TROSA Tree Lots – Through Dec. 23 – Make your Christmas tree, wreath or garland purchase count this year! Pick up an N.C. Fraser fir – and maybe an adorable wooden reindeer – from one of TROSA’s six Durham lots and support the treatment, education and training of recovering substance abuse sufferers. TROSA residents will fit your tree to a stand, whether you bring your own or purchase one on-site, and also trim, bag and load your tree on your car.
Record Store Day Black Friday – Friday, 8am-9pm – Head to Schoolkids Records early to get in line for some of their special releases! Some of the limited releases include Ingrid Michaelson’s Alter Egos on 12-inch picture disc, U2’s The Black Out on 12-inch vinyl and Iggy Pop’s New Values LP. Remember, there are no holds or reservations on records, and customers are limited to one copy of the limited edition records per person.
Charity Trees – Friday, 9am – On a break from your Black Friday shopping, head toward the customer service desk at Northgate Mall. There you’ll find charity trees that benefit Durham Rescue Mission and Urban Ministries of Durham. Pick an ornament off the tree, purchase the item on your ornament and donate it to a Durham family in need this holiday season. If you’re in a time crunch, you can purchase a Northgate gift card to donate and let the charities shop for you! The trees will be set up through Dec. 20.
One-day Sale – Friday, 10am-5pm – Join Dress for Success Triangle at Northgate Mall for a sale on new and gently used professional clothing and accessories for women. Help Dress for Success empower local women to achieve economic independence and find careers.
Black Market – Friday, 11am-7pm – Support Black-owned businesses at Northgate Mall! Shop from local, regional and national vendors, enjoy live music and network with Black entrepreneurs. Black August in the Park organizes the event and provides educational opportunities for prospective business owners.
Black Metal Friday – Friday, noon-8pm – Take a break from the holiday hubbub and swing by Sam’s Quik Shop for an appropriately dark beer. A tentative tap list includes Evil Twin Brewing’s Even More Jesus Imperial Stout, Southern Pines’ Bourbon Barrel Aged German Chocolate Cake Stout and Mikkeller Beer Geek’s Vanilla Maple Shake. Exclusive aged beers from the cellar will also be available for purchase!
Relax Friday – Friday, noon-10pm – Head to Fullsteam Brewery to recline and relax after Thanksgiving. The taproom transforms into a rec room as locals bring their sofas, bean bags and loveseats for an afternoon of total bliss. To make things even more exciting, Fullsteam covered the cost of masseuse Yolanda from Body Language Therapeutic Massage (but make sure to bring a tip), and they will be releasing the new recipe of their Hogwash Imperial Porter. Drop by between 11am and noon to bring your own seat and receive a free T-shirt. If you bring one and don’t want to take it home, they’ll deliver it to the TROSA Thrift Store for you!
Black Cat Friday – Friday, 2-4pm – Join Independent Animal Rescue at South Square’s Petco on Black Friday to meet black adult cats and kittens available for adoption! Cuddle a kitten and put an end to the stigma that keeps these furry friends from finding their forever homes.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker – Friday, 2pm and 7pm – Witness the transformation of a Christmas classic into a contemporary cultural experience. View Executive Director of United Palace of Cultural Arts Mike Fitelson’s adaptation of the work into 1980s Brooklyn with remixed music by DJ Boo and special guest – one of hip-hop’s founding fathers – Kurtis Blow. Previous performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center have sold out, so get your tickets before they’re gone!
Nifty Gifty – Friday, 2-6pm – Looking for an alternative to the hustle and bustle at the mall this Black Friday? Head to The Scrap Exchange for a gift-making workshop! Work with the crafty staff members to create handmade jewelry, leather bag tags and trophy wine stoppers. All skill levels are welcome. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.
Dee Lucas – Saturday, 7-10pm – Savor some soprano sax and smooth jazz at Beyù Caffè. The national recording artist performs from his successful albums Something to Ride 2, The Smooth Factor and most recently, Going Deeper. Dee has performed at acclaimed festivals such as The Atlanta Jazz Festival and The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and he was runner-up at the Capital Jazz Festival Competition.
A Motown Christmas – Friday, 8pm – Celebrate the season with vocal group The Motown Experience at The Carolina Theatre. Performers include past and present members of legendary Motown groups including The Temptations, The Capitols and The Miracles. Enjoy soulful hits, holiday favorites and exciting choreography.
