents From Britain With Love – Saturday, 3pm – Enjoy an afternoon of British choral tunes at the Chapel of the Cross, where a select 30-person ensemble from the Chapel Hill Chorus will perform a cappella and organ music. From Britain With Love will feature guest organist Matthew Brown, who has performed at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Chapel of the Cross, 304 E Franklin St.; $17; voiceschapelhill.org

Soup Sampling Series at Carrboro Farmers’ Market – Saturday, 9am-12pm – ’Tis the season… for soup! Check out Carrboro Farmers’ Market Winter Soup Sampling Series for soup samples and recipes. Saturday’s sampling will feature Butternut Squash Soup crafted by market manager Erin Jobe. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 West Main St.; free; carrborofarmersmarket.com

4th Annual St. Paul Village Community Walk and 5K Run – Saturday, 9am-1pm – Walk, run or simply spectate at this year’s St. Paul Village Community 5k, which features electronic timing by Cardinal Track Services. There will be an awards ceremony with prizes for race winners, as well as kid-friendly games and refreshments for everyone. Proceeds will go toward St. Paul Village, the Bouncing Bulldogs and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. McDougle Middle School, 900 Old Fayetteville; $25 individual, $45 family; 919-967-3961; stpaulamechapelhill.org

Straight Talk with Real Muslims – Sunday, 2-4pm – Flyleaf Books will host a down-to-earth discussion about modern-day Islam and local Muslim culture, led by a diverse panel of authors and practicing muslims from the community. Refreshments included, courtesy of Mediterranean Deli. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; free; 919-942-7373; flyleafbooks.com

Kidzu Children’s Museum 10th Birthday Celebration – Sunday, 1-5pm – Come one, come all to Kidzu Children’s Museum to celebrate one decade of creativity with a purpose. The afternoon will be packed with activities, including interactive performances, bi-lingual story time and a variety of crafts. There will be a comedy set by DSI, music by the Waterlilies, a reading by local authors Elaine O’Neil and Missy Julian Fox, and more. Kidzu Children’s Museum, 201 S Estes Drive; free; 919-933-1455; kidzuchildrensmuseum.org

Downton Abbey Farewell Tea – Sunday, 2-6pm – Bid farewell to the Downton Abbey series with a proper English tea at Chapel Hill Public Library. There will be a photo booth and trivia contest. Enjoy tea, scones and lemon curd as you watch a prescreening of the series finale at 4 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr.; Free; 919-968-2780; chapelhillpubliclibrary.org

Mediterranean Deli TABLE Benefit Night – Sunday, 5:30-7:30pm – Eat, drink and be merry – all to help feed hungry children in the community. A ticket to Mediterranean Deli’s TABLE benefit includes dinner, beer, and wine. The evening will also feature a silent auction showcasing items from local businesses. All of the proceeds fund TABLE’s efforts to feed hungry children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Mediterranean Deli, 410 W. Franklin St.; $45 adv.; 919-967-2666; tablenc.org

NC Symphony presents Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony – Saturday, 7:30-9pm – This special evening will feature the soaring melodies of Tchaikovsky, reenergized by Resident Conductor and Artistic Director William Henry Curry, who celebrates a 20-year tenure with the North Carolina Symphony by honoring the works of his greatest musical influence. Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Ave.; $14-$56; 919-733-2750; ncsymphony.org


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Caroline Roessler

Caroline is a third-generation Tarheel majoring in broadcast journalism and American history. Born in Alabama and bred in Arizona, she has maintained a steady affinity for both coasts. She has lopsided ears, a borderline religious reverence for Mr. Walker Percy and an unshakeable trust in the healing properties of Wild Turkey Bourbon. Caroline is a shameless daddy's girl who listens to an unreasonable amount of Simon & Garfunkel. In May, she will be walking the plank — graduating, that is. In the meantime, you can find her skipping down Franklin Street or devouring a Mookie at Al's Burger Shack.
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