Weekend at a Glance: Beavers, Booze and Beats

Weekend at a Glance: Beavers, Booze and Beats

Live music, gallery tours and outdoor parties fill up this eventful weekend. There's something for everyone here, with soul, country and hip-hop concerts and shows as well as a cider crawl, in-depth tours and one rowdy pageant.

Judges and spectators alike joined in on this rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during the Beaver Queen Pageant two years ago. Join in the fun this Saturday in Duke Park!

Spring Showcase Performances – Thursday through Sunday – Join Walltown Children’s Theatre for a series of dance show events that highlight student talent while raising money for future performance projects.

Beers for National Trails Day – Thursday, 5:30-7pm – The Glass Jug Beer Lab celebrates the 50th anniversary of National Trails Day with local beer and food. Come learn about hiking trails along the Eno River and how to get involved to protect and grow your local parks!

In-Depth Museum Tour – Thursday, 6-7pm – Join Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University guide Kate Newman and artist Will Paul Thomas for a tour themed “Materials and Processes,” which will explore the different ways that artists in the Solidary & Solitary exhibition use interesting materials to create their pieces.

Dynamic Duos @ Museum of Life and Science – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – The only thing better than a delicious meal is when it’s perfectly paired with a beverage! Head to the museum after-hours for an adult-only (21 and older) event featuring wineries, breweries and restaurants from across the area. Learn why certain foods and drinks make good pairs while wandering through the museum after dark.

Book Release and Signing – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Bruce Jentleson, Duke University professor of public policy and political science, for a reading and signing of his new book, “The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from Twentieth-Century Statesmanship.” The author showcases a wide range of national leaders as individuals and discusses why and how they made the choices they did, their intended (and unintended) outcomes and what lessons we can learn.

DURM Night – Thursday, 7:05pm – Come out to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park as our hometown heroes take on Rochester during the third DURM Night, where the Bulls team up with RUNAWAY for an on-field uniform collaboration. The team will wear special uniforms designed by RUNAWAY, and game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off with all auction proceeds benefiting the Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League. Before the game (3-5pm), come to RUNAWAY’s shop on Main Street for a meet and greet with Bull City-born rapper G Yamazawa for his vinyl release of “Shouts to Durham,” before heading to the stadium where G will throw out the first pitch. Bring your game tickets to the Runaway store between 3-7pm, and get a free T-shirt!

Durham Community Land Trustee’s Party in the Park – Friday, 6-9pm – Celebrate community accountability at Durham Central Park with emcee and host Pierce Freelon, the Community Empowerment Fund’s Advocacy Choir, poetry students of Blackspace, drummers of Batala Durham and an outdoor kids corner. Interactive stations with audio stories and other pieces created from neighborhood residents in a collaborative, story-based project, Tapestries of Home, will be on display. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets!

Summer Courtyard Concert Series – Friday, 7-10pm – Start your weekend off with an intimate concert in Parizade‘s courtyard featuring Frankie Alexander‘s nuanced vocals and jazz music.

LGBTQ Board Game Night – Friday 7:30-11pm – Do you enjoy playing board and card games? Join the LGBTQ Center of Durham for board games in a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free environment.

Open Mic Comedy – Friday 8-9:30pm – Have a pint and share some laughs with fellow craft beer and comedy lovers at Durty Bull Brewing Company’s open mic stand-up night. Arrive early for a good seat and to grab some eats from food truck Braising Hell before the show!

Battle of Beats – Friday, 8pm – Twelve local producers enter, one emerges a victor! The Pinhook hosts Durham hip-hop beat-makers in a tournament to decide who is the best in town.

Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue – Friday, 8:30pm – Head to The Bullpen to enjoy this soothing gospel singer and musical troubadour. Keeping the history of soul music alive, Thomas is a crowd pleaser with his refined guitar style and strikingly wide-ranging voice. As always, $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Underground Dance Party – Friday, 10pm-2am – Your favorite secret dance party returns to Arcana! Residents DJ Rang and DJ Forge hold it down with a magical musical roulette that will be sure to keep you dancing all night.

