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Top weekend picks: Feb. 19-22

clowenst@newsobserver.com

A different take on love: See a production that explores love in a nontraditional way in “The Pride.”

This play details the trials of love over time and how love can change people through affairs, break-ups and addiction. With Valentine’s Day behind us, there’s no harm in exploring the tougher parts of love. Mortall Coile Theatre Company will present the play, which is the company’s second production. $20 for adults, $15 for students, seniors and active military; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

Get stepping: Celebrate Black History Month with local step teams.

East Millbrook Middle School will host a step show in honor of Black History Month. School teams and community groups will show off the African-American tradition. Expect to see the influence of historically black fraternities and sororities, which popularized the dance style in the early 20th century. $5; 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday; East Millbrook Middle School, 3801 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh; www.eastmillbrookmc.wcpss.net.

A talented duet: Listen to the Leesville Road High School band team up with a renowned trumpeter.

The Triangle Brass Band Partnership with Youth program will bring Massachusetts-based trumpeter Terry Everson to Leesville Road High’s symphonic band concert. The band, which features students who auditioned for their spot, will get some extra help from Everson. Free; 7:30 p.m. Friday; Leesville Road High School, 8410 Pride Way, Raleigh; www.leesvilleband.org.

Take a trip to the Isles: Join two N.C. State Celtic performance groups for their annual concert.

“Music of the British Isles” will feature the Pipes and Drums and Irish Session Musicians, two groups associated with N.C. State. The Irish Session Musicians will also be joined by dancers from the Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance. The British Brass Band, a formerly inactive group, will also return to the stage. $8-$10, $5 for N.C. State students; 4 p.m. Saturday; Talley Student Union at N.C. State, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh; www.ncsu.edu/music/events.

A winter-time science lesson: Learn how nature weathers the cold.

Get some exercise and a science lesson during a short hike to see where local wildlife keeps warm during the cold months. “Natural Explorations: Bark and Birds” will also point out how plants adapt to the cold. Hikers of all ages should come prepared for winter weather and wear proper shoes. Free, but registration required; 11 a.m. Sunday; Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh; www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.

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