Lost Bayou Ramblers Opener: Shamu Garçon – Thursday, 8pm – Help kick off Duke Performance’s 2017/18 season with the Lost Bayou Ramblers at The Pinhook. The Ramblers, a Cajun family band influenced by garage rock and punk, a Grammy nomination as well as a significant role in the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Joining them tonight is local collective Shamu Garçon, known for their mix of country and Cajun music.
Books Among Friends Book Sale – Friday, 4-7pm; Saturday 10am-4pm; and Sunday 1-4pm – Come out to expand your personal library at this book sale at Northgate Mall. Friday is a Friends of the Durham Library members-only sale with memberships for sale at the door ($15 for adults for one year). Saturday and Sunday are open to the public, with a $10 bag sale happening Sunday. All proceeds go to funding materials, services and programs at Durham County Library.
Fall Fridays: Cheese and Chocolate Pairing – Friday, 4-8pm – Stop by Honeygirl Meadery for their new fall Friday hours. This Friday, they’re serving up mead tastings as well as cheese and chocolate pairings.
Music on the Plaza: Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos ft. John Dee Holeman – Friday, 6:30pm – Relax with food, drinks and music in the return of Northgate Mall’s Music on the Plaza fall series. Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos play a set of Cajun/Zydeco blues alongside local blues legend John Dee Holeman, a recipient of the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship. Venue opens at 6pm with live music starting at 6:30pm. Buy something tasty to eat from local food vendors, and enjoy beer and wine from Bull City Burger and Brewery. Bring a chair if you need a break from dancing. No outside coolers or pets.
Agape Theatre Project Fundraising Showcase – Friday, 7:30-10pm – Join Agape Theatre Project, a faith- and community-based organization created for the purpose of producing and promoting original plays from predominantly African-American playwrights, for a night of music, dance, drama and comedy with celebrity guests Reggie Caldwell and Nuvibe at the Durham Arts Council.
Fred Raimi – Friday, 8pm – Listen to J.S.Bach cello suites and other works performed by the Duke Department of Music faculty member and member of the Ciompi Quartet at the Nelson Music Room. He has performed in major cities around the world as well as chamber music festivals across the country.
Ladybirds – An Evening with Durham’s Jazz Ladies – Friday, 8-10pm – Student performers from NCCU’s Jazz Studies program play at the Sharp Nine Gallery.
Beasts of the Southern Wild with Wordless Music, North Carolina Symphony & Lost Bayou Ramblers – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – Renowned for its mesmerizing musical score, the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” will be screened, accompanied by a live North Carolina Symphony and Lost Bayou Ramblers performance. (Don’t miss Lost Bayou Ramblers as they team up with local cajun dance music group Shamu Garçon at The Pinhook on Thursday night, too.)
Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers – Friday, 8:30-11pm – Start the weekend off with savory old-school blues that sizzle into party-rockin’ beats at The Bullpen. Reid hails from Statesville and in the past won the International Blues Competition in Memphis. $1 of every draft pint will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Stead Tread 2017 5K Fun Run – Saturday, 9am – Head to Solite Park to run or walk the American Tobacco Trail in support of the Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation, which provides care for Durham’s medically underserved community. Proceeds go to the center and patients of the center can walk/run for free. Check out their website to register or donate.
High Ropes Discovery Day – Saturday, 11am-3:30pm – Explore Durham Park and Recreation’s high ropes course and navigate through obstacles, some reaching up to 55 feet in the air. Ages 7 and older; children 7-9 must be accompanied by a parent. Pre-registration required.
Bull City Remembrance Unity Ride – Saturday, noon-4pm – Honor those who served our community, state and country with this motorcycle ride from Northgate Mall to Lakewood Shopping Center. A community remembrance celebration will start at noon at Lakewood, with remarks from Mayor Bill Bell and Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis. To participate in the motorcycle ride, you must pre-register and have a valid license. There will be food vendors, and all proceeds benefit Inspiring Truth, a nonprofit organization aimed at increasing the quality of life for homeless persons.
Durty Bull Brewing Company Fall Pop-Up Market – Saturday, noon-6pm – Pop out to this pop-up market hosted by Durty Bull Brewing Company, which showcases local vendors, food from Boricua Soul food truck as well as some special furry guests from the Animal Protection Society of Durham. No fee, but donations to Durham Parks and Recreation’s Yappy Hour to help build and improve Durham dog parks are encouraged.
Black Genius Fest – Saturday, 2-5pm – A community celebration of black culture and a day of music, dance, science activities, food trucks and more. The event, held at Northgate Park, seeks to bring recognition to community organizations working to eliminate the academic opportunity gap for black youth. Families with students attending a Durham Title I school eat free with the presentation of a report card or progress card.
Meet the Farmhouse Chef, Jamie Dement – Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm – Celebrate the release of the chef’s first cookbook, “The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes & Stories from My Carolina Farm,” with a book signing, sample recipes and sips from local breweries at SEEDS, a local nonprofit with a two-acre urban garden and kitchen classroom. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SEEDS.
Performance Paint and Pour: The Cover Art Edition – Saturday, 6-9pm – Find inspiration through a night of spoken word poetry, live music with DJ Damu, painting and participation with Heritij Arts by Marla Hawkins at The Carrack Modern Art. Create an original piece of art inspired by your favorite album art.
Mike Birbiglia: The New One – Saturday, 7pm – The comedian and storyteller – known for his movies “Sleepwalk with Me” and “Don’t Think Twice,” stand-up specials, roles on projects like “Orange is the New Black” and “Trainwreck” and guest appearances on WBEZ’s “This American Life” – brings the funny to The Carolina Theatre.
‘The Rise and Fall of Liberty’ Screening – Saturday, 7-10pm – Examine the demolition of an iconic tobacco auction house in the name of revitalization and its effects on the local community and artists in a screening at Historic Durham Athletic Park. The documentary details the 80-year history of Liberty Warehouse and its relationship with the evolution of downtown. Food and drink available starting at 7pm and the screening begins at 8:15pm.
Fifi’s Fall Fashion Show – Saturday, 7-10pm – Grab a drink, take a seat and enjoy Fifi’s of Durham’s fall fashion show featuring local models wearing Fifi’s fall and winter fashion. Come for the fashion, and stay for the guest DJ and food truck along with the fully stocked bar and game room at the Social Games & Brews. Models will walk at 7:45pm.
Donovan Cheatham Quartet – Saturday, 8-10pm – Join Donovan Cheatham on drums; Collin Williams on sax; Andrew Berinson on piano; and Chris Sharp on bass for an evening of jazz at the Sharp Nine Gallery.
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Come out to party with the unofficially crowned Queen of the Bullpen. While evoking the sound of Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James, she brings her own dramatic flair and humor to the stage. $1 of every draft pint will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Goat Kid Festival – Sunday, 1-5pm – Tour Prodigal Farm’s 95 acres of farmland and milking parlor, play with baby goats and taste award-winning cheeses, as well as goat cheese mac ’n’ cheese and goat meat tacos. In addition, Regulator Brewing will be on hand with pints of their local beers; 75% of their ingredients are from local farms.