Weekend Best Bets: Soul, Spirit and Cinema

Weekend Best Bets: Soul, Spirit and Cinema

What an artsy weekend we have ahead of us! A new record shop and microcinema celebrate their openings, you can catch a few exhibits for either the first or last time, plus musicals, theater productions, gallery tours and so much more!

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New record store Carolina Soul Records celebrates its grand opening with a party at The Pinhook on Friday.
New record store Carolina Soul Records celebrates its grand opening with a party at The Pinhook on Friday.

Deuces – Thursday – February 7 – This exhibit focuses on pairs: similarities and contrasts. An invited guest artist shows their work alongside each Pleiades member artist with dramatic effects. Artwork includes photography, ceramics, painting, mixed media, neon, blown glass, fused glass, metal and tissue paper. Pleiades Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-797-2706

$24 Art Show – Thursday and Friday, 11am-7pm, and Saturday, 10am-7pm – In celebration of The Scrap Exchange’s 24th year in operation, all works on display, which incorporate reclaimed or up-cycled materials, will be for sale for $24. Purchased works may be taken away immediately (i.e., the show is cash-and-carry). The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Road; Free; 919-213-1278

Love and Information – Through Saturday, 8:15pm – In Caryl Churchill’s fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know. This encore presentation of The Delta Boys’ 2015 production features Emily Anderson, Skylar Gudasz, Zach Leclair, Rajeev Rajendran and Caitlin Wells. Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St.; $5-$20; 919-682-3343

The Book of Mormon – Through Sunday, times vary – Winner of nine Tony Awards, this outrageous musical comedy follows a mismatched pair of missionaries halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. DPAC, 123 Vivian St.; $50+; 919-680-2787

Special Themed Tour – What’s it Made Of? – Thursday, 6pm – Tour the Wilson Pavilion with Ruth Caccavale and learn about the making of the Nasher Museum’s permanent collection. This conversational tour will also focus on the reinstallation of the collection and the diverse materials represented within the exhibition. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr.; Free; 919-684-5135

Wetten Importers Belgian Beer Tasting – Thursday, 5pm – Pouring six beers total from three different breweries: Brouwerij Huyghe’s Delirium Tremens and Delirium Nocturnum; Brouwerij Het Anker’s Gouden Carolus Tripel and Gouden Carolus Ambrio; and Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan’s Straffe Hendrik Tripel and Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel. Bottle 501, 3219 Watkins Rd.; Free; 919-402-1501

Resolutions 2016 Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Annual statewide juried art exhibit featuring both 2D and 3D media. The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned by 22 artists featuring painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, turned wood, pottery and fiber art. Exhibit runs through Jan. 24. Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough; 919-732-5001

UNEXPOSED Grand Opening – Friday, 7-11pm – This microcinema dedicated to experimental film hosts a grand opening with a black box screening highlighting work from New England filmmakers. Throughout each month, it will highlight filmmakers living and working in specific geographical locations. UNEXPOSED, 105 Hood St., Ste. 5; $5; 352-318-5872

Carolina Soul Grand Opening Party – Friday, 9pm-2am – Come celebrate Carolina Soul’s official grand opening with DJ sets by the staff, playing funk, soul, disco, and boogie drawn from the new record shop’s LP/45/12″ collections. A long-time online record business helmed by collector Jason Perlmutter, Carolina Soul is now open at 117 E. Main, just down the road from The Pinhook. Join in a night of drinks, dancing and records, plus save 15% on all used purchases totaling $25 or more all weekend long. The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.; Free admission; 919-908-6620

New Year, New You Women’s Conference – Saturday, 8:30am-1:30pm – Some of the Triangle’s leading visionaries join forces to kick off 2016 with valuable information about health, wellness and joy in the New Year. Local physician and author Dr. C. Nicole Swiner hosts an interactive conference with Radio One/Foxy 107/104 radio personality Karen Clark serving as emcee. More than a dozen speakers – including Art of Cool Music Festival powerhouse Dr. Cicely Mitchell, former WTVD/ABC11 News Reporter Tamara Gibbs, LeVar “The Motivational Doer” Johnson, acclaimed local artist Randy “Freedomclay” Rogers, family physician and dynamic speaker Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Payne, local author Kerri Gardner, health expert and dietician Ann Clark, sleep and addiction specialist Dr. Jamila Battle, local author and leadership coach Dr. Margaret A. Brunson, health coach and Zumba instructor Fransine “Frankie” Sanchez and more – will be on hand to share their stories and wisdom. Topics of discussion include: physical and mental health, moving forward after attempted suicide, encouraging women to pursue leadership roles in their communities, overcoming physical and emotional abuse, successfully changing careers in the midst of uncertainty and many more. The conference will also feature live music, vendors,  food, giveaways and prizes. Duke’s Jewish Center for Life, 1415 Faber St.; $20; 919-599-3441

