Teen Meetup: Abstract Expressionism – Thursday, 5-7pm – Teens are invited to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to discuss abstract pieces contributed by artists of African descent within the exhibit “Solidary & Solitary.” This painting workshop is led by Durham artist Candy Carver. Space is limited; advance registration required.
Reception for Southern Insurrections – Thursday, 5-8pm – A reception featuring artist Phil Blank, whose works inspired by “Dixie Be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South” are on display at Horse & Buggy Press until March 31. The exhibit includes giclee prints and originals paying tribute to musician movements and lesser-known social and political movements such as the Prosser Rebellion. Phil will share some of his sketchbooks during the reception on Thursday.
Participating in Experience: Ethics and Essential Questions – Thursday, 7-8:30pm – In reflection of PARLIAMENT at Duke, a four-day performance piece created by Michael Kliën, a cross-disciplinary panel has been gathered to explore the dynamics of human interaction, defined by norms and social conventions. Duke faculty will offer insights from neuroscientific, cultural and philosophical perspectives in the lecture hall of Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
“The Phantom of The Opera” – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 1pm & 6:30pm – Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” returns to the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of its 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.
World Premiere: “THE_OPER&” – Thursday, 8pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 3pm & 8pm – The world premiere of “THE_OPER&” (pronounced “operand”) will take place this weekend at Duke‘s Rubenstein Arts Center. This new opera uses a high-drama framework to explore concepts of apocalypse, renewal and survival in the modern age and questions of the role of technology in either making or breaking our world.
The Pillowcase Project – Friday, 4-5pm – The Stanford L. Warren Branch Library hosts an American Red Cross presentation of emergency preparedness for third-fifth graders. Empower your child by increasing their awareness of natural hazards and emergency responses.
The 4 Korners – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – The 4 Korners, an original jazz fusion band presenting a sound they like to call “Journey Music,” perform at Beyù Caffè. The band has released two albums and, most recently, a single entitled “Phraseology” in 2017. They are known for their high energy level and unique sound.
Not-So-Scary Night Hike – Friday, 6:30pm – Head over to Leigh Farm Park with the whole family to learn more about the mysterious sounds you hear at night. The hike features a lesson and craft about nocturnal animals and insects and a flashlight-guided walk through the wilderness.
The Bipeds Season Launch Party – Friday, 7-10pm – Join members from the modern dance company The Bipeds as they celebrate the start of their 2018 season with a launch party. The event takes place at Shadowbox Studio, and the night will feature cocktails, live music, live T-shirt screenprinting and a premiere screening of The Bipeds’ film.
Superhot VR Tournament – Friday, 7-10pm – If technology is your thing, Augmentality Labs has the perfect event for you. Compete in a virtual reality tournament and battle your way to the top to win the prize of free VR time for you and a friend. Practice rounds are from 7-9pm, followed by the competition.
Alexa Rose – Friday, 8:30-11pm – Described as evoking the vocals of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsome while maintaining a brassy attitude, Rose displays her original sound with roots from mountain ballads to rock ‘n’ roll at The Bullpen.
Introduction Tai Chi – Saturday, 9:45-10:45am – Head to Southwest Regional Library to increase your peace of mind with 24 poses in one of three Tai Chi routines. No experience necessary.
Tennis Carnival – Saturday, 10am-noon – Bring the family out to Rock Quarry Park to participate in various tennis drills and compete for prizes. Durham Parks and Recreation sponsors this event to showcase the tennis programs its offers for people of all ages.
Holi 2018 – Saturday, noon-7pm – It’s that time of year! Celebrate Holi and the coming of spring with the community at Bull McCabes. Come get colorful and enjoy a DJ, food, kids’ activities and more.
Motorco Madness: A Benefit for E. K. Powe with The Beast – Saturday, 1:30pm – Benefiting the PTA of E. K. Powe Elementary School, Motorco plays host to this concert featuring Powe parents and alumni with a special appearance by Durham’s own The Beast. The Beast is known for its original mix of hip-hop, jazz and arts that it presents, combining song, dance and spoken word.
Celebrating Twenty Years of Quilting – Saturday, 4-6pm – Hayti Heritage Center hosts members of the African-American Quilt Circle, including longstanding members Marjorie Diggs Freeman, Jereann King Johnson and Sauda Zahra, as they discuss this group founded to preserve the heritage of quilting. Join the public discussion to learn about the history of the group, the different techniques members use and why quilting is so important to African-American life and politics.
Spring Egg Dive – Saturday, 5:30-7pm – Spring has nearly arrived, and with it, the Spring Egg Dive at Campus Hills Pool. Bring kids of all swim levels and ages to splash and swim for eggs, win prizes and take pictures with Mr. Bunny. Registration required.
LadyBits Open Mic – Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm – Eyes Up Here Comedy presents the Triangle’s first and only open mic for ladies with LadyBits Open Mic. Come to The Pinhook to share a laugh with female-identifying comics, or email in advance and bring a five-minute set to create some laughs yourself.
Laila Biali Tour – Saturday, 8pm – Host of CBS radio show “Saturday Night Jazz,” the singer-songwriter and pianist comes to Sharp Nine Gallery as a tour stop for her new, self-titled album, released in January. Laila’s signature style of melding jazz with contemporary pop has landed her several award nominations, including Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for studio recording “Tracing Light.” Laila has also headlined well-known venues spanning across five continents, including Carnegie Hall.
Southern Culture on the Skids – Saturday, 9pm – Formed right down the road in Chapel Hill in 1983, Southern Culture on the Skids pairs its traditional rock and roll gospel sound with some folk tunes on their newest album, “The Electric Pinecones.”
The Onyx Club Boys – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – The Bullpen hosts this acoustic string band that combines violin, guitar, upright bass and drums into their signature jazz and swing sound. The band just released a new album, “Million Color Vision,” in the fall, which features several originals paired with a few classics.
Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 2-3:30pm – The Regulator Bookshop hosts its first monthly cat adoption event since the book store has reopened under new ownership. Presented by The Animal Protection Society of Durham, volunteers set up with adoptable cats on the couches in the bookstore every second Sunday of each month.
Spring Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – Enjoy food trucks and live music by Durham-based Charles Latham & The Borrowed Band, and participate in a large puzzle project highlighting the diversity, culture and connections of our community, supplied for by the Art Therapy Institute of NC.
Daylight Snacking Time – Sunday, 6-7pm – Celebrate daylight savings time at Fullsteam Brewery with a special promotion: any core beer and bar snack for $10, including a pair of Fullsteam sunglasses.
Beer & Hymns – Sunday, 7:30-9:30pm – Jesse James DeConto of the band The Pinkerton Raid leads this community sing – not grounded in any particular spiritual background – at Fullsteam. This month’s sing benefits the sixth-grade students at Central Park School for Children, who are raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C.