Acoustic Syndicate — Thursday, 6pm — As a part of the Back Porch Music on the Lawn series at American Tobacco Campus, roots revival band Acoustic Syndicate performs for free. 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.
Emily Colin — Thursday, 7pm — The New York Times bestselling author appears at The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and signing of her new book, “The Dream Keeper’s Daughter.” The book features an extraordinary journey from present-day South Carolina to 19th century Barbados, blending elements of mystery, romance and history.
Isaac Smith Band — Thursday, 7pm — Isaac Smith’s soulful blend of rock, pop and gospel ensures a good time for all at The Bullpen. Admission is free and $1 of every pint is donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Milk N’ Honey at Mystic Farm & Distillery — Thursday, 7-10pm — The Charlotte rock band performs at Durham’s newest distillery site. Catch some tunes and sample the distillery’s signature small-batch bourbon honey liqueur. Guests older than 21 will be entered in a drawing to win a bottle of Mystic Farm bourbon.
The FENCE: Durham — Friday, 4-5pm — The FENCE, the largest outdoor photography exhibit in the world, opens at Orange Street Mall (located between East Chapel Hill Street and West Parrish Street) on Friday. Mayor Bill Bell will give opening remarks along with other speakers, who will share the importance and relevance of public art to increasing quality of life as well as creating and maintaining a community’s sense of place. Attendees can go on guided tours of the works appearing on The FENCE. Refreshments will be available. Several featured artists will also be present to answer questions and share insights about their bodies of work. The exhibit will be on display until November.
Live Music Under the Gazebo — Friday, 5-8pm — Join the Museum of Durham History for live music and extended hours during Third Friday.
Be Steadwell — Friday, 6-8pm — Hailing from Washington, D.C., the singer-songwriter headlines this week’s free concert series at Durham Central Park. Her influences include Prince, Joni Mitchell and Bon Iver, and she blends genres into what she calls queerpop. Presented in partnership with the LGBTQ Center of Durham, food trucks and craft breweries scheduled include Qspresso, Bull City Street Food, Bull City Brewery, Dusty Donut and Bull Durham Brewing Co.
Reel Durham Expo — Friday, 6-9pm — Story Driven Media presents the Reel Durham Expo at the Durham Visitors Information Center. The local production company highlights real Durhamites and what makes them unique in short documentaries. Stop by – you may see someone you know on the big screen!
MIXTAPE Reception — Friday, 6-9pm — The Carrack Modern Art’s newest exhibit, MIXTAPE, features a series of diptychs made by local contemporary artists. Inspired by nostalgia for physical mixtapes, MIXTAPE is a depiction of creative and romantic dialogue between two people. Members of the feminist Subverbal Collective partnered with local non-collective artists to produce works for the exhibit.
Some Assembly Required — Friday, 6-9pm — Pleiades Gallery presents an exhibit filled with Picasso-inspired assemblages. Featured artists create 3D, mixed-media collages. Tonight is the opening reception for the exhibit, which runs till October 1.
Seed to Soil to Seed: Ad Infinitum — Friday, 6-9pm — The Scrap Exchange presents this series of garden and soil-related sculptures created by Memphis artist Sara Good. Good’s work is inspired by the works of Henry David Thoreau and explores both the linear and circular nature of the botanical cycle. The opening reception tonight includes light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make and Take Room. “Seed to Soil to Seed” will be on display until September 9.
The Locker Project — Friday, 6-9pm — Local artist Jack Watson presents “The Locker Project” at Spectre Arts. The piece was made over the course of a school year – Watson placed lockers in a high school, allowing students to decorate them at will. The display highlights the non-verbal conversations the students had with one another other.
