Weekend at a Glance: Parties, Puppets and Performances

Weekend at a Glance: Parties, Puppets and Performances

We've selected 20+ events to help you plan a memorable weekend in Durham!

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Paperhand Puppet Intervention performs for the crowd at last year’s Halloween Spooktacular at Northgate Mall. Come out for the event on Sunday!

‘The Little Mermaid’ – Thursday, 1pm and 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – You’ll be transported to a world under the sea at DPAC with this classic tale, now with an extra dose of charm and wit as a family musical. Discover the magic of this timeless love story all over again, with favorite songs like “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea.”

Southern Fried Queer Pride – Thursday-Saturday – SFQP presents a celebration of local artists, activists and communities featuring three days of arts workshops, dance parties, skill shares and performances. Follow the link for full schedule!

October Dinner with Dolci – Thursday, 5-8pm – In honor of the newest exhibit at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, “The Medici’s Painter,” the Nasher Cafe themes this dinner to celebrate the flavors and techniques from Italian kitchens during the 16th and 17th centuries. Call today to reserve at 919-684-6032 or book online.

Fork + Bottle: Starpoint Brewing – Thursday, 6pm – Enjoy a night of local brews and bites at 21c Museum Hotel with a four-course dinner from Counting House executive chef Thomas Card, with pairings from Durham’s very own Starpoint Brewing.

Christina Baker Kline – Thursday, 7pm – The No. 1 New York Times bestselling author will talk about her book, “Orphan Train,” copies of which will be available for purchase at the event at 21 Museum Hotel. Christina will discuss the true story of the 250,000 orphaned and abandoned children sent on trains from the East Coast to the Midwest as indentured servants — and how she stumbled on this hidden piece of American history. Preceding the author talk, there will be a short performance by The Pitchforks, the oldest a cappella group at Duke University. Proceeds benefit the Durham Literacy Center.

MONK@100 – Thursday and Friday, 7pm and 9pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1pm; Saturday, 7pm and 9pm; Sunday, 7pm – Duke Performances’ 10-day event held at the Durham Fruit & Produce Company features performing artists commemorating the work of jazz musician and North Carolina native Thelonious Monk. On Thursday, in light of the recent sad passing of pianist and composer Geri Allen, who was slated to return to Durham to play as featured guest with JD Allen Trio, Pianist and composer Kris Davis will substitute for Allen on this engagement. Friday, Tyshawn Sorey and Jason Moran collaborate to pay tribute to Monk. On Saturday and Sunday, five top pianists will take turns playing 61 of Monk’s compositions during free afternoon marathons. The players include MONK@100 co-curator Ethan Iverson; Duke alum Jeb Patton, who worked with Monk collaborator Paul Jeffrey in the Duke Jazz Ensemble; Durham-raised pianist Chris Pattishall, named one of the top five jazz musicians under 30 by Wynton Marsalis; Orrin Evans, a Pew fellow and student of Kenny Barron; and North Carolina native Ernest Turner, a former faculty member at East Carolina University and a collaborator with some of the greatest names in jazz. Later on Saturday, pianist Gerald Clayton and saxophonist Ben Wendel collaborate on a performance. On Sunday also, the Como Mamas, a trio of singers from the tiny Mississippi town of Como, sing a program that considers the source material of Monk’s distinctive music.

Thursday Night Fights – Thursday, 7pm – Raging Babe and Hall of Fame Matchmaker Russell Peltz present a Durham vs. Charlotte match-up for the North Carolina Lightweight Championship. Marko “Bull City Bully” Bailey (5-0, 3KO) and Stevie “The Answer” Massey (4-1, 4KO) will battle tonight at the Durham Armory. In the co-feature, Joseph Jackson (8-0, 6KO) and Monreco Goldston (5-0-1, 3KO) put their undefeated records on the line in a six round matchup. Also on the card, local Carlos Olmeda faces New York’s Vinnie Denierio, and Donnie Marshall steps up versus experienced veteran Marcos Primera. Other local talent on the card includes Nate Williams and Blake Mansfield in separate bouts.

Boos and Brews Movie Night – Friday, 5-10pm – Spend a spooky evening at Durty Bull Brewing Company’s night of horror with a showing of some of the scariest movies in the Triangle from local directors. Boricua Soul will bring their Puerto Rican-inspired soul food, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Puerto Rican relief efforts.  

Vert & Vogue Happy Hour with Harrison Haynes – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Relax with drinks and conversation as local boutique Vert & Vogue kicks off its Happy Hour Series. Their first guest, Harrison Haynes, is a local visual artist, drummer and photographer whose work has been exhibited at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and who has played with the band Les Savy Five at venues like The Museum of Modern Art as well as on The Conan O’Brien Show.

Honeygirl Third Anniversary Party – Friday, 6-9pm – Stop by Honeygirl Meadery to celebrate their third anniversary with food, mead tastings of new fall meads and test batches and a surprise announcement. Plus new mead cocktails will make their Honeygirl debut. Mr. Mongolian food truck and Moon.Flower.Child wandering fashion boutique also join the party.

