Comedy legends are headed to Durham and Nerds are battling it out at the NC Theatre, all in this weekend's best bets.
Comedy legends Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center this weekend in separate shows. Goldberg will do her stand-up act followed by a question and answer session with the audience Friday night. Tickets start at $55.
Williams will be there on Saturday for a sit-down interview with his friend comedian, actor, writer, director and author David Steinberg. Williams will be discussing a variety of topics including his films, "Mork & Mindy," Hollywood anecdotes, the world of stand-up comedy and his own life. Tickets start at $65.
See Bill Gates rap. Do we really need to say anything else about “Nerds,” a new musical at the Fletcher Opera Theatre? The fictional tale follows the rivalry between the Microsoft creator and Macintosh mogul Steve Jobs through the years. This musical comedy also features American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo. Tickets start at $64 and the show runs through Feb. 3.
The North Carolina Museum of History is kicking off Black History Month this weekend with the 12th Annual African American Cultural Celebration on Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History. This year's theme is “Defining Freedom” and it honors the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Winston-Salem State University’s a capella group the Burke Singers are among the more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, re-enactors, chefs, teachers, scholars and other presenters that will help tell the rich and varied stories of the state. This free event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m.
Help welcome in the “Year of the Snake” during the Chinese New Year Festival at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Exposition Center on Saturday. Enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine, including dim sum, noodles, dumplings and more. There will be musical and dance performers, calligraphy and craft exhibits and souvenirs. There will also be a talent show featuring members of the audience and cash prizes awarded. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Admission is free for children 6 and under.
This is a great pick for the entire family. For more family friendly events this weekend that the children are sure to love, check out Go Ask Mom's weekend picks.
Fullsteam Brewery in Durham is hosting a launch party for Cackalacky's Ginger Pale Ale on Sunday afternoon. You can sample the new brew from 3-5 p.m. The event was designed to coincide with National Kazoo Day. There will be official beer kazoos available at the party.
Durham Central Park is playing host to a huge food truck rodeo on Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m. There will be 42 food trucks, including American Meltdown, Monuts and Porchetta.
Local music picks from our local music reporter Greg Hutchinson:
Gray Young album release at Kings Barcade - Just don't miss this. Primarily instrumental, but a great rock band. (Read more about Gray Young)
Calexico at Cat's Cradle - Alternative/Folk/Country band out of Tucson, AZ.
Beach Boys vs. Beatles with Supreme Fiction, Morning Brigade, Goodnight Texas, Birds and Arrows, Small Lions, Bosnian Plums, Mary Johnson Rockers & the Spark at Local 506 - Nice hodgepodge here.
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