Weekend Best Bets: Lions, Legacy and Laughs

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The Lion King begins its month-long run at DPAC this week. // Copyright Disney, Photo by Joan Marcus
The Lion King begins its month-long run at DPAC this week. // Copyright Disney, Photo by Joan Marcus

A Material Legacy – Thursday-June 26 – This exhibition features more than 30 large- scale works drawn entirely from the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection. The daughter and son-in-law of Raymond D. and Patsy T. Nasher – legendary art collectors, patrons, benefactors and philanthropists – Nancy and David have continued the family tradition by amassing a significant collection of contemporary art. Nearly all of the works in the exhibition at the Nasher have been made within the last 10 years – many in the last several years – providing a glimpse into the varied practices of art being made in the second decade of the 21st century and featuring works from the likes of Ivan Navarro, Kara Walker, Tony Cragg, Sol LeWitt, Katharina Grosse, Elliott Hundley and many others. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr.; 919-684-5135

Blues at DCL – Thursday, 7-9pm – A live blues concert provided by Squier Redd and the Blues Band. Also, a special performance by recording artist NAKIYASOUL! Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.; Free; 919-560-0114

The Lion King – Thursday, 7:30, Friday, 8pm, Saturday, 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – Watch as the Serengeti comes to life on stage along with your favorite Disney characters – Simba, Timon, Pumbaa and more – when the six-time Tony Award-winning musical makes its triumphant return to the Durham Performing Arts Center for a month-long production run. Director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals as well as the extraordinary work of choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by artists Elton John and Tim Rice. DPAC, 123 Vivian St.; $33+; 919-680-2787

TAO: Seventeen Samurai – Thursday, 8pm – Brings athletic bodies and contemporary costumes combined with the timeless, traditional art of Japanese Taiko drumming and innovative choreography. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $27+; 919-560-3030

Matt Braunger – Thursday, 9pm – With credits to his name like the United Citizen’s Brigade, MADtv, the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Up All Night, Maron, @midnight and the Late Show with David Letterman, he’s one of the most recognizable faces in comedy. His latest special, Big Dumb Animal, is now on Netflix. Hosted by Durham comedian Deb Aronin and featuring Raleigh comedian Eric Megert. Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.; $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Hackensack Dreaming Opening Reception and Artist’s Talk – Friday, 5-8pm – Join artist Nancy Cohen for an opening reception and talk about where she derives her inspiration. Her work is made entirely of raw materials, mostly consisting of hand-made paper and glass. The audience can take a narrow path through the exhibit or delicately place one’s feet among the glass sculptures. Power Plant Gallery, 320 Blackwell St.; Free; 919-660-3622

Cupcakes + Cocktails – Friday, 6-8:30pm – Brothers Vilgalys is pairing up with local cupcake shop Smallcakes to host this event in the new Brothers Vilgalys Tasting Room. Featuring four yet-to-be-announced special cupcakes made with the distillery’s popular liqueurs, paired with four mini-cocktails made from those liqueurs and also hosting tastings and tours every half hour. Brothers Vilgalys Spirits, 803 Ramseur St., Ste. D; $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Past Tense/Future Perfect – Friday, 6-9pm – The Cameron Gallery presents this group show featuring the works of seven artists who incorporate found objects into their studio practice. Multimedia works in Past Tense/Future Perfect explore ties to the past and include old toys, doodads, windsurfing sails, studio debris, bed sheets, take out menus and bits of sound. Artists featured include Maria Britton, April Childers, Jeff DeGolier, Alicia Gibson, Michael Mahalchick, Jennifer Sullivan and Ben Vida. The exhibit is curated by Maria Britton and April Childers, co-directors of L.O.G., an experimental art space in Chapel Hill. The opening reception’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make and Take Room. The exhibit will be on display through March 12. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd.; Free admission; 919-688-6960

