Compiled by Iyana Jones-Reese
Delightfully Different Durham Lunch Meet Up – Thursday, 1pm – Enjoy contemporary Southern and traditional comfort food during this networking session with the Durham Business & Professional Chain at Nzinga’s Breakfast Cafe. The event kicks off the chain’s 2020 culinary tour.
The Wedding Exchange’s Winter Open House – Thursday, 5:30pm – Join the event venue as it showcases the space and more than a dozen local event vendors, from catering companies and wedding planners to florists and photographers.
Brazil Inside Out: The Arts of Life and Death in Brazil – Thursday, 5:30pm-Friday, 4:30pm – Join the Duke Brazil Initiative, Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Duke Office of Global Affairs for their sixth annual global Brazil conference at the John Hope Franklin Center. The event includes talks and performances from a number of guests who work in anthropology, art, cultural studies, dance, journalism and law.
Ebony G Patterson’s ‘…while the dew is still on the roses…’ – Thursday – through July 12 – This exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University “is the most significant exhibition of the artist’s work to date,” the museum says, and is “presented within a new installation environment that evokes a night garden.” Ebony, who was born in Jamaica, works across various mediums, including tapestries and installations, and explores themes of violence, masculinity and youth culture within disenfranchised communities. This show focuses on the role that gardens have played in her practice. During an opening party at 5:30pm Thursday, head into the galleries for a talk by Ayanna Legros, a graduate student in Duke’s history department. She was awarded the Emerging Scholars Award by the Haitian Studies Association and granted an NSF travel grant from the Society for the History of Technology. Space is limited. Her talk will be followed by a reception.
‘Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance’ – Thursday, 6pm – Join Duke Performances as it celebrates the opening of this exhibit and immersive audio experience with a reception at the Murthy Agora (Studio 129) at the Rubenstein Arts Center. Experience the story of how Radio Haïti-Inter persevered in Haiti during government repression in the 1980s.
Make Your Own Ukraine Egg – Thursday, 6:30pm – Learn about the art of Pysanky, also known as Ukrainian Easter eggs, with artist Grace McFetters at Crafts and Drafts.
Wesley Hogan – Thursday, 7pm – Join the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for a reading and signing of her new book, “On the Freedom Side: How Five Decades of Youth Activists Have Remixed American History,” at The Regulator Bookshop. Wesley will be joined by D’atra Jackson, the national director of Black Youth Project 100, for a conversation about the future of democracy.
‘SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, 1pm and 7pm – The world of Donna Summer, “the queen of disco,” unfolds in this Broadway musical at Durham Performing Arts Center. The score features more than 20 of her famous hits including, “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.”
Gnawa Langus/Building Bridges: Muslims in America – Thursday, 8pm – Experience the fusion of North African tradition with Berber, Indian, Saharan and Flamenco music as the artist performs at Motorco Music Hall. The concert is part of the Duke Performances’ Building Bridges Initiative.
Leyla McCalla, Kiyoko McCrae and Laura Wagner – Friday, noon – Haiti-American singer-songwriter Leyla, director Kiyoko and Radio Haiti archivist Laura join Duke professor Laurent Dubois at the Rubenstein Arts Center for a discussion of their new multidisciplinary project, “Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever,” which explores the legacy of Radio Haiti and the political assassination of its owner, Jean Dominique, in 2000.
21st Annual Nevermore Film Festival – Friday, 2:40pm-Sunday, 10:35pm – This film festival, held at The Carolina Theatre, was founded in 1999 and showcases films from narrative features to shorts that span the spectrum of horror, science fiction, mystery, thriller and action adventure. The program has gained an international reputation as one of the premier genre festivals in the U.S.; order a big tub of popcorn and enjoy the suspense!
Stagville Under the Stars – Friday 6pm – Experience a night under the stars with storytelling, science and stargazing at Historic Stagville. Hear African folktales and take a tour of the stars during this family-friendly, free event.
North Carolina HIP Music Festival – Friday, 7pm – Experience the sacred polyphony of the English Renaissance as the Forgotten Clefs present music by William Byrd, John Dunstable, Robert Parson, Thomas Tallis and more in the final night of this festival at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Wye Oak – Friday, 8pm – Duo Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack perform their alternative/indie songs from the past 10 years in this Duke Performances concert at Baldwin Auditorium.
