Wednesday, May 3
“Vitamin O” Photography Exhibit, Opening Reception
A photography exhibit displaying Orange County’s most valuable possession: Its people. “Vitamin O” is a series of photo essays the Visitors Bureau commissioned from local photographer, Alicia Stemper, on the people of Orange County. The opening reception includes refreshments and an overview from Alicia Stemper. Details: May 3, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. On exhibit through June. Free. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill.
Jan Huevos Residency
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; and Laura Gibson
Blue Wednesday: The Spoonbeders with Special Guest Iain Hadgraft
Thursday, May 4
Artist Talk: FRANK Art Members
A group of FRANK member artists will be hosting an artist talk to discuss their latest work! All are welcome to join, their talk will cover topics such as processes, materials, inspirations and personal stories and histories that impacted their artmaking. Light refreshments will be served. Details: May 4, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. FRANK Art Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill. www.frankisart.com/events/2017/5/4/artist-talk-frank-member-artists, 919-636-4135.
Presentation on Birds and Animals of Borneo
Presented by Tom Driscoll of the New Hope Audubon Society. Details: Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill.
Benjamin Ludwig, author of “Ginny Moon”
Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves
Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes both hail from Southwestern Virginia. Drawing on favorite musical mentors--the many songwriting women and remarkable musicians of the region--the duo’s beautiful blended tenors and skillful banjo and guitar all serve to shine a bold light on the other Appalachia, one that remains free thinking, eloquent, open hearted. Details: May 4, 5:30 p.m. Center for the Study of the American South, UNC Chapel Hill, 410 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill.
Nash Street Ramblers
Mono; and Holy Sons
Zone Lee; Prince Divine; and Cocique
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival
English Country Dance
Sponsored by Sun Assembly English Country Dancers. All dances are taught in a gender-neutral manner. No partner required. Details: May 4, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $7. Freedman Center, 1004 Watts St, Durham. Website: www.sunassembly.org, 919-683-9672.
Marjorie Prime at Manbites Dog Theater
In the near future, 85-year old Marjorie, her mind fading, finds companionship from an artificial intelligence modeled on her late husband, who helps her recall – and reimagine – their life together. Details: May 4, 8:15 p.m. $12. Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St, Durham. http://manbitesdogtheater.org/2016-17-season/marjorie-prime, 919-682-3343.
30th Anniversary Celebration of The Durham Community Land Trustees
'A Generation of Building Homes, Community and Trust.’ For three decades, DCLT has been a provider of affordable homes, an advocate for low income families and a catalyst for change in Durham's West End neighborhoods. Celebrate with us as we reflect on the past, recognize and honor the contributions of those who made it possible and embark on our future journey. Please join us for a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception featuring local jazz musician, Freeman Ledbetter and other local talent. Details: May 4, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $50. The Cookery, 1101 West Chapel Hill St, Durham. www.eventbrite.com/e/30th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-33097153477, 919-490-0063.
Morning Bird Walk at Eno River State Park
Open your eyes and ears to the world of birds! Bring your binoculars and join a state park educator on a 0.7 mile leisurely walk to see what birds reside at the Eno River. All birding levels are welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Details: May 4, 8 a.m. Eno River State Park, Few’s Ford Picnic Area, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, continue all the way down the road until it dead ends into a large parking area. Call the park office at 919-383-1686 for more information.
Friday, May 5
Community Fish Fry at Temple Baptist
Plates include fried flounder, potatoes, cole slaw, hush puppies, dessert and drink. Free delivery offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a minimum order of 10 plates. Proceeds will benefit a variety of church missions and capital efforts. Please call 919-309-0050 ext. 200 between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to reserve tickets. Details: May 5, Dine in and take out: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. $9 per plate. Temple Baptist Church, 2121 Umstead Rd, Durham.
Edward Balleisen, author of “Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff”
Cory Doctorow, author of “Walkaway”
Details: May 5, 7 p.m. Free; must purchase a copy of the book to join the signing line. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill. www.flyleafbooks.com/event/cory-doctorow-discusses-his-new-novel-walkaway, 919-942-7373.
Details: Chapel Hill. 919-962-1039.
Durham Medical Orchestra Spring 2017 Concert: Joyride!
The spring concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Markowski’s Joyride, and other works by Borodin, Marquez, and Rosas. Details: May 5, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Free. Baldwin Auditorium, Duke’s East Campus, 1336 Campus Dr, Durham. http://dmomusic.org/event/spring-2017-concert.
Music on the Plaza at Northgate Mall - Los Plebes De Olancho/Cinco de Mayo Party!
Grab your lawn chairs or blankets, and groove to summer sounds, accompanied by beer and wine from Bull City Burger and Brewery with alternating food trucks and Northgate food vendors. The Guys from Olancho Honduras will get Cinco do Mayo started with their brand of traditional Mexican and Central American party music. The Durham Arts Council will be making maracas and God’s Eye crafts for kids and El Rey Del Taco and Morfa Empanada food trucks will be on-site. Details: May 5, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Outdoors on the Plaza at 1058 W. Club Blvd, Durham. www.northgatemall.com, 919-286-4400.