Open Gallery feat. Kwang Suk Park – Friday, 6-9pm – UNEXPOSED Microcinema will be opening as a video/film gallery with Dennis Miller, who programmed for the Visual Music Marathon in NYC, compiling a series of work from the video archive of Northeastern University. This one-hour program of video art will loop three times. A 16mm projector will be on display for those who want to choose a film from the lobby to project on the back garage of the microcinema. Also, come take a look at monthly painter Kwang Suk Park down UNEXPOSED’s Hallway Gallery. Park will have pottery on display/for sale as well!
“A Call to Persevere,” featuring five New England filmmakers, will be available for sale on DVD. UNEXPOSED, 105 Hood St., Ste. 5; Free

Durham under Development Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – The Pleiades Gallery and Aaron Mandel present a special exhibit that recognizes it is a time of transition in Durham. The process is unfinished, the result undetermined. Artists showcase what they see, hear, sense and feel about Development – what is happening in the community and their visions of what might happen going forward. Juried by the Pleiades Gallery, Aaron Mandel, community activist, Carter Cue and development expert Josh Parker, “Durham under Development” selected works by 15 artists and the nine artists-in-residence at The Pleiades Gallery on this theme. Pleiades Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-797-2706

9th Annual WISER A Cappella Jam – Friday, 7pm – A great lineup of local, regional, national and even international a cappella groups make for an awesome evening of entertainment. Durham Academy’s own award-winning, viral-video-making XIV Hours, 50-plus member Acapocalypse and Women’s Ensemble host the night, with guest groups including Metrognomes from Emerson Waldorf School. The event is raising money for WISER, a nonprofit founded at Duke that helps with the education and health of young women in the Muhuru Bay area of Kenya. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $10-$12; 919-560-3030

Igor Levit – Friday, 8pm – Russian-born pianist’s program spans two centuries, beginning with Bach’s Partita No. 4 from the composer’s last — and most technically demanding — set of keyboard suites. Levit then turns to the 19th century with Schubert’s complete Moments Musicaux and Beethoven’s stormy early sonata op. 31, no. 2. The evening concludes with Prokofiev’s politically charged Sonata op. 83. Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Dr.; $15-$34; 919-684-4444

Abraham.In.Motion – Friday, 8pm, and Saturday, 8pm – The company of director and choreographer Kyle Abraham, this ensemble of eleven dancers perform his latest work, When the Wolves Came In, which examines two triumphs of international civil rights: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa. Anchored by the music of Robert Glasper and the visuals of Glenn Ligon, When the Wolves Came In is a leap forward for this modern dance visionary. Reynolds Industries Theater, Bryan University Center, 125 Science Dr.; $15-$38; 919-684-4444

Valentines Market + Open Farm – Saturday, 9am-1pm – The farm opens up to anyone who wants to come enjoy the farm, see the animals, (there are new baby lambs that are pretty precious!), meet the farmers, sample some rabbit, and bring home some incredibly healthy and delicious Meat & Eggs. Free-range non-GMO eggs, pastured/woodlot raised pork, grass-fed lamb & rabbit available for purchase. Blue Whistler Farm, 9923 Roxboro Rd.; Free admission; 980-272-0181

Sketching in the Galleries – Saturday, 10am-noon – Artist Erin Oliver will present a brief lesson and demonstration of ways to respond to art by sketching. Then you can try it out in the galleries! The museum will provide drawing materials. You are welcome to bring your own, but note that pens, charcoal and wet media are not permitted in the galleries. The program is free with admission. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr.; $5; 919-684-5135

Pop-Up Pie Shop – Saturday, 10am-3pm – Join East Durham Pie Company & Artstigators at the farmstand for a pop-up shop with #Heartstigator Elderberry Apple hand pies. Free samples, plus homemade pies, live music bu Duke Uke around the fire pit, a farm tour at noon including chickens and friendly farm dogs. The farmstand offers sustainably grown veggies, eggs, mushrooms, apples, cheese, preserves & Firsthand Foods pasture-raised meats as well as local products including Big Spoon Roasters, Videri Chocolate Factory, Carrboro Coffee Roasters and more. Funny Girl Farm, 504 Erwin Rd.; Free admission

