Weekend at a Glance: Songs, Stress Relief and Saint Paddy’s Day

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Whether it’s a night in with the arts or an afternoon out at your local brewery, enjoy all that’s happening in Durham this weekend!

weekend event – Big Night In for the Arts
The Durham Arts Council partners with other county arts organizations to raise money to support its classes, services and exhibits. Photo courtesy of Durham Arts Council

Compiled by Claire Burch

Mental Health Webinar – Thursday, 6:30-7:45pm – The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences continues its Women’s Health Awareness virtual series, “Real Talk With the Experts,” with a session on “Enhancing Family Mental Health in the Era of COVID.” The session addresses strategies to improve mental health and techniques for parents and children. The webinar is free but requires registration in advance.

Big Night In for the Arts – Thursday, 6:30pm – Durham Arts Council partners with Chatham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission and United Arts Council to raise nearly $1 million during this regional fundraiser broadcasted and live-streamed via WRAL. The event features performances from local and national talents such as Durham’s Branford Marsalis, addresses the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and highlights the missions of the four organizations. Funds benefit local nonprofit arts and culture organizations to assist in their recovery and reentry post-pandemic.   

Works by Faculty Art Exhibit – Thursday and Friday – The North Carolina Central University Art Museum hosts an art exhibit displaying works by the NCCU faculty that ends this weekend. The experience can be enjoyed in person or virtually and includes drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking collage and sculpture. Admission is free, but the number of visitors is limited.

Lunchtime Conversation Series – Friday, noon-1pm – Durham native John Felix Arnold III joins the Rubenstein Arts Center’s “In Conversation” series with various artists. John discusses his time in the studio, shares his experiences growing up in Durham and gives attendees a look into his upcoming exhibition. The event is free, and no registration is required.

Durham Craft Market – Saturday, 10am-noon – The market, open for modified hours during March, takes place at Durham Central Park and features the work of some 40 local juried artists, including jewelry, pottery and apparel. Market hours will shift from 8am-noon in April.

Stress Relief Yoga – Saturday, 12:30-3:30pm – Need to relieve some stress? Local yoga therapist Carol Krucoff partners with Duke Integrative Medicine to lead an interactive, virtual workshop on “Yoga Sparks,” which are quick practices to help relieve stress throughout your day. Pre-registration is required for this event.

St. Paddy’s in the Beer Garden – Saturday, 4-8pm – The Glass Jug Beer Lab hosts an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration with live Irish-themed music, an Irish-inspired menu from Bull City Street Food and the annual release of The Glass Jug’s Irish Dry Stout, a crowd favorite available once a year.

Collaborative Concert – Saturday, 7:30pm – Mallarmé Chamber Players partner with Raleigh Camerata members to present virtual concert, “La Musique de la Chambre du Roi.” The event is available on Facebook Live or on demand following the event.

James Ehnes, Violin & Orion Weiss, Piano – Saturday, 8-10pm – Recitalist James Ehnes and pianist Orion Weiss perform a program of violin sonatas from across two centuries as a part of Duke Performances’ virtual season titled, “The Show Must Go Online!” Tickets must be purchased for the general public but are free to students at Duke University.

Pie Day Pi KSunday, 9am – This race traverses 3.14 kilometers (1.95 miles) at C.M. Herndon Park to celebrate pi, the symbol used in mathematics equating a value rounded to eight decimal places of 3.14159265. Each finisher receives a personal crostata pie freshly baked by James Beard pastry chef award semifinalist Phoebe Lawless.

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