Open Call Community Show – Through Saturday – It’s your last chance to view these unique pieces of art created by community members at The Carrack. This bi–annual event in which the gallery invites any artist to drop off one work of art to be hung in a community show (there is no entry fee or jury process),is on display through Saturday; this weekend also marks the last days of the art exhibit “Nasty Women,” with sales from the artwork supporting Planned Parenthood.
Frozen Over – Through Sunday – 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.
Triangle Restaurant Week – Through Sunday – Celebrate the area’s culinary excellence by exploring local lunches and dinners set at prix-fixe prices.
David S. Mitchell – Thursday, 7pm – Join the author, attorney Ken Lewis, and author, historian and adjunct professor Tim Tyson as they discuss Mitchell’s political novel “We Hold These Truths” at The Regulator Bookshop.
Thomas F. DeFrantz and Slippage – Thursday, 7pm, and Friday, 2pm and 7pm – In a performance that coincides with the imagery of Kara Walker’s Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) on display at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, “reVERSE-gesture-reVIEWed” uses shadowplay, dance and image subtraction technology to explore African-American history during the Civil War.
Pat Metheny – Thursday, 8pm – Spend the evening with the 20-time Grammy-winning guitar artist as he presents a range of music from throughout his career at The Carolina Theatre with special guests Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh and Gwilym Simcock.
“Orlando” – Thursday (SOLD OUT) Friday and Saturday, 8:15pm– 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.
Bloodsport LL: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Box – Friday, 6:30pm – The Pinhook hosts a pad and tampon drive co-hosted by the Eno River Women’s Rugby Football Club, with themed games and entertainment. Donations will help low-income and homeless women and girls, and be distributed to local organizations like Diaper Bank of NC, Housing for New Hope and Partners for Youth Opportunity.
Sixth Annual Sweet Night in Durham – Friday, 7pm – Enjoy a night of desserts, musical performances by Duke’s famous a capella groups and a silent auction featuring autographed Duke gear as Blue Devils vs. Cancer raise money for the Duke Cancer Institute at Duke Cancer Center.
Butcher Brown – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – This jazz fusion band, performing tonight at Beyú Caffé, plays a diverse set from garage punk jazz funk to elegant compositions.
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Blob” – Friday, 7pm – The Carolina Theatre hosts this vintage double-feature, showing two Sci-Fi thrillers focused on saving the world from clones and a blob that eats everything that moves.
The Second City – Friday, 8pm – With an unconventional approach to theater and comedy that has produced several “Saturday Night Live” alums, you’ll spend the evening laughing with this touring company at The Carolina Theatre.
Rick Springfield & Richard Marx – Friday, 8pm – These two iconic, Grammy-winning pop icons team up for a show at DPAC, where they’ll both perform their own solo, acoustic sets.
Grab-Bag Event – Saturday, 10am-9pm – At Plato’s Closet at Northgate Mall, purchase a $20 bag and fill it with as many clearance items as you possibly can. Make sure you come out early!
Destination: Nepal – Saturday, 11am-3pm – Liberation Threads continues its monthly celebrations of countries from which its goods are sourced with a party focusing on Nepal. Enjoy Nepalese food, drink and music, as well as 30% off select products made in the country.
NC Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting – Saturday, 2–6pm – Enjoy a day full of food trucks, brewing demonstrations and tastings from 50 different breweries at the historic Durham Athletic Park. This year’s sixth annual event includes free men’s health screenings coordinated by the Prostate Conditions Education Council and a silent auction hosted by Pints for Prostates.
Cooking Class – Saturday, 4-6pm – The French Corner Bakery hosts its first cooking class, sharing how to make artisan quiche, while attendees enjoy a wine and cheese tasting.
James Joyce Anniversary – Saturday, 6-11pm – Join the Irish pub as it celebrates 19 years as Durham’s original Irish Pub. The throwback-themed celebration includes drinks made by both past and familiar faces, open mic with a DJ later on, and a menu full of old favorites whipped up by Chef Brian Stinnett.
10th Annual Wiser A Cappella Jam – Saturday, 7pm – No instruments needed in this display of contemporary music, hosted by Durham Academy’s award-winning, viral-video making XIV Hours, as well as 50+ member Acapocalypse, at The Carolina Theatre. The event will raise money for WISER, a Duke University nonprofit that helps young women in Kenya.
Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos – Saturday, 8pm – The singer/harmonicist is joined by guitarist Max Drake, bassist T.A. James and drummer Kelly Pace to perform a mixture of blues, zydeco, cajun, funk and swamp pop at The Blue Note Grill.
Primera Jazz – Saturday, 8pm and 10pm – Completing his bachelor’s of jazz studies degree at NCCU and master’s in jazz studies/performance at CUNY Queens College, artist Brevan plays two shows of Latin jazz at Beyú Caffé.
New Play Workshop Reading – Saturday, 8pm – The Civilians return to Duke Performances to workshop a new play by Ethan Lipton that looks at the charter school movement in America at Reynolds Industries Theater.
Dain’s Place 10-Year Anniversary – Sunday, noon-close – Celebrate this Ninth Street watering hole’s birthday with unique kegs and casks, food specials and with live music starting at 2pm.
The Ultraman Double Feature – Sunday, 3pm – The Carolina Theatre shows Japanese films “Ultraman X” and “Ultraman Ginga S,” a perfect afternoon for anyone looking for a superhero movie experience.
Organ Recital Series: Thomas Murray – Sunday, 5pm – The previous university organist and professor of music at Yale, has won multiple awards for his moving performances; now, Duke Chapel hosts him for a show of classical arrangements on the Aeolian organ.
Road to Memphis Fundraiser – Sunday, 7pm – Triangle Blues Society (TBS) 2016 Blues Challenge winners Ruth Wyand and Good Rocking Sam are set to perform in this revue jam at The Blue Note Grill.
Austra – Sunday, 9pm – This recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis (releasing their third album Future Politics on Domino in January) and presents live at Motorco Music Hall with Ela Minus and Foxture.