Weekend at a Glance: Concerts, Conversation and Community Science

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Make the most of your weekend with musical performances, educational presentations, hands-on classes and more!

weekend events – Tift Merritt and Allison Russell
Tift Merritt and Allison Russell 

Compiled by Meredith Alling

Durham BioBlitz – Through April 30 – Keep Durham Beautiful facilitates the city’s annual community science initiative to record and catalog local biodiversity. Volunteers use the iNaturalist app to make observations during the project timeline, and expert identifiers help turn these observations into data points to use in scientific research.

‘Medea’ – Thursday and Saturday, 7:30pm, and Sunday, 2pm – Duke University Theater Studies performs the ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides. The play is a distinction project by graduating theater studies majors María Zurita Ontiveros and Ash Jeffers

Musical Bites Episode No. 2 Online Release – Thursday – The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle creates a performance and food show with 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. During this episode, Afters chef Stephen Kennedy prepares the Verona Quartet some sweet and spicy treats.

SciComm Lunch & Learn: Science Sonnets – The Poetry of Good SciComm – Thursday, noon-1pm – Scientist and poet Bradley Allf explores how science and poetry complement each other during this virtual event as part of the NC Science Festival. Participants can write a science-themed poem and submit it before the presentation for the chance to share it with the group. 

Colorful Summer Container Gardens – Thursday, 4-5pm – In this online demonstration hosted by Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Tiera George, owner of TG Floristry in Raleigh, takes participants through three different plant designs that deliver color, texture and season-long enjoyment. The discussion focuses on what to look for in a container, what planting media to use, various plant choices and how to maintain your container.

Fighting Diseases, Finding Cures – Thursday, 6-7pm – A part of the RTP180 series hosted by Frontier RTP, local industry leaders discuss what they’re most passionate about in five minutes or less. Speakers touch on different angles of the health and medical field, from medical needs to disease prevention.

An Evening with Andrea Jenkins – Thursday, 6-8pm – Engage with the transgender activist and city councilwoman during a Zoom conversation hosted by the Duke Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Andrea is vice president of the Minneapolis City Council and the first African American openly trans woman elected to office in the United States. 

Osteria Georgi Preview Dinner – Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm – Guests are invited to get a sneak peek of Giorgios Bakatsias’ menu from his new Italian restaurant opening in Chapel Hill in late May. Chef Daniel Jackson, alongside Parizade executive chef Jason Lawless, cooks a six-course meal featuring rigatoni carbonara and grilled lamb chop.

In Conversation: Tift Merritt & Allison Russell – Friday, noon – Duke Performances and Duke Arts presents an introduction to the many components of work-in-process “Hungry River” by the artists involved. Tift Merritt, Allison Russell and playwright and cultural worker Nina Angela Mercer explore the emotional history of a segregated North Carolina asylum through song and storytelling in this collaborative performance that shows how the past informs views of race relations, poverty, criminalized margins and the stigma of mental illness today. The showing – an invitation for shared narrative and community response – is free and open to the public over Vimeo.

Aaron McDuffie Moore, MD: The Story of Durham’s First Black Physician and Founder of Lincoln Hospital – Friday, noon-1pm – C. Eileen Welch, Blake Hill-Saya and Dr. Damon Tweedy discuss the impact of Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore (1863-1923) on the health of Durham’s Black residents. Panelists explore his role as a pioneering physician, educator and driving force behind the establishment of Lincoln Hospital, the first secular, freestanding African American hospital in North Carolina. 

Central Park Neighborhood Exhibit VIP Reception – Friday, 6-8pm – The Museum of Durham History reopens its doors and debuts its latest exhibit, “From Tobacco Market to Innovation Hub: Durham’s Central Park Neighborhood.” The new exhibit explores how Durham Central Park’s landscape, from rural farmland to reclaimed community space, has changed. The showing is limited to special friends of the museum who made the exhibit possible. 

Virtual Canvas Creations – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm – Durham Parks and Recreation hosts this virtual painting class, where adults 19 and older can channel their inner Bob Ross. No experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided.

Rhymes & Rhythms – Friday, 7-9pm – Hayti Heritage Center hosts an open jam session every Friday for the month of April in honor of National Poetry and Jazz Appreciation Month. Every evening features award-winning poets and musicians from Durham. Audience members can tune in to a livestream or attend in person.

Tobacco Basket Workshop – Saturday, 9am and noon – Artist Nancy Duffie leads this 12-person class, hosted by Duke Homestead State Historic Site, and shows how to weave a 14-inch-by-14-inch tobacco basket.

Historic Maplewood Cemetery Tour – Saturday and Sunday, 9am and 11am – Preservation Durham leads participants on a tour of Maplewood Cemetery, Durham’s first public and planned space. Tour guides share stories about the educators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and ordinary people buried there and explain funerary customs and grave architecture.

Durham Civil Rights History Walking Tour – Saturday, 10-11:30am – Preservation Durham leads participants on a downtown tour that showcases Durham landmarks that were important during the Civil Rights movement, including the Durham County Courthouse and the Kress and Woolworth buildings. The tour also touches on the people who fought for equality in Durham, from Floyd McKissick to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dog Meet & Greet – Saturday, 2:30-5:30pm – Rockwood Dairy Bar celebrates its one-year anniversary with discounts, balloons and adoptable dogs from the Animal Protection Society of Durham.

Cocktails & Cuisine – Saturday, 3-5pm – Unscripted Hotel serves three cocktails crafted by Alley Twenty Six and Unscripted’s house mixologist to pair with the hotel’s specialty plates. JuiceKeys and Sweets by Shayda present sample juices, fresh bowls and sweets to round out the evening.

Drive-In Movie: ‘Trolls’  – Saturday, 7:30-9:30pm – Exchange Family Center hosts a screening of this animated film at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Concessions are available for purchase. 

Ciompi Quartet Virtual Concert – Saturday, 8pm – The string quartet collaborates with Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute for the second time this season. Ciompi Quartet also presents the world premiere of Duke composer John Supko’s quartet, “soleil noir,” originally scheduled for April 2020. This virtual performance is part of Duke Performances’ virtual season, “The Show Must Go Online.”

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