Weekend Best Bets: Beer, ‘Beautiful’ and Brentano

Weekend Best Bets: Beer, ‘Beautiful’ and Brentano

It's a weekend of celebrations in Durham, from Oktoberfest to the annual Latino Festival

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Celebrate Latino and Hispanic culture and traditions at Rock Quarry Park on Saturday.
Celebrate Latino and Hispanic culture and traditions at Rock Quarry Park on Saturday.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Through October 4, times vary – This Tony and Grammy award-winning musical tells the true story behind famed singer-songwriter Carole King’s rise to stardom with an array of her own songs, like “I Feel the Earth Move” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman.” Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.; $30+; 919-680-2787

N.C. Latin American Film Festival – Through Oct. 4 – Celebrating the power and artistry of Latin America’s film and audiovisual production, the festival’s mission is to provide a space in North Carolina for Latin American images, sounds and stories to reach a wider audience. The festival provides filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work in a stimulating and community friendly context. This year the festival focuses on how film represents the dreams of many in the region, by the experience of baseball as one of the most important sports played and followed in the Americas; it also explores how art plays a role in the lives of young undocumented migrants; the current challenges regarding water in the Americas; and the victories and struggles of citizens of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Cuba during the past decades. Various locations in the Triangle

Last Thursday @ Liberty Arts – Thursday, 5-7pm – Artists will be at work in their studios, but you’re invited to chat with them at this social event (or just enjoy the creative energy of the space!). Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio & Foundry, 923 Franklin St.; Free admission; 919-260-2931

Science of Beer – Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm – Enjoy samples from more than 21 of your favorite local brewers, one-of-a-kind workshops, beer pong, corn hole, hands-on experiments exploring the science behind making and enjoying your favorite beers, plus live music from Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends. Local food trucks including Pie Pushers, OnlyBurger, Cousins Maine Lobster and Sympathy for the Deli will be on site with tasty eats, and you’ll get to take home a commemorative 16-oz. tasting glass. Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave.; $30.30+; 9190220-5429

Starting At The Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story – Thursday, 7pm -Join director Amy Unell, Coach Al Buehler and Delaina Buehler for a screening of this film, covering nearly 60 years of Coach Buehler’s life in which he has touched and enriched the lives of thousands of athletes including Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Carl Lewis, as well as Duke icons Grant Hill, Shane Battier and Coach K. Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.; Free admission; 919-560-0100

Gregory Porter – Thursday, 8pm – This jazz singer has earned critical acclaim and a growing fan base for each of his three albums and a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for his 2014 release, Liquid Spirit. Porter continues to use his big baritone voice to blend gospel, jazz, soul and R&B into his signature sound. Page Auditorium, 402 Chapel Dr.; $15-$55; 919-684-4444

Lee Ann Womack – Thursday, 8pm – The Grammy-winning country vocalist performs with special guest Andrew Combs. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $38; 919-560-0738

Carole Robertson Day of Remembrance – Friday, 6:30-8pm – Durham Chapter of Jack and Jill of America hosts a day of remembrance for Carole Robertson, one of the four girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963. Honor her with an activity that highlights the goals of human rights, civil rights and racial harmony. The program will include a mini reenactment on the life of Carole Robertson and speakers from the Durham and Chapel Hill community, including Karen Perry Edwards, one of six African-American students who integrated Durham High School in 1960. CC Spaulding Elementary School Auditorium, 1531 S. Roxboro St.; Free admission

Raising Bertie Film Screening – Friday, 7-9pm – Full Frame Theater will play host to a free screening of this feature-length documentary work-in-progress, which was filmed over six years and interweaves the coming-of-age stories about the lives of three young black men in rural Bertie County. Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund will hold a conversation with the filmmaker and the audience, providing feedback for the film. Full Frame Theater, 300 Blackwell St.; Free admission; 919-660-3695

Little Windows – Friday, 7-9pm – Creating a mix of Appalachian and Irish music, and traditionally based originals, Mark Weems and Julee Glaub place special focus on unaccompanied ballads as they explore the spiritual nature of song and harmonic sound. Brightleaf Square, 905 W. Main St.; Free admission; 919-682-9229

Evening of Laughter and Praise – Friday 7-10pm – Life International kicks off its 30th anniversary three-day celebration with Friday’s live concert event, which will feature BET “Sunday Best” Season 6 Winner, Tasha Page-Lockhart and the co-host of “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” comedian Marcus D. Wiley. Life International, 4823 Meadow Dr.; $15; 919-361-5169

Audio Under the Stars – Friday, 8-10pm – The Center for Documentary Studies presents its last collection of stories in this series of free community listening parties. The theme for the night is “Bad Advice & Second Chances,” which is sure to inspire the perfect blend of cringing and laughter. Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W Pettigrew St.; Free admission; 919-660-3663

