Weekend at a Glance: Concerts, Composting and Community History

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There’s plenty to do in Durham this weekend, both outdoors and virtually. Check out music performances, spend a day on the farm, or learn about the history of inequality for women in the state.

weekend at a glance: Simone Dinnerstein
Listen to pianist Simone Dinnerstein play a selection of classical works on Saturday evening. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Equal Rights Amendment Documentary Screening and Q&A – Thursday, 11:30am-1pm – The Equal Rights Amendment, ensuring the legal equality of women, was never ratified at the state level in North Carolina. The Museum of Durham History partners with the ERA-NC Alliance to screen the 30-minute “Legalize Equality” documentary, highlighting the ongoing struggle for the equality of women in the state. There will be a Q&A following the screening with panel members, including activists, lawyers, scholars and volunteers. Panel members will be prepared to answer questions about the history of the movement, the ongoing legal cases related to the ratification of the ERA and how to get involved at the individual level. Those interested can register online to receive a Zoom link.

Wellness Seminar – 10 Tips for Finding a Fitness Plan that Actually Works – Thursday, 1-2pm – Duke Health & Fitness Center exercise physiologist MeKayla Parks shares her tips and tricks for sticking to a fitness routine during a Zoom presentation.

Our Community Stories: Brookstown – Friday, noon-1pm – This monthly history series presented by the City of Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department focuses on historically Black and African American neighborhoods. This month features Brookstown, a neighborhood near the West End that was destroyed by the construction of the Durham Freeway. Registered guests will receive a Zoom link over email. 

In Conversation: American Ballet Theatre – Friday, noon-1pm – Join Durham native and Duke alumna Kara Medoff Barnett –executive director of the American Ballet Theatre since 2016 – for a conversation on leading America’s National Ballet Company through the pandemic. ABT was due to perform “Giselle,” presented by Duke Performances, at the Durham Performing Arts Center in March 2020 before planned engagements in Abu Dhabi, Detroit and New York. Instead, ABT pivoted to commissioning and creating new work in NBA-style “ballet bubbles,” producing innovative docu-series and short films, providing live concerts for hospital staff and patients, publishing children’s books and more. Barnett will be joined by one or more ABT dancers to discuss the company’s resilience and the partnership between ABT and Duke University. Michaela Dwyer, community engagement coordinator for Duke Performances, will moderate the free online public conversation.

Introduction to Wine: Part One Friday, 6:30-7:30pm – The Wine Feed hosts this virtual class on the basics of wine, including how it’s made, its history and the differences among various regions. The livestream, instructor-led presentation includes three bottles of wine. 

Garden Basics: Vermicomposting – Saturday, 9:30-11am – Rhonda Sherman, extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture Science at N.C. State, shares her tips and tricks on composting with worms during this online presentation hosted by Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Guests will learn how vermicomposting can help maximize the health and growth of their gardens. 

‘In Plain Sight’ at Geer Cemetery – Saturday, 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm – Friends of Geer Cemetery lead multiple tours through this outdoor exhibit honoring those buried in Geer Cemetery for their role in building Durham. The exhibit challenges guests to confront the inequities faced by Black North Carolinians throughout history and present day. 

Family Fun on the Farm – Saturday, 10am-5:30pm – Old Mill Farm invites guests to enjoy 90 minutes and relax on the farm. Guests are welcome to feed and pet animals, spend time on the lawn and enjoy a campfire. Hot chocolate, coffee and s’mores kits are available for purchase. 

Live Music with Tre Charles – Saturday, 3-6pm – The Honeysuckle at Lakewood presents a soulful evening with live music from singer-songwriter Tre Charles, who incorporates aspects of R&B, indie rock and Southern soul. 

Virtual Piano Performance with Simone Dinnerstein – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances presents the American classical pianist during its virtual season, “The Show Must Go Online!” as she traverses three centuries of musical history by playing a selection of works by several composers, including Ferruccio Busoni, Bach and Philip Glass. Those interested can purchase tickets online and will have access to the show for 72 hours after the listed start time.

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