Third Friday Durham Dance Series — Friday, 6-10pm — Proxemic Media hosts its monthly dance series at Empower Studio on Friday. Local choreographers Stephanie Leathers, Robin Spohr & Adam Phillips and real.live.people perform free for the public. Leathers performs a two-hour endurance piece inspired by her Sunday SITES series, while real.live.people’s performance explores self-doubt in relation to the creative process. Robin Spohr & Adam Phillips round out the night with an untitled piece that expresses appreciation for fragments of oneself. Performances from real.live.people and Robin Sporh & Adam Phillips will be repeated.
Will McBride Group — Friday, 7-9pm — North Carolina jazz fusion band performs a free concert for Brightleaf Square’s summer series.
Rowdy Square Dance — Friday, 7:30pm — Join the Monkey Bottom Artists’ Collaborative and Asheville band Hoot and Holler for a night of swingin’ your partner round and round. This event is beginner-, kid- and dog-friendly.
Dina Maccabee CD Release — Friday, 8pm — The violist and songwriter creates minimal-but-catchy pop music that pushes the boundaries for traditional instrumentation. Her newest album, “World Is In The Work,” is a culmination of Maccabee’s decade-plus career in music, working as a bandleader, collaborator and solo performer. Avant-garde cellist Janel Leppin will open this performance at The Shed.
Harvey Dalton Arnold — Friday, 8:30pm — Former member of The Outlaws, the blues guitarist plays left-handed, finger-picking style at The Bullpen. Admission is free and $1 of every pint is donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Back-to-School Bash — Saturday, 11am-1pm — Northgate Mall hosts a free, fun-filled, back-to-school event complete with face painting, family activities, a DJ and giveaways. Endivo Hair Design will be accepting donated school supplies for children in need.
Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center — Saturday, 3pm — Learn about the history behind one of the oldest Muslim communities in the state. Formerly known as Muhammad’s Mosque No. 34, the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center and Museum of Durham History welcome stories from the community about the center’s impact.
Cider Cocktail Class — Saturday, 4-5pm — Alley Twenty Six and Mattie Beason of Black Twig Cider House team up for the third installation of their cider cocktail pop-up class series. Sample delicious local cider, and learn how to pair it with spirits for unconventional libations. Stick around after for full versions of the cocktails, featuring Mattie as guest bartender!
Jordan Carlos — Saturday, 8pm — The stand-up comedian is best-known for his appearances on “The Colbert Report” and “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” Carlos has also appeared in Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and HBO’s “Girls.” Matt White, who specializes in improv and observational comedy, will open at Motorco.
Rock the Park: Trolls — Saturday, 8:30pm — Durham Parks and Recreation screens the family-friendly movie “Trolls” in Durham Central Park. Food vendors will be on site.
Jett Edwards — Saturday, 8:30pm — The North Carolina native and country and Americana musician draws inspiration from an unlikely place: Japan. Edwards founded the Japan mass Choir, the country’s community largest gospel choir, and has since returned to the states, crafting bluesy tunes, which will be on display tonight at The Bullpen. Admission is free, and $1 of every pint is donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Behind the Scenes With… an Animal Keeper — Sunday, 9-10am — Get an inside look at the ins and outs of being an animal keeper at the Museum of Life and Science. Do you have what it takes to care for lemurs, bears and red wolves? Find out!
Fullsteam’s 7th Anniversary — Sunday, noon-midnight — Come celebrate the anniversary of one of Durham’s first craft breweries. Enjoy food specials, music and the release of a new IPA, White Lily, which is brewed with Raleigh-based Epiphany Craft Malt, flaked oats and four types of hops.
Black August in the Park — Sunday, 3pm — This celebratory event honors people of African descent. The event is reminiscent of a family reunion or homecoming, with an underlying goal of supporting local social justice organizations. There will be live music and activities for the whole family.
6th Annual BCBB Hog & Beer Dinner — Sunday, 5pm — Bull City Burger & Brewery’s all-you-can-eat event celebrates pasture-raised pork and local beer. With five courses (including dessert!), guests get a taste of upscale twists on Southern favorites, including pickled pigs feet, pork hand pies served with red onion confit and much more!