Meet the Author, Sadiq Ali – Saturday, 3-4pm – Educator Sadiq Ali successfully established an African-American all-male school in Hartford, Connecticut; in “Benjamin E. Mays Institute: Educating Young Black Males”, Ali describes the creation and life of the school, its successes and struggles. Ali uses his knowledge and experience to address ways that others around the nation can use education to improve the future for today’s young black men. South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.; Free; 919-560-7429

ICCA South Quarterfinal Varsity Vocals – Saturday, 8pm – The Varsity Vocals International Championship of A Cappella is the only international tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. Programs include both The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) and The Varsity Vocals International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA), and both are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from highly qualified judges. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $27+; 919-560-3030

Third Date Improv – Saturday, 8pm – Special guests The Bouncing Bulldogs for an evening of improv and championship caliber jump rope. The evening’s show will open with a jump rope demonstration by the Bulldogs, and the improv troupe will take over, sharing a comic and sometimes bittersweet exploration of relationships with friends, family, partners and coworkers. They reflect the joys, surprises and everyday frustrations of life in our weird, wonderful world. Common Ground Theatre, 4815 Hillsborough Rd.; $12; 919-943-6373

Ciompi Quartet No. 3 featuring Kyo-Shin-An Arts – Saturday, 8pm – A concert encompassing works by Eastern and Western composers, including Debussy’s Quartet in G Minor, op. 10, inspired by an Indonesian gamelan that the composer heard at the Paris Exposition of 1889, followed by Pulitzer Prize-winning Chinese American composer Zhou Long’s meditative Poems from Tang for string quartet, inspired by four poems from China’s Tang dynasty. Three musicians from the Kyo-Shin-An Arts collective join the Ciompi for the final work on the program, James Nyoraku Schlefer’s Dream Corner, written for string quartet and Japanese Sankyoku — an ensemble that includes shakuhachi (bamboo end-blown flute), koto (thirteen-string zither), shamisen (three-string lute) and voice. Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Dr.; $15-$34; 919-684-4444

Party Illegal – Saturday, 10pm-2am – A dance party held every month and hosted by the Durty Durham art and music collective serves the best in ballroom, Jersey club and more with special sets from Qween Beat’s Divoli S’vere, Philly’s Counterfeit, Party Illegal’s Bitchcraft and NYC-to-Durham transplant Big Spider’s Back. The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.; $5 before 11pm, $8

Triangle Vegfest Market – Sunday, 1-4pm – Soul Cocina Triangle will serve an a la carte brunch starting at 12:45pm, and everything will be vegan and gluten-free. Plus live music and Fullsteam beer! Donations accepted for Triangle Chance for All. Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave.; $5 suggested donation

“The Magic of the Flute” – Sunday, 3pm – Guest Artist Mimi Stillman on flute joins The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle for a concert featuring M. Weinberg Flute Concerto No.1, Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, K.314 and A. Dvořák Czech Suite, op. 39. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $25; 919-560-3030

Meet the Author, Kenneth Janken – Sunday, 3-4:30pm – In February 1971, racial tension surrounding school desegregation in Wilmington, N.C. culminated in four days of violence and skirmishes between white vigilantes and black residents. Despite glaring irregularities in the subsequent trial, 10 young persons were convicted of arson and conspiracy and sentenced to a total of 282 years in prison. They became known internationally as the Wilmington Ten. A powerful movement arose within North Carolina and beyond to demand their freedom, and after several witnesses admitted to perjury, a federal appeals court, also citing prosecutorial misconduct, overturned the convictions in 1980. Kenneth Janken narrates these dramatic events in his book “The Wilmington Ten,” connecting the story to a larger arc of Black Power and the transformation of post-Civil Rights era political organizing. A book signing will follow the reading. Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.; Free; 919-560-0268

Beer and Hymns – Sunday, 7:30pm – Led by Jesse DeConto of The Pinkerton Raid, this community sing “with no regard to spiritual inclination or lack thereof” is purely intended for good times, fellowship, nostalgia and of course, good beer. Fullsteam, 726 Rigsbee Ave.; Free; 919-682-2337

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Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Arizona, she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for eight years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.
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