Meet the Keepers – Thursday, 1:30-3pm – Meet the keepers of the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden at Sarah P. Duke Gardens; this day, curator and horticulturist Jason Holmes explores facts about plants and gardening
Career Design – Thursday, 5-7pm – The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University invites teens to this event in which local artists, designers and entrepreneurs will be present to talk to participants about pursuing creative career paths.
Art Reception – Thursday, 5-8pm – Horse & Buggy Press and Friends celebrates the beauty of nature with an exhibit of drawings, photography and pottery that runs through May 30. Preston Montague’s Codex Carolinum, a 26-piece illustration series of finely detailed botanical original works, prints and cards, encourages natural science literacy and includes plants native to North Carolina. Wildlife photographer Ricky Davis will also be featured as he shares what he has captured from his travels across N.C. that no casual observer can find. Potter Liz Kelly’s decorative and intricate handmade wares featuring floral designs will also be on display. The Durham Street Piano Player will provide music for the event.
Afterhours: ’80s Night – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – The Museum of Life and Science takes it back for a 21 and older after-hours throwback party! Break out those clothes at the back of your closets and show your true ’80s style! Cosplayers, food trucks and ’80s trivia round out this night of true ’80s entertainment.
Poetry Readings – Thursday, 6:30pm – Michael Chitwood and Michael McFee, authors and professors at UNC-Chapel Hill, read from their newly published works at The Regulator Bookshop.
Spring Lawn Care Workshop – Thursday, 6:30-8pm – At Sarah P. Duke Gardens, learn from master gardener Gene Carlone about turf alternatives and maintenance strategies that can help lawns survive through our harsh summer conditions and into autumn.
War & Treaty – Thursday, 7pm – Stop by Motorco Music Hall to see the couple perform their blend of roots music, bluegrass, folk, gospel and soul alongside their Chapel Hill-based opener, Blue Cactus.
Theresa Caputo – Thursday, 7:30pm – DPAC hosts the star of the hit TV show “Long Island Medium.” Theresa will speak about her life and experiences as a medium and perform readings for select audience members.
Titus Andronicus – Thursday, 8pm – Punk rockers Titus Andronicus and opener Rick Maguire, of the band Pile, visit The Pinhook on Thursday night.
DPS Art Exhibit Opening – Friday, 8am – Artwork by Durham Public Schools middle and high school students will be on display at Northgate Mall starting this Friday and will last through the end of the month. Organized by the DPS K-12 arts education director and art teachers, the display will feature art panels with drawings, paintings, pastels, prints, collages, photographs and other medium from art projects completed during the 2017-2018 academic year for each school.
NC Science Festival – Friday-Sunday – The annual NC Science Festival features events all over the state, many of which take place in Durham. Check out Discovery Day at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, a panel discussion about climate change at the Durham County Library, a star show at Old North Durham Park and more! See website for details and full list of events.
The Wine Feed Grand Opening – Friday-Sunday – Celebrate the opening of this new wine store on Roxboro Street. Join in any of the free events, which include wine tastings, sommelier-led classes and movie screenings. Live music performances and food trucks will also be present!
MFA Exhibition and Reception – Friday, 5:30pm – Students from Duke’s Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental Documentary Studies showcase their thesis films throughout the months of March and April. This weekend, come to Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center to see Laurids Andersen Sonne’s “Man From Iota” and stick around for the artist’s reception.
Durty Dub – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – Stop by Beyú Caffé to see Dirty Dub work musical improvisation and DJing into his lively set. Joined by local guest Phil Cook, this show will have you up and dancing!
ChoreoLab 2018 – Friday, 7:30pm – ChoreoLab, Duke Dance Program’s spring concert, will be held at Reynolds Industries Theater and feature ballet, modern, African dance and dance theater works by Duke faculty Julie Janus Walters, Barbara Dickinson, Ava LaVonne Vinesett, Thomas F. DeFrantz, advanced students and alumni. This year’s performance is dedicated to retiring professor Barbara Dickinson and will feature dance alumna Monica Hogan Thysell, as well as original choreography by current Duke students.
Album Release Show – Friday, 8pm – Hip-hop artists Jooselord Magnus and 3AM host a joint album release show at Motoco Music Hall with openers and guests Brassiousmonk, Snyp Luciano, Konvo the Mutant and Brill.
Nap Eyes – Friday, 8pm – Novia Scotia-based indie rockers will play with openers She-Devils and Al Riggs at The Pinhook.