Carolina Big Band – Friday, 8-10pm – The Baldwin Auditorium welcomes the music and musicians of the Carolinas to the stage for this big band’s debut performance. The group comprises some of the best soloists and ensemble musicians in North and South Carolina and will perform jazz pieces and more. Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Dr.; $15-$34; 919-684-4444

Rhiannon Giddens – Friday, 8pm – The singer, violinist and banjo player, and founding member of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, performs music from her critically acclaimed debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, produced by T Bone Burnett. Page Auditorium, 402 Chapel Dr.; $15-$55; 919-684-4444

N.C. Gay Pride Parade – Saturday, 8:30am – The state’s 31st annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival features an early morning 5k run to be followed by speeches at noon, a parade at 1pm and a night festival that goes into the wee hours of Sunday. Duke’s East Campus and Ninth Street district

Duke Gardens Plant Sale – Saturday, 9am-noon – Would you love to have more plants in your home or garden but are unsure of what will thrive in our region? The Fall Plant Sale sells only plants that will do well around here, plus there’s free gardening advice from the Gardens’ staff and master gardeners. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St.; Free admission; 919-684-3698

Great Big Dtown Oktoberfest – Saturday, noon – Don your lederhosen or drindl and raise a Spaten mug to the fourth annual Oktoberfest. The performance venue will be decked out as a traditional beer hall. Expect Oompah party music from The Little German Band accompanied by traditional dancers. There will be plenty of Pauline beer from Munich, served in steins, and Parts & Labor will serve a full German beer hall menu. Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.; Free

Latino Festival – Saturday, noon-5pm – Enjoy Latino and Hispanic culture and traditions, including a soccer tournament, live music, dancing, authentic food, informational booths, an arts and crafts market and hands-on children’s activities. Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr.; Free admission; 919-560-4355

Meet the Author: Damon Tweedy – Saturday, 3-4:30pm – Join Dr. Damon Scott Tweedy, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine and Staff Psychiatrist at Durham VA Medical Center, for a reading from his book Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, which covers his experiences as an African-American physician and those of African-American patients. A book signing will follow the reading. Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.; Free admission; 919-560-0100

Rocktoberfest – Saturday, 4-10pm – Enjoy authentic German street fare, music from Live Oompah Trio, D-Town Brass and Pipe and an impressive selection of specialty beers including Foothills, Duck Rabbit, Weihenstephan and many more. Guglhupf, 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; Free admission; 919-401-2600

5th Annual Octoberfest – Saturday, 4-11pm – Live music, house-made brats, sausage, burgers and beer in a family-friendly environment for kids and adults. Proceeds support Habitat for Humanity of Durham. Bull City Burger and Brewery, 107 E. Parrish St.; Free admission; 919-680-2333

Lemurpalooza – Saturday, 5-8pm – Bring a blanket and join the Duke Lemur Center for a picnic while meeting the lemurs in the Adopt-a-Lemur Program. Your sponsorship will help care for the lemurs at DLC and support the conservation work they do around the world. There will be food trucks, live music from Too Much Fun and other various activities, including a chance to view the animals at their own pace. (Usually a visit to the center must be a guided tour.) Keepers and education staff will be on hand to answer all questions about each animal up for adoption. Engaging educational activities will be provided for kids and kids at heart. Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Rd.; $50 per car, tax deductible; 919-401-7252

An Acoustic Evening with Yo La Tengo – Saturday, 8pm – Trio Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew reunite with former member Dave Schramm. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $26+; 919-560-3030

Brentano String Quartet – Saturday, 8pm – This critically acclaimed, award-winning string quartet has been performing together for more than 20 years and are currently the Artists in Residence at Yale. They perform selections from Bach, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Dr.; $15-$38; 919-684-4444

Patricia Ibañez and Abel Harana – Saturday, 8pm – Two “lightning-fast” dancers, two singers and one guitarist come together to perform authentic Spanish flamenco. Ibañez, a 20-year veteran of both flamenco dancing and choreography, is joined by fellow dancer Harana to perform her newest dance, “Memoria Antigua.” Reynolds industries Theater, 125 Science Dr.; $15-$38; 919-684-4444

British Theatre: Setting the Stage – Sunday, 3-4:30pm – Join the Sister Cities Durham-United Kingdom Committee in exploring Great Britain’s long, full history of the dramatic arts. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show! Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.; Free admission; 919-560-0100

The Boys from Carolina – Sunday, 4-7pm – Kick off the Music on the Plaza series with this exceptional bluegrass and country quintet led by ace music veteran Chuck Schutte featuring strong vocal harmonies and superb playing on guitar, dobro, mandolin, bass, fiddle and banjo. Bring your dancing shoes! Rolling Bistro Food Truck and Carolina Brewery will be serving food and beer on the plaza, and the Northgate Food Court will be open until 6pm. Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd.; Free admission; 919-286-4400