‘Soundings: Protest | Politics | Dissent’ – Through February 18 – This broadcast audio exhibition at Power Plant Gallery uses podcasts and experimental audio from various artists to explore the relationship between sound and politics.
Potters’ Penguin Project – Through Saturday – View 1,962 clay penguins on display at Claymakers Store and Gallery. These handmade creatures were made by artists and community members in order to bring attention to global warming’s impact on wildlife.
Quilting Bee – Thursday, 6pm – Southwest Regional Library invites quilters of all experience levels to learn tips and make new friends with members of the Durham-Orange Quilters Guild. Don’t forget to bring your own sewing machine and supplies.
Hayti Heritage Film Festival – Thursday, 6pm; Friday, 5pm; Saturday, 11am-8pm – The Hayti Heritage Center presents a three-day festival of films created by and about people of African descent. Watch documentaries, fictional films and short films covering everything from Blaxploitation to Afrofuturism to social justice. The festival also hosts vendors, food, musicians, speakers and discussions.
Edwin McCain – Thursday, 7pm – Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with a night of romance and rock at Motorco featuring the solo artist, well-known for his enduring love songs “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More.” Also featuring Australian singer/songwriter and guitarist Joe Robinson.
Kevin Wilson – Thursday, 7pm – The New York Times bestselling author reads from his new novel, “Perfect Little World” at The Regulator Bookshop. Stop by to hear an excerpt and get your book signed.
‘WIRES’ Artist Talk – Thursday, 7pm; exhibit through Sunday – Artist Leroy DeRubertis discusses his installations and paintings on display at The Carrack Modern Art.
Deviant Septet featuring Mellissa Hughes – Thursday, 8pm – Now in their second year of residency at Duke, this new music ensemble performs Arnold Schoenberg’s 1912 cycle Pierrot Lunaire in the intimate Nelson Music Room along with Hughes, a soprano. Don’t miss your chance to hear this early 20th century masterpiece with Duke Performances.
Dinner on the Porch – Friday, 5pm – Partake in a locally sourced dinner at Elodie Farms, an historic tobacco farm turned goat dairy. There will be five courses and a dessert. Arrive early to tour the farm and meet the goats!
#loveDURM – Friday, 6pm – Come see a “visual love letter to Durham” at the Museum of Durham History with the conclusion of the museum’s Durham-themed photo contest. Sip on specialty cocktails while perusing the photos that were submitted, then stick around to hear the contest winners announced.
Retrotreasures Film Series Presents ‘Dirty Dancing’ & John Waters’ ‘Hairspray’ – Friday, 7pm – Have a nostalgic date night with this double feature at The Carolina Theatre.
The Pinkerton Raid Album Release Show – Friday, 8pm – Durham’s own indie pop/folk/rock band celebrates their third full-length album, “Tolerance Ends, Love Begins,” with fellow local band The Old Ceremony and Wilmington-based indie rock band Onward, Soldiers at Motorco.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir – Friday, 8pm – Duke Performances presents an Estonian tradition at Duke Chapel, where the 25-voice choir performs a program featuring rarely-performed masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius as well as compositions inspired by medieval and renaissance music, and Estonian folk songs.
The Roman Spring – Friday, 8pm – This Triangle-based five piece of seasoned musicians plays their style of Americana-tinged pop at The Pinhook.
Dress for Success Triangle Winter Boutique Sale – Saturday, 10am-5pm – Looking for the perfect outfit for Valentine’s Day? Shop for a cause at Northgate Mall, where your purchase will support an organization that empowers women through professional attire and development tools. Arrive early at 9am, make a tax-deductible $20 donation, and enjoy shopping without the crowds.
Friends of the Durham Library Book Sale – Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm – Support the Durham County Library by shopping for books this weekend at the Main Library. This will be the final book sale at this location before it closes for renovations. No membership is required.
Free Slow Art Tour – ‘Eastern Landscape’ by John Frederick Kensett – Saturday, 11am – Take it slow and visit Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for a tour and discussion of the Hudson River School painting tradition and 19th century landscapes.
