Weekend at a Glance: Roast, Revolution and the Ruby

Weekend at a Glance: Roast, Revolution and the Ruby

Les Misérables continues its run at DPAC, Picnic celebrates its second year with – what else? – barbecue, the Rubenstein Arts Center opens its doors and much more!

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The epic and uplifting story of “Les Misérables” is on stage at DPAC through Sunday. Photo Matthew Murphy

Lagunitas Tap Takeover – Thursday, 5pm – Grab some Lagunitas beer and pie samples at The Pie Hole – try the Savory Pies & Pints special for $11.95, and take home some Lagunitas swag with a pint purchase.

‘Strong Island’ – Thursday, 7:30pm – Come to The Carolina Theatre for a Full Frame Winter Series showing of “Strong Island,” a film directed by Yance Ford that contains the moving and emotional story of Ford’s younger brother, William, who is fatally shot by a white assailant who goes undetected. The screening is free and open to the public, but reserve your ticket in advance.

Les Misérables – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday & Saturday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm; Sunday, 1pm & 6:30pm – Durham Performing Arts Center plays host to one of the world’s most celebrated musicals. Presented by Cameron Mackintosh, this new production is direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway and features new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Meant to capture the endurance of the human spirit, you’ll hear the people sing and be moved to join in their crusade!

MEETING – Thursday-Saturday, 8pm – Enjoy a riveting performance at the new Rubenstein Arts Center presented by Duke Performances this weekend. The show features 64 tiny robots — small rectangular machines holding sharpened pencils that they tap against the floor — encircling two dancers, clad simply in black and gray. Developed by those same dancers – Australian choreographer Anthony Hamilton and sound artist and dancer Alisdair Macindoe – these robots are controlled at random by a computer algorithm as they move to classic B-boy moves and contemporary dance.

TGIF Keg Release with Mystery Brewing – Friday, 5pm – End Friday on a high note by sampling new brews – including Six Impossible Things Chocolate Breakfast Stout, Hearts Desire, Passionfruit NEIPA, and Evangeline, Rye Saison – from Mystery Brewing Company at Pour Taproom.

Sensory Friendly Science: Frozen Over Friday – Friday, 5:30pm – The Museum of Life and Science offers a unique experience for families with sensory-processing challenges. Inside the main building, there will be two floors featuring a Frozen Over pop-up exhibit with an “ice” rink, hands-on activities and cool-down areas and visual supports. Members are free and non-members are $5. Tickets will only be available at the Admissions Desk during the event.

Hayti Heritage Center’s Annual Black History Month Exhibit Reception – Friday, 6pm – Check out unique oil, acrylic, charcoal and metal pieces and quilts from individual artists at this annual event organized by Durham artist Willie Bigelow. The reception is free and open to the public.

Aimee Mann – Friday, 8pm – The Carolina Theatre and NS2 welcome the rock singer-songwriter for a night filled with songs off her new album, Mental Illness.

Pinewood Derby – Saturday, 9am – Hundreds of Cub Scouts compete with their own wooden cars that they’ve specifically designed and built for this annual contest. The event will be held at Northgate Mall’s Center Court, and is free and open to the public.

Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast – Saturday, noon – It’s Picnic’s second birthday! Drive up Cole Mill Road and grab a bite to eat for a fun celebration. There will be barbecue sandwiches, Ponysaurus drafts, all-you-can-eat oysters (while supplies last), as well as free cake for all. Plus, special musical guests, Counterclockwise String Band!

The Patchwork Market – Saturday, noon – 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.

Grand Opening of the Ruby – Saturday, 1pm – Come celebrate the opening of the Rubenstein Arts Center across the street from Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Join in a brunch at the Nasher Museum Café, and visit the free Ruby hot chocolate bar at the museum’s Anderson Street entrance. Enjoy performances by local Durham bands, student art and dance groups, algorithm-driven instruments, and try 3D printing in the Ruby’s makerspace and workshops offered by Duke’s Dance Program.

Beer & Bread 301: Beginner Sourdough – Saturday, 5pm – Head on over to Ninth Street Bakery to explore the world of making bread. You will learn how to create and feed a starter, and work through the basic steps to bake pain au levain, a simple, naturally leavened bread that you can use as a template for other breads at home.

Salsa at Old Havana – Saturday, 7:30pm – Don’t miss out on Old Havana’s last Salsa Saturday this weekend. Dancers of all levels are welcome to enjoy a night out, move to some beats and enjoy some amazing food.

Christina Baker Kline – Sunday, 1pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes this New York Times-bestselling author for a reading and signing of her novel, “A Piece of the World,” which looks at the relationship between artist Andrew Wyeth and his paining “Christina’s World.” Also joining the discussion is Therese Anne Fowler, author of “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.”

Commissioning Mozart – Sunday, 3-5pm – Come to the NC HIP Music Festival’s opener at Baldwin Auditorium as the Mallarmé Chamber Players play classical music composed by the Mozart. Tickets are $25, or purchase a HIPSTER pass for $50 to enter all events.

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Ashley is an intern at Durham Magazine. She is currently a senior at UNC Chapel Hill and is working towards a degree in English.