Moogfest 2018 – Thursday through Sunday – Part-music festival, part-tech conference, Moogfest is a “platform for conversation and experimentation.” By night, it presents pioneers in electronic music alongside pop and avant-garde experimentalists. Enjoy this year’s compelling lineup including Madame Ghandi, Fawkes, Gavin Rayna Russom and Annie Hart at venues like the American Tobacco Campus and Motorco Music Hall.
Dinner to Benefit No Kid Hungry – Thursday, 6-9pm – Join local chefs at Counting House for a special multi-course dinner with host Chef Thomas Card in support of No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger. One in six kids in America struggles with hunger, but you can help make a difference at this event. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, multi-course seated dinner and silent auction. Price is $85 per person with 41% of ticket sales and 100% of proceeds from the silent auction going to No Kid Hungry.
Book Launch for ‘Saving Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community’ – Thursday, 6-8pm – In her new memoir, author Renée Hodges documents how she and her family in Durham rallied to help her nephew, Bobby, manage his recovery from an addiction to painkillers prescribed for his back pain. The book launch takes place at Hope Valley Country Club.
Art Museum Day 2018 – Friday, 10am-5pm – The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University joins art museums across North America for the ninth annual celebration of museums, with free admission to all. The theme for Art Museum Day 2018 is “Hyperconnected Museums,” a recognition of the many ways in which museums serve as central points of connectivity within their communities, both online and in person.
George Freeman Jr. – Friday, 7-10pm – Live jazz concert at Beyù Caffè from Fayetteville’s own George Freeman Jr. Listen to music from his solo full-length debut, Make It Happen, a musical crossroads of jazz, pop, R&B, gospel and neo-soul.
Candle-Making Party – Friday, 5-7pm – Learn candle-making from a pro! Brandy Mutchler will teach a class at Honeygirl Meadery on what she learned from her 15 years of soy candle-making. At the end of the class, there will be an opportunity to hang out and ask questions. There will also be trivia to test your knowledge and a chance to win a free candle. Reserve a spot by email.
Happy Hour – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Vert & Vogue hosts Teka Selman, a Durham-based artist, contemporary art dealer, curator and founder of Selman Contemporary. She will share her knowledge and passion about art and collecting the work of North Carolina artists. This free event is part of Third Friday Durham. Pop in before dinner. Drinks are on the house!
Freestyle Gallery Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Check out this month’s featured member artists who respond to the boundless concept of Freestyle at the Pleiades Arts reception for Third Friday Durham. Free admission.
The Bull Meets the Bayou – Friday, 6-9pm – This exhibition exchange features work by Level Artist Collective of New Orleans alongside local artists of Durham at The Carrack. The exhibition facilitates an exchange between the grassroots creative communities of the two cities, broadening their reach outside of their home bases and collectively strengthening their reputations as artists and visionaries. Sponsored by Liberty Arts, admission is free.
Gallery Opening: Apartment 4F: Reuse Home Collection – Friday, 6-9pm – As a part of Third Friday Durham, this month’s Cameron Gallery show at The Scrap Exchange is a reuse apartment staged with art and furniture, all produced from reused materials. A team of nine local artists including Tom Buhrman, Aisha Sanders, Johanna Burwell, Tom Dawson, Evee Erb, Courtney Lockemer, Jeff Zern, Iris Musselwhite and Diana Shark created the collection. “Our goal is to demonstrate how easily and beautifully reuse can be integrated into our everyday lives,” Shark says. The reception includes free snacks, drinks and Make-N-Take activities for kids accompanied by a parent. The exhibit runs through June 9.
Rob Lowe – Friday, 7:30pm – The comedian and actor takes his one man show, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE! to the Durham Performing Arts Center stage. The show is inspired by the success of his two best-selling memoirs, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” and “Love Life, Rob.”
A Night of Poetry, Dance, Film and Basketball – Friday, 8pm – Durham filmmaker David Mayer teams up with Walltown Children’s Theatre (WCT) for a celebration of the arts in words, movement and images. The evening includes dance performances and the North Carolina premiere of “Senior Night,” David’s short film capturing the emotional intensity and ephemeral beauty of the final basketball game in the career of a graduating Riverside High School player. A reception and discussion with the artists follows. A portion of ticket sales will go to WCT’s scholarship fund.
