‘Big Fish’ – Thursday, 7-9pm – The Nasher Museum at Duke University presents the beloved movie as part of its ongoing film series. In this film, directed by Tim Burton and adapted from the best-selling novel written by Hillsborough-based author Daniel Wallace, you’ll discover that Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. He could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. At least that’s what he told his son, William. But now Edward Bloom is dying, and William wants to know the truth about his elusive father – this indefatigable teller of tall tales – before it’s too late. So, using the few facts he knows, William re-creates Edward’s life in a series of legends and myths, through which he begins to understand his father’s great feats and his great failings. Enjoy dinner at the Nasher Museum Café before the film.
‘American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land’ – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse for a reading and book signing of her latest book. In October 2013, she drove to Virginia to cover the trials of Charlie Smith, the culprit behind an arson spree terrorizing Accomack County. This is the incredible story of what she discovered while covering the case: a once-thriving coastal retreat gutted by a punishing economy, a community buttressed by fierce loyalties and the twisted love story that sparked it all. Hesse is also the author of “Girl in the Blue Coat.” She lives in Washington, D.C.
Kaycie Satterfield – Thursday, 8:30-11pm – Kaycie’s musical background began at the age of 3 when she hopped up onstage at a crowded karaoke bar in Branson, Missouri, to sing her dynamic rendition of “The ABC’s.” Since then, her style has evolved quite a bit. This Nashville-based singer-songwriter, guitarist and arranger performs songs from her latest album, “Your Favorite Records” at The Bullpen. Her sound is similar to late 19th and early 20th century’s Tin Pan Alley music, and she draws a great deal of influence from jazz and folk traditions. A dollar of each draft beer sold goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Airpark – Thursday, 9pm – Come out to The Pinhook and listen to brothers Michael Ford Jr. and Ben Ford perform their own version of deconstructed pop music. Inspired by minimalism, melody and groove-heavy percussion, these bandmates launched this group in 2016, one year after their previous project, The Apache Relay, quietly called it quits. With Airpark, they have sharpened their focus and scaled back their arrangements, focusing on songs that pack a punch with bold, basic ingredients. Taking their cues from a wide set of influences, the pair perform songs from their debut EP, “Early Works, Volume 1.”
Retro Musicals Film Series – Friday, 2-11:15pm; Saturday, noon-11:30pm; and Sunday, 2:30-9:20pm – For many, movie musicals are a love-’em-or-hate-’em affair, but everyone likes music. Come out to The Carolina Theatre and watch this collection of movies specially selected for those who do love the old song-and-dance. Films include “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Hair” and “Tommy.” Some of these classics have been parodied and imitated to the extreme, but they have never lost their charm. It’s a testament to the power of showstoppers that these films are still as beloved today as when they were first released.
Grand Opening Party – Friday, 5-9pm – Come out and congratulate The Farmery as they celebrate their grand opening on Geer Street. They will serve food out of their 1968 Airstream food truck, and you can grab a beer from Fullsteam Brewery and dessert from Loyo Frozen Yogurt. Enjoy yoga with Kristen Hess, graffiti tag lessons and a live art installation by Raleigh’s Victor Knight and music provided by DJ Nixxed of Raleigh and DJ ShwnxSbtg.
Caique Vidal and Batuque – Friday, 6-8pm – Durham Central Park continues its summer concert series and brings this unique band to the stage. The group delivers an explosive performance integrating the sounds of Afro-Brazilian percussion with keyboards, bass, guitar and horns to produce an innovative version of samba, reggae, salsa, bachata, pop, rock and Bossa Nova. Batalá Durham, a samba reggae music group, will open the concert. Food trucks including Raleigh’s Cocoa Forte, Mama Voula’s, Rare Earth Farms and Route Bistro and local craft beer will be available for purchase from Bull City Burger and Brewery and Bull City Ciderworks.
