Dinner with Carlo Dolci – Thursday, 5pm – The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University hosts their themed dinner honoring the exhibit “The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence”, allowing diners to taste the flavors and techniques from Italian kitchens during the 16th and 17th centuries – from bistecca to cacciatore. The dinner includes a live musical performance with works by Strozzi, Merula and Monteverdi to celebrate 17th-century Italy.
Dine Out/Shop Out Fundraiser for E.K. Powe – Thursday, 5pm – Neighboring businesses Watts Grocery and Horse & Buggy Press And Friends team up for a fundraising doubleheader with 10% off dinner and gallery sale proceeds being donated to EK Powe Elementary School. Horse & Buggy’s gallery reception and open studios event features works in painting, pottery, jewelry, glass, photography, printmaking and books by more than 25 artists and craftspersons from across the Southeast. Musicians Alex Weiss and the Un-Incorporated perform on the front porch.
Film Festival Series: Once in a Lifetime – Thursday, 6:30pm – Join Levin JCC and Israel Center for its monthly film series featuring and celebrating the Jewish and Israel community. “Once in a Lifetime” is a true story about the relationship between a teacher from Leon Blum high school at Creteil and teenage school dropouts. The students meet a survivor from the Nazi concentration camps during their national competition assignment on the child victims of the Holocaust. Come early before the showing to enjoy pizza and a conversation about the film and the Holocaust. Cost is $3 for guests and free for members.
Nishani Frazier – Thursday, 7pm – Join the author for a reading and signing of her book “Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of Black Power Populism” at The Regulator Bookshop.
Straight No Chaser – Thursday, 7:30pm – Straight No Chaser isn’t your average cappella group. Come listen to the phenomenal nine-man ensemble at Durham Performing Arts Center for a night filled with captivating music.
Randy Newman – Thursday, 8pm – Enjoy an evening with American singer-songwriter Randy Newman at The Carolina Theatre, listening to some of his musical masterpieces. Each ticket purchased comes with a choice of either a standard physical or standard digital copy of his new album “Dark Matter.”
Yasmin Levy – Thursday, 8pm – Yasmin Levy has been called a “smoldering melodrama,” mixing flamenco and fado, Hebrew and Spanish, Persian music and the songs of her father’s native Turkey as she leads her band. Don’t miss out on this dynamic performance at Reynolds Industries Theater as a part of Duke Performances.
Pie Pairing with The Pie Hole – Friday, 4pm – Enjoy a fall treat before Thanksgiving and head on over to The Pie Hole for a chance to taste a variety of pies and meads. Cost is $15 per person.
Reading with Jeanette Stokes and Friends – Friday, 6:30pm – Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South (RCWMS) by joining the RCWMS Founder for a reading and signing if her book “Just Keep Going: Advice on Writing and Life” at The Regulator Bookshop. Authors Julia Scratliff-O’Grady, Erin Lane, Meghan Florian and Danyelle O’Hara also make an appearance.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Friday, 8pm – Come out to the Durham Performing Arts Center to listen to an orchestra and 24-person choir perform a score filled with music from games such as Skyward Sword, Breath of the Wild and Ocarina of Time.
Harvey Dalton Arnold – Friday, 8:30pm – Former member of The Outlaws, the blues guitarist plays left-handed, finger-picking style at The Bullpen. Admission is free and $1 of every pint is donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation.Paul Nelson – Friday, 9pm – Come and listen to this multi Grammy-nominated guitarist/producer as he performs live with his band at The Blue Note Grill. has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and is the hand-picked guitar protégé to Johnny Winter. General admission is $10.
RDC Marathon and Half Marathon – Saturday, 7:30am; Sunday, 7am – FS Series has partnered with Team Drea Foundation, Team Chris Combs and Jason Capel to help fund ALS research by donating proceeds from the RDC Marathon and Half Marathon, as well as a 5K that takes place on Saturday. Through their combined efforts, they hope to raise $50,000. The start and finish lines located at The Streets at Southpoint.
Durty Anniversary Party the First! – Saturday, noon – Party with Durty Bull Brewing Co. as they celebrate their first anniversary. There will be food trucks, live performances – Mark Holland, The River Otters and Alex Gordez Guitar Lessons all perform – and small batches of special beers will be released throughout the day.
