Weekend at a Glance: Musical Bites, Markets and Movies

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A myriad of musical events take place this weekend, from the third installment of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle’s Musical Bites series – complete with breakfast pairings from Everything Bagels – to live music in The Blue Note Grill’s beer garden and the Claxton Powell Music Festival.

musical weekend – Claxton Powell Music Festival
Jeanetta Hopkins is the executive director of Bull City Music School and curator of the Claxton Powell Music Festival, which takes place this weekend. Photo courtesy of Steven Whitsitt

Compiled by Renee Ambroso

Durham Senior Games and SilverArts – Thursday and Friday – Fifty-two older adults compete in sports and activities, from pickleball and softball to swimming and visual arts, through May 18. Thursday’s activities features swimming, and Friday’s competition features shuffleboard. The Olympic-style event is sponsored by the North Carolina Division on Aging and is organized by Durham Parks and Recreation and Durham Arts Council. 

Musical Bites – releasing Thursday, 8am – The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle creates a virtual performance and food show with the Durham Food Hall and the Verona Quartet. Episode No. 3 in the series will feature live music by the quartet and a visit to Everything Bagels at the Durham Food Hall, where chefs create dishes that complement the music on camera. Viewers can pre-order bagels to enjoy as they view the performance. Proceeds from the event will benefit Durham Food Hall and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

Dining on the Diamond – Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm – Bull City Hospitality offers this unique opportunity for Durham Bulls fans to dine on Goodmon Field under the iconic snorting bull. Diners will be offered a choice of entree, sides and dessert. Reservations must be made in advance.

Virtual Poetry Reading – Thursday, 6:30pm – Join Blair, a Durham-based nonprofit press with a mission to make accessible voices that have been traditionally underrepresented by mainstream publishing, and Rofhiwa Book Café for a celebration of National Poetry Month with a virtual reading by poets L. Teresa Church, Cynthia Manick and L. Lamar Wilson. Rofhiwa will be taking book orders online and will be doing some giveaways; winners will be selected the night of the event.

Revision and Renewal – Thursday, 7:30-9pm – The Verona Quartet performs this live, in-person concert at The Cotton Room at Golden Belt Campus. Presented by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, this socially distanced performance requires tickets to be purchased in advance.

Claxton Powell Music Festival – Friday-Sunday – Bull City Music School hosts a virtual event to celebrate underrepresented composers through education, performance and engaging dialogue. Participants engage in a series of events, from master classes and performances to professional development. The events are open to music educators and musicians seeking greater opportunities for themselves and their students.

AfterHours: Beer 101 – Friday, 7-8:30pm – This webinar series presented by the Museum of Life and Science features a live, interactive beer tasting and Q&A with a panel of beer experts. Six-packs curated for the event can be purchased at Sam’s Bottle Shop and include tasting notes and gifts. Tickets are required, and a portion of ticket and beer sales supports the museum.

Mysti Mayhem – Friday, 7-9pm – The Durham-based singer and guitarist performs at The Blue Note Grill’s beer garden. 

Candid Yams Kickback – Friday, 7pm – The Durham Bulls Athletic Park hosts this movie night series in collaboration with The Underground Collective’s Beats n Bars Festival. Tickets are required for this month’s screening of Marvel’s “Black Panther.”

NC Beer Month Kickoff Event – Saturday – J. Lights Market & Cafe kicks off NC Beer Month with $4 beer drafts, giveaways, special tappings each Friday and more. 

Empower Store Grand Opening – Saturday, noon-3pm – Empower Dance Studio celebrates the opening of its new The Empower Circle store at 121 Market St. with an outdoor African dance class and other activities. 

Art-n-Soul Market – Saturday, noon-4pm – Shop from local artists, listen to live music and taste some bourbon and craft cocktails at Mystic Farm & Distillery. Hot Chix Hotcakes and Chicken food truck will be on site, offering chicken sandwiches, tater tots, macaroni and cheese, and more.

Bourbon Tasting – Saturday, 3-5pm – Sample four different bourbons alongside classic German-inspired appetizers including pretzels, bratwurst and beer cheese at Clouds Brewing’s location in Brightleaf Square. Tickets are required.

Durham Bulls Fan Fest – Saturday, 5-7pm – Show your Durham Bulls pride at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Festivities include batting practice and play catch, raffle prizes, photo opportunities with Wool E. Bull, tasting new concessions and more. Tickets for this event are free and required in order to attend due to capacity limitations.

Mother’s Day (un)Ball – Saturday, 7:30-8:15pm – The Emily K Center’s annual Mother’s Day Ball goes virtual this year with a silent auction, a raffle drawing and a special message from Duke Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s mission to equip underrepresented students with the skills for higher education. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

Outdoor Movie – Saturday, 8-10pm – Enjoy a movie on the big screen at The Glass Jug Beer Lab’s beer garden. This week’s movie will be announced on GlassJug’s Facebook page prior to the date, and starts at sundown. 

Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances presents a virtual concert featuring saxophonist Branford Marsalis and pianist Joey Calderazzo, both educators at North Carolina Central University and jazz-focused performers. Tickets are required.

Durham County Pottery Tour – Saturday-Sunday – The first-ever spring Durham County pottery tour begins at 10am on Saturday. Work from 16 potters will be on display virtually and will be available for purchase. 

‘From Tobacco Market to Innovation Hub: Durham’s Central Park Neighborhood’ – Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm – Opening its doors for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum of Durham History presents this exhibit detailing the evolution of the city’s Central Park neighborhood and the people who live and work there. Guests must make reservations online prior to visiting the museum.

MAKRS @ Durham Central Park – Sunday, 11am-3pm – The MAKRS Society hosts its monthly pop-up market at Durham Central Park featuring 30+ local artists and makers plus food trucks and coffee.

Triangle Pop-Up Brunch Market – Sunday, noon-4pm – Vendors offer jewelry, crafts, candles and more at this outdoor pop-up market hosted by The Honeysuckle at Lakewood. Guests can also sample from the Honeysuckles’ extensive brunch and cocktail menus.

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