‘Building Worlds’ Exhibit – Through Saturday – Jenny Blazing’s artistic process, which she’s named “Artistic Propagation,” is featured in an exhibit of paintings at the Durham Art Guild’s SunTrust Galleries.
‘Sabungeros (Cockfighters)’ Exhibit – Through Saturday – Your last chance to experience Douglas Vuncannon’s photographs taken in the Philippines between 2014 and 2016 is this weekend at Through This Lens.
‘Wrestling Water’ Exhibit – Through Sunday – This exhibit of digitally manipulated images inspired by autobiographical events by Mike Lento will be leaving The Carrack after Sunday – see it before it’s gone!
Forts Pop-up Exhibit – Through March 19 – Relive a beloved childhood pastime by constructing your own tunnels, tents and secret hideaways using everyday materials when you visit the Museum of Life and Science this weekend.
Yappy Hour – Thursday, 6-8pm – Take your dogs to Durham Central Park for a tasty evening for each of you – you can enjoy beer from Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durty Bull Brewing Co. and Fullsteam Brewery, while your dogs can taste dog-friendly beer – all hosted by Durham Parks and Recreation. Plus donate to help create a dog park at Rock Quarry Park!
Home Decluttering Workshop – Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm – Embrace spring at Vintage Home South, mingling with drinks and snacks while learning organizational aesthetics and solutions from Merritt Chesson of Simply Kept. RSVP – Space is limited!
Tinkering and Drinkering – Thursday, 6:30pm – Cut loose and grab a brew at Motorco Music Hall for a night of inventing – from circuits to fiber arts – with the Museum of Life and Science.
Film Studies for All – Thursday, 7-10pm – Modern School of Film’s founder Robert Milazzo will be at Shadowbox Studio to discuss the 1997 movie “Funny Games” frame-by-frame – come out to engage your inner cinephile. Free popcorn!
The Naked Magicians – Thursday, 7:30pm – Two Australian magicians are bringing their innovative magic – they have no sleeves or pockets to pull rabbits out of – to DPAC after comically acclaimed, sold-out shows around the world.
John Waters – Thursday, 8pm – A filmmaker legendary for exploiting American suburbia for satire, Waters brings his show “The Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier” to The Carolina Theatre, sharing his hilarious adventures in the offensive, taboo genre.
The Belle Game – Thursday, 9pm – Enjoy this pop band’s dark rhythms and graceful melodies at The Pinhook, along with the unconventional rock band DTCV.
Dr. Seuss Pajama Party – Friday, 10:30-11am – Bring your 3- to 7-year-olds to Durham County Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading “The Cat in the Hat,” making crafts and enjoying a birthday treat – all in pajamas!
American Red Cross Centennial Blood Drive – Friday, 2:30-7pm – Help the American Red Cross and Northgate Mall donate 100 pints of blood to the North Carolina Blood Bank to celebrate the bank’s 100th year of impact on North Carolina. Bonus: you’ll receive a Northgate Food Court gift card for donating.
Parent’s Night Out – Friday, 6:15-9pm – Parents, take a stress-free evening for yourself, while the kids (ages 5-12) enjoy a night at Lyon Park, provided by Durham Parks and Rec, and including arts, crafts, games, movies, sports and a snack!
Al Strong & Fresh 5 – Friday, 7-10pm – Feel a new beat at Beyú Caffé with Strong’s music – a mix of jazz, soul and dance rhythms from his debut album “Love-Strong: Volume 1.”
Bobby Bones – Friday, 8pm – No. 1 country DJ in the U.S. and host of a nationally syndicated radio program, Bones brings his Nashville “Funny and Alone Standup Comedy Tour” to The Carolina Theatre.
Cappella Pratensis – Friday, 8pm – Eight men, one choir book, Netherlands in the 15th century – experience it all in a performance by the dynamic Dutch a capella group at Baldwin Auditorium.
The Expendables – Friday, 8pm – This established reggae band is coasting from Santa Cruz to Motorco Music Hall on their Blackout 2017 tour, which also features band RDGLDGRN, who has worked with the likes of Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams, and band Tribal Theory, who combines soul with the sounds of reggae.
Get The Led Out – Friday, 8pm – Rock out as this classic Led Zeppelin tribute band captures the blues-infused and multi-instrumental sound of the original recordings for you to experience at DPAC.
Lovell Bradford Trio – Friday, 8-10pm – Let loose with jazz headed by Lovell Bradford, a member of Davidson’s music department, on piano at Sharp Nine Gallery.
Lunar Viewing – Friday, 8-10pm – Get out of this world and explore the surface of the moon with help from state-of-the-art telescopes, binoculars, Durham Parks & Rec and NCCU.
The Shondes – Friday, 8-11pm – The Shondes, a feminist rock band from Brooklyn, return to Durham on their way to SXSW, playing a show alongside Al Riggs and Pie Face Girls at The Pinhook.
