Weekend at a Glance: Performances, Pi(e)s and St. Patty’s Day Parties

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Les Misérables at DPAC
Experience one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history this weekend at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Compiled by Anna Elsasser

EDITOR’S NOTE: CHECK WITH HOSTS PRIOR TO ATTENDING EVENTS IN CASE THEY HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS

‘Les Misérables’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm; Sunday, 1pm and 7pm – The Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon makes its two-year return to Broadway at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Backdropped by 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” is a story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. 

Eyes Up Here Comedy Showcase – Thursday, 8:30-10:30pm – Share some laughs at The Pinhook this weekend during this female-focused comedy show. Doors open at 7:45pm.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Thursday, 8-10pm – The accomplished American roots band performs its most popular songs from the past half century at The Carolina Theatre.

Natural Reflections – Thursday, 8pm – Curated by the Verona Quartet, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle’s latest performance, as part of its UpClose Chamber Music Series, takes place at 21c Museum Hotel and showcases works by Hadyn, Dennehy and Dvorak.

FantasticRealm Film Series – Friday, 1:20pm-Sunday, 10:30pm – As part of its Retro Film Series, The Carolina Theatre screens the most-cherished movies from your childhood, from “Forbidden Planet” to “Red Sonja,” all weekend long.

Welcome Tattoo One Year Celebration Flash Event – Friday, noon-8pm – Get a tattoo for a good cause at Welcome Tattoo to celebrate the shop’s anniversary. Tattoo artists Kohen Meyers, Paul Sackman and Brian Brower offer services from three sheets of available designs. All profits benefit a 501c3 nonprofit of your choice. 

Madison McFerrin – Friday, 7-10pm – The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, who’s known for her distinctive soulful acappella, performs at NorthStar Church of the Arts accompanied by DJ VSPRTN. 

Belcea Quartet Beethoven Cycle – Friday, 8pm; Saturday 8pm; Sunday 7pm – In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Duke Performances presents a complete cycle of Beethoven quartets performed by the quartet, which hails from Great Britain.

Art from the Earth: Painting with Minerals – Saturday 10am-noon and 1-3pm – Learn how to make your own mineral paints to use in a collaborative art piece at the Museum of Life and Science. This event is part of the museum’s Studio Earth Workshops series.

Pi Daze – Saturday, 10am-3pm – Enjoy a day of math and fun with the Museum of Life and Science, exploring circles, irrational numbers and celebrating the dimensions of Pi through a museum-wide scavenger hunt. Guests can also order pie at the museum cafe.

St. Patrick’s Day Party! – Saturday 10am-2am – James Joyce Irish Pub celebrates the Irish holiday with live music, Irish beers and whiskeys, traditional Irish food and giveaways all day.

Pi Day: Pie & Beer Pairings – Saturday, noon-10pm – Test out The Glass Jug Beer Lab’s featured “Pi Beers” along with pie samples. Options include a Moscow Mule Pi, the Raspberry Pi, the Cranberry Cinnamon Pi and a guest beer from Barrel Culture Brewing

St. Paddy’s Day Party – Saturday noon-2am – Delight in step dancers, bagpipes and a drum brigade at Boxcar Bar + Arcade’s Irish celebration. That day includes $5 pints of Green Light green beer from R&D Brewing, Fonta Flora Irish Table stout and Great Lakes Conway Irish Red.

Film Screening: ‘The Green Book Guide to Freedom’ – Saturday, 3-4:30pm – Join Hayti Heritage Center for its screening of Smithsonian Channel documentary, “The Green Book Guide to Freedom,” highlighting important sites of refuge for African American travelers during the Jim Crow era of legal segregation. Following the screening, there will be a panel about African American mobility in North Carolina and a “talkback” with Lisa R. Withers, a research historian for the NC Green Book Project. 

Closing Reception at Horse & Buggy and Friends – Saturday, 4-7pm – Get one last look at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends’ “Mediative Obsessive” exhibit, featuring cross hatchings and sculptural paper works by artist Anne Hille. Reserve a seat to hear from Ron Jones, a friend of Anne’s who will speak on behalf of her life and works. 

St. Paddy’s Celebration – Saturday 5pm-1am – Bull McCabes celebrates St. Patrick’s Day early with food and drink specials, Irish dancers, and live music from Alley Seventeen, Migrant Birds and DJ Thom Dunn.

The Chitlin’ Circuit Revue – Saturday, 7-9:30pm – Also at the Hayti Heritage Center, this live performance of jazz and soul music pays tribute to the “Chitlin Circuit,” a network of hotels, restaurants and clubs that became “oasis spaces” for African Americans in North Carolina. 

Pi(e) Day on the Roof – Saturday 6-9pm – Celebrate Pi Day with hand pies from East Durham Bake Shop, drink pairings and views from the rooftop of The Durham Hotel. East Durham Bake Shop brings some beloved pie flavors out of retirement, including grapefruit shaker, bourbon caramel apple and sorghum sweet potato. 

An Evening with Amy Grant – Saturday 8pm – The singer, who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and won six Grammy Awards throughout her career, performs some of her popular contemporary Christian songs at The Carolina Theatre.

Pie Day Pi K – Sunday, 9am – This race traverses 3.14 kilometers (1.95 miles) at C.M. Herndon Park in celebration of Pi Day, the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant.  At the end of the race, each finisher receives a personal pie (crostata) to celebrate Pi Day.

Country Soul Songbook – Sunday, 2-3pm – A high-energy celebration that spotlights Durham’s alternative voices in country-soul-Americana music – including Rissi Palmer, Kym Register, Kamara Thomas, Libby Rodenbough and Phil Cook – at NorthStar Church of the Arts, plus food from cultural preservationist and cook Gabrielle Eitienne of Revival Taste Collective.

Willie Duke’s Bluff Wildflower Hike – Sunday, 2-5pm –  Part of Durham’s “Creek Week” celebration, this somewhat difficult hike leads participants to a noteworthy natural area called Willie Duke’s Bluff, where there are outstanding displays of spring wildflowers, including some that are rare and unusual for the Piedmont.

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