Counting House’s Fork + Bottle: Mas de Daumas Gassac – Thursday, 6pm – Counting House wraps up their popular dinner series with a four-course dinner by executive chef Thomas Card as well as wine pairings featuring southern French wines. The evening will kick off with a reception in the 21c Museum Hotel‘s art-filled gallery space. Savor this delicious menu featuring dishes such as tuna sashimi, poached lobster and much more! Tickets are $75 per person.
Beach Shack Boil at The Rickhouse – Thursday, 6pm – SKJAJA Fund’s annual Lowcountry shrimp boil features music by Lester Fricks and step performances by Communiversity students. SKJAJA helps K-12 students from disadvantaged families afford enrichment opportunities, like sports and clubs. Tickets are $50 and include dinner, beer, wine and dessert.
Fermentology – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – Celebrate the microbes that bring flavor to all your favorite food and beverages. Sample some of North Carolina’s finest brews and fermented foods, from beer to bourbon, kimchi to kombucha, at the Museum of Life and Science.
David Goldfield – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes the author of “The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good.” The historian examines the generation immediately after World War II and argues how a fervent and activist federal government turned the early boomer generation into a “gifted generation.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson – Thursday, 7:30pm – The astrophysicist returns for his third engagement at DPAC. The award-winning scientist will present his lecture on “The Search for Life in the Universe.” Beginning with Mars, he will review the ongoing effort to search for habitable planets, liquid water, and life in the cosmos. Culminating in the search for intelligent life, whether or not it already exists on Earth.
Judy Collins – Thursday, 8pm – The award-winning singer-songwriter, esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and who has produced a 50-album body of work, performs at The Carolina Theatre.
Soccer Mommy – Thursday, 9pm – Twenty-year-old Nashville native Sophie Allison performs at The Pinhook. She just released her “Fat Possum” debut, a mini-album. Sophie’s artist name, Soccer Mommy, was recently featured on the cover of The New York Times Arts & Leisure section and has also received praise from Entertainment Weekly and more.
TinkerTech Family Workshop – Friday, 1-3pm; Saturday 10am-noon and 1-3pm – Discover the science of light with this interactive workshop at the Museum of Life and Science. Experiment with lasers, LEDs, fiber optics and complete various activities – it’s guaranteed fun for the whole family. You’ll even create wearable optics to wear home!
Vert & Vogue Holiday Bazaar – Friday, 5:30pm – This first annual holiday bazaar is part of their “Third Friday Happy Hour series,” featuring top local designers and makers. Come enjoy the evening learning more about local collections as well as a major raffle giveaway to kick off the party. Mingle, sip and shop the fabulous finds!
Artwork by Xia Raburn – Friday, 6pm – Also known as Xia Zipper, the 15-year-old ninth-grader at Durham School of the Arts joins Artists at Golden Belt for a pop-up show of her art during Third Friday. She has been creating art in various forms since she was a toddler in California. She is selling her artwork to help fund a trip to Spain during Spring Break 2018, where she plans to tour some of the greatest art museums in the world!
TxotxFest – Friday, 7pm and Saturday, noon-4pm – Brought to you by Black Twig Cider House, this second annual festival returns, showcasing award-winning regional and national ciders with North Carolina cuisine, and features the txotx, a traditional Spanish cider barrel. The fest will also kick off with a totally gluten-free, five-course, cider-paired dinner on Friday evening featuring Steven Goff of Brinehaus. Get your tickets now for both events!
Lewis Black – Friday, 8pm – The Grammy Award-winning, stand-up comedian’s 2017 “THE RANT, WHITE & BLUE TOUR” stops at DPAC showcasing his well-known cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Read our Q-and-A with Black prior to the show.
Benjamin Grosvenor – Friday, 8pm – In his return to Duke Performances, the musician performs spirited interpretations of Bach’s French Suite No. 5, Mozart’s “Linz” Sonata and a solo piano arrangement of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune before moving on to Berg’s Piano Sonata before the concert’s grand finale, Ravel’s tempestuous Gaspard de la nuit.
Cool John Ferguson – Friday, 8:30pm – Named “most outstanding guitarist” by Living Blues Magazine for two years straight, The Bullpen hosts this self-taught electric guitarist for music enthusiasts. For every draft pint you buy, The Bullpen donates $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support and sustain American roots musicians.
