Swing into spring with festivals, exhibits and creative classes in and around Durham this weekend!
Compiled by Janet Alsas
Library Fest – Through Saturday – Durham County Library celebrates National Library Week with live events on Zoom, which includes a community reading program featuring discussions with authors Yaa Gyasi and Tayari Jones, artist Volkan Alkanoglu and YouTuber Daniel Davis, among others, plus a cosplay contest, gaming nights and a live 3D printing demonstration and tutorial. DCoL also highlights its business services department, makerspaces, the North Carolina Collection, its gaming and media center and its outreach to the Hispanic community.
Scavenger Hunt – Through April 24 – Join the Exchange Family Center on a scavenger hunt to find pinwheels around Durham for a chance to win a free stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, a $50 Scrap Exchange gift certificate and a signed Duke football. Download the scavenger hunt map, take a photo at the pinwheel location, and use the hashtag #Pinwheels2021EFC on social media or email it to EFC. Each photo counts as an entry!
‘Emergence’ – Through May 1 – 5 Points Gallery presents its latest exhibition, which embraces the promise of renewal in our communities, our families and ourselves. The exhibition features work from 10 Triangle-based artists highlighting paintings, sculptures, weavings, fused glasses and other mixed media designed to stimulate your imagination.
‘Subjective Exploration of Sikhi’ – Through June 30 – Durham-based visual artist Shanny Kohli created a series of conceptual images that together comprise a spiritual and theatrical act that tells the story of Sikhs. The artwork in the Great Hall at Golden Belt shows a range of different representations of the 10 Sikh Gurus and their teachings (“Sikhi”), which underscore equality, fighting against injustice and uplifting our fellow humans in need.
Madama Butterfly – The Met: Live in HD – Thursday-Sunday – The Carolina Theatre streams the 2016 rendition of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” The New York Times-revered performance tells the unrequited love story of Cio Cio San, a young Japanese geisha, and an American naval officer and the devastating consequences that follow.
Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve Virtual Tour – Thursday, 3:30pm – Explore this 84-acre site, which supports a rare collection of plants on a diabase soil and is surrounded on three sides by the Eno River, during this free online presentation with Paul Manos, professor of biology, and Alec Motten, associate professor emeritus of Duke University‘s Department of Biology. Springtime plants include Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), Southern or Dimpled Troutlily (Erythronium umbilicatum) and its northern counterpart (E. americanum) along with an abundance of other spring wildflowers.
Acrylic Pour – Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm – Wine and Design hosts a class on acrylic pour painting, a fascinating technique where liquefied paint is poured into each other or tilted onto the canvas. Wine and Design provides all the supplies, but participants are encouraged to bring their own beverages and snacks! No experience is needed.
‘Dreamgirls’ – Thursday-Sunday, 7:30pm – Hoof ‘n’ Horn debuts its virtual performance of the award-winning musical “Dreamgirls.” The student-run musical theater, accompanied by a pit orchestra, gives audiences a high-spirited show full of emotional twists and turns.
Sustaining the Momentum of Anti-Racism – Friday, 10am-1pm – Business students from North Carolina Central University and UNC team up for a virtual symposium to raise awareness and address issues surrounding inequities in corporate systems. The symposium includes remarks from Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison, UNC Kenan Flagler Business School Dean Douglas A. Shackelford and NCCU’s School of Business Dean Anthony Nelson. In addition to the keynote speakers, there will be a panel discussion from various business professionals from companies like Nike, Cisco and more. Join the conversation to learn about the anti-racism movement and how you can be an agent of change.
In Conversation: Waxahatchee – Friday, noon-1pm – On the heels of “Saint Cloud,” one of 2020’s most critically acclaimed albums, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield sits down virtually with Kym Register, Loamlands leader and proprietor of The Pinhook, for a free public conversation. The two will explore a few of the overarching themes in Katie’s work: a penchant for storytelling in songwriting, paths through DIY and punk scenes, and the enduring influence of Southernness and country music in her work.
Storytime with Stormie Daie – Friday, 1:30-2:30pm – Durham County Library hosts drag queen Stormie Daie for an hour-long storytime filled with fabulous fables and fun for kids of all ages.
Witherspoon Rose Culture – Friday-Saturday – Witherspoon Rose Culture celebrates 70 years of rose garden care with extended hours this weekend. Join in its celebration with potted roses, ice cream and rose care classes.
WonDur Fest: One Day Women’s Festival – Saturday, 9am-10pm – Triangle Rock Club – Durham celebrates “female crushers” from various sports, gyms and the community at large. The event features a women’s-only climbing competition, strength and endurance contests, yoga classes and clinics – plus food and drinks! All women, identifiers and allies are encouraged to join the festival.
East Meets West Volunteer Garden Day – Saturday, 9am-1pm – Durham Community Land Trustees hosts a community garden spring kickoff at the corner of E. Piedmont and Scout streets. Come plant veggies and pollinators – all ages welcome! For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Addy’s Birthday: A Children’s Tour of Historic Stagville – Saturday, 11am – Did you know that American Girl Addy Walker was inspired by the story of a real freedom seeker from Stagville? Celebrate Addy’s birthday with a special children’s tour of Historic Stagville. Discover the history of an enslaved family whose journey to freedom inspired this well-known children’s book. All ages are welcome, but the tour is best for students in third through sixth grade. Explore the fictional story of Addy and the true history of Mary Walker and her family by visiting the historic slave dwellings to learn about the lives and culture of enslaved families in North Carolina, including seeing artifacts from Addy’s story. The tour is limited to groups of 12 people, with masks and social distancing required.
Golden Belt Arts Spring Art Market – Saturday, noon-7pm – Join Golden Belt artists for a socially distanced outdoor spring art market in the Golden Belt Plaza. Artists will be selling their art and available to chat about their creative process. Shop, grab a beer at Hi-Wire Brewing, a bite at J. Light’s or a scoop at Two Roosters. Masks are required.
The Streetery – Saturday, 1-9pm – For the return of Downtown Durham Inc.‘s Streetery, Durham Central Park opens to pedestrian traffic with outdoor seating and buskers. The Streetery will happen on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
Waxahatchee – Saturday, 8pm – Alabama-born singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield shares her more refined folk country sound while shining the spotlight brighter on her visceral, affecting songwriting in this Duke Performances online concert, a part of its virtual season, “The Show Must Go Online!”
The Black Farmers Market – Sunday, 1:30-4pm – The farmers market returns for its second market season, now located at Golden Belt Campus. Markets, which are free and open to the public, will be held every second Sunday at 930 Franklin St. The Black Farmers Market’s goal is to inspire a self-sufficient community that supports and protects Black farmers and entrepreneurs.
Robo Rave – Sunday, 2-4pm – Kidzu Children’s Museum and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics team up to create a futuristic exhibit sponsored by the NC Science Festival for National Robotics Week. Kids and their parents can participate virtually on Kidzu and NCSSM’s YouTube or stop by Kidzu for in-person fun.
Spring Oratorio: ‘Faith and Love and Hope Abide’ – Sunday, 4-5pm – Duke Chapel presents its annual concert – which is centered around the theme of faith, love and hope – virtually this year. The online program features the Duke Chapel Choir, the Duke Vespers Ensemble and the Duke Evensong Singers in a series of performances, including the world premiere of newly commissioned pieces interspersed with poetry and commentary.