Triangle Restaurant Week – Thursday-Sunday – Celebrating the outstanding culinary experiences in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, participating restaurants offer fixed-price, three-course menus for dinner, and sometimes for lunch as well. Take advantage of this bi-annual opportunity to sample the incredible tastes the Triangle has to offer.
The Monti StorySLAM – Thursday, 6:30pm – Have a secret you’re itching to tell? At The Monti StorySLAM, hosted at Motorco Music Hall, eight people are randomly chosen to tell their stories that fall under the theme “secrets.” Each story is five minutes long; one winner is declared at the end of the night.
Daniel Raimi – Thursday, 7pm – Stop by The Regulator Bookshop to hear the author of “The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution,” talk about fracking in the United States. By highlighting both positive and negative stories from real people and communities, Daniel begins to answer the question: What are the true costs and effects of fracking?
Take Me to the River: Memphis Soul & R&B Revue – Thursday, 8pm – The Carolina Theatre collaborates with Duke Performances to present the sounds of Memphis from musicians William Bell, Bobby Rush and Don Bryant. This group has accumulated Grammys, a SXSW Film Festival Audience Award, multiple acclaimed albums, and hits for the likes of Tina Turner, Otis Redding and Al Green. Their excellence in soul music promises a toe-tapping good time.
“The Miraculous and the Mundane” – Thursday-Saturday, 8:15pm; Sunday, 2pm – Looking for an evening of funny and deeply moving theater by one of Durham’s top playwrights? “The Miraculous and the Mundane,” a story written by Howard Craft and directed by Joseph Megel about how members of an African-American family in Durham find their lives turned upside down when the patriarch falls ill and ties of kinship start to fray, has returned for its first full production run at Manbites Dog Theater.
Vintage Pop-Up Shop – Friday and Saturday, 11am; Sunday, 1pm – Fifi+Francois Vintage are the featured vendor this year at Indio‘s annual event. They’ll have free wine and good music as well as more than 100 one-of-a-kind garments, shoes and jewelry for sale.
Weldwerks – Friday, noon – For the NC Rare and Vintage Beer Tasting, Weldwerks Brewing Company out of Colorado has sent beer to Durham and Chapel Hill for a limited time. Stop by The Glass Jug Beer Lab to taste a beer that is only ever found in Colorado.
Courtside: Exhibition Opening and Gallery Talk – Friday, 6pm – Join Durham artist Bill Bamberger and Duke undergraduate students for a talk about Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger. The Duke students co-curated the exhibition through a Curatorial Practicum class taught at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Shaga – Friday, 6pm – Join Shaleigh Comerford for her monthly accessible, empowering and fun practice at Global Breath Studio. With intentions of expanding movement and increasing awareness of one’s self, this class is a fun way to relax and re-center.
‘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.
Sarah Plum – Friday, 8pm – The Juilliard graduate has been lauded as one of the most innovative musical minds as she combines music of the past with music of our own time. This concert features works composed by Duke graduate composer Sid Richardson, alumni Christopher Adler and Sidney Boquiren, and Sidney Corbett.
Dr. Bacon – Friday, 8:30pm – Head to The Bullpen and dance all night to Asheville’s “Appalachian funk-rock” band. Featuring many instruments, from guitar to saxophone to kazoo, the group is sure to provide a night full of dancing and fun. For every draft pint purchased, The Bullpen donates $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support and sustain American roots musicians.
PlayPlay EP Release Party – Friday, 10pm – Stop by The Pinhook to celebrate the release of local DJ and producer PlayPlay’s debut EP, It’s Only 3am, on Knightwerk Records. Durham’s Party Illegal, of which PlayPlay is a founding member, hosts the party. The lineup includes PlayPlay and other founding members, Queen Plz and Treee City, as well as special guest ZenSoFly.
Seed Swap – Saturday, noon – Get a head start on this year’s garden during this National Seed Swap Day shindig at Bull City Ciderworks. Bring your extra seeds & swap them with other local gardeners. Find something new to try in 2018, share your experiences and pick the brains of your green-thumbed neighbors.
Serve Pasta Like An Italian – Saturday, 1pm – Stop by Melina’s Fresh Pasta for a free demonstration on how to serve pasta like an Italian. The event is free and as a bonus, you get to taste some of the delicious pasta.