Party Y2K – Friday, 10pm – Jam out to one-hit wonders and tried-and-true classic songs with Gemynii and DJ SPK at The Pinhook. Doors open at 9pm.
THRIVE 2020 Conference – Saturday, 9am – Join AIGA Raleigh at the The Fruit for its two-day creative conference, which aspires to build future leaders, enable social change and bring the creative community together. There will be a workshop before the conference on Friday, Feb. 28, at 8am.
Kitten Yoga (SOLD OUT) – Saturday, 1pm and 2pm – Join Synergy Fitness for Her and APS of Durham for gentle flow yoga with adoptable kittens. APS staff will be on-site for adoptions; all proceeds benefit the animal nonprofit.
Nasher Teens: Art as Both/And – Saturday, 2pm – Teens are invited to to join mixed-medial visual artist Saba Taj for a collage workshop at the new Nasher exhibit where they will create portraits using 2D media, combining themes from the exhibition. The event is free, and all materials are provided, but participants need to register in advance as space is limited.
Day Party with DJ Nabs – Saturday, 2pm – Durham’s own DJ Nabs hosts this day party at The Tower at Mutual Plaza benefiting McDougald Terrace. This event is free but donations – including gas cards, food, water, diapers and more – are welcome.
10th Annual Lightning Strikes Kickboxing – Saturday, 6pm – Watch amateur and professional kickboxing at the Durham Armory for this annual event, which also features food, craft beer and wine.
Homegrown – Saturday, 6pm – Help keep babies clean, dry and healthy with Diaper Bank of NC. Join the charity organization for its inaugural fundraising gala at 21c Museum Hotel to help spread the word about its mission.
2020 Black Tie and Tails Ball – Saturday, 7pm – Dress your best and give back to the Carolina Tiger Rescue during this annual event at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. The formal event includes a virtual tour of Norway, food and drinks, games and a live auction.
Cirque D’Pocalypse –Saturday, 8pm – Experience the end of the world as Durty Bull Brewing Company transforms its space into a fallout shelter with the help of local artist SeRah and live music from JoRose, Ivy Sublime and others.
Durham Prom for GrownUps – Saturday, 8pm – Relive your prom night at The Vault at The Palace International at an event that benefits Partners for Youth Opportunity. The evening includes music from DJ Shookie Sounds, a competition for best hair and best corsage, and more.
OM Band with Wovenhand – Saturday, 9pm – Experience the musical stylings of this heavy metal band and special guest at Motorco Music Hall. Doors open at 8pm.
10th annual Hunt for the Golden Bulls – Sunday – Bull City Burger and Brewery begins releasing clues for its scavenger hunt, which is inspired by the golden tickets from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Throughout the month, clues and puzzles will be revealed on social media and at the restaurant’s website. The clues, once deciphered, lead participants to public spaces around Durham where a golden bull has been carefully hidden. Winners of each of the five Golden Bulls receive a free pasture-raised beef burger or veggie burger, fries and a drink each week for a year. Teams are encouraged to participate, but only one member of each team can redeem a Golden Bull. There will be an extra special 10th anniversary bull hidden this year, and winners from previous hunts will be able to join the search for that special anniversary Golden Bull.
School of Rock Mid-Season Showcase – Sunday, 1pm – Students from the School of Rock Chapel Hill come to Motorco Music Hall for their spring showcase and perform highlights from Queen, 2000s indie rock, Santana and Hendrix.
Reading and Discussion with Julius Scott and Vincent Brown –Sunday at 1:30pm – The authors will discuss books about slave revolts in the 18th century with historian Julia Gaffield at The Regulator Bookshop. Their books, “The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitain Revolution ” and “Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War,” will be available for purchase and signing.
Sound Bath Healing Meditation – Sunday, 4pm – Daran Wallman and Edie Stuber guide meditation on the final day of the “Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations” exhibition at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Listeners will experience a “cosmic carpet” from different sounds, including the didgeridoo, crystal bowls, a flute and more. Visitors are encouraged to bring yoga mats and eye pillows.