EVENTS

EVENTS

Jan
12
Thu
Finding Each Other in History: Stories from LGBTQ+ Durham @ Museum of Durham History
Jan 12 – Jan 15 all-day

Exhibit featuring personal narratives that illustrate how LGBTQ people in Durham have a long, but often invisible, history of overcoming adversity to form a community. It blends oral history and displayed artifacts; seven objects accompany oral history segments shared with museum visitors via individual mp3 players. Visitors will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences in our Story Room, an oral history recording booth available during open hours or by appointment.

This exhibit features a companion website, hosted by the Durham County Library. Love and Liberation: A History of LGBTQ+ Durham, goes live on the web Oct. 1 at DurhamLGBTQHistory.org.

Jan
14
Sat
Repticon Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show @ North Carolina State Fairgrounds Scott Building
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm

Repticon Raleigh is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!

Hours:
Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am)
Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry)

Admission:
Adults – $10, Children (5-12) – $5, Under 5 – Free
Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets

Susan Rivers – The Second Mrs. Hockaday @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away?
 
Inspired by a true incident, this saga unfolds with gripping intensity, conjuring the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel. As she comes to understand how her own history is linked to one runaway slave, her perspective on race and family are upended. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how this generation–and the next–began to see their world anew.

Ingrid Thoft – Duplicity @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow returns with a case that puts her faith to the test – in the latest addition to the critically acclaimed series by Ingrid Thoft.
When Ceci Renard hires Ludlow and Associates to sue the hip new church that she believes has brainwashed her daughter, Fina Ludlow is assigned to the case. Covenant Rising Church has all the trappings of a less-than-holy organization: a slick young pastor and his comely wife; fancy houses and luxury cars; and devoted congregants who seem eager to part with their money. Fina wonders if Ceci disapproves of Covenant Rising’s theology or the pastor’s ability to solicit generous donations—until a prominent church member dies unexpectedly. Fina’s investigation requires her to delve into the woman’s life, both in and out of Covenant Rising, and ask a host of difficult questions. Is the pastor leading his flock astray? Did the church have a hand in the death or were there less savory elements in the woman’s life outside the parish?
The case proves to be a complicated morass of misplaced loyalties and questionable motivations, rivaled only by the current state of the Ludlow family. The return of eldest brother Rand sets in motion an explosive showdown that threatens the very fabric that holds the family together, forcing Fina to confront the true meaning of faith.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Wellesley College, Ingrid Thoft worked as a tech, entertainment and education writer. Her desire to create a believable P.I. character led her to the certificate program in private investigation at the University of Washington. She is author of the critically acclaimed novels Identity, Loyalty, and Brutality.

Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo @ Baldwin Auditorium
Jan 14 @ 8:00 pm

The remarkable saxophonist and pianist duo – longtime collaborators who’ve known each other for nearly 30 years – take the stage at Baldwin Auditorium for a concert of blues, ballads and jazz presented by Duke Performances.

Jan
16
Mon
MLK Birthday Celebration @ Northgate Mall
Jan 16 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join Northgate Mall and NC MomsRising at the 7th annual MLK Birthday Celebration.
Families are invited to Durham for a giant kid-focused birthday party to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on MLK Day.
Event activities include free English/Spanish story times, arts and crafts, kids’ Zumba, drumming performance, interactive activities, service projects such as a food and clothes drive benefiting Urban Ministries, and birthday cake as we celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy in a way that kids can understand. This event is free and appropriate for ages 0-100.

Dream Big Book Drive on MLK Day 2017 @ Durham Central Park
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Book Harvest on MLK Day — Monday, January 16, 2017 — from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at Durham Central Park, for our biggest event of the year!

Inspired by Dr. King’s vision of a world in which every child has the chance to realize his or her full potential, Book Harvest marks MLK Day with the Dream Big Book Drive, an annual community-wide celebration of diversity, literacy, and book ownership for all kids.

This event is for EVERYONE! Round up your new and gently used children’s books – and those of your neighbors, friends, classmates, and coworkers – and bring them to Durham Central Park on the afternoon of MLK Day. Working together, we can ensure that all our children have books!

This is a great event for children and families! Running Dream Big book drives at workplaces, schools, and places of worship is a terrific teambuilder! Learn more at www.bookharvestnc.org

Jan
19
Thu
Nebbiolo vs. Sangiovese Wine Class @ The Fearrington Granary
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Two of Italy’s most noble and distinctive grapes are Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Each has their own strong following in the wine community. Some prefer Nebbiolo, a grape that tests the balance of its tannic, high alcohol, and high acid properties while still delivering one of the most rewarding wine experiences.
Some prefer the crunchy, red fruit, herbal perfume of the Sangiovese grape. In the hands of a master it can transform into a muscular Brunello di Montalcino, or an easier drinking Chianti perfect with a hearty bowl of pasta.
Whichever grape camp you stand behind, each has a masterful history that has solidified its claim to the top of Italy’s grape varietal hierarchy.
$50 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Jan
20
Fri
Resolutions 2017 @ Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Jan 20 – Jan 22 all-day

