Weekend at a Glance: Beaver Queen, Bulls and Blues

Weekend at a Glance: Beaver Queen, Bulls and Blues

Choose from 12 of our best bets for the weekend including food experiments, Bull City-inspired improv and the crowning of the new Beaver Queen

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Contestant “Beaver Juice” kicks off the talent portion of last year’s Beaver Queen Pageant. “Beaver Juice” – Anastasia Maddox – ended up taking home the award for People’s Choice and the crown for 2016 Beaver Queen. Photo by Dylan Bedell.

Science of Eats – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – Come enjoy this adults-only program at The Museum of Life and Science, which focuses on bringing sweet, sour and science together for one big night of eating and exploration. Scientists from Duke University, UNC and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and watch demonstrations and experiments on subjects including what happens to the brain on sugar and how genes affect the perception of flavor. Several local food vendors will offer free samples as well as food and drinks for purchase. They include Big Spoon Roasters, Bull City Ciderworks, Black Twig Cider House and The Little Dipper. Money raised from this event will help fund the museum’s education programs for students and families.

‘Living at the Water’s Edge’ – Thursday, 7pm – Co-authors Karen Amspacher and Barbara Garrity-Blake will be at The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and book signing in support of their new heritage guide to the Outer Banks. This book shares the stories of people who have shaped their lives out of saltwater and sand. Filled with color and black-and-white photographs, this work leads readers to the proverbial porch of the Outer Banks locals, extending a warm welcome to visitors and deepening their understanding of life on the tideline. The book also illustrates how these residents have stood their ground and maintained a vibrant way of life while adapting to constant change, which is essential where water meets the land.

Beauty Operators – Friday, 6:30-9pm – Back by popular demand, the Beauty Operators return to Northgate Mall for a Music on the Plaza concert. This five-piece, all-female band brings a party wherever they go, and they are keeping Durham dirty with their danceable mash of blues, rock, zydeco and American roots music. Buy something tasty to eat from local food vendors Esmeralda’s Café, Randy’s Pizza and Stuft, and enjoy beer and wine from Bull City Burger and Brewery. Bring a chair if you need a break from dancing.

Daniel D – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – Talent is a gift, and Daniel Davis discovered his at the age of 12 when he first drew a bow across the strings of a violin. Since then, Davis has produced six studio albums, and he will be at the Beyú Caffé for two shows to play music from his latest release, “SonRise”. A four-time Apollo Theater Winner, Davis graduated from Charleston’s esteemed School of the Arts in 2007. He’s shared the stage with Jamie Foxx and Kanye West, but he would tell you that the pure joy of playing music far surpasses prestige or recognition. During the past 16 years, he has amassed a growing international fan base and respect among his peers due to his talent and captivating performances. Get your tickets now: They’re selling quickly!

‘boneglow’ – Friday and Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 4pm – As part of the 2016-17 DIDA season, RAD | Renay Aumiller Dances presents a full-length dance that imagines a sliver of light shining into a stagnant, dark room as a metaphor for personal and political metamorphosis. The grounded, gritty and gripping movement of the Durham-based quartet is backed by original music compositions from Durham’s Dave Yarwood and NY-based Son Lux. The performance takes place at Living Arts Collective, 410 W. Geer St.

Running of the Bulls 8K – Saturday, 7:15am – Join Bull City Running Company, fellow competitors and fans for the ninth year of Durham’s premiere community road race. The race begins between the Durham Farmers’ Market and the YMCA on Foster Street, and then winds its way through the historic neighborhoods of downtown, American Tobacco Campus, Trinity Park and Old North Durham. It wraps up with a lap around the warning track inside the historic Durham Athletic Park. There will also be a Kids Fun Run at the park after the race with prizes for the kids. Sponsors, including CrossFit Durham, ATI Physical Therapy, Brooks Running and Flowers by Gary, will be on site with products and pamphlets.

