– Compiled by Anne Tate
Hayti Heritage Film Festival – Thursday, 10am-Saturday, 11pm – The 26th annual festival screens films by new and veteran artists to a diverse crowd of film enthusiasts. The lineup offers classic black cinema, cutting-edge documentaries and fictional shorts in addition to master classes and food, beverage, and carts and crafts vendors. The festival is put on by the Hayti Heritage Center, which preserves and advances the heritage and culture of Durham’s historic Hayti community and the African American experience.
Heartthrob: What Makes Us Tick – Thursday, 10am-3pm – Explore the heart with hands-on activities to learn about its anatomy and functionality at the Museum of Life and Science. Design your own pulse detector and visualize the effect of physical activity on your heart rate. Finally, enjoy a Valentine’s-themed animal enrichment and Meet-the-Keeper talk about animal care and their hearts.
‘Mean Girls’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm and 7pm – Take your family to the Durham Performing Arts Center for this Broadway musical based on the hit movie written by Tiny Fey. The story follows the hilarious and combative adventures of a group of high school students trying to negotiate competing cliques and loyalties.
Galentine’s Day Sip-N-Shop – Thursday, 5-7pm – Fifi’s of Durham hosts a night of Champagne and mini makeovers by AILLEA Beauty as you shop and consign.
Galentine’s Day – Thursday, 5-10pm – Take your ladies out for Big C Waffles, specialty drafts and “Parks and Recreation” trivia at The Glass Jug Beer Lab.
Durham Night Market 2020 Kick-Off – A Local Love Affair – Thursday, 5-10pm – Find the perfect gift for your loved one at 30+ vendors, indulge in sweet treats and grab a bite to eat at food trucks Cousins Maine Lobster and Mama Churros.
Music in the Galleries – Thursday, 6-7pm – Duke’s Music Department students composed new works to accompany the exhibition, “Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations.” Along with music, the event features a mini pop-up display of instruments from the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections and the interactive audio installation, “Here to Hear // Here to Hear,” in the Nasher Sculpture Garden and Rubenstein Arts Center.
Palentine’s Day Party – Thursday, 6-8pm – Bring your pals to Bull City Fair Trade’s celebration, featuring bubbles to sip and cotton candy from Wonderpuff. Make your own Valentine’s cards, take photos in the photo booth and shop – they’ll wrap your gift for free. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Durham Crisis Response Center.
Valentine’s Wine and Macaroon Tasting – Thursday, 6-8pm – Raleigh’s Queen of Wines hosts this French wine tasting and chocolate pairing at The Oak House.
Anti-Valentine’s Day – Thursday, 6-10pm – If romance isn’t your thing, head to Urban Axes for drinks and axe-throwing – your first drink is on the house!
Science of Wine – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – Investigate the science behind wine at the Museum of Life and Science. Along with wine tastings from various local wineries, retailers and importers, enjoy live jazz, food trucks Succotash and So Good Pupusas, DIY Valentines with Hearth Studio and workshops lead by Esteban Brunello of Bar Brunello and Emma Jane Richardson of Piedmont Wine Imports.
Poetry Series – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop and Jacar Press present poets L. Lamar Wilson, a multi-genre writer and filmmaker, and Tsitsi Jaji, an expert in African and African American literacy and cultural studies, for a reading and signing, with a special tribute to poet Lucille Clifton.
‘Orange Light’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday, 8pm; and Sunday, 2pm – This play with music and movement tells the story of one North Carolina factory town trying to heal after tragedy strikes. Put on by Bulldog Ensemble Theater at The Fruit, “Orange Light” fictionalizes the 1991 fire in Hamlet, North Carolina, which killed 25 workers at the Imperial Foods chicken processing plant and injured 55 more. In the aftermath, it came out that the owners had locked the workers in; additionally, the plant had never been inspected.
