History lesson: “Let Freedom Sing” is the theme of this year’s African American Cultural Celebration at the N.C. Museum of History.
More than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, writers and more will recognize the state’s diverse heritage as Black History Month begins. The N.C. copy of the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States, also will be on display at the museum on Saturday and Sunday. Free; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; ncmuseumofhistory.org/AACC_2015.aspx.
Courtly connections: Enjoy an evening of chamber music inspired by the collection of Prince Paul Anton Esterházy, an 18th-century patron of music.
The Raleigh Camerata performs chamber music from the Renaissance through the early Classical period. Join them for selections by Haydn, Werner, Dothel, Tomasini and Pugnani. $15/$10 seniors/$5 students/free for ages 12 and under; 7 p.m. Friday; Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh.
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Year 4712: Celebrate the Chinese New Year with performances, food and fashion.
The Triangle Chinese American Society rings in the Year of the Sheep at Dorton Arena. More than 40 performances, dozens of food stands and loads of children’s activities are part of the fun. $8 day of/$5 advance/free for kids ages 6 and under; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh; nctacas.org.
Approaching Ali: This contemporary chamber opera tells the story of Muhammad Ali.
Richmond-based composer D.J. Sparr based his new opera on “The Tao of Muhammad Ali,” an autobiographical novel by David Miller about his relationship with the famous boxer. The one-act opera in English was chosen by the Washington National Opera to begin the American Opera Initiative. $25; 7 p.m. Saturday; Enloe High School, 128 Clarendon Crescent, Raleigh; ncopera.org.
Art in the Park: Families, find your muse at Historic Yates Mill County Park.
Head to the park, a 174-acre wildlife refuge and an environmental research center, for an arts and crafts class. Make your own creation to take home or enter the “Mill as Muse” kids’ art contest. There are categories for adults, too. All entries due Sunday. $4 per child age 6-14; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill or 919-856-6675 for required pre-registrationn.