Happy Abandon – Friday, 9pm – This eclectic trio produces soothing vocals, emotional lyrics and stellar shows that are suitable for all music enthusiasts. Described as Orchestral Indie Rock, this band comprised of UNC graduates incorporates the backgrounds of three differing musicians to combine into one harmonious group. They perform at The Pinhook.
Engineers Day – Saturday, 10am-5pm – This all-day event is free with admission to the Museum of Life and Science! Come celebrate and learn about the world of engineering, including lots of hands-on activities, exploring the ins and outs of robotics, circuits and simple machines.
Fall and Holiday Boutique Sale – Saturday, 10am-5pm – Stop by Northgate Mall for this annual sale featuring fall and winter attire. Dress for Success Triangle NC has served more than 12,500 women since 2008, helping to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Come at 9am and for a $20 donation you can miss the crowds and shop early!
The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market – Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-5pm – Browse local artwork and start on your holiday shopping lists at this weekend-long event held by the Durham Arts Council. Featured artists are set up over several walkable sites including the Durham Armory and Vega Metals.
Holiday Market – Saturday, 10am-2pm – Shop this seventh annual Holiday Market, hosted by Multiple Choices for the Children, benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital. Shop with Durham’s businesses, enjoy delicious barbecue, door prizes as well as entertainment by Nina’s School of Dance Company Dancers. The market will take place at Umstead Pines Golf Club – come sip and shop!
Maverick’s Grand Opening – Saturday, 11am – Join the newest addition to the Brightleaf District at the barbecue joint’s official grand opening. The full menu will be available along with several drink specials, giveaways and live music on the patio from Karen Smedley with Three Jack Jenny. An after-party begins at 9:30pm with a DJ.
Jeffery Beam & Friends – Saturday, 3pm – The co-editor of “Jonathan Williams: Lord of Orchards” as well as Thorn Craven, Neal Hutcheson, Elizabeth, Matheson and Michael McFee will all join for a reading and book signing at The Regulator Bookshop.
The Murphey School Radio Show – Saturday 3pm and 7 pm – This event is an old-time variety show featuring music, comedy and reading by North Carolina writers and musicians. All proceeds benefit Inter-Faith Council for Social Services and Club Nova in Carrboro.
Tails at Twilight – Saturday, 6pm – Come to JB Duke Hotel for Durham’s annual well-groomed gala event. Enjoy an evening of fun, food and giving to benefit the Animal Protection Society of Durham. Tickets include a three-course dinner as well as a silent and a live auction.
XYplainIT “Day 1” Tour – Saturday, 7pm and 9pm – The big three – Antone “Chooky” Caldwell, Vohn “Mr. Higgz” Higginbotham and Chris “Biscuit” Bynum – perform at Beyu Caffe in their first appearance in Durham as YXPlainIt, showcasing songs from their first album, “Day 1.”
Darren Knight’s Southern Mamma An Em Comedy Tour – Saturday, 7:30pm – The comedian, a social media celebrity, has been compared to Jeff Foxworthy as the next star of redneck comedy. He performs at The Carolina Theatre.
The O’Jays – Saturday, 8pm – The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers are best known for bringing their unique style of Philly Soul to the pop charts, with hits like “Backstabbers” and “Love Train.” They perform at DPAC with smooth R&B vocal group The Dramatics.
Gringo Star – Saturday, 8:30pm – Described as American indie rock, this group from Atlanta performs at The Bullpen. Admission is free and as always, $1 of every draft beer sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Open House – Sunday, 5-7pm – The Cookery welcomes visitors to explore its expanded grounds, newly renovated ballroom, bridal suite and private garden while enjoying cocktails, snacks and live music. Both bars will be open with craft beer, classic cocktails, and wine available for purchase, plus snacks provided by Donovan’s Dish and Monuts. Stay to lounge in the plush leather sofas in the bridal suite, or keep warm in the garden with a roaring fire. Snap a photo at the event in a custom photobooth from ZimZoom Photobooth.
Messiah Sing-Along – Sunday, 5:15pm – This year marks the return of the Messiah Sing-Along, featuring choral and solo highlights from Handel’s masterwork. Directed by Dr. Rodney Wynkoop, director of Duke Chapel music, all are welcome to sing along at the chapel. No tickets required.
Rodrigo y Gabriela: Tenth Anniversary Tour With Marc Scibilia – Sunday, 7:30pm – Mexican acoustic rock maestros Rodrigo y Gabriela celebrate the tenth anniversary re-release of their classic self-titled break-out album on stage at DPAC. Marc Scibilia will open the show.