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Music, Movies and More Comedy Arts Fest

Moeser Auditorium reopens, UNC Women's basketball takes on Duke and North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival continues.

North Carolina Symphony performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade at Memorial Hall this Saturday. Photo courtesy NC Symphony

NC Comedy Arts Festival – Thursday-Sunday, times and venues vary by show– The NC Comedy Arts Festival has been happening in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area since 2001, and with each year it just keeps getting better. This weekend, check out hilarious comedy and improv acts like ImprovBoston, Chapel Hill Players and more.

Cupcake Smackdown – Thursday, 5-6pm – Come out to the Chapel Hill Public Library to decorate – and of course, eat – some cupcakes.

Bearing Witness: An Evening of Poetry – Thursday, 6-7:45pm – Four poets will read their passionate works at Orange County Public Library, touching on themes of PTSD, race, nature and navigating different cultures.

Science Lecture featuring NC Zoo Curator – Thursday, 6-8pm – Art meets science in this unique event featuring Dustin Smith, a reptile, amphibian and fish expert from the NC Zoo. Presented at FRANK as part of their Disappearing Frogs Project – which seeks to raise awareness about important environmental issues through artwork – he’ll talk about the Zoo’s conservation efforts.

Shaina Lynn, Bayou Blues – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm – Just in time for Mardi Gras, Shaina Lynn explores the culture and internalized racism of a city thought to be enthusiastic and alluring. Put on at Historic Playmakers Theatre and using many different performance mediums, Bayou Blues questions the impact of colonialism on people of color in New Orleans.

Rooms: A Dance Drama – Thursday, 8pm – Kenan Theatre Company shares this thoughtful production exploring the intersection of gender, race and identity through dance, movement and text at UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art.

UNC Baseball vs. Radford – Friday, 3pm; Saturday, 2pm; Sunday, 1pm – Nothing says nice weather better than baseball! Come see the UNC Tar Heels take on the Radford University Highlanders at Boshamer Stadium.

Fam Jam Jubilee – Friday, 3:30-4pm – Bring the entire family out to this music-filled event at Kidzu Children’s Museum where UNC music fraternities play family-friendly and familiar songs that you and your little ones (recommended for toddlers and preschoolers) can move and groove to.

Family Movie Matinee: The Secret Life of Pets – Friday, 4pm – Chapel Hill Public Library presents this family-friendly comedy film featuring all your favorite furry friends.

“Can You Dig This” Film Screening – Friday, 6-8pm – At UNC’s Sonja Haynes Stone Center, the third installment of the Herban SOAPbox lecture series will conclude with a catered screening of the food justice film “Can You Dig This,” produced by the iconic John Legend. The lecture series seeks to create a platform for people of color to reflect on food cultivation.

Mixed Concrete – Saturday –  Donated art from local artists and UNC students will be auctioned off at TRU Deli + Wine to raise money for for families with inadequate housing in Chapel Hill. It’s hosted by UNC’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and all proceeds benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.

“Wilmington 10” Documentary Screening at United Church of Chapel Hill – Saturday, 1pm – United Church of Chapel Hill hosts a viewing for “Wilmington 10,” a documentary that details the controversial story of nine black men and one white woman in Wilmington arrested for the burning of a grocery store.

George Washington Carver & Friends – Saturday, 3-3:45pm – In this introductory show for kids pre-k through 5th grade at Chapel Hill Public Library, Bright Star Theatre narrates the lives of many influential African-Americans who’ve shaped our nation.

Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands – Saturday, 6-10pm – This cocktail reception and art show at the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel, put on by the Compass Center for Women and Families, will feature a silent auction of beautiful work by local artists and various raffle prizes. 

Grand Opening of Moeser Auditorium – Saturday, 7:30-10pm – After being closed 18 months for renovations, the James and Susan Moeser Auditorium will be showcased by the UNC Department of Music’s Spectrum Concert including an array of ensembles, soloists, chamber groups and premiere works.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade by the NC Symphony – Saturday, 7:30pm –  The captivating North Carolina Symphony performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s spectacular Scheherazade live at Memorial Hall.

Blue Cactus Album Release – Saturday, 8pm – Classic-country inspired, Chapel-Hill based honky-tonk duo Blue Cactus hosts their album release party in the Cat’s Cradle Backroom with Nick Vandenberg and Molly Sarlé.

UNC Women’s Basketball vs. Duke – Sunday, 3pm – Carmichael Arena will be full of enthusiasm and good, old-fashioned rivalry for this iconic game.

Feb 48 presented by One Song Productions – Sunday, 7:30pm – You don’t want to miss this unique experience put on by local student organization One Song. Actors in Feb 48 write, rehearse and perform a series of one-act plays – all in 48 hours. They’re given a prompt from which they craft a production to perform at The ArtsCenter after their time is up.