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen – Friday, 8:30pm – Since she was 6 years old, Pat has been surrounded by music. Her blues classroom was on the porches of her uncles’ homes in New Orleans, where one played the guitar and the other played the harmonica. Come see everything she learned – and then some – when she brings her energetic show back to The Bullpen. Through her performances, “Mother Blues” shares her life experiences with her audience via soulful words and music. She and her music embody the same courage, sadness and compassion of the famous singers she idolizes – women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James. $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Beat Harvest – Friday, 9:30pm – Celebrate Runaway Clothes’ winter release at Motorco Music Hall with live music, dancing and charity. Local performers include Made of Oak, Queen Plz, Oak City Slums and Hubbble. Proceeds from the event benefit Hurricane Maria survivors in Puerto Rico who are still without clean water, power, food or phone service.
Shop Independent Durham Week – Saturday – Make a dent in your holiday shopping and make a difference in the local community! Sustain-a-Bull kicks off its eighth annual shop local campaign on Small Business Saturday. The event lasts until December 3 and includes deals at dozens of local businesses including The Regulator Bookshop, Joe Van Gogh, Cozy and The Glass Jug Beer Lab. Instagram a photo of you shopping at one of the participating stores and you could win a prize from one of the Sustain-a-Bull partners!
Jeanne Robertson – Saturday, 7:30pm and Sunday, 4pm – Aside from being crowned Miss North Carolina in 1963 and Miss Congeniality in the Miss America pageant, Jeanne has accrued several other titles and honors. Throughout her career in public speaking, she has earned a Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International, the Cavett Award from the National Speakers Association and the title of North Carolinian of the Year from The North Carolina Press Association in 2001. Head out to The Carolina Theatre to hear her highly awarded humor, wit and wisdom.
Dinner with Sinatra – Saturday, 7:30pm – Reserve your seats for a four-course meal at Parizade with a live performance of the Sinatra-Basie songbook from John Love and the 16-member Doug Burns Big Band. Executive Chef Jason Lawless crafts dinner options that Frank himself would be proud of including swordfish piccata, eggplant Parmesan and veal milanese.
St. Vincent – Saturday, 8pm – In her first set of extended-run dates in more than two years, this Grammy-winning artist brings her “Fear the Future” tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center. Ticketholders for the tour will receive an email download for her newest album, MASSEDUCATION. Her works have received Album of the Year from Entertainment Weekly, the Guardian and other publications. She also earned the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and Q Maverick Award for outstanding innovation in the arts.
Dr. Bacon – Saturday, 8:30pm – Get your groove on with this “infectiously danceable” Appalachian funk-rock band at The Bullpen. With a little bit of soul, jazz, blues, folk and hip-hop infused into their sound, Dr. Bacon offers something for everyone. Experience the excitement and talent that crowned them BandTogether’s Last Band Standing in 2016. Remember, $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Dubsgiving – Saturday, 9pm – Get your dose of musical variety and local talent at The Pinhook. Start the night with R&B artist Alan Fame, catch some country tunes from Durty Dub, and finish off the night with Young Bull’s soul and hip-hop jams. Give thanks for Bull City artists!
Farm Animal Play Time – Sunday, 2-4pm – Feed and cuddle some goats, take a tour of the Hux Family Farm, and participate in the farm scavenger hunt! Enjoy the outdoors and learn about the farm’s dedication to sustainability and the community. Don’t forget to take some goat milk soap and Elodie Farms goat cheese home with you!
Improv Noir – Sunday, 3-5pm – Looking for a laugh? Join the comedians at Improv Noir for their final show of the season. Be an interactive part of the production with your own suggestions and ideas. The performance features Amadio Perez, Lauren Foster, Sade Adeyemi, Terryca Taylor, Bry Bowden, Ebony Jenkins and Justin Mcneil. The crew is joined by special guest and New York City comedian Corey Brown at The Vault at The Palace International.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Sunday, 7:30pm – The three-time Grammy-winning guitarist and vocalist performs at the Durham Performing Arts Center with his 19-piece orchestra for their 14th annual Christmas Rocks! tour. The group celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and the elite musicians will showcase their most recent holiday album, Rockin’ Rudolph.