Meet the Author: Melanie Morrison – Thursday, 3pm – Presented by Durham County Library at Hayti Heritage Center, the founder of Allies for Change will read excerpts from her new novel, “Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham.”
Baba Prasad – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop hosts a discussion with the author about his new book, “NIMBLE: Make Yourself and Your Company Resilient in the Age of Constant Change.”
Waitress the Musical – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – The Durham Performing Arts Center hosts the Broadway hit musical, which is inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s movie and incorporates a musical score by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles. Enjoy the empowering, female-centric performance about pie and friendship that Entertainment Weekly calls “a little slice of heaven.”
DMO 2018 Spring Concert – Thursday, 7:30pm – The Durham Medical Orchestra hosts a spring concert in Baldwin Auditorium that features works of Mozart, Dvořák, Schubert and Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant.
May the Fourth Be With You – Friday, 3-10pm – Head over to Barley Labs for a day that begins with the original Star Wars trilogy marathon and continues with costume contests for both you are you dog, light side vs. dark side flights and Leia cinnamon buns from Tobi’s Bakery.
Ani DiFranco – Friday, 8pm – The singer, songwriter, poet and activist performs songs from her 20th studio album, “Binary,” at The Carolina Theatre. During her 25 years in the industry, Ani’s music has tackled themes of feminism, activism, pacifism and politics. While her previous album focused more personally on pregnancy and motherhood, her latest release is an analysis of the current political sphere and a call to action. Be sure to catch this empowering artist while she’s in town!
Paul Lewis – Friday, 8pm – The British pianist, a protégé of Alfred Brendel, has recorded definitive and highly acclaimed interpretations of Beethoven, which he begins with in this Duke Performances concert at Baldwin Auditorium. He then explores Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob XVI:49 and Sonata in B Minor, Hob XVI:32. And closes with the chiaroscuro of Brahms’ Klavierstücke, the master’s last composition for solo piano.
Travers Brothership – Friday, 8:30-11pm – The award-winning band has traveled from their Asheville home base to perform their rock ‘n’ roll spirit and sound at The Bullpen. This event is free, and as always, a portion of your tab will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
10th Annual Doughman – Saturday, 7:30am – Forget about calories as you participate in the 10th year of the Doughman challenge, a race where you eat delicious food from some of Durham’s local restaurants followed by immediate exercise in a biking, running and swimming challenge. Teams of four share the challenge and finish dessert as a group before crossing the finish line together. Join as a competitor or just come out to Ninth Street Shopping District to see the show!
Triangle Race for the Cure – Saturday, 7:30am-12:30pm – Join thousands of people from around the Triangle at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park to celebrate the lives and memories of those affected by breast cancer. This 22nd annual race includes the traditional 5K run/walk along with a Tailgate Zone that features food trucks and a beer garden and activities for people of all ages.
Canine Field Day – Saturday, 10am-noon – Join other pups and owners at Rock Quarry Park for a day that’s all about fun with your furry friend. Games, pet-friendly vendors and a canine fun zone ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Derby Day at the Inn – Saturday, 10:30am-7pm – The Fairview Dining Room and Bull Durham Bar at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club host a grand celebration for the 144th Annual Kentucky Derby, featuring pre-race festivities, the “Run for the Roses” and victory exhilaration. Savor delectable cocktails, featuring Oaks Lily, WaDuke Mint Julep and Keeneland Breeze and trophy-winning fare for an award-winning day. Hats and gloves encouraged, there will be door prize drawings for those who come decked out in their best Derby attire!
Strawberry Festival – Saturday, 11am-3pm – Old North Durham Park hosts a strawberry-filled day of fun for the entire family complete with fresh berries, crafting activities and local artists. Proceeds from the festival support the Central Park School for Children‘s Monarch Fund, so come out for a fun day supporting a great cause.
Greek Festival – Saturday and Sunday, 11am-8pm – Make your way to St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church for its annual festival celebrating Greek culture, music and dance. Enjoy live music from the bouzouki band Opa! and request free folk dance lessons. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to the taverna for a heavenly gyro and a piece (or two!) of baklava. Stick around for performances by the Hellenic Dancers, a silent art auction and your shot at a $1,000 raffle prize. A portion of this plate- smashing good time benefits the Durham Rescue Mission.
Preservation Durham 2018 Home Tour – Saturday, noon-4pm; Sunday, noon-4pm – Preservation Durham holds their annual home tour, a two-day exhibition of houses around Durham, beginning at Chesterfield Building. This year’s theme is the Late Victorian era, a style of architecture that has recently been under threat of extinction. Come out to see houses that have been preserved from their original glory alongside those that have been restored in more modern fashions.
Spring Green Home Tour – Saturday, noon-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm – Put on by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties, this two-day tour is your chance to see 25 local homes across the Triangle that have met certain green standards and walk away feeling inspired. Best of all, the self-guided tour is free and you can visit however many homes you can fit into the two afternoons!
Foster Care Month Kick Off Event – Saturday, 1-3pm – Triangle Foster Parent Association kicks off the month at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Come to the taproom to find volunteer opportunities within the foster care system, learn more about foster parenting and celebrate foster families in your community. Talk to representatives from Durham, Orange and Wake County Departments of Social Services, Guardian Ad Litems, Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina, Duke Foster Care Clinic and foster families who would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Lambrusco Fest – Saturday, 1-5pm – Pompieri Pizza hosts their third annual Lambrusco fest dedicated to celebrating Lambrusco wine and Neapolitan-style pizza. Spend the afternoon trying different wines and pizzas, listening to a cappella music and viewing mozzarella-stretching demonstrations. Bring the whole family, as kid-friendly activities including a bounce house and face painting!
Women of Durham – Saturday, 2pm-4pm – Sponsored by StrongHER TogetHER, amazing women in the Durham community will be coming to JC’s Kitchen to talk about their journeys. The speakers include Tynesha Lewis, assistant coach for NCCU women’s basketball; Dr. Linda Cendales, director of Duke‘s vascularized composite allotransplantation program; and Melody Marshall, the point of contact for foster care families.
Durham Refugee Day Celebration – Saturday, 2-5pm – Celebrate refugee members of the community in Durham Central Park with live music, games and food from around the world. Refugee vendors will also be on site and different speakers will take the stage throughout the day.
Duke Hospice Gala – Saturday, 6-10pm – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a charity ball this year! Join Duke HomeCare & Hospice at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in RTP for its 16th annual gala. All proceeds benefit hospice patients and their families in Chatham, Durham, Orange, Wake and surrounding counties as well as Camp ReLEAF, an overnight bereavement camp open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Geektastic! – Saturday, 7:30pm – Get your geek on with the fourth annual year of Geektastic, a show where bellydancers from across the country dance to themes from Lord of the Rings, Zelda, Star Wars and more. The show will be held in the PSI Theater, doors open at 7pm.
Studio School Neighborhood Event – Sunday, 1-3pm – Join the celebration of The Studio School of Durham located in the Woodcroft Community with vendors, school tours and family friendly activities. RSVP required.