Moogfest – Thursday-Sunday – The 15th annual festival celebrating music, art and technology will be held at various venues in downtown. A tribute to analog synthesizer pioneer Dr. Robert Moog and the influence of his inventions, the festival moved to Durham from Asheville in 2016. By day, Moogfest hosts creative and tech enthusiasts for participatory programming including panels, experimentation and more, and presents electronic music, contemporary pop and avant-garde performances by night.
A Whitman Sampler: A Bicentennial Celebration – Thursday, 4-6pm – Join Duke University Libraries in celebrating esteemed American poet Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday at Perkins Library Room 217. Listen to readings and remarks by former Duke President Richard Brodhead and view original Whitman manuscripts and materials from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
The Southern Noir Film Hour – Thursday, 6:30pm – Enjoy live music by Swedish Wood Patrol and watch the premieres of two locally produced, independent short neo-noir films, “Cheat Proof” (directed by Edith Snow) and “Going Down Slow” (directed by Eryk Pruitt) at Motorco Music Hall. A short Q&A with the creators and cast will follow.
Adult Space Camp – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – Learn about all things space while you enjoy themed cocktails from your favorite bars and distilleries at Museum of Life & Science. Challenge your friends in trivia, view Apollo-era artifacts, launch a rocket or ride a real gyroscope.
Poetry Series: Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Alan Shapiro – Thursday, 7pm – Join The Regulator Bookshop for an evening of poetry featuring Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Gabrielle Calvocoressi and UNC professor Alan Shapiro, as well as to emerging poets Travis Smith and Coco Wilder.
Professor Brian Cox – Thursday, 8pm – The UK-based professor of particle physics explores the nature of space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes, at DPAC. Experience state-of-the-art graphics and imagery from ground-based telescopes and space probes.
JACK Quartet + yMusic – Thursday, 8pm – Duke Performances’ ensemble-in-residence JACK Quartet and former ensemble-in-residence yMusic convene for a night of music at Baldwin Auditorium. Performance pieces include Zosha Di Castri’s “String Quartet No. 1” and Gabriella Smith’s “Tessellations.”
Hardwired Code — Apollo and the Invention of Software – Friday, 1-3pm; Saturday, 10am-noon and 1-3pm – Learn how humans were sent to the moon through the technology developed for the Apollo program as part of the Tinkering Family Workshops at Museum of Life & Science. You can also develop your own space mission using LEGO robotics and create code with modern and classic techniques.
Frontier Airlines Connection – Friday, 5-8pm – Test your knowledge of Frontier Airlines trivia at Hi-Wire Brewing for a chance to win one of 500 round-trip tickets to anywhere the airline flies. The event includes food trucks and other giveaways.
One Acre Exchange Opening Reception + Artist Talk – Friday, 6:30-9:30pm – Organized by Tyler Jenkins, Katie Berman and Courtney Lockemer, the exhibit celebrates the community built through a shared hemp supply chain. Connecting local farmers, workers and artisans centered around hemp grown and processed in Durham County, the work serves as a model for how an innovative, cooperative, equitable supply chain can be designed.
Dane Cook – Friday, 8pm – Combining energetic physical comedy and clever wordplay, the stand-up comedian presents a wild night of laughter at DPAC.
NCCU 29th Annual Jazz Festival – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm – North Carolina Central University’s Department of Music hosts its annual festival featuring accomplished professional artists and student musicians at B.N. Duke Auditorium. Grammy-nominated jazz singer Nnenna Freelon performs Friday, and saxophonists Brian Miller and James Gates perform Saturday.
Angels Among Us 5K and Walk of HOPE – Saturday, 8am-12:30pm – This 26th annual race/walk winds through Duke’s medical campus (beginning at the corner of Erwin Road and Flowers Drive) and Sarah P. Duke Gardens. The family-friendly event also features a silent auction, fun activities for children, a marketplace, food vendors and more. The race honors those fighting brain cancer, and proceeds benefit research for the treatment of brain tumors.
Hill Mile – Hill Learning Center’s fifth annual Hill Mile features a one miler and kids’ dash to help raise funds in support of the Wendy B. Speir Student Financial Aid Fund. This year’s goal is $100,000.
Volunteer @ Bethesda Elementary – Saturday, 10am-noon – Join Bull City Classrooms in helping the Bethesda Elementary community with tasks, such as mulching and planting in the flower beds, assembling bulletin boards, organizing books and more.
154th Anniversary Surrender Commemoration – Saturday, 10am-4pm – Learn about the largest surrender during the Civil War at Bennett Place State Historic Site. Historian Earl Ijames will discuss the role of U.S. Colored Troops in the war, and attendees can view artifacts and watch demonstrations by civilian re-enactors.
