Weekend at a Glance: Bennett, Bluegrass and Big Laughs

Weekend at a Glance: Bennett, Bluegrass and Big Laughs

Spend the weekend in stitches at several comedy shows, see a legendary crooner in concert, catch art exhibition openings, swap out old clothing at The Scrap Exchange's annual Swap-O-Rama-Rama and more!

Spend an intimate evening with Tony Bennett in concert at DPAC on Sunday.

‘Together’ Art Exhibit – Through Sunday – Visit Pleiades Gallery for the last weekend of “Together,” an exhibit about our affinity for one another. Local artists are paired together to share common interests in art.

Jesse TysonThursday, 10:40am – As the CEO and president of the National Black MBA Association and former executive for ExxonMobil’s global aviation initiatives, Jesse Tyson shares his story during the Distinguished Lecture Series at North Carolina Central University.

Nina Chanel Abney: ‘Royal Flush’ Opening Party – Thursday, 6-10pm – The Chicago-born artist presents her first solo exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibit features 10 years of work with approximately 30 paintings, watercolors and collages. Join in a highlights tour at 6 tonight, followed by performances. Pierce Freelon will emcee the evening, which will feature Duke student saxophonist Edgeri Hudlin, youth poets from Blackspace and the Nasher Teen Council — and also Duke student Ashley Croker-Benn, spoken word artist.

Flights and Bites and Bourbon County – Thursday, 7pm – Spend the evening at James Joyce Irish Pub enjoying beers like Bourbon County bottles and Goose Island taps (for a limited time only), as well as small plate specialties.

Neighborhood Panel – Thursday, 7pm – Join Durham professionals in discussing the historic inequities in housing in Durham and potential solutions for the future at Hayti Heritage Center.

Comedy Showcase – Thursday, 8pm – Laugh it up with talented and hilarious North Carolina women comedians at The Pinhook for the “Eyes Up Here Comedy Showcase.”

Keller Williams & Leo Kottke  – Thursday, 8pm – Enjoy an evening of musical collaboration with the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and flat-picking guitarist for the “Shut the Folk Up and Listen” tour at The Carolina Theatre.

‘Bright Half Life’ – Thursday-Saturday, 8:15pm – The Triangle premiere of this love story about a five-decade, on-and-off relationship, “Bright Half Life” takes the stage at Manbites Dog Theater, with an opening reception on Friday.

Latin Vibe – Thursday, 9pm – Grab a friend, take a free dance lesson, and then dance the night away at Beyu Caffe.

Talib Kweli – Thursday and Friday, 9pm *SOLD OUT* – Successfully spreading messages of empowerment for more than 20 years, the Brooklyn rapper performs at Motorco Music Hall.

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ – Friday through Feb. 23 – Based on an unfinished novel by James Baldwin, filmmaker Raoul Peck introduces a documentary examining black history and race in America at The Carolina Theatre.

Bullfrog Willard McGhee – Friday, 6pm – Join the bluesman as he performs live at the Museum of Durham History during Third Friday.

‘Sabungeros (Cockfighters)’: Opening Reception – Friday, 6pm – Meet artist Douglas Vancunnon during the opening reception of his photography show. The documentary photographs, which were taken in the Philippines between 2014 and 2016, will be on display at Through This Lens through March 11.

‘Conjuring // Other Planes of There’ – Friday, 6pm – Come out to The Carrack for the opening reception of “Conjuring // other planes of there,” a “multimedia installation experience through Black and Brown radical imaginations and dream power” curated by Adé and members of Durham Artists Movement.

‘Specimen: A Collection of Plant Artistry’ – Friday, 6-9pm – Artist Aisha Sanders exhibits the artistic nature of plants by individually displaying and framing plant specimens in an exhibit at The Scrap Exchange that runs through March 11. Come out tonight for the opening reception at Cameron Gallery for light snacks, drinks and free art making in the Make and Take room.

Stagville Under the Stars – Friday, 6-8pm – Enjoy a night under the stars while listening to African tales about the night sky at the Historic Stagville site.

Opening Reception – Friday, 6pm – Join artist Aaron Zalonis for the opening reception of his exhibit, “Earth is Closed Everyone is Fired,” a collection of paintings in black and white that focus on the capers of man. The paintings will be on display through March 3 at SPECTRE Arts.

Jay Leno – Friday, 7:30pm – Back by popular demand, the comedian and late night host brings a night full of laughter to DPAC. Tickets are expected to sell out soon!

Marc Maron – Friday, 8pm – Expect an evening of laughter at The Carolina Theatre with the comedian and stand-up legend. Maron has appeared on several late night television shows, including Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Conan O’Brien.

Swap-O-Rama-Rama – Saturday, 10am-3pm – Swap out your old and unwanted clothing for new-to-you items at this event at The Scrap Exchange. In addition to swapping out clothes, you can use the fun DIY stations to embellish clothing items.

Grand Opening – Saturday, 10am – Join Jimmy Jazz as they celebrate their grand opening in a new location at NorthGate Mall. The event will feature a live DJ and free giveaways via a raffle.

‘Lion Ark’ Screening – Saturday, 1pm – This documentary about animals and their rescuers screens at Full Frame Theater.

Cider and Cheese Classes – Saturday, 4-5pm – Learn about the pairing of different ciders and cheeses at The Black Twig Cider House; there will five cheeses and four cider tastings, and the discussion will center around the cheeses and cider individually and then why they are paired together. 

Angela Johnson Saturday, 7pm and 9pm –  Spend an intimate and soulful evening at Beyu Caffe with the R&B singer/songwriter/producer.

Earls of Leicester – Saturday, 8pm *SOLD OUT* – Jerry Douglas, bluegrass legend and winner of 14 Grammy Awards, joins with his all-star group Earls of Leicester at Baldwin Auditorium in a Duke Performances concert.

Launch Party and Reading – Saturday, 8-10pm – Enjoy a night of poetry as Lauren Hunter launches her new collection, “Human Achievements,” at The Shed.

A Journey Along the Rhone – Sunday, 3pm – Join The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle along with baritone soloist Samuel Hasselhorn for the Horst and Ruth Meyer Memorial Concert with a program of Wagner, Mozart, Schubert and Shumann at The Carolina Theatre.

‘Something Old & New: Music for Epiphany’ – Sunday, 5pm – A thematic arrangement of Bach’s classical organ works at Duke Chapel.

Triangle Ultimate – Sunday, 6:30-9pm – Celebrate 20 years of ultimate with food, drinks, games and a silent auction at The Frontier.

Myq Kaplan – Sunday, 7pm – The comedian’s ‘Vegan Mind Meld’ album made iTunes Top 10 comedy Albums of the Year list and he has appeared on many late night TV shows. See him tonight at Motorco Music Hall!

Tony Bennett – Sunday, 7:30pm – Spend the evening with legendary musician and 19-time Grammy Award winner at DPAC as he performs with his daughter, Antonia Bennett, who will open the evening with a collection of jazz/pop standards.

February Sing Along – Sunday, 7:30-9:30pm – Join Durham County Beer & Hymns for a sing-along to benefit Housing for New Hope at Fullsteam Brewery.