‘Truth to Power’ – Friday, 6-9pm – Pleiades Gallery presents its fifth annual juried exhibit focusing on matters of social justice. Juried by Pedro Lasch of Duke University, the issue of power is seen through an intentionally broad set of angles, media, and political viewpoints. The artists in this show come from a diverse set of backgrounds with very different characters and sensibilities. All have found powerful ways to use their artistic voices. The exhibit runs through Sunday, August 6. This Third Friday reception features an artist talk and open mic event.
Pop-Up Party – Friday, 6-9pm – Come celebrate this collaborative Third Friday Durham event hosted by Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Blackspace, Runaway, PictureDURM and Artstigators. There will be special guests including Poetry Fox, MATI Energy, Bulldega Urban Market and Pie Pushers with music provided by DJ Shahzad and Chapel Hill’s DJ Nevy. Rhythmicity West African Ensemble and COMPANY also perform on the CCB Plaza, and there will be face painting and henna. Don’t forget to swing by the 21c Museum Hotel, as bartenders serve up special Artstigator Swizzle cocktails in The Vault all evening.
‘A Cat-Like Whimsy’ – Friday, 6-9pm – The Scrap Exchange‘s Cameron Gallery hosts an opening reception for Carrboro’s Rio Aubry Taylor. This exhibit consists of mixed media drawings on repurposed materials that reflect the whimsical interests and core aspects of the artist’s personality. Taylor is a multidisciplinary cartoonist, has an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) and has been referred to as “the trippiest of the CCS cartoonists.” Enjoy light snacks and drinks as well as free art making in the Make and Take Room. The exhibit will be on display through August 12.
‘Honour’ – Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm – The Ward Theatre Company’s summer production opens this weekend and runs through August 12. For this production, the Company has added Saturday matinees to its customary Friday-Sunday performance run at its theater space in the Five Oaks neighborhood of Durham. “Honour” concerns the story of a woman named Honor who has navigated the ups and downs of marriage with her husband Gus for 32 years. Despite a promising career as a poet, she set aside her ambitions to support Gus and their daughter, Sophie. When Gus betrays her and moves in with a woman half his age, Honor is left to reinvent herself. In a series of intense confrontations, Honor, Gus, their daughter and Gus’s lover negotiate the forces of passion, lust, responsibility and honor. These interactions are told in a distinctly original way, using theatrical language that is darkly comic, highly poetic and uncomfortably familiar. To kick off its run of “Honour,” the company is hosts a concert on Friday with award-winning singer-songwriter Jean Synodinos from Austin, Texas.
Mark Morris Dance Group – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 1pm and 7pm – American Dance Festival welcomes this ensemble as they bring their 1981 masterwork “Gloria” to the DPAC stage. The music by Antonio Vivaldi will be performed live by The Durham Symphony, the North Carolina Master Chorale and members of the troupe. The company will also perform “Excursions” with music by Samuel Barber and “A Lake” set to music by Franz Joseph Haydn. The evening performances are dedicated to the North Carolina Arts Council in honor of its 50th anniversary. There will be a free kids’ party in the lobby following Saturday’s matinee, complete with live music, face-painting, snacks and additional activities.
No. 19/Modulations – Friday-Monday, 8pm – To close out the 2016-17 DIDA season, this two-part multimedia performance incorporates dance, visual art, film, projection and live music. On Friday night, the troupe performs offset for a multi-camera shoot, and the work will be live-streamed and projected by KONTEK on the CCB Plaza wall at 21c Museum Hotel. Live music at the projection site will be provided by Hillsborough’s Del Ward. On Sunday and Monday, the show will be performed in the ballroom of the hotel. Audiences are invited to experience the live physicality of the dance and will have the opportunity to move around to get a different perspective throughout the piece. On Sunday, Chapel Hill residents Matt McClure and Lee Weisert will provide accompanying music, and DJ PlayPlay performs a live experimental synthesizer set on Monday. Stick around and celebrate at the after party.
