Our best bets for in-person and virtual events happening throughout Durham this weekend!
Compiled by Jade Earnhardt
Black Business Expo Olympics – Through Sunday – The Black Business Expo – a leading provider of business matchmaking for community engagement, diversity inclusion and economic development – hosts its 12th annual conference virtually this year. The lineup features some of the country’s most innovative business leaders who will speak on topics varying from leadership, education, health care, banking, digital communication and journalism, motivational speaking, technology, youth empowerment and many other disciplines. The event will raise money for 10 scholarships for graduating high school students and provide them with $10,000 to attend area colleges.
(Re)Imagine Virtual Fundraiser – Thursday, noon-1pm – ReCity, along with its network of 50 other organizations, hosts a fundraiser to bring awareness to social injustice and inequality. The virtual event will share ways to help ReCity in its pursuit to educate the public on racial justice and economic disparity, especially during COVID-19.
Charity Crowler: Durham Crisis Response Center – Thursday-Sunday, noon-11pm – Beer Study Durham will donate $2 per crowler to Durham Crisis Response Center, a nonprofit that works with the community to end domestic and sexual violence.
Outdoor Music Series – Thursday, 6-9pm, and Saturday, 3-6pm – The Glass Jug Beer Lab hosts weekly live music from local musicians along with food truck offerings in the beer garden. Thursday’s performance features Into The Fog, a genre-jumping string brand. Saturday’s performance features the String Beings, a Durham-based trio that plays originals and standards in Americana, roots, country and bluegrass.
OutSouth Queer Film Festival – Friday-Nov. 19 – Formerly known as the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival, the inaugural OutSouth Queer Film Festival makes its debut with a 41-film/11-program lineup of short and feature films available for online viewing only. Hosted by The Carolina Theatre, this year’s lineup includes features, documentaries and shorts representing the queer community. Individual film tickets and a limited number of All-Access Passes for OutSouth are on sale now. Tickets to individual film viewings are $12 ,plus tax and fees. All Access Passes, which enable guests to view all 11 film programs of the festival, cost $90, plus tax and fees. Purchasers will have 72 hours to watch films after buying them. Films purchased in advance of the festival will unlock for viewing on Friday, Nov. 13.
RTP Food Truck Rodeo – Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm – Frontier RTP hosts food trucks available on-site and for pre-order. Guests can eat in the back of their cars, on blankets on the lawn, or at socially distanced picnic tables. The afternoon’s lineup of trucks includes Curry in a Hurry and Stavi’s Sandwiches.
NC Global Advantage Forum – 2020 – Friday, 1-4:30pm – Join business, education, government and community leaders to become part of a collaborative effort to ensure that North Carolina is the most globally engaged state in the U.S. at this virtual conference.
The Streetery – Friday and Saturday, 5-9:30pm – Downtown Durham Inc. opens multiple downtown streets to pedestrian traffic, with festive lights, music and performers. This event runs every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 19. “This is our way of welcoming folks to a safer, socially distanced, outdoor downtown experience,” says Nicole J. Thompson, DDI president and CEO.
Food Truck Flix – Friday, 5:30-9:30pm – Come to Frontier RTP’s parking lot for a drive-in showing of “Night at the Museum 2.” Parking passes are required and must be purchased in advance, with all proceeds benefiting the Jack and Jill Foundation. Participating food trucks are Bulkogi Korean BBQ and Brusters Ice Cream.
Live Music in the Beer Garden – Friday, 6-8:30 pm – The Blue Note Grill hosts live music performed by Durham-based singer-songwriter Charles Latham alongside an ensemble of local talent called The Borrowed Band. Charles Latham and The Borrowed Band are touring in 2020 in support of their forthcoming eponymous release, which is a celebration of the new sound they have forged together, marrying Charles’ idiosyncratic songwriting style with vintage, psychedelic country-rock.
Paint the Patio @ Barrel Culture – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm – Wine and Design (Durham, NC) hosts an outdoor event on the patio of Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending. An instructor will teach participants how to paint scenes of American Tobacco Campus, or there’s the option to choose from any painting of your choice (all paintings come pre-sketched!).
Free COVID-19 Testing for Durham Residents – Saturday, 8am-noon – Old North State Medical Society hosts free COVID-19 testing at St. Joseph A.M.E. Church in Durham. Testing is open to those 18 years and older. Insurance is not required. Test results are returned in 3-5 days. Please RSVP. Materials will be available in Spanish and in English to help residents get the facts necessary to keep themselves safe during this global pandemic.
Durham County Pottery Tour – Saturday, 10am-Sunday, 6pm – The Durham County Pottery Tour returns for its seventh year, shifting to online and in person, in some cases. Showcasing Durham County’s vibrant and growing pottery scene, this year’s tour features 19 studio potters, along with the community teaching studio Claymakers. Visit the website for updates about how each potter will run their sale and to browse the robust selection of work created especially for this event. (Pictured above: pieces by Delores Farmer, Cynthia Aldrich and Liz Paley.)
‘The Light Within’ Exhibit – Saturday-Feb. 20 – Durham artist Beverly McIver returns to Craven Allen Gallery with a powerful new exhibition of paintings. The gallery is open with social distancing guidelines in place, and the work is available for viewing online. Earlier this year, Beverly was working nonstop, teaching classes at Duke, leading workshops all over the country, caregiving for her family and painting when she could. When COVID-19 hit, along with all of the year’s racial and political turbulence, Beverly faced the chaos and isolation the only way she knew how – through paint. Through a series of self-portraits and paintings of family and friends, she confronted her feelings and fears. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Kayhan Kalhour – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances presents its virtual fall season, “The Show Must Go Online!” High-quality, commissioned films featuring artists originally slated for in-person performances will premiere on Vimeo for ticket holders. Following the release of his 1998 debut, “Scattering Stars Like Dust,” Kayhan began melding traditional Iranian arrangements with improvisational lines, lending his sound and experimental vision, over the years – most notably – to Yo-Yo Ma’s enduring and Grammy-winning Silk Road Ensemble.
Ciompi Quartet – Sunday, 7-8pm – Duke Performances presents another show this weekend during its virtual fall season. The group opens its 2020/21 season with an eclectic program spanning four centuries of music, including works by Webern, Stephen Jaffe and Mozart.