North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) — Thursday–Sunday — NCGLFF is the second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeast and features a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. Come out to The Carolina Theatre for entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking – the first film shows at 4:50pm on Thursday and the event continues through Sunday night.
Flor y Canto — Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm — Don’t miss this special event in honor of Hispanic Heritage Night with the Durham Bulls. This music, song and dance ensemble that shares the traditional music and regional dances of their native Mexican homeland takes the stage at The Bullpen.
Savor the South with Nancie McDermott & Tema Flanagan — Thursday, 7pm — The Regulator Bookshop hosts critically acclaimed cookbook authors Nancie McDermott (“Fruit”) and Tema Flanagan (“Corn”) — who co-wrote a cookbook with Sara Foster — for a tasty reading and signing of their newest cookbooks.
Eyes Up Here Comedy — Thursday, 8pm — Come out to The Pinhook for another great line up of N.C.’s funniest ladies, hosted by Erin Terry and featuring Mimi J Benfield, Crystalle Ramey, Virginia Wallace, Jennifer McGinnis, Purdy Hölsom, and Kathleen McDonald.
Alexa Rose — Thursday, 8:30-11pm — Live at The Bullpen, Blue Ridge-born songstress Alexa Rose has been playing “boot-tapping” music since she was handed a guitar at age 13. As always, $1 from every draft pint sold goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
The Allen Boys — Friday, 6-8pm — Part of Durham Central Park‘s new, free, 10-week Friday night concert series, let The Allen Boys uplift you with the sounds of the sacred steel guitar. Pedal steel guitarist DaShawn Hickman says, “the music that we play makes you forget about everything that happened in the day and just have fun.” Food and craft beer provided by Route Bistro, Fetch Hot Dog, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Chez Moi, Bull City Ciderworks.
‘Honour’ — Friday, 7:30pm, and Saturday, 2pm and 7:30pm — The Ward Theatre Company’s summer production continues through this weekend. 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. This is 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.
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.
Davy Knowles — Friday, 9pm — Head out to The Blue Note Grill to hear Davy Knowles, a modern bluesman who arrived in America from the Isle of Man at age 19 with his band Back Door Slam, and has since climbed to great heights. Throughout his musical journey, Knowles has kept the blues close to his heart.
Insects on the Farm Storytime at the Farmstand — Saturday, 9:30-10am — Bring the kiddos out to Funny Girl Farm and listen to Farmer Tara read stories and sing songs about insects on the farm! The line-up includes classics like “Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar” and songs such as the “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
Reality Ministries Block Party — Saturday, 6-8pm — Celebrate Reality Ministries‘ 10-year anniversary at the Reality Center with food trucks, a DJ, storytelling and — of course — birthday cake! The fun will go on rain or shine.
Russell Taylor — Saturday, 7-10pm — Head to Beyu Caffe for Russell Taylor‘s soulful and honest, multi-genre-influenced music. Russell – a self-professed nomad – has poured out his heart and soul on world stages and recently released his third studio album, “War of Hearts.”
Eve CorneliOus 1st BIG Birthday & CD Release Bash — Saturday, 7:30pm — Reserve a table at Parizade to listen to Eve CorneliOus in concert with special guests, and co-hosted with Debra Lightner. Enjoy dinner and entertainment, and close the evening with some Old School Dance Music.
Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Bring the whole family to The Bullpen for Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers and their savory old-school blues that will make you want to dance. Reid is a past winner of the International Blues Competition in Memphis and learned his trade from Winston-Salem’s old-timey greats. As always, $1 from every draft pint sold goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
In The Valley Below — Saturday, 9pm — Mosey down to Motorco to hear In The Valley Below’s Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob meld adventurous art rock, squelchy synth pop, harmony-laden Americana and woozy blues into something altogether different. Their debut single, “Peaches” continues as an international hit.
The Summer Patchwork Market — Sunday, noon-5pm — Celebrate local creativity at the Durham Armory, where there will be more than 60 makers and vintage vendors participating in the market, creating a unique shopping experience with a diverse selection of high-quality and original goods. The first 100 people will receive a free tote bag designed by Evan McIntrye.
APS Cat Adoption Event — Sunday, 2-3:30pm — Durham Animal Protection Society holds their monthly cat adoption event at The Regulator Bookshop. Come visit with furry friends to brighten your weekend, especially if you are thinking of adopting!
One Party at a Time: Wedding 101 — Sunday, 2-4pm — Event Coordinator Heather Cook, in partnership with The Durham Hotel and Spoonflower, host a hands-on wedding planning workshop. This event is open to newly engaged or soon-to-be married individuals and couples looking for tips and wisdom from industry experts on how to throw a meaningful celebration of love without losing their minds. Attendees are led through a work session on crafting custom wedding ceremonies, have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of experts, participate in a DIY workshop on creating custom textile decor with Rivtak Handmade and Spoonflower, and have the opportunity to tour The Durham Hotel and learn about their wedding offerings.
Yoga with Senior Dogs — Sunday, 4-6pm — Enjoy the fresh air at Hux Family Farm while practicing yoga with the dogs of Hope Animal Rescue, playing with goats and helping to support a wonderful rescue! The class will last an hour (4-5pm) with an hour play time/meet-and-greet event afterwards. Grab a spot soon!
Live Band Karaoke with Bop Stephens — Sunday, 5:30-8pm — The Bullpen features more sweet tunes with Bob Stephens, piano genius and student of Fats Domino, who can pick up any tune you know and back you on keys while you sing! Bring the whole family for a free, fun Sunday afternoon of karaoke, board games, good beer and Heavenly Buffaloes wings. As always, $1 of each draft beer sold goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation.