Weekend at a Glance: Books, Beats and Brass

Weekend at a Glance: Books, Beats and Brass

Plenty of concerts to choose from this weekend, plus a few other creative events

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Durham Central Park plays host to a band with imperial flavor this Friday.

Seventh Annual Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt – Thursday-Sunday, 2pm – Co-sponsored by Sustain-A-Bull Durham, The Regulator Bookshop, Candlewick Press and the American Association of Booksellers, more than 30 local, Durham small businesses promote the importance of shopping locally this month. Contestants can pick up a Where’s Waldo Passport at any participating local business. They find Waldo at each local merchant and get their passports stamped. Any contestant who gets their passport stamped at more than 20 local businesses is eligible for the prize drawing at the Grand Finale party on Sunday. Bring your stamped passport to The Regulator Bookshop for the big Waldo shindig with prizes, family-friendly activities and a raffle for the Grand Prize – a deluxe Waldo boxed set of books. Come dressed as Waldo and join the fun!

Adult’s Summer Camp – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – Bring back summer camp memories at Museum of Life and Science with archery, food trucks and tree houses.

Cats and Dogs Film Series – Thursday, 7-9pm – The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University screens two short films: CatCam – which follows a romp with Mr. Lee – and Kedi – a glimpse into the lives of Istanbul’s cats, and the humans attached to them. The event complements Karel Appel and Dieter Roth: Cats and Dogs, an exhibition that offers a playful and amusing take on the two domestic pets, on view through November 25 within The Collection Galleries.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Women’s Cocktail Party – Friday, 5-8pm – Hamilton Hill Jewelry features pieces from Sethi Couture during a trunk show, plus receive a 10% discount! There will also be a stacking station, bling pong, catering by Viceroy and, of course, cocktails and mocktails!

Empire Strikes Brass – Friday, 6-8pm – The Asheville outfit marches on to Durham Central Park and the PLAYlist stage to kick off the weekend! Enjoy sounds that combine old-school funk, ska, Southern rock, alt-country, hip-hop, boogaloo and New Orleans jazz. The event also has food trucks and beer from  Bull City Burger and Brewery and Durty Bull. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, friends and family!

Nikki Lane – Friday, 8pm – The Nashville singer and one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters takes the stage at Motorco Music Hall with her new music, which promises to resonate as easily with Lana Del Rey and Jenny Lewis fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty. Fellow Nashville rock band Blank Range accompany Nikki in the show.

Cool John Ferguson – Friday, 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.

Family Day: Historic Games – Saturday, 10am-2pm – Unplug at Duke Homestead’s free event with costumed staff and junior interpreters, who will lead visiting kids in games typical of the 19th century, from parlor games to town ball. Kids are encouraged to run, throw, make, think, touch and learn through hands-on activities. Make and take home a toy!

Onnesha Roychoudhori in conversation with Lewis Wallace – Saturday, 6-8pm – Brooklyn-based writer, editor and educator Onnesha visits The Pinhook this Saturday to talk about her work in feminist writing and her book, “The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America,” with local journalist and editor at Scalawag Magazine, Lewis. This event is sponsored by The Regulator Bookshop.

Angela Johnson – Saturday, 7pm and 9pm – The R&B singer Angela Johnson brings her soulful sounds to Beyu Caffe. Grab some dinner or a late coffee or cocktail prior to the concert.

A King & A Prince in Durham – Saturday, 10pm-2am – Sol Kitchen and Mad Skillz present exclusives, covers and remixes by Prince and Michael Jackson at the Durham Fruit and Produce Co.

Old Timey Funday with Kendra Bragg – Sunday, 5-7pm – The Piedmont native and composer/songwriter brings her talents to Fullsteam Brewery. Grab one of the locally made beers, sit back and enjoy the show!

Erin Rae – Sunday, 7:30pm – The Tennessee folk pop singer performs tracks off her new album, “Putting On Airs,” released in early June, at The Pinhook.

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Jishnu is an editorial intern at Durham Magazine. He's a junior newspaper journalism major and politics junkie at Syracuse University's Newhouse School who originally hails from New Jersey. When Jishnu isn't writing, you can find him watching, playing, or talking about soccer. Alternatively, you could find him on his couch rewatching Game of Thrones for the 7th or 8th time.