‘The Bodyguard’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 1pm & 6:30pm – Catch the-award winning romantic musical at DPAC! The show tells of a former Secret Service Agent turned bodyguard as he falls in love with the superstar he has been assigned to protect, set to the sound of classic songs such as, “I Will Always Love You,” based on the film of the same name starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.
Plants of Distinction: The Spring Awakening – Thursday, 2pm – Discuss the intricate scientific phenomena that cause flowers to bloom in the spring, hosted by Blomquist Garden curator, Stefan Bloodworth, at the Doris Duke Center at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Haider Warraich, ‘Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life’ – Thursday, 7pm – Join the fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Duke University Medical Center as he discusses his debut book at The Regulator Bookshop.
Kidcycle Spring Sale – Friday, 11am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; and Sunday, noon-6pm – Shop this consignment sale at Northgate Mall, where children’s toys, clothes and products will be on sale, with funds benefiting local families. Items will be half off during the Sunday sale.
Anime-Magic Film Series – Friday through Sunday – Anime lovers are invited to watch traditional anime movies like “Spirited Away” as well as animated classics from around the globe, at The Carolina Theatre.
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend – Friday-Sunday – The Triangle’s longest running Irish pub, James Joyce, presents a weekend filled with live, traditional Irish music, a bagpiper, and all of the Guinness and Irish whiskey. Starts on Friday with a traditional Irish breakfast at 9am. After all, you can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning!
Sham-Rockin Good Time – Friday, 10am – Families can start their St. Patrick’s Day off by listening to Irish folk tunes, making themed crafts and enjoying green snacks at the Edison Johnson Recreation Center.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Friday, 11am – Join West 94th St. Pub for an all-day bash featuring traditional Irish fare like corned beef and cabbage and green beer on tap. Entertainment includes live music from 5:30-8:30 and karaoke from 10:30-2am.
St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza – Friday, 11:30am – Motorco Music Hall hosts its first day-long event for the holiday, with two live shows by Big Fat Clover (Big Fat Gap) – one during the afternoon and one during the evening – Irish pub food and Guinness. Live music from 3-5pm & 8-10pm.
St. Patrick’s Day at Ponysaurus – Friday, 3pm – It’s your lucky day! Ponysaurus offers proper pints, pub tunes from local Irish Band, Pamlico, and special themed menu items by Sympathy for the Deli.
Kids Day Spa – Friday, 4:30pm – Elementary-aged children are invited to be pampered at East Regional Library, where they can create and use their own customized lotions, face masks and more.
‘Water’: Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Be among the first to view the new “Water” art exhibition at Pleiades Gallery, featuring pieces by Pleiades artists that aim to inspire viewers to maintain/improve the condition of our local waterways like Ellerbe Creek.
Mezcla: Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – The Carrack hosts the opening night of this new exhibit, featuring submitted works by Hispanic and Latinx artists that celebrate their culture and how it is formed in the United States. The exhibit runs through March 26.
Tre’King Band – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – The R&B funk group, created by two individuals who are passionate about music and art, Rashad King and Ms Tre’King, performs live at Beyu Caffe.
Life … in 3/4 Time – Friday, 7:30pm – Once scorned as “the dance that breaks the bond of good breeding,” the waltz captivates with its provocative, hypnotic sway. This program with Glenn Mehrbach on piano, Robbie Link on bass and accordion, and Ellen Ciompi on vocals, features songs by composers from Irving Berlin to Burt Bacharach, George Gershwin to Tom Waits, covers waltzes of all types. You’ll hear the comic, the heartbreaking, the ribald, the romantic and the kind that makes you want to get up and dance … or at least, tap your toes! Come to the unique performance at the Nelson Music Room.
Robert Earl Keen – Friday, 8pm – Join this musical legend for a night of signature folk country songs at The Carolina Theatre.
‘Love in a Time of Madness’ – Friday, 8pm – Artist José James performs hits from his seventh, and final, jazz album – which combines moody soul, electronic pop and African influence to create a new kind of jazz – at Motorco Music Hall.
Lookin’ For a Cure 5K – Saturday, 8am – Walk, run or ride around Durham to promote awareness and raise funds for ocular melanoma research. The race is followed by a free event at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park with food, bounce houses and a visit from Wool E. Bull himself!
George Smith Golf Tournament – Saturday, 8:30am – Whether you participate or watch from the sidelines, everyone will enjoy this day-long golfing tournament at the Hillandale Golf Course benefiting the children, seniors and families who live in the West End community.
Sketching in the Galleries – Saturday, 10am – Join local artist Rachel Goodwin to create your own masterpiece among the inspiring works at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Tennis Carnival – Saturday, 10am – Interested in tennis but don’t know where to start? Join Durham Parks and Recreation at Rock Quarry Park for an event that exposes participants to basic tennis skills and programs, with the added bonus of the chance to win a prize on the court while showcasing your hitting accuracy.
Welcome to Beekeeping – Saturday, 10am – Come explore the fascinating relationship between bees and humans, as well as learn a few basics of beekeeping, at West Point on the Eno.
5th annual Urban Ministries of Durham Day – Saturday, 11am-7pm – Vert & Vogue will donate 20% of sales this day to provide food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need. The specialty retailer will present its spring women’s and men’s collections at its Brightleaf Square and Five Points stores. Vert & Vogue and its clients will also donate more than 50 quality pieces to the Dress for Success program, following its annual clothing exchange event this weekend. This will help UMD’s clients who are seeking employment improve their self-image and perception in the world, and put them on a path to self-sufficiency.
Children’s Festival – Saturday, 11am-3pm – Hosted by Northgate Mall and Durham Arts Council, families can head to the mall for a free day of food, entertainment and children’s activities, including interactive animal performances and face painting, plus live performances by Walltown Children’s Theater, Durham Children’s Choir, Faith Baptist Church Children’s Choir, Gracie Durham (Jui Jitso demonstration), Little River Cloggers and Bouncing Bulldogs.
Chalk It Up Day – Saturday, 2:30pm – Young children are invited to create chalk artwork on the sidewalk at the Durham South Regional Library.
Mark G. Meadows & The Movement – Saturday, 7 and 9pm – The critically acclaimed jazz composer, pianist and vocalist, performs a selection of his work alongside live reggae band, The Movement, at Beyu Caffe.
Behind the Scenes with Insects – Sunday, 11am – Children of all ages will love this behind-the-scenes experience with the Museum of Life and Science entomologist, where they can ask questions about the museum’s resident insects.
Film Screening: ‘Do the Right Thing’ – Sunday, 3pm – Come watch the Spike Lee film, which explores urban racial tensions, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Anat Cohen Quartet – Sunday, 5pm and 7:30pm *SOLD OUT* – Duke Performances presents this performance of modern jazz music, featuring nationally acclaimed saxophone and clarinet player Anat Cohen, at 21c Museum Hotel.
Banff Mountain Film Festival – Sunday, 7pm – The prestigious mountain film festival – held after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta – makes a stop at The Carolina Theatre on its world tour, presenting exhilarating films that explore the mountains culture and landscapes.