Editors’ Picks: What To Do in Durham This Weekend

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Celebrate the start of spring with Marchtoberfest, CiderJam, indie concerts, Trevor Noah at the Durham Performing Arts Center, social hour with adoptable puppies at Unscripted, a vintage market at Durham Central Park and so much more

Duke Performances Chamber Arts Series presents the Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Doerken Trio at Baldwin Auditorium on Saturday.

Compiled by Ellison Beaver

Hunt for the Golden Bulls – Through March 31 – Bull City Burger and Brewery began releasing clues for its 13th annual scavenger hunt inspired by the golden tickets from the film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Throughout the month, clues and puzzles will be revealed on social media and online. The clues, once deciphered, lead participants to public spaces around Durham where a golden bull has been carefully hidden. Winners of each of the five Golden Bulls receive a free pasture-raised beef burger or veggie burger, fries and a drink each week for a year. Teams are encouraged to participate, but only one member of each team can redeem a Golden Bull.

Swing into Spring – Through March 31 – The Durham Arts Guild’s online auction is still live and nearly a third of the way to its fundraising goal! Support and celebrate local artists by placing your bids on a variety of paintings, pottery, textiles and more. This year, artists receive 25% of each sale. The auction will culminate with an in-person event at the Truist Gallery on March 31.

Museum of Life and Science Community Day – Thursday, 10am-5pm – Durham residents enjoy free admission for up to five children per adult to explore the science, nature and animal exhibits at the Museum of Life and Science.

Hits! The Musical – Thursday, 7:30pm – Six-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick presents a cast of 29 young singers and dancers aged 10-22 who will cover of iconic songs like “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Hero” and “I Will Always Love You” on stage at the Carolina Theatre. 

Officially Certified Indy Concert – Thursday, 8pm – Bring your friends to The Pinhook for this performance featuring local musicians including Raleigh’s Official AB, DJ J’Mar and Roe from the 9, among others.

Erie Choir – Thursday, 8pm – This folk rock band’s style is described as “crisp, clean indie rock with a folk-pop flavor” – catch them at Rubies on Five Points, joined by local rockers Booster Club

Kids Night Out – Friday, 5:30-8:30pm – Bring the kiddos to the Museum of Life and Science for an evening of pizza, games and exploring nature and science exhibits while parents enjoy an evening out.

Kings Avenue Art Show – Friday, 6-8:30pm – Enjoy drinks while you get to know and view the designs of the artists of Kings Avenue Tattoo, located downtown on East Parrish Street.

Fred Raimi – Friday, 7:30pm – The professor of the practice emeritus of music at Duke University, where he served as a member of the Ciompi Quartet from 1974-2018, performs the music of Bach and Weinberg for solo cello.

Trevor Noah – Friday, 8pm, Saturday and Sunday, 7pm – The comedian and talk show host best known for his role on “The Daily Show” and his No.1 New York Times bestselling memoir, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” presents an evening of comedy and heartfelt storytelling at the Durham Performing Arts Center

The Second City Swipes Right: An Incomplete Guide to the Ultimate Date Night – Friday, 8pm – The cast of improv troupe The Second City delivers an evening of raunchy entertainment and shares their take on dating, relationships and love on stage at the Carolina Theatre

S.G. Goodman – Friday, 8pm – Described by Rolling Stone as an “untamed rock ’n’ roll truth-teller” and whose latest album, “Teeth Marks,” ranked No.11 on NPR’s Best Albums of 2022 list, S.G. Goodman writes and sings about love while diving more deeply into the realm of punk and rock than her previous releases. The songwriter is joined by H.C. McEntire at Motorco Music Hall.

Dreaming of the ’90s Dance Party – Friday, 10pm-2am – Dance the night away to your favorite throwbacks from the decade at The Pinhook with DJs Shahzad and PlayPlay.

CiderJam – Saturday, noon-10pm – Jam with local bands Ins Kino, Long Relief and The Possums at Bull City Ciderworks while enjoying cider cocktails, food truck fare from Cilantro Mexican Cuisine and Mama Nem’s, plus a new cider release crafted with a blend of North Carolina-grown apples.

Marchtoberfest – Saturday, 1-8pm – Celebrate the halfway mark to Oktoberfest at The Glass Jug Beer Lab’s brewery in RTP. Enjoy German-style brews from North Carolina breweries including Clouds Brewing and Raleigh’s Funguys Brewing, plus hot soft pretzels with cheese and mustard, while professional musician Tom Neuhauser plays German accordion tunes in the beer garden.

APS Social Hour – Saturday, 2-6pm – Unscripted Durham partners with APS of Durham to host a social event complete with cocktails and adoptable dogs, plus treats provided by Oliver’s Collar.

Bull City Block Party Vintage Market – Saturday, 3-8pm – Enjoy this vintage bazaar at Durham Central Park that brings together 40 vintage clothing vendors offering items at all price points, plus food trucks, games and drinks from The Glass Jug Beer Lab

Creature Drawings by Lex Alexander – Saturday, 5-7pm – Come out to Horse & Buggy Press and Friends for the closing reception of this exhibit featuring the artist’s “creature” drawings in a Broad Street doubleheader with a reception at Craven Allen as well. In addition to the framed works, this exhibit includes dozens of unframed drawings.

The Miller Group – Saturday, 7pm and 9pm – Beyu Caffe presents Brian Miller, a Kinston, North Carolina, native and jazz artist, along with his ensemble for two shows during Beyu’s weekend supper club, which includes craft cocktails and cuisine alongside the live entertainment. Brian’s performed alongside artists like Nnenna Freelon, Branford Marsalis and with the North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble.

‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ – Saturday, 7:30pm – The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle presents Christoph Willibald Gluck’s transformative and most famous opera, which tells a mythological story of eternal love. Mezzo soprano Megan Moore leads a talented cast at the Carolina Theatre. Ticket holders are invited to a round of opera and Greek mythology trivia hosted in the Connie Moses Ballroom beginning at 6:45pm.

Diane Carter & DCB – Saturday, 7:30pm – The Blue Note Grill hosts the seasoned singer who has performed with the likes of Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin along with her band as they play an array of old-school R&B and funk covers sure to keep you dancing all night long. 

Saints and Sinners Burlesque Show – Saturday, 8pm – Experience unique burlesque and drag performances by Miss Blue Bell, Kritter Mortis, Clint Torris, Millie Pede and others at The Pinhook – and don’t forget to dress in your favorite devil and angel costumes for a chance to win raffle prizes.

Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Doerken Trio – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances Chamber Arts Series presents this musical trio as they perform a program that includes works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Schubert at Baldwin Auditorium.

Venezuelan Market – Sunday, noon-6pm – The Venezuelan Cultural Association of NC hosts local vendors and free entertainment at Durham Central Park

Organ Recital: Robert Parkins – Sunday, 5pm – The Duke University organist performs works by early Portuguese composers, Frescobaldi, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Heiller and Bovet on the Brombaugh and Flentrop organs at Duke Chapel. If you are unable to attend, you can watch the livestream on the Duke Chapel YouTube channel.


For even more community events and happenings, visit our online calendar.

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