The Glass Jug 2nd Anniversary Celebration and Annual Cellar Sale – Thursday, noon-10pm; Friday, noon-10pm; Saturday, 2pm-7pm – In celebration of its two-year anniversary, The Glass Jug will re-release rare and limited-release beers on Thursday and Friday. The party continues into Saturday, with food, music and brews from some of the best local breweries in North Carolina.
“Much Ado About Nothing” – Thursday, 5pm, and Friday, 7:30pm – A college-student theater company, Castle Theatre Company has come all the way from Durham, UK to Durham, NC to perform Shakespeare’s play for their American sister city at Duke University. Come out and support Durham citizens from across the pond at this free event at Fisher Amphitheater at Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Thursday and Weaver Auditorium at Durham School of the Arts on Friday.
Science of Beer – Thursday, 6:30pm–10pm – Samples and science: Get the answers to any and all of your brew-based questions and explore hands-on learning at this popular Museum of Life and Science after-hours event.
“The Good News” – Thursday, 7pm-8:30pm – Join the Inspire MEdia Network team as they unveil their next venture at the American Tobacco Campus. The media network’s mission is to promote charity and kindness by sharing and producing news stories that bring hope and inspiration to others.
“The South in Color: A Visual Journey” – Thursday, 7pm – UNC professor William Ferris is coming to The Regulator Bookshop to read and sign copies of his new book that documents, through his own photos, the ’60s and ’70s in the South.
“Kinky Boots” – Through Sunday; Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 5pm – The Durham Performing Arts Center presents this humorous tale about Charlie Price and his path to save the family shoe business, paired with songs by the legendary Cyndi Lauper.
Bill Burr – Thursday-Saturday, 8pm – One of the top comedic voices of his generation, the stand-up great performs three shows this weekend at The Carolina Theatre.
“Bathroom Humor” – Friday, 11am-2pm, 6-9:30pm – Enjoy politics and potty jokes at the closing reception of “Bathroom Humor,” the political cartoon exhibit inspired by HB2. Special guests include Miss Bliss the Bull City Bombshell performing a classic feather fan burlesque number, likely some tap dancers, a musician and more. Held at the Bull City Arts Collaborative, admission is free and fun is promised.
Bull City Olive Oil Grand Opening – Friday, 4:30pm-7:30pm; Saturday 11am-5pm – Welcome the newest business in Brightleaf Square and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres created from the shop’s products, cocktails and discounts. Festivities Saturday include prize giveaways and drawings.
Finding Each Other in History: Stories from LGBTQ+ Durham – Friday, 6pm-8pm – Come celebrate the unveiling of the Museum of Durham History‘s newest exhibition, and learn about the adversity the LGBTQ+ community of Durham has faced. Enjoy food, drink and live music while learning about this important side of Durham history.
“Dissection of Color” Opening Reception – Friday, 6pm-9pm – Unique artwork by Sara McCreary – who uses capillary action to spread paint across the canvas and then outlines the resulting areas of color in black marker – will be displayed in the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange starting this Friday until October 15, but don’t miss the opening reception and your chance to mingle, enjoy light snacks and drinks, and participate in free art making.
“Al Maghrib Ghareeb” Opening Reception – Friday 6pm-9pm – This art exhibit explores the ideas of self, place and feelings of uprootedness experienced specifically by diaspora through mixed media. Part of Third Friday Durham, the exhibit is being held at The Carrack.
Music on the Plaza – Friday, 6:30pm-9pm – Come out to Northgate Mall and spend an evening listening to Al Strong and Friends and other talented musicians as part of the fifth anniversary music bash with The Art of Cool Project and Northgate Mall’s opening night of the fall Music on the Plaza concert series. Drinks and food will be available from the food court and local favorites like Bull City Burger and Brewery.
“The House on Coco Road” – Friday, 7pm – Director Damani Baker tells the powerful story of his childhood in Grenada during the small Caribbean country’s revolution. The one-night only screening at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus is free, but attendees must have reserved a ticket via Eventbrite by 9am Friday. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Beats & Bars 2016 – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, noon; Saturday, 8pm – Take part in the Triangle’s vibrant hip-hop culture; watch homegrown talent – including artists J.K. The Reaper out of Greensboro; OC from Burlington; Kooley High out of Raleigh; Swift from Atlanta, Georgia; Well$ from Charlotte, and Joshua Gunn of Durham – perform at this annual event, featuring not only live performances but beat battles and panel discussions. 8pm shows at The Pinhook, and noon showcase at The Vault, 1104 Broad St.
“Living on the Edge” Screening and Raund Haus Music Show – Friday, 8-9:30pm; Saturday 9pm-midnight – Friday’s “Living on the Edge” film screening is the first installment of a three-part program by Unexposed Microcinema. The “Raund Haus” music show on Saturday features Durham based-producers Brassious Monk, Ronnie Flash and Jumba, and special guest Lofidel from Lexington, KY.
CenterFest – Saturday, 10am–6pm, and Sunday, 11am–5pm – Combining visual art from more than 140 juried artists with more than 70 performances on six stages, a kids’ zone, food and more, this event presented by the Durham Arts Council is an annual must. This year CenterFest will have the largest artist and entertainment line-up in its history.
Vintage Vault Soft Opening – Saturday, 11am-7pm – The new cross-discipline interior design gallery, featuring a curated collection of one-of-a-kind furnishings and original artwork, hosts its soft opening in the historic Citizen’s National Bank alongside the Centerfest festivities.
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day – Saturday, noon – Celebrate the halfway point at the James Joyce with Guinness and Jameson specials and Irish food. Wear green!
Antique Road Extravaganza – Saturday 1-4pm – Fans of “Antiques Roadshow” and anyone interested in getting a family heirloom appraised by professionals should come out to Carillon Assisted Living of Durham – proceeds will directly support Keep Durham Beautiful. Tickets are $10 in advance and $25 at the door, and old-time refreshments will be served.
Neighbor Day – Saturday, 2pm – Durham Co-op Market‘s second annual community-oriented block party will feature free grilled cheese sandwiches from Cabot Co-op Creamery, vegan grilled cheese sandwiches with vegan tomato soup, ice cream samples and voter registration table from Ben & Jerry’s, live music, cooperative business fair, beer and Locopops!
Blues Challenge – Sunday, 2pm – Listen to the blues at The Blue Note Grill as contestants of the 2016 Blues Challenge perform and compete against one another for a spot at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Tickets for members of the Triangle Blues Society are $8, non-member tickets are $10.
Beer and Hymns – Sunday, 7:30pm – A community event with no religious undertones, Jesse James DeConto of The Pinkerton Raid leads the hymn-sing with friends while drinking local beer at the Fullsteam Brewery. The event will be raising money for DurhamCares.