Adult Studio – Thursday, 6-8pm – Grab a drink at the cash bar at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and join a drop-in creative workshop led by artist Candy Carver. For beginners and experienced art-makers, enjoy a fun night experimenting with materials and exploring techniques.
American Tobacco Music on the Lawn – Thursday, 6-9pm – Bring your picnics, family and even your dog out to the Amphitheater in American Tobacco to hear the edgy sounds of Nikki Hill and her band. Durham native Emily Musolino opens the show. American Tobacco’s restaurants will be open and preparing quick grab items for concertgoers, and beer and wine are available for purchase.
The Draw – Thursday, 6:30-9pm – Participate in a free experimental drawing workshop at The Carrack. Bring your own drawing implements. Come create tiny artworks for The Sticky Note Show. The Carrack will provide the sticky notes! The event is BYOB and free.
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company – Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 8pm; and Saturday, 1pm – The American Dance Festival (ADF) kicks off its 85th anniversary season at Reynolds Industries Theater with the return of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) performing classic repertoire and a new ADF-commissioned piece by Abby Zbikowski. Works to be performed include “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder,” “This I Know For Sure…,” “Awassa Astrige/Ostrich” and the new ADF-commissioned work “Indestructible.” The season will be dedicated to ADF Alumni at the top of the show, and an Opening Night Fête at Penn Pavilion will immediately follow the performance.
Andrew Lawler – Thursday, 7pm – The author reads from and discusses his book, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke. In the book, Andrew sets out to solve the mystery of just what happened to the original settlers who went on a quest to establish the New World, but were never found. The book offers its audience a new understanding of the Lost Colony and its fate and the role it played in the division of America.
Temporal Cartography – Friday, 6-8pm, through August 11 – Artists Tom Dawson and JP Trostle contemplate the changes happening around them through an exploration of the past, present and future of Durham via video, sculpture, maps, photography and performance in the SunTrust Gallery at the Durham Arts Guild. The show sparks a conversation on the effects of short-term thinking, long-term planning, and the effects gentrification has on the environment in which we live. The exhibit showcases the construction of One City Center, deep histories of Durham, a look into how cities are developed and rediscovering the vibrant streets that once made up Durham that have disappeared.
Happy Hour – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Join Vert & Vogue for drinks and learn about soccer from special guest Laurent Dubois, the author of Languages of the Game: How to Understand Soccer. With the arrival of the 2018 World Cup, this is the perfect time for a discussion surrounding the history and cultural impact of soccer. Drinks are on the house!
Laura Reed – Friday, 6-8pm – The South African-born, Nashville- and North Carolina-based singer/songwriter has been critically acclaimed for her powerful vocals, soulful sound, vulnerable story telling and passionate stage performance. She akes the stage at Durham Central Park for DCP’s Summer PLAYlist, a 10-week summer concert series held on Friday nights, rain or shine. While you’re rocking out, grab a drink from local craft beer vendors and munch on fare from food trucks.
Art Win – Friday, 6-9pm – The Scrap Exchange hosts an opening reception for local artist Julia Caston and invites other artists to interact and engage in conversation with her. Julia forms her vision about how to honor each artist and creates a trophy-sculpture made from upcycled and thrifted materials. Inside Cameron Gallery, artists can explore 10 of the recent trophies that artists have won. Light snacks and and drinks as well as free art making will keep you engaged throughout the evening! The event is free and open to everyone. The artist will also host a closing reception on Saturday, July 14, from 5-6:30pm, where the trophies will be presented to each artist.
Loud Color Luminous Sound – Friday, 6-9pm – The Third Friday reception for this interactive exhibit featuring colorful, noise-making sculptures and assemblages at The Carrack features hsaWaknoW beer by Bull City Burger & Brewery.
DIY Garden Art + Decor – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm – Join The Scrap Exchange for Scrappy Hour and let experienced instructors assist you in creating your perfect magical garden! Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your garden with unique garden art including yard sculptures, upcycled pots/planters, wind chimes, garden markers/signs and any other materials you’d like to create. Snacks will be provided and the event is BYOB and 21+.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm – This year’s Arts for Life art show showcases artwork created by pediatric patients in the Arts For Life program at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center. Artwork is inspired by the different terrains of North Carolina, ranging from majestic mountain sides to sparkling city skylines. From Vibrant Views to Colorful Cornfields, these artworks will be sure to transport you somewhere over the rainbow. The showing, at Empower Dance Studio as a part of the Third Friday artwalk, is free and open to the public. There will be complimentary refreshments from Fullsteam Brewery and artwork available for purchase.
