Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” – Thursday and Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm; Sunday, 2pm and 5pm – Your heart is sure to grow three sizes while watching the magic on stage as this holiday classic comes to life at the Durham Performing Arts Center. To complement busy holiday schedules, a 5pm show has been added to the itinerary for Saturday. Grab a friend or the family and get in the holiday mood with this the uplifting performance. Additionally, the show will have a special sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m., which will be presented in a welcoming and supportive environment for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families.
Opening Reception – Thursday, 7-9pm – Mercury Studio hosts its first-ever “Super Sh***y Art Show,” featuring work from its members for a celebration of creativity, free from expectations. The exhibition runs through January 20.
Free Cider and Cookies – Through Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm – Sip warm cider while nibbling on homemade cookies for the month of December, while exploring the history of the Bull City at the Museum of Durham History.
World AIDS Day Vigil – Thursday, 5-6pm – The Partnership for a Healthy Durham HIV/STI committee hosts a day to honor those lost and recognize those currently fighting the disease at Durham Central Park. There will be remarks, a performance and a lighting ceremony as well as a walk to the LGBTQ Center of Durham for the opening of a photography exhibit and light snacks.
Are You Listening? – Thursday, 7-9pm – Four Triangle podcasters take the stage at Motorco Musical Hall, each with their own focus: “Criminal,” “Scene on Radio,” “She and Her” and “The Civilist” unite for an evening of storytelling, live performance and advice.
Book Signing – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop hosts an evening to commemorate the release of “The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food,” edited and introduced by by UNC English professor Randall Kenan, from Eno Publishers.
Fellowship of the Barrel – Friday, 2pm-3am – Fullsteam Brewery celebrates wood-aged beers with more than 20 barrel-aged beers, all brewed right here in North Carolina.
Shop and Share Event – Friday, 4-7pm – Check items off your holiday shopping list at One World Market while giving back to Threshold Clubhouse, a local nonprofit that serves adults with mental illness.
Winter Wonders at American Tobacco – Friday, 6-8pm – Bring the whole family to the American Tobacco Campus this season for a host of holiday-themed activities, beginning with the annual Lucky Strike tower lighting (estimated lighting time of 7pm). There will be a surprise guest from the “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical!”, plus performances by violinist Daniel D. & Faith Lynn; the Hillandale Elementary School Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Dena Byers; the Riverside High School Rapids Ensemble, under the direction of Mrs. Jill Boliek; Elevate; and Barriskill Dance Theatre School, plus a visit from Santa! Then, pick out your tree, wreaths and garland (and those cute wooden reindeer!) at the TROSA tree lot, and get a selfie with Santa. Come see the Tree of Bikes before those bikes are gifted to deserving Durham children for the holidays, and vote for your favorite tree decorated by a local nonprofit or business during the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge. (Vote through Dec. 16.)
Christmas by Candlelight – Friday, 6:45-9:15pm – Take a journey to Christmases past – those of the 1870s, to be exact – with this celebration chock-full of cookies, cider, storytelling, singing and dancing at the Duke Homestead State Historic Site.
NCCU Jazz Faculty CD Release Party – Friday, 7-10pm – As the first university in the state to offer a bachelors of music degree in Jazz Studies, NCCU has dominated the jazz scene since 1977. Its expert faculty celebrates the release of their latest album, “Straight Ahead Jazz,” at Beyú Caffé.
The Mountain Goats – Friday, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm – The Durham-based indie folk band takes to The Pinhook stage to perform their newly released album “Beat the Champ,” a collection of songs about the “complicated and beautiful lives of professional wrestlers.”
Gerald Clayton & The Assembly featuring René Marie – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances hosts the world premiere of “Piedmont Blues,” a live concert event inspired by the musical stylings of our tobacco region during the ’20s and ’30s, at Reynolds Industries Theater. Jazz master Gerald Clayton and top-tier, nine-piece jazz ensemble The Assembly are joined by Grammy-nominated and Piedmont native, René Marie for this tribute to a musical style defined by ragtime rhythms, fingerpicking guitar and understated vocals twinned with searing lyrics.
