Weekend at a Glance: Concerts, Cocktails and Comedy

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Our list of the top events happening this weekend in Durham

weekend events in Durham - Shana Tucker at The Carolina Theatre
Shana Tucker performs live at The Carolina Theatre this Saturday as part of its Family Saturday Series. Photo by John Michael Simpson

Albertine Cinémathèque Film Festival – Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 4pm and 7pm – Duke Center for French and Francophone Studies and Duke Screen/Society hosts this virtual film festival, which aims to bring French cinema to American college campuses. The festival screens a series of six films – four this weekend and two next weekend – drawn from the French-speaking world, thanks to funding from the Albertine Cinémathèque.

Trivia Night! – Thursday, 7-9pm – Test out your trivia knowledge at The Oak House Durham. Teams must sign up in advance in person or by messaging The Oak House on Instagram or Facebook. Seating is first come, first served, and there’s a chance to win a handful of prizes!

Trivia w/ T41 – Thursday, 7-9pm – Or join Durty Bull Brewing Company for three rounds of exciting games with Table for One Trivia.  

Alan Parsons Live Project Tour – Thursday, 8pm – The highly regarded producer and audio engineer who has worked with The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Al Stewart stops at The Carolina Theatre as part of his national tour. 

Love & Vaylor – Thursday, 8pm – The Burlington-based indie folk band performs live at The Pinhook, with singer-songwriter Jon Ward Beyle opening the show. Love & Valor is known for playing exclusively original music, and their influences range from The Lumineers and Alabama Shakes to Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

Made-up Asians: Yellowface During the Exclusion Era – Friday, 9:30am-11am – Join the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University as Duke Professor of Theater Studies Esther Kim Lee discusses the theatrical convention of using makeup, costumes and technology to make someone look East Asian. Registration for this Zoom event is required.

Jim McKeon: Five Points Featured Artist Exhibition – Friday, 4pm-8pm, and Saturday, 1-9pm – It’s the last weekend to view this Durham-based artist’s work at 5 Points Gallery. The exhibit includes 3D art that encourages viewers to explore their own relationships with racial and gender discrimination, economic disparity and social injustice. 

Yarn/Wire – Friday, 8 pm – Duke Performances presents this free performance by the percussion and piano quartet at Baldwin Auditorium. The evening begins with Linda Catlin Smith’s “Morandi,” a musical study of still life paintings, and closes with George Crumb’s seminal “Music for a Summer Evening.”

Bull City Jam Session – Friday, 8:30pm-midnight – This open-floor jam session encourages artists of all kinds, from singers and dancers to poets and lyricists, to participate in an on-the-fly, improvisational show at 55 Nutrition Stop. Be sure to bring something to sit on to enjoy the experience. 

Shana Tucker Saturday, 11am – The cellist, singer-songwriter and executive director of Kidznotes performs a multi-genre program of blues, jazz, pop and folk at The Carolina Theatre as part of its Family Saturday series.

Wine & Design – Saturday, 2-3:05pm – Create your own masterpiece at Mystic Farm and Distillery with this paint-and-sip franchise. The event is not BYOB, but one cocktail is included with each ticket. A full bar and food truck will also be on-site. 

Sentimental Johnny LIVE – Saturday, 4-6pm – The Hillsborough native performs original songs at Durty Bull Brewing

UNC vs Duke Basketball Watch Party – Saturday, 6-10pm – Settle in with great beer and the best rivalry in sports at The Glass Jug Beer Lab, which is truly a house divided since its owners are UNC grads, and it boasts a staff of die-hard fans/grads/students that represent both shades of blue. No matter your team, come watch the game on the 65-inch TV and enjoy eats from El Jefecito!

Individually Twisted – Saturday, 7:30pm – This local family band plays classic rock covers at The Blue Note Grill (with their own twist, of course!). 

Black Excellence in Science – Sunday, 10am-3pm – Meet talented scientists from across the Triangle during this event at the Museum of Life and Science. Activities include story time with North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, 20-minute Q-and-A sessions with scientists from local universities and businesses, and take-home science projects. Sunday is also a Durham Community Day at the museum, and Durham County residents get in free with current proof of residence. All adults must have Durham residency to get in free, and each adult can bring up to five children.

Never Late to Drag Brunch – Sunday, 11am-3pm – Clouds Brewing hosts Raleigh’s AmanDuh Barron and a show-stopping cast for its newest Sunday event featuring mimosas, craft beers and a limited brunch menu.

Comedy Under The Big Top! – Sunday, 4-5:30pm – Join Durty Bull Brewing for a daytime show featuring five comedians under a heated tent.

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