Weekend at a Glance: Painting, ‘Patience’ and Performances

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Kick off spring with our top events, from live music and virtual performances to fundraisers and races.

weekend events – Duke Performances’ Black Atlantic series
Duke Performances’ Black Atlantic series features Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (left, photo by Rick McGinnis) and Ballaké Sissoko (right, photo by Cyrille Choupas) on Saturday.

Compiled by Madeline Taylor

You Can Move with Parkinson’s – Thursday, 1-2pm – Parkinson’s disease advocates share local resources and self-management options for those affected by the disease during this Zoom event hosted by Durham County Library. Participants have a chance to learn about free, weekly opportunities for the Parkinson’s disease community led by the American Dance Festival, NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions. 

DPR Egg Hunts (FULL) – Thursday, 5-7pm, and Saturday, 10am-4pm – Durham Parks and Recreation hosts its 34th annual egg hunt for kids 12 and younger at Campus Hills Park on Thursday and West Point on the Eno or Leigh Farm on Saturday. The inclusive event for children of all abilities includes a to-go bag of eggs, coloring pages and more. Masks are required for those ages 2 and older, and registration is required in order to maintain social distance. 

Basics Series – Acrylic Painting – Thursday, 6-8pm – Crafts and Drafts NC hosts a paint-and-sip class on color theory, color mixing, painting best practices, how to paint on an unconventional surface and differences among acrylic paints. There is the option to experiment or follow the instructor through painting examples. Crafts and Drafts NC will have local beers and snacks available for purchase. Class size is limited to accommodate social distancing.

The Women in Tech Summit – Thursday and Friday – This virtual event aims to connect women at every level, from students to senior executives, to discuss technology, career development and more. All profits generated from the event support the nonprofit TechGirlz.org and its ongoing mission to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower future careers.

Phil’s Challenge – Friday – Join Immaculata Catholic School as it finishes out its month of fitness and fundraising with a virtual 5K or 10K. All proceeds support technology, curriculum resources, playground equipment and teacher training. 

‘Patience’ by The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. – Friday – The Durham Savoyards, a local theater troupe that produces works by the Victorian-era theatrical partnership Gilbert and Sullivan, releases the first of its seven-part musical “Patience” on YouTube. 

A Conversation With: Dr. Stella Nyanzi & Prof. Tsitsi Jaji – Friday, 10:30am – Rofhiwa Book Café launches its conversations series with two poets sharing their readings and reflections. Dr. Stella Nyanzi is an activist currently living in Kenya after fleeing Uganda, where she wrote a collection of poetry, “No Roses from My Mouth: Poems from Prison,” while imprisoned for her activism. Tsitsi Jaji, originally from Zimbabwe, is a professor in the English department at Duke University and author of several poetry books.

5 Points Gallery Exhibition Extended: ‘Rejuvenation’ – Friday and Saturday, 3-7pm – 5 Points Gallery features “Rejuvenation” for its last weekend. The exhibit features work by 10 local artists, ranging from painting and sculpture to weaving and fused glass. Masks and social distancing are required, and patrons can schedule a private viewing appointment.

Swing Into Spring: Online Auction and Virtual Fundraiser – Friday-Sunday – Durham Art Guild moves its auction and North Carolina-themed game night online this year. The auction features more than 80 pieces of artwork donated by local artists and includes more than 15 local packages and experiences for bidding. No tickets are required for the auction, which is open through April 6. Game night next week requires a ticket.

2021 Summer Music Series – Into the Fog – Saturday, 6-9pm – The Glass Jug Beer Lab launches its summer music series with Raleigh-based band Into the Fog. Masks and groups of no larger than six are required. 

Black Atlantic: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Cuba/Canada & Ballaké Sissoko Mali – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances continues its virtual season “The Show Must Go Online!” with this Black Atlantic series presentation featuring two groups. Jane Bunnett & Maqueque use jazz to celebrate Afro-Cuban culture, and Ballaké Sissoko from the group 3MA plays the kora, a traditional West African stringed instrument.

Independent Animal Rescue Fast and Furriest 5K – Saturday and Sunday – This do-it-your-own-way race hosted by Independent Animal Rescue gives participants the option to run, walk or come up with their own way to reach the number 5, whether that’s knitting 5,000 stitches or reading 500 pages. The event runs through next weekend with the goal of raising $40,000.

Cabelands Wildflower Hike (FULL) – Sunday, 2-4pm – This easy to moderate 2-mile hike guided by the Eno River Association leads explorers through the woods and river floodplains in search of mid-March wildflowers. 

Annual Neighborhood Walk: West End, East Campus & Beyond – Sunday, 4pm – Street historian John Schelp leads Preservation Durham’s virtual walk through west Durham. The tour covers Duke East Campus, Erwin Mills, Main Street, West Campus and other locations along the area known as “the ridge.” The event is co-sponsored by the Old West Durham, Walltown and Watts-Hillandale neighborhood associations, Open Durham/Preservation Durham, Museum of Durham History and the Sierra Club.

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