Pat ‘Mother Blues’ Cohen – Friday, 8:30-11pm – Since she was 6 years old, Pat has been surrounded by music. Her blues classroom was on the porches of her uncles’ homes in New Orleans, where one played the guitar and the other played the harmonica. Come see everything she learned – and then some – when she brings her energetic show back to The Bullpen. Through her performances, “Mother Blues” shares her life experiences with her audience via soulful words and music. She and her music embody the same courage, sadness and compassion of the famous singers she idolizes – women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James. Remember, $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
2017 Nolan Smith TCA Hoop-a-Thon Challenge – Saturday, 9am-3:30pm – The Teen Cancer America Hoop-a-Thon, hosted by ambassador and former Duke University basketball All-American Nolan Smith, raises money for a new treatment facility for adolescents and young adults fighting cancer. The event will take place at the Emily K Center, where individuals and sponsored teams can participate in a shooting competition to see who can score the most points and raise the most funds for this organization. Smith, along with current and former stars from Duke, UNC and the NBA, will serve as celebrity volunteer coaches at this fun and exciting fundraiser.
Pork, Pickles and Peanuts – Saturday, 10am-3pm – Celebrate North Carolina food culture and history at Duke Homestead‘s annual celebration. This extremely tasty event includes BBQ and pie contests, and guests can get a taste of the action themselves by voting in the coveted BBQ People’s Choice Award or donating $1 for a slice of competition pies! You can also snack on – what else – peanuts and pickles from vendors. Venture back in time at the Duke house, where costumed interpreters will demonstrate historical cooking methods. Music will be provided by local artists including Raleigh’s Alice Osborn and Michael Malia and Dave Strausfeld. There will also be a butchery demonstration at noon featuring Neal Hagood of Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop. Vendors on site will be selling crafts, art, jewelry and more.
Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson with Kimberly Bartosik and daela – Saturday, 7pm – Come out to Carr Studio at the Durham School of the Arts to see these artists perform as part of American Dance Festival‘s Out-of-the-Box series. Kimberly Bartosik/daela presents “Ecsteriority4 (Part 2)”, a 32-minute dance constructed within a landscape of power and desire, where irrational impulses create a feeling of urgency and the inevitability of violation. Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson present their “Note the Self (Part I).” They have collaborated for more than 16 years, and this piece explores the rising and passing away of support and the ever-changing nature of intimacy over time, the reality of coming together and falling apart, again and again.
Rock the Park: ‘Who Gets the Dog’ – Saturday, 8:30-10:30pm – Bring a blanket and enjoy this heartfelt romantic comedy at Durham Central Park, presented by Durham Parks and Recreation. After six years of marriage, successful physician Olive (Alicia Silverstone) and her struggling ice hockey hubby Clay (Ryan Kwanten) decide to call it quits. Facing a court-ordered 60-day review to determine who’ll get custody, they each try their doggone best to win over the judge – and their pooch. Hopefully man’s best friend can somehow reunite the couple in this fun, charming story. Food trucks will be on site for this event.
David Childers – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – This singer-songwriter from Mount Holly fell in love with folk music as a teen, also listening to jazz and opera. He writes and performs tough, literary tunes informed by heartland rock, country music, small towns and lonesome highways, and he’ll be bringing his sound to The Bullpen. Two of his albums, 1999’s “Hard Time County” and 2001’s “A Good Way to Die” featured musical contributions from noted Nashville artist Duane Jarvis. His latest release is “Run Skeleton Run,” and his delivery gives each of the 12 songs a significant flavor and depth. The music is very removed from what’s called “country music” today, but it is definitely country. As always, $1 of each draft beer sold goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Sunday Yoga – Sunday, 10:45am – Start your Sunday with Ciderworks Yoga with Zenyfit at Bull City Ciderworks. 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.
Picklefest – Sunday, noon-4pm – The Rickhouse hosts Durham’s third annual PickleFest – a pickle-packed tasting event and marketplace. They will showcase North Carolina-made products from pickle vendors near and far, including locally crafted kombucha and kimchi. Sample some of the Triangle area restaurants’ unique pickle dishes as well as pickle-flavored beers. There will also be a Bloody Mary bar to quench your thirst. There are only 100 VIP tickets available for early bird entry at noon, so get your tickets now!