TAO: Drum Heart – Thursday, 8pm – The Carolina Theatre presents a new generation of “Japanese Entertainment” that has touched more than 800 million spectators across the world with the melody of “Wadaiko-drums,” Japanese flutes and harps.
Galentine’s Day Showcase – Thursday, 8:30pm – Eyes Up Here Comedy presents a stand-up comedy showcase featuring your favorite poetic, noble land-mermaids at The Pinhook.
‘Dreamgirls’ – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – North Carolina Central University presents the Tony award-winning musical that explores R&B music and follows a Motown record label and its famous girl group during the 1960s and 1970s.
Valentine’s Day Mini Market – Friday, 9am-noon – Shop Durham-based businesses at this pop-up at The Durham Hotel. Sweets by Shayda will have macaroons and bon bons, Bright Black Candle will have soy and coconut wax candles, and Blossom and Bone will have ready-made bouquets.
In Conversation – Friday, noon – Head to The Pinhook for a free presentation by saxophonist Joshua Redman about his career, creative process and current project, “Still Dreaming,” a homage to the legacy of his father and other alumni of Ornette Coleman’s trailblazing quartet of the 1960s. A light lunch will be provided by Pie Pushers.
Valentine’s Date Night – Friday, 3-11:55pm – Bull City Ciderworks creates special Valentine’s Day cider mixes for a romantic evening with live music from Dave & Courtney Puckett Music. There will also be BCC Valentine’s Cards and bouquets from Blossom and Bone up for purchase.
Valentine’s Day at Crafts & Drafts NC – Friday, 4-10pm – Celebrate with your sweetheart with two craft kits and two drinks of choice.
A Very Durty Valentine’s Day – Friday, 4-11:59pm – Head to Durty Bull Brewing Company for craft beer, food and flight specials. The Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy Show starts at 8pm.
Sweethearts’ Happy Hour Run – Friday, 5:30-7pm – Bull City Running Co. hosts a free fun run with stylish On Running shoes for wear-testing and beers from Raleigh’s Trophy Brewing Co.
Love at First Pint: A Very Durham Dating Game – Friday, 7-9pm – Gather around the Fullsteam Brewery stage for a live dating show. Mettlesome will help you find love – all you have to do is answer a few questions on stage.
A Night With Moet & Chandon – Friday, 7-10pm – Indulge in a four-course menu of Champagnes paired with small plates this Valentine’s Day at Unscripted Hotel. Dinner is accompanied by live music performed by Jess Klein and the Berlin Brothers.
Couple’s Fencing – Friday, 7-8:30pm – Take a therapeutic route this Valentine’s Day and head to Mid-South Fencers’ Club for their couple’s fencing experience. No experience is necessary.
Arlo Guthrie: 20/20 Tour – Friday, 8pm – Join this distinguished folk music performer with special guest Folk Uke at The Carolina Theatre. Guthrie’s career has spanned almost 60 years, and he just celebrated his 50th anniversary performing at Woodstock music festival.
Still Dreaming – Friday, 8pm – Saxophonist Joshua Redman teams up with cornetist Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Dave King in “Still Dreaming,” Redman’s heartfelt acknowledgement of his late father Dewey Redman’s 1976-1987 band, Old and New Dreams, for Duke Performances at Baldwin Auditorium.
Valentine’s Day Belgian Beer & Chocolate – Friday, 8-9:30pm – Treat your loved one to an after-dinner treat at Pour Taproom. Beer from Belgian breweries St. Bernardus and Duchesse will be paired with Belgian chocolates and truffles.
Valentine’s Day TOGA Party – Friday, 8pm-2am – Wear your best toga to Boxcar Bar + Arcade and celebrate Valentine’s Day the Greek way. Plus, you’ll get four free game tokens at the door and a free raffle ticket upon entry or a chance to win prize packs from Pink Whitney and Fireball. Enjoy specialty cocktails like the Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Martini and build your own heart-shaped soft pretzels.
