Weekend Best Bets: Bunnies, Lemurs and Dinosaurs

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The four-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Boney James brings his urban jazz sounds to The Carolina Theatre’s stage. Photo by Harper Smith
The four-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Boney James brings his urban jazz sounds to The Carolina Theatre’s stage on Friday.
Photo by Harper Smith

Easter Bunny Visits – Thursday, noon-7pm; Friday – Saturday, 10am-7pm – Visit the Easter Bunny during his one-week stay in Northgate’s Center Court. Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd.; 919-286-4400

This Urban Planet – Thursday, 7-8:30pm – Will Wilson, associate professor at the Duke Department of Biology and author of Constructed Climates, presents the essential aspects of an urban climate and discusses how they impact temperature and air quality. Using examples from across the U.S. – including Durham – learn more about the choices that challenge our communities, and the solutions. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St.; Free (registration required); 919-668-1707

Rhiannon Giddens – Thursday, 8pm – Known for her Grammy Award–winning work as a member of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens’ star as a solo artist is clearly on the rise. The singer performs songs of her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $25+; 919-560-3030

Anamanaguchi – Thursday, 8pm – This innovative chiptune punk band from New York combines the setup of a traditional four-piece rock band with the digitized sounds of a hacked 1985 Nintendo game system. Lazerdisk and Durham’s own Grrl also perform. Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.; $15; 919-901-0875

Recall – Thursday – Saturday, 8pm – A chilling parable of family and fractured society, Recall follows the story of Lucy and explores the need to feel connected, understood and loved—no matter the damage, no matter the cost. Common Ground Theatre, 4815-B Hillsborough Rd.; $12-$16; 919-578-1654

Enron – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm – Theater studies alum and director, Talya Klein, presents Lucy Prebble’s modern day morality play charting the notorious rise and fall of a company that caused one of the most infamous financial scandals in global history. Sheafer Lab Theater, 125 Science Dr.; $10; 919-684-4444

Paris 76 – Thursday–Saturday, 8:15pm – Directed by the Triangle’s Jaybird O’Berski, this unique evening of theater features music, comedy and existential perversity in a Paris cabaret that has seen better decades. Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St.; $5-$20; 919-682-3343

Celtic Woman – Friday, 7:30pm – An enchanting musical experience with traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs in the group’s distinctive signature style. The 10th Anniversary Tour features four gifted Irish women with a full band, plus the Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers all under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes. DPAC, 123 Vivian St.; $47+; 919-680-2787

Boney James – Friday, 8pm – Fusing his love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, this four-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist brings his urban jazz sounds and presents songs off his upcoming album, Future Soul. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $37+; 919-560-3030

Paul Lewis – Friday, 8pm – This award-winning English pianist brings his signature vigor and authoritative command to Beethoven’s final three sonatas. Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Dr.; $15-$38; 919-684-4444

Third Annual Dino Egg Hunt – Friday & Saturday, 9:30am-5pm; Sunday, 12:30-5pm – Unearth colorful eggs, take a photo with a dinosaur, dig up some real fossils and meet experts from the North Carolina Fossil Club. Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave; $7 per egg hunter, plus general admission; 919-220-5429

Duke Independent Film Festival – Saturday, 3pm – Duke University’s best filmmakers and storytellers come together to showcase their work in front of a large audience. Griffith Film Theater, 125 Science Dr.; Free

Lemur Egg-stravaganza – Saturday, 3-5pm – Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with Easter festivities including art, crafts, dancing, an egg hunt for little ones and a lemur egg Quest for older kids who need a challenge. American Meltdown food truck and The Parlour bus will be on-site for refreshments. Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Rd.; $25 per family; 919-401-7252

Open Pool Session – Saturday, 5-7pm – Get your roll and rescue skills ready for the summer season with this indoor pool session. Frog Hollow Outdoors, 614 Trent Dr.; $8+; 919-416-1200

Cassandra Wilson – Saturday, 8pm – Recognized as one of the best living jazz singers, this musical sensation presents a special tribute concert to Billie Holiday on the centennial of Lady Day’s birth. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $42+; 919-560-3030

Brooke Alford – Saturday, 8pm and 10pm – Referring to herself as an Artist of the Violin, this contemporary national recording sensation will feature hits off her latest album, The Viosocialist. Beyu Caffe, 335 W. Main St.; $12; 919-683-1058

Iska Dhaaf – Sunday, 8pm – Inspired by Sufi poetry, limitation and an obsessive preoccupation with writing, Nathan Quiroga and Benjamin Verdoes have fused their seemingly disparate musical and personal backgrounds into something searching and honest. Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave; $10 in advance, $12 at the door; 919-901-0875

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