Weekend at a Glance: Circus, Celebrations and Challenges

Weekend at a Glance: Circus, Celebrations and Challenges

Something for everyone this weekend, from Sarah P. Duke Gardens' biannual plant sale to the annual NC Pride Parade and Festival to the first-ever Esports tournament at the DBAP.

Watch contortionists, acrobats, musicians, knife-throwers and more at ‘Circus 1903, at DPAC through Sunday. Photo by Mark Turner.

Urbaniak-Sanders Fashion Show & Luncheon – Thursday, 11am-2pm – Featuring designs from Gentleman’s Corner, Smitten Boutique and Tiny, this annual fashion show held at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club will be full of friends (like ABC11’s Amber Rupinta and Tisha Powell), fun, food and fashion. Proceeds benefit a great cause – the Center for Child & Family Health’s mission of addressing childhood trauma through evidence-based treatment and prevention.

Daren Wang – Thursday, 7pm – The executive director of the Decatur Book Festival reads from and signs copies of his first novel, “The Hidden Light of Northern Fires,” at The Regulator Bookshop. His novel tells a story about an outcast turning her family’s farm into a stop on the Underground Railroad and an escaped slave that threatens all she knows during the Civil War.

David Childers – Thursday, 7-9:30pm – This singer-songwriter from Mount Holly fell in love with folk music as a teen, also listening to jazz and opera. He writes and performs tough, literary tunes informed by heartland rock, country music, small towns and lonesome highways, and he’ll be bringing his sound to The Bullpen. As always, $1 of each draft beer sold goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

‘Circus 1903‘ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – Travel back in time, and watch the “Golden Age of Circus” come alive at Durham Performing Arts Center. Step right up as an amazing cast of performers – including contortionists, acrobats, musicians, knife-throwers and more – wow you in this turn-of-the-century spectacle.

Rufus Wainwright – Thursday, 8pm – The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter comes to The Carolina Theatre. Rufus is a contemporary pop singer and has made himself well known in the classical world.

Symphony Concert – Thursday, 8:30pm – To celebrate the inauguration of Duke University President Vincent Price and the start of the season, Duke University Wind Symphony hosts a free concert at Baldwin Auditorium. Works include: John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” Travis Cross’s “Let the Amen Sound,” Paul Dukas’ “Fanfare from ‘La Peri’,” Oscar Navarro’s “Libertadores,” and more.

DBAP Gaming Challenge – Friday, 4-10pm; Saturday, 11am-10pm; Sunday, 1-6pm – Gamers are welcome to participate in a weekend Esports tournament – including games like Rocket League, Call of Duty, League of Legends, Madden, Halo and Super Smash Bros – located at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The three-day event will utilize much of the park’s event space, including the PNC Triangle Club, party decks, dugout tops and the team’s Blue Monster video board. The park’s concessions will operate throughout the three days. Tickets are available for sale and start at $12.

Johnny White and the Elite Band – Friday, 6-7pm – Johnny White and three soulful female backup singers perform high-energy choreography, monstrous Motown medleys, Top 40, beach, R&B and blues outdoors as part of Northgate Mall’s fall Music on the Plaza seriesEvent DJ at 6pm with live music starting at 6:30pm. Buy something tasty to eat from local food vendors like Big C Waffles, and enjoy beer and wine from Bull City Burger and Brewery. Bring a chair if you need a break from dancing. No outside coolers or pets.

Wine & Design – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm – Get your tickets and head over to Honey Girl Meadery to enjoy a glass of mead while painting your very own masterpiece.

The Schumann Project – Friday, 8pm – The Duke Music Department puts on a performance – “Frauenliebe und Leben” and “Dichterliebe,” two stories of love and loss – by Andrea Edith Moore, soprano; Jason Karn, tenor; and David Heid, pianist, in Baldwin Auditorium.

The Oblations – Friday, 8:30-11pm – Enjoy a range of blues, folk, psychedelic rock, jazz, electronic and world music with this two-man band at The Bullpen. Admission is free, and $1 of every draft pint sold benefits the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

VrroomVIP Jazz ‘Mini’ FEST – Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 6pm – Come out to enjoy a festival filled with jazz music from across the country at the Durham Arts Council. There will be a Mix & Mingle one hour before the event with some light hors d’oeuvres.

Fall Plant Sale – Saturday, 8am-noon – Browse a variety of plants ideal for local conditions at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, including flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs, vines and bulbs, plus decorative plant pots. Ask the advice of staff and Durham County Extension Master Gardeners. Proceeds benefit the gardens’ summer internship program for aspiring horticultural professionals.

1st Annual Bull City CiderJAM – Saturday, 11am-11pm – Stop by Bull City Ciderworks for the Cardinal Cin bottle release, food trucks, live music and pie eating contest.

Oktoberfest Celebration – Saturday, 1-6pm – For their third anniversary, The Glass Jug Beer Lab welcomes everyone to join for food trucks Baguettaboutit and The Parlour and live music by Bender Street and Ninth Street Ramblers, plus beer from local breweries. The festival will be held at Greenwood Commons and will feature five new crafted beers collaborated by The Glass Jug and local breweries.

NC Pride Parade and Festival – Saturday, 4pm-2am – The state’s 33rd annual festival celebrates the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of our community. The event will be held in the evening this year, with a street festival on Rigsbee Avenue.

Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Head over to The Bullpen and enjoy some savory old-school blues and some rockin’ party-down music. Reid hails from Statesville and in the past won the International Blues Competition in Memphis. $1 of every draft pint will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

NC Pride: A Pop Up Drag Brunch – Sunday, 11am-2pm – Get into the Pride spirit with tableside performances by Durham’s drag diva, Vivica C. Coxx, and House of Coxx, at 21c Museum Hotel. Raise a glass of bubbly (and a “rainbow” of juice mixers) to a great cause, while feasting on a brunch buffet by Executive Chef Thomas Card in the Main Gallery. Price is $70 per person and includes brunch buffet, flight of juices, two drink tickets for bubbles and gratuity. Call 919.956.6760 for reservations.

Annual Durham College Fair – Sunday, 1-3pm – Representatives from 100 two- and four-year private and public colleges and universities will be at Northgate Mall for students and families to meet. Public School high school counselors will also be on-site to help students navigate the large number of participating institutions. The fair is free and open to the public.

Duke Musical Performance – Sunday, 3pm – Come to the Baldwin Auditorium as Susan Fancher and Steven Stusek on saxophone and Inara Zandmane on piano perform works by Antonio Vivaldi, Mark Engebretson, Wei Dai, Nicholas Rich and Jun Nagao, with videos by Duke alumnus Jonathan Wall and Elon faculty member Samantha Di Rosa.

The Timeless Power of Genius – Sunday, 3pm – The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle opens their season at The Carolina Theatre with works by Mozart and Shostakovich.

Launch Party – Sunday, 4-7pm – End the weekend with some fun and head to “The Bulls of Durham” Kickstarter party at Unscripted Durham. “The Bulls of Durham” is a community book in the making led by Sheila Amir, and the Kickstarter will help her turn the book into reality!

Ashley is an intern at Durham Magazine. She is currently a senior at UNC Chapel Hill and is working towards a degree in English.