Gourmet Innovations - Thursday, 5pm - Guest chef Scott Howell, owner of Nana’s, joins the café team to create art-inspired menus. While at the Nasher, check out the Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art exhibit if you haven't yet - it runs until June 17. Nasher Museum Café, 2001 Campus Dr.; (919) 684-6032, call for reservations; www.nasher.duke.edu
Night at the Museum: DiscoTECH! - Friday, 7-11pm - A fundraising party with delicious food, drinks, entertainment, disco dancing and fun, interactive tech experiences like using available iPads or your own mobile device to order drinks, upload photos, text or tweet – and you can see the social networking in action on large screens in each room. Proceeds from the event benefit the Museum of Life and Science. Cocktail or ‘70s attire is suggested. Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave.; $75; (919) 220-5429; www.ncmls.org
Movies on the Lawn - Friday, 9pm - The series features music-themed documentaries selected by the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. This screening of Under African Skies follows Paul Simon as he returns to South Africa 25 years after the release of the historic Graceland album to reunite with musicians and reconcile political debates. American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St.; Free; (919) 433-1566; www.americantobaccocampus.com
Co-Op-A-Fair - Saturday, 11am-3pm - Join local electricity, telephone and food coops, as well as credit unions and volunteer organizations and discover just how much your involvement in the Durham community can count. Also enjoy cheese dishes from Cabot's master chef, walk through a life-size maze, take a Zumba class and much more. American Tobacco Campus, Free!
Walk for the Animals - Saturday, 9am-1pm - Pet owners and animal lovers are invited to support the Animal Protection Society of Durham by enjoying an exciting morning of demonstrations, contests, children’s projects, rescue group booths and raffles before participating in the Walk for the Animals around Duke's East Campus. Register now! Duke’s East Campus, Main Street; $35; (919) 560-0640; www.apsofdurham.org
Beaver Queen Pageant - Saturday, 4-5pm Preshow, 5pm Pageant - An annual neighborhood pageant featuring live music and fun where contenders for the Beaver Queen Crown are scored for their performance in wetlands-ready wear, talent and poise. The money raised benefits the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Duke Park, 1530 Acadia St.; Free; www.beaverlodgelocal1504.org
Madison Violet - Saturday, 8pm - The singer-songwriter duo perform their distinct take on Americana-inspired melodies, which contrast with their personal lyrics. Casbah, 1007 W. Main St.; $11 in advance, $13 day of show; (919) 929-2787; www.artscenterlive.org