Night at the theater: Durham’s cultural calendar got a huge boost from the 2008 opening of the $44 million, 2,700-seat Durham Performing Arts Center (123 Vivian St.; 919-688-3722; dpacnc.com). Step inside the sparkling glass structure to see a show right off Broadway or to catch a concert — coming performers include Smokey Robinson, Diana Krall and B.B. King.
For more intimate stage productions, try the nearby Manbites Dog Theater (703 Foster St.; 919-682-4974; manbitesdogtheater.org). Or head to the historic Carolina Theater (309 W. Morgan St.; 919-560-3030; carolinatheatre.org) to see a classic flick like King Kong or a documentary about Harry Belafonte.
Bavarian brunch: In southern Germany, Guglhupf is a type of Bundt cake. In southern Durham, Guglhupf is the name of a cozy bakery and cafe (2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-401-2600; guglhupf.com) whose German-inflected brunch menu runs from bircher muesli and grilled Nutella sandwiches to pan-fried schnitzel with salad. Try the charcuterie platter of house-cured sausages and meats ($10.50), which comes with an overflowing basket of fresh bread from the adjoining bakery.
Putting around: The sport of disc golf, which trades balls and clubs for plastic flying discs (Frisbee is a brand name) thrown at elevated baskets, has been increasing in popularity around town. One beginner-friendly course winds through the woods of Cornwallis Road Park (2830 Wade Rd.; free).
If you already know what jump putts and anhyzers are, try the 22 professional-caliber holes of the challenging course at Valley Springs Park (3805 Valley Springs Rd.; free). Either way, expect to encounter tranquil nature and friendly locals happy to point you toward the next hole.