Behind-the-Scenes Tour of The Scrap Exchange – Thursday, 11am-2pm – The Scrap Exchange will hold two behind-the-scenes tours that will last approximately 30 minutes. Each tour will begin near the greeters desk at the front entrance. Attendees also have the chance to learn about future plans to create a Reuse Arts District in the Lakewood Shopping Center.
The New Regulator Opens – Thursday, noon – The Regulator Bookshop will open under the new ownership of two long-time store employees, Elliot Berger and Wander Lorentz de Haas. The store will be closed for renovation from Sunday, March 4 through Tuesday, March 6.
The Phantom of The Opera – Thursday, 1pm and 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm & 6:30pm – Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera returns to DPAC as part of a new North American tour. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making it one of the largest productions of Phantom currently on tour.
Empty Bowls Fundraiser – Thursday, 5:30pm-7:30pm – Support Urban Ministries of Durham at the Durham Convention Center during its annual fundraiser. Guests will have the opportunity to sample soups prepared by local chefs and vote for their favorites, have the opportunity to take home hand-crafted bowls by local artist and artisans, enjoy music and learn more about Urban Ministries of Durham.
Michael JR – Thursday, 8pm – NS2 and The Carolina Theatre host the comedian, who has made numerous television appearances including on The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show and Oprah.
Alsarah & The Nubatones – Thursday, 8pm – Double refugee Alsarah – an ethnomusicologist and singer – brings her velvety voice and socially conscious lyrics to Motorco Music Hall in a Duke Performances concert alongside The Nubatones, composed of percussionist Rami El-Aasser, bassist Mawuena Kodjovi, oud player Brandon Terzic and background vocalist Nahid.
Tree Planting and Arbor Day Celebration – Friday, 10am-2pm – Celebrate Arbor day by planting trees in Durham Central Park with Keep Durham Beautiful, Trees Durham, Leaf & Limb, Durham Downtown Rotary Club and City of Durham Forestry. Also enjoy food trucks, forestry technology demonstrations and speeches by important delegates.
Anime-Magic: Film Series – Friday, 1pm-11:35pm; Saturday 12:20pm-10:55pm; Sunday 2:00pm-10:35pm – The Carolina Theatre kicks off the new month with an Anime-Magic film series featuring traditional anime films as well as animated classics from around the globe. Tickets are available at $9.50 per screening over the phone, online or at the box office. Ten-film passes are also available at the box office for $80.
The Rise and Fall of Liberty – Friday, 7pm – The Ruby, The new Rubenstein Arts Center on Duke Central Campus, screens the documentary film, which examines the ebb and flow of Liberty Warehouse’s 80-year lifespan, draws parallels with the evolution of downtown Durham, and reveals the interdependent relationship between the two. It also raises key questions about the tension between the drive for progress and the character of the city. A Q&A with director Carol Thomson and editor Jim Haverkamp will follow. Tickets are required and available for free online (one per person). If sold out, there will be stand-by line at the venue for attendees without ticket reservations.
Love + Science: Venue Showcase – Friday, 7pm-9pm – The Museum of Life and Science hosts this showcase of their venue, featuring menu samples, an open dance floor, complimentary bar service and more. Experience the services of photographers, florists, DJs, lighting companies, rental and décor companies and wedding planners.
Cara Hagan and Paideia – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – Durham Independent Dance Artists presents its first split bill: Cara Hagan, a Boone-based dance artist who explores the relationship between the human body and the soil, and Paideia, a collective of interdisciplinary practitioners exploring ritual healing through intentional improvisation, at Threehouse Studios.
