Weekend at a Glance: Black History Month, Brews and Beethoven

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Kick off the month of February with virtual events exploring wines and theater, or get some fresh air during a yoga class or hike

weekend events – Quatuor Arod
Quatuor Arod, a French string quartet that has captured the attention of chamber music lovers from across the world, make their Duke Performances debut this Saturday. Photo by Marco Borggreve

Garden Basics: Beginning a Vegetable Garden – Thursday, 7-8:30pm – Artist and naturalist Maggie Heraty walks participants through a step-by-step process on starting a vegetable garden at home during this two-part virtual series hosted by Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Participants can attend the second part of this session next Thurs., Feb. 18, at the same time.

In Conversation: Black Theatre Matters – Friday, noon-1pm – Mark Anthony Neal, distinguished professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University, leads a virtual discussion with playwright and scholar Lisa B. Thompson about the role of Black theater in the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Durham Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk – Friday and Saturday, 5pm – Explore downtown in a new and spooky way during this 1.5-mile, family-friendly tour led by Tobacco Road Tours. Participants learn about local history and folklore as well as ghost stories surrounding paranormal places like the Blackwell tobacco factory, the old Kress department store and the Liggett-Myers building. 

Featuring Black Winemakers – Virtual Class – Friday, 6:30-7:30pm – The Wine Feed guides participants through an in-depth look at three Black-owned wineries, all while tasting the fruits of that labor. The registration fee includes three bottles of wine, and the class will be recorded if participants wish to revisit the video. A portion of ticket sales benefits the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. The Wine Feed has temporarily closed registration to the class while they attempt to order more wine. But they encourage checking back, as they will let in as many people as they can.

Black History Month Marketplace – Saturday, 10am-6pm – Join Hairizon each Saturday for a free pop-up shopping experience with a variety of local Black-owned businesses. Vendors include Black Hair Love, Pore People, Fantabulously Imperfect, 2XXXperienced, SOULFUL Essentials, Dyshea’s Boutique and TresLife. Social distancing, capacity limits and masks will be enforced throughout the event. Hand sanitizer will be available at entry.

Therapeutic Goat Yoga – Saturday and Sunday, 11:30am-12:30pm – Hux Family Farm offers a yoga class with time to cuddle with its Nigerian Dwarf goats of all sizes and ages. The class is open to participants age 7 and older, and mats, masks and registration are required.

Native American Powwow – The North Carolina School of Science and Math‘s Powwow is a public, family-friendly event featuring music, dance, arts, crafts, and food. The event hosts American Indian dancers, musicians, and artists from across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia and is a fun way to learn about and celebrate the region’s rich American Indian culture.

Quatuor Arod – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances continues its online season, “The Show Must Go Online!,” with a virtual performance from this popular, well-reviewed French string quartet, which will perform pieces by Beethoven and Schubert. Ticket holders can view the event anytime from its premiere until 72 hours after.

Brew Coffee the Little Waves Way – Sunday, 11am-noon – Cocoa Cinnamon hosts this virtual class on how to make the perfect cup of coffee at home. A barista will demonstrate brewing methods, from storing the beans to grinding them. Viewers can either observe or actively participate in the event and receive feedback on techniques. Class attendees will also receive a code for 10% off their next Little Waves Coffee order. 

Sunday Winter Hike Pump Station (FULL) – Sunday, 2-4pm – Eno River Association hosts a 1.5-mile guided hike to the ruins of Durham’s first water pumping station. Participants who look closely will find old foundations, dams and maybe even the first signs of spring. The trail may be muddy or steep for some, and proper hiking shoes are required.

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