C Note @ Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Jan 22 – Feb 18 all-day

“Original works of art for $100 each” is the challenge that the HGA artists set themselves. The January and February shows each year are group shows at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, and every year the 22 members of the Gallery come up with a new challenge. Each artist had to create original work for only $100. Work ranges from paintings to photography, mixed media, fabric, glass, clay, metal, wood and jewelry. Opening reception Friday, January 26, 6-9pm. The gallery is owned by 22 local artists featuring painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, turned wood, pottery & fiber art. Hours: 10-6 Monday – Saturday, 12-4 Sunday.

DREAMers: DACA, Deportation Defense, and the American Dream @ Pleiades Gallery
Jan 22 – Feb 28 all-day

Join us for this visual art conversation about DACA, Deportation Defense, and the American Dream. This collaborative exhibit is created through a series of conversations between Pleiades Arts, Alerta Migratoria NC, and The NC Dream Coalition.

Flash Chorus: Sing The Eurythmics and The Shins! @ Motorco
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Do you sing in the shower, car, or kitchen? Then Flash Chorus is for you! Since 2015, people of all ages from all over the Triangle have been gathering at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall to make friends and learn pop songs with a live band. Join us on Monday, January 22, to learn and sing The Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and The Shins’ “Kissing the Lipless.”

Ward Theatre Company presents The Mound Builders by Lanford Wilson @ Ward Theatre
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 4:30 pm

A group of archaeologists take advantage of a rural landowner’s good will with dire consequences for their careers and their families.

The Company has transformed its intimate performance space into an old farm house, inhabited by the team of scientists and a well-known author recently forced into recovery after prolonged substance abuse.

Three cast members from the Company’s hit show Jacuzzi return to round out the cast of seven, with additional Company members taking over roles halfway through the run.

January 6 – February 18 at the Ward Theatre. Tickets now on sale.

7 Steps to a Successful Career – A Presentation You Don’t Want to Miss! @ Carolina Career College
Jan 23 @ 6:15 pm

Calling all Career Changers, Career Starters, and Career Enhancers: save your seat (and bring a friend!) for one of our most popular free events.

Changing careers can be scary, and choosing a career is not easy. This event can help you figure out what you want to do, which career paths may make sense, and you may get the tools you need to make the career change you’ve been waiting for.

A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today. Let 2018 be the year of your new career and a new you!

Rock it with Moroccan Cooking – Hands on Class
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What is not to love about the flavors and spices of Moroccan cuisine. We will be making traditional dishes together and then enjoy a five-course meal together. Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons, Couscous with Saffron and Toasted Almonds, Orange and Olive Salad with Feta, Chick Peas with Tomato, Lemon and Spinach, Phyllo Bundles with Fig and Chantilly Cinnamon Whipped Cream.

Road Show Winter Series – Abacus: Small Enough to Jail @ Carolina Theatre
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

ROAD SHOW WINTER SERIES: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
Jan. 24th, 7:30pm at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham, NC

Directed by Steve James

In the 1980s, Thomas Sung was a busy lawyer in New York City, but he saw a need. There was no bank serving the Chinese immigrant community. Motivated to help, Sung founded Abacus Federal Savings Bank in Manhattan’s Chinatown. In the decades that followed, his daughters joined him at the family company, and the business grew. And then, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Abacus was the only U.S. bank accused of mortgage fraud. This stunning film chronicles the Sungs’ legal battle as they fight to defend their business and their family name. Through interviews with people with vastly different points of view—journalists covering the trial, defense lawyers, and the DA’s office—director Steve James provides a fully realized portrait of the complicated realities of the case. But the heart of the film is in its intimate access to the Sung family. With humor and energy, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tracks the many twists and turns of the case, while introducing us to a family that shares an unforgettable bond.

This event is free, but we recommend reserving free tickets via Eventbrite. The Eventbrite page will open to the public at 9:00 am on Jan. 24th.

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New Zealand without Sauvignon Blanc @ The Granary
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

New Zealand – The country that singlehandedly placed Sauvignon Blanc in the wine center stage. Many only think of New Zealand as a country that produces the tropical fruit, crisp, citrusy, grassy Sauvignon Blancs that many like to quaff during summer months. But this country produces so much more – high-elevation Pinot Noir, minerally red blends made from Bordeaux varietals, and even crisp Sparkling wines made in the Champagne Method.
$50 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax.

