Mardi Gras Kickoff Party – Thursday 5pm – Stop by The Glass Jug for beer, blues and beads! If you’re hungry, hit up the Baton Rouge Cuisine food truck parked outside.
Jen Delos Reyes: ‘The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me’ – Thursday, 6pm – Enjoy a live lecture and performance in collaboration with local artists and musicians at The Carrack. Centered around relationships and living a meaningful life, Reyes’ performance aims to spark a discussion on art and social engagement.
Free Highlights Tour: People and Places – Thursday, 6pm – Through portraiture and landscape paintings, tour the people and places featured in the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University‘s permanent collection with gallery guide Peggy Murray. Guided tours are also offered Sundays at 2pm. Tours are free of charge with museum admission and last approximately one hour.
Structural Racism and the Effects It Has on Women of Color – Thursday, 6pm – Head over to the Hayti Heritage Center to join Action NC and Durham People’s Alliance for a woman-led panel discussion of structural racism.
Conscious Connection – Thursday, 6:30pm – Meet new people at this networking event at Mercury Studio. After intros, stick around to learn the Nia Dance!
Science of Wine – Thursday, 6:30pm – Ever wondered the science behind the flavor of your favorite fine wines? Visit Museum of Life and Science to hear researchers and local vendors explain how sun, soil and science affect the taste and color of wine before you imbibe.
ECHO: Heather Gordon and Justin Tornow – Thursday, 7pm – A multimedia exhibition with a fusion of visual art and choreography at 21c Museum Hotel, where Tornow’s solo dance performance in Gordon’s exhibition will imitate the structure of an echo.
Sydney Nathans – Thursday, 7pm – Duke Professor and Frederick Douglas Book Prize winner reads from and signs copies of his new book, “A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland” at The Regulator Bookshop.
Free Film: ‘Democracy for Sale‘ – Thursday, 7pm – Actor Zach Galifianakis, a North Carolina native, stars in a documentary that discusses how his home state went from being “a beacon of light and generosity in a sea of red state reactionary politics” to what the film’s website refers to as “one of the most regressive and intentionally belligerent states in the union.” Catch this free screening at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – Showing at DPAC through the weekend, this winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Play, is an adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel and follows exceptionally intelligent, 15-year-old Christopher who sets out to identify who killed his neighbor’s dog after he is suspected of the act.
97th Birthday Celebration for Paul Bryan – Thursday, 8pm – Celebrate the birthday of the former conductor and active euphonium player at Baldwin Auditorium with Duke University Wind Symphony. The concert will feature Duke alumni and guest composers and conductors followed by birthday cake.
‘Bright Half Life’ – Thursday-Saturday, 8:15pm; Sunday, 2pm – 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.
Sabungeros (Cockfighters) – Through March 11 – Artist Douglas Vancunnon‘s documentary photographs, which were taken in the Philippines between 2014 and 2016, will be on display at Through This Lens.
Nevermore Film Festival – Friday through Sunday – This is a must for all horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, animation and mystery/suspense film fans. The juried competition festival at The Carolina Theatre – now in its 18th year – showcases brand-new genre feature and short films from around the world.
Patrick Dougherty Celebration – Friday, 3-5:30pm – Sarah P. Duke Gardens welcomes Duke faculty, staff and students to celebrate the completion of Patrick Dougherty’s sculpture on the South Lawn, where he will reveal the name of the sculpture, which has taken three weeks to create.
Grand Opening Beer Study – Friday, 5-8pm; Saturday, 2-5pm; and Sunday, 11:30am-1:30pm – Celebrate the new bar and bottle shop with a weekend of festivities! Start with a donation-based oyster roast plus a Foothills event on Friday. Day No. 2, Beer Study invites everyone to bring their best chili recipe forward for a blind tasting to compete for Chili Champion. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Wrap up with a buffet-style Sunday Brunch, with mimosas and beer served at noon.
‘Conjuring // Other Planes of There’ – Friday, 6:30pm; Saturday 7pm – Come out to The Carrack to experience this “multimedia installation experience through black and brown radical imaginations and dream power” curated by Adé and members of Durham Artists Movement. Friday’s Diasporadical Salon includes poetry performances with admission proceeds benefiting Muslims for Social Justice and Alerta Migratoria NC. Enjoy closing night on Saturday with live DJ sets.
‘Dreaming of Lions’ – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company joins forces with the 10-piece Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, fronted by bandleader Arturo O’Farrill, for the U.S. premiere of this piece, presented by Duke Performances. The musicians and 10 dancers from the company interpret Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” into song and dance at Reynolds Industries Theater.
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 4pm – Experience the dazzling footwork, sensual lyricism and intricate rhythms of this critically-acclaimed company in an intimate cafe-style setting at Motorco Music Hall this weekend.
Savoy Motel – Friday, 9pm – The debut album by this Nashville four-piece comes from a pedigree of garage, punk, and power-pop groups. The band transposes the energy and hooks of those groups to an intensely orchestrated hybrid of glam rock, soul, dance music and showmanship. Catch them onstage tonight at The Pinhook.
Maker’s Market – Saturday, 10am – Find the perfect gift (or treat yourself!) at The Streets at Southpoint, where local businesses and makers will have items for sale.
Moon.Flower.Child. Grand Opening – Saturday, noon – Visit Fullsteam Brewery to find artisan products for sale from this wandering boutique that operates out of a repurposed school bus.
The Bubble Pop-up Show – Saturday, 5:30pm; Sunday 2:30pm – Artist Mary Carter Taub collaborates with Global Breathe Studio to host a walking meditation and reception Saturday evening at Power Plant Gallery. Stop by on Sunday for an artist’s talk.
The Face of Death: An Evening with Caitlin Doughty – Saturday, 6pm – The New York Times bestselling author and mortician is joined by Duke faculty Jules Odendahl-James and Jehanne Gheith at Full Frame Theater for a discussion of death’s role in popular culture and storytelling. Stop by to hear the conversation!
Wicked Mardi Gras – Saturday, 6pm – Drop in at The Rickhouse for family-friendly fun! There will be a dinner buffet, king cake and New Orleans-inspired cocktails and beer. After you’ve had your fill of Cajun delights, dance to live music by Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos.
Black Tie & Tails Ball – Saturday, 7pm – The 10th annual ball and live auction at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club benefits Carolina Tiger Rescue and features fine dining, door prizes and more.
Lightning Strikes III – Saturday, 7pm – Get in on the action and watch 15 bouts of amateur and professional kickboxers compete at Durham Armory.
Samedi Gras – Saturday, 8pm – Party at The Pinhook in celebration of the upcoming Mardi Gras holiday. Live music from The Chit Nasty Band and The Rissi Palmer Band will help you get your groove on. Come as you are or wear a costume!
Bull City Grand Prix – Sunday, 8am – Hop on your bicycle to race with Duke University Cycling Team and Inland Construction Cycling Team on their new course around Durham Bulls Athletic Park. If you’re not into racing, watch from afar at the surrounding restaurants and cheer on the cyclists!
Open Farm + Market – 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.
I Heart Art – Sunday, 3pm – Support The Art Therapy Institute at an afternoon auction also featuring musical performances, light snacks, a cash bar and art on display at 21c Museum Hotel.
Doc Branch Band – Sunday, 5pm – Visit The Blue Note Grill to hear a variety of bluegrass and string music from the award-winning, Piedmont-based band.
Ryan Baxter and Infielder – Sunday, 7pm – In his final week of residency at Arcana, Baxter hosts the up-and-coming acoustic string band for a high-energy performance. Get there early for a molecular wire-sculpting session from Alicia Moya-Méndez.