‘Together’ Art Exhibit – Through Sunday – Pleiades Gallery artists each invited a guest artist based on mutual interest, appreciation or art medium. Each art pairing provides a view into the rapport we share with others.
‘This is Not a Novel’ – Through March 11 – An installation and work of theater created by The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern of Durham. Three buildings in The Scrap Exchange’s ReUse Arts Center have been transformed by more than 40 artists and live performers into a delirious playscape for adults. An audio play adapted from the novels of David Markson will accompany live action drama, film, dance and visual art. Learn more about the show here.
‘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.
Forts Pop-Up Exhibit – Through March 19 – Relive a beloved childhood pastime by constructing your own tunnels, tents and secret hideaways using everyday materials when you visit The Museum of Life and Science.
Exhibition Opening: All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection – Thursday, 5:30-9pm – At the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, join in a free Highlights Tour, which will focus on People and Places within The Collection Galleries, at 6 before enjoying the opening party for the exhibition, which is inspired by a photograph by David Benjamin Sherry titled “All Matterings of Mind Equal One Violet.” The party will feature performances by three Duke student choral groups: Duke Chorale (7pm), Something Borrowed, Something Blue (7:30pm) and Out of the Blue (8pm).
Melissa Eggleston & Julie Lellis – Thursday, 7pm – Two communication experts come to The Regulator Bookshop to share common communication mistakes and tips from their new book, “The Zombie Business Cure: How to Refocus your Company’s Identity for More Authentic Communication.”
Half-Earth: How to Save the Natural World’ – Thursday, 7pm – E.O. Wilson, one of the leading scientists in the world, will be giving the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity at The Carolina Theatre. Along with panelists with Panelists John Seager, Thomas Lovejoy, Louie Psihoyos and Special Guest Paul Simon, Wilson speaks about Half-Earth, his solution to the threat of mass extinction: If we conserve half the land and sea, 85% of species will be protected from extinction.
Martina McBride – Thursday, 7:30pm – Martina McBride continues on her Love Unleashed Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center with special guest Lauren Alaina and new talent Maggie Rose and Post Monroe, who were all selected among CMT’s “Next Women of Country” roster.
Innocence and Lies: Darkwave and Goth Rarities – Thursday, 7:30pm – A tribute to all those old, dark bars dating back to the ’80s. Arcana has the dim lighting, craft cocktails and cozy couches to make you feel right at home.
Ari Weinzweig – Friday, 6pm – Enjoy a cocktail hour at The Durham Hotel before a discussion of the author’s new book, “Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business.” Chef Andrea Reusing will join Weinzweig for the discussion.
Opening Reception for Wrestling Water – Friday, 6-9pm – This exhibit of digitally manipulated images by Mike Lento starts this week at The Carrack. An artist talk will take place on Sunday.
An Evening of Entertainment – Friday, 7pm – The DPS Scholarship Foundation and DPS present the 2017 annual fundraiser and professionally choreographed musical event featuring hundreds of talented Durham Public School students from across the district at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Barry Friedman – Friday, 7pm – The New York University School of Law professor comes to The Regulator Bookshop to discuss his new book, “Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission.” The timely book explores debates surrounding policing.
‘Crumbs from the Table of Joy’ – Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm; and Sunday, 3pm – This production at Bartlett Theater follows an African-American family as they move from the American South to Brooklyn in 1950. Told through the memories of 17-year-old Ernestine Crump, the ravishing play weaves together an emotional story about the struggle for a better life and the journey towards comfort.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – Friday, 8pm – With a decades-long successful career, the band continues to deliver their soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B, with material mined from their many albums, featuring hits like “I Don’t Want To Go Home”, “Love On The Wrong Side Of Town”, “The Fever”, “This Time It’s For Real” and “Talk To Me.” Don’t miss this high-energy live performance at The Carolina Theatre.
