Weekend at a Glance: Blues & Brews, Barktoberfest and Belcea Quartet

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Celebrate fall with local performances, pumpkin picking and Oktoberfest activities this weekend

Durham weekend – Barktoberfest
Enjoy a pet-friendly afternoon with games, food trucks and a costume contestat at Barktoberfest this Saturday at Durham Central Park.

Compiled by Charlotte Goto

RTP180: Cybersecurity – Thursday, 5-7:15pm – Local experts share what matters to them in five minutes or less during this series presented by Frontier RTP. This month’s discussion focuses on cybersecurity, electronic information and cutting-edge technology. Enjoy complimentary popcorn and a beer from Fullsteam Brewery as speakers share their knowledge and tips to protect against data leaks.

Smolder & Spirits Cigar Night – Thursday, 5-10pm – Suite Four celebrates HBCU Week on its patio with drinks from Bartending Unlimited, cigars from Sticks & Vines and eats Gator on the Grill food truck. A portion of event proceeds will be donated to the historically Black college or university with the most attendees who show up sporting their gear. 

‘FROM FALLUJAH: How Can We Know A Place?’ Guest Curator Talk – Thursday, 7pm – Guest curator, photographer, 21-year Army veteran and UNC American Studies Ph.D. candidate John Bechtold will discuss the representation of war in public memory as well as some of the curatorial choices that informed this project in an informal talk where he will lead visitors around the exhibit at PS118 Gallery & Event Space.

‘Tootsie’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, 1pm and 7pm – Experience the newest addition to Broadway at DPAC. This laugh-out-loud, critically acclaimed love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented-but-difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime.

‘The House of George’ – Thursday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 3pm – North Carolina Central University Theatre presents this play by Durham-based playwright Howard Craft featuring NCCU theater alumni. The performance explores the experience of Black business owners during gentrification and community unrest in the late ’90s.

‘Wood and Water’ – Thursday, 7-8:25pm – Duke Cinematic Arts hosts a free screening of Jonas Bak’s award-winning film at the Rubenstein Arts Center. The story follows a recently retired woman who travels to Hong Kong to visit her son just as pro-democracy protests erupt.

The Mavericks: ‘En Español’ World Tour – Thursday, 8pm – The Carolina Theatre hosts the country-rock group as they perform their newest and first-ever all-Spanish album. The tracks include familiar Latin American favorites and original hits that capture a diverse variety of styles and cultural traditions. 

The Bipeds Present: Shadowbox Session No. 9 – Thursday, 8pm – The Halloween edition of this monthly event hosted by The Bipeds dance-theater company features festive dance and music collaborations at Shadowbox Studio

Cimafunk – Thursday, 8pm – Duke Performances hosts the Afro-Cuban musician for a unique and upbeat performance of funk music. The New Yorker says Cimafunk has an “uncanny ability to control the energy in the room.”

Blues & Brews Benefit Concert – Friday, 6-8:30pm – LIFE Skills Foundation presents this second annual fundraiser at the Historic Durham Athletic Park with drinks from Bull City Ciderworks and The Glass Jug Beer Lab and live music from blues artists Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen and Jeffrey Scott.

‘The Craft’ & ‘The Faculty’ – Friday, 7pm – The Carolina Theatre screens these two horror, science-fiction films from the ’90s as part of its Retro Film Series. The 25th anniversary of Andrew Fleming’s “The Craft” is followed by Robert Rodriquez’s “The Faculty.” Both films follow high school students endangered by supernatural conflicts. 

Justin Willman: ‘Magic for Humans’ in Person – Friday, 7pm – The Carolina Theatre hosts the star and creator of the “Magic For Humans” Netflix series at Fletcher Hall. Witness mind-blowing illusions from the magician and comedian who has been featured on TV programs including “The Tonight Show,” “Ellen,” “The Today Show” and more. 

‘El Planeta’ – Friday, 7-8:25pm – Duke Cinematic Arts screens Argentinian film director Amalia Ulman’s first movie at Rubenstein Arts Center. Amalia directs and co-stars in the film that follows the story of a mother and daughter struggling after the 2008 Spanish recession. 

KT Collective Dance Company Benefit Event – Friday, 7pm – The project-based dance company premieres its newest work, “Pity & Compassion,” as well as a contemporary dance piece inspired by Michaelangelo at The Fruit. The event also includes a silent auction featuring local art and jewelry, drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

On the Persistence of the Spiritual in Black Music with Albert Lee – Friday, 8-9:30pm – Duke Music presents live performances from classical musicians including tenor Albert Lee, the Ciompi Quartet, Duke Chorale, NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, cellist Timothy Holley and pianist Anthony Kelley. These artists will perform works by Florence Price, Olly Wilson and William Banfield, among others. 

Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday-Sunday – Start your fall season with a trip to the Museum of Life and Science’s pumpkin patch by way of the Dinosaur Trail. Activities include a hay maze, nature-themed bingo, take-home activities and a return train ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway. Each ticket holder receives a pumpkin, too.

Seasonal Celebrities: Autumn Plants for Your North Carolina Garden – Saturday, 10-11am – Sarah P. Duke Gardens Director of Education and Public Programs Jan Little hosts a series of educational discussions on horticulture. This week’s online presentation focuses on a variety of oaks. 

The Streetery – Saturday, noon-9pm – Downtown Durham Inc. closes off the Geer Street district to vehicle traffic to make space for outdoor dining. This bi-weekly, community-focused event supports local restaurants, shops and live music from local artists. This weekend’s live performances includes pan-African beats by Blackspace.

Oktoberfest – Saturday, 1-4pm – Unscripted Durham hosts this inaugural event complete with German-inspired beers, gourmet German eats and performances by North Carolina Polka Time Allstars

Five-Year Anniversary Party – Saturday, 1-10pm – Join Durty Bull Brewing Company for an afternoon of live music, food and fun. There will be new beer releases as well as eats from food trucks Medibites, Lobster Dogs, Meatless Grease and El Jefecito

‘Make Way for Tomorrow’ – Saturday, 2-3:35pm – Duke Cinematic Arts screens Leo McCarey’s  classic 1937 film – director Orson Welles called it “the saddest movie ever made” – at Rubenstein Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Barktoberfest – Saturday, 3-6pm – Durham Parks & Recreation hosts an afternoon of howling good times for furry friends and their owners at Durham Central Park. Special events include a costume contest, games, pet-friendly vendors, food trucks and brews from Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Proceeds from the raffle at the event support nonprofit Beyond Fences as well as DPR’s programs.

‘TORN: A Year That Changed Everything’ – Saturday, 4-6pm – PS118 Gallery & Event Space hosts a reception for Durham-based writer and visual artist Margaret Sartor’s installation of altered newspaper mixed media.

Hallo-wine Party – Saturday, 6-10pm – Melanated Wine celebrates the spooky season with food, wine and music by DJ SpotLite. Wear your favorite costume to be entered into the costume contest.

The Allman Brothers Jam – Saturday, 7pm – The Blue Note Grill invites locals to partake in and/or watch this open-jam session celebrating ’70s country-rock band The Allman Brothers. 

Belcea Quartet – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances hosts the London-based string ensemble at Baldwin Auditorium as part of its Chamber Arts Series. The quartet puts the cello front and center with works by Mozart, Brahms and Shostakovich in this concert.

Howl-O-Ween – Sunday,1-4pm – Come to the Animal Protection Society of Durham for a free, fun afternoon of pet costume contests, trick or treating for pets and kids (with goodies donated by APS partner Barnes Supply Company) and professional pet photography. Plus, the shelter will be open for adoptions of dogs, cats, and pocket pets!

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