Compiled by Katie Barham
2020 Frontier RTP Chili Cook-Off – Thursday, 4:30-6pm – Come taste homemade chili entries in this competition during Happy Hour in Building 800 at Research Triangle Park.
Groundwater Presentation: Teen Equity Training – Thursday, 5-8:30pm – Greensboro-based Racial Equity Institute gives a presentation at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to educate guests on the causes of racial inequities.
J Vineyards Wine Tasting – Thursday, 6pm *SOLD OUT* – Enjoy the taste of California at Unscripted Durham. Try rosé vin gris, pinot gris, pinot noir and more paired with small plates.
Sounds of the Studio – Thursday, 6pm – Celebrated violinist Jennifer Curtis, who has held solo performances at Carnegie Hall, performs at Unscripted Durham.
Charles Clotfelter – Thursday, 7pm – Visit The Regulator Bookshop to hear this Duke University professor read from his new book, “Big-Time Sports in American Universities,” about the economic challenges sports bring to universities, in conversation with Barry Jacobs and Dan Kane.
Southern Cultures Presents: ‘Here/Away’ Issue Launch with ‘400’ Exhibit – Thursday, 7pm – The peer-reviewed quarterly from UNC Press launches its newest issue at Northstar Church of the Arts with a talk from guest editor Karida Brown and Malinda Maynor Lowery, the director of the Center for the Study of the American South. Select pieces from the exhibit, “400: A Collective Flight of Memory,” will be on display.
The Beneficial Garden: Nature’s Impact – Thursday, 7pm – Katie Rose Levin, arborist and executive director of Trees Durham, gives a lesson on the positive impact of nature at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Jake Shimabukuro – Thursday, 8pm – The Carolina Theatre hosts the iconic and groundbreaking ukulele musician as he performs music from his latest album, “Trio.”
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana – Thursday, 8pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm – Experience an Andalucían evening at Motorco Music Hall with live music, world-class dancers, drinks and food in the cabaret-like atmosphere. There will be a pre-show talk about the history of flamenco at 7pm.
SMASH! 2020 from Triangle ArtWorks – Friday, 6pm – Celebrate, network and share your ideas with fellow artists at this annual arts party at Research Triangle Foundation.
Fourth Friday Fire – Friday, 6pm – Get cozy around the campfire and learn about nature from Durham Parks & Recreation staff at the Environmental Education Pavilion at West Point on the Eno.
Family Sircle – Friday, 6pm and 9pm – The R&B group – who has opened for the famous Patti LaBelle and George Clinton – performs at Beyu Caffe.
No Quarter Led Zeppelin Tribute – Friday, 8pm – An authentic recreation of the English rock band in concert at Rhythms Live Music Hall.
Rhinestone Throwdown: Dolly Parton’s Birthday Celebration – Friday, 9pm – Dance your heart out at The Pinhook to celebrate the country icon with drag, karaoke and more.
boom! The Right Moves, a Great Room – Friday, 9:30pm – Join DJ MC7 at the Studio cocktail bar in Unscripted Durham for a dance party. Must be 21 and older to attend.
Runscripted in 2020 Treadmill Challenge – Saturday, 8am-4pm – In collaboration with Bull City Running, Unscripted Durham will have a treadmill in its lobby, and participants have 20 minutes to burn as many calories as they can. All participants take home a $10 gift card, and the participant who burns the most calories wins a staycation at Unscripted.
Barrelympics BarrelFit Competition – Saturday, 10am – Test your strength at this inaugural event hosted by Mystic Farm & Distillery. Win prizes and bragging rights while competing in events that use the distillery’s 600-pound bourbon barrels.
Express Not Repress: Beginning an Art Journal – Saturday, noon – Create an art journal and learn creative journaling techniques at The Scrap Exchange. This event is sold out.
NC Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting – Saturday, 2pm – Celebrating beer culture, this event raises funds and awareness for the campaign Pints for Prostates. Beers are poured by some 50 different brewery representatives at Durham Athletic Park, with food provided by Beer Study and its soon-to-open restaurant concept in Durham.
Beginning Screen Printing Class – Saturday, 3pm *SOLD OUT* – Join the Supergraphic Print Lab team at The Scrap Exchange to learn the basics of screen printing.
Laura Reed – Saturday 6pm and 9pm – The Nashville- and North Carolina-based singer/songwriter performs her powerful and soulful songs at Beyu Caffe.
Sounds of the Studio – Saturday, 6pm – Part bluegrass, part Americana and part Western swing, North Carolina band Gingersnaps performs live at Unscripted Durham.
HBD Dolly! Dolly Parton Trivia & ‘9 to 5’ Screening – Saturday, 7pm – Test your knowledge on the country music star at Northstar Church of the Arts with Dolly-themed trivia, followed by a screening of “9 to 5.” Registration for trivia begins at 6pm.
Freedom Day: A Tribute to Max Roach – Saturday, 7:30pm – Durham Jazz Renaissance Foundation and Hayti Heritage Center pay tribute to North Carolina jazz musician Max Roach through performances by local jazz artists.
Trez Falsetto – Saturday, 8pm – The Durham-based R&B artist celebrates the release of his EP at the GMMc Digital Performers Art Zone with an experience featuring a live performance and guest comedy act by King Jokka. Dinner will be served at 7pm.
St. Lawrence String Quartet & Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano – Saturday, 8pm – The musicians perform classical pieces by Haydn, Amy Beach, Messiaen and Debussy as part of Duke Performances’ Chamber Arts Series.
Spider Bags – Saturday, 9pm – The Chapel Hill-based band perform at The Pinhook following an opening set by Greensboro band Harrison Ford Mustang.
Sounds of the Studio – Saturday, 9pm – Local funk and soul singer Ally J performs live with her band at Unscripted Durham.
Woo2x Aquarius Bash – Saturday, 10pm – The Winston-Salem native and rapper performs live at The Fruit.
Hangover Brunch – Sunday, 11am – Recover from the NC Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting with brunch at The Rickhouse, plus a Pop-Up Bottle Shop selling more rare and vintage beers.
Winter Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – Bring your family to Durham Central Park to try some of our area’s most popular food trucks. Guest trucks have included Route Bistro, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Virgil’s Jamaica and Bulkogi Truck. Locally brewed craft beer, cider and a band or DJ will be on-site, too. The event is rain or shine.
Cardboard City 4 – Sunday, noon-4pm – Bring the family to Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to build a city out of cardboard and see live performances of African folktales by Bright Star Touring Theatre.
Dishoom – A Global Dance Party! – Sunday, 2pm – UNC-TV presents the international dance party at Motorco Music Hall with music from across the globe, live drums and visual elements. Dance lessons start at 2pm, and the party starts at 3pm.
‘columbinus’ – Sunday, 3pm and 6pm – Pittsboro Youth Theater puts on its production of the play, which commemorates the lives lost at the Columbine High School shooting, at Durham Arts Council’s PSI Theatre.
Intermediate Sewing: Zipper Pouches Creative Class – Sunday, 4pm – Improve your sewing skills with The Scrap Exchange by learning to sew reusable zipper pouches. Materials and sewing machines are provided.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – Sunday, 7pm – The iconic ’60s and ’70s music group returns for a performance at Durham Performing Arts Center after three previously sold-out shows.