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Weekend at a Glance: Comedy, Cocktails and Tuvan Throat Singing

A pop-up at The Crunkleton, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, author events and much more.

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North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival kicks off this week, with Chapel Hill performances all weekend long. Photo courtesy of NCCAF

Ackland Art: For Philip Glass – Through Sunday – This is your last chance to check out art inspired by the 80th birthday of leading composer Philip Glass! View artwork that celebrates the the role visual art has played in Glass’ life, and also check out the new Listening Lounge where you can experience his music firsthand.

NC Comedy Arts Festival – Thursday-Sunday, various times (runs through February 25) – Get ready to laugh your socks off! Enjoy a variety of comedic performances at Chapel Hill locations over the course of the festival; see schedule for details.

Meet the Author Tea: Warren Bingham – Thursday, 3:30pm – Prepare for President’s Day by joining The Friends of the Chapel Hill Library in sharing Bingham’s new book, “George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour.” Light refreshments are served at 3:30, followed by the author’s talk at 4.

“The Who and the What” Staged Reading – Thursday, 7:30pm – Enjoy this reading of Pulitzer-Prize winning author Ayad Akhtar’s play exploring the tensions in contemporary Muslim life. The reading is part of the collaboration between Carolina Performing Arts and PlayMakers Repertory Company that discusses what it means to be Muslim in a changing landscape.

Locals at the Local – Thursday, 8pm – Local comedians who have performed around the nation return to their home state of North Carolina for a night of laughs.

Red Dress Cocktail Fundraiser – Thursday, 8-11pm – Two organizations from the UNC School of Pharmacy, Kappa Epsilon, and the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students, come together to host this annual fashion event. The fundraiser is held at Top of the Hill, and includes a cocktail hour, fashion show featuring outfits from local boutiques and raffle prizes, all to benefit the American Heart Association.

Alash – Thursday, 8pm – The Grammy-winning artists showcase their mastery of unique Tuvan throat singing at The ArtsCenter, in a show that combines the traditional with the modern.

Overtone Series: Aizuri Quartet – Friday, 6pm – This New York-based quartet brings new life to works by living composers, for a night of classical entertainment at Cat’s Cradle.

The Crunkleton Pop-Up – Friday, 7pm – Head bartender of Charleston’s Edmund Oast, Jayce McConnell, comes to the The Crunkleton to create unique cocktails accompanying a special a la carte menu.

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation – Friday, 8pm – The critically acclaimed artist is accompanied by his 11-piece ensemble, for a performance that showcases an entirely new approach to jazz music. This performance, hosted by Carolina Performing Arts, is held at Memorial Hall.

Walk with a Doc – Saturday, 10am – February is National Heart Health month, and this walk is one step you can take to a healthier heart and self! Join physicians from the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont for a self-paced walk that is perfect for people at all levels of physical health.

Youth Art Classes – Saturday, 11am & 1pm – Local artist, environmental educator, and illustrator Bob Palmatier brings live native frogs and salamanders to FRANK for classes that encourage young artists to embrace the beauty of the nature that surrounds them.

UNC Polar Plunge – Saturday, noon-2pm – Cheer on friends, athletes and fans at the first annual UNC Polar Plunge benefitting the Special Olympics. Attendants are also welcome to participate, if you dare! There will be hot chocolate for all to warm up after the plunge.

Bake Off – Saturday, 2pm-4pm – Celebrate your workout with some yummy desserts at the first annual Chapel Hill CrossFit Local bake off. Think you have a winning dessert? Enter it for the chance to win a featured spot on the dessert menu at The Root Cellar!

Author Talk: Sylvia Inks – Saturday, 2pm – Come meet local bestselling author, and founder of SMI Financial Coaching, who specializes in small business finance for the busy entrepreneur. Inks shares stories of the struggles small business owners endure, as well as her practical solutions to enabling business growth.

NC Youth Tap Ensemble – Saturday, 2pm – The ArtsCenter presents the dancers of the NC Youth Tap Ensemble in a performance that engages audiences with dances from a variety of genres, as well as educational stories about the history of tap.

Abbey Road LIVE – Saturday, 3:30pm & 7:30pm – One of the world’s premier Beatles cover bands comes to Cat’s Cradle to bring the classic songs into the modern age.

Sangeet Saagar – Saturday, 6-9pm – This annual event hosts six competitive a capella teams at Memorial Hall. All proceeds from the event will go to the Association for India’s Development. 

NCPS Reading Series – Sunday, 2pm – The NC Poetry Society hosts authors Brad Strahan,  Scott Owens and Chapel Hill’s own Regina Dozier at McIntyre’s Books to read selections of their works.  

Music in the Galleries: NCCU Choir – Sunday, 2pm – Join the North Carolina Central University choir for a performance at Ackland Art Museum that accompanies the themes and artwork displayed in the latest art exhibition, Fever Within.

African-American Families Remembered – Sunday, 2:30-5pm – The Chapel Hill Historical Society honors historical Orange County African-American families in a presentation at the Chapel Hill Library.

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Hi! I'm Chandler Carpenter, and I'm a Winston-Salem native who currently is a senior at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I will be graduating in May with degrees in both English and Sociology. My interests include, but are definitely not limited to, reading classic British literature, Disney World, and my Boston terrier puppy, Pippa!