Opening Night Gala Performance – Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm – Come out to DPAC and enjoy the African American Dance Ensemble‘s return to American Dance Festival. Greensboro’s JOYEMOVEMENT will perform their solo, “Fit The Description,” a love letter to all who have been accused of being a suspect because of the color of their skin, their hairstyle, their spunk and anything else that made them a little different. The Charlotte Ballet will perform Ohad Naharin’s “Minus 16” and in celebration of their 40th year in Durham, the festival commissioned “Dialogues” by members of the Carolina Ballet. Tap dancers Elizabeth Burke and Luke Hickey will also perform. The show will begin with a dedication to Allen D. Roses, M.D., ADF’s late board chairman.
‘Jugtown Pottery’ – Thursday, 7pm – Author Steve Compton – an avid collector of historic, traditional North Carolina pottery – will be at The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and book signing to celebrate Jugtown’s centennial anniversary. His book tells the story of the founding and success of Jacques and Juliana Royster Busbee’s remarkable folkcraft enterprise. Fully illustrated with beautiful photographs, the book tells the story of how the Busbees convinced a few of rural Moore County’s old-time potters to make new-fangled wares that they sold in New York City. Following the wild acceptance of their primitive-looking and alluring pottery offerings, the Busbees built a workshop in Moore County and called it Jugtown. Today, nearly 100 potters make and sell their goods within a few miles of their shop.
Les Dudek – Thursday, 7:30pm – This legendary guitarist and his band are making their first Durham appearance at The Blue Note Grill. The famous dual guitars you hear on “Ramblin’ Man” and “Jessica”? That’s Dickey Betts and Les Dudek. The guitar on “Fly Like an Eagle”? Les Dudek. The catchy guitar riffs you hear on ESPN and Fox Sports Net? Now you know! His uniquely recognizable guitar style can be heard daily on interactive games, television and film, and he has played and written with some of rock and pop’s biggest names such as the Steve Miller Band, Boz Scaggs, The Allman Brothers Band, Cher and Stevie Nicks. Come out as he plays songs from his latest release, “Delta Breeze”, in addition to some old favorites.
The Quebe Sisters – Thursday, 8pm – Along with headlining their own shows, the triple-threat fiddle champions from Texas have shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ray Price and Marty Stuart. The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills and a lot of hard work, has taken them a long way. “One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like the Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his radio show. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too will become a fan.” See them at Motorco Music Hall tonight!
To Cut is to Think – Friday, 6-9pm – The Scrap Exchange welcomes 23 collage makers who bring their own interpretations of the language of design and, in doing so, creating a dynamic show featuring the very best in 2D reuse art. An opening reception will be held in the Cameron Gallery, and the evening’s festivities includes light snacks and drinks as well as free collage making in the Make ‘n Take Room. The exhibit will remain on display through Saturday, July 15.
Third Friday Durham Community Show and Red Dot Sale – Friday, 6-9pm – To celebrate its sixth anniversary, The Carrack hosts The Community Show, an open-call exhibition that features work in all media forms by 175 local artists. They are also presenting their Red Dot art sale: This sale includes more than 100 small original artworks available for $25 apiece. Proceeds from the event benefit the art space as they continue to support artists through free, zero-commission shows. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.
The Entertainers – Friday, 6-9pm – Get ready for a night of beach music when this seven-piece group comes to Northgate Mall for a Music on the Plaza concert. While staying true to their R&B beach music roots, the group also satisfies audiences by playing selections from the ’50s, Motown and the latest top-40, country and classic rock. The group’s years of experience culminated in the release of their latest album, “Summer Love”, which won Album of the Year at the 2015 Beach Music Awards. If you need a refresher course, there will be free dance lessons provided by Lumberton’s Carolina Shaggers at 6pm. Enjoy a meal from Esmeralda’s Cafe, Randy’s Pizza and Chick-n-que, and purchase beer, wine and water from Bull City Burger and Brewery. Remember to bring a chair!
Back Home – Friday, 6-9pm – Spectre Arts hosts an opening reception for a new exhibit by Chapel Hill’s Ron Liberti. Over the past three years, Liberti has lost his parents as well as his childhood home. In the aftermath, he found himself contemplating the many questions surround what “home” really is. He concentrated on this theme and created a mixture of pieces ranging from prints, paintings and mixed media. The resulting work is not a definite answer of what can be defined as home, but what is remembered, felt and revealed. Longtime friend Billy Sugarfix and his band the Early Girls perform at the reception.
Gospel Night with the Glorifying Vines Sisters – Friday, 8:30-10:30pm – For the Vines Sisters, singing gospel is their form of self-fulfillment, and they’re bringing their show to The Bullpen. This Farmville family band has been playing shows together for more than 25 years, touring more than 27 states and playing alongside other gospel greats such as the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Swanee Quintet and the Sensational Nightingales. Even as they’ve raised their families, their music has continued to flow with passion and determination to uplift audiences wherever they go. As always, $1 from every draft sold goes to benefit Music Maker Relief Foundation.
