Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs – Thursday, 7:30pm – The award-winning television and Broadway performer comes to DPAC with his acclaimed cabaret, a collection of songs from the theater and pop world that have deep meaningful connection to his life – from Annie Lennox’s “Why” to Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb.”
Durham A-Z: J is for Jazz – Thursday, 6-8pm – The Museum of Durham History, in coordination with the Art of Cool Project, kicks off the Art of Cool Festival weekend with an event celebrating a new exhibit that tells Durham’s jazz story. Enjoy food, beverages, and live performances by two luminaries in the jazz world and their ensembles: Grammy-nominated bassist and Director of the Duke University Jazz Program John V. Brown, and North Carolina Central University’s Director of Jazz Studies, saxophonist Dr. Ira Wiggins. Showcasing both visiting and emerging talent, the exhibit underscores Durham’s position in the jazz world by exploring a piece of the rich history of the Bull City jazz scene.
Art of Cool Festival – Friday-Sunday, times vary – Boost your cool factor at this nonprofit festival presenting jazz, soul and R&B artists like Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning rapper Common (at DPAC this year!), as well as funk artist George Clinton and Terrace Martin at The Carolina Theatre, and soul and modern R&B vocalist Stella Santana. And don’t miss out on the Beats n Bars Festival official day party for Art of Cool Festival 2017 at CCB Plaza (with performances by Lala Specific,Sean Kyd, P.A.T. Jr, theDeeepEnd, BBoys & Girls, Graffiti artists, DJ Battles featuring DJ Gonzo, DJ Bro-Rabb & DJ Shahzad and Producers Professor X & Grade A) and free Jus Once Band concert at American Tobacco Campus, both on Saturday.
Friends of the Durham Library Book Sale – Friday, 3-8pm, and Saturday, 10am-4pm – The nonprofit dedicated to fostering the goals of Durham County Library hosts its first book sale at Books Among Friends, their new Northgate location. The sale will feature books in all genres priced at $3 for adult hardcovers, $2 for trade paperbacks and other large-size paperbacks and $1 for mass market paperbacks. Children’s books are $2 for hardcovers and $1 for paperbacks. Other books will be individually priced. The book sale accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.
Richard Goode – Friday, 8pm – More than two decades after he became the first American pianist to record the complete Beethoven sonatas, this master interpreter of the classical piano repertoire brings three of those works to Duke Performances at Baldwin Auditorium. He will open the program with the Bach Partita in E Minor.
Triangle Green Home Tour – Saturday and Sunday, noon-5pm – This weekend and next, head out on this free, self-guided tour that provides an ideal opportunity for those who are interested in purchasing a house to look at a number of high-performance, new (and newly remodeled) Green Home certified homes. It also allows those with an interest in the science of building or green issues a chance to look at what makes a house “green” and pick up some tips for their own place. Pick up a guidebook at Harris Teeter and Kroger stores.
Angels Among Us 5K Race and Fun Walk – Saturday, 7am – A 5K run begins at Duke Medical Center Campus and winds through the Duke campus, followed by a Family Fun Walk through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. A family-friendly event, Angels also offers a silent auction, fun activities for children and food trucks. Awards are given to the top 10 fundraising teams, top newcomer team and top 5 T-shirt designs. Since its beginning in 1994, Angels Among Us has raised more than $20 Million for brain tumor research.
Quintiles Girls on the Run Spring 5K Fun Run – Saturday, 9am-noon – Join 900 Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole participants as they cross the finish line to culminate the end of the spring season! The family-friendly 5K brings more than 2,500 participants to downtown. Run and encourage participants, or bring your family for a fun walk or run. Then stay for the family festival to enjoy food, games and learn about other family focused businesses and organizations. All proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of the Triangle, a nonprofit organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.
Independent Bookstore Day – Saturday, 10am-6pm – The Regulator Bookshop, one of 400 indie bookshops celebrating this day nationwide, will host a kids story time with storyteller Amy Godfrey; oldest membership card contest (customer who presents the oldest Regulator discount club membership card wins a gift certificate to The Regulator); hourly free raffle of book totes full of advance reader copies of soon-to-be published books; open mic for poems, passages or favorite Regulator Bookshop story or memory; free (digital) audio books from Libro.fm.
Berlioz’s Te Deum and Poulenc’s Gloria – Sunday, 4pm – Choral Society of Durham joins forces with Riverside High School Chorus and Duke Chapel Choir at the Duke Chapel to present their season grand finale, with music played on the 1932 Aeolian organ behind the giant orchestra and the three choirs.
Seventh Annual St. Baldrick’s Event – Sunday, noon-4pm – Come out to West 94th St. Pub for the Balder Dash 5K at noon, a family-friendly, out-and-back run along the Third Fork Creek trail. A minimum donation $35 to participate. Or, join in the Kids Fun Run at 1, a kid-friendly dash for ages 4-7 around the Woodcroft Shopping Center track near Menchies. A minimum of $5 donation to participate. Then, Brave the Shave: Gather your friends and family to create a team or register as an individual to help a great cause.
30th Anniversary Concert – Sunday, 4:30pm – Founded in 1987, the Durham Community Chorale is a group of local people who share the love of singing and who will take the stage in this celebratory concert at The Carolina Theatre. Members include professionally trained singers as well as those who have no public singing experience. Membership in the Chorale is open to all adults in the Triangle area. The mission of the Durham Community Chorale is to provide a focus on music for the purpose of enlightening, educating and exposing the participants and community to a variety of choral music through public performances.