Alabama Slim – Friday, 8:30-11pm – Slim has performed extensively with his cousin, the great Little Freddie King, and together they recorded their album The Mighty Flood, chronicling their experiences in the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. Admission is free to the show at The Bullpen, and a portion of your tab will go to help Music Maker Relief Foundation support traditional roots musicians across the South.
Changing Climate: NOAA Drought & Sea Level Forum – Saturday 8:30am–5pm – Sea level rise and frequent droughts have had a significant impact on North Carolina’s environment and communities. Explore the impact these hazards have on our state, and discuss possible solutions for today and tomorrow, at the Museum of Life and Science.
Dig In: Exploring Water, Sand and Clay – Saturday, 10-11:30am – Deepen your family’s relationship with nature at the Museum of Life and Science. Through a series of active, play-based workshops, you and your child will discover new ways of connecting to the natural world and each other. Create and build with natural materials, hunt for nature’s treasures, and explore secluded, off-trail areas at the museum and the adjacent Ellerbe Creek. Parents and caregivers will gain experience supporting independent and creative play, and go home with resources to enrich experiences in their own backyard or park.
Walk for the Animals – Saturday, 10am-1pm – Duke University’s East Campus will be the site of a Saturday morning fundraiser for our furry friends. The walk benefits the Animal Protection Society of Durham. Help them reach their $80,000 goal and give second chances to thousands of local animals. Enter your pup in contests for Best Kisser, Best Trick and more. Visit some of the 50+ vendors or watch K9 demonstrations by the Durham Police Department. Meet adoptable dogs!
Sketching in the Galleries – Saturday, 10:15am-12:15pm – Local artist Scott Renk will share a brief sketching demonstration at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and then you can try it out in the galleries. The museum will provide drawing pencils and sketch pads. Entry is free with general museum admission ($7 for adults).
Play Street – Saturday, 10:30am-2pm – A fun, family-friendly festival at East Durham’s Y.E. Smith Elementary, Play Street is a free community day geared towards engaging kids in healthy living and active play! Open from from 10:30am to 2:00pm with games for kids, healthy living demos and free food.
Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival – Saturday, noon-8pm – The 49th annual festival at Rock Quarry Park celebrates African and African-American tradition and culture with live music, crafts, authentic foods and performances by local artists. This year’s lineup includes Uptown Swagga Band from Charlotte, Durham-based Shursoundz and Ras Medy. Bring the kiddos for face painting, drum circles and inflatables. Don’t miss the block party, basketball classic and teen pool party in the days leading up to Saturday’s main event.
“The Inventors at No. 8. Brimming” Book Launch – Saturday 1pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Durham’s A.M. Morgen for the launch of her new book for young readers, “The Inventors at No. 8. Brimming.” With mystery and treasure, this action-packed tale sends a boy in need of luck and girl in need of a friend on an adventure that will change their lives forever.
Durham Blues & Brews Festival – Saturday, 5-10pm – This festival brings together 20 of North Carolina’s best breweries, unlimited 12-ounce pours and local, live music at Durham Central Park. Enjoy tunes from Bulltown Strutters, Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos and The Selwyn Birchwood Band while sampling drinks from Bull City Ciderworks, Ponysaurus, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Mystery Brewing Co. and more. As if the music and libations aren’t enticing enough, the fest also offers food truck goodies from Cousins Maine Lobster, Lumpy’s Ice Cream and Bulkogi. A portion of the proceeds benefit local charities like the Exchange Family Center.
Darnell “Showcase” Taylor’s Album Release – Saturday, 7-10pm – Live jazz with guitarist Darnell “Showcase” Taylor at Beyù Caffè. Born and raised in Moncure, NC, the self-taught musician started his love affair with instruments as a church kid having joined a local band at the age of 15. He’ll be playing music from his solo debut album, Turning Point.
Live Electric-Jazz from Chicago – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – More live music this weekend at The Bullpen. Pee Wee Hayes has a burnished, deeply soulful voice, and a hard-edged, stinging guitar reminiscent of B.B. and Albert King. Free admission.
The Sea and Cake and James Elkington – Sunday, 7pm – Folk-rock’s James Elkington opens for The Sea and Cake at The Pinhook on Sunday. Enjoy jazz-inflected tunes from the Chicago-based band’s new album, Any Day.