An angry pursuit
Lots of comedians have dark backstories, but few can compare to the life of Christopher Titus, who skillfully turns his bleak family history into cathartic laughs. The talented stand-up and star of the former Fox sitcom “Titus” is in town with his new show, “An Angry Pursuit of Happiness.”
7:30 p.m. Friday; Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham; $27-$37; carolinatheatre.org
Veterans Day Parade
Honor North Carolina’s veterans at the annual Veterans Day Parade, wreath-laying ceremony and patriotic concert with music by the Historic Oakwood Second Line Band and the Chesterbrook Academy Children’s Choir.
9 a.m. Saturday; State Capitol, Fayetteville Street side, Raleigh; free; godowntownraleigh.com
A poet remembered
Remember Maya Angelou at an interactive multimedia event that invites attendees to read an excerpt of her work that inspired them – or a piece of their own writing inspired by her.
2 p.m. Sunday; The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro; free; artscenterlive.org
Dark Water Rising
Part of the N.C. History Museum’s current “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit includes a look at American Indian life. In that vein, check out the unique sound of Dark Water Rising, a Robeson County band that blends soul, blues, country, hip-hop, gospel and rock with the free spirits of its members’ rich Lumbee culture.
3 p.m. Sunday; N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; free; ncmuseumofhistory.org
Relive the nostalgia of your Little Golden Books years – or bring your own tiny ones for indoctrination – when Diane Muldrow reads from “Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book.”
3 p.m. Sunday; Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh; free; quailridgebooks.com