Eleven Eleven Durham: NC Fresh Catch 6th annual Homecoming – Saturday, 4-9pm – Live music, craft beer and fresh North Carolina seafood on on the schedule today! Gather around the grills for a fireside oyster roast, community fish fry, Spanish seafood chowder plus braised brisket and chicken. The music starts out for the kids with Raleigh’s Eight Bit Disaster, a video game tribute band that performs high-energy arrangements of obscure video game songs. Durham’s Emily Musolino Band follows with a set that blends soulful vocals and blues-rock shredding guitar riffs. The evening continues to heat up with Jo Gore delivering a post-sunset performance of classic, soul and jazz standards. Closing the night out is power-duo Pastor Joe playing at the beer garden side stage. Additional programming includes a special guest appearance and multi-media presentation by Pierce Freelon along with a raffle to help raise funds for Blackspace, a free, Pan-African centered social entrepreneurship and digital media resources for local youth. Also enjoy an exclusive craft beer experience from 1718 Brewing, Ocracoke Island’s very first brewery! Admission is $5 at the gate, rain or shine. Military veterans and kids 12 and younger are free. All food and drink are sold separate while supplies last.
Eyes Up Here: LadyBits Open Mic – Saturday, 5:30pm – Get ready to laugh! Eyes Up Here Comedy welcomes female and female identifying comics to come to The Pinhook with a five-minute set to perform and enjoy other comedian’s pieces!.
Durham Preservation Party – Saturday, 6:30pm – Stock up on your holiday gifts by participating in a silent auction at Morgan Imports. There will also be a cash bar and plenty of shopping to buy presents. Preservation Durham will receive 10% of the evening’s sales.
In The Pocket Rise Against Hunger Benefit Concert – Saturday, 7:30pm – Celebrate important musicians who have passed within the last five years by coming to the In The Pocket performance at Kenan Auditorium at Durham Academy. Expect hits from Prince, Tom Petty, Ben E. King, David Bowie and more. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted on behalf of nonprofit Rise Against Hunger.
Tori Amos – Saturday, 8pm – Come out to watch the American singer-songwriter with a mezzo-soprano vocal range at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Her performance is part of a major world tour supporting her new album, “Native Invader.”
Modigliani Quartet – Saturday, 8pm – These four friends formed the quartet in 2003 after studying at the Paris Conservatoire. At Baldwin Auditorium, in a presentation from Duke Performances, the group showcases a program with works by Schubert, Brahms, Puccini and Mendelssohn.
The Five Points Rounders Rowdy Square Dance – Saturday, 8:30pm – Swing your partner round and round with the Five Points Rounders this weekend at The Bullpen. This Durham string-band provides a night to remember as they get rowdy and welcome guest to square dance. Dance lessons will be provided before the show. A dollar from every draft pint sold goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
2017 Neighborhood Art Walk – Sunday, noon – Peruse and shop for handmade items at the 15th annual Watts Hospital-Hillandale (WHH) Neighborhood and Friends art walk. Dozens of artists display their work including stained glass, weavings, jewelry, pottery, paintings, wood work and much more, in addition to delicious Indian food along the way. The event is free and open to the public.
Dog Days at Beer Durham – Sunday, 1pm – This dog party supports The Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS). Enjoy a beer and bring your dogs for an afternoon of fun; from 2-3:30pm dogs will be onsite for adoption. A portion of all draft sales proceeds goes to APS.
Much Ado About Cheese Festival – Sunday, 1pm – End the weekend by tasting a variety of the Triangle’s local cheeses at The Rickhouse. There will be a chance to meet and talk with local diaries and purchase cheeses at the end. Cost is $8 for general admission; $10 at the door; $15 VIP
APS Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 2pm – Meet cute furry cats at The Animal Protection Society of Durham’s cat adoption event at The Regulator Bookshop.
John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring – Sunday, 7:30pm – Come listen to British guitarist John McLaughlin along with his Panic guitarist and jam-band acolyte Jimmy Herring at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Stagecoach Spotlight Tour: Lukas Nelson & POTR and Nikki Lane! – Sunday, 8pm – Motorco hosts performances by American rock band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and country music singer-songwriter Nikki Lane.