Moogfest – Thursday-Sunday, times vary – Moogfest, the synthesis of music, art and technology, returns to Durham for a second year. During the day, the whole family can enjoy talks, presentations and workshops – including a Michael Stipe installation – that explore how emerging sonic technology can influence change. At night, festival-goers can experience cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today. Twenty-one local bands headline the festival. Don’t miss out!
Stroll, Sip and Shop – Thursday, 5:30-8pm – Take a walk down Ninth Street and join participating retailers Zola Craft Gallery, The Playhouse Toy Store, Wavelengths Salon, Vaguely Reminiscent, The Regulator Bookshop, Cotton Creek, Vintage Home South, Cozy, One World Market, 9th Street Active Feet and Hunky Dory for fun sips, specials and more! Then round out your evening with drink and dinner specials at Blue Corn Café, Dain’s Place, Juju and Elmo’s Diner.
‘What You Make of It’ – Friday, 6-9pm – The Scrap Exchange welcomes Charron Andrews for this solo exhibition. A self-described “shrinemaker,” Charron creates engaging heartfelt vignettes that reflect her memories, images and feelings growing up in a big Catholic family in Detroit. Her comments on found objects are a perfect match for the organization’s creative reuse mission. Opening night festivities will feature light snacks and drinks as well as free art making in the Make N Take Room. This event is free to the public, and the exhibit will remain on display through June 10.
Walk for the Animals – Saturday, 10am-1pm – Grab a leash and head over to Duke’s East Campus for a one-and-a-half-mile morning walk with your best friend. By doing so, you can help raise funds to provide a safe, clean shelter and medical care for the animals at Animal Protection Society of Durham. There will be pet contests, more than 50 vendors, a kids’ zone, food trucks and more. With your commitment to animal welfare and involvement with this walk, APS can provide these animals the second chance they deserve. We are a presenting sponsor, so please come visit us at our booth – we’ll be snapping pics of attendees and their pups, and your photo could end up in the magazine! This is one of the largest fundraising events for the shelter, and last year more than 500 walkers, canine companions and supporters attended and raised more than $80,000 to support APS! Register today!
Bimbé Cultural Festival – Saturday, noon-8pm – Come celebrate African and African-American culture at this free, family-friendly 48-year-old festival. This year’s entertainment includes Durham’s own Carlitta Durand and the African American Dance Ensemble along with arts and crafts, traditional African fare and a family fun zone. Special guest BernNadette Stanis, an author and actress who is best known for her role as Thelma on the CBS sitcom “Good Times,” will be available throughout the day to take pictures and sign autographs. Bring a chair, but leave coolers, pets and tents at home.
Paw Patrol Live! – Saturday, 10am, 2pm and 6pm; and Sunday, 10am and 2pm – Most children today know that if you need to be rescued, you call Paw Patrol. The hugely successful Nickelodeon show follows the adventures of a group of brave canines led by German Shepherd Chase and tech-savvy 10-year-old Ryder. They make it their mission to help anyone in need. As their catchphrase goes, “No mission is too big, no pup is too small!” Nominated for an Emmy, Paw Patrol teaches the value of teamwork and problem solving. Catch the show in its first-ever live tour this weekend at DPAC.
Durham Blues and Brews Festival – Saturday, 5-10pm – What started as a rockin’ good time has become a Durham tradition! Sway to the blues of The Willie Painter Band, Nikki Hill and Roy Roberts of Greensboro while also enjoying 12-ounce pours of North Carolina brews from 20 craft breweries, including Durham’s own Ponysaurus, Bull City Burger and Brewery and Bull City Ciderworks, during this festival at Durham Central Park. The brewers will be on site to tell you about their breweries while you sample from their selections. Plus a great many food trucks to pair with your beers! All proceeds will be donated to local charities, such as the Exchange Family Center, a Durham-based nonprofit agency dedicated to preventing child abuse. As a sponsor of this wonderful festival, we’ll be around enjoying the music and beers, and grabbing photos of guests while we’re at it – come up and say hello!
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich – Saturday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes this celebrated author for a reading and book signing of her new award-winning book, “The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir.” This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, 10 years in the making, depicts how the law is more personal than we would like to believe – and that the truth is more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.
‘The Seagull’ – Saturday and Sunday, 6:30pm – Bartlett Theater is proud to present this play by Anya Reiss. Directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady, audiences have the unique opportunity to experience this performance as an outdoor production at an historic farmhouse near the Eno River State Park. The play is staged at various locations throughout the property, and the audience will travel with the actors as the story unfolds. Anton Chekhov’s work was hugely inspiring to Anya, and her radical new comedic adaptation carries the original spirit while delving into the mysteries of the human condition and exploring the beauty and tragedy of human feelings. Bring a picnic or pick up some barbecue at nearby Picnic before the show and enjoy an evening of outdoor theater. There will also be performances May 27-29.
Vox Virorum Men’s Chorus Spring Concert – Sunday, 3–5pm – This choral group will be concluding their fifth anniversary concert season with their annual spring concert at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church. Established in 2012, Vox Virorum is a community men’s ensemble. The group focuses on traditional men’s glee club repertoire with a dual emphasis on musical excellence and camaraderie. Featured works reflect a broad range of musical styles highlighting the male voice. The concert will be directed by Jeremy Nabors and the chorus will be accompanied by pianist Deborah Coclanis of Chapel Hill.
Txakolifest – Sunday, noon–4pm – Black Twig Cider House, Mattie B’s Public House and The Rickhouse partner to carry on the torch of TxakoliFest, a celebration of Basque Country’s finest white wines paired with some of Durham’s best bites from vendors, chefs and culinary artisans. Proceeds from the festival benefit an immigrant legal defense fund used to help local families navigate the often-confusing immigration rules that come with establishing roots in the United States. Hold on to your porron and basque in the camaraderie of this day.