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Weekend at a Glance: Authors, Art Walks and Adult Egg Hunts

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Bring a picnic blanket or your dancing shoes and stay awhile at the free Music on the Porch event with Orquestra GarDel. Photo courtesy of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South.

Meet the Author Tea – Thursday, 5-6:15pm – Stop by the Chapel Hill Public Library to hear authors Azadeh Rohanian Perry and Mark Perry talk about their revolutionary book, “Our Friend Mona – The Remarkable Life of a Young Martyr.” This book will enlighten you with its insight into the Bahá’í Faith and the campaign of persecution of this religion in Iran. Free. 

Music on the Porch – Thursday, 5:30-7pm – It’s officially spring and what better way to celebrate than with an outdoor concert at UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South? With Orquestra GarDel’s salsa dura, jazz and Afro-Cuban-inflected originals and temperatures in the high 70s, it’s sure to be a night to remember.

Jerry Gershenhorn – Thursday, 7pm – “Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle” tells the story of slaves’ struggle for freedom in North Carolina from a new vantage point, shedding light on the the black press in the 20th century. Author Jerry Gershenhorn, who teaches history at North Carolina Central University, will be at Flyleaf Books to expand upon his impactful, poignant book. Free.

Nederlands Dans Theater – Thursday 7:30pm – Known for pushing the limits of traditional boundaries of dance performance, this company uses lavish visuals, hypnotic music and 28 talented dancers from around the world to enthrall and excite the audience. Spend your Thursday at Memorial Hall for a performance that shouldn’t be missed. Tickets: $10+

Visit with the Bunny – Friday, 11am-3pm – If ice cream, candy and prizes aren’t your thing, you may want to steer clear of this Easter-weekend event at Maple View Farm Ice Cream. Visitors can enjoy specialty spring sundaes while helping the Easter bunny fill his basket with donations for Sam’s Wish Fund and Kids Path of Hospice.

Pretzel Making Workshop – Friday, 3:30-5pm – Do your kids love eating pretzels? If so, stop by Kidzu Children’s Museum this weekend so they can enjoy making them as well. While the pretzels are in the oven, kids get to mix their own array of homemade dipping sauces! Tickets: $15 per child, $5 extra for drop-off

Art Walk – Friday, 6-9pm – It’s the last Friday of the month and you know what that means – the Downtown Historic Hillsborough Art Walk! Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or shopping for someone special, these 16 locations feature an array of art from original jewelry designs to mixed media.

The Reunion Tour – Friday, 7:30 pm – Durham-native Teresa Trull returns to her home state for an evening of old and new favorites. The gutsy blues/rock singer is joined by friends Barbara Higbie, a Grammy-nominated musician, and singer/songwriter Cris Williamson. Head over to The ArtsCenter to be a part of this lively, musical evening. Tickets: $30

Farm Spring Fest – Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm – Celebrate spring with goats, horses, baby pigs and more this weekend at Spring Haven Farm. Kids can participate in an Easter egg hunt, dye Easter eggs, get their faces painted and take a ride on the Tractor Train Express. Music and springtime treats round out the day. Cost: $12.50

Sarah McBride – Saturday, 2pm – The author of “Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality” will be at Flyleaf Books to discuss her memoir with Steven Petrow. This event coincides with Trans Visibility Day and Flyleaf will donate a portion of all book sales to Equality NC. Free.

A Cast of Thousands – Saturday, 2pm – Kimberly Jannarone, professor of theater arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will discuss the phenomenon of mass performance at the Chapel Hill Public Library. This is part of the Discovery and Inspiration: Conversations with Scholars series, which aims to highlight researchers’ passion and process.

Adult Egg Hunt – Saturday, 2-4pm – Embrace your inner child at this special Easter-weekend Paws4ever event. Hunt for eggs containing candy, spirits, gift cards and more while enjoying beer from Carolina Brewery. Food vendors including Baguettaboutit, Dusty Donuts and more will be on-site. Egg hunt: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; general admission: $5

Spring Wildflowers – Sunday, 2pm – The Eno River Association wants to take you on a hike to experience the beauty of spring. The trail where the east and west forks of the Eno River come together is not open to the public, so the only way to experience it is through this event. 

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Molly Weybright is an editorial intern with a love for books and a passion for the written word. She is a senior studying Reporting and Fiction Writing at UNC where she plays the trumpet with the Marching Tar Heels.