Weekend at a Glance: Concerts, Comedies and Celebrations

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Dream Big book drive hosted by Book Harvest
Make time on Monday to stop by Book Harvest’s MLK Day Book Drive and Community Celebration. Photo by Scott Van Manen.

Compiled by Ava Eucker

RTP180: Wellness – Thursday, 5pm – Listen to five experts share their insights on wellness and self-care at Frontier RTP. Doors open for networking and refreshments at 5pm; the discussion begins at 6pm.

Public Brew Class – Thursday, 5:45-6:45pm – Join Joe Van Gogh Coffee for its first public brewing class focusing on the Chemex brewing style.

A Conversation with Titus Kaphar – Thursday, 6-8pm – Listen to this New York-based artist address racism, social change and making space for black history in the United States during his lecture at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.   

Bark and Hart: Jason Barker and Tommy Hartley– Thursday, 7-9pm – These North Carolina natives will perform classic rock, blues and original songs at The Blue Note Grill.

Book Launch for Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop hosts this Durham native for a reading and signing of his new book, “Revolution of Values: Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good.” The book explores the misrepresentation of Christianity and highlights the value in listening to marginalized people. 

Stage Gap Comedy Show – Thursday, 7-9:30pm – Presented by Eyes Up Here Comedy at the Mettlesome’s Okay, Alright Theater, local comedians incite a night of laughter through witty stories.

‘Come From Away – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 2pm and 8pm; Sunday 1pm and 7pm – Headlining at DPAC, this Canadian musical is set in the week following the 9/11 attacks and tells the true story of what transpired when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. 

Django Haskins, Sun Studies and Anne-Claire – Thursday, 7:30pm – Enjoy three solo singer-songwriters as they share their experimental, folksy and soulful sounds at The Pinhook.

Michal Menert and Late Night Radio – Thursday, 9pm-midnight – Motorco Music Hall hosts the California-based artist and producer and Alex Medellin of Late Night Radio for an evening of hypnotic electronic songs.

Happy Hour – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Listen to Dr. Valerie Hillings, director and CEO of the North Carolina Museum of Art, as she speaks at Vert & Vogue about re-envisioning the collections and focusing on programming the puts art at the center. Drinks are on the house.

Freeze Your Balls Off Scooter Rally – Friday, 7pm-Sunday, 11am – Experience the craziness of this annual event hosted by The Incriminators Scooter Club, which kicks off at The Green Room and concludes with brunch at Parker & Otis, and features rides, meals, music and more in between.

‘A Creative Protest: MLK Comes to Durham’ Opening Reception – Friday, 6-8pm – The Museum of Durham History launches its new exhibit showcasing Dr. King’s connection to Durham. There will be a free public reception with live music and remarks by state Sen. Floyd McKissick.

Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Acclaimed watercolor artist Ryan Fox showcases his latest work in a solo exhibition at 5 Points Gallery with distinctive moments painted of home and abroad on a variety of surfaces like rice paper and YUPO.

Carbon Leaf with Red Wanting Blue and The Alternate Routes – Friday, 7:30pm – Hosted at Motorco Music Hall, these three musical groups perform bluegrass, indie and rock music, respectively.

Jeremy Denk & Stefan Jackiw with New York Polyphony – Friday, 8pm – Presented by Duke Performances, this rescheduled performance at Baldwin Auditorium showcases an all-star cast of artists interpreting the works and inspirations of Charles Ives. Jeremy Denk is perhaps the foremost interpreter of Charles today, and this performance is specially curated to expose the genesis of these compositions.

An Evening with Travis Tritt – Friday, 8pm – Join the Grammy-award winning country artist at The Carolina Theatre as he performs No. 1 singles and songs from his 11 studio albums.

E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding & Live Tree Drop-Off – Saturday 8am-2pm – Donate old electronics, paper, clothes and Christmas trees at the Durham County Memorial Stadium.

Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Show – Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm – Come see an array of beads and exhibitors at the Durham Convention Center during this annual show.

Feast from the Furnace – Saturday, 6-9pm – Learn the art of glassblowing while enjoying wine and a four-course dinner at this Liberty Arts demonstration led by Elijah Leed.

Sounds of the Studio – Saturday, 6-8pm – Unscripted Durham hosts live musicians Alexandra Valladares & Viajeros Melodiosos for popular jazz music sung in four different languages.

From The Rickey Smiley Morning Show: Black Tony and Friends – Saturday, 7pm and 10pm – Come to Rhythms Live Music Hall for a comedy routine from a man who frequented this popular hip-hop American show. 

Evening with Chris Smither – Saturday, 8pm – Dance along as this Miami-born songwriter shares his folk-, rock- and blues-infused sound at The Blue Note Grill. 

Motown Throwdown Tribute – Saturday, 8pm – Celebrate 60 years of Motown music at The Carolina Theatre.

Paisley Fields, Charles Latham and Severed Fingers – Saturday, 8:30pm – A queer country artist, a folk-pop social critic and a genre-defying group perform at The Pinhook.

Discover DNA – Sunday, 10am-3pm – Explore mimicry through VR and learn from a few experts the importance of animal conservation with a variety of hands-on activities throughout the Museum of Life and Science and Magic Wings Butterfly House.

Public Works Artist Soapbox – Sunday, 2-3pm – Join writers as they share their creative processes for creating short works and writing for audio. Writers will respond to the monthly prompt “Roots.” The event, held at Okay, Alright Theater, is free.

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration – Sunday, 3pm – Andrew Gillum, the 2018 Democratic Florida gubernatorial nominee, will give a keynote address at Duke Chapel for this annual commemoration. Free and open to the public.

Vox Virorum Men’s Chorus Concert – Sunday, 3-4pm – This Durham-based choir performs its winter concert “Traveling to Freedom” at the First Presbyterian Church. 

Loamlands and The Muslims – Sunday, 7-11:30pm – Experience country and punk music from these local progressive artists at The Pinhook

Terminator X at Unscripted Durham – Sunday, 9:30pm-1:30am – Enjoy a mix of R&B, classic soul and funk at this free public performance from the Public Enemy hip-hop artist at Unscripted Durham.

Dream Big – Monday, 1-4pm – Support childhood literacy at Book Harvest’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community celebration. The book drive and activity fair will be held this year at Rhythms Live Music Hall. There will be photo opportunities with kids’ favorite characters, music and food trucks, and children can take home a free book.  

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