2018 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship – Thursday – Sunday – The 2018 Championship will be hosted by Duke Athletics at Koskinen Stadium on the campus of Duke University. Teams from around the ACC will compete, and one team will ultimately raise the ACC Championship Trophy on Sunday. This is a family-friendly opportunity to see some of the best lacrosse in the country!
NCCU 28th Annual Jazz Festival – Thursday–Saturday – For the 28th year in a row, this weeklong series of events for jazz enthusiasts features concerts, master classes, workshops, clinics and lectures by accomplished, world-renowned musicians. Jazz favorites Nate Smith and the Russell Malone Quartet are among the headliners named for the festival, and a series of musical concerts will be offered for jazz and music enthusiasts of all ages. All events are free and open to the public – with the exception of various ticketed concerts.
Meet the Keepers: Chickens – Thursday, 1:30-3pm – Come out to Sarah P. Duke Gardens for this special opportunity to meet the keepers of the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. In this free class, horticulturist Lindsey Fleetwood will introduce you to the chickens and explain their preferences, including dust baths.
Mini BioBlitz – Thursday, 6-9pm – Join the Piedmont Wildlife Center and a team of expert naturalists for an owl prowl and survey of our local nocturnal raptors. In years past, they’ve documented species that were new to both North Carolina and the United States! At this free event, you can learn all about who and what lives in the nature around you and test your science skills in the great outdoors.
Jerry Gershenhorn comes to The Regulator – Thursday, 7pm – Join author and N.C. Central University professor Jerry Gershenhorn at The Regulator Bookshop, where he will discuss his new book, “Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle.” This enlightening read profiles an influential civil rights activist who led the crusade to freedom in California and uses his work to look at the same struggle in North Carolina with a new light.
Sweet Tea Trio – Thursday, 7pm – Motorco Musical Hall hosts the Alabama natives and rising country group, who opened for Bon Jovi in Birmingham and wowed fans at the CMA Music Fest in Nashville. The band features Julie Williams, a Duke University student and vocalist for the Duke Jazz Ensemble.
American Music No. 2 – Thursday, 8pm – During the JACK Quartet’s second concert of the season as Duke Performances’ ensemble-in-residence, its members play another daring program of American music for string quartet at the Rubenstein Arts Center. The program features experimental and intense music as well as a piece fresh from Carnegie Hall.
Brian Culbertson: Colors of Love Tour – Thursday, 8pm – The award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer known for his distinct brand of genre-crossing contemporary jazz, R&B and funk, comes The Carolina Theatre to promote his newest album, Colors of Love. He brings the album to life in a vivid theatrical production that features video elements.
Explore Outdoors: Family Workshops – Friday and Saturday, 10am – Through a series of play-based workshops, parents and children will discover new ways of connecting to the natural world and one another. At this Museum of Life and Science workshop, create with natural materials, hunt for nature’s treasures and explore off-trail areas at the museum and Ellerbe Creek.
Family Movie Night – Friday, 6pm – Join Durham Parks and Recreation for a family movie night this weekend at I.R. Holmes Sr. Recreation Center. Sit back, relax and enjoy popcorn and drinks with your loved ones.
Ariel Dorfman – Friday, 7pm – The author will be at The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and signing of his new book, “Darwin’s Ghost,” which tells the story of a man who discovers his ancestors’ involvement with human zoos in 19th century Europe.
Nashville Songwriters – Friday, 7:30pm – Behind every hit song is its writers, and Durham Performing Arts Center is offering a unique opportunity to hear some of country’s biggest hits performed live. This event features eight artists who will bring their songs and stories to DPAC to help benefit three worthy local organizations: Kidznotes, The North Carolina Boy’s Academy and Voyager Academy Friends of the Arts.
Dr. Bacon – Friday, 8:30pm – Head to The Bullpen and dance all night to Asheville’s “Appalachian funk-rock” band. Featuring many instruments, from guitar to saxophone to kazoo, the group is sure to provide a night full of dancing and fun. For every draft pint purchased, The Bullpen donates $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support and sustain American roots musicians.
Yolo Karaoke – Friday, 8:30pm – The Pinhook has some of the best karaoke in Durham, so go on and showcase your hidden talents.
Piedmont Farm Tour – Saturday and Sunday, 2-6pm – Load up a car with your friends and family, choose the farms you’d like to explore, and venture into the countryside for a self-guided tour. This year’s tour merges with the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour to provide a lineup that features more Durham County farms than ever before – including MamaSprings farm. Pick from more than 50 area farms to visit, and make sure to bring a cooler to take some fresh goodies home!
Independent Bookstore Day – Saturday, 10am – Celebrate with The Regulator Bookshop, one of 400 independent bookstores commemorating the day nationwide. This day-long party will include raffles, children’s book donations, free cookbooks and more.
Spring Book Sale – Saturday, 10am for members; noon for the public – Celebrate National Poetry Month with Friends of the Durham Library as they host their Spring Book Sale at Books Among Friends in Northgate Mall. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Durham Library, a nonprofit that helps the Durham County Library fund programs, services and materials. Most of the books for sale will be $3 or less.
