Weekend at a Glance: Dance, Dinners and Diversity

Weekend at a Glance: Dance, Dinners and Diversity

This weekend is jam-packed with activities ranging from local festivals and fall activities to concerts and choreography

Following a weeklong production residency at Duke, “New Work for Goldberg Variations” features pianist Simone Dinnerstein performing the Bach at center stage, with Pam Tanowitz’s (pictured) ensemble dancing around the piano. Photo courtesy of Duke Performances.

Wendall Thomas – Thursday, 7pm – Come listen as the UNC alum reads from and signs her debut novel, “Lost Luggage,” at The Regulator Bookshop. This is Wendall’s first novel in a series of mystery adventure stories, featuring Brooklyn travel agent Cyd Redondo and her complicated adventure on her first safari where she becomes framed by endangered animal smugglers.

Nash Street Ramblers – Thursday, 7pm – Enjoy great food, good company and even better entertainment as the bluegrass-inspired band, steeped in traditional, newgrass and gospel music, plays The Blue Note Grill.

The Price is Right Live! – Thursday, 7:30pm – “Come on down” to the Durham Performing Arts Center to participate in the hit interactive stage show – led by guest host Jerry Springer – that gives individuals the chance to win prizes such as appliances, vacations and new cars. To register for chance to be a contestant, visit the registration area at or near The Ticket Center at DPAC three hours prior to show time.

‘New Work for Goldberg Variations’ – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm – In a bold new piece – making its world premiere at Duke PerformancesReynolds Industries Theater – pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs the Bach work while choreographer Pam Tanowitz and her dance crew reinvent classic dance motifs and add a whimsical touch to the score. Aaron Mattocks, producer of “New Work for Goldberg Variations,” leads a post-performance Q&A with Dinnerstein, Tanowitz and the company immediately following the performance on Saturday.

Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue – Friday, 8:30pm – Head to The Bullpen to enjoy this soothing gospel singer and musical troubadour. Keeping the history of soul music alive, Thomas is a crowd pleaser with his refined guitar style and strikingly wide-ranging voice. As always, $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Phoenix Fest 2017 – Saturday 9am-6pm –  To celebrate the cultural legacy of Durham’s historic Hayti community, this festival features history, music, food, vendors and much more. Fayetteville Street will be transformed into a “bustling bazaar”; arrive early so you don’t miss the opening parade featuring local bands, businesses and community groups!

A Soldier’s Return Home: Reunion and Remembrance – Saturday, 10am-4pm – Bennett Place State Historic Site presents this free event as an opportunity to hear from live historians about the costs of war and discover how families and individuals rebuilt their lives following the end of violent war times. Open to the public, folks can attend to learn about the rich, and, at times, bloody and turbulent history our state and the nation underwent to get to where we are today.

Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am-4:30pm – Choo choo! All aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a ride to the Museum of Life + Science’s pumpkin patch. Pick out a perfect pumpkin to embellish, then enjoy crafts and a variety of games and activities before heading home. The trains run every half hour on Saturdays and Sundays through October 29. Check online for availability and to register.

Patchwork Market – Saturday, noon-4pm – This unique market has become a monthly event at Fullsteam Brewery. Local makers and vintage vendors come together to create a unique shopping experience with a diverse selection of high-quality and original goods. The goal is to create a local shopping experience unlike any other. Shoppers can find one-of-a-kind gifts while directly supporting the talented Triangle community. The market is the perfect place for area residents and visitors to find the perfect piece that reflects the craftsperson as well as the creative history of North Carolina. 

Phil Cohen – Saturday, 3pm – Union organizer and author Phil Cohen appears at The Regulator Bookshop to talk about his new book, “The Jackson Project: War in the American Workplace,” which describes an organizing campaign in a textile mill in west Tennessee during the late 1980s. This compelling story gives insight into the labor movement that occurred in the American South.

Ethiopian Cooking Class at Durham Spirits Co. – Saturday 5-7pm – Known as “the land of bread and honey,” Ethiopian cuisine reflects their rich and diverse culture. From bread to stew, learn culinary tips and tricks as you prepare a meal that is sure to leave bellies full and satisfied.

Durham Symphony Orchestra Season Preview – Saturday, 7pm – The semi-professional orchestra, composed of a combination of classically professionals and volunteers, presents the opening of its new season with an evening of celebrated classics for small ensembles at Durham Arts Council. Selections include American masterpieces, music from Brazil and much more. This free event is hosted by Maestro William Henry Curry.

Hurricane Relief Concert – Saturday, 7pm – The Blue Note Grill is hosting a benefit concert to support those who have been affected by the disastrous hurricanes within our country. The Beauty Operators are set to play at 9pm. Other bands will be present, and of course lots of ribs! The cover is $5 and additional contributions are certainly welcome.

Fourth Season Launch – Saturday, 7:30-9pm – Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) presents their fourth season with live poolside performances by Ginger Wagg, Matthew Young and ShaLeigh Dance Works at Unscripted Durham. Dancers will be backed up by DJ PlayPlay as they perform on a loop. This event is free, but capped at 100 people, so first come, first served.

Amelia White – Saturday, 8:30pm – Raised in Virginia and based in Nashville, this seasoned, reflective and gritty singer is one of the best voices on the alt-country scene. Come see her at The Bullpen and buy a pint – $1 of every draft sold goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

BBQ & Friends – Sunday, 1pm – This foodie fundraiser benefiting TROSA is co-presented by Nana’s chef and owner Scott Howell and Sysco Raleigh. Enjoy an afternoon full of music, games, crafts with The Scrap Exchange and of course, amazing food from favorites such as Nanataco, Foster’s Market, The Original Q-Shack, Mateo, Saltbox Seafood Joint, Watts Grocery, The Lakewood, Rise and more!

APS Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 2-3:30pm – The Animal Protection Society of Durham holds its monthly cat adoption event at The Regulator Bookshop. Come hang out with all these furry felines and hopefully find a forever friend to adopt.

2017 Click! Photography Festival – Sunday, 5pm – Stop by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and meet the 20 artists whose portfolios were chosen for review by Click! and see their incredible work. Click! is a month-long festival that engages the Triangle community by bringing together remarkable photo-based works and artists. This event is free with a light reception and cash bar.

Robert Cray – Sunday, 7:30pm – Robert Cray’s approach to writing, recording and playing music is to create a sound that rises from American roots and is both fresh and familiar today. In more than 40 years, he and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world, and now the Blues Hall of Famer comes to The Carolina Theatre.