Weekend at a Glance: Pop-ups, Performances and Poetry

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Participate in a poetry workshop, watch a performance or two, and stroll around an outdoor market this weekend. 

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle creates a performance and food show with the Durham Food Hall and the Verona Quartet, pictured. Photo by Kaupo Kikkas

Compiled by Greta Travaglia 

Swing Into Spring: Online Auction and Virtual Fundraiser – Thursday-Sunday – Durham Art Guild takes its event online this year with an online auction and a virtual, North Carolina-themed game night. The auction features more than 80 pieces of artwork donated by local artists and also includes more than 15 local packages and experiences that highlight small businesses. No tickets are required for the auction, which closes April 6. Game night requires a ticket.

Dino Egg Hunt – Thursday-Sunday – Hunt for colorful dinosaur eggs and take a selfie with resident dino Maiasaura as you explore the Dinosaur Trail at the Museum of Life and Science. The weekend-long event also includes giant dinosaur skeleton puzzles, dino mini golf and temporary tattoos. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Easter at Old Mill Farm – Thursday-Sunday – Reserve your own 90-minute session that features a large Easter egg hunt spread across acres of farmland, visits with the Easter bunny and more! Tickets are limited to ensure proper social distancing, and masks are required.

Sound Bites: A COT/Durham Food Hall Recipe – Thursday – The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle creates a performance and food show with the Durham Food Hall and the Verona Quartet through a series of virtual episodes that feature live music by the quartet and highlight chefs who create dishes that complement the music on camera. The proceeds from the series will benefit these organizations.

Blood Drive at The Carolina Theatre – Thursday, 10am-3pm – The American Red Cross hosts a blood drive in the Connie Moses Ballroom at The Carolina Theatre. All donations are tested for COVID-19 antibodies, and donors receive a T-shirt. Appointments are required and can be made here

Virtual Walk on the Wild Side: Spring in the Blomquist Garden – Part 1 – Thursday, 11am – Watch this online presentation with Sarah P. Duke GardensBlomquist Garden of Native Plants‘ Curator Annabel Renwick and Horticulturist Maegan Luckett as they show off spring in the garden. This free program will be recorded and sent to all registrants.

National Poetry Month Kickoff Workshop – Thursday, 6-7pm – The Duke Writers Collective hosts a virtual workshop led by poet Bartholomew Barker, who provides guidance on writing while feeling uninspired. Register here to receive a Zoom link. 

Eutopia Pop-up at Horse & Buggy Press – Saturday, noon-6pm – Horse & Buggy Press reopens its PS 118 Gallery & Event Space with a five-week pop-up from EutopiaDesign, a Chapel Hill-based company that imports artisanal craft goods by small independent makers from Poland and eastern Europe. The gallery is currently open on Friday and Saturday, noon-6pm, and by appointment. 

In Conversation: Arts & Environmentalism – Friday, noon-1pm – Duke Arts and Duke Performances hosts this online conversation as part of its Lunch With Artists series. The 2020-21 Bass Connections project team “Arts and the Anthropocene: Crisis and Resilience in North Carolina Waterways” explores how the arts can play a role in public advocacy and education in support of meaningful climate change interventions.

Art-n-Soul Market at Mystic Farm & Distillery – Saturday, noon-4pm – Mystic Farm & Distillery hosts this artisan food pop-up market with local makers, food trucks and music. Mystic also offers bourbon tastings. Masks are required. 

EGGstravaganza! – Saturday, 4-5pm – This free, family-friendly, outdoor event at newhope church culminates in more than 10,000 eggs being dropped from a helicopter. There will also be music, games, crafts and giveaways. Stick around for the church’s first Easter service, which will also be outside and family-friendly, at 5pm.

Black Atlantic: Okaidja Afroso ‘Ghana/USA’ & Lakou Mizik ‘Haiti’ – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances presents performances by Okaidja Afroso and Lakou Mizik during its virtual season, “The Show Must Go Online!” Okaidja is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and dancer from Ghana while nine-member band Lakou Mizik weaves together influences from Africa, France, the Caribbean and the United States. 

Easter Sunday Service – Sunday, 11am – Duke Chapel‘s Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery leads this university worship online in song and prayer. Find a link to the worship guide and hymns on the Chapel website.

Brunch Market – Sunday, noon-4pm – The Honeysuckle at Lakewood hosts a socially distant outdoor market featuring local artisan-made goods including candles, jewelry, beauty products and more.

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