Ruddigore – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 7pm; and Sunday, 2pm – Local theater troupe The Durham Savoyards put on Gilbert & Sullivan’s spookiest comic operetta Ruddigore (The Witch’s Curse), all weekend long at The Carolina Theatre. The story features the world’s most hilariously inept supervillain and his dysfunctional family of ghostly ancestors; powerful men and the women they’ve wronged, and how only true love can break the curse; and some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s catchiest music accompanied by the award-winning Durham Savoy Opera Orchestra.
John Dee Holeman with Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos – Friday, 8:30-11pm – The Piedmont blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, and a locally known buckdancer in his earlier years, is joined by NC-based Zydeco/Cajun flavored blues band featuring Mel Melton, Max Drake, T.A. James and Kelly Pace. For every draft pint purchased, The Bullpen donates $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support and sustain American roots musicians.
Open Car Show – Saturday, 9am-2pm – Cars of all makes and models are welcome to The Streets at Southpoint for this car show to benefit Durham Habitat for Humanity. Winners in the categories best of show and best of class will receive cash prizes and trophies.
Bull City Madness – Saturday, 9am-6:30pm – Love basketball? You won’t want to miss Durham’s inaugural 3v3 basketball tournament sponsored by DurhamCares. Lace up your shoes and have fun playing ball in your city. All proceeds will go to DurhamCares and other Durham nonprofits.
Slow Art Tour – Saturday, 11am-noon – Prefer to move at a slower pace while viewing art? Stop by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke Univeristy for their slow art tour. Participants will look at one artwork – “Three Female Saints: Clare, the Virgin Mary, and Barbara” – with gallery guide Ruth Caccavale.
Mushroom Workshop – Saturday, noon-1pm – Ever wanted to learn to grow mushrooms at home? At this workshop at SEEDS Educational Garden, participants will leave with their own mushroom log and loads of information about how to continue growing in the future.
Pints for Paws Craft Beverage Festival – Saturday, noon-4pm – Bring your pals and pets to Northgate Mall for this event featuring local craft beverages from all across Durham – beer, liquor, energy drinks, mead, cider and more! – plus live music by The Rusted Rails, food trucks, a fun scavenger hunt, agility course, games and more. All proceeds benefit the Animal Protection Society of Durham.
Satellite Park – Saturday, 1-4pm – For the second year of the Mural Durham Festival, come to the Duke Arts Annex to watch eight artists transform defunct satellites into beautiful murals. Participants can also enjoy live performances from Duke students, food trucks, music and the opportunity to screen print their own tote bag to take home.
Paella Party – Saturday, 4pm – Motorco’s Parts & Labor hosts a paella party plus drink specials including beer from Foothills, and some great music from Shakori Hills Vinyl Lounge. Spring Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance folks will be on hand to get everyone ready for the upcoming festival.
The Queen’s Guard – Saturday, 7pm and 9pm – Charlotte-based R&B and funk band play two sets at Beyú Caffé.
Donn Young – Saturday, 7:30pm – Stop by Pleiades Gallery to hear the former New Orleans-based photographer and journalist speak about his experiences as an artist during Hurricane Katrina.
Quatuor Danel – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances hosts the string quartet at Baldwin Auditorium as part of their Essential Classics series. The program focuses on Russian masters, Alexander Borodin, Mieczysław Weinberg and Shostakovich.
Cool John Ferguson – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – 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.
Patchwork Market – Sunday, noon-5pm – More than 60 Local makers and vintage vendors come together to create a unique shopping experience with a diverse selection of high-quality and original goods at the Durham Armory. 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.
Pinwheels Family Fun Day – Sunday, noon-6pm – Celebrate the spring season at the Family Exchange Center during the fifth annual Pinwheels Family Fun Day. This event features go karts, roller skating, mini-golf and more!
KonMari Workshop – Sunday, 2-3:30pm – Get a head start on your spring cleaning with Holly Bourne at The Regulator Bookshop. Holly will help participants use the KonMari method, made famous by the bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” to declutter their lives and homes.
Adult Workshop: Gardening for Bees – Sunday, 2-4pm – Interested in gardening and local horticulture? Stop by the Museum of Life and Science for a workshop on planting a garden perfect for bees and local pollinators. Attendees will leave with a set of plant starts.
Durham Community Concert Band – Sunday, 3pm – The NC School of Science and Mathematics hosts the Durham Community Concert Band for its 35th anniversary concert.
Not Your Grandma’s Pressure Cooker – Sunday, 3-4:30pm – Join Durham-based cookbook author and recipe developer Kathy Hester for an informative afternoon at the North Regional Library. Participants can expect to learn all about how to make easy, healthy meals with their pressure cookers from a true expert!