E Pluribus Unum II – Friday and Saturday, 7pm – ShaLeigh Dance Works unveils the world premiere of E Pluribus Unum II, inspired by collaboration and interpretation of the emotive architecture rooted in William Forsythe’s Improvisation Technologies. The performance features renowned international artists Elizabeth Corbett and Alejandro Santoyo at Durham Arts Council’s PSI Theatre. Tickets are available now!
Diane Carter Band – Friday, 8:30-11pm – Diane will be live at The Bullpen with her energetic stage presence and “funkphisticated” sounds. The talented performer has sung alongside Rose Royce, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole and Barry White, just to name a few.
Superhero Saturday – Saturday, 1pm – Come dressed as your favorite superhero in this fun celebration as The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Bolaji Oyejide, author of the Brave Young Heroes series, to delight the audience with his stories about kid superheroes overcoming obstacles in the world and finding their inner superpowers! All ages are welcome.
Panel Discussion: African-American Muslim Experience – Saturday, 4-5:30pm – The Museum of Durham History,in collaboration with Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center, hosts a panel discussion focusing on the African-American Muslim experience in the United States. The event welcomes participation from the public as local scholars and educators address the concerns of African-American Muslims in America in today’s social climate. The event is part of the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fast of Ramadan.
Father’s Day Concert – Saturday, 4-6:30pm – Hosted by the Durham Community Concert Band, this free concert takes place in Durham Central Park. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local food trucks.
Summer ’18 Release Party – Saturday, 5-9pm – Runaway debuts their Summer 2018 Collection, “Endless Bummer,” a swimwear and summer-ready line inspired by ’70s summer horror movies. The collection features locally made men’s and women’s swimwear plus other pieces just in time for your summer parties, starting with this one at Unscripted Durham, where funky sounds by DJ Ryah will get you in the groove.
Shen Wei Dance Arts – Saturday and Sunday, 7pm – One of the premier international dance companies, Shen Wei Dance Arts has won worldwide acclaim for “amassing a body of works so strikingly original they defy categorization” (The Boston Globe). 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of American Dance Festival‘s involvement helping develop modern dance in China based on its own culture and traditions. Shen Wei was one of the first young dancers to graduate from the earliest classes taught by ADF faculty in Guangzhou, and in 2000, he founded his company while in residence at ADF. The company will perform “Neither,” a work that reflects on Morton Feldman and Samuel Beckett’s 1977 anti-opera of the same name, at DPAC. In this piece, Shen Wei immerses 11 dancers into massive and luminous sets of this own design, exquisitely illuminated by Jennifer Tipton’s lighting. This performance contains brief nudity.
Dimensions of Black: A Celebration of the Arts – Saturday, 8pm – Local African-American artists showcase their skills in theater, music, dance and visual art at Hayti Heritage Center. The show will feature previews of African-American plays, Broadway star Clare Bathe, soulful singer/cellist Shana Tucker and contemporary dancer Cameron Wynter. Come early to enjoy a pre-show mixer at 7:15pm and view amazing work and the artists that created them!
The Oblations – Saturday, 8:30pm-11pm – The two-man band featuring Joe MacPhail and Daniel Fields brings a night of multifaceted music to The Bullpen. The blues/funk band creates a mastery of both fingerstyle and slide guitar with drums and keys simultaneously.
Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – Celebrate Father’s Day with an afternoon of food, drinks and sweet treats featuring the Triangle’s most popular food trucks at Durham Central Park as well as music from Project 919 Band. In partnership with Threshold Inc., guests can create hats from color patterns as a part of Ellen McHenry’s “Brain Hemisphere Hat” activity. The food truck lineup includes savory tastes from American Meltdown, MaMa Dukes, Pie Pushers, Porchetta, Chez Moi Bakery and OnlyBurger. Locally brewed craft beer and a band are always on hand. Grab your dad and a lawn chair, and get ready for a great time in the park!
Too Many Smells 2018 Tour – Sunday, 7:30pm – The hilarious Nick Swardson invites his fans out to The Carolina Theatre for an evening of laughs.