Weekend at a Glance: ‘Aladdin,’ Andy Grammer and Animal Blessings

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Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical
Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, at DPAC all weekend long. Photo by Deen van Meer

Compiled by Meredith Dockery

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Thursday, 1pm and 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, 1pm and 7pm The Durham Performing Arts Center presents the national tour of this Disney and Broadway classic, featuring popular songs from the animated film and new numbers as well. Come discover a whole new world, as this revamped musical presents creative new sets, costumes and lighting. 

SEEDS Harvest Dinner – Thursday, 6-9pm Join the community for the 16th annual family-style dinner and silent auction at The Rickhouse benefiting SEEDS

Annual Semans Lecture Thursday 7-8:30pmIndependent curator, writer and researcher Candice Hopkins will talk about her work at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Hopkins is one of the three co-curators of the museum’s exhibition “Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now.”  

Mavis Staples Thursday, 8pm This Grammy Award recipient, 2017 Blues Hall of Fame inductee and 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee performs some of her most popular gospel hits at The Carolina Theatre.

The Way Down Wanderers Thursday, 8pm The Illinois natives bring their bluegrass-, classic rock-, jazz-, classic- and hip-hop-influenced music to Motorco Music Hall.

VrroomVIP JazzFEST Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 6pm; and Saturday, 5pm Multiple jazz artists, such as Andre Cavor, Jazmin Ghent and Gregg Karukas, perform during this third annual festival at the PSI Theatre at Durham Arts Council.

Andy Grammer: Don’t Give Up on Me Tour Friday, 8pm The artist most commonly known for his hit songs “Fine By Me” and “Keep Your Head Up” performs some of his Billboard Hot 100 hits and songs from his new album “Naïve” at The Carolina Theatre.

Lady Day Starring Gail Nelson Friday 8pm Enjoy a tribute to Billie Holiday at Rhythms Live Music Hall with the North Carolina Jazz Ensemble.

PARTY ILLEGAL: KAMPIRE Friday, 10pm One of East Africa’s most exciting young DJs will perform at The Pinhook, joined by Femi the Femme, Ma’Duro and Seven7h Sis7er.

Big Sweep Litter Cleanup Saturday Volunteer with local organizations including Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District, Keep Durham Beautiful and Public Works Department Stormwater and GIS Services Division to help clean up sites around the city. 

Phoenix Fest Saturday, 9am-6pm This annual street festival and parade celebrates African American heritage and the cultural legacy of Durham’s Hayti community. The parade takes off at Fayetteville Street in the morning, and the festival will have all-day live music, food and vendors. 

Book SaleSaturday noon-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm – Shop for gently used books at Books Among Friends to support the Friends of the Durham Library, a nonprofit that helps Durham County Library fund programs, services, and materials. Friends members get early entry on Saturday (10am), and memberships will be for sale at the door and online. On Saturday, hardbacks are $3, trade paperbacks are $2, small paperbacks are 50 cents and children’s books are 25 cents to $1. AV materials are $1 to $4, and special books are priced as marked. On Sunday, all items, regardless of their original prices, can be part of a $10 bag. A half-bag is $5, and items amounting to less than a half-bag are half their original prices. Fill as many bags as you want!

Crafts & Drafts NC Grand Opening Saturday and Sunday, noon-10pm Celebrate the grand opening of this crafting bar on Guess Road with a pint and $5 off all craft kits.  

Triangle Barkitecture Saturday 2-7pm Compete to create pet-inspired architecture at Bull City Ciderworks. Creations will be auctioned off to raise money for Hope Animal Rescue

Parties for the Park: 4th Annual Brunswick Stew & Soulful Tunes Saturday, 5-9pm Enjoy a bowl of stew and listen to headlining band Alley 17 with Plan B, Colt Thornburg, Midnight Gladness and other bands at Bull McCabes to raise money for Durham Central Park

Criminal Podcast Live Show Saturday, 8pm This award-winning podcast will present a new story, accompanied by photographs and other visuals, recorded live on stage at The Carolina Theatre.

A Foodie FundraiserSunday, noon-3pm Listen to music from Up Cane Creek, make crafts with The Scrap Exchange and sample food from local restaurants at this family-friendly fundraiser at TROSA, a comprehensive, long-term, nonprofit residential substance abuse recovery program

Vintage Flea WOW Event Sunday, 1-5pm Shop for clothes, furniture, jewelry and housewares at Pennies for Change Thrift Store to support the Durham Crisis Response Center.

The Beat Market Sunday 1-5pm Check out the local artisan market curated by Durham Beat and featuring live music at Locopops

Masters of Invention Sunday, 3pm Listen to The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and featured cellist Sayaka Selina perform works composed by Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann and Dmitri Shostakovich at The Carolina Theatre

Blessing of the Animals Sunday, 3pm – Take your pets to a 30-minute service on the lawn in front of Duke Chapel. Individual animal blessings will take place immediately after the service.

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