Weekend at a Glance: ‘Rent,’ Restaurant Week and Rare Beer Tastings

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Check several items off your new year’s bucket list! See a Broadway show, try a new restaurant and more this weekend.

weekend at a glance - 'Rent' at DPAC
The 25th anniversary “Farewell Season of Love” is your final chance to experience the touring production of “Rent.” Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Triangle Restaurant Week – Through Sunday – This week-long culinary celebration offers special three-course menu options and fixed pricing at participating restaurants across the Triangle including Bleu Olive, Dashi, Dos Perros and other Durham eateries. No reservations, tickets or passes required.

Rooftop Yoga with La Vita Yoga Thursday, noon, and Sunday, 10am – Unwind with La Vita Yoga during a rooftop session at The Durham Hotel. Registration is required.

Plant Propagation: Layering and Dividing – Thursday, 2-3:30pm – Paul J. Kramer Plant Collections manager Beth Hall Hoffman and Doris Duke Center Gardens curator Jason Holmes share layering and dividing techniques to grow new plants from those already in your garden during this online presentation presented by Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Tig Notaro: ‘Hello Again’ – Thursday, 7pm – The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian and radio host performs at The Carolina Theatre as part of her national tour.

Shift Drink – Friday, 11am-2pm – Join Counter Culture Coffee at its headquarters on Mallard Avenue for its inaugural monthly pop-up coffee shop showing support for local nonprofits. This month’s event raises money for Seeds, an urban community kitchen and garden.

Our Community Stories: Wheels Fun Park – Friday, noon-1pm – Durham Community Engagement presents its monthly history series, which highlights marginalized voices within the community. This month’s virtual session discusses the East Durham amusement park that closed in 2020 after 40 years in business.

Film Screening: ‘Faya Dayi’ – Friday, 7pm – Duke Cinematic Arts screens this documentary by Ethiopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir at the Rubenstein Arts Center. The film follows a spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar, Ethiopia, and the rituals behind khat, a leaf Sufi Muslims chewed for centuries for religious meditations.

Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie Pairing Night with Old North Meats – Friday, 7-9pm – Taste housemade charcuterie samples paired with wines at Durham Food Hall. There will be a distributor partner on-site to walk participants through each pairing.

‘Rent’ – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm and 7pm – Experience this Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece at the Durham Performing Arts Center for its final touring season ever.

ABT Studio Company – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – American Ballet Theatre’s virtuosic junior ensemble returns for its third and final year in residence (delayed because of the pandemic) with two shows at Reynolds Industries Theater, presented by Duke Performances. The program – created by Durham native Hope Boykin, a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company member – features contemporary ballet works primarily by female choreographers.

Ashley McBryde – This Town Talks Tour – Friday, 8pm – The country and rock-and-roll star performs at The Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall with special guest Ashland Craft. Ashley’s most recent album, “Never Will,” earned her a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Country Album and Academy of Country Music Award nominations for Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for her lead single “One Night Standards.”

Luxury Bourbon and Food Pairing Saturday, noon-2pm and 2-4pm – Mystic Farm & Distillery takes you through dishes that pair well with their selection of spirits.

weekend at a glance – Mystic Farm & Distillery
Mystic Farm & Distillery

NC Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting – Saturday, 2-6pm – Sample unique and varying styles from more than 50 breweries during this 10th annual beer event/fundraiser benefiting the Michael James Jackson Foundation at Historic Durham Athletic Park.

Whitney Cummings’ Touch Me Tour – Saturday, 7pm – The podcaster, comedian, and co-creator and co-writer of the Emmy-nominated CBS comedy series “2 Broke Girls” performs her standup routine at The Carolina Theatre, with two other comedians opening up the show.

Katie Basden / The Aquaducks – Saturday, 7:30pm – The Durham-based singer-songwriter, who was a top 20 finalist on NBC’s show “The Voice” in 2016, performs live at The Blue Note Grill with the high-energy funk and soul band from Nashville, Tennessee.

APS Out & About at Tobacco Wood Brewing – Sunday, noon-3pm – The Animal Protection Society of Durham brings adoptable puppies to Tobacco Wood Brewing and to share more about their work as an animal rescue nonprofit.

Winter Hike Series – Sunday, 2-4pm – This afternoon hike takes you through the Confluence Natural Area, where the east and west forks of the Eno River flow from the north to merge in north Hillsborough. The hike is geared toward adults, but children are welcome with an accompanying adult. Registration is required.

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