Weekend at a Glance: Comicon, Celebrations and Ceramics

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A young NC Comicon-goer poses with an Alien at the Durham Convention Center. Photo by Cordelia Morea

Thursdays with Tea Cup Gin – Thursday, 5pm – Sway to the music at the JB Duke Hotel’s “Thursday Soiree” series, featuring the jazz band Tea Cup Gin. The hotel will feature its own version of the Vesper Martini, including the use of Durham’s own Conniption Gin, for guests to sip on as they enjoy the show. Delectable offerings from JB Duke Hotel’s recently released fall menu will also be available to order, including fan favorite Pumpkin Gnocchi.

Gallery Talk: Robin Klaus – Thursday, 5-6pm – Dive deeper into the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University’s exhibit “Anarchism and the Political Art of Les Temps Nouveaux” with a talk led by Duke University Ph.D. student and co-curator Robin Klaus

Nellie Ashford: Life, Liberty and Lack Thereof – Thursday, 6pm – Explore a new expression of African American life and culture during Jim Crow at the N.C Central University Art Museum’s talk with this artist, NCCU alumnus and Charlotte native. Can’t join for the talk? Stop to see the exhibit any time between now and December 13. 

‘Mothers and Strangers’ – Thursday, 7pm – Join The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and book signing event for “Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South” with co-editors Lee Smith and Samia Serageldin. The anthology contains 28 authors’ non-fiction explanation of the exploration of their relationship with the person they call Mom. The co-editors will be joined by contributors Sharon Swanson, E. C. “Redge” Hanes and Margaret Rich. 

Judge John Hodgman Live – Thursday, 8pm – Watch this podcast host go live at The Carolina Theatre as he discusses real life disputes like, “Is chili a soup or a stew?” or “Is this room in my house called an office or a den or a room full of junk?” John talks through some of life’s funniest little dilemmas, and rules which side of the debate is right. 

Rafiq Bhatia: ‘Breaking English’ – Thursday, 8pm – This composer’s newest work features a combination of jazz, mournful soul and electronics at the Rubenstein Arts Center. The performance, by the Raleigh native and son of Muslim immigrant parents is part of Duke Performances initiative “Building Bridges: Muslims in America.” 

NCCU Homecoming – Thursday-Saturday – Show your Eagle pride by attending any or all of NCCU’s events wrapping up their six-day-long homecoming celebration. Events include a hip-hop and R&B concert on Thursday, a tournament and scholarship fundraiser on Friday, the ultimate homecoming parade on Saturday and more. 

Morehead Montessori Book Fair – Thursday-Sunday, 10am-6pm – Find your inner bookworm at The Regulator Bookshop. A portion of the proceeds from your purchased books benefit Morehead Montessori Elementary School. If none of the books intrigue you enough to buy, you can purchase one for the school’s classrooms off of teachers’ wishlists.

100+ Years of Earth and Fire – Thursday-Sunday – Hosted by the Durham Art Guild, the Suntrust Gallery displays works of pottery produced by four women ceramic artists: Cynthia Aldrich, Natalie Boorman, Carmen Elliott and Marilyn Palsha. Together, these women share over 170 hours of collective, hands-on work with clay. 

44th Anniversary Persian Carpet Sale – Thursday-Sunday – Bargain hunt at The Persian Carpet’s annual carpet sale, featuring rugs of all sizes marked 30-75% off their original price. 

‘A Bronx Tale’ – Thursday-Sunday – Experience this streetwise musical at DPAC with shows all week long. The Broadway hit, described as an intersection between Jersey Boys and West Side Story, will make you laugh and cry. 

Fall for Orchids Show – Friday, 1-4pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm – Visit Sarah P. Duke Gardens to see the Triangle Orchid Society’s display of hundreds of blooming, fragrant orchids grown by enthusiasts across the Southeast. Drop in for demonstrations and workshops on how to pot and maintain your own. 

Annual Fall Preservation Party – Friday, 6:30pm-10pm – Enjoy live and silent auctions, local food from Durham Catering Co., beer from Hi-Wire Brewing and DJs at Preservation Durham’s annual fundraiser at The Chesterfield

Sasha Velour’s Smoke and Mirrors – Friday, 8pm – The drag queen blends visual art with magic and sound during her 13 lip-sync performances from multiple genres in her one-queen theater show at The Carolina Theatre.

North Carolina Comicon – Friday, 3–8pm; Saturday, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, 10am – 5pm – The seventh annual comic book and pop culture festival at the Durham Convention Center is perfect for fans and creators to explore their interests in cosplay, gaming, film, design and more. This year will feature panels with comic book writers and artists, including Kevin Eastman (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn) and voice actor Gred Cipes (“Teen Titans”). It will also include exhibits and workshops hosted by industry-leading comic book publishers DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Oni and more. A cosplay party will take place on Saturday night followed by a cosplay contest on Sunday. 

Roots Farmers Market – Saturday, 9am-noon – Shop local at this market hosted in the Brightleaf Square courtyard. Vendors sell goods ranging from fruits and vegetables to eggs, meat and more. 

Therapeutic Goat Yoga – Saturday, 12:30-1:30pm; Sunday, 11am-noon  – Relax, cuddle and snuggle trained goats at the Hux Family Farm’s all-level yoga class. The farm’s 20 goats participate in yoga with attendees and are trained to love on you as you find your inner zen. 

National Pupusa Day Celebration – Saturday, 2-8pm – Celebrate the Salvadoran community with Durham 150 by grabbing the nation’s signature dish, the pupusa, from various vendors at Durham Central Park

The Japanese House – Saturday, 7pm – The English indie-pop band, performs at Motorco Music Hall, showcasing songs from its recently released, first full-length album, “Good at Falling.”

Heroes and Villians – Saturday, 8pm – Didn’t get enough Comicon at the convention? Join The Monti at The Carolina Theatre for its production of Heroes and Villians, where five storytellers engage the audience with stories that blur the line between good and evil. 

Two Pianos – Saturday, 8pm – Internationally recognized musicians Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss play a rare, four-handed piano performance in this Duke Performances show at Baldwin Auditorium. The program combines 19th century pieces with modern compositions of David Lang. 

Dimensions of Black: The Founding Fathers of Hayti – Saturday, 8-9:30pm – The Triangle Friends of African American Arts present a performance mixing drama, music and poetry to tell the story of the three men who collaboratively started the company that launched Durham’s Black Wall Street.  

Durham County Pottery Tour – Saturday-Sunday – Celebrate Durham’s local pottery scene and its craftsmen for the sixth year. The tours cover 19 potters’ studios, plus two teaching studios at Claymakers and Durham Arts Council Clay Studio

Second Sunday Street Sweep – Sunday, 11am – Join Durty Bull Brewing Company and Keep Durham Beautiful in their monthly cleanup of Broadway and North Street. Mingle with fellow community members, and treat yourself to a pint from Durty Bull’s taproom after volunteering!

World Hemp Market – Sunday, noon-5pm – Green Growth Inc. hosts the city’s first-ever hemp farmers market at Durham Central Park. The market features goods from industrial hemp growers like CBD oils, topicals, clothing and more. 

WHH OWD and Friends Artwalk – Sunday, noon-5pm – Walk the historical Watts Hospital-Hillandale and Old West Durham neighborhoods to enjoy artwork displayed by local artists. 

Kelly Starling Lyons – Sunday, 2pm – Meet the best-selling children’s book author at The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and book signing of some of her works like “Tea Cakes for Tosh.” 

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