Weekend at a Glance: Picnic, Parties and Performances

Weekend at a Glance: Picnic, Parties and Performances

Share in food and festivities this weekend! Celebrate Black Music Month with a concert or movie screening, enjoy treats in the sun at Picnic in the Park, take in some jazz at Beyú Caffé or Motorco, and catch Anna Barker's latest dance project!

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Anna Barker of real.live.people showcases her dance project “Again, but this time with feeling,” which incorporates film, visuals and projection, poetry, brand-new music composition, text, humor, modern dance and theater. Photo by Tim Walter.

Larger Than Life Science: All Abuzz – Thursday, 4-7pm – Learn about data security and put your startup product into a real-life testing environment at The Chesterfield building. Also, speak with health care industry insiders and taste some mead.

Black Music, Black Films: ‘Wattstax’ – Thursday, 6:15pm – As part of a free film series honoring Black Music Month, The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bullpen at Duke will show this iconic documentary depicting a concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival. Refreshments will be served and the event is free, but registration is required.

Rae DelBianco – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes the author of “Rough Animals: An American Western Thriller” for a reading and book signing. Come hear the work that Philipp Meyer calls “a brilliant, incandescent debut that will remind everyone of a young Cormac McCarthy.”

Real Live People – Thursday-Sunday, 8pm – As part of the 2017-18 Durham Independent Dance Artists season, real. live.people presents Anna Barker’s dance theater performance, “Again, but this time with feeling.” Anna uses her signature style to explore the ever-present fear of failure. Held at the Living Arts Collective, the performance is a foil to her 2016 work in which she examined success and the curated self-image.

Lemonade Days – Friday, 8am-4pm – Enjoy a refreshing drink outside Erwin Square and support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds for childhood cancer research. Staff of the Duke Department of Medicine Research Administration host a lemonade stand, bake sale and raffle for the foundation’s annual Lemonade Days.

Picnic in the Park – Friday, 11:30am-3pm – Help The Frontier celebrate the launch of its new outdoor campus, which features a dog park, hammocks, outdoor games, shaded picnic seating and a performance stage. Soak up the sun while enjoying live music, Worker Bee Wit beer (made with honey from the Bee Downtown hives at The Frontier), Locopops, free giveaways and a food truck rodeo. Dogs welcome, too!

Picnic in the Park will feature live music, food trucks and family-friendly activities to celebrate the new Frontier outdoor campus in Research Triangle Park.

2018 Organ Crawl – Friday, 5:30-9pm – Listen to vibrant organ music, witness the architecture of three historic Durham churches, and enjoy three courses of food and drink. Hosted by the Durham Arts Council.

Kidz Yoga – Friday, 6pm – reCharge Pilates & Barre hosts this weekly event for kids to get acclimated to yoga in a safe, encouraging environment. Tickets are $6, but the first session is free!

Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Friday, 6-8pm – Sporting a special blend of classical training and “machine gunk funk,” Gabriel takes the stage at Durham Central Park for DCP’s Summer PLAYlist, a 10-week summer concert series held on Friday nights, rain or shine. Come see the artist whose work has been sampled by Drake and, according to Pitchfork, “has an everyman voice that he’s adept at rescuing with exquisitely layered arrangements.” While you’re rocking out, grab a drink from local craft beer vendors and munch on fare from food trucks.

Future Prospect – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – Listen to jazz music with elements of hip-hop, funk and R&B from this Richmond-based septet, at Beyú Caffé.

“Buy My Body And Call It A Ticket” – Friday and Saturday, 7pm and 8pm; Sunday, 3pm and 4:30pm – Experience this interactive dance performance at Durham Fruit & Produce Company, which examines the stories told by one’s bodies, including the many limitations placed on them.

Movie Night at Durham Athletic Park – Friday, 8pm – The Durham Bulls commemorate the 30th anniversary of the classic movie, “Bull Durham,” with a screening at the historic ballfield. Food trucks and beer will be available, and the team’s Bull Durham characters Crash, Nuke and Annie will also be in attendance for photo ops.

The Atlanta Blues Revue – Friday, 8:30pm – This all-star band — all veterans whose resumes include work with Ray Charles, B.B. King, Clarence Carter, Homesick James and many others — provide the heartbeat for a rotating cast of Music Maker artists who perform with the Revue. Catch them at The Bullpen, and remember, $1 of every draft benefits the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Big Sam’s Funky Nations with The Upward Dogs – Friday, 9pm – Come to Motorco to see this New Orleans-based band perform their unique blend of funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop, resembling a “Big Easy” Gumbo.

Roots Farmers Market – Saturday, 8am-noon – Buy fresh, local produce at this market outside Northgate Mall.

