A Shakespeare event: “Love Speaks” turns sonnets into dance.
Carolina Ballet is celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death with a choreographed tribute to the bard. Dancers will interpret Shakespeare’s sonnets through movement and dance. “Love Speaks” will also feature work from the group’s choreographer in residence, Zalman Raffael. $32-$73; 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; Lichtin Plaza at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.
The circus comes to town: Check out some family-friendly fun.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will show off the talents of the 300-member cast and crew. There will be animals, BMX bicyclists and more extreme circus fair, including high-wire performers, contortionists and a human cannonball. $20-$65; 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday; PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh.
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Run fast, eat doughnuts: And try not to puke.
If you like to run on a full stomach, the Krispy Kreme Challenge might be the race for you. Participants will begin near N.C. State University and run to the Krispy Kreme on Peace Street. Then they will attempt to eat 12 glazed donuts as quickly as possible before running back to the starting point. Proceeds from registration fees will benefit UNC’s Children’s Hospital. 8 a.m. Saturday; startling line is at the bell tower, corner of Hillsborough Street and Pullen Road, Raleigh.
Black History Month: Celebrate with a youth choir.
Young singers from all over the Triangle will join together to celebrate Black History Month. They will be instructed by Mark Miller, a well-known musician in the United Methodist Church who has lectured at Yale University. The ensemble will open a hymn festival in the evening called “Joyful Resistance and the Soul of African-American Sacred Music.” Free; 6 p.m. Saturday; Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh.
Theater for kids: See “An American Fairy Tale.”
Join a student cast from Raleigh Little Theatre for a performance of “American Fairy Tale,” which will take audience members to Rootabaga County, where fairies come from corn and there are magical carriages. The performance is open for all children and their families. Free; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday; Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh.