BUMP the Triangle – Thursday, 5-9pm – Begin your weekend by celebrating BUMP‘s first Benefit Concert and Silent Auction at Hayti Heritage Center. The event begins with a reception and the auction. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Zweli’s and the Bull City Youth Orchestra will play a showcase of music. At 7pm, Grammy-nominated jazz ensemble Al Strong Trio takes the stage. Other performers include Charlotte-based singer/guitarist Thomas Rhyant, the spoken word artistry of BlackSpace and BUMP Community Youth Ensemble. The evening will be hosted by WNCN’s Valonda Calloway.
‘Discovering the South’ – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Jennifer Ritterhouse for a reading and signing of her new book about Jonathan Daniels, the editor of The News and Observer during the 1930s, who traveled through the South and documented his findings. During the Great Depression, the American South was a battlefield on which forces for and against social change were starting to form. For a white Southern liberal like Daniels, it was a fascinating moment to explore. On May 5, 1937, he set out to find the true South, driving thousands of miles through 10 states in his trusty Plymouth and interviewing the people he met on his journey. Jennifer Ritterhouse is an associate professor of history at George Mason University.
‘Samsara’ – Thursday, 8:30-10:30pm – Come to The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to watch this fascinating outdoor movie. Filmed over the course of nearly five years in 25 countries on five continents and shot on 70-millimeter film, this movie takes you to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes and natural wonders through an intricate synthesis of images yet without any dialogue. Arrive early and listen to a curated 45-minute program that Audio Under the Stars has created around the themes “Moving On/Going Beyond” – a mix of some of their favorites from the past and featuring the debut of a new Durham story. Bring a chair or a blanket: A picnic buffet will be available for purchase from the Nasher Museum Café prior to the start of the film. The movie is co-presented by Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
‘The King and I’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – The Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s finest works continues its run at DPAC. Based on true events, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the king of 19th century Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Part love story and part culture clash comedy, this beloved musical contains some of theater’s greatest numbers, from “Shall We Dance” and “Getting to Know You” to “I Whistle A Happy Tune”. It’s a brilliant new staging that is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet!
DURM Night – Thursday, 7:05pm-midnight – The Durham Bulls open a four-game series against the Norfolk Tides at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. They will also be celebrating their second collaboration with RUNAWAY. For the second straight season, a RUNAWAY-designed uniform will be worn on the field, and the jerseys will once again be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League. In addition, the team will celebrate with a special Kolsch-style light ale from Bull Durham Beer Co. The brew will be available at both the athletic park for the evening’s game, and at The Bullpen. There will also be a post-game after party with a performance by ZOOCRÜ as well as two fireworks shows, $1 concessions and Kids Run the Bases after the game.
Dress for Success Buy-One, Get-One-Free Sale – Friday, 11am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-5pm – Dress for Success Triangle NC hosts its first-ever Buy-One, Get-One-Free sale event at Northgate Mall for all of its spring and summer clothing. Find seasonal trends in pink, yellow stripes and khaki for low prices. This is the time to fill in those gaps in your closet. They are clearing their sales floor and making room for fall donations, so customers will have an opportunity to find some unbelievable bargains. This organization has served more than 11,000 women since 2008. Their mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Story Time with Audrey Penn – Saturday, 10:30am – Join The New York Times‘ best-selling children’s author for a special story time at The Regulator Bookshop in celebration of her new book, “Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover”. Since this book is about sleepovers, pajamas are welcome! Audrey will read and lead the kids in an activity from the book. For ages 3-8; siblings, caregivers and kids at heart are welcome!
ZoomyDogs – Saturday, 11am-3pm – Come celebrate the grand opening of ZoomyDogs, an activity center that promotes health and wellness for dogs. Bring your favorite furry companion and try out all of the dog activities for free, including the swimming pool, the agility course and walking track. Free hot dogs, pet photo opportunities, training demonstrations and micro-chipping will be offered during the event. They are also giving away two one-year memberships to the facility as well as gift baskets containing items from the on-site pet boutique. Owner Vanessa Davis and her trainers will demonstrate some of the classes for dogs as well as seminars for owners. Specialty services include doga (yoga for dogs), hydrotherapy, canine massage therapy, aromatherapy, birthday parties and part-time on-site veterinary services.