Kirill Gerstein, Piano – Friday, 8pm – The Russian-born musician returns to Duke Performances with a program of masterpieces including Bach’s Four Duettos; one of Brahms’ first compositions, the dramatic Sonata in F-sharp Minor; two Beethoven sonatas: No. 13 in E-flat, and his Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor (“Moonlight”); and Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes.
Super Secret Dance Party! – Friday, 9pm – Arcana’s monthly dance party returns with DJ Rang and DJ Forge hosting a magical musical roulette.
Florence Forth 5K & 10K – Saturday, 8am – Florence Forth was started by Leslie and Will McDow, who lost their daughter, Florence, on March 4, 2012, after a long battle with autoimmune encephalitis. All proceeds from the race support the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, a Durham-based national nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness, educate doctors and improve clinical care so that no one faces AE alone.
Durham Bulls Fan Fest – Saturday, 11am-2pm – Kick off the 2017 season with the annual Fan Fest at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The event serves as the opening day of ticket sales, giving fans their first opportunity to purchase single-game tickets in person at the ballpark. Take batting practice on the field, get a behind-the-scenes tour, play catch in the outfield and more.
Bennett Place Lecture Series – Saturday, 1pm – Bennett Place State Historic Site observes Women’s History Month with a lecture series each Saturday in March. Angela Marritt kicks off the series discussing the role women took on to survive the Reconstruction period.
Resistance Rodeo – Saturday, 4-7pm – Show up to Durham Central Park, plug in and take action, channeling your energy into the work of the many existing, and newly formed, organizations taking action across a number of interest areas, from the environment and women’s rights to education inequality and LGBTQ rights. Grab a bite to eat from American Meltdown, Thai Box Zing and Baton Rouge Cuisine, Captain Cookie and the Milkman, and Las Gringas food trucks; enjoy a beer from Fullsteam; have the kiddos make crafts with The Scrap Exchange and have their face painted; and enjoy music with Carolina Soul as DJ, book-ending two live performers.
Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, A Play Through Letters – Saturday, 5pm – A performance and dialogue at The Pinhook about the growing movement to end solitary confinement in North Carolina and nationwide.
Sebastian Maniscalco – Saturday, 7pm – The comedian takes the stage at The Carolina Theatre on his “Why Would You Do That?” tour.
Stephanie Mills and Will Downing – Saturday, 8pm – R&B, soul and gospel artist Mills brings her signature sounds to the Durham Performing Arts Center with the soulful Downing and North Carolina-based special guest, Yolanda Rabun.
Nasher Reads Author Series with Lee Smith – Sunday, 3pm – The Hillsborough author Lee Smith gives a reading and talk from her newest book, “Dimestore: A Writer’s Life,” a book of essays that provide a portrait of her own life as well as a look at life in the Appalachian South, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Visitors are encouraged to read the book prior to discussions. Books are available for purchase in the Nasher Museum Store.
Musical Chairs Grand Finale – Sunday, 5-7pm – Artists present the “musical” chairs they have created with repurposed, recycled and re-used materials. The chairs will be judged, awarded and auctioned off at the event at Durham Arts Council. Eat, drink and listen to live music from the Durham Medical Orchestra while you watch and bid. Proceeds will benefit The Scrap Exchange and the Durham Medical Orchestra. Learn more about the show here.
Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys; Locust Honey; and Mark Bumgarner – Sunday, 7pm – A part of The MerleFest On The Road 2017 Tour, come see the North Carolina flatpicker for a night of Americana at Motorco Music Hall.
Beer & Hymns – Sunday, 7:30-9:30pm – The first Sunday of the month calls for free-flowing beer and spiritual choruses! Jesse James DeConto of The Pinkerton Raid leads the group of hymn singers at Fullsteam Brewery. The event will be raising money for Partners for Youth Opportunity.
‘An Evening with Dawes’ – Sunday, 8pm – This intimate concert at the Durham Performing Arts Center will feature two sets of new songs from latest album, “We’re All Gonna Die,” as well as fan favorites.