Guglhupf’s 20th Anniversary – Thursday-Sunday – This café, Biergarten and bakery is celebrating its 20th anniversary all-week long with specially priced wine, beer and cocktails, as well as a free gift during weekend dinner service.
Churros, Chocolate, & Cerámicas – Thursday, 5-7pm – This annual holiday sale at the Cocoa Cinnamon at Lakewood benefits Student Action with Farmworkers. Peruse handmade pottery and polymer clay jewelry by: Karen Chiswell, Katie King, Yuliya Lokhnygina, David Roswell, Jess Sandford, Susan Trabka and Melinda Wiggins (SAF executive director) while enjoying hot chocolate and churros.
‘The Conglomerate’ – Thursday, 6-9:30pm – This group show at The Carrack, curated by Joan Yabani, presents works by artists of color who apprehend the conditions of our lives and articulate them in a tangible manner. Participating artists include Kennedi Carter, Britney Balmer, Jarome Chesson, Justin Surgeon and Joan Yabani. Tonight’s event features an artist talk, and the exhibit runs through December 1.
Tinkering and Drinkering – Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm – Let your creativity fly at the Museum of Life and Science’s happy hour at Motorco Music Hall. Grab a drink and play with tools and technology from circuits to fiber arts. This one’s for the adults – 21 and older! Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation at the door.
‘I Love My Robot’ exhibition opening reception – Thursday, 7-9pm – Visit the Louise Jones Brown Gallery in the Bryan Center at Duke to see Mike Slobot’s one-of-a-kind robot art, the Slobots. Created with old and new materials, his artwork incorporates pieces of recyclables and other everyday detritus.
YOLO Karaoke – Thursday, 7pm-midnight – Sing the night away at The Pinhook.
An Evening of Poetry and Celebration – Thursday, 7pm-8:30pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Tina Barr, Tony Reevy and Ross White for an evening of poetry readings. Tina will read from her new collection, “Green Target,” with additional readings by poets Tony and Ross.
‘Hamilton’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm and 7pm – The most-talked-about show right now, this Broadway hit presents the story of Alexander Hamilton as a musical, with a range of songs styles from hip-hop to jazz, blues, rap and R&B. See it at DPAC through December 2.
‘Strangers’ – Thursday, 8pm – The Monti presents a storytelling event where five community members will take the stage at The Carolina Theatre to tell true and personal stories about important moments in which a stranger tipped the balance of their lives.
Latvian Radio Choir – Thursday, 8pm – Experience music from the 16th century to the present day from these 24 Eastern European virtuoso singers at Duke Chapel as a part of Duke Performances.
Fall Boutique Sale at Northgate Mall – Friday, 11am-7pm and Saturday, 10am-5pm – Find your new holiday outfit at Dress for Success Triangle‘s pop-up location. All proceeds support the group in its efforts to empower local women to become financially independent.
Sasquash Cider is Back – Friday, 3pm – The elusive cider returns to Bull City Ciderworks just in time for NC Cider Week. This spicy cider is made with butternut squash, organic Vermont maple syrup and homegrown Carolina Reaper peppers.
Vert & Vogue Holiday Bazaar – Friday, 5:30-7:30pm – Drink and shop at this local downtown retailer during its second annual in-store pop-up shop, which showcases top local designers and makers for a special Third Friday Happy Hour.
Chefs for Change Dessert Gala – Friday, 6-9pm – Come to The Rickhouse for an evening of community celebration, local desserts, an auction/raffle, live entertainment and the unveiling of the 2019 Chefs for Change Series chef line-up. There will be savory dishes as well for those without a sweet tooth. Desserts will be provided by featured chefs, as well as some of Durham’s best bakeries, restaurants and catering companies. Admission includes two drink tickets, and proceeds benefit Families Moving Forward.
Ben Fountain – Friday, 7pm – Visit The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and signing of this New York Times bestselling author’s new book, “Beautiful Country Burn Again: An Election, a Rebellion, and the Next American Revolution.” His latest work recounts 2016, a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis.
Bassel & The Supernaturals – Friday, 7-10pm – Spend your night with this neo-soul and funk group performing at Beyu Caffé. The soulful American-Syrian vocalist has captivating lyrics about love, loss and a war in Syria that has affected his family and many others. The ensemble will be performing to raise money for humanitarian aid in Syria.
Third Friday Durham Dance Series – Friday, 8pm – Proxemic Media presents two more local companies known for their stalwart dancers and well-crafted compositions. Come watch ShaLeigh Dance Works and Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD) each perform an excerpt of a new work at Empower Dance Studio that’s set to fully premiere in 2019.
Hiss Golden Messenger – Friday, 8pm – This Durham-based singer/songwriter comes to The Carolina Theatre for a very special homecoming show in the historic Fletcher Hall. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of his newly released deluxe box set, “Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children.”