The Bucking Mules
Details: May 5, 8:30 p.m. $12. Nightlight Bar & Club, 405 W. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. www.nightlightclub.com/2017/5/5/alice-gerrard-kay-justice-joseph-decosimo-bucking-mules, 919-960-6101.
Keith Ganz Quartet
Details: May 5, 8 p.m. $20/$10 Students. Sharp 9 Gallery Jazz Club, 4608-L Industry Ln, Durham. 919-486-5299.
Erie Choir; and Nathan Oliver
Duke Street Dogs
Blue Note Grill
The Cave Tavern
Live and Local Chapel Hill - Bluegrass and Bike Week
Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, a bluegrass band from Chapel Hill, will be strummin', stompin' and pickin' for you in the Plaza, so you'll definitely want to make Live & Local a stop on your Cinco de Mayo festivities. Bike activities and family fun. Details: May 5, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St, Chapel Hill. www.140westfranklinplaza.com/series, 919-968-2743.
Details: Playmakers Repertory Company, 250 Country Club Rd, Chapel Hill. 919-962-7529.
Saturday, May 6
2017 Uhlman Family Seminar: Jewish Song, Comedy, and Storytelling in the Old and New Worlds
This year’s annual Uhlman Family Seminar will focus on Jewish culture as revealed through entertainment: Music, film, folklore, humor, and the storytelling components present in all of these arts. Discussions will focus on Jewish folklore, Warsaw’s cabaret scene, the Jewish influence in Hollywood, and the origins of contemporary Jewish humor. Please check the web site for seminar topics, speakers, and registration fees. This seminar is offered by the Program in Humanities and Human Values and is made possible by a grant from the Uhlman Family Fund. Pre-registration is required. Details: May 6, 9:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. $125/$62.50 Teachers. Optional lunch $15. UNC Chapel Hill, 1700 MLK Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill. http://humanities.unc.edu/event/2017-uhlman-family-seminar-jewish-song-comedy-and-storytelling-in-the-old-and-new-worlds, 919-962-1544.
A Freedom Book Festival
Join Free Spirit Freedom for the Launch of Freedom through Knowledge, their first publication, featuring photos of former schools for children of color. Event includes Orange County Historical Museum with a children’s book-making workshop (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.), local authors, artists, books signings, readings and displays. Details: May 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Dr, Hillsborough. www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org/free-spirit-freedom, 919-591-1904.
Second Annual Teen Literature Festival
Celebrate Durham County Library’s Second Annual Teen Literature Festival! Join Young Adult Authors Jenny Hubbard, Stuart Albright, Scott Reintgen and more for author readings and writing workshops! Meet the authors, learn about writing and enjoy refreshments. Details: May 6, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free. Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd, Durham. 919-560-0213.
VOICES Spring Concert, Better is Peace
The concert features Ralph Vaughan Williams’s powerful proclamation of peace Dona Nobis Pacem and Karl Jenkins’ joyous anthem of praise Te Deum. All seating is general admission. Details: May 6, 8 p.m. $10-$25. Children under 12 free. Memorial Hall, UNC, 114 E. Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill. https://tickets.carolinaperformingarts.org/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=11284, 919-843-3333.
Laila Biali Trio
Details: May 6, 8 p.m. $20/$10 Students. Sharp 9 Gallery Jazz Club, 4608-L Industry Ln, Durham. 919-486-5299.
Jazz Saturday w/ Second Line Stompers
Flash Car DJ Night
Blue Note Grill
The Cave Tavern
Multimedia Dance Performance “The Mesoplanets”
Part of the 2016-17 DIDA season. Journey to Pluto and the outer reaches of the solar systemn. In a series of vignettes, Rabble & Twine combine movement, video projection, sound, and text to explore the varied environments and moving myths of the outer reaches of our solar system. Details: May 6, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. $12. Living Arts Collective, 410 W. Geer St, Durham. www.mesoplanets.org
Triangle Race for the Cure
Friday Jazz Series
Saturday Cool Jazz
Sunday Music on the Patio
Kids Stories and Songs
Every Tuesday at the Chapel Hill Public Library. A needlework group that creates knitted and crocheted items for charities. Details: Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill. More information: schectman at gmail.com, or see Facebook group "Chapel Hill Charity Knitting and Crochet."
Every Wednesday at The Regulator Bookshop. Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Details: Every Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. Free. The Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th St, Durham. www.regulatorbookshop.com, 919-286-2700.
The Leroy Savage Group
Every Wednesday at The Original Q Shack. Details: Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. The Original Q Shack, 2510 University Dr, Durham. 919-402-4227.
Mommy’s Morning Movies
Every Thursday at Silverspot Cinemas. A special program geared to moms with babies and tots with meet ups. Moms will be able to select a film for the group the Monday prior to that week’s meet-up. Details: Every Thursday, First Show of the Day. Movie tickets are $7 per person. Children ages one and under are free. Silverspot Cinemas, 201 South Estes Dr, Chapel Hill. www.silverspot.net, 919-357-9887.