Weekend Best Bets: Playwrights, Puppets and a Parade

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Join in the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Parade on Saturday.
Join in the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Parade on Saturday.

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

The Mix – Thursday, 6pm – A networking event for Full Frame fans, marketing/communication professionals, social media lovers and members of the Triangle arts community. Mix, mingle, and enjoy the pre-show party before the free Winter Series screening of Life Itself at The Carolina Theatre at 7:30pm. You may walk away with some cool Full Frame swag, too! West End Billiards, 601 W. Main St.; Free; 919-613-0961

Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments – Thursday-Saturday, 8pm – A collection of monologues by African-American playwrights featuring a wide range of perspectives on being a black man in America in the 21st century. Directed by Monet Marshall of MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, Hands Up features Malcolm Evans, Kenny Lampkin, Chase Rivers, CJ Suitt, Justin Peoples and Marcus Zollicoffer. Each performance will be followed by an opportunity for discussion with the creative team and a range of community leaders. Common Ground Theatre, 4815-B Hillsborough Rd.; $8; 919-384-7817

Stagville Under the Stars – Friday, 6-8pm – To celebrate Black History Month, this stellar program – in partnership with Morehead Planetarium – focuses on the astronomy and night sky myths and legends told in African cultures, as well as the related stories told by scientists today. The program will begin with storytelling and afterwards, guests will peer through telescopes for a constellation tour. Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy.; Free; 919-620-0120

John Waters – Friday, 8pm – A completely uncensored one-man-show, “This Filthy World,” about Waters’ origins in the trash genre and his successful career navigating Hollywood. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $34+; 919-560-3030

Diana Ross – Friday, 8pm – As lead singer of The Supremes in the ‘60s, Ross helped shape the sound of popular music, changing the landscape and paving the way for contemporary music. The legendary artist returns to DPAC after a sold out show at the theater in March 2011. DPAC, 123 Vivian St.; $70.50+; 919-680-2787

Cornucopia Chocolate 5K – Saturday, 9am-noon – All proceeds help Cornucopia provide oncology support services at no charge to anyone affected by cancer. There will be chocolate stations set up along the three-mile course and some more at the end! Duke University’s East Campus Gazebo, 1332 Campus Dr.; $30-$40; 919-401-9333

13th Annual Durham Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Parade – Saturday, noon – Floats, marching bands, step teams and more honoring the achievements of Dr. King and other African-Americans. The parade will start at W.G. Pearson Elementary School, 3501 Fayetteville St., and end at N.C. Central University; 919-680-0465

American Indian Powwow – Saturday, noon – Full day of American Indian singing, dancing, crafts, food and socializing. N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, 1219 Broad St.; 919-416-2850

Meet the Maestro – Saturday, 3pm – An afternoon of music and discussion with Maestro William Henry Curry, conductor for the Durham Symphony since 2009. Maestro Curry will share stories of conducting orchestras throughout the world, and a quartet of DSO musicians will perform works of the Maestro’s favorite African-American composers in honor of Black History Month. Guests at this program will have a chance to win a pair of tickets for a future DSO performance. Refreshments will be served. Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.; Free; 919-560-8590

Change of Scenery: Collaborative Works Opening Reception – Saturday, 5-8pm – The exhibit by Harriet Hoover and Amy S. Hoppe features a new body of process-driven two-dimensional and sculptural works that hinge on chance and improvisation. The exhibition runs from Feb. 3-14. The Carrack Modern Art, 111 W. Parrish St.; Free

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – Saturday, 8pm – Hard-core R&B blended with street-level rock, soulful guitar and a memorable horn section. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; $38+; 919-560-3030

Ciompi Concert No. 3 – Saturday, 8pm – Local favorites Nicholas Kitchen, viola, and Yeesun Kim, cello, both of the Borromeo String Quartet, join the Ciompi for an evening of sextets. Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Dr.; $25; 919-684-4444

Grand Opening – Sunday, 11:30am-6pm – Sky Zone celebrates its opening with the kicking off of its Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam and SkyRobics programs. There will be giveaways, prizes and special guest appearances as well. Preregistration for Dodgeball tournament is recommended. Sky Zone, 1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90; 919-425-0800

Dog Days with Durham APS – Sunday, 1pm – Meet and learn about The Animal Protection Society of Durham, who will be onsite for mobile adoptions. Have doggie portraits made by Jessica Arden Photography (and maybe be a part of the 2016 “Dogs of Beer Durham” calendar), or just come for a beer or two (Beer Durham will be donating a portion of all draft sales proceeds to APS). Also bring extra sheets, blankets and towels to donate to APS. Beer Durham, 404 Hunt St., Ste. 110; 919-680-0770

Home Movie Day – Sunday, 3pm – An international celebration of amateur films, designed to provide a showcase for home movies, student films and other forms of amateur media, and to provide a gathering to discuss best practices for film and digital media preservation. Bring 8mm, Super8mm, 16mm film, VHS and Video8/Hi8 videotapes. Anyone who attends is welcome to bring their own films to screen, and Raleigh’s A/V Geeks Transfer Services will transfer film to digital formats for free on-site. Or just show up and watch the films of others. Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.; Free; 919-560-0100

Fairy Tale Puppet Theater – Sunday, 3pm – FatMouth Improv and PuppetHead Theater this family-friendly show featuring fabulous stories, loopy improvisers and spectacular puppeteers (and their puppets) from Saxapahaw’s celebrated puppet company, Paperhand Puppet Intervention. Common Ground Theatre, 4815-B Hillsborough Rd.; $8; 919-384-7817

Hindemith’s Requiem: When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d – Sunday, 4pm – Join the Choral Society of Durham, led by conductor Rodney Wynkoop, for a rare performance of Walt Whitman’s poetic elegy for Abraham Lincoln, set to music in 1946 by the German composer Paul Hindemith. Duke Chapel, 401 Chapel Dr.; $22; 919-684-4444

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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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