Weekend at a Glance: Dance, Drinks and Date Night

Weekend at a Glance: Dance, Drinks and Date Night

As the temperatures rise, enjoy concerts, festivals, dance performances, crafting and more this weekend

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The Paul Taylor Dance Company is just one of three dance troupes performing this weekend during the American Dance Festival. Photo by Paul B. Goode.

Good Vibes Only Music Festival – Thursday, 6pm; Friday, 8pm; and Saturday, 8pm – This premiere event is a three-day music festival taking place downtown. On Thursday, rock out at The Mothership with an artist meet-and-greet, beer, pizza, games and prizes. DJ Tokyo plays nostalgic hits of the ’90s. On Friday, the Ultimate Glow Bar Crawl will take place on Main Street. Social Games and Brews is the check point to receive your punch card for the crawl. Then come to Motorco Music Hall Saturday night as they host an all-ages show starring Roc Nation rapper Freeway. Special guests include Durham’s Lil-bob DoeTrie Cartier, Young Bull, Wreck-N-Crew and Raleigh’s 3AM. This festival was created as a platform for great artists and to help bridge community gaps in a creatively unified way.

‘Pariah’ – Thursday, 7-9pm – The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presents this movie about a lesbian teenager in the Bronx who is trying to juggle multiple identities to please her friends and family. Unfortunately, pressure from home, school and within her community erases the line between her dual personas with some explosive consequences. The film is the feature debut of writer/director Dee Rees, and had its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Enjoy dinner at the Nasher Museum Café before the show.

Sean Dorsey Dance – Thursday, 8pm – American Dance Festival welcomes this dance company to Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University. The dancers – Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones and Nol Simonse – perform “The Missing Generation,” a dance-theater work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. The performance is based on interviews that Dorsey recorded with transgender and LGBT survivors across the US, and their voices and remarkable real-life stories are featured in a lush, multi-layered score. The performance contains adult subject matter.

Harvey Dalton Arnold – Thursday, 8:30-11pm – This rock and blues legend, known for his work with the band The Outlaws as well as his collaborations with Robert John “Mutt” Lange and The Rolling Stones, returns to The Bullpen. The Rose Hill native performs a unique left-handed finger-picking style and slide, playing on electric and acoustic guitars. Harvey will perform music from his latest release, “Outlaw.” One dollar from every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

RetroEpics Film Series – Friday, 12:45-9:55pm; Saturday, 1-10pm; and Sunday, 2:15-11:45pm – Come sit in the air-conditioned comfort of The Carolina Theatre and watch several epic films. Defined as a style of filmmaking with large scale, sweeping scope and spectacle, they are synonymous with big budget filmmaking. You’ll see classics such as “The Right Stuff,” “Mulholland Drive” and “The Great Escape,” plus five other legendary films. These are movies with grand stories that justify three-hour running lengths and sometimes more. Even the poster art is epic!

Skylar Gudasz – Friday, 6-8pm – Week No. 3 of Durham Central Park‘s new concert series brings Skylar Gudasz and her band to the stage. She will perform music from her album “Oleander.” Delivering dry, amusing and off-kilter lyrics in her unmistakably smoky croon, she is a local star on the brink of making a national name for herself. Special guest Kamara Thomas is a songwriter, storyteller and mythology fanatic. She will play music from her album “Tularosa: An American Dreamtime,” a collection of character narratives describing the complications of the elusive American dream. Grab something to eat from Mac-Ur-Roni and Gussy’s Greek food trucks.

Adrian Crutchfield – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – Venture out to Beyú Caffé and enjoy this talented musician as he performs two high-energy shows. Crutchfield takes pride in creating a new and powerful sound, merging jazz with today’s pop and hip-hop. He’s the last saxophone player to perform and record with Prince, and has also toured with Lionel Ritchie and Bette Midler. He will be performing music from his 2017 release, “Leap.”

Honey Magpie – Friday, 7-9pm – The Triangle-based band brings their traditional-and-yet-modern folk sound to Brightleaf Square‘s Summer Concert Series. Honey Magpie blends old-time string instruments and three part harmonies with pop, rock and indie influences. Singer-songwriters Rachael Hurwitz of Carrboro (guitar, piano) and Chapel Hill’s Pippa Hoover (cello) contribute to the group’s set of original songs. Their lyrics, often nature-inspired, are supported by catchy melodies, intricate string parts and piano riffs. Kati Moore (violin) and Cary’s Joe Ristaino (drums, mandolin) fill out their sound, adding melodic layers and rhythm. They will play music from their debut album that is being released on July 29.

Clay Date Night – Friday, 7-9pm – Grab your spouse or a friend and have a creative night out at the Durham Arts Council Clay Studio at Northgate Mall. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with clay as the instructor introduces a variety of hand-building techniques. Each person has the chance to paint a functional piece of pottery that will be glazed and fired by the instructor and available for pick up 2 to 3 weeks after the workshop.

Paul Taylor Dance Company – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 1pm and 7pm – American Dance Festival presents one of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after ensembles at DPAC. Paul Taylor continues to win public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his dances, and he offers clear observations on life’s complexities while tackling some of society’s thorniest issues. The company presents two different programs of classic and new works. On Friday evening, they perform “Cascade,” “Syzygy” and Larry Keigwin’s “Rush Hour.” Saturday night’s program consists of 1971’s “Book of Beasts,” “Syzygy” and Doug Elkins’ work “The Weight of Smoke.” Following the children’s matinee on Saturday, stick around in the lobby for a free Kids’ Party with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University education staff. There will be live music, face-painting and snacks.