Dre-Z Musical Tribute – Friday, 9pm-2am – Mad Skillz, accompanied by DJ Skillz, pay tribute to the music of rap legends Dr. Dre and Jay-Z at Motorco Music Hall.
Breakfast with Santa – Saturday, 9-10:30am – Children of all ages are invited to keep their pajamas on and join Mr. Claus for a pancake breakfast in Northgate Mall, followed by sing-a-long and storytime with Mrs. Claus.
Social Justice Storytime! – Saturday, 10-11am – Durham County Library invites children, specifically ages 0-6 (but all are welcome), to listen to the December social justice-themed book relating to the topic of religious diversity paired with an interactive activity.
Job Fair – Saturday, 10am-1pm – Looking for a new part-time or full-time job? Head to The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club for a job fair that offers positions at the soon-to-open JB Duke Hotel. For a full listing of job opportunities, click here and then select Careers.
Holiday Fun Fest – Saturday, noon-4pm – Start the holiday season off at this free, family-friendly event at the Durham County Stadium Practice Field. Along with a Santa Claus meet and greet, there will be snow sledding (sleds provided, no need to bring your own!); a fun zone with arts & crafts, train rides, inflatable slide, bounce house and toddler play land; campfire and s’mores; a community care corner where you can decorate holiday cards for community organizations; treats from local food vendors for purchase and more!
The Regulator Bookshop’s 40th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, 1pm – A locally owned business since 1976, the bookstore invites the community to celebrate its 40th community with raffles of $40 gift certificates and anniversary cake. Ten percent of its sales today will benefit The Durham Literacy Center and Book Harvest.
Parkwood Holiday Festival – Saturday, 2-6pm – Come out to the ballfield for festivities including free food from Mediterranean Grill and Grocery, a beer tent with Durty Bull Brewing, visits with Santa, a magic show, bounce houses, craft vendors market, DJ music and more!
“Voyager” Artist Talk and Slideshow – Saturday, 6-7pm – Justin Cook shares photos and memories from his cross-country road trip and shots of the unromanticized West. He addresses the themes of grief, hitting the road hard, making it work and bringing it all home with critic Chris Vitiello at The Carrack Modern Art.
Holiday Pops Concert and Silent Auction – Saturday, 7pm – Join Maestro William Henry Curry and the Durham Symphony for its annual Holiday Pops Concert at the Durham Armory featuring special guest soprano Louise Toppin, guest conductor Jackson Cooper and Oakley Lyon, Durham Nativity School and the DSO Youth Percussion Ensemble.
John McCutcheon – Saturday, doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm – Hailed as “one of the country’s best songwriters,” this Grammy-nominated American folk singer-songwriter performs at Motorco Music Hall.
St. Lawrence String Quartet – Saturday, 8pm – These talented musicians return to Duke Performances to perform a wide range of pieces from Haydn, Camille Saint Saëns and Beethoven.
Poetry Reading – Saturday, 8-10pm – Visiting poet Safiya Sinclair and local poet Lauren Hunter unite for a joint reading at The Shed.
The Old Ceremony – Saturday, 9pm-midnight – Six albums later and after 12 years of touring the US, Europe and Canada, the Durham/Chapel Hill band comes home to perform at Arcana.
Emily Musolino – Sunday, 7-9pm – The Durham native brings her passionate sounds and eclectic mix of smoky jazz and acoustic blues to listeners at Arcana.
Beer and Hymn Sing – Sunday, 7:30-9pm – Durham County Beer & Hymns invites all to join in on Christmas carols for a holiday sing-along at Fullsteam Brewery; donations will be collected for Organizing Against Racism of NC. Join Beer & Hymns organizer Jesse James DeConto beforehand, at 6pm, across the street at The Makery for the opening of a new shop specializing in local music on vinyl. The Pinkerton Raid will be playing a short, unplugged set, and net proceeds from vinyl & CD sales will go to OAR.
Nico Yaryan Concert – Sunday, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm – This NoCal bred, LA-based singer makes his way to Motorco Music Hall for an evening of soulful throwback ballads with a vibe similar to Jackson Browne Band and Van Morrison.