Weekend at a Glance: Comedians, Concerts and Cleanups

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Nashville Songwriters perform at DPAC in February
The songwriters behind some of country music’s greatest hits perform at DPAC on Friday. Photo by Michael Gillman.

Compiled by Lindsay Rusczak

Gallery Talk: ‘Cultures of the Sea: Art of the Ancient Americas’ – Thursday, 6-7:30pm – Join Duke University undergraduate students for a discussion of the exhibition they co-curated in the Incubator Gallery at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. “Cultures of the Sea: Art of the Ancient Americas” features works illustrating how the ocean shaped the legacies of ancient cultures on the Central and South American coasts for the past several centuries.

Beer-thoven – Thursday, 8pm – Raise a glass to Beethoven during the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle’s special performance of select Beethoven pieces as a part of its UpClose Chamber Music Series at Bull City Ciderworks

The Bipeds Present: The Shadowbox Session No. 3 – Thursday, 8pm – Visit Shadowbox Studio for its monthly music and dance showcase hosted by The Bipeds Dance Company. The February session features collaborations by local artists, such as singer-songwriter Curtis Eller, choreographer Courtney OM and more. 

Curtis Symphony Orchestra Concert – Thursday, 8pm – Listen to classic symphonies and unique compositions from students of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music at Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium, presented by Duke Performances.

The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute – Thursday, 8pm – The Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band returns to The Carolina Theatre to perform renditions of classic hits such as “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Here Comes the Sun.”

2020 Annual Meeting – Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm – Join the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and nearly 1,000 professionals at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center for the largest convening of business and industry leaders in Durham. The 114th Annual Meeting will feature Keynote Speaker Jeff Haden of Inc. Magazine, a review of the accomplishments of the chamber during the previous year, the presentation of the Civic Honor Award and the passing of the gavel from the outgoing chair to incoming chair. 

RTP Food Truck Rodeo – Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm – Bring your friends and/or colleagues for good eats at the Frontier 700 parking lot, organized by the Research Triangle Foundation. Rodeo trucks include: Sympathy for the Deli, Curry in a Hurry, Barone Meatball Co and Caffe Bellezza.

Tinkering Family Workshops: Roving Robots – Friday, 1-3pm – Bring the family to the Museum of Life and Science to design, build and program your own take-home robot that moves, plays sounds and responds to its environment. 

Art Viewing & Fundraiser – Friday, 5-7pm – Support local queer and trans people of color artist TJ Mundy at Durty Bull Brewing Company, viewing all of their art on display. All proceeds from prints, postcards, stickers and shirt sales go toward their surgery fundraiser. 

Sensory-Friendly Science Friday: Night Under the Stars – Friday, 5:30-8:30pm – Head to the Museum of Life and Science for a night of scientific fun with activities created for those with sensory sensitivities. Children and adults can enjoy all of the museum’s indoor exhibits during special evening hours with support from museum and UNC TEACCH Autism Program staff and volunteers.  

Nashville Songwriters – Friday, 7:30pm – The songwriters of country music’s greatest hits perform live at DPAC to raise money for three local organizations: Kidznotes, The North Carolina Boys Academy and Voyager Academy Friends of the Arts. Hear their country hits and the stories behind favorite songs, such as Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb,” Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ on a Woman” and more.

Soulful Chefs: What Feeds Us – Friday, 7:30-10:30pm – During this pop-up dinner, join baker Phoebe Lawless, chef Ryan McGuire, chef Kim Hunter and others for an evening of artfully crafted dishes and personal stories about their experiences with food. The location is given to attendees upon registration. 

Tim and Eric: 2020 Mandatory Attendance World Tour – Friday, 8pm – The Adult Swim comedy duo comes to The Carolina Theatre for a night of “spoofs, goofs and insanity.” 

Black Women’s Roundtable – Saturday, 9am – Black Women of Durham and the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Section of National Council of Negro Women present this roundtable discussion at the NCCU School of Education Auditorium as a part of NCCU’s celebration of Black History Month. 

Sweet + Salt: A Bakery Pop-Up Series – Saturday, 10am-noon – The Durham Hotel hosts Boulted Bread for its monthly pop-up series. The bakery makes naturally leavened breads from organic heirloom grains at its stone mill in downtown Raleigh. They’ll bring artisan loaves, plus a selection of seasonal croissants and pastries to the hotel’s coffee shop.

