Solidary & Solitary – Thursday, 10am – Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presents its newest exhibition that illustrates the contribution that artists of African descent have made to the evolution of abstract art from 1940s to the present. Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection is the first large-scale public exhibition to bring together a lineage of visionary black artists, featuring Norman Lewis, Theaster Gates and Lorna Simpson, among others. Admission the exhibit is free all day on Thursdays. The exhibit runs through July 15.
Storytelling in the Gallery: Courtside – Thursday, 6-7pm – Come out to Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for a storytelling hour inspired by images from the exhibition Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger, featuring staff from Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. The panel will use prose, poetry and audio to tell stories about basketball and its importance to communities around the world.
The Science of Wine – Thursday, 6:30pm – Come taste and learn all about wine at the Museum of Life and Science. Local wine sellers, cheese makers and chocolatiers share samples with wine connoisseurs while researchers reveal how soil and sun affect the color and flavor of your favorite vintages and varieties. And don’t miss the VIP workshop with Wine Authorities’ Craig Heffley.
‘Pride and Prometheus’ Book Signing – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Raleigh author and NC State professor John Kessel for a reading and signing of his newest book, “Pride and Prometheus.”
Home Is Where The Heart Is: A Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity – Thursday, 7-10pm – Smashing Boxes and The Carrack Modern Art partner with Habitat for Humanity of Durham to raise $80,000 to fund the construction of a home downtown. Join them for an evening of art and entertainment at The Rickhouse, including a silent auction featuring works from local artists.
Nevermore Horror and Gothic Film Festival – Thursday–Sunday – This film festival, held at The Carolina Theatre, is sure to shock and horrify all fans of the genre. Founded in 1999, the event showcases films varying from narrative features to shorts across the spectrum of horror, science fiction, mystery, thriller and action adventure. If you’re looking to get scared, this is a weekend you won’t want to miss.
Stagville Under the Stars – Friday, 6-8pm – An event great for families and children with African folktales, science and stargazing at Stagville State Historic Site! Meet at the Visitor Center to hear stories and science lessons, then head outside to look at the night sky through telescopes set up by the Morehead Planetarium.
Off the Clock: A Retirement Party for John and Tom – Friday, 7pm Celebrate longtime Regulator Bookshop owners John’s and Tom’s upcoming retirement. After a combined total of 80 years creating and maintaining one of Durham’s premier cultural institutions, the co-owners are turning the reins over to employees Wander and Elliot. Honor their great contributions to our community with food, a cash bar and good fellowship. The bookstore’s capacity is limited, so reserve your free tickets now.
Terence Young – Friday, 7pm – One of the most talented and electrifying lead guitarists in the world, Terence has released 10 CDs to date, ranging from smooth jazz and R&B, to gospel, Christmas, instrumental rock and his original guitar compositions. Terence has shared the stage with countless renowned recording artists, including The Temptations, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, BabyFace, Charlie Wilson, Envogue, Morris Day and the Time and more. Catch him tonight at Beyu Caffe.
Midtown Dickens – Friday, 8pm – Benefiting Durham For All, this concert also features DUNUMS – a music, multimedia and collaborative performance project led by Sijal Nasralla since 2009 – and one of Durham’s longest running bands, the Wigg Report – bike-riding purveyors of lo-fi, DIY acoustic punk rock – joined by Durham singer-songwriter Charles Latham on bass.
Fresh Docs: ‘In That Valley of Gold’ – Friday, 7pm – The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund present a free screening of “In That Valley of Gold,” part of the Cumberland Folklife documentary series. The film features a pair of elderly sisters in Tennessee as they reflect upon their family’s legacy of music and moonshine as their descendants confront the reality of mortality and disappearing traditions. The screening at Full Frame Theater is part of a monthly series meant to give local filmmakers an opportunity to show their work.
Musique de la Rue – Friday, 7:30pm – Forgotten Clefs performs this program featuring popular Renaissance tunes and their polyphonic settings on shawms, dulcians, recorders, sackbuts, bagpipes and percussion. Hear the ‘platinum’ hits of late medieval and renaissance Northern Europe at St Paul’s Lutheran Church.
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm – Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Durham Performing Arts Center. This premiere performance will take you back in time with a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles.
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana – Friday, 8pm and Saturday 2pm and 8pm – This event is bringing the pride, passion and power of flamenco back to Durham, with three performances at Motorco Music Hall. Experience the dazzling footwork, sensual lyricism and intricate rhythms of this critically acclaimed company of world-renowned dancers and musicians from Spain and the U.S. in an intimate tablao (cafe-style) setting.
Cool John Ferguson – Friday, 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.
Florence Forth Course Preview – Saturday, 8am – A casual, guided preview of the Florence Forth Road Race 5K and 10K courses. Meet in the Ninth Street parking lot across from The Regulator Bookshop and kick things off with an active warm up lead by the Balanced Movement team. Then tour the race courses, finishing back at the parking lot. Runners of all paces and abilities are welcome.
Postcard Tour with John Schelp – Saturday, 1pm – You already saw John Schelp‘s personal collection of more than 100 vintage Durham postcards earlier this month. Now come out to Horse & Buggy Press – And Friends as he leads a guided talk about the collection, shares some local history and answers questions along the way.
Women of Durham – Saturday, 2-4pm – Celebrate women in the Bull City with an afternoon at the NCCU School of Law featuring inspiring stories from Vernetta Alston, City Council member; Dr. Oluwadamilola Fayanju, an assistant professor in the Duke Department of Surgery; and Deria Hayes, interim director at the NCCU School of Law. A free event, donations are accepted to support host StongHER TogetHER, a new, Durham-based nonprofit teaching girls to stick together, no matter how different they are.
Jennifer Vanilla, Hannah Hiaasen – Saturday, 6:30pm – Come out to The Pinhook to see this duo in action. Jennifer Vanilla offers comedic, motivational live performances, while Hannah Hiassen is an interdisciplinary artist.
Feed the Need 110 Gala – Saturday, 7pm – This black tie-optional event, held at 21c Museum Hotel, will benefit Meals on Wheels Durham and is sponsored by Ellis Family Law and CQC Home. Bid during a live auction and enjoy food and drink provided by the hotel’s restaurant, Counting House. ABC11 Evening News Anchor Steve Daniels will host the night, and Mint Julep Jazz Band will perform.
Duke University Wind Symphony: A Grand Night – Saturday, 8pm – Featuring Duke University Wind Symphony alumnus DeShaun Gordon-King on flute and a world premiere by Duke graduate composer Yahn Wagner. The Duke University Wind Symphony is directed by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant.
Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Get ready for a night of old-school blues provided by Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers at The Bullpen. In their own words, the Statesville natives call their music, “sweaty, gritty blues and boogie – better than a buttered biscuit!” As always, $1 of every draft pint sold will benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Tools of Our Freedom – Sunday, 2-5pm – Black Cotton brings back its brunch series with this Black History Month-themed event, which will feature shirts, a gallery walk and short performances at Beyu Caffe.
NC HIP Music Festival Finale – Sunday, 5:15pm – The fourth annual NC HIP Music Festival celebrates local classical artists in a month-long concert series, and it is coming to a close this Sunday with a free finale concert. Come out to Duke Chapel and witness the choir, conducted by Philip Cave, perform music by Bach.