Mowbot Grand Opening – Saturday, 8am-8pm – Visit Mowbot’s first location in the Triangle at Northgate Mall, and learn more about their robotic mowers and battery-powered equipment. Guests can enjoy free burgers and hot dogs from Joe’s Diner or American/Latin vegan fare from Earth to Us Kitchen, courtesy of Mowbot, from 11am to 2pm, while supplies last.
Volunteer Day – Saturday, 10am-4pm – Help with beautification projects for Housing for New Hope (HNH) residents at their Williams Square and Andover Permanent Supportive Housing properties as part of HNH’s “Thanks for Giving” week.
Super Scientist Saturday – Saturday, 10am-noon and 1-4pm – Bring the kids to the Museum of Life and Science to learn about the effects of pollution through hands-on activities. Join environmentalist Alison Singer and biologist Jacob Becker as they talk about their research and test water samples with the group to decide which sample is the healthiest.
Durham Art Walk Holiday Market – Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm – Shop local for the holiday season during this weekend of art exhibits, shopping and tours of downtown’s historical buildings. Visitors can peruse fine art and crafts at downtown sites including Durham Arts Council, Vega Metals, Durham Armory and more. Take in live music performances, food truck and restaurant fare, as well as several special events taking place throughout the weekend.
Sketching in the Galleries – Saturday, 10:15am-12:15pm – Explore your artistic side through an informal sketching program with Durham artist Rachel Goodwin at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The event begins with a brief demonstration of ways to respond to art by drawing. Participants then move through the galleries to continue sketching. Free with general museum admission.
Caique Vidal – Saturday, 11am – Originally from Salvador da Bahia, this accomplished performer, percussionist and songwriter blends the rhythms of samba, reggae, salsa, bachata, pop, rock and Bossa Nova in both original and popular Brazilian hits at The Caroline Theatre during its Saturday Family Series.
Teddy Bear Hospital – Saturday, 2-5pm – Head to the Museum of Life and Science to join the Duke Department of Pediatrics with your kids, who are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animals to have their stuffed animal examined by doctors across several disciplines and explore activities that highlight the body, physical fitness and healthy habits. Plus they’ll get the chance to check out a Duke Life Flight ambulance! Special appearances include Wool E. Bull at 2-3pm and players from the Duke Women’s Lacrosse and Tennis teams. Duke Children’s will provide a small number of teddy bears for kids who do not have one, but since supplies are very limited, guests are encouraged to bring their own.
Iron Pour – Saturday, 3pm – Bring a blanket and chairs to Durham Central Park, as artists from Liberty Arts melt 3,000 pounds of iron at 3,000 degrees in the middle of the park. There will be food trucks, beer trucks, music and arts and crafts for sale. Furnaces will be lit around 3pm, but there’s lots to do beforehand.
Holiday Hodgepodge – Saturday, 5-7pm – Peruse favorite works from the 2018 solo shows at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends, including two works by Lisa Creed, several books from the Click! photobook exhibit and six artists who are having solo shows at the gallery next year: Noah Saterstrom, Sean Livingstone, Lori Vrba, Revere La Noue, John Bechtold and Rachel Goodwin.
Tails at Twilight – Saturday, 6pm – Join the Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham for its 13th annual fundraising gala at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Three evening features a hosted reception three-course dinner and drinks, a silent and live auction, live music and plenty of surprises along the way! Proceeds support assistance to homeless, neglected, abused and abandoned animals in our area.
Friendsgiving Pie Swap – Saturday, 6-10pm – Bring your favorite pie (or cheesecake!) and recipe cards to share to the first Barley Labs Friendsgiving Pie Swap and Friends Thanksgiving episode marathon. Those who bring a dessert can taste other people’s offerings.
Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry Tour – Saturday, 7pm and 9:30pm – Come see one of the premier standup comedians on tour at The Carolina Theatre. Laugh along as he recollects on his upbringing, the birth of his daughter and his current life as a comedian.
Saves the Day – Saturday, 8pm – The alternative rock band who based their sound on a combination of melodic hardcore and pop punk performs at Motorco Music Hall. Kevin Devine and An Horse open the show.
Marc-André Hamelin – Saturday, 8pm – A titan of solo piano, this lauded composer will perform interpretations of landmark classical works at Baldwin Auditorium, presented by Duke Performances. The New York Times proclaimed he has “made a career of playing the seemingly unplayable.”
Inaugural Black Farmers Market – Sunday, noon-5pm – Before the Thanksgiving holiday, a collection of local, Black farmers set up at the historic NC Mutual Building Plaza.
Music, Religion and Philosophy – Sunday, 3pm – Join the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in this performance with the UNC’s Carolina Choir at The Carolina Theatre. The program includes Samuel Barber’s demanding Prayers of Kierkegaard, Basson Concerto by Nino Rota and Dvorak’s charming Symphonic Variations.