Artist Reception for Sentience: Works by Adam Cohen – Saturday, 2pm – The National Humanities Center will host a reception for Adam Cohen, the Raleigh artist of Sentience, which is on display at until May 25. Sentience invites the viewer to recognize emotional connections to others through visual depictions that “stretch the truth.”
Good Food Awards Mini-Market – Saturday, 2pm – Fullsteam Brewery won three Good Food Awards this weekend – one for each of the three beers it submitted. In celebration of their sweep, Fullsteam hosts more than a dozen Good Food Award winners, past and present, at a mini-marketplace.
NC Rare and Vintage Beer Tasting – Saturday, 3-6pm – Stop by the Durham Athletic Park for the seventh annual event, both a beer-tasting extravaganza and a fundraiser and awareness campaign for Pints for Prostates. Beers are poured by 55-60 different brewery representatives in an intimate environment, allowing attendants the opportunity to learn what makes these beers special. Participating breweries bring between one and four beers each, in varying styles, leading to a smorgasbord that is sure to please every kind of beer connoisseur.
Duke String School Faculty Recital – Saturday, 4pm – Duke String School faculty members perform Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” in the Nelson Music Room as a fundraiser for the Dorothy Kitchen Scholarship Fund, a scholarship that helps families in the community who would otherwise be unable to participate in the Duke String School.
James Joyce Irish Pub 20th Anniversary – Saturday, 6pm – It’s been 20 years since the first Guinness was poured at the James Joyce Irish Pub, and they want you to be a part of the celebration! The pub will have music and fun all weekend in addition to Saturday’s main party.
Hearts for Hemophilia – Saturday, 6:30pm – For a night of festivities, friends and fundraising head to the Durham Convention Center for its annual “Hearts for Hemophilia” Casino night. Tickets to the black-tie-optional event are $100 per person and will benefit Hemophilia of North Carolina.
Elijah Bland: Soul Vocals – Saturday, 7pm – The multi-platform, R&B and soul artist performs at Beyu Caffe. In his quest for artistic excellence, he strives to deliver a persistent message of passion, purpose, faith and love.
Jonathan Bagg and Emely Phelps – Saturday, 8pm – Head to the Baldwin Auditorium for a night of piano and viola featuring Mark Kuss’s “Variations on My Favorite Things,” Lera Auerbach’s “Arcanum, Sonata for Viola and Piano” and more.
The Second City – Saturday, 8pm – Join The Second City in celebrating nearly 60 years of producing comedy with their latest sketch comedy and improv revue “Look Both Ways Before Talking” at The Carolina Theatre, featuring the BlueCo, specifically: Adam Archer, Danny Catlow, Alison Gates, Eve Krueger, Greg Ott and Lauren Walker as they put their signature spin on the things you wish you could bring up in mixed company.
Metal Pole Mayhem – Saturday, 9pm – For the third year in a row, Motorco Music Hall hosts pole dancers, aerial acts and burlesque performers. The theme this year is Grlz Rock, and the performances will all be set to your favorite girl rocker songs, so join in on what will surely be an empowering night.
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen – Saturday, 8:30pm – Help welcome back the unofficially crowned “Queen of The Bullpen” on Saturday as Pat Cohen puts on what is likely to be the best blues party in Durham, at least for the night! Remember, for every draft pint purchased, The Bullpen donates $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support and sustain American roots musicians.
Seed Swap – Sunday, 2pm – If you have any leftover or extra seeds from this year’s garden, head over to the Cafe in the Durham Co-op to swap for something new! All types of seeds are welcome, and if you don’t have any seeds to swap, there will be some available for purchase.
Natural Horn Recital – Sunday, 3pm – Whether you’re an experienced horn player or just a music lover, anyone will enjoy this concert at the Baldwin Auditorium featuring horn players Rachel Niketopoulos and Chris Caudill of the North Carolina Symphony, Vonda Darr on harp and Jacqueline Nappi on piano.
Movies by Movers – Sunday, 3pm – American Dance Festival‘s Movies by Movers at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is a celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera. The festival encourages submissions from artists of every background and skill level and will feature four films.