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts hosts its annual statewide juried art exhibit featuring both 2D & 3D media. January 4-22, 2017. Opening reception Friday January 13th, 6-9pm. Awards juror Larry Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned by 21 artists featuring painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, turned wood, pottery & fiber art. 121 N. Churton St. Hillsborough, NC. Winter Hours: 10-6 Monday – Saturday, 12-4 Sunday. www.HillsboroughGallery.com

January Third Friday Arts Event at the Durham Arts Council @ Durham Arts Council
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

January’s Third Friday Durham artist reception at the DAC is truly a multidisciplinary arts event, featuring new visual art exhibits, live Vallenato music from Pavelid y su Grupo, folkloric dance performances by Takiri Folclor Latino, and hands-on craft projects. We’ll see you then for an immersive arts experience!

Opening reception for “Together” art exhibit at Pleiades Gallery @ Pleiades Gallery
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Together is an exhibit about our affinity for one another. Pleiades artists each invited a guest artist based on mutual interest, appreciation or art medium. Each art pairing provides a view into the rapport we share with others.

Potters’ Penguin Project, opening reception @ Claymakers Gallery
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An exhibit of nearly 2000 clay penguins created by 400+ participants as a community art project intended to make the distant impacts of global warming tangible. Most penguins originated in the NC Triangle area, but contributions to the exhibit come from as far west as Arizona and as far east as Spain and Germany. The show runs through February 11.
https://www.facebook.com/potterspenguinproject/

Jan
21
Sat
Scientist Turned Comedian: Tim Lee @ The ArtsCenter
Jan 21 all-day

A creative blend of stand-up comedy with science. Tim Lee is a comedian with a Ph.D. who has become a sensation selling out shows from Boston to Melbourne. You can see Tim featured in Science Channel’s How Do They Do it.

Tim wasn’t supposed to be a comedian. A biologist by training, he graduated magna cum laude from UC San Diego with honors in biology. He went on to complete his PhD at UC Davis. He spent years developing simulation and analytical models of population dynamics before he discovered that this bored him to tears. When he tried comedy for the first time the tears stopped.

Tim has become an underground sensation with over 4 million views on his YouTube videos. Piggybacking that success, Tim took the show on the road selling out shows from New York to Sydney. Audiences hungry for comedy that is smart and funny flocked to the show. Lee’s comedy uses scientific phenomena and tools to explain everything from the hair that collects on a bar of soap to how his standards drop rapidly over time.

Nancy Peacock – The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

For fans of Cold Mountain and The Invention of Wings comes a tour de force of historical fiction that follows the epic journey of a slave-turned-Comanche warrior who travels from the brutality of a New Orleans sugar cane plantation to the indomitable frontier of an untamed Texas, searching not only for the woman he loves but so too for his own identity.
“I have been to hangings before, but never my own.“
Sitting in a jail cell on the eve of his hanging, April 1, 1875, freedman Persimmon Persy Wilson wants nothing more than to leave some record of the truth his truth. He may be guilty, but not of what he stands accused: the kidnapping and rape of his former master’s wife.
In 1860, Persy had been sold to Sweetmore, a Louisiana sugar plantation, alongside a striking, light-skinned house slave named Chloe. Their deep and instant connection fueled a love affair and inspired plans to escape their owner, Master Wilson, who claimed Chloe as his concubine. But on the eve of the Union Army s attack on New Orleans, Wilson shot Persy, leaving him for dead, and fled with Chloe and his other slaves to Texas. So began Persy s journey across the frontier, determined to reunite with his lost love. Along the way, he would be captured by the Comanche, his only chance of survival to prove himself fierce and unbreakable enough to become a warrior. His odyssey of warfare, heartbreak, unlikely friendships, and newfound family would change the very core of his identity and teach him the meaning and the price of freedom.
Nancy Peacock is the author of the novels Life Without Water and Home Across the Road, as well as the memoir, A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life. She currently teaches writing classes and workshops in and around Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband Ben.

Fiction Writing Workshop with Steve Peha & Margot Lester @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In this workshop, we’ll meet the challenge of writing fiction head on. You’ll create a rough sketch of a complete novel or short story, and you’ll start writing your opening scene. Writers from 8 to 88 have enjoyed this workshop for the last ten years.
Steve Peha is an award-winning author and the founder of Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc., a Carrboro, North Carolina-based education consultancy. During this workshop, he will write along with all participants describing the origin of his first and as-yet-to-be-completed novel, Jordan’s Run.
Margot Carmichael Lester is the founder of The Word Factory, as well as an active journalist and author. She has three books to her name, including Be a Better Writer, on which she collaborated with her husband, Steve Peha.

We kindly request that you RSVP via email. We look forward to seeing you at this event!