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Things To Do (week of March 25, 2019)

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• Widespread Panic: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), 123 Vivian St., Durham. $136 and up; tickets available through Ticketmaster.
• Textile Heritage Museum’s 15th anniversary celebration: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 2406 Glencoe St., Burlington. 336-260-0038, www2.textileheritagemuseum.org/ or visit the Textile Heritage Museum on Facebook.
• Brian Collins’ “Urban Pop Art”: On display now through April 15, Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St., Graham. Exhibit can be viewed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The exhibit coincides with the 61st Visual Arts Student Competition for Young People. 336-226-4495 or www.alamancearts.org/.

Right place, right time: Harlem Globetrotter’s journey to play basketball

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

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Orlando "El Gato" Melendez will perform with the Harlem Globetrotters on Saturday at LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem and on Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum. [Photo submitted

   Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Orlando aka “El Gato” (The Cat) Melendez, certainly has a remarkable story to tell about his journey to becoming a Harlem Globetrotter.
In his youth, he would run two miles to the nearest basketball court to play, and run two miles back. In his early teenage years, he earned the nickname “El Gato” when he followed some stray cats through a sugarcane field, which let him straight to the basketball court in a shorter route. The cats would show up to the court everyday with him, and the guys at the court began calling him “El Gato,” Spanish for “The Cat.”
From there, he finished his senior year of high school playing basketball in Marion, N.C. Following high school, Melendez attended and played basketball for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, appearing with the Tar Heels in Final Fours in 1998 and 2000. He describes this experience as an “amazing ride” and takes pride in having been the first Puerto Rican on the team.
In a recent phone interview, El Gato described becoming a Harlem Globetrotters as being a “right place, right time” situation. While on the phone with his agent, he ran into one of the Globetrotter coaches who suggested he try out for the team.
He went to the tryout in Phoenix, and the rest is history. He said he enjoys being a part of the team because he has “always been a competitor” and since “doing tricks for schools and hospitals makes people happy.”
With the NCAA tournament coming into full swing, Melendez said he is “super excited to be home doing some work especially during March Madness,” and said read more…

Things To Do (week of March 18, 2019)

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Alamance Children’s Theatre presents Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. $8 for adults and $7 for students. www.alamancechildrenstheatre.com.
• The Original Harlem Globetrotters: 7 p.m. Saturday, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 2825 University Parkway, Winston Salem. Tickets range from $19 to $104. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.TicketMaster.com.
• Travis Scott: 8 p.m. Sunday, Spectrum Center in Charlotte. $39 to $129; tickets available through Ticketmaster.

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