Weekend at a Glance: Comedians, Craftsmen and Concerts

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OAR band at The Carolina Theatre in March
O.A.R. performs at The Carolina Theatre on Friday as part of its Spring Fling Tour.

Compiled by Cam Edson

Lovely Wicked Crowns – Thursday, 5:30-7pm – The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University hosts a workshop inspired by the museum’s current Ebony G. Patterson exhibit, which is on display through July 12. The event begins with a brief gallery tour and finishes with a reinterpretation of the exhibit through the creation of flower crowns, wreaths and tabletop decoration. 

Genny Social – Thursday, 7pm – Ilana Glazer, comedian and co-founder of the Generator Collective, an organization committed to sharing stories on the impact of political policy, hosts a dance party at The Pinhook in conjunction with her tour, “Horny 4 Tha Polls,” which aims to increase voter engagement and spread 2020 election information, all while dancing to music by LUV. 

Randy Rainbow Live! – Thursday, 8pm – This Emmy-nominated comedian, best known for parodies and political spoofs on his YouTube series, “The Randy Rainbow Show,” stops at the Durham Performing Arts Center on a national tour.

The SteelDrivers – Thursday, 8pm – Don’t miss this Grammy-nominated, hard-edged bluegrass band from Nashville, Tennessee, at The Carolina Theatre

The Bipeds present: the Shadowbox Sessions – Thursday, 8pm – The Bipeds, a dance theater company, performs its fourth installment of the Shadowbox Sessions, an innovative dance and music series on the first Thursday of each month, at Shadowbox Studio.

Little People, Frameworks and YPPAH – Thursday, 9pm – Catch three musical acts at Motorco Music Hall: Anglo-Swiss hip-hop producer Laurent Clerc, Manchester-based producer Matthew Brewer and electronic/rock musician Joe Corrales, as they bring underground hip-hop, live instrumentation and electronic beats. 

Tinkering Family Workshops: Take Things Apart! – Friday, 1-3pm; Saturday, 10am-noon and 1-3pm – The Museum of Life and Science invites families to take apart their electronic devices, big and small, and discover what makes them whir, buzz and light up during this educational experience. 

‘Horny 4 Tha Polls’ with Ilana Glazer – Friday, 7pm – Emmy-nominated actor Ilana Glazer brings her latest comedy tour to DPAC. Ilana is the co-founder of the Generator Collective, a series with the mission of gathering people to learn about politics “without feeling dumb.” 

O.A.R. – Friday, 8pm – The rock band performs at The Carolina Theatre as part of a national tour promoting its 2019 albums, “The Mighty” and “Live from Merriweather.” O.A.R., which is short for “of a revolution” is known for hits such as “Love and Memories” and “Shattered.” 

Ellis Dyson & the Shambles with Downtown Abby & the Echoes – Friday, 9pm – Cat’s Cradle presents Ellis Dyson & the Shambles, a Chapel Hill band that blends a variety of influences “ranging from New Orleans jazz to Piedmont murder ballads” with Asheville-based blues and Southern rock band Downtown Abby & the Echoes at Motorco Music Hall. 

Living Room Open Mic – Friday, 10-11:30pm – Living Arts Collective welcomes music, spoken word, rap and more to the stage at its monthly event every first Friday, “The Living Room,” for an open mic night with artists and performers from the community. 

Durham Art Walk Spring Market – Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm – Peruse dozens of visual arts and fine crafts vendors at various locations throughout downtown. The event ushers in the spring season with a weekend of shopping, food truck favorites, ongoing live music and more.

First Saturday Walk – Saturday, 10am-noon – Enjoy a guided hike through Horton Grove Nature Preserve with Triangle Land Conservancy.

Corcoran Poetry Wall Launch Party – Saturday, 1-3pm – Celebrate the public installation of two poems by Kristi Stout and Nina Oteria in the form of a mural painted by Bethany Bash. Kristi, Nina and other poets will read their work followed by a brief open mic with refreshments provided by Jeddah’s Tea

Girls on the Run Open House – Saturday, 11am-2pm – Stop by the Girls on the Run of the Triangle’s open house at its Durham headquarters, 1415 W. N.C. Hwy. 54, for games, snacks, raffle prizes and a chance to meet the nonprofit’s staff and board members as they kick off their 20th anniversary. 

Body Games Pop-Up Camp & Yoga – Saturday, noon-1pm – Get outside and join the Body Games Center, a new fitness and wellness center, for a free pop-up HIIT camp and yoga class for all levels at Rock Quarry Park. 

Barks and Brews at Barrel Culture – Saturday, noon-4pm – Pop into Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending to meet adoptable pups, enjoy a craft beer and learn about Saving Grace NC, an animal adoption nonprofit based in Wake Forest. A portion of draft sales benefit the nonprofit.

Durham Bulls Spring Fan Fest – Saturday, 5-7pm – Show your Durham Bulls pride at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Festivities include two batting sessions, raffle prizes, photo opportunities, food trucks, tours and more. Anyone interested in performing the National Anthem at a Bulls game this year is welcome to audition on the same day from 7:30-8:30am at the park. 

UNC vs. Duke Basketball Game – Saturday, 6pm – Head to your local sports bar or grab a last-minute ticket to watch the final game of Duke men’s basketball season – and one of the best college basketball rivalries – at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Fifth Annual Rock Roulette: A Benefit for Girls Rock – Saturday, 7pm – Support this female-empowering nonprofit at Motorco Music Hall for a benefit concert, featuring 12 new bands, and raffle prizes. The event hopes to raise $25,000 to support the nonprofit’s work.

International Championship of A Capella South Semifinal – Saturday, 7pm – The Carolina Theatre hosts this international a cappella tournament, which showcases both collegiate and high school vocal performances. 

Full Moon Fever Bike Ride – Saturday, 7:30pm and 8:30pm – Bike down the American Tobacco Trail with the Durham Community Trail Watch Group and enjoy the glow of the full moon. The early group starts in front of Mellow Mushroom  and meets up with the late group at 8:30pm in front of Bean Traders. Both groups will ride the trail until the end of the pavement at New Hope Church Road and then turn back around. 

Sebastian Maniscalco: ‘You Bother Me’ Tour – Saturday, 7pm and 9:30pm; Sunday, 5pm and 8pm – Watch Billboard’s 2018 “Comedian of the Year” at the DPAC. He’s the only comedian ever to perform four shows in a row at the performing arts center. 

Durham Bazaar – Sunday, noon-5pm – Stroll through the handmade and vintage pop-up market, which includes more than 15 vendors, pizza, cocktails and live music, at The Pinhook

Girl-Powered Science: Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists – Sunday, 10am-3pm – Celebrate International Women’s Day at the Museum of Life and Science as they highlight the contributions of women in science and technology fields. Meet local STEM professionals, participate in hands-on demonstrations and enjoy two talks from Jennifer Stancil, the 2020 chair of the board of directors for the National Girls Collaborative Project and a former advisor for the Women and Girls Council formed by the Obama administration.

 APS Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 1:30-3pm – Stop by The Regulator Bookshop to meet adoptable cats from the Animal Protection Society of Durham. The event is held every second Sunday of the month.

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