Valentine’s – Friday, 8pm-2am – Enjoy wine and cocktail specials to the sounds of Acisse Jay with Brian D. as Dusky Roses at Arcana.
American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Studio Company with Stefanie Batten Bland – Saturday, 6pm and 8pm; and Sunday, 3pm and 5pm – Experience the rare opportunity to observe contemporary dance-theater choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland’s work-in-progress with ABT’s Studio Company for their Women’s Movement initiative with Duke Performances at the Rubenstein Arts Center.
Sketching in the Galleries – Saturday, 10:15am-12:15pm – Artist Kiki Farish leads an informal sketching program in various galleries at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Girl Scout Cookie and Cider Pairing – Saturday, noon-11:55pm – Bull City Ciderworks pairs your favorite Girl Scout cookies with a flight of its delectable ciders.
Youth Bluegrass Jam – Saturday, 2:30-4pm – Jam out with your peers at Locopops – bring your fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo or bass and meet other kids who enjoy playing the same types of music. There will be skill building, and songs will be determined based on the skill levels of the group.
‘Meditative Obsessive’ Reception – Saturday, 4-7pm – Celebrate artists Anne Hill and Jeana Eve Klein’s exhibit at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends’ Broad Street Gallery. There will be a short artist and curator’s talk with Ron Jones speaking about Hill’s life and her work and a one-day jewelry pop-up featuring Metallicity Jewellery Design.
Bloodsport V: Let it Flow, Again – Saturday, 6pm – Donate pads and tampons for human service organizations at The Pinhook. There will be a mini arm-wrestling tournament in which a contestant from each of the co-hosts – Eno River Rugby Club, Bull City Roller Derby, the LGBTQ Center of Durham and the League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham (LUEWWD) – compete. A special guest from the House of Coxx Drag Show will host.
While She Sleeps – Saturday, 7pm – This metalcore band from Sheffield, Alabama, confounds expectations with their blend of crushing metal, guttural hardcore and arena-worthy hooks at Motorco Music Hall.
The 12th Annual Hippo Awards – Saturday, 8pm – The Monti‘s storytelling awards show honors the best stories of last year in three categories – Comedy, Drama and Overall – at The Carolina Theatre. The event also features never-before-heard personal stories from community members, revolving around the theme “Best Day Ever.”
Jambalaya Soul Slam Late Night Poetry Slam – Saturday, midnight – Hayti Heritage Center hosts this night of intimate and sensual poetry.
She Dunks on Cancer Symposium – Sunday, 10:30am-midnight – Duke Cancer Institute hosts its inaugural educational symposium at Cameron Indoor Stadium to raise awareness about and support those with endometrial cancer. The event will be followed by a Duke Women’s basketball game.
Southern Noir Bridal Experience – Sunday, noon-4pm – Durham Convention Center hosts the third annual event, welcoming brides, grooms, wedding pros and more for a fun-filled Sunday of bridal inspirations, food, entertainment and fashion. Try sweet treats by local cake designers such as Cake Couture and Sugar Euphoria and with vendors such as Scott Brown Media and One Vision Photography. Brides have the opportunity to explore full-service venues like Durham Convention Center along with intimate spaces like The Wedding Exchange and The Durham Hotel.
Tasting With the Brewers: Ponyvana & Thicket – Sunday, 1pm – Taste and experience Ponysaurus Brewing Co.’s barrel-aged collaboration with Brewery Bhavana. This guided tasting will be led by Ponysaurus Director of Production Rob Meehan and Brewery Bhavana Co-Founder and Director of Brewing Operations Patrick Woodson.
Light Shines Out of Darkness – Sunday, 3pm – Join the 40+ members who make up the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle’s ensemble for an intimate concert of musical extremes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, featuring works by composers Rossini, Mozart and Weinberg.
David Wilcox – Sunday, 8pm – End your weekend with this folk singer/songwriter’s heartfelt, humorous and hopeful lyrical stories at Motorco Music Hall.