Nancy Peacock – Thursday, 7pm – The acclaimed Hillsborough author and writing teacher comes to The Regulator Bookshop to read and sign her new book, “The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson: A Novel.”
Peter Mulvey – Thursday, 8pm – Having shared the stage with music greats like Emmylou Harris, this talented artist is bringing Americana stylings to Motorco.
Violet – Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8pm; Sunday, 2pm – Hoof’N’Horn at Sheafer Lab Theater presents show-stopping numbers in genres from folk to gospel that follow a young woman’s travels across the South in 1964.
“Orlando” – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:15pm; Sunday, 7:30pm – Produced by The Delta Boys Theater Company, this adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel comes to the Manbites Dog Theater‘s stage as a part of the theater’s Other Voice Series.
“Limbo” Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9 pm – Runaway hosts Carter McCall’s new collection of documentary film and photography after he has spent a year in Greece covering the refugee crisis.
Open Call Community Show Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – The Carrack will be hanging art pieces created by community members as a part of Third Friday. This bi-annual event is also hosting the art exhibit “Nasty Women,” which proceeds fundraise for Planned Parenthood.
Potters’ Penguin Project Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – The Potters’ Penguin Project displays 1,962 clay penguins at Claymakers through Feb. 11, bringing awareness to global warming.
“Together” Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – The Pleiades Gallery artists’ exhibit will be on display through Feb 17, but don’t miss your chance to experience the heart of the exhibit — sharing a rapport with others — at the opening reception for this gallery show featuring collaborative works created by partner artists – Pleiades artists and their invited guest.
“Unpacking The Past, Designing The Future” Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Participate in the One Rhythm, Together Community Drum and Dance Gathering or to try your hand at a variety of art making stations — events exclusive to the opening reception of The Scrap Exchange’s exhibit that explores the layered physical and personal histories of Durham’s Lakewood neighborhood and The Scrap Exchange, on display in the Cameron Gallery through Feb. 11.
“Macando” Opening Reception – Friday, 6:30pm – This exhibit in the Durham Arts Council Pavilion honors 50 years of Gabriel García Márquez’s literary masterpiece “100 Years of Solitude” with live Vallenato music from Pavelid y su Grupo, folkloric dance performances by Takiri Folclor Latino and a craft station to create yellow butterfly prints.
Lance Scott – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – Make sure to catch the founder of the contemporary Christian group “Freely Live” while he’s home in Durham to play two back-to-back shows of straight-ahead jazz fusion at Beyú Caffé.
Tim Hawkins – Friday, 7pm – With more than 300 million views on his YouTube videos and 100+ sold-out shows yearly, this in-demand comedian is coming to the DPAC to perform his family-friendly routine.
We Can Build It-A House Built With Beer – Friday, 7-11pm – Durham breweries will be under one roof at The Bullpen to support the Habitat for Humanity of Durham, donating five dollars per pint to Durham Habitat and the remaining dollar to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Sarah Silverman – Friday, 8pm *SOLD OUT* – Two-time Emmy award winner is coming to Durham to perform comedy at The Carolina Theatre.
Shaquim Muldrow Quartet plus Dupresha Townsend – Friday, 8-11pm – This Durham-based tenor saxophonist hosts an evening of live music with his quartet at The Shed in two same-night shows.
The Last Party Illegal – Friday, 10pm – This dance party has been held at The Pinhook every month for the last four years – for its final iteration, the event features a performance by Abdu Ali, plus support from the whole Illegal crew.
Discovery Nook – Saturday, 12:30-2:30pm – Children’s author Kelly Starling Lyons will host a free story time and a craft-making session connected to her book “Tea Cakes for Tosh” at Northgate Mall.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Saturday, 2pm and 5:30pm – The hit TV series from The Fred Rogers Company and PBS KIDS is now a live performance filled with singing, dancing and laughing for the entire family to enjoy at DPAC.
Pirate Party Cardboard Boat Race – Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm – Construct a boat at home using only cardboard, duct tape and waterproof paint and bring it to the Campus Hills Pools to try it out in a race.
Connie McCoy and Mo’Jazz – Saturday, 7pm and 9pm – As one of the Triangle’s hottest performing bands, they’ll be playing two same-night shows filled with their signature blend of jazz, pop and R&B at Beyú Caffé.
Jon Shain and FJ Ventre – Saturday, 8pm – Forty Acres presents a collaboration of two talented artists at the Five Oaks Clubhouse. Jon has toured with various bands and recorded live and studio albums that combine improvised Piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing and ragtime. FJ is a bass player and vocalist who is sought-after for his style in rockabilly, country and blues.
Barnatan, McGill, Weilerstein Trio – Saturday, 8pm – A sought-after piano soloist, a New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist and a MacArthur Fellow cellist come together at the Baldwin Auditorium to perform Beethoven, Joseph Hallman, and Brahms in a Duke Performances concert.
I.MATTER MEGA EVENTURE – Saturday, 8:30am-10pm – Durham County, The City of Durham and Campaign4Change present a community day of workshops and performance art related to crime and law enforcement, including a “Sister to Sister Empowerment Summit,” a “Power of Words” poetry slam and “Ridin Wit Joe Crack” Stage Production – all held at The Carolina Theatre.
Aaron Matson Quartet feat. Aaron Lee – Saturday, 8:30pm and 11pm – Greensboro-based Aaron Matson is bringing his jazz quartet to The Shed in back-to-back sets featuring Brandon Lee on trumpet, Charlton Provotas on bass and Dan Faust on drums.
School of Rock: Rush Tribute Concert – Sunday, noon – School of Rock Cary is bringing the iconic songs of the rock band Rush to Motorco Music Hall.
Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – Food truck rodeo returns to Durham Central Park with more than 50 trucks to choose from, but the fun isn’t over when you’re done hopping from truck to truck — set up your chair and relax to WXDU 88.7 spinning funky tunes.
Free Family Day – Sunday, noon-4pm – Bring the family to Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and explore The Collections Gallery, create your own art, watch a local artist create a masterpiece and view a performance by the Rags to Riches Theater for Young Audiences.
Indie Wedding Show – Sunday, 1-5pm – Bourbon Bride invites brides-to-be to The Rickhouse to connect with over 30 local wedding vendors, such as Pine State Flowers, Lo & Behold, East Durham Pie Company and Fall in Love Wedding and Event Planning, entertainment and food trucks.
Jonathan Bagg and Emely Phelps with Eliza Bagg – Sunday, 4pm – A Duke viola professor and member of the Ciompi Quartet and a prestigious pianist are teaming up for a free, classical performance at the Baldwin Auditorium.
School of Rock: David Bowie Tribute Concert – Sunday, 4pm – School of Rock Cary will be performing at Motorco Music Hall a selection of David Bowie’s hit songs, including Space Oddity, Changes and Let’s Dance.
The Beach Boys – Sunday, 7:30 pm – As the iconic group from California celebrates more than half a century of making music, they pull into town to perform at DPAC as a part of The Forest at Duke’s Legends Concert and Comedy Series.