Loire Valley Wine Tasting – Saturday, 2pm – Wine tasting with Country Vintner. Come enjoy light snacks and organic goodies from Relay Foods! Bottle 501, 3219 Watkins Rd.; Free; 919-402-1501

IPA Release with Highland Brewing Co. – Saturday, 4pm – Join in the special release of Highland Brewing’s new IPA on draft and in bottles. A Highland Brewing representative will be on site to pour samples and talk beer. Bottle 501, 3219 Watkins Rd.; Free; 919-402-1501

Salsa and Tapas – Saturday, 6-10pm –  The tapas menu runs from 6pm-9pm and the dancing runs from 8pm-10pm. It’ll be a full house, casual and lots of fun! Old Havana Sandwich Shop, 310 E. Main St.; 919-667-9525

Tearin’ Up Christmas Rowdy Square Dance – Saturday, 8pm – A special year-end edition of old-time string band The Five Points Rounders’ parties. Stemming from the mountain tradition of Breaking Up Christmas (or Old Christmas) in which, traditionally, each of the 12 nights of Christmas was celebrated with parties and dancing — it’s one last throwdown to finally put the holidays and the year behind us. Rowdy Square Dances are gatherings primed for wearing plaid, Shooting the Moon, Ducking for the Oyster and meeting a batch of new friends in the midst of an Allemande Left. The dances are fast and loose (and explained beforehand), so no previous dance experience is expected; it’s great party even if you don’t dance! The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.; $5; 919-667-1100

Red Hot Mardi Gras Season Kickoff – Saturday, 8pm – Durham Mardi Gras is launching their 2016 season with three fantastic musical groups who will mix the best of Louisiana and North Carolina: Boom Unit Brass Band, The Bulltown Strutters and MSA Cajun Band. Many seasoned merrymakers will be outfitted in attire worthy of notice and mimicry, thus inspiring you to start gathering your krewe, making costumes and building floats for Durham’s very own celebration in February. The cover charge helps Durham Mardi Gras keep this year’s party on Mardi Gras Day free of charge once again. The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St.; $8; 919-401-1979 

Last Chance to View: The Enclave: Richard Mosse – Sunday, noon-5pm – Last chance to catch this immersive 40-minute, six-channel video installation shot in eastern Congo. The Enclave is the culmination of the artist’s recent body of work and will be on view in the Southeast for the first time. Debuting at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, where Mosse represented Ireland, The Enclave is a beautiful and haunting look at a region of Africa that has been plagued by civil war, political instability and humanitarian crises for decades. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr.; $5; 919-684-5135

Special Themed Tour – Funny Meeting You Here – Sunday, 2pm – See who you find as you tour the variety of portraits on view in the Wilson Pavilion. This conversational tour will be given by gallery guide Ruth Caccavale. Be surprised by the mix of paintings and sculptures that cover 20 centuries of art history. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr.; Free; 919-684-5135

You Knew Me When – Sunday, 5pm – The Nashville-based, husband-and-wife indie folk-rock duo presents a full-band sound by outfitting themselves with an array of instruments, including piano, ukulele, glockenspiel and percussive elements from Karisa and guitar and other rhythmic nuances from Cie. The cumulative result is a musical style and live show that blends a singer-songwriter soul with a pop/rock mentality. The duo’s latest album, “We Found Roads” – at times upbeat and folksy, at times melancholy and introspective – is a reflection of mile-markers and moments derived from giving up everything and finding new paths together. Fullsteam, 726 Rigsbee Ave.; Free

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Amanda MacLaren
Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Ariz., she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for seven years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.