‘Eddie the Electron Moves Out’ – Saturday, 11am – Join author Melissa Bunin Rooney at The Regulator Bookshop for the launch party of the second book in her science picture book series. In this sequel to “Eddie the Electron,” Eddie is free from the balloon that held his helium atom, and he’s off on a new adventure as his lighter-than-air atom rises above the houses and trees. Along the way, Eddie will teach young readers about the Earth’s dwindling reserve of helium and how vitally important it is to conserve the precious gas. Rooney grew up in Martinsville, Virginia, attended the College of William and Mary and earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from UNC. Harry Pulver Jr. has worked as a professional illustrator for more than 30 years. He also plays accordion in a polka rock band.
Juneteenth – Saturday, 1-10pm – Celebrate the emancipation of African-Americans and commemorate the day when the last slaves in Galveston, Texas, were told that they were finally free. The day kicks off downtown on East Main Street with an opening ceremony including songs, prayer, proclamations and presentations on the origin and significance of this special day. There will be activities geared toward family participation, community unification and good old-fashioned fun. Entertainment includes both national recording artists and local performers. Vendors will sell an array of African and African-American clothing, art and artifacts, specialty items, crafts and delicious foods. The Children’s Village will have games, face painting, crafts and other fun, educational activities. There will also be a health fair, including screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
Third Anniversary Party – Saturday, noon-11:55pm – Bull City Ciderworks is turning three! Join the cidery for live music on the lawn and a surprise cider release. Food will be available for purchase from Route Bistro, King’s Food Truck and Buddhalicious.
Kitten Shower Adoption Weekend – Saturday and Sunday, 2-4pm – Durham’s Petco hosts Independent Animal Rescue for a special event that will feature their newest foster kittens. Everyone is invited to come out, meet and adopt these sweet cats. Your new pet will receive complete veterinary care including vaccinations, a microchip and sterilization prior to adoption. IAR is also seeking donations of cat/dog food, metal collapsible dog crates and clumping cat litter. These items can be dropped off at any time in the Petco lobby area. This organization is an all-volunteer nonprofit rescue group based in Durham that rescues and cares for stray, abandoned and abused companion animals fostered in private homes.
Cider Cocktail Class – Saturday, 4-5pm – Black Twig Cider House’s cider expert extraordinaire Mattie Beason hosts a tutorial at Alley Twenty Six. The hour-long tasting class features three portions of different cider cocktails with product descriptions from Chapel Hill’s TOPO Distillery. Alley Twenty Six’s Shannon Healy and Rob Mariani will also be on hand to talk about how to blend the products together into a tasty cocktail. After the class, Mattie will act as guest bartender and share full versions of his cider cocktails. Learn about these delicious products and new ways to concoct summer cocktails for your friends at home.
Matt Walsh – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – This Statesboro native brings his exciting blend of music genres to The Bullpen. When he was 9, his mother took him to a Prince concert – from that point, he knew he wanted to be a musician. His real musical education began in his early teens with his late uncle who introduced him to his record collection. It included many kinds of early ’50s rock, ’60s psychedelic and British rock along with Hill Country blues. When he was 13, he bought an electric guitar for $25 at a flea market and learned how to play the stripped-down blues that his idols created. By the age of 19, he began playing gigs and quit his day job to become a full-time musician. He’s been touring ever since. $1 of every draft pint will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Biking Durham’s HISTORIES – Sunday, 1-3pm – Celebrate Father’s Day with a leisurely five-mile tour through downtown Durham and the American Tobacco Campus. Sponsored by the Durham Museum of History and Bike Durham, this free, family-friendly ride will be led by local historian Ernest Dollar, who will stop at various locations around town to tell the city’s more famous and lesser known stories. The ride begins and ends (with parking available) at the museum. Representatives will be on hand to marshal the ride and help the group share the road with vehicles and navigate intersections. Arrive a little early to sign some pre-ride paperwork.
Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – Buy Dad lunch at Durham Central Park as 56 of the most popular food trucks in the Triangle show up to entice you with their incredible menus. Guest trucks include American Meltdown, Captain Ponchos Taco Truck, OnlyBurger, Pie Pushers, Porchetta and The Humble Pig. Locally brewed craft beer will be available for purchase and West African dance music will be provided by Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba. Cary-based Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation will hand out free sunscreen. Bring a chair or a blanket as well as your four-legged friends. Dogs are allowed on regular (not retractable) leashes.
Wooly’s Big Blues Jam – Sunday, 5:30-8:30pm – Bring an instrument, some dancing shoes or just some love for the blues and come jam at The Bullpen. The band will provide the backline: Just join in, have a beer, eat some wings and end the weekend on a high note. Remember, $1 of every draft pint is donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.