‘Penelope’s Room’ – Through Dec. 2 – Check out a large-scale installation that turns 21c Museum Hotel‘s bank into a “woven chamber.” The room, designed by Durham artist Elizabeth Chabot, uses hand-woven textiles and repurposed materials.
Duke School Book Fair – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – Feed your inner bookworm and head to The Regulator Bookshop to browse through books curated by Duke School librarians. The fair will also feature readings from fourth- through eighth-grade students. Twenty percent of all sales will be donated to Duke School libraries.
Yappy Hour – Thursday, 6-8pm – Spend an evening with your furry friend at Durham Central Park, complete with brews from Bull City Burger & Brewery and dog biscuit tastings from Barley Labs! The suggested donation is $10 per person and will benefit the future Rock Quarry Dog Park.
Fleet Fleet Pony Run – Thursday, 6:15pm – Put on your running shoes and head to Ponysaurus Brewing Company to join Fleet Fleet Sports for a three- or five-mile run. At the end of the run, treat yourself to a pint. The run is free and all speed levels are welcome.
Local Vocal – Thursday, 6:30-9pm – Urban Durham Realty opens their doors for an evening of dinner and music. The Foster Street space will host several a cappella groups from local schools as well as tapas and desserts provided by Piedmont, Rise Biscuits and Donuts.
‘Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust – Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour’ – Thursday, 7pm – Join music historian James Grymes at The Regulator Bookshop for a signing and reading of his new book, which shares the story and impact of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.
‘Love Never Dies‘ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – “The Phantom of the Opera” lives on at the Durham Performing Arts Center, where Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel musical continues the fateful story full of passion and drama.
Amos Lee – Thursday, 8pm – Head to The Carolina Theatre for a night of folk, rock and soul. The singer-songwriter will perform tracks from his newest album, “Spirit.”
Pharoahe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band – Thursday, 8pm – As a part of Duke Performances’ Hip-Hop Initiative, the notable emcee from Queens will show off his rhymes and inventive style alongside Pitchblak’s full band, including sousaphones, strings, trombones, trumpets, drums and saxophones, at Reynolds Industries Theater.
ASIFA International Animation Day Screening – Thursday, 8pm – UNEXPOSED hosts the second screening of International Animation Day. Roughly 20 short animation films from across the globe will be shown in 90 minutes. The screening at Shadowbox Studio is free and open to the public.
‘Uncle Sam Wants YOU!’ – Thursday, 8pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm – Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) presents Killian Manning’s dance-theater piece about patriotism and treason inspired by today’s political turmoil at Living Arts Collective.
British Music & Europe in the Age of Brexit – Friday and Saturday, times vary – This two-day symposium features panels discussing British music and politics. There will also be string and piano concerts. The symposium is sponsored by Franklin Humanities Institute and the Duke University Department of Music.
Tastings at Ten – Friday, 10-11am – Get your daily dose of caffeine this weekend at Counter Culture Coffee. Tour the Roastery and enjoy a free coffee tasting.
Clay Date Night – Friday, 7-9pm – Grab a friend and unleash your inner potter at Durham Arts Council Clay Studio at Northgate Mall. Learn hand-building techniques from instructors to create and paint your own piece of pottery. The cost is $25 per participant.
The Monti: Stories of Medicine & Religion – Friday, 8pm – Come out to The Carolina Theatre for an evening of storytelling about medicine and religion hosted by The Monti and the Museum of Life and Science. For nearly 10 years, The Monti has invited community members for their sold-out live audience spectacles.
Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers – Friday, 8:30-11pm – Get ready for a night of old-school blues provided by Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers at The Bullpen. In their own words, the Statesville natives call their music, “sweaty, gritty blues and boogie – better than a buttered biscuit!” As always, $1 of every draft pint sold will benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Volunteer Work Day – Saturday, 9am-noon – Time for the monthly Volunteer Work Day at Durham Central Park. Bring your green thumb and join in spiffing up the park by trimming brush and whacking weeds. Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes and work clothes. Tools, snacks and water will be provided.
Durham County Pottery Tour – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm – Spend the weekend touring local works by more than 20 potters who showcase their talents and studios. Also get a glimpse inside two local teaching facilities, Claymakers and Durham Arts Council Clay Studio, which are open for viewing.
Create With Construction – Saturday, 11am-1pm – The Durham Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) partners with Durham County Library for an afternoon to construct, design and engineer. Head to the MakerLab at Northgate Mall to visit stations showcasing 3D modeling and architectural design. The event is free and all ages are welcome.
Flamenco Carolina – Saturday, 11am – Watch and listen to the folkloric musical traditions of Southern Spain at The Carolina Theatre. Durham-based Flamenco Carolina consists of eight dancers, guitarist and singer who educate and preserve the flamenco culture. Tickets are $5.
Night in the Woods Benefit Gala and Auction – Saturday, 6:30-10pm – Celebrate nature at The Levin Jewish Community Center with an evening of wild cocktails, raffles, live music and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $50, and proceeds will support scholarships for outdoor camps, give permanent homes to non-releasable wildlife and more!
Richard Smith – Saturday, 7pm – Join High Strung Durham for a house show featuring the finger-style guitarist who brings humor and energy with genres ranging from pop to classical. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students.
The Capitol Steps: Orange is the New Barack – Saturday, 8pm – If you’re into political satire and music, head to the The Carolina Theatre for the Capitol Steps. Known for “putting the ‘mock’ in democracy,” this political musical-satire group is in their 35th season. This groups sets our to charm both sides of the aisle by adding current music to their political comedy.
Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – It’s the last Food Truck Rodeo of the year! Turn out for an afternoon featuring dozens of the Triangle’s most popular food truck offerings from more than 50 trucks, including the Humble Pig, American Meltdown and OnlyBurger. There will be live music from Raleigh-Durham-based Surfabilly band Phatlynx. Plus, try on and try out reproduction historical clothing and toys with nonprofit partner Duke Homestead State Historic Site. As always, dogs are allowed on non-retractable leashes and event admission is free except for food purchased.
Mead Tasting & Dancing – Sunday, 2-3:30pm – Put a little pep in your step this weekend with some dancing lessons and mead tastings. Learn how to do the Salsa, Bachata and ChaCha while tasting the unique offerings of Honeygirl Meadery. No partner or experience required! Tickets are $10.
Farm Animal Play Time – Sunday, 2-4pm – Spend some quality time outdoors in the company of goats, sheep, ducks and more! Head out to Hux Family Farm to meet farmers with a passion for sustainability and community.
Yoga with Art – Sunday, 5pm – Get your flow on in the 21c Museum Hotel‘s galleries. The classes are led by yoga teachers from Global Breath Studio and are $5 at the door. Be sure to bring your own mat!
Snow Tha Product – Sunday, 8pm – Stop by Motorco Music Hall to hear Latina lyricist Snow Tha Product. The award-winning artist raps in both English and Spanish while blending in melodies reminiscent of ’90s R&B.