Frozen Over – Through Jan. 29 – Weave through a giant icicle forest, build an “icy” shelter, and skate on a synthetic ice rink in your socks during the month of January at Museum of Life and Science.
Original Blueprints of Duke’s Campus – Thursday, 2-4pm – Visit the Rubenstein Library‘s Gothic Reading Room to view the original drawings of lead Duke University architect Julian Abele. The drawings date from the 1924-1930 period in which East and West Campus were designed, offering a unique look at the university’s history.
Free Highlights Tour: Fantastic Beasts – Thursday, 6pm – This tour focuses on unique mythical creatures and fantastic beasts that can be found throughout the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University‘s collection.
‘Hidden Figures’ – Thursday, 6-9pm – Join the Museum of Life and Science at Southpoint 17 for hands-on space activities followed by a screening of ‘Hidden Figures’ at 7pm. This event is designed for young professionals; a family-friendly version will be held Friday at noon.
Norman Connors – Friday, 7pm and 9:30pm – Famous for the love ballad “You Are My Starship,” the legendary jazz drummer and composer will play two back-to-back 90-minute shows at Beyú Caffé.
Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – The remarkable saxophonist and pianist duo, longtime collaborators who’ve known each other for nearly 30 years, take the stage at Baldwin Auditorium for a concert of blues, ballads and jazz presented by Duke Performances.
Film Screening: Roll for Peter – Friday, 8pm – This screening at UNEXPOSED honors the late Peter Hutton through the combined work of more than twenty of the filmmaker’s friends, colleagues and students. Each person shot one roll of 16mm film, and their combined efforts will be shown as one continuous piece.
The Wonder of Learning – Saturday, 10:30am-5pm – This traveling exhibit opens at Northgate Mall with more than 7,000 square feet of engaging displays on a world-renowned early childhood learning project developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The Wonder of Learning will be on view during regular mall hours until May 7.
Free Slow Art Tour: Harper’s ‘Pictorial History of The Civil War’ – Saturday, 11am – Engage with challenging works by Kara Walker, which were first published in Harper’s “Pictorial History of the Civil War,” during a discussion with Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University guides.
MLK: Remembering the Legacy Through the Arts – Saturday, 2-5pm – The City of Durham invites all residents to a free event at W.D. Hill Recreation Center honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through visual art, poetry, discussion, live performances, dancing, arts and crafts projects and more.
Yiddish Stories – Saturday, 7pm – Enjoy a bilingual reading of Blume Lempel’s “Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories” at The Regulator Bookshop. The evening is hosted by Ellen Cassedy, who translated the book from Yiddish, and Sheva Zucker, the executive director of the League for Yiddish and editor of its magazine, Afn Shvel.
Film Screening: Arboreality – Saturday, 7pm – UNEXPOSED presents a traveling program of 10 short films (72 minute runtime) by Minnesota-based experimental filmmakers curated by the folks at Cellular Cinema in Minneapolis.
2017 Red Hot Mardi Gras Kickoff – Saturday, 8pm – Dust off your feather boas and green and purple hats and start Mardi Gras season off right with Durham Mardi Gras at The Blue Note Grill. Performances by The Allen Boys and The Bulltown Strutters will keep you on your feet all night.
Art of Noise #Durham: Holiday Edition – Saturday, 9pm – Kick off the New Year with a celebration of noise and long weekends with DJs Lonnie B and Mad Skillz at Motorco Music Hall.
Disco Brunch – Sunday, 11am – Have your Bloody Mary with a side of disco at The Durham Hotel this weekend. Tunes courtesy of DJ PlayPlay.
Page by Page: Building the Sketchbook Habit Workshop – Sunday, 2-5pm – This intensive three-hour workshop at The Regulator Bookshop will help attendees learn to use sketchbooks as a means of visualizing feelings, relieving stress and recording thoughts.
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Address – Sunday, 3pm – Phil Freelon, the architect behind the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, will deliver a keynote address titled “Building on a Legacy of Civil Rights: Arts, Architecture and Activism” during Duke University’s celebration of Dr. King.
Left Bank Wine Dinner – Sunday, 7pm – Celebrate Bordeaux wines with a five-course dinner with wine pairings designed by Oval Park Grille‘s Chef Todd Whitney.
Beer & Hymns to Benefit World Relief Durham – Sunday, 7:30pm – Meet at Fullsteam Brewery to sing, drink and raise funds for refugee resettlement efforts in Durham. A digital songbook will be available, so be sure to request your favorite songs before the event.
Ellerbe Creek Watershed Volunteer Workday – Monday, 10am-1pm – Meet at the Pearl Mill Preserve to help prep bee box areas, remove invasive vegetation and join in a pollinator-themed art project. This is a kid-friendly event led by The Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s 2016-17 AmeriCorps Members.
Derek Rhodes Book Signing – Monday, noon – Durham Academy and Duke University alumnus Derek Rhodes will sign copies of his book “Jimmy for the City.” Sales of the book benefit the Jimmy for the City Scholarship, which helps cover cost of living and expenses for undergraduate students who have secured an unpaid internship focused on service and community engagement.
Dream Big Book Drive – Monday, 1-4pm – Bring new and gently used books to Durham Central Park – nonprofit organization Book Harvest will make sure they get into the hands of kids who will love them.
Grow Durham: 50 Trees, 1 Day – Monday, 2-5pm – Meet at Fullsteam Brewery to learn tree planting techniques from Alex Johnson, Durham’s urban forest manager, and then log what you’ve planted with Open Tree Map. Participants can then enjoy a sustainability tour of the brewery and a taste of Brumley Forest, Fullsteam’s latest Farm’s Edge beer.