'Cat's Pajamas' party
This isn't for cats, but for kids and their parents. Author Daniel Wallace's reading of his children's book, "The Cat's Pajamas," is also a pajama party with milk and cookies.
11 a.m. Saturday; Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham; free; regulatorbookshop.com
The World's Toughest Rodeo returns to town with Justin Rumford, who recently won the title Barrelman of the Year, and a new act called the All American Cowgirl Chicks.
7:30 p.m. Saturday; PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh; $18-$75 (kids' admission is half price); thepncarena.com
Always expect a unique performance from Formation Sound, a group of free-improvise musicians and spontaneous composers. (Shows also on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7).
8 p.m. Saturday; Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro; free; 919-968-9410
A chorus of men
Vox Viroum's Winter Concert will feature songs from the musical "Sweeney Todd" and a few nautical pirate ditties.
3 p.m. Sunday; First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham; free (donation suggestion); facebook.com/VoxVirorumTriangleMensChoir
Pop goes the kernel
Celebrate National Popcorn Day by learning about different varieties of corn and what makes it pop (and by snacking on some, of course). A popcorn-themed craft is promised. Good for ages 7 and up.
3-4 p.m. Monday; Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh; $5/family or $3/person; wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill