Friday, February 10
7:30pm: Morehead Planetarium comes to life with a unique new event, Cirque des Sciences, an exhilarating evening for adults featuring food and drink from some of the area's top chefs, dancing under the stars in the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater, performances and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Morehead's need-based scholarships for N.C. students from low-resources schools. Tickets are $85 each or $150 for two; click here to purchase. Contact coordinator Terry Gunnels at 843-3474 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
8pm: Dave Holland, who is acknowledged as one of the most sophisticated composers and arrangers in the jazz world, joins Chris Potter, Jason Moran and Eric Harland to form the Overtone Quartet, performing tonight at Memorial Hall. Tickets are $19-$39 and can be purchased here.
8:30pm: The justly crowned "Queen of Rockabilly," Wanda Jackson, and her band hit the stage at The ArtsCenter tonight as part of the ninth annual American Roots Series. Tickets are $24 in advance ($22 for ArtsClub members) or $26 day of show; buy them online here.
Saturday, February 11
10-11:30am: The N.C. Botanical Garden hosts Valentine's Day is for the Birds, a workshop for children ages 6 and older and their parents. Learn how to show some love to our feathered friends during the winter season by visiting feeders to identify common winter birds, finding out how to participate as a citizen scientist in Project FeederWatch and making some Valentine bird treats to take home. The cost for this class is $15 per family up to three people; $5 per additional child (NCBG members pay $10).
7pm-midnight: Friends and supporters of the Haw River Assembly, a nonprofit citizens' group founded in 1982 to protect and restore the Haw River and Jordan Lake, are gathering tonight at the Haw RIver Ballroom in Saxapahaw for a Valentine's Day and 30th anniversary celebration. Dance to live music by Hindugrass, Rootzie and DJ Passionfruit and even participate in a live auction. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or at Cup 22 (in the Haw River Ballroom). Contact Germane James at email@example.com or 542-5790 for more information.
9pm: As part of its 17th anniversary week, Carolina Brewery hosts Birds and Arrows in concert tonight at West End Public (located next door to the brewery). All Carolina Brewery pints are just $3. Tickets are $8 for the general public ($5 for Brew Crew members) and can be purchased here.
Sunday, February 12
Noon-3pm: As part of A Southern Season's A Celebration of Love leading up to Valentine's Day, artist Zachary Murray stops by to create one-of-a-kind silhouette portraits of adults or children. These silhouettes make unique wall art for your home or an unexpected gift for a loved one. The cost is $20 ($10 for each additional copy).
3-5pm: Children are invited to a winter pajama party at Ackland Art Museum for winter-themed stories, hands-on snowy crafts, a scavenger hunt in the galleries, milk and cookies and lots of fun surprises! This event is recommended for children ages 4-8. Contact Emily Bowles at 843-3675 for more information.
7pm: Extreme Guitar Duo performs at The ArtsCenter as part of the American Roots Series. The duo is comprised of American musician Keith Knight and Canadian musician Don Alder. Their performance is more than just a co-bill: It's a musical journey where the audience is taken to the exteme edge of modern guitar fingerpicking. Tickets are $17 in advance or $19 day of show ($15 for ArtsClub Members). Purchase tickets online here.