Pixies – Thursday, 7:30pm – Pixies, one of the most influential alt/rock bands of all time, bring their signature mix of psychedelia, dissonance, surf-rock and loud-quiet-loud to the DPAC stage with special guests Cymbals Eat Guitars. Fans can expect a set list comprised of the classics and rarities as well as newer songs from “Indie Cindy” and the band’s latest release, “Head Carrier.”
Front Country with Demolition String Band – Thursday, 6pm – If the weather is getting warmer, it must be time for WUNC’s Back Porch Music on the Lawn. Today’s free outdoor concert takes place beneath the Lucky Strike water tower at American Tobacco Campus. This kickoff show features new acoustic band Front Country, born out of the San Francisco tech scene. They play progressive bluegrass with grit and soul – think Punch Brothers meet King Crimson. The Demolition String Band will open the show. Picnics, coolers (no glass) and dogs are welcomed. Food, beer and wine are also available for purchase.
Moonlight & Starlight Night Paddles – Friday, 8:15pm – Join Frog Hollow Outdoors and take a ‘Paddle Under the Stars’ trip on the western end of Falls Lake in the Three Rivers Area. Leave your worries behind as you set out in a canoe to enjoy the wildlife, soak in the moonrays and starshine, and experience the sounds of nature. As the sun sets, the river becomes a playground for nocturnal animals. These very leisurely paddles are suitable for just about anyone. Pre-registration is required.
CHICAGO – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – DPAC welcomes Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, thousands of standing ovations and is now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Featuring everything that makes Broadway great, and now NFL legend Eddie George, this show tells a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz. With one show-stopping song after another, and the most astonishing dancing, this is the must-see musical.
Handsome Al and the Lookers – Friday, 6:30pm-9pm – Crowd favorite Handsome Al and the Lookers returns to Northgate Mall for their spring Music on the Plaza series. Mixing rhythm and blues flavors with a hint of Southern roots rock, this band gets people on the dance floor. Handsome Al is accompanied by a stellar rhythm section along with Emma “Big Mama E” Davis on lead vocals. The band plays original songs as well as covers by artists such as Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers and Tina Turner. Remember to bring a chair in case you need to take a break from the dancing, and grab a bite from Esmeralda’s Cafe, Randy’s Pizza and Mac-u-Roni food trucks and a Bull City Burger and Brewery beer.
‘Biking Durham’s HiSTORIES’ – Saturday, 11am-1pm – The Museum of Durham History and Bike Durham celebrate National Bike Month by teaming up to lead this leisurely five-mile tour through downtown and the American Tobacco Campus. This free family-friendly ride will be led by historian and Durham native Ernest Dollar, who will stop at various locations around town to tell the city’s more famous and lesser-known stories. The ride begins and ends (with parking available) at MoDH, located at 500 W. Main St.
‘Peter Pan’ – Saturday, 6:30pm and Sunday, 3pm – Come to The Carolina Theatre to enjoy the story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up in Durham Ballet Theatre‘s adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic fairy tale. The world of Neverland is brought to life in this spectacular ballet, and the performance is wonderful for children and adults alike who believe in fairies and that growing up is “an awfully big adventure.”
The Wind + The Wave – Saturday, 9pm– With a sound that encompasses indie-folk to alt-country and blues-rock to Southern psychedelia, Dwight Baker and singer-songwriter Patty Lynn perform songs from their second album, “Happiness is Not a Place,” at Motorco. The set opens with Justin Kawika Young, a former member of Colbie Caillat’s band, and The Native Sibling, a band whose music draws comparisons to The Civil Wars and The Head and the Heart.
GeekCraftExpo RDU – Sunday, 11am-6pm – This Etsy-meets-Comic-Con craft market returns to the Durham Armory. Founded by comic book writer Daniel Way (‘Deadpool,’ ‘Wolverine: Origins’), the market brings geek and pop culture-themed jewelry, original artwork and more back to the Triangle. Everything is handmade by local RDU artisans. GeekCraft Expo is family-friendly and free to the public, and cosplay is encouraged! As Daniel says, “We do these shows all over the country but, because three of the four of us that make up Team GeekCraft live here in the Triangle, we consider GeekCraft Expo RDU to be our hometown show. Last year was incredible; this year, we’re going for ‘jaw-dropping.'”
Sunday Yoga – Sunday, 11am-noon – Ciderworks Yoga kicks off a weekly yoga class with Zenyfit at Bull City Ciderworks. Led by instructor Bridget Crawford, this open-level vinyasa flow class links movement with breath, strengthens the body, increases flexibility and brings peace of mind. Bring your own mat and be prepared to be barefoot. The class is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. A Cider or Cidermosa is included in the ticket price, and you can enjoy it with your fellow yoga enthusiasts after class. Participants must be at least 18 years old, and all ages should be prepared to show their ID when checking in.
The Wild South – Sunday, noon-4pm – Join Fullsteam Brewery on Mother’s Day for this free mini-fermentation festival featuring local food and drink producers and their wild (and not so wild) offerings. In addition, the brewery’s new chef Kyle McKnight will lead a ticketed fermentation class from 2-4pm. Learn how to make your own home-fermented foods, sample some beer pairings, and take home some snacks. (They have limited this advanced educational event to 20 participants, so sign up before all spaces, uh, dry up!) Fullsteam will also have some wild-leaning beers on special for the day. It’ll be a wild time, but heaven knows your mom has seen it all!