Dr. Bacon – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Jan 26 all-day

Dr. Bacon are Asheville’s most rocking party-funk band. They return to the Bullpen for a night of genre-defying, horn-blasting, face-melting fun.


Shaga! @ Global Breath Studio
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Shaga is inspired by the movement language of Gaga, a form of primal dance developed by Ohad Naharin of Israel. Durham-based Shaleigh Comerford, who trained with Ohad, has created an accessible, empowering and fun practice, designed to “enhance increased sensitivity to our physicality while going beyond familiar limits and expanding our movement potential” ( Join Shaleigh once a month at Global Breath and see what you can discover about yourself and your Self!

Visit to reserve your spot! Classes are $15. Can also use a Global Breath Class Pass for this class!

Violinist Sarah Plum: Music by Duke composers @ Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm

This concert features works for violin and electronics by Duke graduate composer Sid Richardson, alumni Christopher Adler & Sidney Boquiren (both PhD composition, 1999), and Sidney Corbett. Sarah Plum began her performing career by winning first prize at the International Stulberg Competition in 1984. Her performances have been praised as “consistently stunning with works that demanded conventional virtuosity but also great skill in unconventional techniques” (third coast journal) and “extraordinary, meaningful and magnificent music” (Berlin Tageszeitung). As a new music specialist, Plum has performed worldwide at festivals and venues such as Ars Musica (Brussels), Cite de Musique (Paris), Ankunft: Neue Musik (Berlin), Unruly Music (Milwaukee) Spectrum (New York) and The Luzern Festival, among others, as a soloist and with noted ensembles. In the past three years alone Plum has commissioned Sidney Corbett, Christopher Adler (Ph.D. Duke 1999), Laurie Schwartz, Mari Kimura, Sidney Boquiren (Ph.D. Duke, 1999), Mari Takano, Charles Nichols and Jeff Herriot to write pieces for her. Recently, Plum recorded a violin concerto written for her by Christopher Adler with San Diego New Music and conductor Nicholas Deyoe. Her recording of the music of Bartok for violin and piano with Timothy Lovelace was released in early 2015 on the Bluegriffin label.

Event Design & Master Class @ American Tobacco Campus
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Event Design Master Class is for those aspiring event planners interested in learning how to master the art of event design. Are you a speaker, author, entrepreneur, or start-up business owner and are interested in hosting your own events? Create your own signature events and make money doing it!

Joye Speight, Owner of Virtue Events has worked with some of the best brands in Durham and beyond and has carved out a day to share those secrets with you.

At The Master Class Workshop you will learn :

How to Leverage Your Events to increase your bottom line.

The Do’s & Dont’s of hosting your own events.

Creating an annual event calendar.

How to master event design and create timeless events.

Creating your own signature events for your own brand.

Creating the atmosphere for your event.

The top 5 things to do immediately after your event.

Things that you need to know when hiring your event partners.

And Much More!

Lunch Provided by Virginia & Co.

Artist Reception for “Sentience: Works by Adam Cohen” @ National Humanities Center
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm

“Sentience” features work by Raleigh artist Adam Cohen whose paintings and drawings invite the viewer to recognize emotional connections to others through visual depictions that “stretch the truth.”

Barbara Claypole White – The Promise Between Us @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind–to change her name and never return.
But when she and Maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behavior. Worse, Maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Katie has the power to help, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned?
To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, accept the possibility of love, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret.
Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Originally from England, she writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina, where she lives with her beloved OCD family. Her previous novels include The Unfinished Garden, The In-Between Hour, The Perfect Son, and Echoes of Family. She is also an OCD Advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity.

Mick Herron – This is What Happened @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

From CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron comes a shocking, twisted novel of psychological suspense about one woman’s attempt to be better than ordinary.
Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice.
Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk.
Now one young woman has the chance to be a hero—if she can think quickly enough to stay alive.
Mick Herron was born in Newcastle and has a degree in English from Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of ten other novels, Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Nobody Walks, Real Tigers, Spook Street, Down Cemetery Road, The Last Voice You Hear, Why We Die, Smoke and Whispers, and Reconstruction, as well as the novella The List. His work has been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, and CWA Steel Dagger Awards, and he has won an Ellery Queen Readers Award and the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel. He lives in Oxford, England.