Upcycled with Love: Valentine’s Day Card/Gift Making Workshop – Saturday, 11am-2pm – Instructors Amelia Freeman-Lynde and Chandra Noyes help you make the perfect Valentine gifts/cards at The Scrap Exchange, providing craft projects for people of all ages.
BOOK DRIVE for Duke Children’s Hospital – Saturday, 11am-2pm – The students of the community service club at JDC Early College High School organize this book drive to benefit the Duke Children’s Hospital. Bins will be set up front of The Regulator Bookshop for children’s book donations. Customers are welcome to purchase books or bring like-new/gently-used books from home to donate.
Chocolate Tasting – Saturday, noon – Stop by One World Market and sample 25 different kinds of fair trade chocolate. There will also be an chance to win free chocolate for a year!
Life+Science at the Movies: LEGO Batman – Saturday, 12:30-1:30pm – Before the screening of “The Lego Batman Movie” at Northgate Stadium 10, join museum staff at the theater for LEGO-themed activities.
African and African-American Storytelling – Saturday, 2-3pm – Celebrate Black History Month as Leigh Farm Park hosts an hour of music and storytelling featuring Emmy Award-winner Willa Brigham.
Dance Benefit in Honor of Carrie Gilmore – Saturday, 6-9pm – Visit Durham Arts Council for a special performance by Dance Theatre South benefiting the Carrie Holderman Gilmore memorial fund, which annually recognizes three girls who exemplify the values of Girls on the Run and have a heart for service.
Duke Wind Symphony Viennese Ball – Saturday, 7pm – An annual fundraiser for the symphony, this ball features a live orchestra and polka band, dancing and food. Dress is semi-formal to formal. Arrive at the Freedom Center for Jewish Life at Duke on time and receive free Viennese dance lessons!
I Use to Love H.E.R. ‘Anti-Valentine’s Day Party’ – Saturday, 8pm – If you’re growing tired of the Valentine’s Day hype, join DJ Flash at Motorco for a not-so-romantic dance party.
Litter Cleanup Party with Durty Bull Brewing Company – Sunday, 11:30am – Join Keep Durham Beautiful for an opportunity to serve your community and meet new people (and reward yourself with a cold beer after)!
Saint Valentine’s Sweetheart Brunch – Sunday, noon – Start your Valentine’s Day early! Friends and sweethearts alike are invited to the Nasher Museum Café for a Valentine’s-themed brunch with special cocktails and desserts.
Cabin Fever Throwdown – Sunday, 12:30pm – Put on your dancing shoes and head over to Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center to join the Raleigh Shag Club in a throwdown featuring various musical performances. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Wake County.
Valentines Market + Open Farm – Sunday, 1-4pm – Bring your family out to the farm, learn exactly how your food is raised, play on the swing and watch the adorable animals, all while enjoying Common Kin Bakery pastries and warm drinks! Bring apples and carrots for the piglets, hold and feed the chickens, pet the baby bunnies and more. Prodigal Farm will be on hand with their fresh and aged goat cheeses and some of their first cow milk cheeses, and Carolina Farmhouse Dairy will have their regular line-up of milk, yogurt, kefir and smoothies, as well as golden milk yogurt and buttermilk. Leave with some cheese and sustainably raised meat!
Amy Laura Hall – Sunday, 2pm – The Duke associate professor of Christian Ethics and Durham Herald-Sun columnist discusses her new book, “Writing Home, With Love: Politics for Neighbors and Naysayers.” Stop by The Regulator Bookshop to hear her work and get your copy signed.
Run Your Heart Out Fun Run – Sunday, 3-4:30pm – Head on over to Bull City Running Co. for a family-friendly, non-competitive, untimed 30 to 40 minute out-and-back run on the American Tobacco Trail. There will also be raffles and post-run snacks.
Body Scrub & Bath Salt Workshop with Fillaree – Sunday, 5pm – Time to pamper yourself! The Zen Succulent hosts Alyssa Cherry of refillable soap company Fillaree for this educational workshop. Learn how to make your own bath products and take home custom body scrubs and bath salts.