Paint Nite – Thursday, 7-9pm – Explore your creative side at The Bullpen. Create a masterpiece based on the theme “Snowflakes and Bluebirds” while sipping some brews.
‘On Your Feet!’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 1pm & 6:30pm – Follow Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s journey from poverty in Cuba to stardom in America – and all the obstacles in between – on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Defacto Thezpian – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – Come out to listen to one of the most popular voices in North Carolina hip-hop at Beyu Caffe.
The Racket / Golden Age – Friday, 8-10pm – Get down to Monkey Bottom Collaborative to catch the hilariously talented Mettlesome improv group with special guest Curtis Eller. Laugh until your sides hurt!
Lillie Mae – Friday, 8pm – The Nashville-based singer-songwriter as she stops by Motorco Music Hall to share songs from her album, “Forever and Then Some.” Tickets start at $10.
Harvey Dalton Arnold and Abe Reid – Friday, 8:30pm – Blues guitarist Harvey Dalton Arnold, formerly of ’70s Southern rock band the Outlaws, and fellow blues musician Abe Reid take the stage at The Bullpen, accompanied by James “Bubba” Norwood on drums and Darrell Young on bass. $1 of every draft pint goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation and their mission to support and sustain traditional American roots musicians.
Super Secret (after) New Years Party – Friday, 10pm-2am – Arcana and DJ Rang are back to host their secret underground dance party. If you didn’t go out on New Years, it’s not too late to party (secretly) like you’ll never see 2017 again. Cover is $5.
Durham Farmers Market New Year’s Celebration & Art Project – Saturday, 10am-noon – This isn’t just any Durham Farmers Market day — this one has a very special community arts project. A banner for 2018 filled with the community’s hopes for the new year will be collaboratively designed. Come reflect, resolve and make art with your community.
Annual Reading Band – Saturday, 10am-1pm – For the 14th year in a row, Durham Community Concert Band hosts the reading band at the Durham Arts Council in which they will try to read through pieces that is not usually performed on the average community band programs and play them the first time live. Submissions are welcome in advance.
The Patchwork Market – Saturday, noon-4pm – This unique market has become a monthly event at Fullsteam Brewery. Local makers and vintage vendors come together to create a unique shopping experience with a diverse selection of high-quality and original goods. The goal is to create a local shopping experience unlike any other. Shoppers can find one-of-a-kind gifts while directly supporting the talented Triangle community.
Lame Gift Exchange – Saturday, 1-2pm – Did you get a gift you really just didn’t want? Head down to Bull City Ciderworks for a gift exchange (bring yours, wrapped) and cider. You might even win some prizes.
‘The Mound Builders’ by Lanford Wilson – Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2:30pm – One of Lanford Wilson’s finest works performed by the Ward Theatre Company. Winner of the Obie Award, this play tackles issues that are still as relevant as when it came out in 1975, such as current gender hostilities in America.
The Anna Bonanza Roundup – Saturday, 7:30pm – Dance your heart out at Motorco to benefit ATLASfit, a health and wellness program for adults with developmental disabilities. Held in memory of Anna “Bonanza” Wells, this inclusive dance party is for everyone. Tickets are $15.
Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band – Saturday, 8:30pm – Listen to some real country music live at The Bullpen. $1 of every draft pint goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation and their mission to support and sustain traditional American roots musicians.
Deon Yates – Saturday, 8:30pm – Come out to hear some sweet jazz/funk from Deon Yates’ saxophone at Beyu Caffe.
Triangle Blues Society First Sunday Blues Jam/Road2Memphis Fundraiser – Sunday, 4-8pm – The recent winners of the 2017 Triangle Blues Society Road to Memphis (Frank Greathouse, Bull City Blues Band and Buddy Black) perform at The Blue Note Grill. If you love the blues, this is the show for you. Cover is $10 for non-TBS members, and all proceeds go towards helping the winners travel to Memphis.