Weekend Best Bets: Carolina, Concerts and Chekhov

Weekend Best Bets: Carolina, Concerts and Chekhov

Play with LEGOs, hear an author talk or take a hike this weekend.

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Trout Steak Revival by Kirsten Cohen Photography
Trout Steak Revival by Kirsten Cohen Photography

Yonder Mountain String Band and Trout Steak Revival – Thursday, 8pm –  Hailed as “Colorado’s next great bluegrass band,” Denver-based roots quintet Trout Steak Revival got their start as a group of friends informally jamming. Now, the band has an Emmy Award under their belts, performing to sold-out audiences across the country. Later that night, Yonder Mountain String Band will deliver progressive acoustics as they’ve been perfecting their sound for nearly two decades. 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; Tickets $17-$20; catscradle.com

Three Sisters  – Thursday through Feb. 7 – In this play by Anton Chekhov, sisters Olga, Masha and Irina long to be back in their beloved Moscow, a place they believe will fulfill their deepest dreams. PlayMakers’ production is the world premiere of a new version by Libby Appel, director of their 2014 show of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. 150 Country Club Rd.; tickets $15+; playmakersrep.org

Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann – Friday through April 10 – There’s plenty of color in this exhibition showcasing German-born artist Hans Hofmann’s underappreciated public mural projects. The postwar New York School painter covered canvases with vivid hues and is known for being an important teacher of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S Columbia St.; free admission; ackland.org

LEGO-palooza – Friday, 11am-4pm & Saturday, 1pm-4pm – Calling all LEGO lovers! Don’t miss the 12th annual LEGO-palooza hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The event will feature hands-on activities and exciting new displays from settlements in outer space to hometowns throughout America. 250 E Franklin St.; free; 919-962-1236; moreheadplanetarium.org

Opening Reception: African American Quilters Circle – Friday, 6-9pm – The Arts Council Gallery will reopen after a short winter break with an exhibition of the African American Quilters Circle (AAQC), a group formed in Durham in 1998 by four African-American women with creative goal “to preserve the heritage of quilting in the African-American community.” The AAQC has received local and national acclaim for its artistic worth and unique purpose. 102 North Churton St.; free; 919-643-2500; hillsboroughartscouncil.org

CHS Presents The Little Prince – Thursday thru Saturday, 7:30pm – Join the talented young adults of Carrboro High School as they perform “The Little Prince,” an imaginative tale of friendship between a disenchanted aviator and a prince. Starring Julia Stamey as the Little Prince and Thomas Cassidy as the Aviator. 201 Rock Haven Rd.; $5 for students, $10 for adults; 919-590-4120; http://chs.chccs.k12.nc.us/

Andrew S. Chilton Debuts “The Goblin’s Puzzle” – Saturday, 2-3pm – Join lawyer-turned-writer Andrew S. Chilton (the brother of former Carrboro mayor Mark Chilton) as he discusses his debut comedic novel “The Goblin’s Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice,” a unique literary creation. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; free; 919-942-7373; flyleafbooks.com

UNC Basketball vs. Boston College – Saturday, 4pm – Don’t miss the Tar Heels defend their 7-0 conference record against Boston College (0-6 in the ACC) at the Dean E. Smith Center. 300 Skipper Bowles Dr.; $65; 800-722-4335; goheels.com

The Kennedys – Saturday, 7-10pm – For two decades, husband-and-wife duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have toured across the country, delivering American folk-rock at its finest. Feel the love at the Unity Center of Peace as they celebrate 12 albums and 20 years of marriage. 8800 Seawell School Rd.; $15; unitychapelhill.org

Distinguished Author Appearance: William Leuchtenburg – Sunday, 2 pm – Join this internationally acclaimed professor, author and historian as he discusses his latest book “The American President.” Currently residing in Chapel Hill as the Professor Emeritus of History at UNC, he’s has taught at some of the finest universities in the world, including Harvard, Cornell, Columbia and Oxford. He served as presidential elections analyst for NBC and as presidential inauguration consultant for CBS, PBS and C-SPAN. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; free; 919-942-7373; flyleafbooks.com 

Hillsborough Riverwalk Fitness Hike – Sunday, 2-3pm – The Eno River Association’s winter hike series is a great way to get up, get out and enjoy the outdoors now that you’re not snowed in this weekend. Sunday’s outing will be a brisk hike up and over Cox Mountain, the highest point in Eno River State Park. Participants will have to chance to learn about the history of the Cox family and learn about the geology of the Eno. Don’t forget to layer up! Meet at the circular parking lot at the end of Cole Mill Road, the Few’s Ford access to Eno River State Park; Free; ci.hillsborough.nc.us

Shakori Hills Community Arts Center Benefit Concert – Sunday, 4:30pm doors, 5pm show – Venture to the Back Room at Cat’s Cradle for an eclectic grassroots lineup featuring Shakori Hills’ very own house band The Hoppin’ Johnnies, plus performances from Kaira Ba and the Grand Shell Game. Raffle included. 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; Tickets $17-$20; catscradle.com

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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.