Patchwork Market – Saturday, noon-4pm – This unique market has become a monthly event at Fullsteam Brewery. Local makers and vintage vendors come together to create a unique shopping experience with a diverse selection of high-quality and original goods. The goal is to create a local shopping experience unlike any other. Shoppers can find one-of-a-kind gifts while directly supporting the talented Triangle community. The market is the perfect place for area residents and visitors to find the perfect piece that reflects the craftsperson as well as the creative history of North Carolina. 

Orange You a Hippie Cider Release – Saturday, noon-11:55pm – Bull City Cider Works is bringing back one of their favorite ciders from last year, and it’s the next one to hit bottles! Come celebrate the release and get a sneak preview of the packaging. Purchase a specialty dog like the Carolina Classic from Hillsborough’s Fetch Hot Dog Co. food truck and listen to the smooth acoustic sounds of Zac Baxley Duo starting at 7:30pm. Remember to wear some groovy threads: Prizes will be awarded for the best costume. Bring your friends, including your four-legged buddies.

Hand Embroidery Workshop for Beginners – Saturday, 2-4pm – Recyclique hosts a workshop on the basics of hand embroidery, where you can learn how to set up a hoop, choose needles and thread, transfer a design to fabric and create a variety of different stitches (running stitch, chain stitch, feather stitch and French knot). The workshop will be taught by Jo Darby, a one-time member of the Embroiderers Guild of America and volunteer needle-arts teacher at The Durham Center for Senior Life. This class is perfect for absolute beginners and those with a little experience who want to brush up on their needlework skills.  All supplies (some new, some repurposed) are included in this fun exploration of slow stitching, and you can take your piece home to complete.

2017 Beaver Queen Pageant – Saturday, 4pm – Mosey on out to the meadow at Duke Park and take part in this annual extravaganza of razzle-dazzle and humor hosted by WUNC‘s Frank Stasio. Incorporating this year’s theme, ‘The Wizard of Gnawz,’ contestants will take on beaver personalities, introduce themselves in their wetlands-ready garb, participate in an interview in their finest evening wear and showcase their unique talent. Strut your stuff in a pre-pageant parade with the Bulltown Strutters and then spend the afternoon voting for your favorite contestant (or bribing the judges), enjoying dinner from local food trucks Locopops, Mama’s Hot Chicken, OnlyBurger and Pie Pushers and making your own beaver tails at The Scrap Exchange craft booth. Dressing up is definitely encouraged. All proceeds benefit the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.

‘One Night In Durham’ – Saturday, 8:15pm – Manbites Dog Theater welcomes Chapel Hill’s Transactors for a night of improv that not only takes place in the Bull City but also features Durham and its residents as its theme. Based on audience suggestions, the performance will be entirely made up on the spot, including short, stand-alone scenes as well as an extended piece that will resemble a one-act play. This longer improvised scene follows characters as they intermingle on a single night in the vibrant, evolving and unique city that is Durham.

7th Annual WillFest All Star Birthday Jam – Sunday, 3-9pm – Will McFarlane, a former guitarist for Bonnie Raitt, celebrates his birthday with The Blue Note Grill for the seventh year, and it happens to coincide with the Triangle Blues Society‘s First Sunday Open Jam. This is an opportunity to share the stage with the area’s best blues musicians. If you want to play, amps, drums and PA are provided, so make sure to sign up and bring your instrument or drumsticks. Musicians from across the Triangle and beyond show up to this jam to perform, so come enjoy some blues, eat some great food, support TBS and meet some new friends or just hang out with some old ones. And be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

The Sunday Show – Sunday, 8pm – Comedy Durham presents a wicked evening of entertainment when roommates Dave Waite and Grant Lyon bring The Bro House Tour to 106 Main. Both Dave and Grant have won the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, and these two rising stars are building up their credits quickly. Dave has appeared on Comedy Central, “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, and “Last Comic Standing,” and Grant is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and has appeared in several national commercials. Grant’s sketch videos have also been featured on Funny or Die’s website.

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