Gringo Star – Friday, 8:30-11pm – This Atlanta-based rock ‘n’ roll band takes the stage at The Bullpen, playing tunes from their latest release, “The Sides and In Between.” The band has been described as a “tapestry of … psychedelia, garage rock and surf pop.” With catchy melodies and unique vocals, they take their cues from a wide range of genres such as doo-wop, flamenco, punk and rhythm and blues. They definitely don’t lose their American Southern quality while mining the ’90s British garage sound. Remember, $1 from every draft pint sold is donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Open Farm + Market – Saturday, 1-4pm – Enjoy an afternoon at Blue Whistler Farm with your family, learning exactly how your food is raised, playing on the swing and watching the adorable animals, all while enjoying Common Kin Bakery ice cream, pastries and drinks. You can bring apples and carrots for the bunnies, hold the chickens and see the turkeys and ducks out in the fields. At this market, there will be pasture-raised chicken and duck, non-GMO pasture/woodlot raised pork, non-GMO rabbit, and grass-fed beef raised by partner farm, Hundred Acre Wood Farm, available for purchase. Prodigal Farm will also be on site with dairy products.

Saba Saba Festival – Saturday 2-6pm –This festival at Durham Central Park celebrates Durham Sister Cities’ 26-year partnership with Arusha, Tanzania, featuring African-inspired music, dancing, fashions and local food vendors. Be sure to join in the drumming circle with Shabutaso (instructions will be provided) and the Zumbathon. This is a family-friendly event, and an opportunity to meet your Tanzanian neighbors and support health, education and water projects benefiting families and children in Arusha. Admission is free and donations and silent auction participation are appreciated. This event is sponsored by Durham Sister Cities – Arusha Committee and Duke Health.

Eyes Up Here: LadyBits Open Mic – Saturday, 5:30pm – Hosted by Brittany Spruill at The Pinhook, Eyes Up Here provides talented female comics a chance to work out a prepared 5-minute set. Bring a crew to laugh with you – beginner friendly!

Adult Crochet and Sip – Saturday, 6-8pm – Come to The Scrap Exchange and hang out with fellow crafters and enjoy some wine and beer while you’re making chain stitches. This is a general class for people of all skill levels to meet, learn to crochet and work on existing projects. Maybe you’ve never held a crochet hook, or perhaps you’re stuck on a pattern and need some guidance – this is the perfect class to meet up with other students. Craft supplies will be provided, but students will be responsible for bringing their own beverages. Carrboro’s Jasmine Suarez will be the instructor for this class. She is a self-taught fiber artist, and she has dabbled in many creative activities including throwing pottery, professional cake decorating, knitting and sewing.

The Sahara Reggae Band – Saturday, 6-8pm – If you are looking for an energetic live show and great sound with sultry vocals, then you need to see this group. They’ll be playing at Forest Hills Park as part of Durham Parks and Recreation‘s Rock the Park concert series. Originating in Greensboro, the band is made up of six members who all share the same passion for music and collectively bring an exciting and invigorating style to their performances. Reggae is what the band performs most, but they have begun to perform other genres of music, and they always provide their audience with a unique and flavorful show.

Thelma and the Sleaze – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Come out and listen to this Nashville trio perform their energetic mix of power pop, bluesy glam and stoner rock at The Bullpen. They’ll perform songs from their brand-new album “Somebody’s Doin’ Somethin'” and bring a mix of post-riot grrl punk and Southern rock to the stage. The glam-punk band’s style is raw, raucous and wild, and with influences such as Leon Russell, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and Black Sabbath, you know you’ll be in for a fun night of music. As always, $1 from every draft pint sold is donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Sunday Yoga – Sunday, 10:45am – Start your Sunday with Ciderworks Yoga with Zenyfit at Bull City Ciderworks. Led by instructor Bridget Crawford, this open-level vinyasa flow class links movement with breath, strengthens the body, increases flexibility and brings peace of mind. Bring your own mat and be prepared to be barefoot. The class is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. A Cider or Cidermosa is included in the ticket price, and you can enjoy it with fellow yoga enthusiasts after class.

Eat for Equality, Drink for Justice – Sunday, noon-4pm – Join Legal Aid of North Carolina – which provides justice to millions of low-income and vulnerable North Carolinians facing serious civil legal problems like domestic violence, homelessness, predatory lending and more – at Ponysaurus Brewing to enjoy food and fellowship in support of these North Carolinians. Sympathy for the Deli is donating a barbecue buffet for the occasion.

Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 2-3:30pm – Come meet furry friends as The Animal Protection Society of Durham hosts its monthly cat adoption event at The Regulator Bookshop.

Heidi Latsky Dance – Sunday, 5pm – Duke Homestead will be the setting for this unique presentation, a part of the American Dance Festival. “On Display” is an art exhibit and commentary on the body as spectacle and society’s obsession with body image. Using the themes of inclusion and diversity, the show is also a structured improvisation piece designed to be performed by a mix of people, and it allows the performers and the public to fully witness each other. By taking back what it means to be stared at, the perception of beauty is shifted.

Live Band Karaoke with Bob Stephens – Sunday, 5:30-8:30pm – Sing your favorite songs, backed up by a world-class musician, as Bob Stephens arrives at The Bullpen. He began touring at the age of 15 with the legendary gospel group The Brooklyn All-Stars and went on to play piano alongside Fats Domino. He is currently the choir director at his local church in Shelby. Stephens loves singing and playing hit songs from all the way back to the ’40s to current chart toppers. Keep in mind, $1 from each draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

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