Weekend at a Glance: Concerts, Comicon and a Veterans Commemoration

Weekend at a Glance: Concerts, Comicon and a Veterans Commemoration

It’s an art-filled weekend from poetry to pottery to performances of all kinds, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Beatrice Capote and Juel D. Lane in Camille A. Brown’s dance trilogy. Photo by Christopher Duggan

Lecture: “Heritage Conservation and the Fractured Arab Modernity” – Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm – Enjoy a free lecture by Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan professor and the director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Learn about the various facets of Islamic architecture and the issue behind these structures.

SouLe and the Superband – Thursday, 7-9pm – Vibe to Motown, soul, funk and R&B as the James Brown tribute band does more than just cover the legendary singer at Beyu Caffe.

Poetry Series – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop‘s popular event welcomes Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar for an evening of poetry readings. Discover new talent while you listen and immerse yourself in local literature.

Ian Sweet – Thursday, 7pm – Jilian Medford, the mastermind behind this concert, debuts her new album “Crush Crusher” at The Pinhook. The performance will showcase some of Jilian’s most self-reflective and emotionally analytical songs to date.

Annie Baker’s ‘The Flick’Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm, Sunday, 2pm – Come witness the first collaboration between Bartlett Theater and Northgate Mall for this movie’s opening weekend at the Northgate Stadium 10 Cinema. Enjoy a hilarious, yet heart-rending immersive theater experience.

Mallarmé Chamber Players – Thursday, 7:30pm – Durham-based performers will perform the series concert “We the People” with guests Blue Mountain/Forecast at the Durham Arts Council in an array of concert pieces from the 1970s to modern day music.

“Hamilton” – Thursday, 7:30pm, Friday, 8pm, Saturday, 2pm and 8pm, Sunday, 1pm and 7pm – See this hit Broadway show at the DPAC this weekend. The story of Alexander Hamilton features a range of songs from hip-hop to jazz, blues, rap and R&B. Can’t make it? No worries – the show will run at the DPAC until December 2.

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me – Thursday, 7:30-9:30pm – Visit the Hayti Heritage Center and watch the film that explains the complex, contradictory and often complicated life of Sammy Davis Jr. as he strove to achieve the American Dream during a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. Listen to new interviews and never-before-seen photographs from his personal collection.

NC Comicon – Friday, 1-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm – Come out to Durham Convention Center for the ultimate celebration of comics and pop culture in our area. Link up with fellow passionate fans of comic books, superheroes and stories of all kinds! Learn, celebrate and share a wide variety of interests and fandoms while engaging in the Cosplay Contest. Guest speakers include Gerard Way and Jeff Lemire.

Lyric Born and Boulevards – Friday, 8pm – The Asian-American rapper (Lyric Born) teams up with Jamil Rashad (Boulevard) to perform at Motorco Music Hall. While the rapper is best known for his one-hit wonders and cookie-cutter acts, his lyricism and deep voice will bring a new flare the stage. While Jamil embodies a funky persona, which takes after Prince and Earth Wind & Fire, he seamlessly delivers party-themed jams to any audience.

Duke Djembe & Afro-Cuban Ensembles with Bolokada Conde – Friday, 8pm – Learn about the Mande tradition, from the master drummer himself at this free event in Baldwin Auditorium. His specialization in the djembe drum has allowed him to conduct percussion workshops all over the U.S. and Europe, and he has performed in France, Italy, South Korea, Canada, Mexico and more.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – Duke University‘s Reynolds Industries Theater hosts “ink,” the final work in Duke Performances‘ artist-in-residence Camille A. Brown‘s trilogy of about being black in America. Exploring the evolution of African-American gestural language, the choreography is vivid, impressionistic and evocative, a mix of contemporary cultural references and ancestral African imagery.

A Kid’s Life: World War I Poppies and Peg Dolls – Saturday, 10am-noon – Celebrate Veterans Day and the 100-year anniversary to the end of WWI at West Point on the Eno. Learn about the lives of past Durham residents and their involvement during WWI. Make your own red poppy pin and peg doll and take them home with you!

Super Scientist Saturday – Saturday, 10am-1pm – Join perioperative nurses, from the Chapel Hill East Chapter of AORN, in The Lab at The Museum of Life and Science and try on scrubs, examine real surgical instruments and participate in hands-on activities to learn what it takes to perform a surgery.

Durham County Pottery Tour – Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, noon-5pm – Tour local pottery studios, including The Durham Arts Council (DAC) Clay Studio, and see where artists make, fire and decorate their work. Ask questions and purchase a beautiful one-of-a-kind gift. There will be a variety of pottery-created goods from jewelry and garden pieces to decorative items and wheel-thrown or hand-built sculptures.

Veterans Day Weekend Commemoration – Saturday, 1-3pm – Commemorate the centennial of the Armistice of WWI and Veterans Day weekend at the Museum of Durham History, while listening to an acapella group sing patriotic songs.

Tinkering Series: Microcontrollers 101 – Saturday, 10-11:30am – Join a team of expert educators at The Museum of Life and Science in this once-a-month experience to develop skills in science, technology and engineering. Explore microcontrollers and learn how to write code for video games and more – no experience required!

Pokéworks Grand Opening – Saturday, 11am-10pm – One of the fastest growing poke concepts in the country is opening in downtown on West Main Street. The responsibly sourced seafood restaurant will have a special BOGO offer on all poke bowls, burritos and salads all day during its public grand opening event.

2018 Murphey School Radio Show – Saturday, 3pm and 7pm – The 13th annual performance returns at the Murphey School. The volunteer-based, family-friendly show helps to celebrate and showcase the diverse talent in North Carolina’s arts while raising awareness and proceeds for the local nonprofits, The ArtsCenter and The Carolina Theatre of Durham.

Fall Preservation Party and Fundraiser – Saturday, 6:30-10pm – Kick off the holiday season with Preservation Durham and support their newly launched Preservation Equity Project. The evening will include local food from Sage & Swift, an open bar with beers from Hi-Wire Brewing, music from DJ Willis of Willis J. Entertainment, and both a live and silent auction featuring unique architectural salvage pieces from Reuse Warehouse.

Jo Gore Concert – Saturday, 8pm – Head to Motorco Music Hall to hear the mezzo-soprano singer, who sounds like a love child between Tina Turner and Amy Winehouse. Her grit and soul coupled with sophistication exemplifies her voice through her melodies and lyrics. Accompanying the singer is Azulz, an Argentinian musician with a focus in jazz, latin folk, blues, R&B and soul.

Danish String Quartet – Saturday, 8pm – The group comprised of three Danes and one Norwegian has earned impressive accolades, with five major prizes in 2009 and were called, “One of the best quartets before the public today” by the Washington Post. Presented by Duke Performances, this group is coming to Baldwin Auditorium to perform their fusion of classical canon, contemporary composition and a wealth of folk music for the Chamber Arts Series.

WHH and Friends Artwalk– Sunday, noon-5pm – Peruse work by neighborhood artists around homes in Watts Hospital-Hillandale (WHH) and Old West Durham.

APS Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 1:30-3pm – The Animal Protection Society of Durham will hold their monthly cat adoption event at The Regulator Bookshop. Find a furry friend and perhaps take one home at this purr-fectly fun event!

Advance Base – Sunday, 7pm – The Pinhook brings in Chicago’s Owen Ashworth and his new album Animal Companionship which has tunes of dreamy waltzes, heavy-hearted ballads and electro pop-styled songs.