Kingstream Launch – Saturday, noon-8pm – Join King’s Sandwich Shop and Bull City Ciderworks for the launch of King’s airstream mobile food unit. This all-day event will be located just steps from their shop on Geer Street across from the historic Durham Athletic Park. Enjoy a great selection of hard cider and both traditional favorites and new offerings. There will be music and yard games for everyone to enjoy.
Junetoberfest – Saturday, noon-8pm – Come out to Durham Co-Op Market and take part in this third annual celebration of a traditional Oktoberfest with German-style beers offered by Fullsteam Brewery, Bull Durham Beer Co., Durty Bull Brewery, Bull City Burger & Brewery and Ponysaurus. There will be snacks provided by Guglhupf Bakery, Mackey’s Ferry Peanuts, Latta Farm, and the co-op’s kitchen. The Little German Band and Dancers will also perform throughout the day. The festival runs from 2-6pm, and tickets cost $20. Admission price includes a Durham Co-op Market-branded beer stein, unlimited snacks and two tokens exchangeable for two beers or one brat.
Carrack Artist and Donor Celebration – Saturday, 6-9pm – In honor of its sixth anniversary, The Carrack hosts The Community Show, an open-call exhibition that features work in all media forms by artists in our community, as well as their Red Dot art sale, which provides visitors an opportunity to buy original art for only $25. Proceeds from the event benefit the art space as they continue to support artists through free, zero-commission shows.
Rock the Park – Saturday, 6-8pm – Durham Parks and Recreation kicks off its summer series with R&B singer and pianist Dale Kimber at Duke Park. Born and raised in Burlington, he moved to Los Angeles after his friend and world-renowned recording artist Billy Preston invited him to come visit. Over the past several years, he’s been in several bands such as Royale and Funibone. He also traveled with the Pointer Sisters as an assistant and worked as a stagehand for the original Broadway production of “The Lion King”. His new band is called Kimber & Kompany. Sit back, relax and enjoy family and friends while enjoying his music. Grab a bite to eat from local food vendors.
Music Maker Blues Revue – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – The Bullpen welcomes Albert White and Eddie Tigner for an evening of rhythm and blues. Albert White began playing guitar with his legendary uncle, Piano Red, and his group Dr. Feelgood and the Interns. Since then, he has performed with The Tams, Ray Charles and several other artists during his 50-year career. He has released two albums, the latest being ‘Albert White and the Rockers’, which features high-energy funk and soul. Pianist Eddie Tigner has also had a long career. He was a member of the Ink Spots, and he traveled with vaudeville legend Snake Anthony. His most recent album release, “Slippin’ In”, ranges from swing and blues to novelty tracks. One dollar from every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Louis E. Austin History Grove Dedication – Sunday, 10-11am – The Museum of Durham History honors Louis E. Austin, a journalist, leader and social activist, at the newest History Grove at Solite Park. Austin was editor and publisher of The Carolina Times from 1927 to his death in 1971. He purchased the newspaper and transformed it into an important voice for black North Carolinians during the 1930s and afterwards. Their motto was “The Truth Unbridled”, and Austin used the paper to publicize racial inequities and to fight for racial equality in North Carolina and throughout the United States. His grandson, Kenneth Edmonds, still publishes the newspaper. The museum partners with local organizations to establish small groves of native trees and plants to honor individuals and families who have played significant roles in creating our unique community.
Durham Renaissance – Sunday, 4:15pm – Empower Dance Studio presents its annual dance recital, “Renaissance: Durham Arts and Culture,” at The Carolina Theatre. This production is a celebration of Durham history in the arts, past and present. Special guest performances include Triangle City Music, Blackspace, Shaleigh Danceworks, Durham Dance Collective and Hillside High School Dance Company. Empower Dance Studio works to nurture and foster natural beauty, instill self-confidence and reinforce positive images of dancers. They also focus on providing an excellent experience for the dance community and promoting a culture of continuous collaboration and support.