‘Blind Field’ – Friday, 6-9pm – Visit the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange to explore Chapel Hill artist Kelly Johnston’s exhibition, with installations focused on the tensions between our emotional and physical discomfort and in our interactions with our environment. The opening reception will be held this Friday, with light snacks and drinks as well as free art-making opportunities. The exhibit runs through Nov. 11.

Wiley Cash – Friday, 7pm – The New York Times bestselling author reads from and signs his latest book at The Regulator Bookshop. “The Last Ballad” was inspired by the life and death of a mill striker in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina, a woman whose ballads were the rallying cry for the strikers’ resistance.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas – Friday, 8pm – Consummate performer Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and Californian cellist Haas, create a musical partnership that spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Catch this pairing of fiddle and cello at Motorco Music Hall, co-presented by The Carolina Theatre.

Harvey Dalton Arnold’s Birthday Bash and BDBC Oktoberfest Beer Release Party – Friday, 8:30 pm – Come out to celebrate Southern rock musician Harvey Dalton Arnold’s birthday and to celebrate Bull Durham Beer Co.’s new Oktoberfest Märzen beer at The Bullpen. $1 of every draft pint will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event – Saturday, 8am- 2pm – Do you have electronic waste, confidential documents or reusable household goods that you want to get rid of? Come out to the City of Durham’s free event at Durham County Memorial Stadium, where you can shred those documents or drop off goods to donate to community nonprofits. Follow the link to see what items are accepted.

Fall Harvest Day – Saturday, 9am-3pm – This family-friendly day at Funny Girl Farm features East Durham Pie Company slices; storytime, songs & crafts with Artstigators; farm tours, including the garden and chicken coop; popsicles from Locopops; and live music from Up Cane Creek

Student Playathon – Saturday, 9am-6pm – A day of free musical performances scheduled every half hour at Northgate Mall from Triangle-area student musicians as part of Durham Music Teachers Association’s fundraising event. Donations accepted, which will go towards funding need-based scholarships for music study.

Harvest Festival – Saturday, noon-6pm – Celebrate fall at Historic Stagville plantation with food, crafts, music, vendors and activities for all ages. Visitors can try basket weaving, blacksmithing, historic brick making and more through hands-on activities. April Turner from Life As Art Productions performs at Horton Grove, and at 5pm, join musician Kwabena Osei Appiagyei for a bonfire and African drum circle.

Beaglefest 2017 – Saturday, 1-4pm – A fun, Beagle-filled day presented by Triangle Beagle Rescue at Sunny Acres Pet Resort, complete with raffles, vendors and activities for you and your dog!

Women of Durham – Saturday, 2pm – Three amazing women living and working in Durham – Katie Wyatt, executive director of El Sistema; Esther Mateo-Orr, parent advocate for East Durham Children’s Initiative; and Ogechi Onuigbo, Durham School of the Arts senior and fashion model – will share stories about how other females have impacted their lives for better at Ponysaurus. This is a free event designed to build community, and all are welcome.

Quatuor Mosaïques – Saturday, 3pm – The string quartet plays in a Duke Performances concert at Baldwin Auditorium, presenting two quartets from Mozart, which come from a set of four works Mozart dedicated to Haydn, whose own series of six string quartets, op. 20, a decade earlier established bold new ideas and conventions for the form. The Mosaïques plays the second of those compositions following the Mozart pieces.

Hidden Voices SpeakEasy – Saturday, 6pm – Join Hidden Voices in celebrating its 15th anniversary through a 1920s fundraising night of live music, rumba class, food and drink and pop-up dance at Old Murphey School.

John Brown Big Band with Nicholas Payton – Saturday, 8pm – Brown joins forces with trumpeter Payton to celebrate the 100th birthday of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie at The Carolina Theatre. The concert will feature performances of the greatest of Dizzy’s tunes, like “A Night in Tunisia,” “Be Bop,” “Manteca” and more, with small and large groups. All profits will support the Duke University Cancer Institute.

Corn Potato String Band – Saturday, 8:30pm – Discover sounds from the Appalachian string-band tradition with a mixture of other traditional styles as the band performs at The Bullpen. $1 of every draft pint will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, 7:30am – Choose from a half-marathon, five-mile run or a family-friendly, one-mile run in QuintilesIMS’s fifth annual event benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Durham. Races start next to the American Tobacco Campus and conclude in a post-race festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden and kids’ zone on the lawn beside the Durham Performing Arts Center.

‘Edelweiss Pirates’ – Sunday, 3:30-4:30pm – Come out to the Levin Jewish Community Center for a film screening of “Edelweiss Pirates,” the story of a group of teenagers who fought back against the Nazis in their neighborhoods during the 1930s. Following the screening will be a lecture by author Kristina Gaddy.

Halloween Spooktacular – Sunday, 3:30-7pm – Come out for a free day of spooky family fun at Northgate Mall, featuring performances by Paperhand Puppet Intervention and roots blues/rockabilly band The Rusted Rails. The afternoon will include local vendors, food trucks, a costume contest, face painting and various other children’s activities.

Charity Wine Dinner and Silent Auction – Sunday, 5:30pm – Join Bleu Olive for its annual breast cancer charity wine dinner, benefiting AELIA. A five-course dinner will be paired with five wines.

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