Bring a Book, Take a Book – Saturday, 11am – In celebration of Día de los Ninos (Children’s Day), Durham County Library partners with Book Harvest to host a large children’s book swap at Northgate in Children’s Alleyway. This event is free and open to the public.
High Ropes Discovery Day – Saturday, 11am – Come explore Durham Parks and Recreation‘s high ropes course and navigate a variety of obstacles – some reaching 55 feet in the air – at Bethesda Park. All children older than the age of 7 are welcome, but those younger than 10 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Women of Distinction: “Our Minds, Our Voices” – Saturday, 11:30am – 1:30pm – In recognition of Women of Distinction, The Aura Galleria hosts the second annual “Our Minds, Our Voices” event, a powerful luncheon honoring influential women in an array of fields such as education, medicine, economic justice, mental health, business, the arts and more. This year’s luncheon features a keynote address by actress April Parker Jones.
Kidcycle Dollar Day Sale – Saturday, 1-3pm – Returning to Northgate Mall, Diaper Bank of North Carolina hosts its twice-annual Kidcycle event offering gently used children’s apparel, shoes, maternity wear, baby equipment, toys and books. The Dollar Day sale is an opportunity for consignors to donate any items that did not sell during the previous events. Each item is only $1, and 100% of the day’s sales will go to the diaper bank. Cash only!
Photography Show – Saturday and Sunday, 1-3:30pm – Attend The Carrack’s Long Exposure: a pinhole photography show, featuring the work of Gregg Kemp. Explore his work and discover other pinhole and long-exposure photographers, while taking part in workshops to build a camera and experiencing developing and taking pinhole pictures. Workshops are $10.
45 Years of The Dark Side of the Moon – Saturday, 7:30pm – Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute show, returns to Durham Performing Arts Center for a special 45th anniversary retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Brit Floyd will perform classic tracks from the album alongside other hits from Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and more.
Ciompi Concert No. 2 – Saturday, 8pm – Since 1974, Fred Raimi has performed as the cellist of the Ciompi Quartet, making him the longest-serving member of the venerable institution of Duke Performances. Join them at their spring concert at Baldwin Auditorium, where Fred will take his final bow after a spectacular performance that will also feature special guests.
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen Birthday Bash – Saturday, 8:30pm – Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen puts on the best blues party in Durham. The unofficially crowned Queen of The Bullpen has all the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James, with her own dramatic flair and wicked humor. This event is free, and as always, a portion of your tab will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
SFQP Durham Picnic – Sunday, noon – Southern Fried Queer Pride is hosting a picnic at West Point at the Eno for its members to get outside, enjoy the spring weather and build friendships. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic things like blankets, food, cards and frisbees to share.
Autism Speaks Walk – Sunday, noon – Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Join Autism Speaks at the Triangle Walk and help them reach their goal of $129,000 to enhance the lives of people living with autism. Registration begins at noon, and the walk begins at 1pm at Duke University‘s East Campus.
Summer WOW Event – Sunday, 1-5pm – Join Pennies for Change Thrift Store for the best of the best fashions for body, home and spirit. Light refreshments will be served, and proceeds will benefit victims of domestic and sexual violence in Durham County.
Materials – Sunday, 2pm – Join Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Gallery Guide Kate Newman for a tour themed “Materials,” which will focus on works within the Solidary & Solitary exhibition and the interesting materials the artists used to create their pieces. Tours last approximately one hour and are free with admission.
Vande Mataram – Sunday, 4:30pm and 7:30pm – Ramya Kapadia explores home in “Vande Mataram,” a contemporary Bharatanatyam performance and the first of its kind to be held at Durham Independent Dance Artists. Vande Mataram is a common saying in India that means “I bow to my mother” and evokes love for nature, and through this piece, Ramya seeks to remind us that we belong to the Earth first.
Celtic Universe – Sunday, 7pm – Jordi Savall, master of the violada gamba, and his long-running group, Hespèrion XXI, join forces with Galician bagpipe champion Carlos Núñez and his trio on a new collaboration, Celtic Universe, in a Duke Performances concert at Baldwin Auditorium. Eight themed sets will sample the musical traditions of Ireland and Scotland, plus a selection of Basque folk songs.
Smokey Robinson – Sunday, 7:30pm – Smokey Robinson, one of the most iconic figures in American R&B, returns to Durham Performing Arts Center for an intimate, one-night engagement. The Motown legend’s career spans over four decades of hits, and he is responsible for much of what is known as the ‘Motown sound,’ having written, produced and performed a vast number of the label’s signature hits.
Todd Rundgren’s Utopia – Sunday, 9pm – After 32 years, Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox and Ralph Schuckett are reuniting for their first North American tour, and they’re coming to The Carolina Theatre. The group was a power-pop icon for 10 years in the 1970s and ’80s before going on a sabbatical. Now they’re back and ready to perform their hits like “Set Me Free” and “Love Is The Answer” again.