Weekend Best Bets: Eat, Swap and Pop

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This weekend marks the end of Triangle Restaurant Week so don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful eateries that the Triangle has to offer.
This weekend marks the end of Triangle Restaurant Week so don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful eateries that the Triangle has to offer.

Triangle Restaurant Week – Thursday through Sunday – The good eats are back! This weekend marks the end of Triangle Restaurant Week so don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful eateries that the Triangle has to offer. Many Durham restaurants are offering special fixed-price, three-course meals. For $15 at lunch or $20-$30 at dinner, diners can enjoy an array of delicious food. See website for participating restaurants.

Pleiades Plus One – Through February 14 –The exhibit will be organic and will offer an eclectic mix of high-caliber art by close to 20 local metal and wood sculptors, painters, ceramicists, neon artists and mixed-media artists. The artwork on display will be new to the Durham art scene and will be the only opportunity to see all of these artists in one place at the same time. ArtsNow is sponsoring the exhibition. Pleiades Fine Art Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St.; Free; 919-797-2706

Durham Sparkles – Through February 14 – Durham loves to party, playing host to a wide variety of fairs, festivals and parades each year. Curators Cathy Kielar and Paola Kipp highlight the art and pageantry of these celebrations in this exhibit, taking inspiration from events like the Beaver Queen Pageant, the Strawberry Festival, Durham Mardi Gras and more. The costumes, hats, videos and photographs featured in Durham Sparkles were made by community members for the express purpose of participating in a themed festival. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd.; Free; 919-688-6960

Approaching Ali – Thursday, 7pm – D.J. Sparr’s new one-act opera based on Davis Miller’s autobiographical novel, The Tao of Muhammad Ali, brings the iconic boxer and Miller’s relationship to life on stage. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $12-$25; 919-560-3030

Power Through Partnership – Thursday, 7pm –Drawing on their own 12-year partnership and from interviews with 125 women business partners, Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas demolish the myths that keep women from collaborating and offer advice for handling a host of potential challenges in their book, Power Through Partnership. The book shows that when women team up — combining complementary skills, channeling egos into the partnership and encouraging each other — they can work as full equals to achieve something that’s exponentially greater than each woman alone. The authors will be in the shop to discuss and sign books. The event will also feature the owners of MyFamilyCloud, a Durham-based software dashboard that allows families to organize their lives – everything from schedules to budgets. Durham Magazine‘s own Andrea Griffith Cash will moderate the discussion. The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.; Free; 919-286-2700

An Evening with Garrison Keillor – Thursday, 7:30pm – Award-winning radio host Garrison Keillor has made audiences laugh for decades. In his third performance at DPAC, Keillor will host an intimate evening of humorous conversation and anecdotes from his childhood in the American Midwest, fatherhood and more. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.; $35+; 919-680-2787

Grand Opening – Friday, 5:30pm – A ribbon-cutting ceremony with music, wine, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes, plus a chance to meet and greet local artists and vendors featured in the shop. Carolina Consignment Shop, 1116 Broad St., Suite 101; Free; 919-286-0635

Pass It On Musical Benefit Friday, 7:30pmWarren Wheeler’s Airolina Young Aviators Program (AYA Stem) presents “Pass It On,” a musical fundraising event. Highlights include the release of the CD “Pass it On,” a compilation of inspirational music from a variety of Triangle artists, some of whom will also be performing their songs live: Bobby Hinton, Tom “Funkin For Jamaica” Browne, Lynnette Barber, and God’s Men of Harmony. The Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.; $28-$30; 919-523-7094

Brandford Marsalis Quartet – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – Longtime Durham resident and Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and bandleader takes the stage with his quartet for a two-night stand. Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Dr.; $15-$58; 919-684-4444

Open Warehouse – Saturday, 10am-2pm – Join the Move Loot crew as they open their warehouse to the public! The e-commerce site that has recently based its second location in Durham has begun warehouse sales on the last Saturday of every month, allowing anyone and everyone to scout out sofas, tables, dressers and just about any furniture you could imagine. Indulge on free coffee and cookies while enjoying warehouse prices. Move Loot Warehouse, 2504 S. Tricenter Blvd.; Free admission

Swap-O-Rama-Rama – Saturday, 10am-3pm – A giant community clothing swap celebrating creativity over consumerism. To participate, simply bring unwanted clothing and accessories plus a donation. Participants add their contributions to the growing piles of clothes donated by all Swap attendees, and then take home as many “new-to-them” clothing items as they want! The clothing swap includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as accessories like belts, scarves, shoes, hats and more. Other activities will include a Trashion Show for Swap participants and mask-making in preparation for Mardi Gras festivities. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd.; $10 suggested donation; 919-688-6960

Pop-Up Museum: My Durham Beginnings – Saturday, 10:30am-12:30pm – What’s your coming-to-Durham story? Whether you and your family have been here two years or 200 years, bring a photo, object or story of your putting down roots in the Bull City. It’s show and tell for adults! Museum of Durham History, History Hub, 500 W. Main St.; Free; 919-560-0268

Paul Reiser – Saturday, 8pm – Co-creator and star of NBC’s critically acclaimed series Mad About You is taking his comedic role off the set and on to the stage. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $30+; 919-560-3030

50 Shades! – Saturday, 8pm – A sexy and hilarious musical parody of Fifty Shades of Grey. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.; $35+; 919-680-2787

Jordi Savall – Sunday, 3pm – This Spanish viol player, conductor and composer is considered one of the world’s most illustrious performers of early music. Savall will be playing a special solo program with his seven-string bass viol. $15-$38. Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Dr.; $15-$38; 919-684-4444

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