PAW Patrol Live! Live Kids Show – Saturday, 10am, 2pm and 6pm, and Sunday, 10am and 2pm – Nickelodeon’s new music-filled production based on the top-rated animated preschool series “PAW Patrol” comes to DPAC with multiple showings of a special pirate-themed production set in Adventure Bay.

Pop-Up Puppet Museum – Saturday, noon-3pm – Tarish Pipkins (a.k.a Jeghetto) is a multifaceted local artist whose mission is to promote oneness through the magic of puppetry. Immerse yourself his world at The Durham Hotel. Get an up-close look at the puppets he has created, the tools and materials that he uses to make them, and explore his many other mediums of art and creative expression.

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.

Durham Cider Crawl – Saturday, noon-10pm – Love cider? Join this weekend’s cider crawl through downtown. Cider, cider cocktails and food pairings at more than 15 locations, including Bull City Ciderworks, Bulldega, Durty Bull Brewing Company, Pour, The Accordion Club, Black Twig Cider House, The Little Dipper and more!

Human Library – Saturday, 2-5pm – The South Regional Library hosts an event where real people are open books! Volunteer “books” will be on loan to “readers” for conversations about their personal experience with stereotypes and prejudices. Learn more about what makes these books so much more than their cover!

Beaver Queen Pageant 2018 – Saturday, 4pm – A special mix of folly, pageantry and humor at Duke Park. Contestants, such as “Fur Pelton John,” “the Beaver Whisperer” and “Furrabella-Conchita Carramba,” introduce themselves in their wetlands-ready wear, participate in an interview in their finest evening wear and showcase their unique talent. Vote for your favorite! The event will also feature a Scrap Exchange tent where you can construct your very own beaver tail and costume, as well as food trucks.

Affordable Art Sale and Dance Party – Saturday, 7-10pm – The Bull Meets the Bayou features work by Level Artist Collective of New Orleans alongside local artists at The Carrack. The closing reception this weekend will feature an affordable art sale, fashion show and dance party featuring Young, Gifted, & Broke.

Soul Music – Saturday, 7 and 9pm – Check out The Majestic Noise Band, an energetic and soulful band that brings new music from their upcoming album Bar Exam to Beyù Caffè.

Afro-Brazilian Grooves – Saturday, 8pm – Caique Vidal & Batuque brings energy and riveting dance grooves to Motorco Music Hall this weekend. “Batuque” (pronounced ba-TOO-kee) means “to drum,” and the band delivers an explosive performance that integrates the sounds of percussion and rocks their audiences. Don’t miss the opening act from Batala Durham!

Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band – Saturday, 8:30pm – Strap on your boots and your rhinestone suit and come out for some country music the way it was meant to be. Listen to some real country music live at The Bullpen. $1 of every draft pint goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation and their mission to support and sustain traditional American roots musicians.

Jewish Food Festival – Sunday, 10:30am-2pm – This annual event has brought, rain or shine, thousands of people from all over the state for an afternoon of latkes, blintzes, community building and more. Come by the Levin JCC for a vast array of Jewish food, representing Ashkenazi, Sephardic and New York styles, all prepared and made in-house by volunteers and staff.

Mallarme Chamber Players Family Concert: Music From Africa – Sunday, 1-2pm – Join Diali Cissokho and other members of Kaira Ba in this introduction to African instruments at the Doris Duke Center in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Hear traditional and original music infused with rhythms and tunes inspired by the African diaspora.

Art Exhibit Tour and Writing Lab – Sunday, 2-3pm – Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and museum guide Linda Margolin host a writing-based tour of the exhibition Solidary & Solitary, which includes the critical contributions that artists of African descent have made to the evolution of abstract art from the 1940s to the present. On this tour, visitors will engage with the art by filtering it through their own experience and, responding through personal writings, will explore their own interpretations.

Sam Bermas-Dawes
Sam is a summer intern at Durham, Chapel Hill and Chatham Magazine. He graduated American University in 2015, before serving a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in North Carolina. An enthusiastic procrastinator, Sam can usually be found on a soccer field, eating or in a movie theater avoiding the things he really, really should be doing.