Black Excellence in Science – Saturday, 10am-3pm – The Museum of Life and Science hosts black scientists and researchers from local universities who will share their research, facilitate hands-on activities and talk about their experiences in the STEM fields. 

McDougald Terrace and Burton Park Community Cleanup – Saturday, 11am-2pm – Keep Durham Beautiful, the City of Durham Police Department and other community partners invite volunteers to help clean up litter in Burton Park and around McDougald Terrace

Picnic’s Birthday Celebration – Saturday, 11am-3pm – Celebrate the barbecue restaurant’s fourth anniversary with $4 barbecue sandwiches, $4 Green Button Farm bratwurst and $4 beers from Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Cidery – plus, free birthday cake! Picnic also has announced new Sunday brunch items, including waffles, fried tenderloin biscuits and cherry bomb mimosas.

MilkLab Grand Opening – Saturday, 11:30am-10:30pm – Celebrate the grand opening of the new MilkLab location, enter to win giveaways and enjoy signature rolled ice cream and floats. 

Almost Valentine’s Pop-Up – Saturday, noon-6pm – Still looking for the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day? Visit custom jewelry artist Sarah Crane of Lovely by Sarah for a jewelry and crafts pop-up at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. 

Handcrafted Love, DURM Market – Saturday, 1-7pm – Shop and sip at Durty Bull Brewing Company during this installment of Handcrafted DURM’s market featuring local vendors and live music. Peruse apparel, handmade jewelry, housewares and more to find the perfect gift in time for Valentine’s Day. 

Upcycled with Love! Alternative Gift Making Workshop – Saturday, 3-5pm – Head over to The Scrap Exchange to learn how to make handmade Valentine’s Day cards and gifts, such as leather bookmarks and upcycled mason jars. 

Second Annual Queer Prom for Grown-Ups – Saturday, 7pm-2am – Rent your tuxedo and buy your corsage for iNSIDEoUT 180’s inclusive prom at Arcana, supporting the organization’s mission of providing a youth-led network of safer spaces, resources and opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth to unite and organize. This 21 and older event includes a cocktail hour with silent auction, tarot card readings and the crowning of iNSIDEoUT 180’s Royalty Court. 

Full Moon Fever Bike Ride – Saturday, 7:30pm and 8:30pm – Join the Durham Community Trail Watch for a moonlit ride along the American Tobacco Trail. Riders choose from two start times and locations. 

Jo Koy: Just Kidding World Tour – Saturday, 8pm – This sold-out performance at DPAC features the stand-up comedian and star of the Netflix special “Comin’ In Hot.” 

Doric String Quartet – Saturday, 8pm – Making its Durham debut as a part of Duke Performance’s Chamber Arts Series at Baldwin Auditorium, the UK-based quartet, whose performances have been praised for “sumptuous sweetness and laser-like clarity,” play pieces by Shubert, Haydn and more. 

Kathleen Madigan – Saturday, 8pm – The comedian, who has been touring around the world for 30 years and currently has three Netflix specials, performs at The Carolina Theatre as part of her “8 O’Clock Happy Hour” tour. 

Sangria Latin Dance Night – Saturday, 10pm-2am – The CoboBrothers Dance Co. hosts a Latin dance class and party at The Oak House, featuring live dance performances, a DJ and more. 

TEDxDuke 2020: (un)familiar – Sunday, 11am-4pm – Challenge your perspective at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference. The event, meant to spark an untraditional conversation, takes place at Reynolds Industries Theater

TVF Pop-up Valentine’s Market – Sunday, 1-4pm – A celebration of all things vegan, Triangle Vegfest takes over Durty Bull Brewing for its annual market, which focuses on dessert vendors along with one savory vendor. The brewery will also donate a percentage of bar sales to Triangle Vegfest.

Smooch a Pooch – Sunday, 2-5pm – Head over to Boxcar Bar + Arcade to sip on discounted beverages, enter raffles, and support and smooch adoptable pups from Carolina Boxer Rescue.

17th Annual Valentine’s Day Jazz Festival – Sunday, 3pm – The North Carolina Central University Big Band Jazz Ensemble will participate in its annual Valentine’s Day performance at B.N. Duke Auditorium alongside musicians from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Tony Bennett – Sunday, 7:30pm – Experience the Grammy Award-winning musician live at DPAC as part of his “I Left My Heart” tour, with special guest Antonia Bennett.

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Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee is the assistant editor at Durham Magazine. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, she attended UNC-Chapel Hill and double majored in broadcast journalism and German.

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