Weekend at a Glance: Mother’s Day, Music and Museums

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There’s plenty to do this Mother’s Day weekend, including live music, restaurant specials and shopping downtown for last-minute gifts

Mother's Day weekend – Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain performs alongside his ensemble of percussionists during a Duke Performances’ virtual concert on Saturday, the final of its “The Show Must Go Online!” season. Photo Courtesy of Paul Joseph

‘Faces of Durham’ – Thursday-Sunday – This outdoor, socially distanced exhibit presented by the Museum of Durham History showcases faces from Durham’s past and present. It highlights individuals who contributed to varying industries, from commerce to human medicine, and covers Durham’s transition from a small city to the current metropolitan it is today. 

Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop – Thursday, noon-6pm; Friday and Saturday, noon-8pm; Sunday, 1-3pm – A variety of artists join Horse & Buggy Press and Friends for this pop-up at PS 118 Gallery and Event Space. Everything from jewelry and looms to knitwear and paintings will be available for purchase. Vendors will also be available to answer questions.

Virtual Walk on the Wild Side, Part 2 – Thursday, 11am-noon – Curator Annabel Renwick and Horticulturist Maegan Luckett take a virtual look at spring native plants during this Zoom conversation hosted by Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Pre-registration for this event is required, and participants receive a Zoom link upon registration. 

Pollinator Planting and Hummingbird Gardens – Thursday, 7-8pm – During this online presentation for Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke Professor Neeti Bathala shares gardening tips that provide continuous nectar and pollen across all seasons. She also offers native plant, cultivar and exotic plant suggestions that attract wildlife. 

Mother’s Day Celebration – Thursday and Friday – Old Mill Farm opens its space to families for the holiday weekend. Each ticket includes admission for up to six guests, access to the farm animals (you can feed them, too!), yoga, fishing and lawn games. Families can enjoy a locally sourced basket to take home for an additional fee. 

Science Nights: Our Natural World – Thursday, 5:30-8pm – Explore the Museum of Life and Science after hours. Activities include fossil identification, examining butterflies and completing an engineering challenge. Take home your own personal insect artifact as a memento of your evening.

Mother’s Day & Mimosas – Friday-Sunday – Book a one-hour axe throwing slot at Urban Axes and everyone in the booked party gets their first mimosa on the house. But mom gets two!

Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation Virtual Luncheon – Friday, 1-2pm – The preventive and primary health care facility celebrates 50 years of service with a virtual luncheon and fundraiser. The live event has the option to purchase a boxed lunch from the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. The program will feature musical performances by Nnenna Freelon, John Brown and Lois Deloatch, and guest speakers including Eileen Watts Welch, Rep. David Price, Duke University Chancellor for Health Affairs and Duke University Health System President and CEO Dr. Eugene Washington and Mayor Steve Schewel.

Pavel Haas Quartet – Friday, 8pm – The renowned Czech string ensemble, which has won six Gramophone awards, pairs Beethoven’s Quartet in F Minor with Martinů’s Seventh for a virtual concert presented by Duke Performances. Ticket holders will be provided with a Vimeo link to stream the show, which is available to view for 72 hours.

Honeysuckle Art Project – Friday, 8-10pm – Listen to North Carolina native Tarrah Waltson perform live at The Honeysuckle at Lakewood. Tarrah obtained a degree in animal science at N.C. State before deciding to pursue a career in music. 

Seasonal Celebrities – Saturday, 10-11am – This online session with the Sarah P. Duke Gardens Director of Education and Public Programs Jan Little focuses on plants that add beauty, texture, color and flowers into your personal garden. The program begins with a broad discussion on horticulture before talking more specifically about plants, their native region, how to care for them and their history with people.

Beaver Queen Pageant – Saturday, 6pm – The 17th annual fundraiser airs the first of three episodes this weekend to introduce this year’s contestants who are competing for the title of Beaver Queen. Viewers can vote for their favorite contestant through June 12. The event benefits the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and its mission to preserve and protect the Ellerbe Creek watershed, which flows more than 20 miles.

Carolina Blues – Saturday, 6-9pm – Bring a blanket and listen to live music at The Glass Jug Beer Lab. The El Jefecito food truck will be on site serving up tacos, burritos and quesadillas. 

Music in the Beer Garden – Saturday, 7-9pm – Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, a smokin’ Zydeco/Cajun-flavored blues band, perform live at The Blue Note Grill. Picnic tables are set up to maintain social distancing, and there is also plenty of standing room. 

Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion – Saturday, 8pm – The Grammy-award winning Indian tabla master performs alongside his ensemble of percussionists during this Duke Performances’ virtual concert, the final of its “The Show Must Go Online!” season. Collaborators from diverse South Asian traditions take the stage and stretch the boundaries of musical imagination through rarely heard rhythms and melodies.

Handmade & Vintage Market – Sunday, noon-5pm – Barrel Culture Brewing & Blending launches this inaugural pop-up market featuring a rotating list of local vendors, live music, a food truck and delicious brews. The vendors will be staked out in The Barrel Room, which also includes a mobile bar and connects to the outdoor patio.

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