Donald Rosenstein and Justin Yopp – Thursday, 7pm – Visit The Regulator Bookshop to hear from the co-authors of “The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life,” an inspirational book about seven fathers’ struggles after their wives passed away from cancer. These two UNC-Chapel Hill professors present a touching perspective on their research on grief.
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.
Tinker Tech: Thermal Reactions – Friday, 1-3pm – Take your kids to the Museum of Life and Science to experience thermodynamics in action. Use infrared cameras, liquid nitrogen and liquid crystal sheets in this hands-on family affair! Bring some of your experiments home to test thermodynamics wherever you go.
Artist Reception – Friday, 5-7pm – Join the Durham Arts Council for the first Third Friday Durham of the new year! Peruse exhibits in the Allenton Gallery, Semans Gallery, Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery and the Durham Art Guild’s SunTrust Gallery. Artists, including Owens Daniels, Antuco Chicaiza and Yholima Vargas-Pedroza, explore themes of social justice, poverty, cultural identity and diversity. Yholima will also perform at the Huepa Culture & Arts Institute.
Happy Hour – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Participate in Third Friday Durham at Vert & Vogue with Pierce Freelon. Enjoy free drinks with special guest Pierce, a professor, musician, former mayoral candidate and founder of Blackspace, as he shares his passion and vision for Durham!
Packaging Space – Friday, 6-9pm – This exhibit by Calvin Brett opens Friday at The Scrap Exchange and continues through Feb. 10. Its mission is to involve the community and create art from generally undervalued items. Enjoy light drinks and snacks at the opening reception, examine the reusability of objects, and make your own art in the Make N Take room.
DREAMers: a visual conversation about DACA, Deportation Defense, and the American Dream – Friday, 6-9pm – Visit Pleiades Arts for an artist reception of their DREAMers exhibit. Speakers include Alerta Migratoria NC and The NC Dream Coalition, and artists of the exhibit include Cornelio Campos, Manny Perez, Erick Saavedra and Michelle Valladarez. If you can’t make the reception, be sure to catch the exhibit, which remains open through Jan. 28.
Scrappy Hour – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm – Bring your favorite brew or bottle of wine to The Scrap Exchange and create a unique DIY project! Inspired by the concept of wine and design, Scrap Exchange instructors lead one-of-a-kind hands-on activities. Go solo or bring a friend to join in on the Third Friday Durham fun! Register before Friday to receive a $5 voucher to The Scrap Exchange stores.
Mark Meadows – Friday, 7 & 9pm – Head to Beyu Caffe for two performances by the jazz pianist, vocalist and composer and discover why the Washington City Paper named him both Artist and Composer of the Year.
‘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.
Jeremy Denk & Stefan Jackiw – Friday, 8pm – This Duke Performances program of “Ives Violin Sonatas” brings together the talents of pianist, writer and musical collaborator Denk and violinist Jackiw. They will perform the four violin sonatas of American composer Charles Ives in reverse order along with vocal quartet New York Polyphony (its members will sing the songs that appear as source materials in each of the sonatas) at Baldwin Auditorium.
Little Willie Farmer – Friday, 8:30-11pm – From performing in church to performing alongside Johnnie Billington and Bobby Rush, this blues singer has seen it all. Following concerts in Chicago and Memphis, he makes his first appearance in Durham at The Bullpen. Enjoy the country blues guitar and a brew – $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Nevernauts – Friday, 9pm – This group of artists and musicians is taking over The Pinhook for a night of “space-punk folk music.” The band’s style reflects their personal interests in science, art and theology. Check them out for a unique evening of creation and expression.
Pranayama and Singing Bowl Meditation Workshop – Saturday, 10:30am-noon – Calling all yogis! Expand your understanding of breathing and yoga with Dante Baker’s workshop at Living Arts Collective. Follow Dante into a meditation accompanied by traditional Tibetan and modern crystal singing bowls. Center yourself and clear any blockages you might be experiencing for a productive start to the new year!
Shaga Community Dance Class – Saturday, noon-2pm – Whether you’re a classical ballerina or a certified couch potato, there’s a place for you in ShaLeigh Comerford’s class. ShaLeigh, an Irish and Native American dancer and Artistic Director at ShaLeigh Dance Works, leads a “Movement into Creation” class at Living Arts Collective. Her style is inspired by the Israeli philosophy that movement is a form of healing. Class is priced on a sliding scale from $10-$25, and no participant will be excluded due to lack of funds.
Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing – Saturday, noon-10pm – Head to The Glass Jug Beer Lab for flights of beer with pairings of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies. Flight pairings are $13, and no advanced tickets are required. Just stop by when the nostalgia hits!
The Artist’s Role – Saturday, 8pm – The Preservatory Project, a branch of Urban Artistry, takes on the role of documenting and preserving the music and dance of marginalized communities. In its presentation of “The Artist’s Role” at The Vault, The Preservatory Project selects performers who are also considered historians and tradition bearers. These performers, including Phil Wiggins, Shana Tucker and Laura Windley, explore the roots of modern urban dance, jazz and blues.
Cool John Ferguson – Saturday, 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. His style reflects his Gullah heritage and the gospel music from his upbringing. For every draft pint purchased, The Bullpen donates $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support and sustain American roots musicians.
The Conjure – Saturday, 9pm – Celebrate black and brown femmes with artists Danni Cassette, Gemynii and FemitheFemme at The Pinhook. Enjoy tarot card readings, sage burnings and DJ sets for good vibes in the new year!
Vox Virorum Winter Concert – Sunday, 3-4pm – Directed by Jeremy Nabors, accompanied by Deborah Coclanis, and featuring guest soloist, Lesley Curtis, this winter performance at First Presbyterian Church explores the commonalities of musical expression across the globe with “The Universal Language of Arts”, featuring choral works in Latin, Italian, Korean, Russian and Arabic.
GOBSMACKED! – Sunday, 7pm – This exciting group of performers present what has been heralded as the world’s best a capella and beatboxing show. Fresh off a sold out series in London and Hong Kong, GOBSMACKED! brings its internationally acclaimed vocalists to the Durham Performing Arts Center. The group includes three-time undefeated UK Beatbox Champion and current World Team Champion BALL-ZEE.