Unicorn Party with Jackie Ogburn – Saturday, 11am-1pm – Celebrate your favorite mythical creatures at The Regulator Bookshop as a part of Independent Bookstore Day. Meet the bestselling children’s book author of “The Unicorn in the Barn,” a middle-grade fantasy about a boy and the unicorn who needs his care. There will be unicorn snacks, unicorn crafts and unicorn games! Kids can take a selfie with Jackie and her unicorn mascot. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Oyster Roast – Saturday, noon-7pm – Join Motorco and Oysters Carolina of Harkers Island for an oyster roast on the patio with fresh (harvested that morning) oysters. Enjoy raw or grilled. Preorder to guarantee your oysters.
23rd Annual Durham Home Tour – Saturday and Sunday, noon-4pm – Preservation Durham hosts its annual tour, which will focus on residential architecture just before and immediately following World War II. Pick up your booklet at Inhabit Real Estate, 2814 Hillsborough Rd., before starting the tour.
Art Out for E.K. Powe – Saturday, 3-5pm – 10% of all gallery sales at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends will be donated to the school (this comes entirely out of the gallery cut, artists still get their full share). There will be sidewalk chalk art-making action for the kids out front, replete with bubble machine for ambiance, so adults can be unencumbered and look at work and partake of the adult beverages. There will be lemonade for the kids. Powe art teacher Malcolm Goff will have work on display and for sale (the gallery is not taking a cut). Powe counselor Therese Daye will have her newest book, “Daddy’s Little Girl,” on display and for sale. This book was illustrated by Malcolm Goff. Powe educator and iconic songwriter/recording artist Nancy Middleton will be playing music. Hana Lee will have fresh, bee-friendly and sustainably grown flowers, dried bouquets, local herbs in dream pillows, botanical art and indigo-dyed kids clothes for sale.
FriendsFest Community Festival – Saturday, 3-7pm – Join Carolina Friends School Alumni Relations in celebrating the alumni community’s artistic contributions at Durham Central Park. Activities include live music, games, a story walk, service opportunities and more.
Tails & Tiaras – 2019 Beaver Queen Pageant Kickoff Party – Saturday, 6-8pm – Be the first to meet this year’s Beaver Queen Pageant contestants and judges and come shake your tails with Durham’s very own Beauty Operators at Fullsteam Brewery.
Duke Hospice Gala – Saturday, 6:30-11pm – Duke Hospice hosts its 17th annual gala at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. This year’s event, themed “My Secret Garden,” will include a reception, silent and live auctions, an awards ceremony and dancing to the music of Bunn DJ Company. Proceeds benefit Duke HomeCare and Hospice.
Jo Gore – Saturday, 7pm – The local singer-songwriter performs alongside stand-up comic Caroline Smith and multi-instrumentalist and singer Stephanie Ray at Motorco Music Hall. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Compass Center.
Brit Floyd Special 40th Anniversary Celebration of “The Wall” – Saturday, 7:30pm – One of the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute shows returns to DPAC for the 40th anniversary of the band’s iconic rock opera, “The Wall.” They’ll also perform highlights from other albums, such as “The Dark Side of the Moon,” “Animals” and more.
Kamara Thomas presents SONGSPELL – Saturday, 7:30pm – The Durham-based singer-songwriter transforms Northstar Church of the Arts into a mythological space ripe for storytelling. The performance features 12 actors portraying 12 American “archetypes,” taking the audience on a journey of exploration.
Fred Hersch ‘Leaves of Grass’ – Saturday, 8pm – Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch performs music from “Leaves of Grass,” his 2005 album inspired by Walt Whitman, at Baldwin Auditorium. This Duke Performances concert will feature the same lineup from the recording, including jazz singers Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry.
Earth Day Festival – Sunday, noon-5pm – This rain or shine celebration at Durham Central Park features a parade, live music, environmental education activities and food vendors. Go green by biking, walking, skating, carpooling or riding GoDurham transit to the festival, where you can enjoy a showcase of environmentally friendly businesses and organizations sharing information and resources; climb a 28-foot-tall rock wall; explore the Family Fun Zone; shred documents for recycling; and more.
Pinwheels Family Fun Day – Sunday, noon-6pm – Join Exchange Family Center for its sixth annual family celebration at Wheels Fun Park. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention month in April, Pinwheels Family Fun Day is part of a larger initiative to help spread awareness of the need to ensure the safety and welfare of our children. Admission includes activities like roller skating, batting cages, go-kart rides, mini golf and more.
Reality Ministries Presents 2019 Talent Show – Sunday, 4pm – Watch and cheer on members of the Reality Ministries community as they perform in the annual talent show at DPAC. The event, which celebrates each member’s gifts and abilities, also features an art gallery displaying the community’s talented works.
“In Our Own Hands” Screening – Sunday, 4pm – The Holocaust Speakers Bureau presents a screening of “In Our Own Hands” at the Levin Community Jewish Center. The film, which tells the story of Jewish soldiers in World War II, will be followed by an discussion with former U.S. Army Chaplain and Rabbi Michael Gisser.
Nancy Middleton and Lisa R and The Lucky Stars – Sunday, 6-10pm – Durham-based singer-songwriter Nancy Middleton performs songs from her upcoming album at the Arcana. Before she takes the stage, Lisa R and The Lucky Stars opens with an alternative country set.