IMAGO – Thursday-Saturday, 8pm – Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) co-founder Nicola Bullock presents a performance that explores the intersection of dreams, reality, truth and illusion. She draws on Greek mythology, Impressionist paintings and Golden-Era movies to explore social constructs of femininity, aging and desire. After living in Berlin for a year, Nicola returns to her native Durham to share this piece at the Durham Fruit & Produce Co.
Dan Heath – Thursday, 7pm – The bestselling author, creator of “The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact,” signs copies of and reads from his book, which explores why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work, at The Regulator Bookshop.
Travis Tritt – Thursday, 8pm – Country fans, catch the Grammy-winning artist live at The Carolina Theatre.
Eyes Up Here Showcase – Thursday, 8:30pm – Come laugh with some of North Carolina’s funniest women including Mary Kate Morookian, Brett Williams, Kathleen McDonald, Lauren Faber
and more at The Pinhook.
‘The Mound Builders’ by Lanford Wilson – Friday & 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.
Fitness Explosion – Friday, 6-8pm – Get fit fast with 15 minute express classes held at the I.R. Holmes, Sr. Recreation Center. The classes include Zumba, yoga and many more.
Mballa Album Release Show – Friday, 9pm – Hear the sounds of what the singer describes as “Tribal Trap” – a mix of hard-hitting, “masculine” beats with R&B influence and African and Caribbean inflections – as she performs her new album, “Never Leave Quietly,” at Motorco Music Hall with artists ZenSoFly, Hasina, Cyanca, Ebz The Artist and A. Yoni J.
Harvey Dalton Arnold – Friday, 8:30-11pm – 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. $1 of every draft pint goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation and their mission to support and sustain traditional American roots musicians.
Wedding Budget Boot Camp – Saturday, 10am-4pm – Learn how to budget yourself while planning your wedding at the King’s Daughters Inn. Hear from wedding professionals such as Profound Elegance RCS and Toast It Up Bartending Service. This will probably be the only thing about your wedding that will be free.
MLK: Remembering the Legacy through the Arts – Saturday, 2-5pm – Join Durham Parks and Recreation in celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with activities such as art and crafts, music, food vendors and much more. This event is free and open to the public at the W.D. Hill Recreation Center.
Stacy Lynn Waddell – Saturday, 2-3pm – What do contemporary artists and 17th century artists have in common? Stacy Lynn Waddell discusses what connects and what doesn’t at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Durham Mardi Gras Red Hot Kickoff Party – Saturday, 7:30pm – Kick off Mardi Gras early with Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos as well as the Bulltown Strutters. Come early and get a dance lesson at The Blue Note Grill.
Rowdy Square Dance with the Five Point Rounders – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Grab your favorite dancing partner and head down to The Bullpen for a crazy fun dance party. Dance lessons will be provided.
Art of Noise Durham Dance Party – Saturday, 9pm – DJ Lonnie B and Mad Skillz bring the noise at Motorco Music Hall – this is a dance party complete with food and drinks – make sure you show up in comfortable clothes!
Exhibition Closing: Medici’s Painter – Sunday, 10am-7pm – Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University closes its exhibit – the first of its kind in the United States – dedicated to the works of Carlo Dolci, an important 17th-century Italian painter of the powerful Medici family. A devout Catholic, Dolci chose religious subjects most often in his work, and the exhibition – with major loans from the Louvre in Paris, Uffizi Gallery in Florence and private Italian collections – features 30 paintings and works on paper, including a rare 17th-century Florentine still-life painting.
DIY Terrariums with Upcycling Glassware – Sunday, noon-1:30pm – Create a one-of-a-kind gift that grows as Aisha Sanders of Urbane Terrain teaches a class at The Scrap Exchange on what to do with unused glass items that you might have around your house.
Sausagefest – Sunday, noon-4pm – Your refrigerator is calling for your favorite locally made sausage. Many different restaurants around Durham are participating, offering up their unique sausages for purchase at The Rickhouse. Proceeds from the event benefit Life Skills Foundation, helping Durham’s at-risk youth.
Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – Get your inner-foodie going! Dozens of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks are gathering in Durham Central Park for the first of five food truck rodeos that will be held in 2018. Fun and great food for the whole family.
APS Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 2-3:30pm – The Animal Protection Society of Durham holds its monthly cat adoption event at The Regulator Bookshop. Come hang out with all these furry felines and hopefully find a forever friend to adopt.
20th Century Masters – Sunday, 3pm – The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle honors 20th century masters such as Schoenberg and Copeland at The Carolina Theatre.
Burk Uzzle – Sunday, 3-4pm – The youngest photographer ever hired by Life magazine gives a talk and demonstration on light, shadow and composition – issues that tested Old Master painters like Carlo Dolci, who influenced many generations of artists – at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. This talk is free and open to all, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council.
Duke MLK Celebration – Sunday, 3pm – Powerful talks about progress through protest. This year’s keynote speaker will be Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The theme for the day is “King to Kaepernick – Progress through Protest.” Come out to Duke Chapel and spend a day learning how protest has shaped our nation.
Turn Up, Turn Out: A Launch Party – Sunday, 6-9pm – Are you passionate about politics? Motorco hosts FLIP NC’s launch party to begin the campaign to break the GOP supermajority in this election year. The featured guest speaker is Kathryn Sorenson. The event is free, but an RSVP is encouraged.
Celebrating the Power of Children – Monday, 10am-1pm – Honor young people in the Civil Rights movement on Martin Luther King Jr Day in Durham Central Park. The event is hosted by MomsRising.com and Northgate Mall.
Dream Big Book Drive – Monday, 1-4pm – Honor Dr. King’s legacy by promoting children’s literacy with a book drive in Durham Central Park. If books aren’t your thing and you’re more interested in the music, Batala Durham and NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform. Don’t miss appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog and Wool E. Bull. Admission is free and open to the public.