The Nee Ningy Band – Friday, 8:30pm – The Nee Ningy Band is known for their “world” music that seemingly combines every sound and instrument on Earth except for guitars. They were very popular on the festival scene in the late ’70s and ’80s, and will bring their unique sound live on stage at The Bullpen as they celebrate the release of their 2017 album, The Parlour Sessions. A portion of each tab will go to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Blue Blood Rivalry Charity 5K – Saturday, 8:30am-11:30am – Whether you bleed Carolina blue or Duke blue, declare your allegiance at this charity race which begins at American Tobacco Campus. Participants will receive a free race shirt in Duke blue, Carolina blue or white and red for the “Party Crashers” and run, walk or even dribble the 5K course. BlueBlood Swag has partnered with Durham County Special Olympics and Duke Children’s and will donate 100% of gross profits to both of these charities. Bring your 5K bib to enter the post race Blue Blood Rivalry Beer Garden to receive 10-15% off of your purchases, including Blue Blood Rivalry Ale.
Durham Bulls Fan Fest – Saturday, 11am-2pm – Kicking off the 2018 campaign at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Durham Bulls host this day for fans, who can take batting practice on the field, enjoy a tour of Bull Durham Brewing Co., take photos with the 2017 Triple-A National Championship and Governor’s Cup trophies and purchase single-game tickets for the 2018 season. Additionally, auditions to sing the National Anthem will begin at 8am.
Billy Price Band – Saturday, noon-4pm – The Blue Note Grill hosts Billy Price – former vocalist with guitarist Roy Buchanan who was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legend in 2016 – and his band.
Patchwork Market – Saturday, noon-4pm – 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.
From Slavery to Civil Rights: Music with Mary D. Williams – Saturday, 1pm – Join the gospel singer and historian at the Historic Stagville State Historic Site for a presentation of African-American music, from spirituals and work songs of slavery to protest songs of the Civil Rights Movement. She will pair her a capella performance with explanations of the history and traditions of the music. The event is free, but seating is limited.
Women Supporting Women: Media Edition – Saturday, 3:30pm-5:30pm – #IAMIMPORTANT is partners with She Was Made for a free live panel discussion at the South Regional Library about trailblazing women across television, radio, digital and entrepreneurship. After the show, guests will have the opportunity to meet with panelists in small groups over tea and treats. Registration is recommended as seating is limited.
Belly Up! UNC vs Duke – Saturday, 7:30pm-11pm – Cheer on your favorite team with The Cookery and enjoy food, beer, wine and cocktails. Feast on a sandwich from Sympathy for the Deli during the game, cheer on your team with a foam hand from Bull City Foam Hands, stay caffeinated with free coffee from Joe Van Gogh, and finish off with a dessert from The Secret Baker.
Lockdown – Saturday, 8:30pm-11pm – The band brings their combination of high-energy blues and Durham soul to a live show at The Bullpen. A portion of every tab at The Bullpen is donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation, to support American roots music and artists.
Free Film: Medora – Sunday, 1:30pm-2:40pm – The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presents this film in conjunction with the exhibition “Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger.” The film centers on a beloved high school basketball team in Indiana that can no longer win a single game.
Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore – Sunday, 4pm – Vocalist and Grammy Award winner Mollie O’Brien along with guitarist Roy Moore perform at the Five Oaks Clubhouse. For more than 30 years, they have partnered to explore the vast range of American Roots Music.
Lobby Call: O Moldy Night – Sunday, 5pm-7pm – The Durham Hotel presents an exhibition of contemporary molded foods crafted by award-winning chefs, sculptors, ceramicists, bakers, chocolatiers, home cooks, grandmothers, neighbors and more. The exhibition features molds by The Lakewood, Escazú, The Pig, Panciuto, Neal’s Deli, music by Night Beast and merchandise by Parker & Otis. At 6:30, MC (Master of Congeals) Trevor Schoonmaker (chief curator at the Nasher Museum) will make a presentation followed by awarding of The Shimmys (selected by a panel of judges). Then folks can sample the molds.
TEDxDuke 2018 – Sunday, 5pm-7pm –TEDxDuke is a student-run event that brings people together with the aim of sharing ideas worth spreading. TEDxDuke will host a variety of speakers from Duke students and faculty to alumni and local community members.