Weekend at a Glance: Romanovs, Rise Up and Reggae

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Lila Coogan, who plays Anya, and the company of the National Tour of Anastasia, which finishes its run at DPAC this weekend.

Dinner to Benefit No Kid Hungry – Thursday, 6pm– Come out for a dinner at Counting House at 21c Museum Hotel to benefit No Kid Hungry of Durham, an organization working to end child hunger in America today by ensuring that all children get the healthy food they need. The event will also include a cocktail hour and silent auction to support NKH’s campaign

Golden Leaf Awards – Thursday, 6pm– The Durham City-County Appearance Commission and Keep Durham Beautiful host the annual awards event recognizing top properties in the area that provide positive attributes to the built environment. Held in the newly renovated lobby of the Legacy Tower, guests can browse the displays of projects – both new and re-purposed buildings and landscapes – nominated for awards, which will then be presented to the building owners, developers, designers, neighborhood groups and civic organizations that win.

Anastasia – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm –The Broadway musical inspired by the films and historical events comes to the DPAC stage. Set at the end of the Russian empire and in Paris in the ’20s, the tale follows a young Russian woman’s travels as she discovers the secrets of her past.

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band – Thursday, 8pm – The Pinhook hosts the afro-funk musicians, featuring frontman Leon Ligan-Majek. Joining the band are openers Africa Unplugged and M8alla. 

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, Fats Waller Dance Party  – Thursday, 8pm, and Friday, 8pm – There are two different opportunities to see one of the most sought-after pianists and bandleaders in jazz today, Jason Moran, at Durham Fruit & Produce Company this weekend. First on Thursday in concert with long-running trio The Bandwagon, Moran is joined by bandmates  bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits. On Friday, he presents a mixture of dance, song and humor in an oversized and grinning papier-mâché Fats Waller mask made by Haitian artist Didier Civil, supported by multitalented singer Lisa E. Harris, trumpet standout Leron Thoma, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Charles Haynes.

Birthday Bash at Hendrick Southpoint Auto Mall – Through Sunday – Find exceptional offers and savings on new and pre-owned vehicles with the added bonus of food trucks, cake and a kids’ bounce house to commemorate the one-year anniversary at Hendrick Southpoint.

Okilly Dokilly – Friday – The world’s only “Nedal” band comes to Motorco Music Hall for a night of metal music and comedy with openers Bear Ghost. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, the majority of the metalcore band’s lyrics come directly from quotes by the animated character Ned Flanders from The Simpsons.

Third Friday Durham – Friday, 6-9pm – Held once a month on each third Friday and sponsored by Downtown Durham Inc., visitors are invited to browse and explore galleries, artist studios, shops, restaurants and music. Get to know the dynamic crop of local buskers around every corner – Michelle Gourley at Major The BullMaggie Lee at Pleiades Arts; Steve Fishman at Durham Arts CouncilMike Herrera at Museum of Durham HistoryMaxine Eloi at Bull City Art and Frame CompanyAllie Capo at Golden Belt Campus building 2; and Shaquim Muldrow at Golden Belt Campus.

Happy Hour with Ace & Jig – Friday, 4:30pm – Sustainable fashion designer Cary Vaughan of the brand Ace & Jig talks about the process of designing no waste slow fashion at Vert & Vogue. As always, drinks are on the house! Come early before Happy Hour from 4:30-5:30pm to shop the Ace & Jig sample sale. Bring in your gently used Ace & Jig pieces you are ready to let go of and swap with friends. If you can’t make it Friday, you can shop the sample sale in-store through Saturday.

‘Between Presence and Absence (Making Roots)’ Third Friday Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Visit The Carrack for the reception for Natacha Sochat’s exhibit that features painting, crocheting and sculptural objects. The exhibit closes April 21.

Dino Egg Hunt – Friday-Sunday – Bring your budding paleontologist on a quest to unearth colorful dinosaur eggs at the Museum of Life and Science. Explore the  Museum’s Dinosaur Trail for fun activities and adventure – put together large scale dinosaur skeletons, excavate fossils and make fossil etchings, take prehistoric selfies with the museum’s resident Maiasaura and more.