Bee Downtown Apiary Tour – Saturday, 10am-noon – Receive a master class in beekeeping! As part of the tour starting at Bull City Cool, you’ll don an official beekeeping suit and sample fresh honey. The tour is two hours long and costs $40/person.

Two-Day Book Sale – Saturday, noon-4pm and Sunday, 1-4pm –  The Friends of the Durham Library’s new location, Books Among Friends, is having a book sale: hardbacks are $3, trade paperbacks are $2, small paperbacks are $1 and children’s books are 25 cents to $1. AV materials are $1 to $4, and special books are priced as marked. For early access starting at 10am, Saturday, June 9, purchase an annual individual membership ($15) or family membership ($25) at the door. Come back on Sunday for the $10 bag sale, open to the public.

Durham County Library Summer Reading Kick-off – Saturday, 10am-2pm – Start your summer reading with a bang at Northgate Mall. In addition to the books, the event will feature face-painters, performers and crafts. Joshua Lozoff, a magician, performs at 11am. Uncle Ty-Rone, a ventriloquist and puppeteer, performs at 1pm.

Goat Yoga and Guided Meditation with Goats – Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm – Come out to Hux Family Farm for a unique yoga class with farm animals. All you need to bring is a mat to de-stress in the presence of goats, sheep and friendly faces.

Shop 2nd Saturday Downtown Durham – Saturday, 11am-3pm – Twenty-four downtown businesses will offer special deals and giveaways to encourage further exploration of the heart of Bull City. Participating retailers include Beer Durham, Bulldega, The Artisan Market at 305, Bungalow, Hamilton Hill, Indio, Runaway, Tiny, Vert & Vogue and so many more!

Juneteenth at Stagville – Saturday, noon-5pm – Learn more about the more than 900 people who were freed from slavery at Stagville at the end of the Civil War. Cheyney McKnight of Not Your Momma’s History leads cooking demonstrations, children can make fingerprint medallions while families try their hand at historic fence building, wood working or gardening. Reenactors will present stories of the 2nd Regiment U.S. Colored Troops and their fight for freedom. Plus storytelling, drum and dance, local history and more.

Durham Sightseeing Bar Walk – Saturday, 4:30-6:30pm –Tobacco Road Tours is back with a new route for its bar walk of Durham. Taste delicious cocktails and beers, and meet new people and places in this unique look at Bull City!

Rock the Park – Saturday, 6-9pm – Sit back, relax and enjoy family and friends while grooving to ReggaeInfinity at Duke Park as a part of Durham Parks and Recreation summer series that includes concerts and movies in Durham’s parks. Food vendors will be on site and food will be available for purchase. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No alcohol or smoking allowed.

Get the Led Out – This Philadelphia-based group captures the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brings it to DPAC‘s stage. “No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants … a high-energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.”

Bette Smith – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Come out to The Bullpen to listen to the dynamic and soulful Brooklyn-based singer. Combining both Southern tradition and Brooklyn roots, Bette is a can’t-miss talent.

Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 2-3:30pm – Books and cats? Sign us up! Come out to the Durham Animal Protection Society‘s monthly event at The Regulator Bookshop.

Second Annual Black Music Month Celebration – Sunday, 2-6pm – Honor the achievements of African-American artists with a community fair and concert, both at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church. The concert includes performers like the Ubuntu Music Academy, 100 Men in Black and the Durham Symphony Orchestra.

Loving Day Potluck – Sunday, 11am-3pm – Commemorate the landmark Loving v. Virginia case that invalidated the ban on interracial marriage. Enjoy food, music and games at Piney Wood Park‘s Pavilion.

Reading Knitting Patterns and Charts – Sunday, noon-3pm – Learn the basics of knitting, including common abbreviations and terms, as well as how to read charts for different patterns. The class is $45 and hosted by Freeman’s Creative in the Lakewood Shopping Center.

Empower Dance Annual Recital: Durham Renaissance Pt. 2 – Sunday, 4:15pm – Empower Dance Studio presents its annual dance recital at The Carolina Theatre. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Empower Dance Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to dancers in need.

Sunday Family Fun – Sunday, 5-7pm – Visit Pour Taproom for family-friendly games and a kids-eat-free night.

Vocal Arts Ensemble Concert – Sunday, 5pm – Bask in the Duke University Chapel‘s majesty while listening to the 23rd annual concert by the VAE of Durham. This performance, called “Sure On This Shining Night,” looks to take the audience from dusk to dawn through a harmonious depiction of the moon and stars.

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Santul is an intern at Durham, Chapel Hill, and Chatham Magazine and attends Georgetown University, where he writes for student journalism and reminisces about idyllic life in the Triangle.