Weekend at a Glance: Fire, Films and Funny Folks

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Kick off the month of November with live performances, workshops, football games and other events this weekend in Durham

November 2021 weekend events – Liberty Arts Studios' annual Iron Pour
Liberty Arts Studio hosts its fifth annual Iron Pour at Durham Central Park, where 4,000 pounds of molten iron is poured into molds in an exciting fiery display. Photo courtesy of Liberty Arts.

Compiled by Makayla Williams

The Ultimate NCCU Homecoming – Through Saturday – North Carolina Central University concludes its weeklong celebration with a series of events this weekend including a NCCU Alumni Association golf tournament and hip-hop/R&B concert on Thursday, a Face-Off Step Show on Friday and a pre-game parade on Saturday.

‘From Fallujah’ and ‘Not Out of the Woods Yet’ exhibit closing – Through Saturday – “From Fallujah,” a group photography exhibit featuring the work of four emerging Iraqi photographers curated by John Bechtold, and “Not Out of the Woods Yet,” a mini exhibit of field camera work and darkroom prints by Holden Richards, both come down from the gallery walls at PS 118 this weekend.

10th Annual NC BikeWalk Summit – Thursday-Saturday – This summit features keynotes, sessions and more surrounding alternative modes of transportation, and concludes this weekend with in-person sessions with live-streaming available from the W.G. Pearson Center. Find out more about the programming here.

Triangle Vegan Restaurant Week – Through Sunday – This one-week event celebrates World Vegan Day on Nov. 1 and includes participating restaurants like Pure Soul, LuLuBangBang, COPA, Guglhupf, GRUB Durham, Dos Perros, Zweli’s and more. Each business offers special vegan dishes or a three-course menu, in addition to its regular menu, all week.

Winter WOW Week – Through Sunday – Head to Pennies for Change for its best winter clothes, accessories, jewelry, housewares and furniture at great prices. All proceeds generated by the store go directly toward helping victims of domestic, family, sexual violence and human trafficking in Durham County.

Virtual Walk on the Wild Side: The Autumn Garden – Thursday, 11am-noon – Sarah P. Duke Gardens hosts this online presentation with curator Annabel Renwick and horticulturist Maegan Luckett. The event covers the season’s last growing flowers, fruits and foliage. 

Art Exploration: Collages (FULL) – Thursday, 4:30-5:45pm – Durham Arts Council hosts this after-school workshop for children ages 5 to 9. Children will create their own cityscapes while learning about collages and different forms of artistic media. The class takes place outside the DAC building, and materials will be supplied. 

Scratch Block Workshop – Thursday, 5:30-8:30pm – Carve a tile mold with Liberty Arts Studio at George Watts Hill Pavilion for the Arts. The 6-by-6-inch tile molds will be cast in iron during the fifth annual Iron Pour on Saturday. No experience nor personal safety gear is needed; Liberty Arts will supply all gear, tools and instructions. 

‘Sisters with Transistors’ – Thursday, 7pm – Narrated by multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, Lisa Rovner’s new documentary film showcases the music of and rare interviews with female electronic pioneers Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Éliane Radigue, Maryanne Amacher, Pauline Oliveros, Laurie Spiegel and more at Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University.

The Second City – Thursday, 8pm – The Chicago-based comedy troupe hits the stage at The Carolina Theatre performing some of their greatest hits as well as new material and signature improvisation.

In Conversation with Chris Pattishall–  Friday, noon – The Grammy-nominated pianist joins Duke Music professor Anthony M. Kelley at the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University for a conversation about Chris’ decades-long exploration of Mary Lou Williams’s “Zodiac Suite.”

‘The Big Lebowski’ & Fargo’: 25th Anniversary 4K Restoration –  Friday, 7pm –  The Carolina Theatre screens these two Coen brothers’ films back to back as part of its Retro Film Series.

Zach Wynne Live at The Oak House Durham –  Friday 7:30pm –  The Franklin County-based guitarist performs live at The Oak House with original songs and covers. 

Heather McMahan – Friday, 8pm – Durham Performing Arts Center hosts the podcaster and Instagram star during her first live tour. Known for her Southern charm and wit, Heather watched her stardom skyrocket last summer when she debuted her podcast “Absolutely Not,” which leapt into the top 10 on iTunes on the day of its release.

Chris Pattishall Zodiac – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances presents the native Durham pianist for the world premiere performance of his interpretive album, “Zodiac,” at Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University. Chris drew inspiration from Mary Lou Williams’ “Zodiac Suite,” a compilation of jazz pieces inspired by astrological signs, which he spent more than a decade studying and expanding on. 

‘Meet You at the Crossroads II’ – Friday-Saturday, 7pm, and Sunday, 3pm – Carolina Performing Arts resident Toshi Reagon brings to life this three-day musical exploration of currency, creation and living at NorthStar Church of the Arts. This performance, which retells the first “Meet You at the Crossroads” that was performed at NorthStar in 2019, also includes artists Shirazette Tinnin, Brentton Harrison, Sangodare and more.

Iron Pour – Saturday, 4-9pm – Liberty Arts Studio hosts its fifth annual event at Durham Central Park, where 4,000 pounds of molten iron is poured into molds in an exciting fiery display. There will also be drumming performances from Batalá Durham, fire breathers, kid-friendly activities, food trucks and craft beer. Don’t miss the scratch block workshop on Thursday before the big event!

History Hike: Man and the River – Saturday, 10am-noon – Durham Parks and Recreation presents this free 3-mile hike along the Eno River and Warren Creek. The tour begins at the West Point Mill, and water shoes are suggested. 

Seasonal Celebrities: Autumn Plants – Saturday, 10-11am – Jan Little, director of education and public programs, leads this online presentation presented by Sarah P. Duke Gardens on seasonal flowers and shrubs. This session’s plants include fall crocus, climbing aster, dawn redwood and more.

Hands on History Workshop: Archaeology – Saturday, 2-4pm – Discover the exciting science of archaeology with Durham Parks and Recreation as you search for artifacts at Leigh Farm Park and find out how we can use them to gain a better understanding of how people used to live. Registration is required, and one adult must remain with their child(ren) throughout the program.

Bark in the Box – Saturday, 5-8pm – Head to Boxyard RTP to meet adoptable dogs from the Animal Protection Society of Durham and spin its trivia wheel for a chance to win a prize.

Straight No Chaser: Back in the High Life Tour – Saturday, 8pm – DPAC hosts the chart-topping a cappella group as they perform fan favorites and new arrangements, including the premiere of their “Leave the Door Open” cover.

Ciompi Quartet – Saturday, 8pm– Duke Performances‘ resident group performs at Baldwin Auditorium with a program featuring compositions crafted during wartime, including Joan Tower’s “In Memory,” written in the months following 9/11.

Fill the Truck! – Sunday, noon-4pm – Two Men and a Truck partners with the Animal Protection Society of Durham to collect much-needed items from the nonprofit’s wish list at Barnes Supply Co. Raffle tickets to the Battle of the Blues Ultimate Basketball Fan Experience (two tickets to the Duke vs. UNC basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium and two tickets to the UNC vs. Duke basketball game at the Dean Dome) will be available for purchase.

Ron White – Sunday, 7:30pm – The Grammy-nominated comedian and actor performs live at DPAC as part of his national tour. Known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman, Ron rose to fame during the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon and has sold more than 14 million albums (both solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour).

Drew Lynch  – Sunday, 7:30pm – The “America’s Got Talent” second place winner and comedian visits The Carolina Theatre to perform his stand-up routine.

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