Great May Carpet Sale – Monday-Friday, 10am – 6pm; Saturday, 10am – 5pm – The Persian Carpet is having a sale of its 7,000 rugs through the month of May. Every rug in their showroom has been marked down between 30% and 75%, including antique Persian, Caucasian and Chinese rugs.
Taco Grande at ATC Popup – Through May 24, 11:30am-1:30pm – The food truck, specializing in Mexican fare with plenty of options for vegetarians, will be the next featured PopUp at American Tobacco Campus. The PopUp@ATC is located next to the Bullpen, adjacent to Bull City Mini – a community-designed mini golf course that will offer beer and wine.
Tea Cup Gin – Thursday, 7pm – A hip jazzy patio party at Unscripted Durham, where you can chill out, enjoy the balmy spring breezes, and sip poolside cocktails to match the vibes.
Piedmont Fibershed Meetup – Thursday, 7-8:30pm – In a program that stems from the One Acre Exchange exhibit at The Carrack Modern Art, join local farmers, artisans, educators and hobbyists in learning about fiber and textile economy and sustainability. The meetup will include informal activities assisting in the direction of Piedmont Fibershed‘s mission. Organized by Tyler Jenkins, Katie Berman and Courtney Lockemer, the exhibit celebrates the community built through a shared hemp supply chain. Connecting local farmers, workers and artisans centered around hemp grown and processed in Durham County, the work serves as a model for how an innovative, cooperative, equitable supply chain can be designed.
Poetry Series – Thursday, 7pm – Stop by The Regulator Bookshop to hear poets Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs read selections form their respective books, “To Those Who Were Our First Gods” and “Take Me With You, Wherever You’re Going.”
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour – Thursday, 7:30pm – Don’t miss the chance to see Tyler Perry’s final performance in one of his most famous roles, Madea. The play will be Perry’s 21st stage play and will include tons of laughs and a proper goodbye to the Madea series.
Melissa Etheridge – The award-winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter brings her The Medicine Show Tour to The Carolina Theatre for an evening of unforgettable songs and new music from her album The Medicine Show, which was released April 12.
Peep Show Fundraiser – Friday, 6-8pm – Help Liberty Arts raise funds for their Community Scholarship Fund. Tickets range from $30-$500 – your choice of donation level – and will give you access to early buying opportunities in their auction as well as live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. The event will provide patrons with the opportunity for first looks and early shopping from among the art that will be on display available to the public for purchase the following day when Liberty Arts will be hosting its annual Spring Open Studios and Sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the May 4 Open Studio and sale is free for all attendees.
Freeman Beard Art Show – Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm – Visit Stone Brothers & Byrd for a showing of Freeman Beard‘s watercolor paintings, depicting scenes in nature. Twenty percent of the proceeds of painting sales support Mount Merrill playground in Durham Central Park.
The Marshall Tucker Band – Friday, 8pm – The Southern rock icons take the stage at The Carolina Theatre.
The Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure – Saturday, 7am – Raises funds for breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach from the Triangle area to the Coast. This year’s 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk takes place at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park.
Paw Patrol Live! – Saturday, 10am, 2pm and 6pm; and Sunday, 10am and 2pm – It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. So, Paw Patrol leaps to the rescue. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. The show, based on Nick Jr.’s hit TV program, includes two acts and an intermission at DPAC, and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and pup packs.
2019 CPSC Strawberry Festival – Saturday, 11am-3pm – A family-fun community event put on by Central Park School for Children at Old North Durham Park featuring chocolate-covered strawberries, painting strawberries on fingernails and faces, spearing juicy lemons with spicy peppermint sticks, enjoying local bands, and creating a strawberry-filled day each year where everyone can be a kid again.
Durham Greek Festival – Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm – St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church hosts this celebration of the flavors, sounds and traditions of Greece. There will be plentiful Greek food and pastries, a Greek taverna and café, traditional music, folk dance performances, shopping, video travelogues of Greece, church tours and kids’ activities including face painting, YoYo balloons and a bounce house. Admission is free. A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit the Durham Rescue Mission.
Zeno Alexander Book Signing – Saturday, 4pm – Celebrate Children’s Book Week with The Regulator Bookshop as they welcome the author for a reading and signing of his middle-grade adventure novel, “The Library of Ever.”
Elder Millennial Tour – Saturday, 7pm and 9:30pm – Comedian Iliza Shlesinger performs her stand-up routine from her fourthNetflix special, which characterizes her life as a millennial at the older end of the generation, at The Carolina Theatre.
Quatuor Ébène – Saturday, 8pm – The string quartet performs at Baldwin Auditorium in a Duke Performances concert, which begins with Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, a marked contrast to the last piece on this program, Beethoven’s late Quartet in C-sharp Minor.y. Between these two contrasting works of Beethoven is the sole quartet of Gabriel Fauré, one of his last pieces.
Fundraiser for the Rambeaut Family – Sunday, 11am-5pm – Posh The Salon hosts a fundraiser for the family of the late Jay Rambeaut, a first responder locator for Dominion Energy who responded to the explosion that occurred in downtown on April 10. He unfortunately succumbed to his injuries, passing away on April 25. Posh will offer haircuts for a minimum donation of $25, makeup services for a minimum donation of $15 and brow services with a minimum donation of $10. There will be several raffle items available to win, including free haircuts for a year, a full set of lashes, a Dermalogica gift set and more. All proceeds will go to the Rambeaut family.
Patchwork Market – Sunday, noon-4pm – The monthly market with makers and vintage vendors comes together at Fullsteam Brewery to create a unique shopping experience with a diverse selection of high-quality and original goods.
Cinco de Mayo – Sunday, 2-6pm – Come to Barley Labs for a special drink menu of Cinco de Mayo-inspired cidermosas and micheladas. Participate in a guac-off: Bring your best guac, and get a chance to win some swag! Chips provided. Anyone who buys a drink off the special menu gets to vote on their favorite guac. Winner will be announced at 4 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Sunday, 3pm – Celebrate with Gonza Tacos y Tequila with live DJ Julio, aerial silk performances, street performers a face painter and balloon artist.
Fashion for a Cause – Sunday, 6-9pm – A fashion show that benefits cancer research, patient care and awareness, takes place at the Durham Convention Center.