Duke University Regional Spelling Bee – Saturday, 9am-noon – Sixty elementary and middle school students from Durham and Orange Counties will battle for the winning spot of top speller and advance to the national bee. Organized by Duke Office of Durham and Regional Affairs at Riverside High School.
Women in Government – Saturday, 9am-1pm – Register to hear from active senators, representatives and professors – like Durham County Commissioner Brenda Howerton and George McCue, member of the Durham Board of Elections – on how to become involved in policy during a lunch hosted by The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham.
Super Hero Day! – Saturday, 10am-8pm – Smallcakes saves the day with free, mini superhero-themed cupcakes for kids who dress up as their favorite superhero, and don’t miss taking a picture with Batman from 3-5pm!
Terrariums for Kids – Saturday, 10-11am – Ages 4 to 17 are encouraged to participate in gardening, creating Victorian-inspired terrariums with Durham Parks & Rec at West Point on the Eno park.
Nasher Teen Meetup – Saturday, 10:30am-2:30pm – Register your teens to create personal artwork under the guidance and advice of a local artist, while surrounded by the inspiration of current exhibits at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Women’s History Month Lecture – Saturday, 11am-12:30pm – Historic Stagville encourages you to come hear Dr. Valerie A. Johnson, chair of the African-American Heritage Commission, present the lecture, “Speaking Truth, Giving Voice: A Talk in Celebration of the Genius of Black Women in North Carolina.” Afterward, take a tour of the grounds.
Holi Festival – Saturday, noon-11pm – Don’t miss the first Holi Festival – an Indian color celebration – downtown on the lawn of Bull McCabes Irish Pub, with children’s activities throughout the day, DJs into the night and Indian thali-style food provided by Viceroy.
Pasta Demo & Sampling – Saturday, noon-2pm – Rebecca Severino of Severino pasta will be at Bull City Olive Oil Co. to cook her family’s handmade pasta and hand out samples.
UNEXPOSED Film Fest – Saturday, noon-9pm – Free food – grilled bratwursts, chicken wings and popcorn – and free beer – provided by Ponysaurus – add to this cinematic event that includes three feature-length films and two shorts.
Souly Vegan Cafe Grand Opening – Saturday, 1-9pm – Welcome a new vegetarian/vegan restaurant into the Durham community and enjoy a live band on their opening day.
African-American Women during the Civil War Lecture – Saturday, 1-2pm – Michelle Lanier, Duke faculty member and director of the North Carolina African-American Heritage Commission, will expose you to the experiences of Civil War era African-American women, presented at Bennett Place State Historic Site.
Cider and Cheese Tasting – Saturday, 3pm – Register to hear Alexander Kast speak on his new project KastHuis – a raw milk cheese endeavor – at Black Twig Cider House, while you enjoy cheese and cider pairings curated by Ali Morgan, a Certified Cheese Professional.
‘Color Search’ Opening Reception – Saturday, 5-7pm – Judy Keene’s oil paintings will be on display at Craven Allen Gallery until May 6, but don’t miss your chance to meet the artist in person only on opening night.
Sunset Paddle – Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm – Celebrate the beauty of spring in a canoe or kayak, paddling down Little River as the sun fades – all equipment will be provided by Durham Parks & Rec.
Chan Hall – Saturday, 7-10pm – Settle into your Saturday night with this jazz pianist and composer’s soothing sounds at Beyú Caffé.
Rock Roulette – Saturday, 7-11pm – Support Girls Rock NC, a nonprofit that uses music to empower girls and women, by coming out to Motorco Music Hall for the second annual Rock Roulette, which features 10 new, local bands who wrote original sets just for this night!
Spring Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – Have a family-friendly afternoon, rain or shine, with the original food truck rodeo of the Triangle, enjoying music, dance and more than 50 local food and beer trucks, such as Pie Pushers and American Meltdown.
APS Cat Adoption – Sunday, 2-3:30pm – Searching for a furry friend? Head to Animal Protection Society of Durham’s adoption event at The Regulator Bookshop to meet adoptable kitties!
ALICE FEST – Sunday, 2-5pm – Celebrate Women’s History Month at this 6th annual film festival that features a variety of work by women filmmakers, including short documentaries, animation, experimental films and more at Full Frame Theater.
Museum Tour: Lenten Theme – Sunday, 2pm – Gain a deeper understanding of lent by joining guide Ruth Caccavale on a selective tour of European pieces that depict the time leading up to the resurrection of Christ at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University‘s permanent collection.
Fan Appreciation Day – Sunday, 2:30pm – Accept the thanks of The Carolina Theatre, along with a free small popcorn, when you come out to enjoy the free screenings of “King Kong vs. Godzilla” and “Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut.”
Bull City Food and Beer Experience – Sunday, 4pm – Help restore Ellerbe Creek with Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom and Sam’s Quik Shop as every lobby at DPAC is filled with food and drink options from local vendors.
Lee Fields & The Expressions – Sunday, 8pm – This soul and funk frontman has been recording since 1969, has toured with greats like Kool and the Gang, and is now headed to Motorco Music Hall to wrap up your weekend.