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Five Fabulous Free Things To Do At Duke

Five Fabulous Free Things To Do At Duke

Stargazing, music and poetry are in the lineup for free and fun this week

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Durham, NC - This week's picks for free things to do at Duke from the Working@Duke staff include a poetry reading, star gazing and work day at the farm, among other free and fun events.

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13

Interested in becoming a shutterbug? Get started with the Durham Photography Club at Duke Gardens. The club is for photographers at all levels and meets the second Monday of each month. The first meeting is free, but after, there's a small annual membership fee.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14

Take a lunch break and enjoy music by the Ciompi Quartet. In this special series of performances, the Ciompi explores the connections between Haydn and Shostakovich. Each event is about 50 minutes and features quartets by both composers. Audience members are encouraged to bring lunch. All concerts are in the Gothic Reading Room at Perkins Library.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16

Attend the Nikky Finney: Poetry Reading and Discussion, co-sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute. Finney is the winner of the 2011 National Book Award for poetry. Finney will read from her latest book, Head Off & Split. Following the reading, Finney will have a conversation with Thavolia Glymph, Duke Professor of African and African American Studies and History. Michael Taussig, Columbia University Professor of Anthropology, will moderate the discussion. A reception and book signing will follow.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17

Observe the stars during the Duke Teaching Observatory: Public Stargazing event. See the sky through modern telescopes, guided by Duke physicists. For more information, visit this website.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19

Get your hands dirty during on the Duke Campus Farm Workday. Volunteers will plant, harvest, weed and work on small construction projects. Since work depends on the weather, please be sure to check the calendar listing for any updates. The Duke Campus Farm is at 4910 Friends School Rd. in Durham, directly across from Carolina Friends School.

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