Get in the lab
Take a closer look at the science behind winter features like snow and holiday lights as educators and scientists lead guests through inquiry-based experiments suitable for all ages. Sessions continue through Jan. 3.
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday; Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham; Free w/ museum admission; lifeandscience.org
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Celebrate the post-Christmas UK holiday with the sounds of the British Invaders Band. The Raleigh-based group covers music from groups like The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who and The Rolling Stones.
5:30-8 p.m. Friday; NC Museum of Art (West Building), 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh; Free; ncartmuseum.org
Navigate the land
Never get lost again – after you learn to read a map and compass with a park ranger, who will also lead a field exercise. Call for a reservation, which is required.
3 p.m. Sunday; William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; free; 919-571-4170
Bubbles and brunch
Get an early start on your New Year’s Eve celebrations with a Spanish menu brunch that also offers a chance to browse the “Miro: The Experience of Seeing” exhibit.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. Prices vary; 919-684-5135
It’s not Frank, but ...
Singer and pianist Tony DeSare taps his Sinatra style for a night of songs by Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein and melodies from Vienna.
8 p.m. Thursday; Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh; $52-$82; ncsymphony.org