Purple Rain and Desperately Seeking Susan – Friday, 7-11pm – Honor Prince on the third anniversary of his death at a film presentation of “Purple Rain,” followed by “Desperately Seeking Susan,” at The Carolina Theatre

Rise Up and Dance – Friday, 8pm-midnight – The Rickhouse hosts an evening of music by The Mamis and The Papis to benefit the victims of the recent Durham gas explosion. All of the proceeds will go to the GoFundMe for Bull City Rebuilds in the effort to support them, and the evening will also include a cash bar, raffles and dancing. Suggested donation is $20 or whatever you’re able to give. Displaced workers from Brightleaf area restaurants will be working this event as an additional source of income – bring cash to tip if you would like to personally help them out. Local food trucks will be outside and donating a portion of their profits.

Family Field Day and Earth Day Celebration – Saturday, 9-11am – Durham Farmers Market kicks off its 20th anniversary celebration with fun games and activities for kids and adults. Reusable totes will also be given away in honor of Earth Day, which can be used at the Farmers Market all season long. 

HSL Tours – Saturday, 10am-2pm – The building that was formerly the Durham Police Headquarters has re-established itself as its original name, the Home Security Life Building. NC Modernist is offering tours of 505 W. Chapel Hill St. to see the modernist architecture up close, including high ceilings, terrazzo floors and rich wood walls. (Tour takes about 20 minutes.) Suggested donation is $10 per person; proceeds benefit the documentation, preservation and promotion programs of NC Modernist, a nonprofit educational archive working to preserve modernist design in North Carolina.

Phoenix’s Journey and Movie Night – Saturday, noon and 7pm – Come out to North Star Church of the Arts‘ two events on Saturday, starting off with a conversation about self-care strategies and finishing with a movie night, in which the film “The Harder They Come” will be screened. 

College Expo – Saturday 1:30-5pm – The Emily K Center, named for Duke Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski‘s mother, Emily, hosts a free college expo through its Game Plan: College program. More than 50 colleges will be represented at the fair, as well as opportunities to attend workshops about admissions, financial aid and more. 

Viking Storm II – Saturday, 3pm – Motorco Music Hall hosts an afternoon of music from several area bands, including Hammer No More the Fingers, The Beast, Tooth and Future Kings of Nowhere. Partial proceeds go to support Afrofuturism digital makerspace Blackspace

Durham Bulls Baseball – Saturday, 6:35pm and Sunday, 3:30pm – To celebrate the history of African American heritage in baseball, the team will wear “42” jerseys and honor local Negro League players at Saturday’s game. On Sunday, the gates open early at 3:30pm for an Easter Egg Hunt for ages 12 and younger. Hunt begins at 3:45 PM. This event is limited to the first 500 participants, so register in advance to reserve your spot.

Afro Soca Love – Saturday, 9pm-2am – This Afro-Caribbean rave at The Vault is infused with a celebration of love boasts a variety of fun-filled activities that promises to you yearning for more.

The Purple Party – Saturday, 9pm-2am – A celebration of Prince’s life and legacy at Arcana, featuring music and dancing in his honor. 

Dreaming of the ’90s – Saturday, 10pm-2am – DJs PlayPlay and Shazhad team up with The Pinhook again for the spring edition of the ’90s party celebrating the iconic decade. 

Sunday Service at North Star – Sunday, 11am and 3pm – Participate in a Sunday service with Earthseed Collective at North Star Church of the Arts, discussing relationships and collective liberation. 

Reggae on the Rooftop – Sunday, noon – DJ Algoriddim and Selector B Steady return to the rooftop pool at Unscripted Durham for an afternoon of music, drinks and a beautiful view of the city.

Djembe Fire – Sunday, 2-3pm – Join The Magic of African Rhythms in an interactive concert featuring West and Central African dance, drumming melodic instruments and song. Teli, Mabiniti and Aya Shabu demonstrate the fundamentals of African drumming and its origins at Kirby Horton Hall at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. This family concert is appropriate for 5-year-olds plus, and are about one-hour long.

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