Baseball and Brews – Thursday, 5pm – Transportation, food, beer, a ticket to the Durham Bulls game and a tour of Bull Durham Beer Co. is included in this deal. Meet at Beer Study for food and a flight before heading over to the game. Tour the Bull Durham brewery during the fourth inning and get a pint of beer at The Bullpen during the seventh inning stretch.
Countdown to Kindergarten – Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm – The Museum of Life and Science hosts this free event for rising Durham Public Schools’ kindergarten students and their families. Tour the Museum’s exhibits and meet Letterland characters, sign up for a library card, learn about other Durham community resources and gain pertinent information needed to make the start of kindergarten successful.
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley with Acoustic Manner – Thursday, 6-9pm – As a part of the Back Porch Music on the Lawn series at American Tobacco Campus, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley headline the show while Acoustic Manner opens. Bring a blanket and your favorite four-legged friend. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Pop into any one of ATC’ restaurants to grab a bite before sitting back and relaxing while listening to some traditional tunes.
Gospel Night: The Glorifying Vines Sisters – Thursday, 7-9:30pm – Come see The Glorifying Vines Sisters belt out gospel music at The Bullpen Beer Garden. Originally from Farmville, N.C., the band has played together for more than 25 years and toured more than 27 states alongside acts such as Mighty Clouds of Joy, Swanee Quintet and the Sensational Nightingales. $1 of every draft sold benefits the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Motown The Musical – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, 1pm and 6pm – Classic songs like “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” are only a small fraction of the influence that Motown founder Berry Gordy had on the music industry. This Broadway musical shares a true American dream story on the Durham Performing Arts Center stage.
‘Native Soil’ – Friday, 6-8pm – Shane C. Smith, a conceptual artist who utilizes the natural fluid state of combined soft and hard substances like wax, oil and unfired clay along with the solid materials of copper, cement and glass to create works of terrestrial meditations, gives a talk at The Carrack about his latest exhibit, which focuses on his Penobscot heritage and presents Earth as a healing vessel.
Rebirth Brass Band – Friday, 6-8pm – Durham Central Park concert series continues on this week with New Orleans Grammy-award winner Rebirth Brass Band. By upholding the traditions of a brass band and extending into the realms of funk and hip-hop, the band has created their own signature sound. Bring your family to enjoy this free concert, rain or shine, and have something to eat and drink from one of the many food trucks and craft beer vendors on site.
Hickory Switch – Friday, 7-9pm – Durham’s own Hickory Switch plays at Brightleaf Square as a part of their summer concert series. With country music on the rise, Hickory Switch entertains with both ballads and dancing tunes. Bring a lawn chair and your family to this free, family-friendly event!
‘Deception’ – Friday, 8-10pm – The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University hosts a brand new production of Audio Under the Stars. Join them for an evening of stories about things that aren’t quite what they seem. From little white lies to scandals and skullduggery, they will explore all manner of deception and deceit. Make sure to bring a blanket, a picnic and a friend to this outdoor event.
The Buckstankle Boys – Friday, 8:30pm-11pm – Live at The Bullpen, The Buckstankle Boys play classic bluegrass music. Each member is trained in the traditional music of the Blue Ridge Mountain region, but knows the importance of keeping their musical heritage contemporary. As always, $1 from every draft pint sold goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
New Bicycle Tours: Downtown Durham Murals – Saturday, 10-11:30am – Explore downtown’s beautiful murals by bike with tours co-organized by Preservation Durham, the Museum of Durham History and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Approximately 13 murals will be featured, including “Time Bridge” by Odili Donald Odita, commissioned by the Nasher Museum, at the downtown Durham YMCA. Remember to bring a helmet.
Kiwi Hop Ciders & Makers Market – Saturday, noon-11:55pm – Bull City Ciderworks is coming out with a new cider called Kiwi Hop, and to celebrate, they are hosting a market with eight Local vendors to shop from and a fundraiser complete with food provided by King’s Sandwich Shop‘s Airstream and East Durham Pie Co. There will be raffles and fundraising for No Kid Hungry from 1-5pm, plus live music by Griffen Dean from 5-8pm.
15th Annual Painted Chair and More Auction – Saturday, 5-9pm – Independent Animal Rescue‘s annual auction at the Levin Jewish Community Center is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Their goal this year is to raise $45,000 for foster care and adoption programs of dogs and cats, and spay/neuter programs of free-roaming cats and companion animals. Bring friends and family, and bid in a silent and live auction for one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted painted furniture, artwork, jewelry, pottery, as well as performances, services, dining and travel experiences.
Jazziando – Saturday, 6-8pm – Durham Parks & Recreation transforms Durham’s parks into concerts and movie theaters this summer with their Rock the Park series. This week, Southern Boundaries Park hosts fine Latin music performed by this band that will have you moving to the mambo. Remember to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket!
‘Inside the Garbage of the World’ – Saturday, 6-8:15pm – This free documentary screening plays at Durham Central Park. Learn about the effects of pollution, particularly that of single-use plastic. Bring a picnic blanket and grab a snack from the Lost Boy food truck. 10% of the proceeds from the food truck profits will benefit Keep Durham Beautiful, a nonprofit that works to keep Durham clean and pollution-free.
Legends of Comedy – Saturday, 8pm – Talent Harris, known for headlining his own comedy shows/tours and making special appearances on BET’s Comic View, HBO Snaps and Def Comedy Jam; Rodney Perry, who starred as Harold in Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family;” and Chris Thomas, celebrity impression master, team up to present a night full of laugh-out-loud jokes at The Carolina Theatre. North Carolina Central-grad Corey Manning will emcee the night while Chubb Rock will provide music.
Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue – Saturday, 8:30-9:30pm – Gospel singer Thomas Rhyant had huge dreams to one day see far-off places with the help of music. Driving around in his father’s Cadillac, he heard the soulful tunes of Sam Cooke, and inspiration hit. With a wide vocal range and an enigmatic band, Thomas will have you up and dancing at The Bullpen in no time. $1 from every draft pint sold goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
PRIVXTE: Dance Party, Refined – Saturday, 9pm – This 21 and older dance party at The Pinhook will feature music talents such as Oak City Slums, PlayPlay, Treee City, ancient/lakes and X/olf.